No doubt, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State is a domain of intellectuals that harbours human capital and natural resources. It is also, the habitat home of the rich, wealthy and prominent; the natural environment for animals, plants and other organisms; and a blessed large deposit of natural resources of oil, rubber, rock, tourism among others.
Perhaps, last Thursday forced the House of Representatives to approve the establishment of Federal College of Forestry Management and Tourism in the local government area of the state.
It is pertinent to state that the state is also the largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria, responsible for about 40 per cent of the country’s production and it will interest you to know that highest percent of the Cocoa from Ondo State comes from Idanre Local Government.
Who Sponsored the Bill?
Bill for establishment of the college was sponsored by the member representing Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency of Ondo State, Mr. Tajudeen Adefisoye. The Bill had earlier passed through the first and second readings before it was sent to the Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions for consideration.
The Bill for an Act to establish Federal College of Forestry Management and Tourism, Idanre, Ondo State was laid before the Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions on February 24, 2022.
Chairman of the committee, Dan Agundi reported during Thursday’s plenary that all recommendations therein contained in the Bill have been approved.
The House order of proceedings for Thursday April 7, 2022 reads, “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Forestry Management and Tourism, Idanre, Ondo State and for Related Matters ( HB, 687) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid 24/2/2022).
More so, the approved Bill will thereafter be sent by the House of Representatives to the Senate for its concurrence approval.
Challenges of Idanre People
Niger Delta Connect gathered that apart from a cocoa factory established in the town by the Olusegun Agagu administration in Ondo Sate, there is no agro-allied factory there. The Agagu administration had also renovated some primary and secondary schools in the local government areas and established a golf course, while the Mimiko administration constructed model and mega primary schools.
Meanwhile, the sponsor of the Bill, Tajudeen Adefisoye, expressed happiness that his desire for the establishment of Federal College of Forestry Management and Tourism in Idanre was fast becoming a reality.
“Approval of this Bill is definitely a dream come true for me. This effort is expected to attract federal government presence to Idanre and by implication open up the economy of the agrarian town. Aside the expected creation of job opportunities for my constituents, establishment of this college will equally help to maximally utilize the huge agricultural and tourism potentials of Idanre,” Adefisoye said.
Also, an Agric expert in Ondo State, Akinjagunla Femi said the bill is a good omen for the local government, while calling for the construction and rehabilitation of dilapidated roads, infrastructure in local government to enhance agricultural development in the area.
Be as it may, the approval of the establishment of Federal College of Forestry Management and Tourism by the green chamber is round peg in a round hole because, Idanre is one of the major places in Ondo State which should be an investment destination for agro allied industries because there is cultivation of high varieties of arable and fruit crops such as cassava, rice, maize, sugar cane, cashew, maize, mangoes and tomatoes, cocoa, oil-palm produce and rubber in this local government.