The Senate has given its approval for the establishment of a Federal University of Technology and Environmental Sciences in Iyin-Ekiti Kingdom, Ekiti State. The mission of this new institution is to cultivate world-class technologists and human resources capable of sustainably managing the country’s economy.
This decision was reached after the Senate extensively discussed and unanimously ratified a bill seeking the establishment of this tertiary institution during its plenary session on Thursday. The session was presided over by Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jubrin, who subsequently referred the bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for further legislative processes and considerations.
The bill was sponsored by the Leader of the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, and received significant support from senators across the political spectrum. The bill, which was initially introduced in the ninth National Assembly, was brought back for consideration in the Senate Chambers on October 17, 2023, with a specific focus on addressing knowledge gaps in technology and environmental sciences.
Senator Bamidele emphasized that passing the bill into law would facilitate the development of world-class technologists and human resources needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He pointed out that the bill’s purpose is to increase access to university education, particularly for the numerous qualified candidates who annually struggle to gain admission to universities in the country.
The objectives of the university, as explained by Senator Bamidele, include the establishment of a state-of-the-art institution that will develop world-class technologists and human resources capable of effectively managing the nation’s economy. Additionally, the university will advance knowledge through research, nurture technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and wealth management in its core areas of interest.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jubrin, and several other senators, including Senator Ahmed Lawan, Senator Gbenga Daniel, Senator Seriake Dickson, Senator Abdul Ningi, and Senator Victor Umeh, expressed their support for the bill during the plenary session. They emphasized the importance of technology and environmental sciences in the 21st century and the need for specialized universities to pursue specific fields of knowledge that are crucial for national development.
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