Education Stakeholders back bills for eight additional institutions

MINA Blog- Stakeholders in the education sector has backed the bills for the establishment of five tertiary educational institutions at a public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

The five education institutions include the Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Federal College of Education, Jama’are, (both in Bauchi state); University of History, Archeology and Education, Esie, Kwara state, Federal Polytechnic, Kabo, Kano state and the Federal University of Education, Okene Kogi state.

Declaring the session open in Thursday in Abuja, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who was represented by the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, said the five bills reflect the educational needs of the country.

He observed that the proposals are adequate and expressed optimism about the capacity of the committee to do a thorough job on the bills before it.

Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Senator Ahmed Baba-Kaita said, “The bills will mitigate the shortage of manpower in Nigeria.

“The viability of these institutions is a responsibility of all, we urge you to make a quality contribution. The Senate committee will leave no stone unturned to provide quality education in Nigeria.”

Also, former Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, said, “you can’t have too many universities, especially that of Health Sciences.

“At TETFund, we tried to apply the resources for uplifting educational institutions.

“Whatever roles we played and those we will play in the future will be for the advancement of our education.”

It was observed that none of the stakeholders spoke against the five bills.