By Rotimi Adewuyi

OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday, passed a bill to provide the needed legislative framework for the establishment of the Federal College of Education, Ekiadolor, Edo State.

Passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

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The bill which scaled the second reading on 28th September 2021, was sponsored by Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo South).  

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Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ahmad Babba-Kaita, in his presentation during plenary, said the objective of the bill was to provide a legislative framework to support the establishment of the college. 

According to the lawmaker, the institution would augment the shortfall of teachers, as well as meet the learning, research, and instructional needs of the prospective students of host communities in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

“The legislative framework designed for the college is to offer Nigeria Certificate in Education, NCE and other certification in the areas of its core subjects of interest on both full-time and part-time basis,” Babba-Kaita said.

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He added that the Federal College of Education would, among others, identify the educational needs of the southern state with a view to finding a lasting solution to the educational needs of the Nigerian people within the context of the government’s overall national educational development agenda. 

The bill was passed by the Upper Legislative Chamber after consideration of the panel’s report by the Committee of the Whole.

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