The importance of management sciences to the advancement of agriculture has been stressed. This disclosure was made by the Coordinator, University’s Department of Banking and Finance, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Dr. Oluwatoyin Oyetayo while delivering her lecture titled, “Management: A Necessity for Development of Agriculture” during this year’s Southwest Management Students Conference (S-MSC). Describing the interrelationship of management sciences and agriculture, Dr. Oyetayo stressed that farmers, who wish to succeed in agriculture cannot neglect any aspect of management sciences.
Further stressing the necessity of management sciences, Dr. Oyetayo noted that after farmers had produced their outputs, it was left for management experts to look for markets and how to get across to consumers. In his lecture titled, “The Prospect of Management in a Challenging Economy: Nigeria in Focus”, Dr. Jonathan Ekpudu, Head, Department of Business Administration, FUNAAB said that any economy that is unable to provide basic amenities for its citizens was distressed. He stated that Nigeria was one of the most-endowed countries across the globe with huge natural resources, but that the effective use of its resources had been a challenge since its independence.
Dr. Ekpudu lauded the Federal Government for the closure of the Nigerian borders, describing it as a good decision against countries that had been working contrary to the nation’s economy. The Secretary, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Ogun State Branch, Prince Olamiposi Adeyera, affirmed that closure of the Nigerian borders was a welcome development. He noted that corruption was another factor affecting the country’s economy and lauded the present government for introducing the Bank Verification Number (BVN), which would reduce cases of money laundering in the country.
Prince Adeyera dismissed the insinuation that management courses were not important to agriculture. Rather, he stated that management practice was essential to man’s day-to-day activities. The President, College of Management Sciences Students Association (COLMASA), Mr. Taiwo Hassan, enjoined the Federal Government to reinstate COLMAS courses to the University for the training of young farmers to have full knowledge of how to market their farm produce. Awards were presented to participants from the various universities that graced the debate as well as those that took part in public speaking competition.
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