On #TertiaryEducation in Nigeria, as at today, there are 99 private universities and 61 private polytechnics licensed to operate, with straight calendars. Yet, the FG still approve new Federal ones with States establishing more, in spite of incessant Industrial disharmony.
With the approval of the President, the National University Commission, NUC is the licensing-agent of the Federal Government for Universities, while the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE is that of the Polytechnics/Monotechnics and colleges of Agriculture.
Colleges of Education is being licensed and regulated by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). As at last count, they are 177, awarding National Certification in Education, NCE in Nigeria. There are 84 being owned by private organisations and individuals.
With the incessant Industrial disharmony within Government-owned institutions, the advantage of acquiring a Degree is best bet to students to approach these private tertiary institutions. Most of these private schools avoid unionisation of staff into ASUU, NASU, NASU etc.
For a tertiary institution to operate in Nigeria, it must be approved by specific agencies of government under the Ministry of Education, to accredit universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria. Private owners are either organisations or individuals.
An advantage of a tertiary institution being government approved is that it gets to benefit from the proceeds of the education tax usually channeled through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). Currently, only government-owned institutions benefit from the funds.
On the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) the funds are meant for infrastructure and research. Agitations are still ongoing to make sure that such funding is extended to private institutions to private institutions too. This is generating a lot of debates, for, or against.
Ownership and regulation of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, is according to the National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions (Amendment Decree No. 9 of 1993), For any to be established, guidelines are set by the NUC, NBTE or the NCCE, as the case may be.
Criteria for establishing tertiary institutions in Nigeria: the following are necessary to be in place before tertiary institutions can be established:
(1) The academic structure and spread of discipline of the institution shall be such as would cater for areas of felt needs,
(2) 1. Evidence shall be produced to show that the institution would be provided with adequate:-

(a) Funding, both Capital and Recurrent;

(b) Academic and Support Staff.

The proposed staffing guidelines shall meet with current guidelines of :-
(a - c) of regulatory body.
(3) The Federal Government must be satisfied that, on approval being given, the sources of funding and necessary funds will be available.

(4) The Federal Government or its accredited agency shall ascertain and be satisfied itself that:-
(a) The fixed and enabling assets, that is, funds, land, movable and immovable assets, are appropriate for establishing the institution in the light of such factors as:-
The type of institution envisaged, Its philosophy and objectives.
iii. The cost of goods and services prevailing at the time;

(b) The assets shall be assigned to the institution on approval being given for the institution to be established; and
(c) That the applicant has supplied a concrete and guaranteed source of financial support for the University to the tune of N200 million, N100 million for Polytechnic or Mono technic, and N50 million for a College of Education, over a period of 5 years.
(5) (1) A proposed institution shall have clearly spelt out master plan for infrastructural and programme development for at least 20 to 25 years which shall make adequate provision for:-

(a) Plan space, aesthetic beauty and fixed final assets;
(b) Minimum land area of 100 hectares for a University, 50 hectares for a Polytechnic or Monotechnic and 25 hectares for a College of Education, in a salutary site.

These are just some of the criteria for establishing tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Summary of the criteria for establishing tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
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Advantage of private institutions is that they are self funded, and no room for unnecessary Industrial disharmony. Hence, no strike action. They manage their staff strength according to the revenue gearned, with consonant to regulatory instructions. Academic calendar is certain.
In the current socio-economy reality in Nigeria, the surebet for students seeking post-secondary education, is for them to apply to private institutions. It's expensive, but time-saving. For instance, a 4-year course is certain, except unforseen circumstances, like pandemic, etc
"Private universities did not simply become the vogue, they have since become a huge blessing for everyone to see, as they help bridge a vital economic gap, develop and inculcate high moral and educational standards...
...as well as play a vital role in re-vitalising a culture of learning and intellectual skills in the country’s youth."

- Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, OFR (Founder ABUAD)

I want to introduce to you, a citadel of learning students seeking post-secondary education can start with.

AJAYI POLYTECHNIC, Fagbohun Ado-Ikere road, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State is the best around Ekiti.

It's Number 3 on the list of Accredited Polytechnics by NBTE.
The main essence of polytechnic education is to promote technical and vocational training and enhance the transfer of technology for the economic development of the country.

That's what AJAYI POLYTECHNIC does.

Check: ajayipolytechnic.edu.ng

Ajayi Polytechnic is focused on providing our graduates with technical and managerial skills that will make them sought after in their chosen fields and grooming them to ultimately set up their own entrepreneurial organization in future.
✍️Scholarship, Learning, Good Character & Sound Morals

✍️Payment of tuition fees in installment

✍️Full ACcreditation of all ND Programme by NBTE

✍️Full Accreditation of all DEGREE Programme by NUC

(+234) 8025305140
Km 10, Ado/Ikere Expressway, Ikere-Ekiti

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