The Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) says it has in place the required structures, human resources, and equipment to become a full-fledged university in Nigeria.

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Joe Ejiofor, the deputy registrar of the institution, spoke with NAN on Wednesday.

He said the government has the exclusive right to turn the institution into a university.

Ejiofor also disclosed that the institution had no fewer than 150 Ph.D. holders, while there were still more academics working to upgrade their records to the level of Ph.D.

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“YABATECH as a federal government-owned institution has all it takes in all capacity to compare with any university in Nigeria. So, if it decides otherwise, YABATECH can always fit in,” the academic said.

“Because we have the manpower, resources, equipment, studios, facilities, and many other necessary requirements that can make it adapt to a university which will be a good development in the right direction.

“However, as we speak, YABATECH is still under the control of the regulatory body, that is the National Board for Technical Education. We award national diplomas, higher national diplomas as a polytechnic.”

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Ejiofor described YABATECH, which was founded in 1947, as a federal polytechnic and Nigeria’s first higher educational Institution.

He added that the institution offered full-time and part-time HND/ND/Post-HND programmes in areas cutting across science, technology, and commerce.



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