By Lola Omowaye & Mary Agidi
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to support the Federal College of Agriculture Akure (FECA) in achieving its mandate of producing quality manpower crucial for the transformation of the agriculture sector in the country.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh stated this during the 60th celebration lecture and commissioning of projects of the college.
He commended the management and staff of the College for working cooperatively and harmoniously towards ensuring peace and orderly progress in the institution.
The Minister, who was represented by the South West Regional Director, Mr Joseph Ogunwale lauded the commitment of the College for working with relevant partners to build added capacities of both individuals and the institution in order to fill noticeable gaps in the agricultural sector with a view to accelerating growth in the sector.
Ogbeh appreciated the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), for saving the Federal Government and the state from the embarrassment of land agitators regarding the wilful destruction of government property and agricultural assets in the College.
While describing the College as an integral part of the history of the state and a common heritage, the minister assured that the Federal Government will continue to support the institution.
His words: “I commend the giant strides of the College in other areas, especially in infrastructural development, expansion of courses, and development of institutional collaboration and partnerships with reputations national and international institutions, for the enhancement of knowledge and learning, particularly under the leadership of its current provost, Dr. Samson Odedina.
“It is a thing of profound joy that the College has grown in leaps and bounds since its establishment 60 years ago to be an exemplary leader in innovation and commitment to excellence in agricultural training and entrepreneurship.”
In his welcome address, the Provost of the College, Dr. Samson Odedina said the institution is committed to academic excellence in the entire agricultural value chain which will attract young people who according to him will become practitioners of profitable agribusinesses that will employ others.
He thanked everyone for gracing the event, while appreciating Governor Akeredolu for his contributions to the college, assuring that the College would continue to develop youths .
In his goodwill message, the Senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Senator Tayo Alasoadura congratulated the Management and staff of the college for the successes recorded by the school and projects commissioned stating that the school would continue to serve its purpose to the people.
Speaking on behalf of royal fathers, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi assured the College that encroachers on the school land will leave pledging the support of royal fathers.