REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF POLYTECHNICS AND SIMILAR TVET INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA AND RELATED MATTERS.
Polytechnics in Nigeria have come of age and there is need for Ensuring uniformity in the appointment of Principal Officers of this Institutions of Higher Learning. The Principal Officers in Nigerian polytechnics and similar specialty institutions are rector, deputy rector(s), registrar, Bursar and Polytechnic Librarian. Whereas, the Polytechnic (principal and amendment) acts stipulate qualifications and procedure for the appointment of rectors and deputy rectors, it was silent on the other categories of principal officers.
The situation led to proprietors of institutions; mostly State and Private, developing requirements to fill such vacant positions often times exploiting this lacuna to appoint inappropriate persons not only for positions of Registrars, Bursars and Librarians but even for the Rector's positions. In most cases, this leads to avoidable crises in our institutions.
It should be noted that although there is a Guideline for the Appointment of Rectors and Provosts developed by the Federal Ministry of Education, it has become obsolete as its applicability has been altered by recent developments particularly the Federal Polytechnics (Amendments) Act, 2019.
As part of the ongoing efforts at strengthening the quality assurance mechanism of the Board; which the positions of Principal Officers form an integral part of, the Board developed uniform criteria and template for the appointment of Principal Officers of Polytechnics and similar tertiary TVET institutions.
It is the Board’s belief that apart from enriching the process and ensuring quality assurance, it would also address the incessant industrial crises that ensure during and after each exercise for the appointment of Principal Officers.
While it is hoped that Proprietors would adhere strictly to the contents of this document as it forms an integral part of the quality assurance mechanism of the Board, it should be noted that failure to comply with its provisions, could lead to sanctions.
Finally, the Criteria for Nigerian Polytechnic Ranking is also added to encourage our Polytechnics to aspire to higher quality assurances and global best practices and rankings.
Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje
8th November, 2021