The Speaker of Ogun state House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi has said that the bill to upgrade Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) to a University of Technology would be passed into law before the end of January.
Adekunbi disclosed this at the 2nd International Conference of Environmental Studies organised by the School of Environmental Studies, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.
Speaking on the theme of the conference ” Sustainability of Land, Shelter, Urban Development and Management in Developing Countries”, the speaker said the House would urgently deliberate on the bill and send a clean copy that would be signed into law by the Gov Ibikunle Amosun.
The speaker explained that after the passage of the bill and assented to by the governor, the institution would have the opportunity to embark on full research.
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“The governor has dimmed it fit to put up such bill and presented it to the House for deliberations and subsequent passage.
“When we resume I can assure you that we are going to give that bill accelerated passage and I want to promise you that before the end of this month we will present a clean copy of the bill to the governor for his assent, ” he said.
Adekunbi while speaking on the conference , said that it would create a platform for Nigeria and other developing countries to place a better attention and be well informed about their environment.
He called for sensitisation of members of the public towards such conferences, saying that all stakeholders had a major role to play in the overall development of the environment.
Giving his keynote address, Prof. Julius Olujimi, the Dean, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, commended the institution for putting up the programme.
Olujimi said that sustainable urban management and development was a global issue and an inevitable phenomenon in developing countries of the world.
The dean said that problems associated with land, shelter, urban management and development constituted socio-economic, cultural and environmental challenges to the attainment of sustainable development and effective urban governance.
“It is essential for government at all spheres to ensure easy accessibility to land for all and sundry.
“Land laws need to be flexible, agricultural friendly and embrace all aspects of housing and construction activities which will provide framework and structural development of the city, ” he said.
Arc. Koyejo Jolaosho, the Director, School of Environmental Studies, MAPOLY, said that the conference aimed at bringing together researchers, stakeholders in the built environment with the view to ensure sustainable human environment.
“To build together Researchers, practitioners and stakeholders in the experiences with the view to bringing forth policy direction that will ensure inclusiveness, healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable cities/human environment.
“To provide an avenue for training and re-training of the trainers, as well as the operators or users of research results.
“To provide a complimentary platform for capacity enhancement/devlopment through the promotion of research and writing skills; exchange of intrllrctual and professional ideas in response to the transitional challenges of the United Nations’ post-2015 Millennium Development Agenda (MDG) into the UN 2030 Sustainable”.
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