Nigeria

House backs bill to establish federal polytechnic in Oyo

6. The House of Representatives yesterday, approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for ongoing external loans to the tune of $8,325,526,537 (USD) and €490,000,000 (Euros) under the 2018-2020 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan.

The House of Representatives on Thursday gave its backing to a bill seeking the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic, in Ayete Town, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State after passing it for the second reading.

Newsmen gathered that the bill is being sponsored by the member representing Ibarapa North/Ibarapa Central Federal Constituency of Oyo State, Hon Ajibola Muraina.

Leading the debate on the general principles of the bill, Hon Ajibola pointed out the benefits, noting that it aims to promote Science and Technology and that Polytechnics have a critical role to play in this regard.

According to him, “When Nigeria adopted the 3-6-6-4 educational policy, the intention of the policy was to promote science and technology in the curriculum of secondary school education.

“This policy is in tandem with STEM education. STEM education is the intentional integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and their associated practices to create a student-centred learning environment in which students investigate and engineer solutions to problems, and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena with a focus on a student’s social, emotional, physical and academic needs through shared contributions of schools, families, and community partners.

“For Nigeria to key into this concept, the polytechnics have a very crucial role to play, the establishment of this polytechnic is one of the several steps to promote and sustain STEM Education system Nigeria”.

He said the bill would provide a legal framework for the establishment of the polytechnic, have a positive and viable Ayete Town by creating job opportunities and attract students and lecturers from other parts of the country thereby boosting its economic and social life.

He added that it would also enhance the economic capacity of the country, expand the space for admission to tertiary institutions in Nigeria, create alternative employment opportunities with a focus on self-employment and serve as a centre for research in science and technology.

The Bill was unanimously passed for a second reading. The short title was read for a second time and the Bill was referred to House Committee on Tertiary Educational Services for further legislative action.

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