House of Representatives has passed into second reading a Bill seeking an amendment to the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute Act 2004 to enable federal universities participate on the board of agricultural institutes for increased agricultural productivity in Nigeria.The bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Agricultural and Rural Management Institute Act Cap 10 LFN 2004 to allow Other Federal Universities participate on the Board of the Institute; and for Other Related Matters Thereto”
In his lead debate, the sponsor of the bill, Hon. Linus Okorie (Ebonyi, PDP) said that the proposed legislation aimed at enlarging the scope of federal universities participation in agriculture and its research and training institutes.
Okorie reiterated that agriculture was the mainstay of the Nigerian economy and its major revenue earner before the discovery of oil which led to a shift from agriculture to oil by government in terms of revenue.
While urging the House to support the amendment of the existing Act to accommodate all federal universities, he added that only three universities namely: Unilorin, UNN and ABU Zaria were recognised in the Board of the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute in Nigeria.
He further noted that the vision of the Agricultural Training and Rural Management Training Institute of Nigeria was to provide management training, research and consultancy for improved agricultural outputs.
The House thereafter passed the bill into second reading with overwhelming support.
The bill was subsequently referred to the House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions for more legislative inputs.

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