“You create universities and get under-funding. I will continue to oppose every new university until old ones are funded.
The upper house of Nigeria's national assembly on Thursday rejected a bill proposing the establishment of Maritime University of Nigeria, Lokoja, in Kogi.
The knockback followed the presentation of the bill by the sponsor, Isaac Alfa (PDP-Kogi).
The bill, which was listed for second reading, was rejected by the Senate through voice vote; nay.
While making their contributions, the lawmakers had advised the sponsor of the bill to withdraw it following several reasons including the need for more work to be done.
Mr. Alfa, however, refused to withdraw the bill, saying he had done a lot of work on it.
He urged the lawmakers not to attach geographical location and other sentiments to the bill.
Barau Jibrin, the senator representing Kano North, noted that there was a new federal university in Lokoja while suggesting that the proposed maritime university should be sited in another riverine community of the same state.
Olusola Adeyeye (APC-Osun), said there was no need for the university, adding that universities across the country were poorly funded.
“You create universities and get underfunding. I will continue to oppose every new university until old ones are funded.
“Let the universities in the maritime areas create maritime faculties. We should not embark on 419 for our children until old ones are funded,” Mr. Adeyeye said.
Biodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti), said the sponsor of the bill should withdraw it for more work.
The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, put it to a voice vote and the nays had it.