By Abiodun Ogunrinde, Ibadan
The management of Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa,
Oyo state has blamed inadequate allocation to
validate programmes, print certificates and
accreditation on the state government as students
embarked on protest over non-inclusion in the
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
The graduates of the institution on Tuesday took to the street to protest over their denial for the scheme and non-issuance of certificates for them by the institution since they graduated two years ago.
The students, while protesting, locked up some offices, this partially paralysed the academic activities of the institution because most of the staff of the school could not have access to their offices. They added that they were protesting, because since they graduated two years ago, they were yet to receive their certificates.
According to a report by DailyPost, a graduate of
the school, Olaoluwa Ademoyega, while speaking
on behalf of his colleagues, said that the issue on
ground was that their department has not been
accredited, adding that this was the hindrance of
their mobilisation for NYSC service year.
He said, “We were here on a peaceful protest, to show our displeasure on state of our education, we are yet to be given our admission letter two years after we have graduated, our certificate has not been issued to us, and we were yet to go for the NYSC due to the none accreditation of the courses we studied when we were in school.
“We want the school management to accredit our
course so that we can go for our service year, we
are also calling on the Oyo State government to
look into this issue and resolve it.”
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)
JCC in the state, Moronkola Teslim, said that the
students were on a peaceful protest to demand for their right which the management of the institution has been denying them for the past two
He noted that NANS as a body was also behind the protest because it is part of the duties of NANS to listen to the cry of Nigerian Students.
However, Deputy Rector of the institution, Dr.
Peter Adejumo, while reacting, said that accreditation of courses is a managerial function
of the institution. Adejumo explained that the school management is currently on top of the issue.
He noted that the rector of institution is currently
at Kaduna to meet with the National Board of
Technical Education (NBTE) concerning the issue of accreditation.
Adejumo said, “In 2014, NBTE came to our institution for the validation of all our programs,
22 programs was validated and NBTE also came for resource inspection, there was deficiency in core engineering course which need to upgraded and this was what led to the non accreditation of
Adejumo pointed out that shortage of funds also
responsible for the non accreditation of the course, adding that the money coming to the school purse from the Oyo State government was
not enough to take care of the institution.
“We did not have any issue with our National Diploma (ND) courses, is only some of our Higher National Diploma (HND) courses that we are having issue with, we are trying to source for fund
through other means, so that we can resolve.”
The Ibarapa Polytechnic Eruwa was one of the
satellite campuses of The Polytechnic Ibadan before it was given autonomy to operate on its
own. It was established as a satellite campus of
the Polytechnic Ibadan on 19 January 1982 and
later converted into an autonomous Polytechnic in
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