Ekiti agric college gets NBTE approval for ND programme

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has granted approval to the newly established Ekiti State College of Agriculture and Technology, Isan-Ekiti, to commence academic programmes in the 2020/2021 session.

The approval was contained in a letter signed by the NBTE’s Director of Polytechnic Programmes, Malam Musa Isgogo, and made available to journalists in Kaduna Thursday.

Isgogo signed the letter on behalf of the board’s Acting Executive Secretary, Ekenyong Ekpenyong.

According to the letter, the board has granted approval to the college to commence academic programmes at the National Diploma (ND) level in accountancy, agriculture technology and computer science.

On administration, NBTE said that the law establishing the college should be amended to enable it to award ND certificates and address other issues bordering on the governing council and the academic board.

The letter further stated that the approved programmes would be due for full accreditation when the first set of students would be in the fourth semester of their studies.

It, however, explained that it would be the responsibility of the college to invite the NBTE to carry out the full accreditation of the courses.

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It added that failure to do so would disqualify the college from making further admission into the programmes.

Meanwhile, the board has denied the college approval to start academic programmes at the ND level in agriculture and bio-environmental engineering technology and electrical and electronic engineering technology.

According to the board, the college was denied approval due to identified deficiencies.

NBTE directed the college to make public its admission requirements and to recruit qualified academics not below the rank of senior lecturer to lead some of the departments.

Ekiti government’s scholarship

Meanwhile, state governor, Kayode Fayemi, has approved the disbursement of N96.14 million as scholarship awards to 469 students of the state origin in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Olabimpe Aderiye, disclosed this to newsmen in Ado Ekiti.

The commissioner said that the state government had begun electronic payment to bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

Aderiye said that the beneficiaries included 31 physically challenged students, 288 undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students.

According to the official, the postgraduate students comprise 71 master’s degree students and 79 PhD students.

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The commissioner said that the undergraduates and the physically challenged would receive N60,000 each, while master’s students would get N250,000 each and PhD students, N750,000 each.

The official said that the state government had signed an agreement with the awardees to work with the government for two years after graduation.

The commissioner therefore, appealed to the students to reciprocate the government’s gesture by concentrating on their studies.

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