Edo State Government has granted the College of Agriculture, Agenebode, full autonomy to operate as a Diploma-awarding Institution, subject to the ratification of the state House of Assembly.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Abdul Oroh disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Benin City, yesterday.
Hon Oroh said, ?It?s true that the Comrade 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 disclosed that the necessary documents have been sent to the House of Assembly to give the necessary legal backing to the College.
He said: ?The School has been on ground for some time. They have been admitting and graduating students at O.N.D. Level. Once we start investing in the School, all the programmes will be presented to the National Board for Technical Education for accreditation and once they are accredited, they can award H.N.D?.
While expressing joy at the decision of the State Government to grant the institution full autonomy said, ?We are happy that the Governor has granted the autonomy. We hope that by the end of this month, the Consultants would present its report and then, we will know the steps to be taken to ensure that they move from their temporary site to their permanent site.
?There are some provisions in this year?s budget to start off. I am sure once the Consultants reports are produced, the Comrade Governor would approve the release of the approved grants for them to take off at their permanent site,
?I am looking forward to the day the Comrade Governor would go there to lay the foundation stone of the college?, he said.
While speaking on the level of cooperation from the community said ?The community has given us a piece of land of about 100hectares which is the minimum size for a university in Agenebode. There is also a land provided for Marine activities and other things to set up the institute of Aquaculture.
Hon. Abdul Oroh however used the opportunity to assure staff of the Institution of the security of their jobs saying ?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.?
Hon Oroh who said the upgrading of the College would open up the community to a whole lot of economic gains said ?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.