- The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill which upgrades the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara state to a degree awarding institution
- The lawmakers also on Tuesday, February 1, passed a bill to establish the School of Mines and Geological Studies, Guyuk
- Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita in his presentation explained the key reason behind the establishing of the school of mines and geological studies
FCT, Abuja - The Senate on Tuesday, February 1, passed the Federal Universities of Technology Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2022.
The Red Chamber, with the passage of the FUTA (Amendment) bill, gave approval for the upgrade of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara state, from a Diploma awarding institution to a full-fledged Degree awarding Federal University of Technology.
The upper legislative chamber also passed a bill to establish the School of Mines and Geological Studies, Guyuk.
The Punch reported that the passage of both bills followed the consideration of two separate reports by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.
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Legit.ng gathers that the chairman of the committee, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, in his presentation, said that establishing the school of mines and geological studies would provide for the training of middles and junior level manpower for the mineral and mining sector.
The lawmaker added that it would also facilitate collaboration with other national and international institutions involved in general exploration and mining of precious stones and ore as well as encourage teacher training, research, and general development of teacher education.
NUC discloses few number of lecturers attending to millions of Nigerian students
Meanwhile, there are only 100,000 academic staff serving over 2.1 million students in Nigerian universities across the country, the National University Commission (NUC) has said.
The commission also called on the Nigerian government to isolate universities from the embargo on new employment for government offices due to its shortage of manpower.
The deputy executive secretary of NUC (administration), Chris Maiyaki, made this known in the commission's latest bulletin. Maiyaki said in addition to these 100,000 academic staff, there are 170,000 non-academic staff, attending to 2.1 million Nigerian students.