Students of Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, on Wednesday took to the streets to protest the non-accreditation of courses offered in the institution.

The students, who blocked a section of the Akwanga-Lafia highway, also accused the school management of “massive extortion”.

According to reports, students carried placards with various inscriptions some of which read “accredit our courses, we are tired of stories,” and “our certificates are not recognised,” among others.

Speaking to newsmen, Sumar Abdullahi, the spokesperson for the student accused the management of forcing each undergraduate to pay N2, 000 for accreditation since 2003.

“Each year we pay N2,000 for accreditation, yet nothing has happened,” he said.

“All courses in the institution have lost accreditation since 2013 and the government through the management was not making any effort towards that.

“Those who graduated from the institution find it difficult to get admission or employment because the certificates are not recognised.”

NAN reports that it took the intervention of Abdullahi Agwai, permanent secretary, the ministry of education, aided by security personnel, to pacify the protesters.

When contacted by NAN, Augustine Ali-Gabu, acting rector of the Polytechnic, refused to comment on the matter.

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