The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has blacklisted the Novelty Polytechnic in Kishi, Oyo State due to numerous petitions and complaints against the institution. The Director of the NBTE Inspectorate Department, Yakubu Ibrahim, revealed in a statement that investigations were carried out in collaboration with the State Security Service (SSS), which confirmed the allegations brought against the institution.
According to the investigation findings, Novelty Polytechnic was found to be offering unapproved programs and operating illegal campuses in the form of outreach/study centers or satellite campuses, which is in violation of government policy and the regulations of the NBTE. As a result, the NBTE has taken decisive actions, including stopping the sales of forms and admission into all unapproved programs, and suspending affiliations with institutions or consulting firms operating outreach/study centers or satellite campuses.
The Board has also suspended new admissions for approved/accredited programs and quality assurance visitations to the institution until compliance is achieved. Failure to comply with these directives may result in the immediate withdrawal of the institution’s operational license.
The NBTE emphasizes that the public should take note of the blacklisting of Novelty Polytechnic and avoid patronizing its illegal satellite campuses, which have now been closed. Before obtaining admission forms from any technical institution awarding National and Higher National Diploma certificates, it is advised to visit the NBTE official website to access the Directory of Accredited Programs to ensure recognition and accreditation.
Students who graduate from unapproved institutions and programs will not be eligible for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Additionally, holders of certificates from unaccredited programs will not have career progression or academic advancement, and their certificates cannot be used for employment, upgrading, or promotion in the civil service.
The NBTE provides contact details for its zonal offices across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, where individuals can confirm the accreditation status of any Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institution in the country.