The Ogun State House Of Assembly during plenary Tuesday passed a bill to upgrade Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, Abeokuta to a University of Science and Technology.
Mr Adeyinka Mafe, the house Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third and final reading of the bill and was seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr Olawale Alausa.
Mr Victor Fasanya, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, moved the motion for the adoption of the committee’s report. This was seconded by Mr Adejuwon Olufowobi.
Presenting the report of the committee, Fasanya said that a stakeholders forum was held on the bill and the inputs of the stakeholders were put into consideration.
He described the bill as historic, adding that it would encourage the people of the state to venture into science and technology.
” We need to encourage our people to go into science and technology so that we have entrepreneurs like they do in other advanced country.
“The university will have two deputy Vice Chancellors , academic and administration, while the Registrar should be the Secretary of the Governing Council.
“The compulsory retirement age of academic staff of the university shall be 65 years except for persons on professorial cadre which shall be 70 years, ” he said.
Also during plenary, the assembly passed the bill for a law to provide for the establishment, incorporation, constitution and function of the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.
Presenting the report of the Committee on Education, Science and Technology to the House, Fasanya explained that the polytechnic would run a multi campus system with the main campus in Ipokia town.
The house Majority Leader, Hon. Adeyinka Mafe also moved the motion for the third reading while it was seconded by Mr Adebowale Ojuri.
Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker, ordered that the clean copy of the bills be forwarded to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.
Mafe thereafter moved the motion for the adoption of the day’s plenary and this was seconded by Alausa.
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