By Aledare Akinwale
A former Chief Technical Officer of the College of Agriculture, Kabba, Chief Joseph Oluwafemi Samuel, has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade the college to a University of Agriculture.
Samuel told the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Lokoja on Monday, that the college had undergone various reforms since its establishment in 1962.
He said that with the many reforms and its land mass of over 348.8 hectares in Kabba, the college was ripe to become a University.
He recalled that the college was funded by the USAID and commissioned by the Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello on the May 10, 1965.
“The time has therefore come to upgrade the college to a university status as recommended by the division of agricultural colleges stakeholders workshop held in February 2009.
Samuel called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu to sign the bill seeking to upgrade the status of the college to a University.
According to him, if the bill is signed into law, the University would go a long way in helping the people of Okunland to take the advantage of the educational standard and values.
He commended the efforts of Senator Dino Melaye who sponsored the bill on the floor of the Senate.
Samuel also commended other Okun sons and daughters that had contributed to the development of the town, and expresses optimism that bill seeking to upgrade the college would be given speedy consideration.