The Senate is considering a bill seeking to establish the College of Forestry Technology and Research, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna.
The bill, according to its sponsor, Senator UBA Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), is to ensure the protection of sites and landscapes of high cultural and recreational value, as well as act as a stimulus to the contributions of forests to national development.
“It is important for foresters to have cutting-edge education. Forestry as a profession is becoming the increasingly complex.
“Maintaining and enhancing these functions is an integral part of sustainable forest management. The forest sector is interrelated with other sectors such as agriculture, natural resources management, education, tourism, infrastructure and trade,” Sani said on Tuesday.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND for further legislative work, with a directive for it to report back in four weeks.
The committee is chaired by Senator Ahmed Baba Kaita (APC, Katsina North).