ABEOKUTA – About five Bills which border on recognition and change in the names of some higher institutions in Ogun State, promotion of efficiency and effectiveness in the ruling of government business through public and private partnership, as well as regulation of tenant and landlord relationships for the enhancement of peace and tranquillity in the State have scaled second reading.

According to the Press Officer, Ogun State House of Assembly, Jamiu Lawal, the Bills are; HB. No. 031/OG/2018- Ogun State College of Health Technology (Amendment) Law, 2018, HB. No 032/OG/2018- Gateway Polytechnic, Igbesa (Amendment) Law, 2018, HB. No. 033/OG/2018- Tai-Solarin College of Education, Omu (Amendment) Law, 2018, HB. No.036/OG/2018- Public Private Partnership (PPP) Law of Ogun State, 2018 and HB. No. 037/OG/2018- Tenancy Law of Ogun State, 2018.

Opening debates on the bills on education, Hon. Victor Fasanya said the Ogun State Health Technology (Amendment) Law, 2018, would amend the name of the college to be changed to Ogun State Polytechnic of Technology and Allied Sciences, saying that the step would give the institution the required status among its peers in the Country.

In his lead debate on the Gateway Polytechnic, Igbesa (Amendment) Law, 2018, Fasanya explained that the amendment would allow the new name to conform with the law establishing the institution.

He posited that the bill on Tai-Solarin College of Education, Omu (Amendment) Law, 2018, would solve the confusion being experienced in the similarity in the name of the institution and that of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), particularly as it relates to funding from TETfund and other donor agencies.

In their contributions, the lawmakers, including the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, Majority Leader, Adeyinka Mafe, Olusola Bankole and Victor Fasanya, opined that the College of Health, Ilese was already being regulated by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE), noting that the amendment would allow for diversification and enable other students enrol in some other science- based courses.

On the Gateway Polytechnic, Igbesa they said the amendment which was long overdue was one of the recommendations of the House Committee on Education during its oversight visit to higher institutions in the State, noting that the amendment would reflect a change of name for the institution in accordance with the law that established it.

Speaking on the Public Private Partnership Law when finally signed into law, the lawmakers said it would create legal framework to allow private organisations partner government in the effective management of public infrastructure towards promoting sustenance, accountability and effective supervision and monitoring, while encouraging more investments that would advance the socio-economic development to all parts of the State.

In his reaction on the Tenancy Law, the lawmakers explained that, the bill would serve as guideline in regulating the relationship between the landlord and tenant, as it would assist in fast-tracking proceedings for recovery of property and propose time limits for the disposal of tenancy matters.

Responding, Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi applauded his colleague -lawmakers for their robust contributions to the bills and thereafter referred them to House Committees on Education, Investment, Commerce and Industry, as well as Lands and Housing for further legislative actions.

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