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FONPAA calls for Polytechnic Commission, upgrade

By Saheed Ibrahim

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The Forum of Nigeria Polytechnics Alumni Association (FONPAA) has called for the establishment of a commission to regulate polytechnics in the country.

The executive committee of the body made this call in a communiqué issued at the end of its two-day at the Alumni Secretariat in Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.

“We renew our humble call for the establishment of Nigeria Polytechnics Commission, a body which will solely be for the administration of polytechnics, like NUC”, the communiqué reads.

The National Board for Technical Education, otherwise known as NBTE, is a board of education which supervises, regulates and oversees educational programmes offered by technical institutions at secondary, polytechnic and monotechnic levels through an accreditation process.

The communiqué signed by Ibe Sunday Obialo and Goke Ishola, Chairman and Secretary of the forum respectively, also called for an upgrade of Nigeria polytechnics to degree-awarding institutions for increased academic prowess as is the norm in advanced climes.

FONPAA called for increased funding for Nigerian polytechnics to further aid their academics and improve their overall sundry research works.

while praising the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari, the forum called on the president to assent to the HND/BSc Dichotomy Act pending on his table to renew the hope of millions of Nigerian polytechnic graduates.

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