Senate moves to convert Yabatech and Kadpoly to Universities

Yaba College of Technology and Kaduna Polytechnic are in the news again. The Senate on Wednesday took another move to convert Yabatech and Kadpoly into Universities of Technology. 

Two bills on the conversions of the two institutions passed second reading during Wednesdays plenary.

The bill on the conversion of Kaduna Polytechnic was sponsored by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kanu) while the bill for the conversion of Yabatech was sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos)

Reports has it that attempts were earlier made by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to convert the two institutions into Universities in 2010.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Yabatech and Kaduna Polytechnic had been converted into Universities but the Federal government quickly debunked the rumor.

Kaduna Polytechnic (Kadpoly) was established in 1956 as a technical institution and was upgraded to a Polytechnic in the year 1961.

Yaba College of Technology as the first tertiary institution in the country was established in the year 1947.

Is this the final move before this two schools would be converted into Universities? We definitely don’t know yet.

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  1. isiaku Ahutu says:

    I am not comfortable why the senate should take it as a duty to spearhead the conversion of Yabatech and Kadpoly into universities at this material time while the existing federal universities are being underfunded perhaps due to paucity of funds. I think it is a function of the federal executive to take the initiative of either wanting to establish or convert some existing institutions into universities. Since either of these requires proper planning I think the federal executive should be spared of the embarassment of being forced by the senate to take more financial responsibilities. As the federal executive is finding it difficult to fund its universities I think what the senate should do is to come up with strategies to enhance funding of public universities rather than wanting to add more to the chaotic situation. What we need now is not to advocate for more universities but how do we enhance the quality of the existing ones so that they could be in a position to play critical roles at the world stage.