The Plateau House of Assembly has solicited the revival and reconstruction of the state-owned College of Agriculture in Garkawa, Mikkang Local Government Area of the state.
This followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Assemblyman Mr Henry Yunkwap.
Yunkwap said that the 19-year-old institution had over time suffered infrastructural and manpower decline.
He said that since the inception of the college till date, none of its courses had passed through accreditation, adding that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) had issued a deadline for its upgrade or risk closure.
“This is a college that was established to train professionals who would, in turn, educate farmers on modern farming techniques so as to boost agricultural production in the state and the nation at large. As representatives of the people, we cannot fold our arms and watch that institution continue in its current sorry state. If this government claims that agriculture is one of its five-pillar policy thrust; then the college deserves a better attention so as to boost agricultural activities in the state,’’ he said.
In his contribution, Assemblyman Naalong Daniel said that with a functional college of agriculture, unemployment rate in the state could be reduced to the barest.
“This is because most of the graduates of technical institutions like this college hardly wait for the government for jobs; rather, they become employers of labour. So, there is the dire need for government to look into the plight of the college, with a view to rescuing it from total collapse. This will, in turn, aid efforts to address issues of food security in the state,’’ he added.
On his part, Assemblyman Yusuf Gagdi called on the government to as a matter of urgency look into the plight of all state-owned tertiary institutions and save them.
After extensive deliberations, the House the called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, salvage the college and other institutions for optimum performance.