Edo College of Agriculture bill signed into law

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Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (middle); his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu (right); Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), Hon. Frank Okiye (left), during the signing of the Bill establishing the Edo State College of Agriculture into law, passed by the Okiye-led Edo State House of Assembly, at Government House in Benin City, Edo State

In a bid to deepen research and innovation within the agricultural sector, the Edo state government has signed the bill establishing the Edo State College of Agriculture and Natural Resources into law.

During the signing ceremony, Gov. Godwin Obaseki said the essence of the law was to have three schools of agriculture that would be training the needed manpower to drive and sustain the ongoing reforms in the agricultural sector in the state.

When this government came on board, we said that our emphasis would be on fostering economic growth through our natural resources.

For us to take full advantage of the natural resources in the state, we decided to restructure our college of agriculture which will be training middle and high level manpower to sustain the agricultural revolution which we have started,’’ the governor said.

Obaseki, said the three schools had one governance arrangement and that it would partner with private investors in the state.

We have one college of agriculture which is made up the School of Agricultural Technology and Engineering  situated at Iguorhiaki, the School of Aquaculture and Marine Technology at Agenebode and the School of Forestry and Environmental Technology at Uromi,” he said.

According to the governor, signing of the bill into law shows that work will commence immediately at the three schools.

He described the occasion as historic and significant, as it was the first bill by the Seventh Edo House of Assembly.

Legislative support

Presenting the bill to the governor for his assent, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, said due consideration were made with inputs from the lawmakers and other relevant stakeholders.

We looked at the spread of the schools, their composition and the expectations of the initiator of the bill,” he said.

The speaker added that the bill would boost the economic hub of the state as it would train manpower and encourage more investment in agriculture.