The Senate is to convert the Kaduna Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) to universities. This news has caused euphoria in the two institutions as students are said to have begun celebrations ahead of the final decision of the Senate.
The two bills concerning the conversion of the institutions scaled through first reading during plenary on Wednesday, November 16.
Daily Trust reports that the bill on the conversion of Kaduna Polytechnic, tagged: ‘City University of Technology Kaduna Bill, 2016 was sponsored by Senator Jibrin Barau of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Kano state. The City University of Technology Yaba Bill was sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa of the APC from Lagos.
Attempts were made to convert the two institutions to universities in 2010 during President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan era without any success.
The Yabatech was established in 1947 and this makes it the first higher institution in the country while the Kaduna Polytechnic was established in 1956 as a technical institution for the then Northern Nigeria. It was upgraded to Polytechnic in 1961.
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