The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has restored the accreditation of Abia State Polytechnic Aba, following the intervention of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
Abia State Commissioner for Information Eze Chikamnayo announced the development on Monday. He disclosed that Governor Ikpeazu released N450m to meet the requirements specified by the sector regulator.
NBTE withdrew wholesale the accreditation of Abia State Polytechnic a month ago for non-payment of staff salaries and threat to quality assurance. It threatened to discourage the school from participating in the NYSC scheme.
NBTE said on 19 July 2022, when it withdrew the accreditation, that “The decision to withdraw the accreditation status of the Polytechnic is to safeguard the quality assurance mechanism of the board and ensure that students are not left at the mercy of demoralized staff that may resort to under-the-table practices to survive.”
Abians and others criticized the Abia State Government for the development. People waved off the ABSG’s claim that the Polytechnic failed in managing its resources.
The Governor acted promptly in one month to tackle the problem. Others await his intervention in the state, including accreditations in Abia State University and teachers’ wages.