22 March 2021 By James Itodo
The Senate says it will address infrastructure decay in tertiary institutions across the country.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund Senator Ahmed Kaita stated this in Abuja at a public hearing on four bills in the education sector.
The bills are : A bill for an Act to abolish and prohibit discrimination between first decree and Higher National Diplomas (HND) holders for the purpose of employment in Nigeria.
A Bill for an Act to eetablish Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba, Kogi.
A Bill for an Act to establish the Steel University Ajaokuta and Other Matters Connected.
A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Education ,Ankpa to take over assets and liabilities including staff of Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa.
Senator Kaita said the public hearing was designed to aggregate stakeholders’ opinion for legislations on the bills.
He said the committee did not receive any opposing memorandum on the bill for an act to abolish and prohibit descrimination between first decree and HND holders.
He assured that the senate would do its best to ensure passage of the bill.
Sponsor of the bill for an act to establish Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba, Kogi, Senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West said the public hearing was to articulate the need to upgrade the Kabba College of Agriculture to a full-fledged University.
He said the college was established in 1964 to meet the man-power needs of the agricultural sector of Northern Nigeria.
He, however, said in 1971, the college was handed over to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
“Today the college runs three accredited programmes at the national diploma level, certificate courses and several short courses for farmers and retirees who want to go into farming.
“With over 400 hectares of land donated by the Kabba community which handed over 60 per cent of the land years ago, only 20 per cent of the land has been utilised,with over 200 hectares of land available for animal husbandry and horticulture faculties,” he said.