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Sunday, November 5, 2023

Poly raises alarm over fraudsters using its name to operate 4 campuses

The management of Novelty Polytechnic, Kishi, Oyo State, has alerted the public of the activities of fraudsters using its name to operate satellite campuses in some parts of the country.

The school said four satellite campuses were currently being operated Abuja, Ibadan, Lagos and Bida, in Niger State, using its name.

To this end,it has also called on the National Board for Technical Education,NBTE, to wield a sledge hammer on the illegal study centres by closing them down.

The Governing Board of Novelty Polytechnic, Kishi, Oyo State, speaking at a news conference in Abuja, weekend, distanced itself from the satellite campuses just as it clarified that it has never at any time,applied to the NBTE to establish campuses in the country.

It explained that it has never made such application,given that NBTE as the regulator of technical education in the country, does not grant license for such.

Speaking, Prince Lanre Ogundipe, a member of the school's governing body, explained that  Novelty Polytechnic, Kushi has no satellite campuses anywhere,both in Nigeria and outside the country.

According to him, the three-year-old polytechnic does not have students outside it’s main campus in Kishi and equally does not affiliate any school or authorise any individual or body corporate to do so in its behalf.

"From the eight departments duly accredited by NBTE for its over 400 students, Novelty Polytechnic does not run any satellite programme nor admit students into them.

Novelty Polytechnic which took off three years with 83 students, admits students for only the Ordinary National Diploma,OND, for the duly accredited courses,"he clarified.

The development came on the heels of  the September 2023 warning by the NBTE to close down Novelty Polytechnic for the alleged illegal activities.

Ogundipe recalled that the management of the school had in April 2023, written four separate letters to NBTE alerting it of the activities of a former canvasser for the school who forged the signature of the proprietor, cloned the polytechnic’s portal to open the campuses and extort several admission seekers.

"If the NBTE had carried out due diligence and acted promptly on the activities of the sacked canvasser, the situation would have been salvaged,he said.

He noted that  before the illegal activities of the disengaged canvasser were discovered, he had defrauded the school of N50 million.

The fraud, he said was reported to the police, which led to the arrest and arraignment of the canvasser before a magistrate court and High Court,in Oyo State.

According to him, the two cases are still pending before the two courts.

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