OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Thursday passed the Federal Colleges of Education Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 which provides for the establishment of a Federal College of Education in Malam Madori, Jigawa North-East senatorial district of Jigawa state.

According to the sponsor of the bill, Senator Ubali Shittu (APC, Jigawa), the senatorial district “has no single federal educational institution or any other for that matter despite its dense population.”

The bill which was read for the first time on 22nd March, 2017 also seeks to “align the existing federal colleges affected by states creation and boundary adjustment with states in which they located” and “ensure the practicalization of inclusiveness under the national educational policy which seeks to ensure the provision of education for all members of the society regardless of age or physical ability.”

The bill will also “facilitate the realization of girl-child education which is currently low due to absence of tertiary institutions in Jigawa North-East and its neighbouring communities”

The amendment bill was passed after the Senate considered the report of its Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

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