The Federal Government yesterday said it would phase out social sciences from the academic programmes of federal universities of agriculture in the country.
It directed members of the governing councils of the universities to make it mandatory that graduation from any of the agricultural based institutions should be based on 60 per cent of practical work and 40 per cent theory.
It also directed governing councils of these universities to ensure that all 200 Level to final year students undergoing courses in agricultural related disciplines own a farm each.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, gave these directives to the governing council members of the federal universities at a meeting that was held in his office in Abuja.
He said, “The new agenda enjoins you to be more innovative and enterprising. In the new dispensation, every undergraduate must, and I repeat, must own a farm on campus from 200 Level. Graduation should be based on 60 per cent on practice and 40 per cent theory.
“We are training high level young farmers who, even before graduating, should have started earning a living. We should be training graduates who should be going straight into production, with credit support from their Alma-Mata, produce chicken, eggs, goats, milk, set up meat laboratories, bake bread and above all produce and sell large quantities of high quality hybrid seeds.”
He told his guests that “to achieve these milestones, you must find vice-chancellors who can drive the new agenda consistently and passionately. We will support you.”