Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has called for introduction of stringent conditions for establishment of universities in the country, to ensure high standard.
Gbajabiamila said this at Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja.
He was speaking on a report of a bill for the establishment of Federal University, Daura, Katsina State.
He said that the conditions would prevent the proliferation of universities in the country.
“There is a balance between demands by constituents and what is good when we know what is right.
“I think this matter will be resolved when we pass the National University Commission (NUC) bill, where perhaps, we can make establishment of universities more stringent.
“Otherwise, you will run into a situation where a state government or whoever will just come, get a building or three buildings together and say they want a university,” he said.
According to him, the stringent measures will be in place until such a time when the government is no longer funding universities, then you can have 200 in a state.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase, faulted the speaker’s position on the matter, saying that many lawmakers have promised their constituents that they would attract tertiary institutions to their areas.
According to him, this is because some lawmakers have promised their constituents a tertiary education.
Also, Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) said that the lawmakers were under pressure from constituents on the establishment of university.
“In my opinion, I think it is not wise to shut down every voice or every member on this floor as it relates to sponsoring a bill for the establishment of either college of education or polytechnic or university in their various communities.
“I said this because when you go tot he constituencies and you are talking to the constituents, most often, the first thing they ask you is; why are you not bringing any school to your constituency?
“And when you say it is not possible and they see your colleagues sponsoring same bills for the establishment of universities, it becomes a negative for you as an individual who is representing them.
“So, whether it is assented to by the President or not, it is not the issue; the issue is that member is able to show that he has the interest of his or her constituents at heart,” he said.
Rep. Ifeayi Momoh (APGA-Anambra) faulted the transport university, Daura, establishment bill, saying that the National Institute of Transportation Technology (NITT), Zaria should be upgraded rather than establishing a new university.
“I am just thinking aloud because we have the NITT -Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology – in Zaria.
“When there is an institute of transport technology, which deals with the science of transportation itself, why are we now looking at establishing a Federal University of Transportation?
“We can amend the enabling law and upgrade NITT to a federal university; the constant proliferation of universities in our country is not helping us,” he said.
Victor Oye, National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has declared a three-day prayer and fasting for divine intervention over the death of two lawmakers at Anambra House of Assembly.
Oye said this in a statement on Thursday in Awka, following the death of Nnamdi Okafor, Majority Leader of the House last Thursday, while on an official visit to South Africa.
Okafor, who represented Awka South 1 State Constituency, died about two months after the death of Okechukwu Okoye (APGA-Aguata Constituency 1) in a mysterious circumstance.
“I urge people of Anambra and APGA members particularly to embark on a 3-day fasting and prayer for peace, growth over the development at the House and in our party as 2023 draws nearer.
“The times in which we have found ourselves are perilous and call for constant prayer, self-examination and penance.
“The leadership of the Anambra House of Assembly should join in the prayer and fasting, I see God doing something new in the house soon,” he said.
Oye commiserated with Gov. Chukwuma Soludo, Speaker Uche Okafor and lawmakers at the assembly over the sudden death of the majority leader.
He prayed to God to console the deceased immediate family, the people of Awka South 1 Constituency and grant his soul eternal repose in heaven.
Eyinnaya Abaribe (APGA-Abia) has called on the electorate to be wary of fake promises and elect credible leaders.in the 2023 general elections.
He made the call on Friday, at the investiture of Rotarian Max Amuchie, the 6th President of the Rotary Club of Abuja (Central Business District) and Conferment of Awards and Fund Raising for Projects.
“So, as we get involved in the processes leading to the 2023 general elections, we must look out for the truth and must be able to extract it from the prospective leaders which must serve as an instrument to hold government accountable to the people.
“Let us be wary of fake promises made on the spur of the moment now that we are having UGM (unknown god’s men) otherwise known as Agbado Bishops.” He said that getting involved in 2023 could be encapsulated in the 4 way test of the Rotary Club: Is it the Truth; Is it fair to all concerned; will it build goodwill and better friendships and will it be beneficial to all concerned.
“The four-way test I know you will say is only for the discerning mind, yet it is a truism.
The four-way test is as constant as ever and can be applied to all aspects of life.
In this case we can apply it to our politics.” The lawmaker, who represents Abia South Senatorial District, said “2023 is another transition year election.
People are expectant, with trepidation though.
There is anxiety and creeping doubt.
“That is why we must be ready to interrogate the actions of the major gladiators and the current players using the four-way test as a guide.
“The last election in Osun has shown that candidates matter and not parties; performance and antecedents; not ethnicity or religion will be the determining factors of the 2023 elections.” He, however, expressed worry that the ‘same faith ticket’ ran against the grain of the true intent of the Nigerian Constitution.
“This is a cogent reason why we must be involved in the 2023 election and even in the process leading to it,” Abaribe said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker was a recipient of “Economic Development and Empowerment” award by Rotary.
In his remarks, Chairman National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) retired Brig.-Gen.
Buba Marwa, lamented the rate of drug abuse by youths.
He sued for the support of rotary to tackle the menace.
Marwa was represented by Deputy Commander General of Narcotics, Victoria Egbase.
He called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to sheath their sword to guard against students indulging in illicit use of drugs.
In his acceptance speech, the new president, Amuchie said, “I have never regretted being a rotarian.
“It is an association that welcomes everybody; one’s social status does not count when it comes to membership.”