THE Federal Polytechnic, Ede, has trained over 4,000 final year students on various agricultural programmes with a view to accelerating youth’s agricultural entrepreneurship skill.
The agricultural programme, which was meant to make the students self-reliant, was flagged off between the management of the institution and Agrikk Matas Institute, in Osogbo.
The Rector of the institution, Patrick Husseini, said the skills acquisition programme revolved around fishery, piggery, grasscutter and mushroom training for both HND and ND graduates.
Husseini said further that the authorities only started with the four skills, adding that other aspects of the agricultural training would be explored in order to make the graduates of the institution self-reliant after their studies.
The Rector opined that the institution would not relent in its efforts to offer the students the best for future endeavours.
He also noted that in line with the Federal Government’s efforts to revamp the economy, the authorities of the institution were ready to produce graduates who would add value to the economy as well as make all staff to be self-sufficient through agricultural programmes.
The Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Skills Development, Mr Biodun Oluwasegun-Babalola, expressed optimism on the programme and commended the rector for his vision, promising outstanding trainees further assistance.
The Director, Agrikk Matas Institute, Mrs Afolabi Olubumi, said adequate training would be given to the participants in line with the institution’s request, just as he urged students to take their chosen field seriously in order to give them the hope of tomorrow for the nation.