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Edo agriculture college attains autonomy

26 March 2014, 07:40Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Edo State Government has granted the College of Agriculture in Agenebode full autonomy to operate as a diploma-awarding institution.

The autonomy is subject to the ratification of the state House of Assembly.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Abdul Oroh, disclosed the development in Benin City.

“The Governor Adams Oshiomhole has approved the autonomy that the school should operate independently at the State Executive Meeting. The School has operated as a Campus of the College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi since 1987 but now, it is a full-fledged College. It will now be called Edo State College of Technology, Agenebode. We have a Consultant that is on ground to help set it up. The Consultant has gone to the School to see the facilities on ground just as they were also at Iguoriakhi,” Oroh said.

He added that the necessary documents had been sent to the House of Assembly to give the necessary legal backing to the college.

He assured staff of the institution of the security of their jobs.

“We will rely on the consultants to advice on how the manpower of the College is going to be structured. We are not going to threaten the employment or job security of any staff. We expect that those who are useful to the system will be retained in the area they have capacity. Other persons would be redeployed to other areas where they are fitted.”

Oroh said the upgrading of the college would open up the community to economic gains.

“We are trying to bring a whole lot of investors to Edo State in all areas from rice production to Oil Palm. It will also be an opportunity for our students to learn new skills. We require qualify middle class man power to be employed in these sectors,” he added.

– CAJ News

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