- Nigerian Federal Colleges of Agriculture are facing hard times generally in the country
- While this appears to be the norm, some colleges have gone ahead to sustain themselves through exceptional policies
- One of such colleges is the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan, Oyo state
The Civil Society Groups for Good Governance have called on agric based institution in Nigeria to lead the advocacy for a master-plan in designing what they described as Cattle Industrial Layout (CILO).
According to the group's president, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, CILO will become a commercial hub not just for beef productions but for the value chain associated with cattle rearing and animal husbandry.
Comrade Dominic stated this while briefing journalists, after the group conducted an independent assessment and evaluation exercise on the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan, Oyo state.
He noted that the assessment was necessary to clarify allegations of non performance and financial misappropriation leveled against the Provost of Federal College of Agriculture Ibadan, Engrineer Adelekan Babajide.
He faulted the reports, stressing that the current leadership of the premier institution of agriculture have demonstrated excellence, patriotism, selflessness and visionary leadership in managing the fortunes of the college thereby setting new records in governance.
His words: “For a College of Agriculture in an era when Nigeria is facing harsh economic realities to think of investing in model healthcare facility, provide access road network, provide portable water in students’ hostels, and empower its staff is no small feat in this era of paucity of funds.
“The provost and his team have proven beyond reasonable doubt that service delivery by those in position of authority is possible once we are patriotic and selfless.”
Comrade Ogakwu opined that Nigeria needs such leaders to become great again especially now that the nation is challenged by the incessant farmers and herdsmen clashes that have resulted in loss of lives and properties.
He described the attack on the college leadership as spanner in the wheel of progress and caution those involve to desist from such unpatriotic gesture as it is bound to draw the college background and halt the progress made so far.
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Meanwhile, Batch B beneficiaries of the N-Power on Friday, April 13, collected their mobile devices at the NUT Pavilion, Teachers House, in Alausa Lagos.
NAIJ.com gathered that the beneficiaries were largely 2016 Batch B beneficiaries who had undergone training in the N-Power Teach, N- Power Agro and N-Power Health programmes.
An initiative of the federal government, the N-Power scheme seeks to address the unemployment challenges in the country by recruiting 500,000 volunteers, training and paying them a monthly stipend of N30,000 over a 2-year period.
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