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Federal College Of Agriculture '500,000 Agric Students Nationwide Study In The Worst Conditions'

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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
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The Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture » , Akure, Dr Samson Odedina, has lamented over the poor conditions under which agricultural students in Nigeria, study.

While speaking with journalists in his office in Akure, Ondo state, on the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the institution in 2017, Odedina revealed that about 500,000 students of the 40 colleges of agriculture in Nigeria learn under the horrible conditions due to their exclusion from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund by an act of parliament.

Punch reports that he described the non-inclusion of colleges of agriculture and polytechnics in the country as part of the beneficiaries of TETFUND, as a national error.

The provost emphasised the need for students in agricultural colleges to be motivated in a bid to set the pace for the involvement of more youths in agriculture, enabling youths to choose it as a career.

“There is an urgent need for government to address discriminatory funding of tertiary agricultural education at the expense of agriculture technology institutions.

“It takes time to amend parliamentary act but in the interest of agriculture and youths embracing it, there is a need for deliberate funding of all federal colleges of agriculture in Nigeria. ”

According to Punch, Odedina also noted that FECA was the first tertiary institution to be established in Ondo State but that the college was facing land grabbing challenges.

He added that over 60% of the institution’s land has allegedly been encroached upon with the other 40% stolen by motor parks and rocks.

Appealing to the state government as well as well-meaning indigenes of Ondo State, Odedina asked for help in saving the institution from land grabbers, stating that the institution is currently in court over some land disputes.

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