The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish the Federal College of Agriculture and Vocational Studies, Ako-Nike, in Enugu State.
The Sponsor Professor Paul Nnamchi, in his lead debate, said the proposed legislation, is in line with the commitment of the parliament to foster sustainable development and provide relevant for the citizens.
According to him, the essence of the bill is to provide a highly specialized institution that disseminate knowledge related to the development of sustainable agriculture, technology, applied vocational and allied field of studies.
Professor Nnamchi, who represents Enugu East/ Isi-uzo Federal Constituency of Enugu State stated that the bill is aimed at increasing access to agriculture, technological and vocational education in the country.
“The integration of vocational studies, alongside traditional education will address the growing demand for skilled workers in various industries. Thirdly by passing this bill, we are not merely establishing an educational institution. We are sowing the seed for prosperous and sustainable future for our kids.
“Once this Federal College of Agriculture and Vocational studies is established in this place, it would not only bridge the gap in non existent sustainable agriculture technology and vocational studies in the country, it will also engender skilled workforce for our Federation.”
After the bill was passed for second reading, the speaker, Tajudeen Abbas, referred it to the House Committee on
Agricultural Colleges and Institutions.