Edo State government has approved the appointment of Presco Oil Palm Company, Okomu Oil Palm Company plc and other research institutes in the state to reposition the state-owned College of Agriculture.
Osarodion Ogie, secretary to the state government, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Benin City on Wednesday.
Ogie also announced the temporary closure of the institution to enable the repositioning take place, saying the action was in line with the state government’s determination to reposition the college to achieve the goal and objectives for which it was established.
He added that a team to be headed by Anthony Durojaiye Ologhobo, a professor, had been put in place to assist government in repositioning the college.
Other members of the committee are Sylvester Oboh, a professor, representatives of Presco Oil, Okomu Oil, Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria, Rubber Estate of Nigeria, and Leventis Farms Limited.
Governor Godwin Obaseki had on Monday assured of his administration’s plan to urgently revamp the facilities in the state-owned College of Agriculture in Iguoriakhi, Ovia-South East Local Government Area of the state.
The governor gave the assurance after receiving the recommendations of the panel set up to investigate the state of affairs in the College, at Government House in Benin City.
He said the state government would take a decision in the next 48 hours on the revamp of the school, adding that revamping the agricultural institute was necessary to allow for the training of manpower that would key into his administration’s drive to develop the state via investments in the agricultural sector.
Meanwhile, the state government has announced plans to set up export processing centres in the state.
Obaseki disclosed this when members of the Edo State Exporters Cluster paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Benin City.
He said that the planned Edo Business Bureau would be situated close to the NEPC, and would provide business information as well as fast-track business transactions in the state.
Earlier, the Edo Sate coordinator of the group, Josephine Peters, said their visit was to solicit the state government’s support in the promotion of export business.