The vocational and technical training institution, the Nigeria-Korea Friendship Institute, Lokoja, Kogi State, has secured full accreditation of all its courses from the Nigerian Board of Technical Education.
The Rector of the institution, Mr Williams Charles Oluwatoyin, disclosed this on Monday during the official opening of the institution’s automobile workshop to the general public.
Aside from the full accreditation of their courses, the Rector also announced a scholarship scheme for some students of the institution, bankrolled by the Director General of the Kogi State Government House, Dr Shaibu Oricha.
“You would recall that between December 19 and 21, 2023, the delegation from the Nigerian Board of Technical Education was at our institution to carry out an accreditation exercise of all our programmes.
The visitation was a reflection of my hard work and commitment to birthing tangible changes under my rectorship.
“We are so delighted to announce to you and the entire public that the NBTE has granted full accreditation to all the programmes in our institution.
“These programmes, including the National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Computer Software Engineering, NID Welding and Fabrication, NID Network and System Security, NID Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and NVC Automotive Mechatronics, were accredited with effect from January 2024.
Charles said the full status accreditation has poised them to deliver on their mandate: “While this phase in our sojourn is laid to rest, for now till 2029, we are committed to raising the bar of academic excellence, fostering the actualization of our mission and vision, as well as our keen interest in emerging as a globally reputable and competitive institute of vocational and technical learning.
“We strongly remain unwavering and ever committed to ensuring that we nip in the bud issues of unemployment through our plans to produce highly employable and skilled professionals.”
On the scholarship, the Rector said, “When I resumed, one of the very key strategies we adopted was continued advocacy for individuals that cut across the traditional, religious, political, and humanitarian sectors, suggesting to many of them to sponsor young men and women from their respective localities.
“Many well-meaning individuals responded favourably. Very remarkable is the Director General, Kogi State Government House administration.
“Dr Shaibu Oricha has decided to sponsor 30 individuals in an annual scholarship scheme cutting across the 21 local government areas of the state.
“We want to use this opportunity to again urge those who are in respective positions of authority and possess the financial weight to emulate men like Dr Oricha and toe the path of investing in the younger ones for the collective good of the people of Kogi State and the nation by extension.
“On a final note, we are announcing officially that we are opening our automobile workshop to the use of members of the general public as service stations for their automobiles.
“Although services rendered would come at a cost, they would be largely discounted. You can rest assured of top-notch services, as we have an array of internationally trained professionals and equipment.