The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to look favourably towards a bill for the establishment of Federal College of Education, Bassambiri, in Bayelsa State by signing it into law.
The senate through its Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND made the call as it considered and passed two other separate bills for second reading at a one-day public hearing.
Addressing the gathering, Chairman of the Committee, Senator, Ahmad Babba Kaita expressed optimism that with the level of work put into the document, the bills should be assented to by the President when eventually passed by the Senate.
Senator, Degi Eremienyo Biobaraku Wangagra, APC, representing Bayelsa East is the proud sponsor of the bill seeking to establish a Federal College of Education in Bassambiri in Bayelsa State.
Other stakeholders including royal fathers and traditional rulers from Nembe Kingdom were present at the public hearing to make a very strong case for the establishment of the institution in their domain.
Speaking, HRM, Biobelemoye Josiah said the establishment of the Federal College of Education in his kingdom will eliminate the perceived marginalization of the people especially in the area of access to quality education.
“Passing and assenting the bill into law will remove from record the negative exhibit of educational neglect of the second largest ethnic nationality of the Ijaw tribe.”
The traditional stool added that the establishment of such an institution in Bassambiri will open up the kingdom for viable commercial activities which will in turn reduce poverty.
The Nembe ethnic nationality is the 4th in Nigeria and 7th in Africa to translate the Holy Bible to Nembe dialect.
Bassambiri, the headquarters of Opu-Nembe Kingdom is abundantly rich in oil and gas but bereft of any Tertiary Institution: not even a Federal Government Secondary school.