The state House of Assembly’s second reading of a measure that would create Kogi College of Agriculture, Ochaja-Egume, was passed with great success. The measure, which was introduced by Enema Paul (APC-Dekina/Okura), intends to establish a centre for food production, agricultural innovation, and intellectual growth.
Mr. Paul claims that the proposed college aims to meet practical as well as educational objectives. Students studying Ordinary and Higher National Diploma levels will have admission chances, offering a comprehensive platform for agricultural education. Furthermore, in order to promote knowledge in the subject, the college intends to establish professional courses that would certify individuals as Agricultural Extension Workers.
The bill’s sponsor emphasized the college’s role in conducting research in Science and Engineering Technology, contributing to the agricultural sector’s innovation and growth. Beyond traditional academic programs, the college aims to facilitate courses for in-service instructors, equipping them with essential training and technical skills to promote self-reliance.
Mr. Paul expressed confidence that the establishment of the agriculture-focused institution would have a positive impact on the overall development of Kogi State, foreseeing increased intellectual capacity among youth and a significant boost to agricultural productivity.
Speaker Umar Yusuf forwarded the bill to the House Committees on Agriculture, Judiciary, and Education for more legislative action after the presentation. This action shows that the state Assembly is committed to carefully considering and debating the idea before moving on to the next phase.
The proposed Kogi College of Agriculture promises to be a significant force in determining the direction of agriculture in the state as well as a valuable addition to the academic scene. Stakeholders hope that the bill will be approved as it moves through the legislative process because they see favourable changes in store for Kogi’s agriculture and education sectors.