Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Dr Olabode
Adetoyi has charged the management staff of Ekiti State College of
Agriculture and Technology, Isan Ekiti to design academic programmes
that would produce employers of labour graduates and not those who
would be roaming the streets for jobs that are not available.
Dr. Adetoyi who gave the charge during his familiarisation visit to
the institution opined that the college was pivotal to the realization
of the vision of the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi at ensuring economic
sustainability through agriculture.
The Commissioner called on the Rector of the college to model the
school curricular to include entrepreneurship training that would
guarantee self-employment for the students after leaving the school.
He said that his ministry was interested in partnering with the
institution to make food production in Ekiti state surplus, adding
that the school’s support for increased agricultural output would be
needed in the areas of soil test and evaluation, data capturing and
agricultural related statistics that could assist investors in their
desires to boost agricultural production in the state.
The Commissioner stressed further that the school can be the state’s
model of International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA),
Ibadan and Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) Benin,
where up to date agricultural related information could be sourced.
Adetoyi said that it was time for Ekiti farmers to stop visiting
Ibadan, Benin or any other state for high yielding crop varieties,
hybrid animals and aquatics, with a call on the Rector to expedite
actions on the admission process of the first set of students of the
In his reaction, the college Rector, Prof. Kayode Adesodun informed
the Commissioner and his team that approval to run the institution as
a full-fledged polytechnic has been granted by the National Board for
Technical Education (NBTE) and the school would start with 5 courses
in Accountancy, Agricultural Engineering and Technology,
Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering and
The college helmsman explained further that the school has put in
place a laboratory and engineering workshop in preparation for the
accreditation visit of the polytechnic’s regulatory body, NBTE.
He revealed that the school would structure its programmes in line
with imparting entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to its students
and as well train middle cadre officers, unskilled workers and peasant
farmers through certificate courses to encourage more participation in
economics and agricultural activities.
The Rector promised to sustain the already built relationship of the
school with the ministry when the college becomes fully operational,
stressing that it would respond to the government yearnings for
support in the area of soil and crops mapping, geo-referencing,
providing manpower expertise and crops and animal research that would
be needed by investors.
He however assured that the institution would be a great asset to the
state in the turnout of productive and visionary youths that would
drive the economy of the state positively in the future.
The Rector thereafter conducted the Commissioner round the school
premises to inspect some of the completed and ongoing projects and
equipment already supplied to the school in preparation for the NBTE
accreditation and students admission.