Senate Approves Conversion of FCE Okene to Varsity

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After series of legislative scrutiny and public hearing, the Nigeria Senate has finally passed the bill for conversion of Federal College of Education (FCE) Okene to Federal University of Education.

The bill for the conversion of the school to a full fledged University of Education was introduced to the 9th Senate by the Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, Senator Yakubu Oseni.

Senator Oseni had argued that considering the importance of education to the overall development of a nation, specialized universities ought to be established in order to meet up with the ever increasing demands of professional teachers in the country.

While soliciting the support of his colleagues for easy passage of the bill, Senator Oseni who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technology Cyber/Security had earlier submitted that the conversion of FCE Okene to Varsity would be at minimal cost as structures and human resources required are already available in the school.

With the passage of the bill by the Senate following consideration of reports by Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution and TETFUND, the bill awaits concurrent of the House of Representatives before being transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

It would be recalled that out of several other bills sponsored by Senator Yakubu Oseni, Nigeria Steel University Ajaokuta and Federal University of Education Bills are principally focused on having specialised universities in Nigeria.

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