Tunde Bolaji – , Minna
No fewer than twenty programs at the Niger state Polytechnic, Zungere is now set for reaccreditation, verification and resource inspection .
Rector of the Institution, Dr. Umar Ahmed Egbako made this known when he addressed members of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) during plenary session of the Reaccreditation, Verification, and Resource Inspection exercise at the Council Chamber of the Polytechnic at the weekend.
Egbako who was optimistic that the Programmes/Courses will scale through the exercise, enumerated the programmes for Reaccreditation to include Higher National Diploma SLT in Biology/Microbiology, Higher National Diploma SLT in Microbiology, Higher Diploma SLT in Biochemistry/Microbiology, Higher National Diploma SLT in Physics with electronics, Higher Diploma in Statistics.
According to him, other programmes are National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology, National Diploma in Computer Science, National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, National Diploma in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology, National Diploma in Estate Management and Valuation, National Diploma in Quantity Surveying, National Diploma in Banking and Finance, as well as National Diploma in Local Government and Development Studies.
Dr. Ebgako maintained that four courses are just for verification which according to him are, National Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, National Diploma in Office Technology and Management, Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
He stated that Higher National Diploma in Building Technology, Higher National Diploma in Quantity Surveying and National Diploma in Marketing are just for Resource Inspection.
He commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for making funds available for the procurement of relevant equipments.
“For the records, the Niger State Polytechnic started as Zungeru College of Advanced Studies (ZUCAS) in 1977 at a temporary site in 1984. The 6-3-3-4 system of education necessitated the conversion of ZUCAS into what is now known as Niger State Polytechnic in 1991.”
He thanked Niger State Government under Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello for creating the enabling environment to take the institution to the next level.
Responding, the NBTE team leader Malam Musa urged all members of National Board for Tertiary Education not to compromise standard in discharging their duty.
“You know we have only 3 assignments here which is Reaccreditation, Verification and Inspection. In fact, I will advise you to make as many friends as you can, but don’t compromise standard” he warned.