Agbazilo Erupts In Joy As Rt Hon. Sergius Ogun’s Bill To Establish Federal College of Education Ugboha Scales Through Second Reading
The pacesetting honourable member representing Esan North-East and Esan South-East Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. (Barr.) Deacon Sergius Oseasochie Ogun has added another feather to his hat of excellent representation as the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly today okayed his bill for an act to Establish Federal College of Education Ugboha. The well-conceived bill which scaled through second reading today is expected to go through the whole hog and result in the establishment of the first Federal College of Education in Esan Land.
The news of the pleasant development has sent waves of joy across the length and breadth of Agbazilo just as many constituents have commended the Uncommon Federal Lawmaker for taking the bold step to sponsor such a momentous bill which has the potential to change the educational and socio-economic fortunes of Esan Land for the better.
Please find below the full texts of the historic bill:
LEAD DEBATE IN SUPPORT OF A BILL FOR AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, UGBOHA, EDO STATE, 2022. HB. 1560
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, I have the honour to lead the debate in support of a Bill for an Act to establish the Federal College of Education, Ugboha, Edo State, to provide full-time and part-time courses and manpower training in education and to make provision for the general administration of the College and for related matters.
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, the decision to propose the establishment of a Federal College of Education in Ugboha, Edo State, is informed generally by the need to increase the literacy level of rural dwellers within and around the Esan North East/Esan South East Federal Constituency in Edo State of Nigeria. It is proposed to give opportunity to indigent community dwellers that may not be able to afford the cost of pursuing a university degree in the field of education.
Mr. Speaker and my dear Colleagues, the bill is designed to provide full-time and part-time courses and manpower training in education and to make provision for the general administration of the College. It is equally designed to encourage research in relevant areas of education, geared towards enhancing the teaching and instructional skills of teachers and other stake holders in the education sector.
This will in turn bring about the development of primary and secondary school leavers who are excellent in character and in learning and well equipped to face the realities of contemporary society. This will on the long run, help in reducing the spate of misconduct and other numerous social vices that are associated with youngsters of present day Nigerian society.
3.0 OBJECTIVES OF THE BILL
The bill seeks to:
i) Provide the legal framework for the establishment of the College;
ii) Provide for the day to day administration of the College;
iii) Ensure the College runs in conformity with global best standards;
iv) Provide employment for teeming youths and knowledgeable young adults within and outside Edo State.
4.0 CONTENT STRUCTURE OF THE BILL
The Bill is spread into twenty-three clauses. Clause one contains the establishment provision. Clauses two, three and four provides for the establishment of the Governing Council of the College, its membership and tenure of members of the Council. Clauses five, six and seven provides for the functions of the College, power of Council and visitation to the College. Clauses eight, nine and ten provides for the establishment of the Academic Board of the College, powers of the Minister and the Provost of the College. Clauses eleven to thirteen provides for the offices of the Deputy Provost, Registrar and other Principal Officers of the College respectively. Clauses fourteen to seventeen provides for the resignation of Principal Officers, other employees of the College, their Pension and the Selection Board for other Principal Officers of the College respectively. Clauses eighteen to twenty-three provides for the Fund of the College, Power to accept gifts, the Accounts and Audit of the College, Annual Reports, Interpretation and the Citation of this Bill respectively.
5.0 MERITS OF THE BILL
Mr. Speaker and my respected colleagues, it is trite that Nigeria boasts of a good number of educational institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Some of these institutions are run by government while others are run by private proprietors. The preponderance of educational institutions in our nation carries with it a concomitant requirement to establish institutions where instructors (at primary and secondary school levels) are trained.
The proper training of our trainers is pivotal to improving the quality of education in Nigeria. This among other things is what has informed my sponsoring of this bill to establish a Federal College of Education in Ugboha, Edo State.
Mr. Speaker and my respected colleagues, it is with deep conviction on the necessity of this bill and great regard for this legislative institution, that I crave your support in passing this bill into law as it will not only positively affect the education sector in my constituency, but will also positively impact on the education sector in Nigeria.
Team Sergius Ogun