ABUJA – An Act to establish City University of Technology, Auchi, and for other connected matters Bill 2018, scaled its Second Reading in the Senate of the Federal Republic yesterday.
This is even as the Senate expressed concern over lingering strike action by members of Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).
To this end, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has directed the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund, to meet with the striking workers so as to resolve issues involved
Senator Francis Alimikhena, (Edo North), who sponsored the Bill, sought the conversion of Auchi Polytechnic to a degree awarding institution.

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The Bill scaled second reading despite stiff opposition from Sen. Sam Egwu that the Bill should be killed.
On the NASU strike, Ekweremadu noted, “We need to do something urgently about the NASU strike to ensure that we bring them back to their institutions.
They have been on strike for a long time. The committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund should take the matter up and ensure that the workers go back to work.
It has become a matter of urgent importance that something is done to get the workers back to work.”