… As Two Bills Pass Second Reading
Lagos State Government has commended the leadership and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for giving legislative backing to the proposed upgrade of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, and Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education to the University of Education, just as the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu will also be upgraded to the Lagos State University of Science and Technology.
Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Education, Barrister Tokunbo Wahab, gave the commendation on Friday while updating newsmen on the status of the proposed two State Universities, noting that their establishment may be faster and earlier than expected, given the urgent attention and legislative support to the matter by lawmakers.
Wahab applauded the House for supporting good governance in the State, through quality legislation, revealing that the two bills were debated on the proposed establishment of two tertiary institutions in the State.
In his words: “I must express our appreciation to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and members of the State House of Assembly for the success we have achieved in education and other critical sectors. Their support at all times and quality legislation have made possible good governance we are enjoying in the State today”.
“We are particularly happy that the lawmakers have thrown their support behind the establishment of the Universities of Education, as well as that of Science and Technology, in demonstration of the State Government’s commitment to the growth of Education and Technology in the State. I am confident, history of good governance will be so kind to the Speaker and members of the great Assembly, whenever we are reflecting on activities that led to a new Lagos of our collective dream”, Wahab stated.
According to him, the passing of the Bills into Law will ensure that the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, and Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education are upgraded to the Lagos State University of Education, while the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, would be upgraded to Lagos State University of Science and Technology with a special interest in vocational and entrepreneurship skills development.
He pointed out that it is obvious that LASU can no longer cope with the admission needs of the large student population in the State, hence, the need for the establishment of more universities.
The Special Adviser also disclosed that the Bills, which scaled the second reading on the floor of the House on Thursday, have been sent to the House Committee on Education (Tertiary) by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa for further consideration with a directive to report back to the House in two weeks.