President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday signed into law the Federal Polytechnics Amendment Bill and the National Institute for Security Studies Bill passed by the National Assembly.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives) Mr Umar El-Yakub while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja.
He said the Federal Polytechnics Act pegs the tenure of Rectors at single five-year tenure.
“The Federal Polytechnics Amendment Bill sought to amend the Federal Polytechnics Act of 2004, whereby there were amendments to several sections of that Act, which includes the tenure of the Rectors, which has now been harmonised to five year single tenure and whereby a Rector is currently serving the old four year tenure, he/she will have an additional year to make it five.
“The amended Act now stipulates that the Polytechnics will now have Governing Councils of five members, reflecting the national character, comprising a lady, an alumnus of the each of the Polytechnics and a person form the area where the Polytechnic is based,” he said.
He said the National Institute for Security Studies Act paves way for the establishment of a National Institute for Security Studies with a view to ensuring that middle and senior managers in the security sector have their competences improved.
“They will have their competences built, where they will be trained for competence and capacity building. It will look at the inter-agency relationship with a view to harmonising same, so that there will be efficient communication among them locally and globally,” he said.
He said the National Institute for Security Studies would serve as a critical research organisation in order to ensure there are competent people to manage the country’s security.