By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Hundreds of students of Southern Nigeria Institute of Innovative Technology (SNIIT) Polytechnic in Osun state have razed down some section of the campus while protesting alleged none accreditation of their courses.
The angry-looking students on Monday, February 22, 2016 caused pandemonium on the campus located at Ifewara in Atakunmosa West Local Government of the state when they shut the campus and chased their lecturers and other workers out of their offices.
Some of the students, out of about two hundred protesters were said to have stormed a filling station in the town to purchase fuel before they marched to the campus and set it ablaze amid anti-management songs.
It was gathered that the students had learnt that some courses at the institution’s School of Management have not been accredited by the National Board of Technical Education.
While some lecture rooms and other structures were burnt, an administrative block of the school was severely vandalised by the students who were armed with dangerous weapons.
The school security operatives could not prevent the student from venting their anger on the campus structures as they scampered for fear of being attacked by the angry youths.
Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, one of the students who craved anonymity said that the students protested when the news filtered on campus that some of their courses were yet to be accredited.
But the Chairman of the Governing Council of the school, Dr Kola Christwealth denied the students’ allegation when contacted by our correspondent on Monday.
According to Christwealth, all the programmes in the skills-based schools have been duly accredited by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) expressing disappointment over the students’ actions.
Christwealth disclosed that he had been informed that structures worth millions of naira were destroyed by the protesters adding that he would visit the campus to ascertain the real level of damages. saying he visited the school so as to know the level of damages.
Explaining the possible reason for the student’s anger, Christwealth said the institution’s management had encouraged some of the students to register for a professional examination, which some of them disregarded.
He said: “It is not true that our courses were not accredited by NABTE. We are only encouraging our students to enroll for professional examinations. We did not charge them anything for preparing them for the examinations but they will only pay to register for the examinations.
The payment is to the professional bodies like ICAN, NIM and others. They are not going to pay us but some of them said the management should pay for the registration whereas this examination is not compulsory.
“Its designed to give the opportunity of becoming more competent in their chosen career,” he added.
SNIITPOLY is an innovation enterprise institution that provide a route to higher education for competency based-skills in technological or professional education and training to equip the youth as well as working adults, skills and knowledge to meet the increasing demand for skilled manpower in the various sectors of the nation’s economy.