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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Okorocha Advocates For Improved Funding To Agricultural And Technology Education

The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on the federal government to dedicate more funding to agricultural education as a means to improved job creation, food security and specialized training for the country's teeming population.

Okorocha stated this while lending his support to a bill seeking to establish the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Funtua in Katsina State. The bill which was sponsored by Senator Mandiya Bello seeks to establish a university of Agriculture and Technology in Funtua, Katsina State, as a way to professionalise agriculture and as well equip Nigeria's undergraduates with the technological know-how, thereby empowering them with the right skills in agriculture and technology.

Senator Okorocha who is renowned for his passion for educational and economic empowerment of Nigerians from across tribes and languages argued that the bill is a step in the right direction as it would go a long way in ensuring that farmers are equipped with the right education to improve their yields and consequently improve food security in the country.

According to him; "Technology and agriculture are critical to national development and no effort is too much towards ensuring that the upcoming generation is equipped with the right skills to compete favourably with their counterparts from anywhere in the world. Through agriculture, we cannot only feed ourselves, but also improve our GDP significantly, through exports."

Within his eight years as governor of Imo State, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha constructed a brand new Imo State University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Aboh-Mbaise and Ngor-Okpala, as well as the Imo State University of Science and Technology in Umuna, Onuimo LGA.

The bill received unanimous endorsement by other distinguished senators who contributed.

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