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Only Institutions Approved, Accredited By Regulatory Agencies Can Have Valid Certificates - Esset

The member for Nsit Atai State Constituency, has assured that the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly (AKHA) would save the career and future of the youth and parents from spending their hard-earned resources of training their wards who will end up acquiring unrecognized certificates from illegally operating tertiary institutions in the state.  This was brought in a motion before the House at plenary recently by Elder Mark Esset, titled: "Proliferation of Illegal Tertiary Institutions in Akwa Ibom State: A call for immediate action to save innocent youths and parents from self-centered unconscionable proprietors.  He stated that the motion was brought in pursuant to Order 3 (1) of the standing orders of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, noting that for a tertiary institution to operate in Nigeria, it must be approved by the specific agencies under the Ministry of Education.  The motion states that the approved institutions stand to benefit from the education tax which was usually channeled through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).  Esset who is also the chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, stated that only institutions approved and accredited by the regulatory agencies can have valid, authentic and recognized certificates which can be presented for employment and their products eligible for the National Youth Service programme.  The lawmaker prayed that the list of tertiary institutions operating within the state as approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) or National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) regulatory bodies be published by the Ministry of Education as soon as possible, as well as a facility tour to be conducted by the House Committee on Education to ascertain the status of these institutions within the state.  He appealed for a comprehensive report to be presented before the House after the tour detailing the status of these institutions in the state.  The speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, referred the motion to the Committee on Education for indepth study and to report back to the House within one month.

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