By Nwafor Okafor
Any moment soon, the Agulu community in the Anaocha community will get a Federal University.
The bill to that effect just passed a second reading at the Senate.
The bill was sponsored by the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Dr Uche Ekwunife.
The proposed university will be for science, technology and innovation.
Kingsley Ubani ,Special Assistant, Media to Senator Uche Ekwunife disclosed this in a statement obtained by The Razor News.
The statement reads in full:
*SENATOR EKWUNIFE’S BILL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, AGULU PASSES SECOND READING*
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, passed the bill for the establishment of Federal University of Science, Technology and Innovation Agulu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, after second reading.
The bill which was read for the first time on 12th October 2021, was conceived to offer opportunity for many young Nigerians who are desirous of studying and showcasing their talents in the areas of practical sciences, innovative engineering and fabrication up to and beyond graduate levels. The bill was sponsored by the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife, PhD.
According to Ekwunife, the institution if established will serve as a holistic Development Centre for knowledge, skills, research and innovation in cutting edge Hi-tech value chain.
“With a population of over two hundred million people and a sizable portion of that number being young people, we are under served in terms of technologically oriented institutions. Based on data provided on ranking of universities and number of engineering courses which comes with full accreditation by COREN, only 21 out of the 170 Universities in Nigeria can be said to be into training technological engineers”, the Chairman Senate committee on Science, Technology and Innovation said.
Ekwunife further argued that in our contemporary society where science and technology drives knowledge based economy, it has become compelling that more emphasis be placed on institutions that will enhance Nigeria’s capacity to generate a technological workforce that will bring her into global reckoning, enhance the productive sector of our economy from being a net importer to being a net exporter of goods and services, as well as keep pace with the rapidly changing technological world.
The charismatic lawmaker concluded by presenting the conceptual framework behind the University and assured the Senate that Agulu community is ready to host the institution.