By Sunny A. Ijomah
The alumni of the National Metallurgical Training Institute (NMTI), Onitsha, Anambra state, have criticised the director of the institute, Bode Fakuade, over alleged high handedness, incompetence and lack of transparency, which, according to the group, have lead to loss of accreditation of some of the courses offered by the institute.
In a resolution signed by the duo of Anthony Nwanna and Njideka Nsobundu for and on behalf of the alumni, and made available to newsmen in Awka, the group referred to complaints by staff and students of the institution over the management of the school under Bade Fakuade, which, according to the group, has left much to be desired.
The script read in part, “Courses that were accredited in the institute have lost their accreditation and there is nothing the director is doing about it.
“Graduates of the institute are being denied admission into Higher National Diploma (HND) and Degree programmes into various higher institutions in the country due to the problem of accreditation and poor standard of teaching and learning.
“We are also aware of the extent of sectionalism being displayed by the management of the institute in the appointments of deans and heads of departments. A case in view was the appointment of one Mrs. Biakolo Alisigwe, the Head of Training/Dean School of Engineering of the Metallurgical Training Institute.
“Also, somebody, who studied Primary Education as a course was appointed as the Head Engineering Curriculum Planning, and we do not know if the relevant parent ministries or Board of Technical Education were aware of the development.
“One wonders why the apex engineering organisation has chosen to watch non professionals heading an organisation of this caliber.
“Again, under Fakuade, contracts are being awarded without following due process and any staff of the institute that challenges him is frustrated”.
The alumni, therefore, called for the removal of Fakuade as the institution’s director, over alleged poor academic standard and non recognition of the school’s Diploma Certificate by other higher institutions, among many other undoings.
When our reporters visited the school, a number of students, who spoke to our reporter claimed that some of the courses offered by the institute have lost accreditation.
“Courses such as electrical electronics, structural fabrication, welding, among others, has lost their accreditation, hence, reducing Diploma certificate of the institute to mere tissue paper,” one of the students, who begged not to be recognised, said.
When also contacted, the director, Bode Fakuade, refused to grant interview to our reporter; saying that he was not allowed to speak.
“This is a federal institution and we do not grant press interviews unless we receive approval from our superiors; so, I cannot speak on these allegations,” he said.