The Bill for the establishment of Federal University of Agriculture and Technology (FUAT) in Funtua, Katsina State, on Wednesday scaled second reading in the National House of Assembly.
Presenting the bill for the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Funtua, Senator Bello Mandiya (APC, Katsina South), sponsor of the bill, said it would support the quest to diversify the nation’s economy and lift agriculture beyond its current subsistence level.
He said, “As it is, most universities in Nigeria execute science-based agricultural programmes, but their curricula have not evolved to meet the challenges of government’s agenda in the area of technology-driven commercial agriculture and in line with the current global realities.
“The establishment of the university will bridge the curriculum gap and advance the government’s long term diversification and growth plan.
“The proposed university would, apart from its primary focus in agriculture, also offer programmes in engineering and area of applied research critical to the nation’s development aspirations.”
Similarly, the bill for establishment of Federal College of Education, Sabon Birni in Sokoto State sponsored by Senator Abdullahi Gobir (APC, Sokoto East) also scaled second reading.
The two bills were later referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND for further legislative work.