Buhari signs National Institute for Security, Polytechnic amendment bills

PRESIDENT Muhammmadu Buhari on Tuesday signed into law, the Federal Polytechnic amendment and the National Institute for Security bills.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters ( House of Representatives) Umar Yakubu, the Federal Polytechnic amendment bill seeks to amend the Federal Polytechnic Act cap 17 of the laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The new amendment seeks to harmonise the tenure of the Rectors of the Federal Polytechnics, the retirement age of the staff of the Polytechnics, as well as the establishment of the Governing Council for the Polytechnics and membership of the Council.

The act provides that there will be a five-man Council reflecting the Federal Character principle and each council must have a female member as well as a person representing the area where the Polytechnics is located.

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The act also provides that Rector of the polytechnic should serve a single term of five years, automatically extending the tenure of those currently serving the old four-year tenure by one year.

On the National Institute for Security Studies, Yakubu said the act seeks to establish the institute with a view to enhancing the capacitor of middle and senior security sector managers.

The act also establishes standards for agency relationships to harmonise 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.