Thursday, April 22, 2021

Senate Moves To Make YABATECH, FEDPOLY ILARO Universities

...Also, French Village To Get Legal Backing 

The Daily Crucible

The Senate has continued in its efforts at upgrading the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State and Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos to universities of technology.

The Senate also seek to grant legal status to the Nigeria French Village, Badagry.

This followed a public hearing for the three bills sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West).  

Speaking at the public hearing, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, the Chairman Senate Committee of Tertiary Institution and TETFUND said the upgrade of the two institutions would go a long way in calibrating the spread of educational infrastructure and balance access to education among the diverse of Nigeria.

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

Senator Adeola in his contribution to the public hearing as the sponsor,  stated that the bills were pursuant of one of his legislative agenda to enhance and develop educational institution as well as human resources development.

According to Adeola, the passage of the bills would address the need to expand the access  for our teeming youths seeking admission into universities. 

The senator noted that the upgrade of these institutions would also address the issue of unemployment by providing education with potentials to create jobs by its products as well as boost the economy of the host communities through usage of technological innovations. 

Adeola who conveyed the move in statement by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, stated that the stakeholders from  the host communities and the academic communities of these three institutions presented oral and written memoranda in support of the bills.

                 •Adeola(middle) with the Obas

 Among them the stakeholders are Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland Ogun State, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle who came with the 5 royal fathers namely Onipokia of Ipokia, Oba Olusola Olaniyan, Oba Adeyemi Adekeye, the Abepa of Joga Orile Yewa, Oba Ebenezer Akinyemi, the Eselu of Iselu, Oba Jaiyeola Agunbiade, the Alagbara of Agbara Yewa, Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Benjamin Olanite, Otunba Akkem Adigun and Mr. Taiwo Hassan aka Ogogo, a popular actor. 

Others who supported the passage of the bills as it relates to them includes Professor Babatunde Aileru, the registrar of the Nigeria French Village, Professor Austin Moye Dean of Faculty of Arts, University of Benin and President of University French Teachers Association on Nigeria, Dr.(Mrs) Lauretta Offodile the President of YabaTech ASUP, Apostle Shegun Shodipe President Yabatech Alumni and Dr. Kunle Salako of Ogun State Ministry of Health among others. 

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