The chancellor and chairman board of regents, Landmark university, Omu- Aran, Kwara state, Dr. David Oyedepo has approved tuition-free for all agricultural programmes in the university.
The rare and unprecedented gesture coming from the faith- based university will take effect from the 2018/2019 academic session.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Adeniyi Olayanju broke the cheering news during the 7th Founder’s Day Celebration at the University General Friday Faculty Fellowship on Friday 9th March, 2018.
He announced to the admiration of both the students and staff present at the event, “all our agricultural programmes are now tuition free, effective 2018/2019 Academic Session”.
He, however, stated that the students are still expected to pay other components of the school fees through the payer-friendly mode of payment in two instalments.
The VC appreciated the Chancellor and the entire members of the board of regents for their kind gesture and act of magnanimity.
The tuition- free agricultural programmes are Crop Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Environmental & Natural Resources Economics, Aquaculture & Fisheries Management, Tourism and Recreation, Horticulture and Landscape Management; and Agricultural Engineering.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the gesture did not only validate the abiding support of the visioner and chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo towards attracting youths to sustainable agriculture and its value chain but also the actualization of the vision of the university as an institution borne out of a passion for change from unsatisfactory status quo and uncomplimentary identity of Africa to unprecedented transformation of the black race in the scheme of development across the globe.
“We therefore crave to see this change take place in our land and in our time. We are committed to making agriculture a more attractive and profitable venture ” he added.
Speaking further, Professor Olayanju decried the low involvement of youth in agriculture, which he said was as a result of the drudgery associated with the practice of agriculture.
He said that agricultural practice is still populated by the aged especially women.
He noted that any profession that suffers dearth of apprentice is at the verge of extinction, hence there cannot be a better time to attract and inspire youths to demonstrate youthfulness and usefulness by getting actively involved in agriculture and its value chain for the sake of posterity and prosperity of our nation and Africa at large.
“In line with our vision to restore the dignity of the black race, Landmark University has a cluster of other established programmes in science, engineering and management as well as relevant facilities in readiness for the training of interested admission seekers into these programmes starting from the next admission exercise.
“However, it is custom in the Landmark University context for all students to be agriculture-oriented irrespective of their field of study. All students acquire additional skills and certificates upon graduation with a view to breaking new grounds in providing solutions to the world agricultural needs,” he concluded.