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NBTE raises concern over proliferation of fake, illegal polytechnics

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has raised the alarm over the proliferation of illegal private Polytechnics, colleges/schools of health technology and similar Technical Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) institutions across the country.

The board expressed concern that such institutions of higher education award certificate, diploma and some even degree qualifications without Federal Government’s approval and operational licences.

In a statement yesterday by its Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris Bugaje, NBTE said the situation had become worrisome, especially with the poor quality of training offered by such unaccredited institutions.

Bugaje said such schools have not been evaluated against the national minimum standards or benchmarks, adding that there had been complaints from concerned members of the public about such educational institutions.

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The NBTE boss regretted that most of the institutions lack requisite physical facilities, workers, teaching and instructional aids, and the environment that befits their status.

He said the institutions usually claim to be affiliated to local or foreign tertiary institutions to offer a wide range of programmes without commensurate resources on ground.

“They fraudulently charge tuition and examination fees from many innocent admission seekers and issue them worthless qualifications that are not useful for employment, professional registration or further studies.

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“These constitute serious threats to the training and development of skilled technical manpower in Nigeria. This is, therefore, illegal, and these institutions should not be allowed to continue to award fake qualifications in the country.

“In the light of the above, the board wishes to inform the general public to desist from seeking admissions into any of these unapproved polytechnics, colleges/schools of health technology and similar TVET institutions.

“They are kindly requested to verify from the NBTE website ( the list of accredited TVET institutions in Nigeria where they can legitimately enroll for the programmes of their choice. The lists would be updated regularly to ensure that all Nigerians are adequately informed and have access to only approved and accredited TVET institutions.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all private institutions of higher education in Nigeria must be established in line with the provisions of Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Amendment Act, CAP E3 LFN 2004.

“Any individual or organisation intending to establish a private polytechnic, college/school of health technology and similar TVET institutions is strongly advised to contact NBTE Secretariat Complex in Kaduna or any of its Zonal/Liaison Offices in Abuja, Auchi, Bauchi, Enugu, Katsina, Lagos and Nasarawa for more information on the guidelines and procedures for the establishment of TVET institutions in Nigeria.”

NBTE also asked all health professional regulatory/registration bodies under the Federal Ministries of Health and Environment to note that only approved and licensed private institutions of higher education established pursuant of Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Amendment Act CAP E3 LFN 2004 are granted accreditation and permission to run their health professional training programmes.

“All national security and anti-graft agencies are kindly requested by this press release to close down any erring private polytechnics, college/schools of health technology and similar TVET institutions operating in Nigeria without the Federal Ministry of Education’s approval and licence.”

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