Senate Approves Upgrade Of Ilaro Poly To A University - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Senate Approves Upgrade Of Ilaro Poly To A University

From Jane Okafor, Abuja

The Senate has approved the upgrade of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State to a university of technology following the third reading of “A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of Federal University of Technology, Ilaro and for other Matters Connected Therewith” sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC Lagos West). 

The bill was originally sponsored by Senator Adeola in the 8th Senate but could not be passed before the expiration of the 8th Senate and it was again represented in the 9th Senate for consideration and passage. 

Presenting the report of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Sadiq Umar Sulaiman(APC, Kwara)  on behalf the chairman of the committee Senator Ahmad Babba-Kaita (APC, Katsina North), said there is need to expand opportunities for advance education in technology in the country.

Umar added that the upgrade of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro to a university of technology  will be of tremendous benefits for host communities, provide employment as well as educational development to quickly increase avenue for degree awards in technological fields for teeming Nigerian youths. 

The bill which was passed after thorough consideration of its clauses by the Senate in plenary is now set for concurrence of the House of Representatives and eventual assent by the President, Chief Kayode Odunaro, the Media Adviser to Senator Adeola disclosed this in a release on Tuesday.

Odunaro disclosed further that the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, congratulated Senator Adeola for the passage of the bill that he had pursued since the 8th Senate. 

According to the media aide, Senator Adeola who was elated at the passage of the bill, stated that the passage marks a fulfilment of one of his legislative agenda in relation to institutional development of education at all levels.

 He also quoted him as saying that the  Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro already have enough facilities for the upgrade to take off immediately without much expenditure as would have been required for a brand-new university. 

What could be likened to June 1st gift to Adeola and Ogun State with the approved upgrade of the institution, followed the continued efforts of Senate on April 22 towards the elevation of the status of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State to a full-fledged university of technology.

Earlier, it approved the upgrading the  Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos to university of technology courtesy of Adeola's bill.

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

This was sequel to a public hearing for the three bills sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) in April. 

Today, that of YABATECH and Ilaro Poly  have sailed through and only requires the executive signing into law for the task to be completed.

However, Nigerians particularly the Southwest geopolitical zone look forward to seeing that of the French Village, Badagry, succeed in like manner.

Speaking at the public hearing of that proposal in April, 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 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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