A bill seeking to establish a Federal University of Agriculture, Ute Okpu, Delta State, Thursday, passed its first reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill was sponsored by Hon Philip Agbese (APC-Benue), representing Ado/Okpokwu/ Ogbadibo Federal Constituency.
The bill seeks to create a federal institution dedicated wholly to agriculture with a tripodal mandate of Teaching, Research, and Extension Services in the Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State.
Speaking to newsmen, Agbese noted that the proposed institution will be a centre for education and research, adding that it’ll aid in environmental assessment.
He said the university will make contributions to sustainable development in society and improved living conditions.
The lawmaker cautioned that the coming generation will be tolled towards agricultural practices, bringing about a diversified economy.
“My dream is to ensure the establishment of a world-class institution to conduct education, research, and environmental monitoring and assessment in collaboration with society at large,” he said.
“Through a focus on the interaction between humans, animals, and ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources, the proposed university will contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet.
“More importantly, this institution will prepare young citizens as a workforce and for leadership in a diverse, global, and technology-driven environment. The next generation will be tilled towards agriculture and not oil and gas, guaranteeing diversification of the economy.”
Agbese said, “For a knowledge-based economy, the proposed university will become a key element of innovation systems both as a creator of new knowledge and ideas based on research and as a provider of human capital.”