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Senate Commences Move To Convert Kadpoly & Yabatech To Universities

The Senate on Wednesday commenced moves to convert Kaduna Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) to universities.

Two bills on the conversion of the institutions scaled through first reading during today’s plenary.
The bill on the conversion of Kaduna Polytechnic, tagged City University of Technology Kaduna Bill, 2016 (SB. 360) was sponsored by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano) and the City University of Technology Yaba Bill (SB. 334)  was sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos).
Our correspondent reports that attempts were made to convert the two institutions to universities in 2010 during President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan era.
To this effect, a 20-man committee was set up by the then Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai in November 2010.

The Kaduna Polytechnic was established in 1956 as a technical institution for the then Northern Nigeria and it was upgraded to Polytechnic in 1961.
On its part, the Yabatech was established in 1947 and the institution is acclaimed to be the first citadel of higher learning in the country.


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