The House of Representatives today, Wednesday, November 30, 2022 passed bills for the establishment of Federal College of Education, Dengi to replace the upgraded Federal University of Education, Pankshin and the Federal Polytechnic Nyak – Shendam LGA of Plateau State.

It is to provide legal framework for the earlier established Federal Polytechnic Nyak, which was created by Mr President on the request of Governor Simon Bako Lalong through executive fiat. The bills are referenced HB.1871 and HB.1897, respectively.

The two bills were sponsored by the member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, were earlier in the year, presented for consideration on the floor of the House by the Chairman House Committee on Tertiary Education on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 and expeditiously passed by the House today, readying them for presentation to the Senate for concurrence by Tuesday next week, after which Mr President will assent to them, in fulfilment of the processes required by law.

While the Federal Polytechnic Nyak, has already been established with the administrative structures in place, but without the legal framework being fashioned out.

The signing into law of the establishment bill if supported by the Senate will now make the institution recognized by law to enjoy funding from the federation account and assume the status capable of presenting and defending its budgetary provisions in the National Assembly.

A visibly elated Gagdi was full of gratitude to his colleagues for the tremendous support accorded him in ensuring the bills passed through the rudiments of lawmaking without undue delay.

He assured that his cordial relationship with the leadership of the Senate will play a role in ensuring the speedy concurrence of the bills, giving their significant importance to our national life.

Meanwhile, the Maritime Trust Fund Establishment Bill, HB.1243, sponsored by Rt Hon Gagdi, which was earlier passed by the National Assembly, but declined assent by Mr President due to a manifest defect, was reviewed by the House of Representatives, effecting necessary alterations and passed by the House on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. It will also be sent to the Senate for concurrence.

If signed into law, these would bring to six, the number of bills sponsored by Gagdi to receive Presidential assent, thereby making history as the first lawmaker in Nigeria to sponsor six Private Member Bills to receive Presidential assent within a legislative session, since the establishment of Nigeria’s National Assembly as a bicameral legislature.

The other three bills sponsored by Gagdi, which have already been signed into law are: Police Act 2020, the Federal University of Education, Pankshin Act 2021 and the National Hydrographic Agency Act 2021.

Despite his sterling records of legislative prowess, Gagdi also holds a record of excellent performance in constituency outreach, project execution, as well as human development and empowerment.

He perfectly blends his lawmaking duties and oversight functions with a constant touch with his constituents.

Hardly a week passes by without Gagdi having at least ten engagements to attend in his constituency. This, according to his supporters and admirers alike, accounts for the grey hair adorning his head, despite the fact that he is only 42 years old.

With such a workaholic representative, who is never found wanting in any of the tasks bestowed on him by virtue of his position as the member representing PKK, it would be highly suicidal not to VOTE GAGDI AGAIN in 2023 for whatever primordial considerations, people might want to introduce.

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November 30, 2022


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