Reps ask FG to reverse directive to specialized varsities

House of Representatives

House of Representatives has asked the Presidency to reverse its directive to the specialized universities of agriculture in the country,  to wind down their non agricultural programmes.

The House passed the resolution during the Tuesday plenary, after a motion raised by a member, Hon. Sam Onuigbo (Abia, PDP) who made a case for the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture at Umudike.

He faulted the federal government’s decision directing the university to stop running programmes in management sciences,  citing cases of several universities of agriculture in other countries running non agriculture programmes including Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, South China University, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan, Kuban State Agrarian University, Russia, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, among others.

The House set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the issue, and report back to the plenary within the next two weeks for further legislative actions.

The Presidency had already directed the National Universities Commission to instruct the Joint Admission Matriculation board not to admit candidates into non-core programmes in the specialized universities as from the 2017/2018 academic session.

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