Senate moves to make Yabatech, Ilaro Poly Universities

By Sanni Onogu,
Efforts at upgrading the Federal Polytechnics, Ilaro and Yaba College of Technology Yaba to universities of technology as well as grant legal status to the Nigeria French Village, Badagry got a boost at a public hearing in Abuja on Thursday.

The three Bills were sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West).

Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, said the upgrade of the two institutions would go a long way in spreading education infrastructure and balanced access to education by Nigerians.

He added the passage of the inter-university centre for French language in Badagry would improve on the French Language proficiency and skills required across professions at the global levels for imparting knowledge and business practices.

Senator Adeola, in his contribution, said the Bills are in line with his legislative agenda to enhance and develop educational institutions and human resources.

He added the passage of the bills would address the need to expand the opportunities for youths seeking admission into universities.

The Senator noted upgrade of the institutions will address the issue of unemployment as well as boost the economy of the host communities through usage of technological innovations.

Stakeholders from the host communities of the three institutions presented oral and written memoranda in support of the bills.

Others who supported passage of the bills include Professor Babatunde Aileru; Registrar of the Nigeria French Village, Professor Austin Moye; Dean of Faculty of Arts, University of Benin and President of University French Teachers Association in Nigeria, Dr. (Mrs) Lauretta Offodile; President of YabaTech ASUP Apostle Shegun Shodipe; President Yabatech Alumni and Dr. Kunle Salako of Ogun State Ministry of Health, among others.

-The Nation

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