For 23 years, the Taraba State Polytechnic Suntai has existed without accreditation of any of its courses until today Wednesday when the State Commissioner of Education Johannes Jigem, broke the news of the accreditation of the first set of courses.
Briefing journalists in his office in Jalingo, Jigem stated that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), had given accreditation to the following courses: Computer Science, Science Laboratory Technology, Maths/Statistics, Office Technology Management and Electrical/Electronics.
According to the commissioner, Governor Darius Ishaku had released funds which led to the success and that the Rescue Mission has ensured that education was a key factor in human and social development.
He urged the media to play the role of informing Tarabans on the new development in order for them to have confidence on the polytechnic.
Jigem lauded Governor Ishaku for giving hope to Tarabans and encouraged Tarabans to give him another chance.
The commissioner who was visibly excited, however, disclosed that for 23 years, the polytechnic lacked accreditation but that now, the past and present students can go about with valid certificates.
He traced the non-accreditation of the polytechnic to lack of funds and stated that if Taraba must move ahead, there must be sound education.
Present at the occasion was the acting provost of the institution, Mom D. Daniel, who explained that ‘the issue of accreditation is the level of acceptance of an established polytechnic”.
He added that “the NBTE oversees all the nation’s polytechnics and once you have not accredited any of the courses, your name will not appear in the directory of polytechnics. Before now our name was not there, it’s now that our name will be registered in that directory”.