- The number of public universities in Nigeria is set to increase as the Senate approved the upgrade of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro to a degree-awarding institution
- The bill which sought the upgrade was read for the third time at the Red Chamber and passed on Tuesday, June 1
- Following the passage at the Senate, the bill will be forwarded to the House of Reps for concurrence after which it will be presented before President Buhari for assent
Ilaro, Ogun state - The Senate has approved the upgrade of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun state to a university of technology.
The development followed the third reading of a bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Technology, Ilaro and for other matters connected therewith.
The Senate made this known in a thread of tweets posted via its official handle on Tuesday, June 1.
Legit.ng gathers that the vice-chairman of the Senate committee on tertiary institutions and TETFUND, Senator Sadiq Umar Sulaiman, said the upgrade of the polytechnic to a university of technology will be of tremendous benefits for host communities.
He added that the upgrade will provide employment as well as educational development to quickly increase avenue for degree awards in technological fields for teeming Nigerian youths.
The bill is now set for concurrence of the House of Representatives and eventual assent by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In other news, Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has approved the appointment of a new acting vice-chancellor for Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Ogboko.
The new VC of the school is Professor Ikechukwu Dozie and his appointment takes immediate effect according to a statement issued by the Imo state commissioner of education, Professor Bernard Thompson O. Ikegwuoha.
The statement which was sent to Legit.ng noted that the former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tola Badejo, had been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.