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House of Reps propose the conversion of Ebonyi Polytechnic to University of Technology



Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru e1709719090147

The House of Representatives Committee on University Education has proposed the conversion of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Ebonyi into a University of Technology.

This was disclosed by Rep. Abubakar Fulata, Chairman of the House Committee on University Education, during a public hearing on the bill for the institution’s upgrade.

Fulata emphasized that transitioning the polytechnic into a university involves gathering feedback from the public and key stakeholders before the legislation is enacted.

He highlighted that the hearing was convened to allow stakeholders and the public to contribute to and enhance the bill, ensuring it aligns with the expectations of Nigerians once it becomes law.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas, officially opened the hearing, calling on the committee to conduct comprehensive work and provide a trustworthy report. Abbas, represented by the House Deputy Minority Whip, Rep. Ibezimako Ozodinobi, stressed the importance of quality education in Nigeria as a fundamental pillar of development.

Rep. Iduma Igariwe, the bill’s sponsor, argued that upgrading Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic to a Federal University of Science and Technology would not impose an extra financial strain on the government. Instead, it would bolster science and technology education in the nation, thereby accelerating growth and development in various economic sectors.

Over the years, the Senate has been proposing Bills to transform polytechnics to universities.