Nigerian Society of Engineers has advised the Federal Government especially the incoming Buhari led government to embrace agriculture,with a view to generating jobs in the country
Making the call when he led a team on a facility tour of the Faculty of Engineering of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti,the NSE President, Prof Isaac Olorunfemi noted that agriculture sector of the economy could generate one million jobs in a month.
Olorunfemi expressed delight and optimism that the standard of facilities seen by his team at the faculty, the instructional aids and lecturers on the ground, is a template for other universities in the country to follow.
He said, “Every strong economy in the world derives their power from agriculture before they go into other areas. Agriculture is the door.
“There must be an attraction to encourage the young ones and unless there is encouragement, agriculture will not get anywhere. Agriculture is a place where you can generate one million jobs in one month.”
Olorunfemi added that the institution could serve as the industrial hub of Ekiti State by liaising with relevant industries within and outside the country to make maximal use of its training equipment.
The NSE boss gave kudos to the management of Afe Babalola University for the superb facilities that have been put in place in the institution coupled with the human resources provided at the engineering faculty.
He assured that the college was worth being be made a template for the teaching of engineering courses by NSE and COREN in the country.
Welcoming the NSE team, the proprietor of the Afe Babalola University, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), said without engineering, there would be no civilisation, hence we are setting
up an industrial park and our students will match theory and practical effectively.
He disclosed that in order to encourage the study of agriculture, the authority of the university decided to reduce tuition fees for agriculture students and they can work on school farms and earn income.
He added further that when they graduate, the school supports them to be on their own.