>Dr Mas'udu Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), said that arrangements had been concluded for the conversion of two Federal Polytechnics to full degree awarding institutions.
Kazaure, who said this on Tuesday in a telephone interview, identified the polytechnics to include the Yaba College of Technology, (YABATECH) and Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY).
He said that the reports and recommendations by the committee set up to handle the conversion exercise were ready. “The Ministry of Education is taking a final look at the reports and has started working on it and we are waiting for the smooth and successful takeoff of these two Universities of Technology. “You know that government had also been busy with the establishment of some new universities spread across the country, all in a bid to create more access to our teeming school leavers. “The committee has done a good job, taking into consideration issues such as staff training and upgrading of facilities that would befit the status of the universities“, he said.
Kazaure noted that as soon as all the recommendations were put in place, the Universities of Technology would take off. He disclosed that henceforth, the board would no longer accredit any newly introduced course in Polytechnics andMonotechnics that would not contribute to industrial growth for the purpose of national development.
“We are taking issues of technological advancement seriously and because we are basically dealing with the development of industrial manpower, we would lay emphasis on courses the nation can directly benefit from“, he said.
The approval for the conversion of the two polytechnics was given by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in 2007.
It would also be recalled that the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'i, had said at the inauguration of the committee that the two institutions would soon get the license to operate as full-fledged specialised city universities
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