The Royal Fathers of towns hosting the University’s Community Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) have unanimously called for the retention of nine-month duration, for the practical training of the institution’s undergraduates, in their domain, in order to enhance quality training.
Receiving the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kola Salako and his Management team in their respective palaces, the Monarchs commended the University for the appreciable impact of COBFAS in their towns.
However, they pointed out that the reduction of the duration of COBFAS from nine months to two months, which is the current practice, will adversely reduce the impact of the programme.
The Royal Fathers who canvassed for the restoration of COBFAS old calendar in their areas are the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, Oba Joel Ademola, Alaye of Odogbolu, Oba Adedeji Onagoruwa, Onisaga of Isaga Orile, Oba Ololade Tella and the representative of the Regent of Ode-Lemo, Prince Afolabi Solesi.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kolawole Salako stated that the University Management would look into their demands, adding that there was the possibility that the policy might be reviewed by the Senate.
While acknowledging that the two months was inadequate for appropriate training and justifying its essence, the Vice-Chancellor, said that agricultural students must come to rural areas if they really wanted to practice farming.
According to him, “If we want students to really practice agriculture, they must come to a place like this and not to go to Tinubu Square or Sapon”.
The Vice-Chancellor who was the pioneer Director of COBFAS noted that the essence of the scheme is to produce highly skilled manpower that would drive Nigeria’s economy through agriculture for sustainable development and food security. He added that part of the objectives of the scheme is to train and build the capacity of young agricultural undergraduates for sustainable increase in agricultural production and productivity.
It would be recalled that in appreciation of the success of COBFAS in their communities during the Directorship of Professor Salako who is now the University Vice-Chancellor, the Onisaga of Isaga Orile and the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu honoured him with the conferment of the prestigious chieftaincy titles of Bobatolu of Isaga-Orile and Asoludero of Iwoye-Ketu respectively.
Last Updated on May 16, 2018 by FUNAAB