The provost of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation Ibadan, Dr Adekoya Owosibo has highlighted the college's achievements and challenges over the past year.
Dr Owosibo disclosed this in an exclusive interview with CEOAFRICA which was held in his office on the 19th January, 2024.
The Provost proudly announced that the college successfully graduated over 1000 students who have been equipped with the necessary skills to become job creators rather than job seekers.
According to him, the focus on empowering students to start their own businesses aligns with the government's effort to promote entrepreneurship in the country.
Furthermore, Dr Owosibo revealed that 15 of the college's staff members recently obtained their PhD honors, contributing to the academic vibrancy and expertise of the institution. With more than 60 doctors on the staff, the college aims to deliver high-quality education through experienced and knowledgeable lecturers. Dr Owosibo stressed that the quality of instruction directly impacts the output of the college.
The provost informed that the college had made significant progress in completing several infrastructural projects, which are expected to be commissioned during the upcoming diamond jubilee celebration in the first week of April. This is a testament to the college's commitment to providing a conducive learning environment for students and improving overall facilities.
Moreover, through the hard work of both staff and students, the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology has solidified its position as a leading institution in animal science within the region. Dr Owosibo emphasized the college's dedication to furthering advancements in animal science.
However, amidst these achievements, Dr Owosibo expressed concern over the insufficient funding from the government, particularly through the Tetfund scheme. Limited funding has hindered the college's ability to upgrade its infrastructure on time and provide adequate training for lecturers. Although there are some positive signs, such as a crucial account funding proposal currently under review by the government, Dr Owosibo lamented the challenges faced by the college in being re-enlisted as a beneficiary of government funding. Over the past decade, the college has struggled to regain its place on the list of beneficiaries.
Despite the funding challenges, the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology remains undaunted in its mission to support food security in the country and drive advancements in animal science.
Dr Owosibo expressed gratitude to the staff and students for their unwavering dedication and assured that the college would continue to contribute to the nation's development in any way possible.