The bill to establish a Federal University of Agriculture in Oyo State has received immense support from the members of the House of Representatives in the National Assembly during its first reading.
The Federal University of Agriculture which is proposed to be located at Igbo-Ora in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area is championed by the member representing Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal Constituency, Hon. Ajibola Muraina.
Speaking during the debate at the plenary session of the house, Hon. Muraina espoused on the need to establish more Universities of Agriculture in the country in a bid to diversify the source of economic growth in the nation especially as agriculture is a very viable sector to start with.
He said, “the objectives of the bill, include: provide a legal framework for the establishment of a Federal University of Agriculture, Igboora, Oyo State with a view to confer the status and legal identity on the institution, enable the institution sue and be sued, defines the administrative structure of the institution and regulate the internal activities of the institution as well as benefit from a budgetary allocation from the annual appropriation Act.
He added, “the essence of establishing these universities is to create world-class universities which shall be dedicated to the study of agricultural science and technology. This includes the cultivation of renewable raw materials and the reproduction of food for humans and animals.
Furthermore, Hon. Muraina who is the immediate past Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) proposed Igboora town as the location for the University while also mentioning vital features of the Agriculture University, ranging from First Class facilities to recruiting personnel to meet the standards of the National University Commission (NUC) as well as admitting students nationwide and giving opportunities for indigenes of the area to be gainfully employed.
In his words ” The establishment of the Federal University in the town of Igboora, is a big step in the right direction which will lead to the development of the area while giving the town a Federal presence which is currently lacking”.
“This shall impact positively on the social and economic activities of the town Nigeria, as of now has three Federal Universities of Agriculture, but the Federal Government has plans of establishing more “.
He further stressed that the current number of Universities in Nigeria is insufficient for the number of youths in the nation as the youths make up 60% of the total population of Nigerians while only a few federal universities of Agricultures exist to cater for the needs of these youths who are at home but willing to further their education.
As of now, there are three Federal Universities of Agriculture in Nigeria which are Federal Universities of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Makurdi, Benue State and Umudike, Abia State.