By Emeka Okafor
The Senate has passed bills establishing two federal universities in Kogi State.
Their passage followed consideration of the two separate reports by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on Wednesday.
The two universities are the Federal University of Education, Ankpa, and the Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba.
Presenting the reports during Wednesday’s plenary, Chairman of the Committee, Chairman, Baba Kaita, explained that the establishment of the universities became imperative in view of the need to find solutions to the problems of the education sector in the country.
Kaita represented by his deputy, Senator Betty Apiafi, stated that the Federal University of Education, Ankpa, would “provide and promote sound basic education training as a foundation for the development of Nigeria, taking into account indigenous culture and the need to enhance national unity.”
Apiafi, in her second presentation to establish the Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba, added further that the institution would add value to agriculture.
She said it would develop and offer academic and professional programmes with emphasis on planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skills in Agricultural Engineering, livestock, aquatic, horticulture and crop sciences and allied professional disciplines relating to agriculture.