The attention of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has been drawn to the nefarious activities of recruitment racketeers attempting to swindle innocent and unsuspecting members of the public with a promise of employment offer in the Board. For the avoidance of doubt, the Board is NOT recruiting and when it does, is FREE and merit-based.
The Executive Secretary has blamed the failure of functional education for the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria. Prof. Bugaje said in a paper delivered at the maiden edition of Science Conference of Kaduna State University that the high unemployment and security challenges in the country can be related to the failure of educational system to live up to the provisions of the National Policy on Education (NPE). According to him “Nomadic education has failed and that’s why some herders became bandits, University and Polytechnic education has failed and that’s why we have joblessness within abundant skills gaps”. He stated that though securing Nigeria in the short term mean putting more boots on ground, what is required in the long term is upskilling the Nigerian youths for economic empowerment. Prof. Bugaje in the paper “Role of Science in the job creation and economic revitalisation”, lamented the skills mismatch prevalent in Nigeria leading to unemployed graduates roaming the streets with huge skills gap in our industries.
Our attention has been drawn to an advertorial, in the form of an Open Letter to His Excellency Mr President, which appeared in Daily Trust Newspaper of 17th November 2021 by one Shehu Wada and Co. on behalf of DB Mangal Nigeria Ltd concerning the recovery of NBTE Land and Property, Plot 445 Maitama Abuja. The advertorial is misleading and DB Mangal should have gone to Court to assert his rights over the land. What they failed to mention to the public was the subsisting judgment of the Abuja High Court in 2007 that returned the confiscated land back to NBTE including the structures illegally built by DB Mangal Nigeria Ltd. As recent as June 2019, the Special Presidential Investigation Panel reaffirmed the High Court order and in a ceremony handed over the building to NBTE. DB Mangal Nig Ltd mobilized hoodlums who attacked and once again forcefully took over the property after allegedly compromising the NBTE leadership at that time.
Requirements for the Appointment of Principal Officers of Polytechnics and Similar TVET Institutions in Nigeria and Related Matters
The National Board for Technical Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zaptrance World Wide Systems Ltd for the Development of Quick Response Code (QR Code) Generating System for use on certificates issued by TVET Institutions. The Executive Secretary, Prof Idris M. Bugaje said at the M.O.U signing ceremony that the system will enable schools to generate unique QR Codes for insertion on certificates. He said this will enable prospective employers, Institutions etc to scan the code for authentication and determine instantly if the certificate is genuine. He urged Institutions to key into this initiative to fast track their certificate verification processes and eliminate racketeering.
The Board has launched the Resource Persons Application Portal which will be used to source for Resource Persons that will be involved in the Board's quality assurance visitations. The Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje while briefing newsmen in Kaduna explained that the launching of the portal is a step towards the digitization of the Board's operations, adding that in the next two to three years the activities of the Board will be technology driven.
Following the take-off of the NBTE Zonal offices, the Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris M. Bugaje has approved the appointment of Acting Directors for the Zonal Offices. They are: Alh. Husaini Haruna Muhammad, North-East Zonal Office located at Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Bauchi State; Alh. Garba Muhammad Nalado, North-West Zonal Office located at Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State; Mr. Olubode Daniel Majiyagbe, South-West Zonal Office located at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos State; Dr Hatim Musa Koko, North-Central Zonal Office located at Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State; Engr. Ngozi Margaret Okelekwe, South-South Zonal Office located at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State; and Engr. Dr. Jonathan Item Ukpai, South-East Zonal Office located at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, Enugu State.
The Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu has approved the siting of the NBTE Zonal Offices across the six geopolitical zones of the country. The approval was conveyed in a letter with reference DTE/Poly.58/C.I/T/127 dated 19th July, 2021 signed by the Director, Polytechnic Education and Allied Institutions, Mr. Adeleye Adeoye. The offices will initially be hosted by selected TVET institutions within the zones for immediate take-off and will strictly be administrative. The Zonal Offices will provide a one-stop-shop for institutions and other stakeholders within the Zones.
WHAT IS NSQF? NSQF formally called NVQF is a system for the development, classification and recognition of skills, knowledge, understanding and competencies acquired by individuals, irrespective of where and how the training or skill was acquired. The system gives a clear statement of what the learner must know or be able to do whether the learning took place in a classroom, on-the-job, or less formally. The framework indicates the comparability of different qualifications and how one can progress from one level to another. The framework is the structure within which the National Skills Qualifications (NSQs) operate.