The Senator representing Gombe South Senatorial District and Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Bulus K. Amos, has sought for the establishment of Federal College of Agriculture to be sited in Bambam, Gombe State.
The Bill, which was read for the first time by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan at the floor of the Senate last week Wednesday, seeks to establish a collage that would develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of Certificates, First and Post-graduate degrees.
A statement by Abdul Lauya, the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the Senator, stated that 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.
Speaking shortly after the Bill passed through First Reading, 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.”
The statement added that the College will be supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education through the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, who shall be responsible for approving and regulating all academic programmes run in the College, to ensure quality compliance and provide funds for academic and research programmes, infrastructure and remuneration of employees.