President Muhammmadu Buhari on Tuesday signed two bills into law, the Federal Polytechnic amendments Bill and the National Institute for Security Bill.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives) Umar Yakubu, who briefed State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa said, the Federal Polytechnic amendment bill seeks to amend the Federal Polytechnics Act Cap 17 of the laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The new amendment harmonises the tenure of the rectors of the federal polytechnics, retirement age of the staff of the polytechnics, as well as the establishment of Governing Councils for the polytechnics and membership of the councils.
According to the new law, membership of the Councils will be five-man and will be led by a chairman.
The law also provides that such membership must be a reflection of the federal character.
Each polytechnic’s council under the new law must have a female member as well as a person representing the area where the institution is located.
The new law also provides that each rector is expected to serve a single term of five years. This means that where anyone is currently appointed to serve for four years, it shall be extended to five years.
Yakubu, stated that the new law on the National Institute of Security Studies establishes the institute with the view to ensuring that both the middle and senior managers in the security sector have their competences built and that they will be trained to build their capacity.
The Bill also establishes standards for agency relationships, with the view to harmonising their relationships for efficient and harmonious relationships amongst the inter agencies locally and globally.
“It will also serve as a critical research institute for policy initiators and implementors with the view to ensuring that we have competent people managing the nation’s security and for global peace and stability”, he said.