The Special Adviser On Education to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, has commended members of the state House of Assembly for supporting the executive arm of government through quality legislation.
Wahab also lauded the lawmakers for their support over the planned upgrade of some institutions to universities, saying that with the lawmakers position, the establishment of the institutions would be faster than expected.
It would be recalled that the relevant bills recently scaled second reading and were committed by Speaker Obasa to the House Committee on Education (Tertiary Institutions) for further consideration.
The House debated the upgrade of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin and the Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education to become a University of Education.
In the same manner, the House considered a bill to convert the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu to the Lagos State University of Science and Technology.
Commending the Assembly for taking the steps, Wahab said the planned status upgrade the institutions would be beneficial to the state.
He said: ” must express our appreciation to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and members of the House for the success we have achieved in education and other critical sectors.
“Their support at all times and quality legislation have made possible good governance we are enjoying in the state today.
“We are particularly happy that the lawmakers have thrown their support behind the establishment of the Universities of Education, as well as that of Science and Technology, in demonstration of the state government’s commitment to the growth of education and technology in the State.
“I am confident, history of good governance will be so kind to the Speaker and members of the great Assembly, whenever we are reflecting on activities that led to a new Lagos of our collective dream,”, he said.
Wahab noted that the proposed University of Science and Technology would have special interest in vocational and entrepreneurship skills development.
According to him, the new tertiary institutions are important because it is becoming obvious that the state-owned university, LASU, is getting overwhelmed in relation to the admission needs of candidates.