The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, today, October 23, 2019, flagged off the construction of the new College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The event witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony at the school premises in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South West Local Government Area of the State.
When completed, the College will provide technical and theoretical training in the School of Agricultural Technology and Engineering, with two campuses in Agenebode and Uromi in Edo North and Edo Central, respectively.
An obviously happy Governor Obaseki, while speaking at the ceremony, emphasised the need for the required skills to meet Nigeria’s quest to diversify her economy through agricultural development. According to him, “…well equipped agricultural institutions must be established to train the needed manpower.”
The governor took time to explain why the old school was shut down. “…The new college was established because the old college was non-befitting of its status as a tertiary institution.
“When I inspected the old college, the situation was pathetic; the buildings and hostels were dilapidated and not conducive. A clear and new beginning was required after going through the report of the team of enquiry set up to investigate activities of the old college,” he added.
He noted that his administration decided to take the bull by the horn in starting a proper college that would train students who would become employable and also employers of labour.
The governor added that the school would be self-sustaining, while the governing structure of the institution would include the private sector actors.
Obaseki said recruitment of staff into the college was not automatic for staff of the old college, noting that they would need to apply to the college.
The governor also announced the donation of two official vehicles, three buses and three ambulances by the state government to the college.