A civil society organisation, Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to a Bill seeking to upgrade the status of Yaba College of Technology to a Federal University of Technology.
The organisation noted that the upgrade of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) to a federal university of technology would boost the acquisition of scientific and technological knowledge in the country.
Executive Director of TADI, Ambassador Yomi David, in a statement in Abuja, said the institution under the Rector, Obafemi Omokungbe has witnessed infrastructural development since 2018.
The Senate, in May, approved the reports of its Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund which recommended the upgrade of YABATECH to a university and the establishment of a Federal University in Birnin – Kebbi, Kebbi State.
The statement reads: “We want to use this medium to commend President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort and the political will power in ensuring that the needed funds for projects execution are made available on time with the caveat to move the institution forward.
“We also appeal to Mr. President to give assent to the bill passed to accord the Yaba College of Technology a university status without further delay. The upgrade of YABATECH to a full -fledged federal university of technology will boost the acquisition of scientific and technological knowledge.”
The civil society appealed to the federal government to make more funds available to the Rector to implement more “legacy projects.”
“While we acknowledged that landmark achievements have been recorded so far, we equally understand that there are still a lot of grounds to be covered in every areas to further the frontiers of academic excellence in the institution hence, we call on the Federal government for more funding of the institution while we also appeal to stakeholders in the private sector and other international donor agencies around the world to support the institution through partnership, grants and other means for more critical projects to be executed,” the statement added.
SOURCE: THE NATION