By Okechukwu Jombo
Senate Wednesday set machinery in motion for the establishment of the Federal University of Education (Technical), in Bichi, Kano State.
In paving way for the establishment of the federal Institution, the red chamber passed for second reading, a bill sponsored to that effect by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC Kano North).
Barau in his lead debate for passage of the Bill, said there is a need to have a strong system in our educational sector with establishment of more Institutions for training of teachers.
According to him, the objectives of the proposed Federal University of Education in Bichi, are “to encourage advancement of learning to all persons without distinction of race , Creed , sex or Political conviction.”
“To develop and offer academic , technical and professional programmes leading to the award of certificates, first degrees, postgraduate research, diploma and higher degrees with emphasis on planning, developmental and adaptive skills in Education.
“To produce socially mature educational men and women with capabilities not only to understand the educational and technological needs of Nigeria as a nation, but also to exploit existing Educational infrastructure and improve on them to develop new ones.
“To bring quality change in Technical Education by focusing on teacher Education through teaching and learning innovations.
“My highly respected Colleagues, the enactment of this Bill will go a long way in transforming the decayed educational infrastructure in Nigeria and change the educational fortunes of the country for the better. It will also provide a balanced educational development in Kano State and indeed, the entire Country”.
All the Senators who contributed to debate on the bill supported it and gave it overwhelming passage for second reading when put to voice votes by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
It was sent to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND for more legislative inputs.