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Stakeholders throw weights behind bills for Act to establish fed. varsity of Health sciences Azare, fed. poly Kabo, three others


By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Stakeholders in the Education sector on Thursday at a public hearing of the Senate committtee on Tertiary Institution and TETFUND, supported the five bills for the establishment of higher institutions in different parts of the country.

Indeed, there was no objection to any of the five bills by stakeholders.

Specifically, three of the bills, federal varsity of Health Sciences Azare, Bauchi state, federal college of education, Jama’re, Bauchi state and federal polytechnic Kabo, Kano state establishment bill was sponsored by Senator Bara’u Jibrin (Kano North).

Others include, University of History, Archaeology and Education, Esie, Kwara state and federal University of Education, Okene, Kogi state establishment bill, sponsored by Senator Lola Ashiru (Kwara south) and Senator Yakubu Oseni (Kogi Central) respectively.

Declaring the session open, Senate President Ahmed Lawan said the five bills reflect on educational needs of the country.

Represented by Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North), Lawan observed that the proposals are adequate and expressed optimism on the capacity of the committtee to do a thorough job on the bills before it.

Earlier, chairman of the committtee, Senator Ahmed Baba-Kaita (Katsina North) told the gathering that most of the bills were executive bills.

Baba-Kaita said “the bills will mitigate shortage of manpower in Nigeria”.

He noted that the five bills if passed and assented by President Muhammadu Buhari will improve overall quality of education.

“The viability of these institutions is a responsibility of all, we urge you to make quality contribution. The Senate Committtee will leave no stone unturned to provide quality education in Nigeria”.

The highlight of the hearing was that there was no dissenting voice among all those that spoke on the five bills.

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