A bill seeking a five-year single term for polytechnic rectors against the present four years of two terms scaled through the second reading at the Senate yesterday.
The bill tagged: “An Act to amend the Federal Polytechnics Act CAP F17) was sponsored by Senator Malam Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi South).
Leading the debate on the bill, he said the amendment intended to realign the laws of the polytechnics to suit the operations of contemporary technical education at the tertiary level.
He said the passage of the amendment bill would relieve polytechnics of the encumbrances inherent in the subsisting Act and make the institutions more efficient and functional as institutions of higher learning.
“The core areas intended to be strengthened by this amendment are the structures of the governing boards, the academic board and the management as well as the tenure of principal officers,” he said.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, referred the bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund for further legislative actions.