Bauchi Assembly adopts bill to establish College of Education
The Bauchi State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed an executive bill seeking a law to establish the Bauchi State College of Education.
The passage of the bill followed the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Education and the third reading of the bill during Tuesday’s plenary session.
Laying the report on the floor of the assembly, the chairman of the committee, Babayo Muhammad (Hardawa Constituency), said the committee requested inputs from relevant education stakeholders within and outside the state and duly compared the bill with relevant laws from other states to facilitate its successful passage.
The committee, he said, discovered some critical omissions in the bill which needed to be incorporated to make the content of the law, if eventually passed, thorough and all-encompassing.
According to him, the committee recommended two new sections to be inserted in the bill.
The first one, Section 5, stipulates that, “the visitor may from time to time conduct a visitation of the College in person or persons as he may appoint on that behalf, for the purpose of advising on the effective fulfillments of the objectives and the due exercise of the function of the College as prescribed by the law.”
The other, Muhammed informed the assembly was Section 24, which reads “There shall be an established advisory management committee comprising of principal officers, all deans, directors, chief lecturers and all chairmen of staff unions with the Provost as the Chairman.”
While praying that the House should adopt the bill as amended and pass same into law, the chairman said his committee also recommended that a single term of five years be reduced to four years from the date of appointment of the principal officers.
The assembly subsequently adopted the recommendations of the committee with amendments, following which the Majority Leader, Hon. Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu (Azare Madangala Constituency) requested that the bill be made ready for the third reading after which it was passed.