Commisioner Stresses Need to Impact Spirit of Entrepreneurial Skills in Students0
The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela, says the introduction of entrepreneurial skills into schools’ curriculum would go a long way in spurring students’ interest in the area of agriculture.
Barrister Odubela gave this advice at a capacity building workshop organized by the extension of Adaptive Research Programme of Agriculture and Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) on broilers production for Secondary School students in the State, held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Ambali Ishola, the Commissioner said the training was quite significant not only because of the uniqueness of participants, but for the inevitability of its purpose, adding that if well utilized, the knowledge to be acquired on broiler production would help boost animal protein production and supply in Nigeria. “Recently, the government took the bull by the horn by selecting 80 secondary schools in the state which were to specialize in Arable Crop production such as cassava, maize and animal production, like poultry and fishery.
All these schools were supplied with all the necessary input. The essence of the project was to arouse the interest of students in the area of agriculture and make use of the readily available labour in the School in order to make our secondary schools the food basket of the state” Odubela said. He explained that the rate at which food was being produced in the world is at an arithmetic progression, while the world population was growing at the geometric progression, saying that in order to safeguard the ugly situation, all hands must be on deck.
Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole said
the University through AMREC had trained over 650 students from about 16 secondary schools in various agricultural enterprises.
This he said included workshop on swine production, fish farming and rabbit production.He however implored the state Ministries of Education and Agriculture to lend support to the noble project most especially now that animal husbandry had been made one of the entrepreneurship subjects in secondary schools