Bill To Establish Agricultural Institute In Delta Scales Second Reading

By Gloria Essien, Abuja


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

Sponsored by Hon Nnamdi Ezechi, the Bill 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, Ezechi said it holds immense potential for the agricultural and energy sectors of the country.

He said “the importance of agriculture cannot be overstated in the quest for sustainable development and economic prosperity.

“It is the backbone of our nation, providing food security, employment opportunities, and a significant contribution to our GDP.

“However to fully harness the potential of our agricultural sector, there is an urgent need for innovative approaches, modern techniques, and specialized 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 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. By harnessing the synergy between agriculture and energy, we can unlock new opportunities for sustainable development, rural electrification, and renewable energy solutions.

*Furthermore, this 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.

“Mr. Speaker, in addition to its economic benefits, the institute will also serve as a catalyst for innovation, technology transfer, and collaboration between the 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.

“In conclusion, I urge my esteemed colleagues to support this bill for the second reading. Together, let us seize this opportunity to invest in the future of agriculture and energy in Nigeria, and pave the way for a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow” he said.

The long title of the Bill is, “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 (HB. 955).”





Emmanuel Ukoh

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