Efforts to ensure that Nigeria have the requisite manpower to accelerate her metallurgical and technological development received a boost recently with the passage of the bill for the establishment of Nigeria Steel University which will be based in Ajaokuta, Kogi.
This followed the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, which was presented at plenary by Senator Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi) on behalf of the Committee’s Chairman, Senator. Ahmed Kaita.
The Senate also passed the Agricultural Research Council Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021; and the Federal Medical Centre Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021.
Speaking during the presentation of the report, Senator Egwu said that the Nigeria Steel University, when established, would further aid the technological development of the country.
According to him, the institution will provide specialised services in engineering and training in every aspect of education and fields of applied learning.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks, said the future growth of the Nigerian economy would be based on the revival of the steel industry.
Lawan said that the University would provide the required manpower for the industry to thrive successfully.
“Our way to growth, development, and stability is to have our steel industries functioning and this university, if and when established, will definitely provide the necessary and needed manpower for the steel industry in our country,” he said.