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- Returns Federal Universities of Agriculture to FMARD
Only agriculture-related disciplines must be thought in Federal Universities of Agriculture, Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said.
The Federal Government also announced that all Nigeria’s Federal Universities of Agriculture “will now be under the supervision of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.”
Before the announcement, Federal Universities of Agriculture were under the direct supervision of Ministry of Education.
Chief Ogbeh, made the disclosure at a stakeholders meeting with Vice Chancellors and Governing Boards of the universities in Abuja.
Ogbeh said returning the universities to their original supervisory ministry were aimed at refocusing the institutions to fulfill their core mandates.
Universities of agriculture in Nigeria are known for courses like accounting, engineering and medicine, and other non-agric related courses.
“Your return will effectively help us to reposition the three universities of agriculture as centres of excellence for the rapid development of the agriculture sector.
“There is no place where the competence and capacity to drive agriculture resides outside the Universities of Agriculture. We need to achieve a hunger-free Nigeria.
“Henceforth, students who are not interested in becoming farmers should be made to seek admission elsewhere. We are determined to offer you the necessary support for your transformation, for research for a healthier realm of discovery and self-actualisation’’ Chief Ogbeh said.
Describing the move as one informed by sound reasoning and logic, the minster stated that the universities are expected to train Nigerian youths in agriculture, help to move agriculture forward and proffer solutions to the challenges faced in the sector especially in the area of research.
The minister directed that only agriculture-related disciplines be thought, assuring of government’s provision of funds and grants for research.
Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, Hon. Mohammed Munguno, pledged the support of the National Assembly through relevant amendments to ensure proper domiciliation of the institutions in the ministry of Agriculture.
Vice-Chancellor, Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia – Prof. Anya O. Anya, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues applauded the Federal Government’s decision and expressed the hope that the domiciliation of the universities in the ministry would help revamp the agricultural sector.