Hon. Prestige Ossy, member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency at the federal house of Representatives has moved a motion to include Abia In the list of Educationally Less Developed Or Disadvantaged States.
Below is the full transcript of his motion.
Matter Of Urgent National Importance Urgent Need To Include Abia State In The List Of Educationally Less Developed Or Disadvantaged States.
SPONSOR: Hon. Prestige Ossy
Representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency
Observes that the Federal Government’s guidelines for admissions into its Institutions of higher learning are based on 45% merit, 35% catchment/Locality and 20% Educationally less Developed States.
Notes that Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara States are considered educationally less Developed or Disadvantaged States.
Notes further that candidates from these states are usually given special consideration for admission in Federal Educational Institutions of higher learning.
Aware that the yardstick for declaring a state Educationally Disadvantaged includes but is not limited to the presence or availability of Federal Institutions in the state as well as the number of students from the state in a Federal Institutions.
Further aware that the analysis of the Federal educational Infrastructural developments in the Educationally less Developed states shows that Abia state is worse than any of the states considered as Educationally less Developed or Disadvantaged, yet Abia is currently not listed as Educationally less Developed state.
Concerned that as at today, there is no conventional Federal University in Abia State neither is there a Federal College of Education, Polytechnic or Teaching Hospital in the state.
Further concerned that the only Federal University that is Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike although located in Abia State is one of the three Universities of Agriculture in the Country and it is for the whole former Easter Region and has the whole Country as its catchment area.
Aware also that all the Educationally less developed or disadvantaged states, such as Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kanu, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, e.t.c have at least one Federal University, College of Education or Polytechnic. Yet Abia State is said not to be Educationally less Developed.
Observes that when compared with other states in the South Eastern region of Nigeria that is Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Anambra, Abia State is the only state that does not have a conventional Federal University.
Concerned that as a matter of fact, Abia state is about the only state in the Federation that does not have any Federal Institution of higher learning that is University, Polytechnic, Teaching Hospital or even College of Education.
Worried that unless and until the Federal Government establishes a Federal Institution of higher learning in the state, Abia state would remain an Educationally less privileged or underprivileged state.
1). Mandate the House Committee on Tertiary Education to liaise with the Ministry of Education with a view to include Abia State in the list of Educationally Less Developed or Disadvantaged States.
2). Mandate the House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to liaise with the Ministry of Education and other key players in the Education sector to ensure that at least one Federal Institution is established or built in Abia state.
I so move.
Hon. Prestige Ossy
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