By Christiana Ekpa
Senate yesterday passed through second reading, a Bill for the Establishment of Federal Polytechnic Silame Sokoto State (SB.406).
The Bill Sponsored Senator Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto’North) seeks to establish the Federal polytechnic Silame, and to make comprehensive provisions for its due management and administration.
Presenting the lead debate, Wamakko said the bill will provide full-time or part-time courses of instruction and training in technology, applied science, commerce and management.
The Bill which was read for the First Time on Tuesday, 13th December, 2016 will arrange conferences, seminars and study groups relative to the fields of learning .
“In such other fields of dpplied learning relevant to the needs of the development of Nigeria in the area of industrial and agricultural production and distribution and for research in the development and adaptation of techniques as the Council may from time to time
“ The bill will also perform such other functions as in the opinion of the Council may serve to promote the objectives of the polytechnic.
“The establishment of this Institution is informed by the imperative to create more access to higher technical education in View of the large number of qualified candidates who are annually stranded in their failed attempt in gaining admission into higher institutions in the North-Western region of the country
He said the bill will forward encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex,or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring higher and liberal education.
“ It will provide courses of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all it branches, and to make those facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them”
Contributing, senator Ibrahim Gobir, (APC-Sokoto) said the bill when pass would develop the economy of not just sokoto but the entire country,
“it is very important for us all to ensure the passage of this bill, as it will add to our economy” he said.
The Deputy Senate President referred the bill to the committee on tertiary education and TetFund to report back in two weeks.