By Onyedi Ojiabor
Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) yesterday commenced move for the establishment of federal universities at Yaba, Lagos State and Ilaro in Ogun State as part of his legislative agenda for the educational development of the country.
The Senator presented two bills in the Senate for the upgrade of two prominent tertiary educational institutions into technological universities namely Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos State and Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State.
The bills “Federal University of Technology, Yaba (Est., Adeola saidetc) Bill, 2017” and “Federal University of Technology, Ilaro, 2017” passed first reading for further legislative actions.
Speaking on the need for the upgrade of the two institutions into universitiAdeola said that there is need to continue to expand and create institutions of learning in view of the massive growth of the country’s population.
He added that the need to keep up with human resource development needs of the country made mandatory to upgrade of the two institutions to further add impetus to the country’s technological advancement.
He said, “We have serious shortages of spaces for our youths to get requisite and quality education. These two institutions have excelled in time past in providing middle and top grade level of human resources for the nation. Their upgrade will advance their capacities to further develop our youth for the challenges of a technological society.”
Senator Adeola further stated that the passage of the bills and establishment of the two universities will further redress educational imbalance in the areas they are located in terms of huge population and the nonexistence of such institutions in the area of location particularly in Ogun West axis of Ogun state.