Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger state, has commended the accreditation of 100% of the programmes it presented by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), attributing the success to long term planning by the institution.
NBTE had in a letter signed by its Director of Polytechnic Programmes, Arc. Ngbede Ogah, addressed to the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi, granted accreditation to the Polytechnic to run all the 37 programs the institution presented, for five years before re-accreditation, while approving additional streams for 13 of the 37 programmes.
The programmes include: ND Computer Engineering Technology, ND and HND Chemical Engineering Technology, ND and HND Electrical Engineering (Electronic and Telecom as well as Power and Machines options), HND Agric and Bio-Environmental Engineering.
According to the Polytechnic’s Director of Academic Planning, Dr Femi Paul Fashagba, the success of the accreditation exercise was due to proper planning and commitment of the management.
He said the Rector had approved the release of over N100 million for procurement of equipment and other necessary items to ensure a hitch-free accreditation exercise.
“We saw the accreditation coming and we started planning for it in 2020. We took major steps to ensure that when we eventually face it, we were not going to fail any programme. A mock accreditation exercise was conducted by the Academic Planning Unit to ascertain the level of preparedness of the departments offering the programmes and to ensure that all equipment was procured. The mock exercise assisted the polytechnic to identify and address its areas of challenge and later accounted for the success of the accreditation exercise.
“The approval for additional streams for some of the accredited programmes meant that more students could be admitted into such programmes, translating to increased students’ admission processes, increased participation in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), as well as providing opportunities for the institution to fulfil its statutory mandate,” Fashagba said while lauding the Rector for his support towards the success of the accreditation.
The Rector, Dr Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi, expressed delight over the success of the accreditation and pledged to do more to improve the quality of programmes run by the polytechnic.
He said, despite the paucity of funds, the management was able to mobilise resources to ensure that the required equipment were procured for all programmes scheduled for re-accreditation and accreditation exercises.
“It is a landmark achievement that, for the very first time in recent history, the polytechnic is granted accreditation in all the programmes it presented for accreditation without any hitch,” Dzukogi said.
He commended the NBTE Executive Secretary, Professor Idris Bugaje, and his staff for their support and cooperation during the exercise.
Dzukogi, also acknowledged the efforts of Dr Fashagba Paul Femi, Deans, HODs and other critical stakeholders throughout the period the exercise lasted.