Buhari Signs Federal Polytechnics Amendment, Security Studies Bills
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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Federal Polytechnics Amendment bill and the National Institute for Security Studies bill.

Concise News learned that Umar el-Yakub, the Nigerian leader’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), made this known on Tuesday in Abuja.

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With the signing of the bills, now acts, the maximum number of years Rectors of Federal Polytechnics can serve is five.

He said, “The Federal Polytechnics Amendment Bill sought to amend the Federal Polytechnics Act of 2004, whereby there were amendments to several sections of that Act.

“This includes the tenure of the Rectors, which has now been harmonised to five-year single tenure and whereby a Rector is currently serving the old four-year tenure, he/she will have an additional year to make it five.

“The amended Act now stipulates that the Polytechnics will now have Governing Councils of five members, reflecting the national character, comprising a lady, an alumnus of the Polytechnics and a person from the area where the Polytechnic is based.”

Also, the National Institute for Security Studies ACT paves the way for the establishment of the institute with a view to ensuring that middle and senior managers in the security environment have their competences improved.

When operational, El-Yakub said, the institute would serve as a critical research organisation, “with a view to ensuring that there are competent people managing the security environment for global peace and stability.’’