By Christiana Ekpa
The House of Representatives yesterday moved to establish Federal University of Agriculture, in Sabon Gida, Langtang Local Government of Plateau State, as it passed a bill to mark comprehensive provisions for its due Management and for related Matters (HB.1356).
Peoples Daily reports that, the Federal Government had proposed 15 universities of Agriculture to be establish across the Country.
The position of the House followed a bill sponsored by Hon. Beni Lar (PDP Plateau).
Presenting her lead debate, Hon Lar said the already instituted research facility in Sabon Gida, by the Federal Government will increase the chances of the University, urging the government to grant permission for a full institution to establish in the area.
According to her, the Federal government need to carry out thorough research about where the universities should located to benefit the people rather than political interest.
“ The government should know how to pay political that will benefit the people, by building those university where it produce results like Sabon Gida where different mineral resources have been discoverd. The 6 zone political zone should be consider” she disclosed
“The university will encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, Creed, sex, or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring tertiary education in Agriculture”
She said, “ the university will develop and offer academic and professors programmes leading to the reward of diplomas, first degrees, post-graduate research and higher degrees with emphasis on Agricultural research planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, development and productive skill in the engineering, scientific, and allied professional disciplines” According to her, the university when establish will identify the problem and needs of the Agriculture sector in Nigeria and to fine solutions to them within the context of overall national development.
“It provide and promote sound basic scientific training as a foundation for the development of Agriculture in Nigeria, taking into account indigenous cultures and the need to enhance national unity.
The house however passed the bill for second reading through a voice vote put across to the members by the speaker of the house, Yakubu Dogara.