Enugu State House of Assembly, Thursday passed the amended Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo law No. 1, 2015, House bill No. 6, 2020 into law.
The law now empowers the polytechnic, situated at Iwollo, Ezeagu, Enugu West Senatorial Zone to have three campuses in the three senatorial zones of the state.
Speaking on the merit of the amended law on the floor of the House, Leader, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said the multi-campus of the academic institution would bring about development to the rural areas.
He said that apart from developing the rural communities where the campuses would be cited, it would create employment as well as encourage youths in the rural areas to have access to quality higher education.
“The campuses will bring development in the new places the schools will be cited. It will give the people the opportunity to advance academically. It will create employment for the people,” Ezeugwu said hoping that work would be accerlarated to enable them take off for the new academic session.
Other members who contributed to the debate agreed with Ezeugwu that the multi campuses would bring rapid development to the rural dwellers where they are cited.
Deputy Speaker, Hon. Uche Ugwu, said citing a higher institution in a given area brings about development, noting that Nsukka is what it is today because the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, is cited there.
“I move that the polytechnic be made a multi-campus. It will open the rural areas. Schools are one of the things that bring about opening of the rural areas. You can agree with me that Nsukka is what it is today because of the UNN,” he said.
The assembly, which is resuming with zeal after the long recess occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, passed four other bills into law.
The laws are a bill for a law to amend the School of Public Health Nursing and Health Technology, Nsukka, Law No. 4, HB no. 7, 2020.
The House also passed the bill that sought the amendment of School of Health Technology, Oji River, Law 4, HB 8, 2020 and the bill that sought the amendment of Survey Law Cap. 147, Revised Enugu State Law 2004, HB no. 9, 2020.
Equally passed into law was a consideration of a report on a bill for a law to repeal the State Agency for Community and Social Development Law No. 18, 2020 and to provide for Enactment of Enugu State Agency for Community and Social Development and for Other Connected Purposes, HB no. 2, 2020.
The new amended changed the status of schools of health to colleges of Health Technology.
The upgrading of the schools to colleges is to enable the institutions access TETFUND projects and to enable the colleges to award diplomas that authorise the students to go for national youth service like other universities, colleges and polytechnics.
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