Lagos - Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Monday signed into law a bill establishing the state polytechnic.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the act repeals the original law establishing the polytechnic and reviews the institution`s structure and operations.
Some characteristics of the new law is the prescription of a five-year single term tenure for its rector.
The institution will now have two deputy rectors, each for academics and administration.
Unlike the old system, the act provides for the retention of lecturers in the polytechnic after 35 years in service.
Also, the legislation makes the governor of the state the moderator of the institution, while vesting in him the power to set up a visitation panel for the school, if the occasion calls for it.
With the new law, the governing council of the institution has now been expanded to include people from the private sector, specifically representatives of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
Fashola said in Ikeja that the law was promulgated to make the institution more functional and reposition it to drive the development of the state.
``This law gives impetus to our educational commitment to make science and technology education to make impact on the society.
``Polytechnics are bedrock of industrialisation.They are institutions where things are done, rather than where things are propounded.
``This law is, therefore, a part of strategy by the state government to fully and efficiently utilise the polytechnic,`` he said.
Presenting the bill earlier, Mr Ade Ipaye, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said government created the law based on appeals from stakeholders for the review of the structure of the polytechnic.
He said the changes brought to the polytechnic would strengthen it and make it a veritable training ground for high quality technology graduates.