NBTE Restores Abia State Polytechnic Accreditation After over 40 Days

NBTE Restores Abia State Polytechnic Accreditation After over 40 Days

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On Wednesday, August 31, Eze Chikamnayo, the Abia State commissioner of information and strategy, said this in Umuahia, the state capital.

Recall that Fatima Abubakar, the head of the board’s communications department, announced the withdrawal of accreditation of Abia Poly on Tuesday, July 19, citing the institution’s failure to pay its staff, who are saddled with over 30 months arrears in salary and allowances.

According to Abubakar, one of the essential components of the board’s normative instruments for quality assurance in the polytechnics and Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions within her purview is regular wage payment.

“The polytechnic’s governing council and management made repeated broken pledges to clear the backlog of salary arrears and assure regular payment of staff salaries.

“The board went above and beyond by writing to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, informing him of the polytechnic’s precarious predicament, but all to no purpose.”

“The board had called the polytechnic’s attention to the consequences of unpaid salary, including the suspension of quality assurance visits.”

Many Abians were outraged at the time, pointing accusing fingers at the state governor and questioning the cause for such extraordinary move taken without considering the consequences for students, their parents, and other institutional stakeholders.

Nonetheless, Chikamnayo claimed that the restoration of accreditation was motivated by the fact that the wellbeing of the state’s residents has always been of the foremost priority to the administration of Okezie Ikeazu, above all other legalistic concerns.

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