Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 December 2012

Nigeria: Representatives Want College of Agriculture for FCT

The House of Representatives has commenced deliberations on a Bill to establish an Agricultural College in the Federal Capital Territory.

The bill titled; A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal Capital Territory College of Agriculture was unanimously supported on the floor of the House when debate on its general principles opened.

Most members said the Bill in addition to encouraging many people to pursue various careers in the agricultural sector would also ensure large production of food thereby reducing over dependence on the importation of food items into Nigeria.

The sponsor of the Bill Hon. Emmanuel Jime (Benue state) remarked that the Bill would serve as a morale booster to the indigenous populace of the FCT whom are mostly farmers and the teeming Nigerians relocating to the territory.

"This is a territory where most Nigerians in their thousands are trooping into. The fact of the matter is that most of those Nigerians that are coming here are very equipped to be able to do agriculture only in a subsistence manner. But a college of Agriculture would provide the enabling environment and the teachings that enable people to be equipped and able to do agriculture in commercial sense."

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