Lawan, Erudite Professors, Royal Fathers, Opinion Leaders, Student Bodies Support National Border Institute, Imeko Bill - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Lawan, Erudite Professors, Royal Fathers, Opinion Leaders, Student Bodies Support National Border Institute, Imeko Bill


The President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, Prominent academicians, royal fathers, opinion leaders, politicians and students have commended the gigantic efforts of the Senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District, Sen. Tolu Odebiyi for sponsoring the bill for an Act to establish the National Institute for Border Studies, Imeko, Ogun State. 

The Ogun West Senator received the commendations during the public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the National Institute for Border Studies, Imeko, Ogun State Bill held today, Monday, 26th April, 2021 at the National Assembly complex. 

The Senate President who was represented by the Deputy Chief Whip, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi said, "I must commend the sponsor of the Bill, Sen. Tolu Odebiyi for the gigantic efforts made so far and for taking the bull by the horn as he explores critical issues affecting the education sector in the country". 
"Certainly, the Bill establishing National Institute for Border Studies will add value to the existing border issues and its management and the public hearing today provides the necessary legislative scrutiny while at the same time affords stakeholders the opportunity to make their inputs for improvement of the country's education sector and humanity in general". 
 
The proposed bill, apart from creating an academic institution, is aimed at solving the serious and mounting security and border challenges in the country today. 

Former Director, Centre for African Regional Integration and Border Studies and an authority in border management, Professor Emeritus Anthony Asiwaju noted that, the bill which is for the establishment of an international standard institution is the first in Africa. Asiwaju said, The Border Institute will expand the horizon for indigenous research and provide the basis for cooperation, partnership and collaboration with relevant institutions, researchers and stakeholders in Nigeria as well as global arena. 

Opinion leaders, policy makers and students at the public hearing also commended Sen. Tolu Odebiyi for making concerted efforts on improving the quality of educational sector through legislation and perfect engagement of stakeholders. 

Present at the public hearing were Emeritus Professor Anthony Asiwaju, Prof. William Fawole, Prof. R.T. Akinyele, Prof. Michael Bonchuk, Dr. Chris Kwaja. 

Former Senators from Ogun West in attendance were Sen. Kola Bajomo and Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo. 

The traditional rulers from Ogun West, namely, Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle; Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Benjamin Olanite Alabi; Aboro of Iboroland, Oba Daniel Abayomi Salako; Alagbara of Agbara Yewa, Oba Lukman Jayeola Agunbiade; Eselu of Iselu Yewa, Oba Ebenezer Akintunde Akinyemi; and the Abepa of Joga Orile Yewa, Oba (Dr.) Adeyemi Olanrewaju Adekeye were also present to give royal support to the bill.

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