The bill seeking for the upgrade of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro into a Federal University of Technology has passed second reading in the Senate and committed to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution for further legislative action.
Penpushing reports that, the same bill was sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola, Chairman of Senate Committee on Finance in the 8th Senate but could not move pass first reading stage before the expiration of that Senate.
The bill is now sponsored by Senator Adeola with Senator Tolu Odebiyi as co-sponsor, and Adeola leading the debate for the second reading, said the imperative for the establishment of the university is informed mostly by the expansion and development of the polytechnic established some 38 years ago with ample latitude for massive expansion in terms of space and the fact of the institution being located in a semi urban cum rural setting of Ilaro.
“It is worthy of note that the Polytechnic has many infrastructural facilities, which many state owned and privately owned universities cannot boast of’, Adeola stated.
‘Ironically those state and newly established federal universities have today been granted National University Commission Accreditation and are running courses as full-fledged universities” he argued.
Penpushing further reports that, the second reading of the bill which was not opposed by any Senator was supported by Senator Odebiyi and Senator Bamidele Opeyemi (Ekiti Central).
Meanwhile, after a proposed public hearing on the bill, it will be returned to the Senate for third reading and final passage as an Act.
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