Breaking news reaching has it that the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja approved the issuance of operating licences to four new private polytechnics in Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new polytechnics are Nacabs Polytechnic, Akwanga, Nasarawa State; Uyo City Polytechnic, Akwa Ibom State; the Polytechnic Igbo-Owu, Kwara State and Balmor Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Speaking at the licence presentation in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, said that the move was in tandem with the quest by the Federal Government to build skilled manpower for the country.

He said the polytechnics, the IEIs and the VEIs were expected to focus on applied learning that would be relevant to the development needs of the country.

He added that “the Federal Government, in realisation of the need for appropriate manpower to the developmental needs of the country, opened the way for the private sector to participate in technological drive.

“The main problem confronting the sector is that of articulation, placement and progression of graduates from these institutions.

“I assure that stakeholders will work hard to solve these problems.

“The Federal Ministry of Education and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) had subjected the institutions to full scrutiny before granting them approval.’’

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