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Bauchi seeks autonomous College of Agriculture

| May 31, 2012 More

House of Assembly begins amendment of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic’s establishing law

In a bid to facilitate the establishment of an autonomous college of agriculture, the Bauchi State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, began the amendment of the law establishing the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic.

The amendment followed the adoption of a report by the House Special Committee on the de-merger of the School of Agriculture, Bauchi, from the polytechnic.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the committee, Baba Abubakar, said the School of Agriculture could not work effectively due to inadequate funding, neglect and bureaucratic bottlenecks.

He added that it was imperative to amend the existing laws of the polytechnic, to fast-track successful take-off of the proposed college.

“The school of agriculture should be an autonomous college from Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, with a governing council,” Abubakar said.

“The House should prepare a draft bill for the de-merger of the school to a college, in order to give the concept the enabling environment of sailing through.”

He added that the college needed to undergo total renovation and be provided with additional laboratories, classrooms and hostels.

“This is to enable it expand the scope of courses for the manpower needs in the agriculture sector of the state and the country at large.”

Abubakar decried the “serious neglect” of the school by the polytechnic management, adding that upgrading the institution to a college would encourage agricultural activity and reduce poverty.

The house, presided over by the Speaker, Yahaya Miya, unanimously adopted the report and ordered its Legal Department to draft a bill for the establishment of a College of Agriculture.

The School of Agriculture, Bauchi, was established in 1971 by the defunct North-Eastern State, to provide manpower in the agriculture sector.

Sequel to the creation of Bauchi State, the school was merged with other tertiary institutions under the polytechnic.

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has accredited all 10 Higher National Diploma (HND) and Ordinary National Diploma (OND) courses run by the school.

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