The Lagos State government is planning to establish University of Science and Technology, and University of Education as members of the state’s House of Assembly, on Thursday debated two bills that proposed the establishment of the universities in the state.
While debating the bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the University of Education, Lagos (UNEDLAG), Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1), applauded the establishment of the university, adding that there should be pre-degree programmes run by the institution in order to absorb candidates seeking admission.
He stressed that there was a provision in the bill that would make the university to be self independent.
“The inclusion of vocational training will also make the students to be self employed,” he added.
The Chairman, House Committee On Education, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon, opined that Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and Michael Otedola College of Education should be upgraded to a university status.
“The society has rejected NCE and what is the benefit of going to a school that your certificate will not be recognized.
“Admission into this school is the lowest as only 18 applicants chose (ACCOED) as first choice in the last Universal Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME). With the creation of this varsity, it will reduce the number of applicants going to LASU”, he said.
In his contributions, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) who agreed with his colleagues on the need to upgrade the two colleges of education in the state to a university said that NCE is no longer popular, saying that the establishment of the university is timely.
According to him, the bill should not be looked into in isolation, but should apply the law that established LASU into it. There is need to have a template to form the institution in order to avoid overlap, he added.
Similarly, Hon. Setonji David, said that the state was overdue for another university and that the state had a high number of primary and secondary schools with less teachers, and that the university would come to the rescue.
The Majority Leader , Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) who expressed optimism about the university, told his colleagues that he was a product of ACCOED and that afterwards taught for 5years.
“The creation of a new varsity is a good thing. This bill takes care of the welfare of both lecturers and students”, he added.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 2) maintained that this is one of the good things that government could do to Lagosians. If this bill is passed into law, the university will shun out good teachers.
Also commenting on the proposed University of Science and Technology, the lawmakers expressed optimism that it would help provide manpower for the development of the state.
While contributing, Hon. Rauf Age-Sulaimon (Amuwo Odofin 2) suggested that humanity courses and legal studies should not be included in the school’s curriculum as a university of science and technology.
Also speaking, Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 2) stated that science and technology play a vital role in development, while Hon. Bisi Yussuf (Alimosho 1) urged that the studies to be offered in the university should consider the culture of the people.
Yusuff also advised that the university should go into researches on agriculture to reduce the high cost of food in the state and in the country.
The debates of the bills were coordinated by the Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa.
The bills, however, scaled second reading and were committed into the House Committee on Education (Tertiary), which was directed to report back to the House in two weeks.