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  • Updated: May 21, 2024

Delta: Bill seeking to establish agric institute scales second reading

Delta: Bill seeking to establish agric institute scales seco

House of Reps

A bill proposing the establishment of the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh, Delta State passed its second reading on Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

The bill, sponsored by Nnamdi Ezechi, the representative for the Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal Constituency in Delta State, aims to amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act of 2004 to facilitate the creation of this new institute.

Ezechi leading the debate on the bill's principles during the plenary session emphasized the significant benefits for the agricultural and energy sectors. 

“To fully harness the potential of our agricultural sector, there is an urgent need for innovative approaches, modern techniques, and specialised training,” he stated.

Ezechi argued that establishing the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh is a crucial step in achieving these goals.

“By integrating agricultural and energy studies, this institute will not only equip our youth with the necessary skills and knowledge but will also bridge the gap between traditional farming methods and modern technologies,” he explained.

He highlighted Aboh's suitability for the institute, noting its fertile lands and rich natural resources.

“By harnessing the synergy between agriculture and energy, we can unlock new opportunities for sustainable development, rural electrification, and renewable energy solutions,” he said.

Ezechi highlighted that the bill supports the government's goals of economic diversification and food self-sufficiency.

According to him, the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute will boost farmers' productivity and livelihoods through research, training, and extension services. 

Additionally, the institute is expected to foster innovation, technology transfer, and collaboration among academia, industry, and government, thereby driving sustainable growth and prosperity in the agricultural and energy sectors.

The Speaker of the House referred the bill to the Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions for further legislative action.

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