The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has withdrawn the accreditation of Abia State Polytechnic for failing to pay staff salaries and allowances for over 30 months (2 years and 6 months and counting)
In a statement issued on today, Tuesday 19th of July,2022, A spokesperson for NBTE, Fatima Abubakar, said the accreditation was withdrawn because the polytechnic had not shown any commitment to offset the arrears and ensure regular payment of salaries.
“It is, therefore, with the utmost sense of responsibility that the board has decided to withdraw the accreditation status of the polytechnic to safeguard the quality assurance mechanism of the board”, Ms Abubakar said.
The NBTE official said the governing council and management of the polytechnic made several failed promises to settle the backlog of salary arrears.
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She explained that regular salary payment was a key component of the board’s normative instruments for quality assurance in the Polytechnics, technical, vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.
Ms Abubakar also mentioned that the board had drawn the attention of the polytechnic’s management to the consequences of failing to pay salaries, including the suspension of quality assurance visits.
“The board went the extra mile of writing to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, informing him of the dire situation of the polytechnic, but all to no avail”, she added.
Ms Abubakar added that the board wrote to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) not to mobilise any of the polytechnic’s graduates to camp.
The NBTE official said the board sent a similar notice of the withdrawal of the accreditation to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Industrial Training Fund to stop any official transaction with the polytechnic.