There are four categories of institutions whose admissions are moderated by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). They are degree-awarding institutions, colleges of education, polytechnics/monotechnics and innovative enterprise institutions (IEIs). Most candidates familiar with the first three but not many are conversant with the fourth. Interestingly, IEIs award National Innovative Diploma (NID) which is equivalent to National Diploma (ND). These institutions have the mandate to provide practical and innovative trainings.
Data obtained from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) show that there are currently one hundred and sixty nine Innovative Enterprise Institutions in Nigeria. One IEI was approved by in 2007. In 2008, thirty more received their accreditation from NBTE. More were accredited every year since then. This year, eleven more have been approved.
In terms of ownership, one hundred and fifty seven of these NID-awarding institutions belong to private organizations while seven belong to the to the federal government. The remaining five IEIs belong to Ogun, Kwara, Kogi, Katsina and Niger states respectively. One interesting fact about these institutions is that all the first set that were accredited belonged to private bodies. Among the eleven accredited IEIs in 2021, only one (Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology) belongs to the federal government. The other ten are private schools.
The most popular courses among these institutes is Computer Engineering. The less popular courses are Paralegal Studies, Banking Operations, Innovative Agriculture and Music Technology. A closer check showed that Benson Idahosa School of Basic and Applied Studies had the greater number of NBTE-approved programs among the IEIs.
These institutions offer some courses that are not available in conventional universities/polytechnics. Candidates that are interested in acquiring real practical skills will therefore do better in these innovative institutions.
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