The Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (Amendment) bill, 2019 has scaled through second reading with a clarification that the bill only seeks to break the entanglement between the old Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and the new University of Science and Technology and allow MAPOLY to continue running its programmes.
This was the summation of view of various lawmakers who spoke in unison at a plenary presided over by Speaker Olakunle Oluomo shortly after the motion for the second reading of the bill was moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by his Ijebu North I counterpart, Abiodun Sylvester and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote.
In their separate submissions, members including Honourables Ademuyiwa Adeyemi, Osho Solomon, Ganiyu Oyedeji and the Deputy Speaker Oludare Kadiri, said that the bill was meant to ensure the smooth take-off of the two institutions, adding that it was a timely initiative which when passed into law by the Assembly and signed by the executive Governor would return the assets of MAPOLY with a view to achieving accreditation for its courses.
They stressed that the amendment would resolve the long standing crisis regarding the two institutions, while devising mode of operation that would sustain academic activities of MAPOLY without letting off the creating of the new university.
Responding, Speaker Olakunle Oluomo while commending his colleague lawmakers for their robust contributions to the bill, directed that the bill be committed to the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology for further deliberation and legislative actions.
In another development, the Speaker has enjoined the State Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry to step up measures at ensuring safety and preservation of various forest reserves across the State, particularly Area J4 and J6 in order to protect wild life in the reserves.
Oluomo gave the advice in his response to a member representing Ijebu East, Olusola Adams, who complained of the invasion of farmlands at Imobi, Ward 10 by elephants which had led to destruction of farmlands and creating fears amongst the residents of the community.
Oluomo enjoined the Ministries to engage their personnel to lead back the elephants into their natural habitats.