Nigerian Government has stopped the admission of students who do not have farming interests into its Universities of Agriculture.
Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this at a stakeholders’ meeting with registrars and pro-Chancellors of the universities in Abuja on Tuesday.
The minister, who expressed regrets that non-agriculture-based courses like engineering were being offered in the schools, directed that only agriculture-related disciplines be thought.
Ogbeh said the Federal Government’s decision to relocate its three Universities of Agriculture from the Federal Ministry of Education to Agriculture, was to refocus the schools as globally acclaimed citadels to move the agriculture sector forward.
“The domiciliation of the universities in this ministry is a commendable effort by the Federal Government based on sound reasoning and logic.
“Your return will effectively help us to reposition the three universities of agriculture as centres of excellence for the rapid development of the agriculture sector.
“There is no place where the competence and capacity to drive agriculture resides outside the Universities of Agriculture. We need to achieve a hunger-free Nigeria.
“Henceforth, students who are not interested in becoming farmers should be made to seek admission elsewhere.
“We are determined to offer you the necessary support for your transformation, for research for a healthier realm of discovery and self-actualization,’’ Ogbeh added.