Federal University of Agriculture ( FUNAAB ), Abeokuta, has produced 203 First Class graduates and 2,878 others that made the Second Class Upper Division category between 2013 and 2016.
The University added that a total of 1, 442 PhD, Masters and Postgraduate Diploma were produced within the same period.
FUNAAB’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ololade Enikuomehin, made this known to reporters at the university campus, ahead of the 23rd, 24th and 25th combined convocation ceremonies.
Ololade who said FUNAAB remained committed to its mandate of teaching, research and extension for the purpose of producing competent graduates, however, lamented that students’ population was beginning to overwhelm available hands required to train them.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor explained that the admission quota approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of 3,500 for the institution should also be matched by adequate provision of academic staff.
He appealed to the Federal Government or the appropriate ministry to give FUNAAB approvals to recruit staff needed to ensure effective students’ training.
Ololade also gave insight into why there is inadequate food supply in the country despite the many agricultural institutions in the country, including FUNAAB, saying government policies that were not properly situated on agriculture should be blamed for it.
“The point to be made clear is this, the burden on the University is to do research and come out with outcomes and the extension to that, is that we will publicise what we have done but to take it beyond that level, is not our responsibility.
“It is the responsibility of the government, responsibility of private sector and I think that is where there is a missing link in this country.
“What we need is an effective government policy that harnesses research with the extension, with adequate policy framework and funding,” he said.
Source: The Nation