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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)’s decision to revoke Abia State Polytechnic, Aba’s accreditation has been met with mixed responses from several stakeholders.
The Eastern Updates reports that the NBTE had revoked the polytechnic’s accreditation because staff salaries and benefits had not been paid for more than 30 months.
In a statement, Head, Media Department, NBTE, Fatima Abubakar, also added that the accreditation was withdrawn because the polytechnic had not shown any commitment to offset the arrears and ensure regular payment of salaries.
She said the board had drawn the attention of the state government and the polytechnic’s management to the dangers inherent in non-payment of salaries, including the suspension of quality assurance visits.
‘The board went the extra mile of writing to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, informing him of the dire situation of the polytechnic but all to no avail.
‘It is, therefore, with utmost sense of responsibility that the board has decided to withdraw the accreditation status of the polytechnic to safeguard the quality assurance mechanism of the board.
‘It is also to ensure students are not left at the mercy of demotivated staff that may resort to under-the-table practices to survive’, she said.
The board said it had written the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) not to mobilise any graduate of the polytechnic for its national service until the institution remedies the problem.
The statement added that the NBTE would notify the NYSC when the accreditation status was restored.