By Patrick Odey
A Federal lawmaker representing Cross River Senatorial District, Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe has called for the establishment of the Federal University of Agriculture in Ogoja LGA of the state.
Ogoja, which is an agrarian community is one of the remaining old provinces without much federal presence in terms of educational institution and social infrastructures.
Senator Jarigbe said the process for its establishment has been long overdue, adding that if the institution is established, it would provide agricultural training, research and development to the state..
Jarigbe, who spoke recently on the Federal University of Agriculture, Ogoja, Bill, (SB 809) 2022, said establishing the institution has become imperative considering the quantum of agricultural products from five LGAs that make up north zone.
He explained that the university would bring technological expertise to local farmers and subsequently increase farm productivity and food supply, thereby creating employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labour as well reduce the cost of food crops due to availability.
He said: “The institution, when established, would help accelerate the agricultural growth rate, enhance the income of farmers, transform educational infrastructures and generate employment opportunities in the sector for constituents.”
The Senate on Agriculture and Rural Development, recently had a public hearing for eight bills including the Nigerian Research Institute of Fishing, Aquaculture, Bakassi (Est.) bill (SB 116) and a bill for an act to establish the Federal Univeristy of Agriculture, Ogoja (SB 809) 2022. The Comittee is headed by Sen. Muhammad Bima Enagi.