The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, July 7 approved the ‘Suffering of Southeast Amalgamated Traders Association” (SEAMATA) bill, a motion which was moved by distinguished Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
Ubah, representing Anambra South Senatorial district in the Nigerian senate, also saw his bill for the establishment of Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Uga, Aguata pass first reading on the floor of the Senate on the same day.
The distinguished Senator has been at the forefront of bills as he recently led debate on the bill for the establishment of a Commission for the purpose of erosion control and prevention had become imperative in view of the catastrophic impact of erosion in several parts of the country.
In his reaction to the success of the approved SEAMATA bill, he said: “Today, I came under Order 43 of the Senate Rules to move an important motion alerting the leadership of the Senate of the excruciating pains and extortion suffered by the South East Market Traders Association(SEAMATA) in the hands of PIL Shipping company entrusted with the task of delivering Southeast importers/SEAMATA’s containers from China to ports in Nigeria. Subsequently, I was given express approval to present this motion comprehensively on the floor of the Senate in the next plenary session.
On the bill for the establishment of Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Uga, Aguata he added: “The Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Uga, Aguata will be saddled with the task of training and equipping Nigerians with marketable ICT skills that can increase their employability, life opportunities and promote indigenous capacity for innovation, research and wealth creation.
“The primary aim of this bill is to rapidly accelerate the development of the southeast and Nigeria at large using technology as a tool to create employment and provide the qualitative workforce needed for ICT development in Nigeria.”
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“Upon establishment, the Institute will offer various relevant courses including Web programming,Software development, Cybersecurity, Robotic embedded systems, Computer forensics, Digital media and Entertainment technology, etc.
“The array of courses offered by the institute will be strategic and would avail my constituents the opportunity to acquire ICT based knowledge that provides necessary skills for gainful employment and job creation. The Bill if passed into law will empower the Institute to award National Diploma and Higher National Diploma.”