President Muhammadu Buhari has signed two bills into law.
The bills are the Federal Polytechnic Amendments bill and the National Institute for Security bill.
The new amendment seeks to harmonise the tenure of Rectors of Federal Polytechnics, the retirement age of polytechnic staff as well as establishment of governing council for Federal polytechnics and membership of the council.
According to The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives) Umar Yakubu, who briefed State House correspondents said the Federal Polytechnic amendment bill seeks to amend the Federal Polytechnic Act cap 17 of the laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004,
According to the new law, membership of councils will be a five-man Council and will be chaired by a Chairman, adding that the new law provides that such membership must be a reflection of the Federal Character.
Each Polytechnics Council under the new law, Yakubu noted, must have a female member as well as a person representing the area where the Polytechnics is located.
The new law, he said, also provided 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.” he added
Yakubu said that the new law on the National Institute of Security Studies seeks to establish that 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
According to the bill, it also establishes standards for agency relationships, with the views to harmonizing 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.