Members of the Home of Representatives had been on Thursday divided over a invoice to create the College of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State the place President Muhammadu Buhari hails from.
Majority of the members who spoke on the invoice, nonetheless, rejected a plea to cease payments searching for the creation of tertiary establishments amid money crunch, noting that they promised their constituents tertiary establishments throughout campaigns.
The member representing Ihiala federal constituency of Anambra State, Ifeanyi Momah had in his contribution to the controversy urged the lawmakers to improve the Nationwide Institute of Transportation Expertise (NITT) Zaria to a federal college, as in opposition to creating a brand new establishment.
“I’m simply pondering aloud as a result of we now have the NITT – Nigeria Institute of Transport Expertise – in Zaria. When there may be an institute of transport expertise, which offers with the science of transportation itself, why are we now establishing a Federal College of Transportation? We are able to amend the enabling regulation – the Act – and improve the NITT to a federal college.
“Why I’m saying that is that the fixed proliferation of universities in our nation just isn’t serving to us. That’s the fact. We now have so many universities right here and there. We now have so many college payments and on the finish, when they’re authorized, we will likely be speaking about funding – no funding,” Momah mentioned.
The speaker, Femi Gbajabimila mentioned there was a must strike a steadiness between what they felt was proper and the expectations of their constituents.
Gbajabiamila famous that the Home would contemplate placing stringent situations for the institution of universities within the Nigerian Universities Fee (NUC) invoice to forestall the proliferation of universities within the nation.
“There’s a steadiness between calls for by constituents and what’s good — once we know what is correct. I get your level. However for me, I feel this matter will likely be resolved once we move the NUC invoice, the place maybe, we are able to make the institution of universities extra stringent. In any other case, you’ll run right into a scenario the place a state authorities or whoever will simply come, get a constructing or three buildings collectively and say they need a college,” he mentioned.
“The stringent measures will likely be in place till such a time when the federal government is not funding universities, then you possibly can have 200 in your state. That’s the enterprise of the college, not the enterprise of the federal government,” he mentioned.
Gbajabiamila had in the course of the debate on a invoice to ascertain the proposed college urged members of the Home to conform to droop all tertiary training institution payments according to the advice of the Educational Employees Union of Universities (ASUU).