By Adejumo Kabir
The students of Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have unanimously demanded proper operation of the university farm.
The students made this demand during the Sahel Scholar’s Conference, organized by Sahel Consulting in collaboration with Faculty on Monday at the university’s Conference Centre.
The conference aimed at introducing students to opportunities in the agribusiness landscape, steps for becoming agripreneurs and building successful careers in the sector.
Meanwhile, the students complained about the poor state of the operation system at the Teaching and Research Farm.
Speaking with IFE CITY NEWS , Adeola Smith, final year student said the farm needs to be equipped and mechanized.
“This is not the first time of having this kind of programme but the problem is that even the university don’t react to what matter most”
Another student who simply identified himself as Akorede, a 400 level student of department of Agriculture Economics said “the university is making enough fund. But refused to improve operations.
As a 400 level student, I go to farm everyday with my colleagues to cultivate. After harvesting, we sell farm produce and all payments go to the school farm yet, operating activities keep getting worse”.
“We have had several events like this, but implementation is often the problem. We hope this will be different”, another student said.
However, the Dean of the Faculty, Durodola Oyedele, while reacting to the demand of the students said “effort will be put in place to look into the students’ complain”
The Sahel Scholar’s Conference is the second annual edition of which OAU is a beneficiary.
“60 best students in the Faculty of Agriculture will be chosen for a paid Internship program and a year Scholarship award”, said Ndidi Nweneli, the Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting.