*4 Colleges Of Health Sciences & Tech, 32 Innovation Enterprise Institutions
By Johnson Ayo
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, Monday banned satellite campuses and establishment of study centres across the country. This is just as the minister also gave approval to 20 new private polytechnics, 4 Colleges of Health Science and Technology and 32 Innovation Enterprise Institutions.
Speaking in Abuja, Adamu stated that the qualifications obtained from the study centres and satellite campuses would not be recognized in the country for further studies or enlistment into the National Youth Service Corps programme as well as for employment and promotion.
To this end, it has asked prospective candidates to be wary of the ban and avoid placing themselves in situations they will later regret.
The Minister who made this known while presenting the certificates to the newly approved private technical institutions in Abuja, warned students to be wary of those study centres, adding that any result obtained from such study centres or satellite campuses would no longer be recognised.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Arc. Sonny Echonu, Adamu charged the newly approved institutions to “remain resolute and focused on the mandate, vision, mission and cardinal objectives as well as philosophy and standards that guide the operation of the programmes for which you have been granted approval.
“Federal Government has banned study centres or satellite campuses approved by institutions.
“Qualifications obtained from such institutions would not be recognised for further studies and for the national youth service corps as well as for employment and promotion,” he said.
Adamu stressed that the state of technical and vocational education in the country requires very urgent and decisive action to reposition it to ensure an effective technological take off.
The Executive Secretary National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’ udu Kazaure, noted that the board was working assiduously in collaboration with anti graft agencies, towards eradicating the proliferation of illegal institutions in the country, which has become a major challenge facing the board.
He further disclosed that from 2016 till date, the board has developed and reviewed over 56 curricula, with a view to ensuring they were demand driven.
Certificates of operation were presented to 18 private polytechnics, 2 private monotechnics, 4 colleges of health science and technology, 32 innovation enterprise institutions, and 8 vocational enterprise institutions.