The Obong of Calabar and Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu, has urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition Nigeria. The monarch spoke in Abeokuta on saturday at the 23rd, 24th and 25th combined convocation ceremonies of the university.
Abasi-Otu said that it had been imperative for all and varied to encourage and support the government in its change project.
The news agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the graduating students were those that completed their courses of study between 2013/2014, 2014/2015/and 2015/2016. The chancellor said that the sole way to sustain the economy and really diversify it, was through agriculture, saying “the solution is to embrace agriculture”. He said that the Nigerian society would be more happy, if government might create research findings from the universities and research centres on the market to end users to deal with the country’s specific needs.
The monarch, however, urged the federal government to try and do a lot of by investing in resources and made funds on the market for researchers to hold out research within the country. He commended the federal government for its timely intervention through the Tertiary Education trust fund (TETFUND) and other special intervention funds, saying that it had helped considerably to drive the universities. Abasi-Otu said: “The importance of Universities of Agriculture can ever stay relevant within the scheme of things in Nigeria. “This is as a result of we’ve got learnt a big lesson that overdependence on a single commodity like oil, as the main supply of earning, is counterproductive.
“Nigeria ought to retrace its step by going back to agriculture; the over dependence on oil remained a shame and can continue to fail us because the Africa’s most populous country. “The efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to diversify the hitherto monolithic economy are appropriate and welcome. He called on the govt to permit the university to run its managerial science courses. In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. Olalade Onikuomoehin said that a total of 1,881 students graduated for the 2013/2014 session.
“For 2014/2015 session, 2,731 graduated and 3, 065 graduated from their numerous courses of study for the 2015/2016 academic session. “In all the 3 sessions, 203 students bagged first class, while 2, 878 got Second class higher, while 3,602 and 828 others got Second class Lower and Third class respectively, with solely 32 created ordinary pass. Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, in his goodwill message, assured the university of the state government’s continued support and cooperation.