President Buhari signs Federal Polytechnics Amendment bill into law

Timothy Choji, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari has given his assent to the Federal Polytechnics Amendment bill and the National Institute for Security Studies bill.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters in the House of Representatives, Umar El-Yakub disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Tuesday.

He said the new Act on Federal Polytechnics now pegs the tenure of Rectors of Federal Polytechnics at single five year tenure.

Explaining further, he said: “The Federal Polytechnics Amendment Bill sought to amend the Federal Polytechnics Act of 2004, whereby there were amendments to several sections of that Act, which includes the tenure of the Rectors, which has now been harmonised to five year single tenure and whereby a Rector is currently serving the old four year tenure, he/she will have an additional year to make it five.

“The amended Act now stipulates that the Polytechnics will now have Governing Councils of five members, reflecting the national character, comprising a lady, an alumnus of the each of the Polytechnics and a person form the area where the Polytechnic is based.”

He said the National Institute for Security Studies ACT now paves the way for the establishment of the institute with a view to ensuring that middle and senior managers in the security environment have their competences improved.

“They will have their competences built, where they will be trained for competence and capacity building. It will look at the inter-agency relationship with a view to harmonising same, so that there will be efficient communication among them locally and globally,” he said.

El-Yakub also said when established, the institute will serve as a critical research organisation, with a view to ensuring there are competent people managing the security environment for global peace and stability.