The Nigerian Senate on Thursday passed the City University of Technology Yaba bill, 2018 for seconf reading which followed a motion by Senator Gbenga Ashafa at the plenary presided over by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki in Abuja.
Importantly, the bill seeks to transform the Yaba College of Education (YABATECH) in Lagos, to City University of Technology.
Ashafa, who is representing Lagos East Senatorial District, noted that if the bill is approved, it would boost the capacity of the institution to achieve its objectives.
“Nigerian’s steady march towards education for all in the shortest possible time has taken a giant leap with the introduction of this bill.
“I am personally excited by the prospect of transforming this polytechnic to a university of technology because it will motive both students and academic staff. It will also upgrade the facilities and enhance its capability to achieve its objectives.
“Similarly, the new university will encourage the advancement of learning and hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring a higher and liberal education, he argued.
When the motion was put on a voice vote, it was unanimously adopted by the legislators. Lawmakers, who contributed to the motion, also supported it.
The Senate President referred the bill to Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND for further legislative action and report back within one week.