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May 27, 2024

Reps Consider Establishment of Agricultural Technical Institute in Delta 

As part of efforts to bolster Nigeria’s agricultural and energy sectors, the House of Representatives has advanced a bill aimed at establishing an Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh, Delta State.

The bill, titled “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act, Cap A12 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make provision for the establishment of Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute, Aboh, Delta State, and for related matters,” successfully passed the second reading stage on Wednesday, under the leadership of Speaker Tajudeen Abass.

Leading the debate on the bill’s general principles, Honorable Ezechi emphasized the critical role of agriculture in Nigeria’s quest for sustainable development and economic prosperity. 

He highlighted agriculture as the backbone of the nation, providing food security, employment opportunities, and a significant contribution to GDP.

Ezechi stressed the need for innovative approaches, modern techniques, and specialized training to fully harness the potential of the agricultural sector. 

He underscored the importance of establishing the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh, Delta State, as a pivotal step towards achieving this goal.

“The integration of agricultural and energy studies in this institute will equip our youth with the necessary skills and knowledge,” Ezechi explained. “It will bridge the gap between traditional farming methods and modern technologies.”

He further emphasized Aboh’s suitability for hosting such an institute, citing its fertile lands and abundant natural resources. 

The synergy between agriculture and energy, he noted, presents opportunities for sustainable development, rural electrification, and renewable energy solutions.

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 institute aims to empower farmers, agripreneurs, and rural communities to adopt best practices and enhance their livelihoods.

“In addition to its economic benefits, the institute will serve as a catalyst for innovation, technology transfer, and collaboration,” Ezechi added. “It will create a conducive environment for research and development, unlocking the untapped potential of our agricultural and energy sectors.”

In conclusion, Ezechi urged his colleagues to support the bill for the second reading, emphasizing the opportunity to invest in the future of agriculture and energy in Nigeria. He envisioned a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow for the nation through this initiative.

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