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Accreditation: Lawmakers, Iseyin community appeal to NBTE over Polytechnic

Accreditation: Lawmakers, Iseyin community appeal to NBTE over Polytechnic

Some lawmakers representing parts of Oke-Ogun region of Oyo State and residents of Iseyin area of Oyo State have appealed to the National Board of Technical Education(NBTE) on the accreditation of the first private polytechnic in the area.
They made the appeal while welcoming the NBTE delegation to SAF Polytechnic in Iseyin for the three-day accreditation exercise which commenced on Monday.
SAF Polytechnic Iseyin is the first private tertiary institution in the Oke-Ogun area of the state which consists of 10 local governments.
The NBTE team was led by Dr Shehu Aliyu, who represented the Executive Secretary of NBTE.
Hon Abiodun Olasupo(APC-Iseyin/Itesiwaju, Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency) appealed to the NBTE to accredit the institution, saying the institution has put in place the required facility.
Olasupo, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Compliance said that the polytechnic would avail the youths of Oke-Ogun area the access to sound education.
“As a lawmaker, I am priviledge to certain information which suggests that the federal government in the near future might not establish any tertiary institution in the country.
“Opportunities like this from individuals should be encouraged to shore up the lapses and access to quality education by our youths.
“The institution has provided quality and required facilities. We have come here to appeal NBTE to accredit the polytechnic. This will bring development to the area and allow our youth access quality education,” he said.
Hon. Abdulwasi Musah, the Oyo State Deputy Speaker and Hon Afeez Adeleke(APC-Iseyin/Itesiwaju State Constituency) also corroborated Olasupo’s remarks.
Musah(APC-Saki West State Constituency) stated that the institution if approved would complement the state-owned polytechnic in the Oke-Ogun are of the state.
He said that the institution would aid the development of the area and avail the teeming youths access to education.
Adeleke in his remarks said that the establishment of the institution was in line with Gov. Abiola Ajimobi’s education reforms.
“Education can not be left in the hand of government alone, this is why the governor has evolved several initiatives aimed at bring stakeholders together to uplift the standard of education.
“The establishment of this institution is one of such efforts aimed at making quality education accessible to all in the country,” he said.
Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba (Dr) AbdulGaniyu Salahudeen and Pa Gbadebo Ogundiran also joined others in appealing to the team to ensure justice was done.

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(Aseyin of Iseyinand his Chiefs at the event)

Salahudeen said that the development of the area was paramount in their minds, saying it was the reason why one of their sons established the institution.
“We are supporting and sure he has given his best through the provision of all basic requirement. We believe in you that you will be amazed with the facilities and standard put in place,” he said.
Ogundiran, the Chairman, Iseyin Development Union(IDU) urged the NBTE to consider the enormous benefit the institution would bring to the area.
“Apart from the enormous benefits, the institution will give our youths access to education and discourage them from social vices,” he said.
Earlier, Alhaji Ismail Folorunso, the Proprietor of the institution stated that the institution was established to encourage the youths to have access to quality education.
He said that the institution would not renege on its determination to ensure quality education, saying they have provided standard facilities and programmes to ensure such.
The leader of the NBTE team who were to spend three days on assessment of facilities and manpower said they were certain that the institution would get the accreditation due to the fact that all required structures were on ground.
Dr Aliyu said “with the level of availability of structures on ground as well as other facilities which is quite uncommon for an institution seeking accreditation, I can say the people should be confident of having positive result upon completion of the inspections in two days time.
“The report of this inspection will be taken to Abuja and the management will soon be given the good result by God’s grace.”

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