A Bill for the establishment of Federal College of Education, Agriculture, Aloma, Kogi State sponsored by the member representing Idah federal constituency of Kogi State, Hon. David Zachariah has passed first reading at the House of Representative on Thursday.
The proposed Federal College of Education, Agriculture, according to Zacharias, in the bill which was read by the Clerk of the House of Representative for the first time, is expected to develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of National Certificate in Education (NCE).
The institution if established, will also facilitate research, with emphasis on planning, development and adaptive skills in agricultural technology and allied professional disciplines.
Speaking shortly after the Bill passed through the first reading on Thursday, Zacharias explained that as an agrarian community, a College of Agriculture in Aloma was desirable in the area to promote sound basic agricultural training as a foundation for food security and national development.
He said that when established, the College of education would also 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.
The lawmaker said, the community is known for very high quality seed plants of various crops with agricultural experts travelling down from different parts of the world to have access to.
According to him, siting the collage in Aloma will help harness the agricultural potentials of the community.
The objectives of the College as read on the floor includes “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.
“The College when established, would be supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education through the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), which 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.”
The lawmaker said all machineries have been put in place to ensure that the bill sees the light of the day.