Today at the Senate, we considered the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the modalities for establishing Federal Polytechnics, Federal Colleges of Education and Universities across Nigeria.
The report highlighted the need for equity in the distribution of tertiary institutions across the nation. At the end of our debate, we resolved that:
1. The six specialized institutions that have been suspended across the country should be allowed to commence their operations as soon as possible;
2. Any state without a federal polytechnic or federal college of education should have one established in line with equity;
3. The establishment policy for tertiary institutions should tilt towards the upgrading of buildings on existing tertiary educational structures or building new ones into specialized institutions;
4. Special funding should be made available for the successful take off of thirteen new universities; and
5. Work should be done to ensure the equitable distribution of tertiary institutions in every state the nation. Moving forward, I am sure that with close collaboration with the executive branch on this issue, we will be able to see many of our tertiary institutions are properly funded and well set up.
Additionally, we will continue to work to ensure that there we have an equitable distribution of tertiary institutions across the country. – Senator Bukola Saraki