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Senate passes bill to upgrade YabaTech to federal university

The Senate has passed a bill seeking to upgrade the Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, to a Federal University.

A bill to establish the Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State, was also approved by the Senate on Wednesday.

The approval for the establishment of both universities followed the consideration of two separate reports by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

Senator Nora Daduut, who presented the report on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, said the establishment of the Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi, would provide the required manpower needs of Nigeria in the area of Geosciences and Technology, and General Agricultural practices.

The lawmaker added that “the knowledge and skills acquired from the institution would contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and increase Nigeria’s revenue earnings.

“The upgrade of Yaba College of Technology to a full-fledged Federal University of Technology would boost the acquisition of scientific and technological knowledge in the country.”