By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to three bills passed by the National Assembly into law.
According g to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by the Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the bills were Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy (Establishment) Bill, 2017; Air Force Institute of Technology of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2017 and National Intelligence Agency Pensions (Establishment) Bill, 2017.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Sen. Eta Enang, who briefed newsmen on the development explained that the National Intelligence Agency Pension Act “effectively excises the service from the contributory pension scheme under Pension Reform Act charging pension matters for the officers and personnel at the agency.
The Airforce Institute, he said was ‘create a technological research and development institute of a world class standard in all facets of engineering and technological endeavors including but not limited to aerospace and aeronautical engineering, mechanical, electrical,
automobile and automotive engineering, marine engineering amongst others.
“Meet a higher level maintenance capability locally for aviation aerospace and allied specialities at the Nigeria Air Force , other service of the Nigerian Armed Forces, government , agencies and related Organisations, Nigerians and other African countries and people of other nationalities.
“Expand the horizon for indigenous research and development efforts through the provision of conducive atmosphere and infrastructure that will promote cooperation and collaboration with similar institutions within and outside Nigeria.
“Prepare Nigerian Air Force personnel, those of the other sister services of the Nigerian Armed Firces, Nigerians and military personnel from other African countries for brighter post-service employment as a means of enhancing their integration to civil society and broadening the technical manpower of the aviation industry.
Attract international researchers and stakeholders in the aerospace, aeronautic, aviation and allied industries.”
The Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy formally established by law the existing Colege of Dental Technology in Enugu, he said.
The College, he added, has powers to award egress, diplomas and certificates in Dental Technology and Therapy. It has a Governing Board with a Provost as the Chief Executive.