OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed through second reading a bill to establish Nigerian Army University, Biu.
The bill is coming at a time federal-owned universities have been on shutdown since 24th of March over funding-related disputes.
The bill had been passed in the Senate and is in the green chamber for concurrence.
The location of the army university is in the hometown of the current Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, a curious decision defended by the chairman, senate committee on army, Ali Ndume.
Leading the debate on the bill, the Majority Leader of the House, Hassan Ado Dogwa said the establishment of the school in the North-east will help the region in the rebuilding process.
Opposing the bill, Uzoma Abonta (PDP, Abia) appealed to members not to politicize the creation of institutions.
“Is NDA not a degree-awarding institution? This bill is not looking at curing any ills. We have not even funded the existing universities (and) you want us to create more universities. We need more technical schools and polytechnics, not universities,” he said.
Munir Agundi (APC, Kano) in his contribution informed the House that the school is already in existence with billions already invested. He added that the school will serve not just the military but also civilians
“My understanding of the bill is that the school is already in existence. A lot of money has been sunk into that school. In fairness to our colleagues from the South, i think Navy and Airforce should also establish universities in the South,” he noted.
Appealing to members of the House, Ahmed Jaha (APC, Kano) noted that the establishment of the school will be a symbolic message to Boko Haram that Nigeria believes in western education.
He disclosed further that the school is located in Southern Borno, a peaceful area in the troubled region.
When the bill was put to question by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, the voice vote was unanimous.