Sunday, 25 April 2021

Again Sen. Geshom Bassey makes case for Fed Coll of Forestry Tech and Research




The Senator Representing Cross River South Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Gershom Bassey has once again led the debate for A Bill for an Act to establish Federal College of Forestry Technology and Research in Akamkpa, Cross River State.

The Distinguished Senator first sponsored this Bill in the 8th Assembly and it went through public hearing on 21st May, 2019 and enjoyed overwhelming support from the public. Unfortunately the House of Representatives could not concur before the effluxion of the 8th Assembly.
In the Senator's resolve to bring benefits of education to his constituents, he reintroduced this Bill and prayed the Senate to send the Bill to the House of Representatives for concurrence.


He argued that the establishment of the College of Forestry Technology and Research in Akamkpa is long overdue because Cross River State and Akamkpa LGA in particular has 40% of Africa's richest Closed-Canopy Tropical Rain Forest.


He further argued that Akamkpa harbors the largest unlogged Tropical Rain Forest in Africa and is home to a wide variety of rare animals and plant species found only in Akamkpa like the Drill Monkey, Preuss Red Colobus Monkey and the Grey-Necked fowl. He also made the Senate to know that Akamkpa is the richest site in the whole of Africa for butterflies and as such is deserving of a College of Forestry Technology and Research.

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