Akwa Ibom state in South-South, Nigeria is to get a new Federal university courtesy of a new harmonized bill in both chambers of the National Assembly to that effect.
This will bring to two, the number of Federal Universities in the state, with University of Uyo being the first federal university in the state, this move will help increase access to education in the state and in the region as students population is far higher than the present carrying capacity in higher education.
The House of Representatives has adopted the conference committee report on a bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Uyo and made comprehensive provision for its administration.
The adoption followed a motion by Honourable Jerry Alagboso (PDP-Imo), which was unanimously adopted when put to vote by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.
The motion entitled: “Presentation and Adoption of the Conference Committee report of the Federal University of Uyo (Establishment) Bill.”
Alagboso said the Federal University of Uyo (Establishment) Bill had been passed by the House on May 24, 2012 and transmitted to the Senate for concurrence.
He said that the Senate passed same bill with some differences.
The lawmaker explained that the two chambers met on March 21, 2013 and adopted a harmonised version of the bill.
“A clean copy of the conference’s report is ready for presentation and adoption due to the importance of the bill to in the development of educational sector in Nigeria,” he said.
In a related development, the Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was presented for the first time on the floor of the house.