By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – A bill for an Act to establish the Federal Polytechnic Adikpo, in Kwande Local Gocernment Area of Benue State passed second reading on the floor the sente on Wednesday.
Senator Baranbas Gemade representing Benue North-East Senatorial District, while leading the debate, informed the Senate that contrary to the Federal Government’s policy to site Federal Institutions in every States with the cretion of 19 states in 1976; policy which also contined with the creation of thirty-six states, Benue state cannot boast of a Federal Polytechnic or Federal College of Education till now.
He informed that the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic, Adikpo will apart from bringing about equality in the implementation of the policy, it is also a sine-qua-non in creating a work force for the unemployment gap as well as emancipation of our people in Benue state.
Sundiata Post recalls that the Bill for the establishment of the educational institution was read for the first time in the Red Chamber on Tuesday 13th June, 2017.
According to Senator Gemade, ” Mr, President, Distinguished colleagues, the report of the Committee on Modalities of Establishing Federal Polytechnics, Federal Colleges of Education and Federal Universities across Nigeria 2018 considered and approved by this hallowed Chambers, on the 18th of January, 2018, in its findings confirmed this fact that Benue does not have aby Federal Polytechnic or Federal College of Education.
”It is against this backdrop that this Bill is being proposed to address these challanges by establishing a Federal polytechnic at Adikpo in Kwande Local Government Area which is very central within the North-East Senatorial District of Benue State which does not have any Federal Tertiary institution.
Senator Barnabas Gemade therefore, presented to the Senators, a compendium of background information and financial implications in compliance with Order 77 (3) of the Standing Rules of the Senate with respect o the procedure of bills. From his submission, the financial implication for the Federal polytechnic amounted to N2.15billion.
The Bill is therefore a right step in the right direction as it seeks to address not only the technological needs of our populace but also provide training in the fields of Applied Science management, Technical and Vocational training of artisans for the development of the nation’s diverse economic potentials and industries.
Senator Gemade’s in his presentation also informed the senate that the host communities have agreed to provide some infrastructural facilities to host the institution.
Senate has passed four separate bills to provide for the establishment of higher education institutions across the country.
Sundiata Post further recalls that that three other tertiary bills that scaled second reading are; A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal of University, Manchok, Kaduna State,”sponsored by Senator Danjuma Laa’h; a Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Federal College of Education Dass, Bauchi State,” by Senator Ali Wakili, and a Bill for an Act to establish the Federal Polytechnic Kaltungo, Gombe State,” by Senator Joshua Lidani.
The four bills were referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks.