Senator Yayi's Bill Seeking Upgrade Of Ilaro Polytechnic To Federal University of Technology Scales Senate Second Reading - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Senator Yayi's Bill Seeking Upgrade Of Ilaro Polytechnic To Federal University of Technology Scales Senate Second Reading


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 

ABEOKUTA - 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.


The bill, 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, is now sponsored by Senator Adeola with Senator Tolu Odebiyi as co-sponsor.


Leading the debate for the second reading, Senator Adeola said the imperative for the establishment of the university was 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. 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.


The second reading of the bill which was not opposed by any senator was supported by Senator Odebiyi and Senator Bamidele Opeyemi (Ekiti Central).


According to a release by the Media Adviser to Senator Adeola, Chief Kayode Odunaro, the bill would be returned to the Senate for third reading and final passage as an Act after the proposed public hearing on the bill.

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