President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday assented to the National Institute for Security Bill as well as that of the Federal Polytechnic Amendment Bill.
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 Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Umar Yakubu.
The new amendment seeks to harmonise the tenure of the rectors of Federal Polytechnics, retirement age of as well as the establishment of the governing council for the polytechnics and memberthe staff of the polytechnics, ship of the council.
According to the new law, membership of the councils will be a five-man council and will be chaired by a chairman.
The law also provides that such membership must be a reflection of the federal character.
Each polytechnics’ council under the new law must have a female member as well as a person representing the area where the polytechnics are 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.