The Bill for an Act to establish Federal College of Agriculture Bambam, Gombe State has passed through Second Reading at the floor of the Senate.
Recall that the Senator representing Gombe South Senatorial District, Bulus K. Amos had sought to establish a collage that would develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of Certificates, First and Post-graduate degrees.
The proposed collage will churn out graduates with emphasis on planning, developmental and adaptive skills in technology, applied sciences, humanities, management and allied professional disciplines.
On Tuesday, a statement signed by the senator’s Senior Special Assistant, Abdul Lauya, said Mr Amos, while leading the debate on the general principles of the Bill, urged his colleagues for support.
According to him, demand for agricultural product is rising correspondingly with increase in population and per capita income as well as growing demand from industrial sector.
He said that the Bill is a bold step in addressing the educational needs of the zone and the country at large that are desirous of becoming teachers and agriculturists.
Speaking shortly after the Bill passed through First Reading on December 20, Mr Amos explained that as an agrarian state, a College of Agriculture is desirable in the area to promote sound basic Agricultural training.
According to the Senator, the Collage will serve as a foundation for food security and national development.
He said that when established, the College is expected to collaborate with other national and international institutions involved in training, research and development of Agriculture Education to promote governance, leadership and management skills among Agricultural managers.
Some of the objectives of the College, according to the statement, include, “identifying agricultural needs of the society with a view to finding solutions to them within the context of overall national development.
“To provide and promote sound basic agriculture educational training as a foundation for the development of Nigeria, taking into account indigenous culture and need to enhance national unity.
“To provide higher education in agriculture and foster a systematic advancement of science and agriculture.
“To provide for instruction in such branches of agriculture teacher education as it may deem necessary to make provision for research advancement and dissemination of knowledge in such manner as may be determined.
“And to undertake any other activities that is appropriate for a College of Agriculture of the highest standard among others.”