- If things go as planned and proposed, Lagos state will have two more universities added to LASU
- This is as the state House of Assembly is seriously considering the conversion of colleges of education to universities
- By implication, LASPOTECH will become a University of Science and Technology if the proposed bills are passed into law
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Lagos - Two bills seeking the establishment of two tertiary institutions, a University of Education and a University of Science and Technology, in Lagos were deliberated upon at the state House of Assembly on Thursday, July 1.
A statement made available to Legit.ng by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa's chief press secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, said the bills, having scaled its second reading on the floor of the House, were committed to the committee on Education (tertiary) for submission of the report in two weeks.
Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1) argued that the bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the university of Education, Lagos (UNEDLAG) was important as he suggested that it should also have provision for pre-degree programmes.
Yusuff also noted a provision in the bill that would make graduates be somewhat independent rather than search for jobs.
"The inclusion of vocational training will also make the students to be self-employed," he said.
On his part, Hon. Sani Okanlawon said it had become important for the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and the Michael Otedola College of Education to be upgraded to a university.
"The society now rejects NCE and what is the benefit of going to a school that your certificate will not be recognised?
"Admission into this school is the lowest as only 18 applicants chose (ACCOED) as first choice in the last Universal Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME).
"With the creation of this varsity, it will reduce the number of applicants seeking admission to LASU."
On his part, Honourable Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2), agreeing with other lawmakers, pointed out that the NCE is no longer popular.
However, Yishawu maintained that to prevent overlap, there is a need to come up with a template for the creation of the institution.
Hon. David Setonji, chairman of the House committee on Information, supported the bill and added that the state had a high number of primary and secondary schools with less teachers and that the university would help resolve the challenge.
Sanai Agunbiade, the leader of the House, disclosed that he graduated from ACCOED and taught for five years with the certificate he got from the institution.
Concerning the proposed University of Science and Technology, the lawmakers expressed optimism that it would help provide manpower for the development of the state and the country.
Senate Approves Upgrade of Popular Polytechnic to University
Meanwhile, the Senate had 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.