Some dignitaries on NTBE accreditation team during a visit to Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – The National Board for Technical Education, NBTE has sent a 69-man team to the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi for the accreditation of 31 expired programmes and also to verify some institutional administration.

The team made up of NBTE staff and resource persons who arrived at the institution on Sunday, March 24, 2024, is expected to round off their activities on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

Speaking at the opening session, the Team Lead, Ngbede Ogoh represented by Engr. Ebenezer Onyeocha said the team was in the Plateau State Polytechnic to help shape the academic future of the institution.

His words, “This is one of the largest Polytechnics in Nigeria, it has to get it right in terms of the quality of products it sends to society, we will maintain the standard in our work to ensure academic excellence…”

Earlier, the Acting Rector of the Institution, Dr. Clement Chirman who welcomed the team and others in attendance, commended the State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang for his interest in repositioning the education sector and giving the needed support for programmes in the institution to be reviewed.

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He noted that “Accreditation is a regulatory and peer review mechanism adopted by the NBTE to evaluate and ensure that institutions possess appropriate elements of quality and standards in the programmes they offer. This is to ensure that the students have the assurance of receiving a quality education that will make them relevant in providing skills and expertise to society upon graduation.

“As you begin the accreditation of the listed programmes in our institution, I am confident that the efforts we have invested in meeting the NBTE’s standard will be reflected in the positive outcome of the exercises. Your evaluation would provide us with the opportunity to showcase our commitment to standards and to make continuous improvements to the existing facilities…

“This accreditation exercise has been made possible by Governor Caleb Mutfwang’s strong passion for Polytechnic education which he demonstrated by providing the needed funds to our institution to meet up with the required standard of the NBTE…”

Meanwhile, Governor Mutfwang through the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Kachollom Gang reiterated his commitment to work with key stakeholders in the education sector and stressed his administration is putting mechanisms in place to provide quality education at all levels.

Goodwill messages were received from guests including the North Central Zonal Director of NBTE, Dr. Oladipupo Bello represented by Mr. Donatus Chungyang and others. The meeting later went into the technical session.

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