The senate in a plenary session on Wednesday the 15th of July 2020, passed a bill seeking to establish the City University of Technology, Auchi, Edo and two other tertiary institutions. The bill to upgrade the polytechnic to a univeristy is said to be aimed at providing better access to a higher quality of technical and vocational education.
The two other bills were passed for the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta and the Federal College of Education, Giwa, Kaduna.
These three bills were passed by the upper chamber of the house, following a clause-by-clause consideraion of the report of the Senate Committee on Tertiary institutions and TetFund as presented by the Chairman, Senator Babba Kaita.
The bill for Auchi Polytechnic was sponsored by Sen. Francis Alimekhena of the APC, Edo North Senatorial District, Edo State. The bill for the Nigeria Maritime University was sponsored by Sen. James Manager from PDP, Delta State and the last bill for Federal College of Education, Giwa, was sponsored by Sen. Uba Sani (APC – Kaduna).
While presenting the bill, Sen. Babba Kaita said that the Federal Polytechnic Auchi was currently running degree programmes in affiliation with Nnamidi Azikiwe University, Anambara and has enrolled over 50,000 students in both full and part time courses of study.