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Federal agriculture college Ishiagu, Ebonyi, graduates 2,512 students



The Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi on Friday graduated 2,512 students during its combined 2016/17, 2018 and 2019 academic sessions convocation ceremony.

Prof. Justina Mgbada, Provost of the college, said during the occasion that the convocation was the 44th in the series as the graduands had been found worthy both in learning and character.

Mgbada said that having taken over the mantle of leadership of the institution in January 2015, she, through the convocation, ensured that all deserving students graduated from the institution.

“The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has accredited most of the college’s academic programmes as the college trains students at National and Higher National Diploma levels.

“It, therefore, provides skilled middle level manpower to the nation, having more than 200 hectares of land with 60 per cent practical academic programme and 40 per cent theory,” she said.

The provost said that the quality of teaching, learning, research and on-hand-training were very important criteria used in assessment of the performance of the college.

“The pursuit of excellence towards these criteria has propelled a comprehensive review of the college’s programmes which made its academic programmes re-positioned to meet NBTE guidelines.

“Academic timetable is strictly adhered-to, results timely released which ensured that the institution had not recorded any internal and external industrial actions since I assumed office,” she said.

She noted that the institution had recorded achievements in pursuit of academic excellence, physical infrastructural development, ensuring of adequate security for staff members and students among others.

“The college is however faced with the problems of power-supply, poor transportation system, non-existence of commercial bank of any type in the host community absence of perimeter fencing around the college among others,” she said.

President Muhammdu Buhari represented by Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the federal government was passionate about agriculture.

Nanono equally represented by Prof. Garba Sharubutu, Acting Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), said that agriculture was a veritable means of reducing unemployment and over-dependence of the country on oil.

“The federal colleges of agriculture as part of the national agricultural research systems comprise of research institutes, colleges of agriculture and universities of agriculture.

“We have to redouble our efforts towards research development and the colleges of agriculture, must pay attention to skills acquisition because their products should serve as extension workers which the country is in dire need of,” he said.

Gov. David Umahi represented by Mr Uchenna Orji, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, congratulated the graduands and urged them to be part of the state’s quest to attain a ‘zero-oil dependent’ economy.

Nigeria News Agency reports that goodwill messages were given at the occasion by Prof. Joseph Ukpabi, Executive Director, National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Abia, among others.

The ceremony also witnessed the conferment of fellowship awards to President Buhari, Gov. Umahi, Alhaji Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, among other notable personalities.

Edited & Vetted By: Donald Ugwu

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