Bill to establish Federal University of Agriculture in Ute-Okpu passes second reading

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A bill for an act to establish the Federal University of Agriculture, Ute-Okpu, Delta State, on Friday passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, sponsored by Philip Agbese, deputy spokesman of the House of Representatives, was unanimously adopted by the House.

The motion to read the bill was seconded by the member representing Bursari/Geidam/ Yunusari Lawal Shettima Ali, while Ghali Mustafa Tijani, representing Ghaya Federal Constituency, supported the debate.

It was subsequently referred to the House Committees on Agriculture and Colleges for further action.

In his submission, Agbese explained why the move was timely.

He said, “Nations are returning to the farm to boost their economy. In our darling country, petroleum can no longer sustain us. If agriculture is the way forward, the focus should be on establishing world-class learning institutions.

“The potential benefit of this proposed institution can never be overemphasized. Over 90 per cent of the people of Ute-Okpu and neighbouring communities are farmers, hence the need to promote and enlighten them and Nigerians on current best practices.

“The Federal University of Agriculture Ute-Okpu, Delta State, when established, will conduct education, research, and environmental monitoring and assessment in collaboration with other world-class institutions.

“Through a focus on the interaction between humans, animals, and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, the proposed university will contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet.”

Recall that the bill passed its first reading on the 13th of July.

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