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July 20, 2024

Bill  to Establish  Agric Institute in Delta Scales Second Reading 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute, Aboh, Delta State, on Tuesday, passed a second reading in the House of Representatives.

Moved by Nnamdi Ezechi, the proposed law seeks to amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act of the Federation, 2004, to pave the way for the establishment of the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh, Delta State.

Leading the debate on the general principles of the bill during plenary, the lawmaker said the proposed law holds immense potential for the agricultural and energy sectors of our nation.

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

“The establishment of the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh, Delta State, represents a crucial step in this direction.

“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.

“Aboh, situated in Delta State, boasts of fertile lands and abundant natural resources, making it an ideal location for such an institute. B

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

He also noted that the bill “Aligns with the government’s agenda to diversify the economy and promote self-sufficiency in food production. Through research, training, and extension services, the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute will empower farmers, agripreneurs, and rural communities to adopt best practices, increase productivity, and enhance their livelihoods.

“In addition to its economic benefits, the institute will also serve as a catalyst for innovation, technology transfer, and collaboration between academia, industry, and government agencies.

“By fostering a conducive environment for research and development, we can unlock the untapped potential of our agricultural and energy sectors, driving sustainable growth and prosperity for generations to come.”

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

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