The status of Nigeria’s foremost polytechnic institution, the Yaba College of Technology, will soon change to a Federal University of Technology, as the Nigeria Senate, at its plenary held on Wednesday, passed the Bill seeking to upgrade the status of the institution.
The upper Chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, also gave its nod to the establishment of another Federal University to be located in Birnin-Kebbi,in Kebbi State, North West Nigeria.
The approval for the establishment of both universities followed the consideration of two separate reports by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.
Presenting the Committee’s Report on behalf of its Chairman,Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, Senator Nora Daduut (APC, Plateau South), said the establishment of the Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi would provide the required manpower needs of Nigeria in the area of Geosciences and Technology, and General Agricultural practices as a boost for the exploration of solid minerals, scientific and social knowledge in the promotion of cutting-edge research on n Nigerian and beyond. The lawmaker added that “the knowledge and skills acquired from the institution would contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and increase Nigeria’s revenue earnings.” In addition, the lawmaker noted that “The upgrade of Yaba College of Technology to a full-fledged Federal University of Technology would boost the acquisition of scientific and technological knowledge in the country.”