From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh, Delta State.

The bill, sponsored by Nnamdi Ezechi, proposes to amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act of 2004 to facilitate the institute’s establishment.

Ezechi argued that the proposed institute would significantly benefit the agriculture and energy sectors of the Nigerian economy. He emphasized the critical need for specialized agricultural institutes in the area, particularly in light of the country’s pursuit of food security and job creation in the agricultural sector.

“To fully harness the potential of our agricultural sector, there is an urgent need for innovative approaches, modern techniques, and specialized training,” Ezechi stated. “The establishment of the Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute in Aboh, Delta State, represents a crucial step in this direction.”

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He further explained that the institute’s unique integration of agricultural and energy studies would equip young people with the necessary skills and knowledge while bridging the gap between traditional farming methods and modern technologies.

Ezechi highlighted the strategic location of Aboh in Delta State, with its fertile lands and abundant natural resources, making it an ideal location for such an institute. He believes that by harnessing the synergy between agriculture and energy, the institute can unlock new opportunities for sustainable development, rural electrification, and renewable energy solutions.

“This bill aligns with the government’s agenda to diversify the economy and promote self-sufficiency in food production,” Ezechi added. “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.”

The bill’s passage to second reading signifies a positive step towards establishing this potentially impactful institute. It is expected to undergo further deliberations and scrutiny before its final passage and eventual implementation.

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