The National Board for Technical Education, (NBTE) has withdrawn the accreditation of all programmes offered by the Crown Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti for allegedly going against operational guidelines approved for it by the board.
Head of Public Relations of the Board, Jacob Abang said in a statement made available to The Nation that the institution was found to have gone against the directive of the Federal Executive Council on the operation of outreach centres in parts of the country and offering programmes not approved by the board.
Abang quoted a letter to the proprietor of the Polytechnic dated 2nd August, 2013 and signed by the NBTE Executive Secretary, Dr. Masa’udu A Kazaure mni, as saying that the withdrawal of accreditation of programmes in the Polytechnic, became necessary in view of the myriad of petitions received from organizations, government agencies and students on the conduct and operation of the polytechnic.
He said that subsequent investigation by the Board also revealed that the polytechnic was operating in contravention of the Basic Minimum Academic Standards as prescribed by law and has been running ND and HND programmes in 30 centres across the country, particularly in Yenagoa, Kabba, Akure, Ondo and in various towns in Ekiti State.
He also said that the board also discovered that the Polytechnic was running unapproved ND programmes in Urban and Regional Planning, Quantity Surveying and Public Administration and had submitted list of students for mobilization to NYSC in unapproved HND Computer Science and Electrical/Electronics Engineering programmes.
The Board, Abang said therefore directs the Polytechnic to stop all academic activities in all its illegal satellite/outreach study centres; close down the illegal campuses/centres; report these centres to the security agencies where appropriate to ensure that they do not propagate or relocate to other addresses.
The board also directed the institution to publish a disclaimer of names and addresses of these illegal /satellite campuses in at least two national dailies for the information of the public, as well as ensure that the institution would not engage in any further collaboration or unapproved affiliation with any person/organization to run any programme again.
Abang also quoted the Executive Secretary as saying that the board may only allow the institution to resume operation when it is satisfied that the institution has complied with approved standards in line with Part II, Section 15 and 16 of CAP ES LFN 2004.
The Board advised the Directorate of NYSC to put mobilization of graduates of the Polytechnic on hold as well as advised the joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to stop admission into all ND programmes of the institution until further notice.