By Lola Omowaye
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has described agriculture as a veritable tool of employment for the youths.
Akeredolu commended the Federal College of Agriculture for its giant role to rescue unemployed youths from unemployment and giving them hope for a better life.
The Governor stated this during the diamond jubilee lecture and commissioning of projects, of Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, titled : Repositioning Agricultural Value Chain opportunities for Sustainable National Development in a diversified economy.
Akeredolu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Femi Agagu assured that the government would continue to support the institution to achieve more.
He said the college has been contributing to the advancement of Agriculture and agro business in the state and beyond.
While describing Diamond jubilee celebration as a significant one in the life of any institution, worthy of celebration, Akeredolu said the ceremony is an accomplished one as projects that impact youths have been commissioned.
He acknowledged the roles of developmental partners and other stakeholders in the advancement of Agriculture in the college, adding that the community, state and country is benefitted from the institution.
His words: “I commend the management and staff of the college for a job well done. I particularly want to appreciate the college Provost, Dr. Samson Odedina for his great work in managing the College well. He is indeed a great administrator and I charge him not to relent in his effort to further transform this institution”.
Commissioner for Natural Resources, Alhaji Rasheed Badmus said the college has achieved more than expected under the leadership of the provost and implored them to do more.
Chairman of the lecture, former Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Tale Omole felicitated with the college, saying the school has been revitalised by a visionary provost, who is rebuilding the future of young people through the institution.
In his lecture, Prof Kolawole Adebayo stressed the need for knowledge to drive sustainable commercial Agriculture in the country starting from educating the younger ones in school.
He said in order to ensure that youths succeed as entrepreneurs in Agriculture, they must have chosen their lines of interest from the college, adding that there is the need for the country to invest in research to solve challenges as they arise in Agriculture.
The provost of the college, Dr. Samson Odedina chronicled the achievements of the school which include the commissioning of various projects, thanking the state government for its continuous support to the institution.
His words: “we are currently at the level of one hectare per student for production activities with finance and support from FADAMA III project, Harvest Plus, and CAVAII. One ton of primary products for processing activities; and other real life targets for value addition, marketing and consumer activities; value chain projects that must be accomplished by students before graduation for identified profitable value chain actors of cassava, poultry, aquaculture, among others”.