The Minister of Agriculture, and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has praised the Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA), Ondo State, Dr. Samson Odedina, for infrastructural development, academic growth and better staff and students welfare.
Chief Ogbeh also commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his contribution towards the development of agriculture in the institution and the state.
The minister made the commendation during a facility visit to the college.
The visit, according to him, became necessary in order to assess the various innovative centres under the current management of the institution
Chief Ogbe praised the innovative effort of the management in creating a conducive learning environment for students and stakeholders.
The minister promised to support the school by providing a ‘milking machine for the dairy farm, crusher for the manufacturing of feeds for livestock, flash dryer for high quality cassava flour, and bio-fortified value chain as well as forage seeds for the resuscitation of grazing paddock, noting that the equipment will support the training of young people who have chosen agriculture as a profession.
Responding, Dr. Odedina said the minister’s visit was an accomplishment for the college as it was the first time a serving minister will be visiting the college in 50 years.
Odedina added that the visit also served as a direct platform to present the challenges of the college to the Federal Government.
The minister also used the visit to flag off the National Egg Powder Production scheme (NEPRO), in the state where a cheque of N564 million naira was presented to 135 farmers.
Officials who accompanied the minister include his Special Assistanton News Media, Mrs. Aishat Onusi, Special Assistant on Quality and Standardisation, Mrs, Akanni, and host of others.