An illegal private polytechnic, Oke-Ogun College of Management Science and Technology and College of Education Iseyin (Oke-OgunTech) were discovered in Iseyin, the gateway to the Oke-Ogun region in the state of Oyo.
The natives of the town, under the banner of Ebedi Frontliners, petitioned the Governor of the State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and the National Council for Technical Education to immediately shut down the polytechnic which is illegally operated by some individuals in the community.
Ebedi Frontliners, a socio-cultural group from the Iseyin region of the state, in a petition signed by its President, Alhaji Segun Fasasi and Vice President, Mr. Bambi Abiodun, among other members, claimed that the investigation revealed that the institution was not duly registered and not accredited to admit students to National Diploma Certificates or any other academic program.
The group said a visit it undertook to campus showed that those behind the establishment of the school were meant to dupe unsuspecting students and their parents, as attempts to verify the authenticity of the institution showed that it was not registered and did not have the capacity to offer academic services. certificates.
Ebedi Frontliners further stated that the conditions under which the students, who the school said were scholarship holders from Lagos and nearby towns, attended classes were not human friendly as the structures in place were neither completed or habitable.
“Some people came to Iseyin to trick innocent students and their parents into claiming that they were running a campus affiliated with Olabisi Onabanjo University at some point.
“They even promised the students that they would allow them to be called up by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“Some of us drew attention to the scam, but people didn’t listen until those behind it ran away, leaving the unfortunate students confused and disappointed. We inquired on this Oke-Ogun College of Management Science and Technology, it is not among the latest 64 private polytechnics accredited in Nigeria by NBTE.
“They even pretend to be an NGO and call their school ‘Scholarship Campus’ and have been going around asking people for ways to give indigent students a scholarship to study at their school, isn’t that a scam?
While noting that Iseyin residents are law-abiding, they said they contacted prominent people in the community as well as security agencies to undertake independent verification before deciding to write to the Governor, Minister and NBTE, urgently stop the scam perpetrated by a man said to be from Kogi State and Acting Registrar an Ijaw to dupe the people.
Responding, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, ordered that the institution’s billboards be removed to pave the way for normalcy and ensure that the necessary is done.
The owner of the college, Mr Adewale Owoseni, who had previously admitted that he had not registered the institution with the Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, explained that he had started the registration process with NBTE, Kaduna and NCC in Abuja with regards to approval.
However, the commissioner stressed the need for the owner to have done what was necessary, in order to save the state from unnecessary embarrassment.