Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the motion compelling the Federal Executive Council to initiate a bill that will provide legal framework for the operation of the nine new federal universities created by the Federal Government.The motion was presented by the member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency and Chairman of the House Committee on Anti-Corruption, Values and Ethics, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke.

In the motion presented on the floor of the House, Faleke observed that since the announcement and creation of the new federal universities, they have been operating illegally because there was no Act of Parliament backing their existence.

“It is important that the new federal universities should have a legal framework to operate and it is the National Assembly which is empowered to provide this legal framework which will legalise the existence and activities of the universities. In the case of the new universities created by the Federal Government, there was nothing of such meaning that the universities are operating illegally,” he said.

According to him, there is need for the House to compel the Federal Government to initiate a bill at the National Assembly for the Assembly to pass a law that will give legal backing for the existence and operations of the new universities.

After a robust debate of the issue, members of the House unanimously passed the motion compelling the Federal Government to present a bill to the National Assembly that will give legal backing to the new universities.

The creation of the new federal universities was announced recently by the Federal Government for states without federal universities in each of the six geo-political zones of the country. The one in Southwest was given to Ekiti State, Nasarawa got the North central slot while Yobe got the slot for North east.