Legislation to make Yaba Tech university gets boost

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Moves by the Nigerian Senate to convert the Yaba College of Technology into a full-fledged university known as the Federal University of Technology, Yaba, Tuesday scaled second reading in the Senate.

The Bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back to the house in four weeks.

Titled “A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Technology, Yaba and for Other Matters connected Therewith, 2020(SB.85)”, it is sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola, a senator representing Lagos West.

Leading the debate for the bill, Adeola said that the bill which was presented in the last Senate, was not passed.

It seeks to change the academic status of the nation’s oldest tertiary institution in Nigeria.

EduCeleb.com recalls that the institution started in 1936 as Yaba Technical College during the colonial era and had even hosted the pioneer students of Nigeria’s oldest degree awarding institution, the University of Ibadan.

Adeola told the house that the change will stimulate Nigeria’s economic need for requisite technical, scientific and technological skills for its effective operation.

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He added that it will address the huge demand for technology oriented tertiary education that the mega city of Lagos requires to function optimally in the interest of Nigeria.

The Lagos senator added that this development is different from creating a New University from the scratch as is currently being done for most new Universities.

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