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LANDMARK UNIVERSITY FLAGS OFF THE NEW FACE OF FARM PRACTICE
All Universities across the globe are known for their areas of emphasis. Landmark University is envisioned to be a leading world class university, by spearheading an agrarian revolution, which makes her distinct as the first Private University of Agriculture in Nigeria.In furtherance to its commitment to the agricultural revolution, the University community on Saturday, 7th November 2015 officially flagged off the ‘The New Face of Farm Practice’ at the University Multipurpose Hall.
Apparently elated with the enthusiastic gesture demonstrated by faculty, staff and students to usher in a repackaged farm practice in the new session, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan emphasized the indispensability of food to mankind which justifies the University’s quest for driving an agrarian revolution and launching the new face of farm practice with a declaration of a zero tolerance for hunger in the society. She remarked, “It would be a sin for a child in Omu-Aran or anyone in Kwara State to go to bed hungry, with this vision right in our heart and hand. This new face of farm practice is all about insight and new dimension”. She enjoined the students to look beyond the certificate they want to obtain from the University but crave for skills through farm practice that would empower them in the world of work. “It is a new dawn for Landmark University’s agrarian revolution because very soon, United Nations and Agricultural Institutions would begin to demand for our farm produce. Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy 11:9, she officially flagged off ‘The New Face of Farm Practice’.
Present at the programme was the General Manager, Kwara State Television, Alhaji Abdulfatah Adewale Adebowale who is also a Member Order of Landmark University Community (MOLMUC), as conferred on him by the Management of the University on his first visit to the University. In his remarks, he expressed delight in the uniqueness of the University, saying “Landmark University is leading a revolution and it gives me immense honour being around the revolutionists that would restore the lost glory of the Black man.” While extoling the commitment and investment of the Chancellor to the University he stated that Dr. David Oyedepo is an individual who had beaten the government to it, in terms of his passion and drive for the cause of humanity. While encouraging the University not to relent despite challenges envisaged, he advised the students to allow the Landmark University to pass through then rather than passing through the University.
The Registrar, Dr. Daniel Rotimi who called for a renewal of commitment of all staff and students to the new face of farm practice, noted that practice is what validates any knowledge in a scheme. Reiterating the vision of Landmark University, the Registrar said that “as a world class University what makes us unique is the agrarian drive. Our Agriculture is not practiced in the office or the in the class room but in the farm, where nature resides. It is only our drive and commitments that can make it succeed.”
The Director, Landmark University Farms, Dr. John Izebere appreciated the Management and the University community for the success of the day. He implored everyone to employ the farm practice judiciously as there are divine inceptives for those who commit themselves to engaging the earth meaningfully.
While unveiling ‘The New Face of Farm Practice,’ the Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Chairman, University Farm Board, Professor Gideon Agbaje noted that the new face is a frontier that would launch the University into regaining the Garden of Eden on Earth. “Eden is a land filled with milk and honey and this new face of farm practice has been packaged to train Agricultural entrepreneurs. He further dedicated the new face to God and called for the support of all members of the community to work towards attaining the set objectives for the new face.
The Chairman Agrarian Revolution Committee, Dr. Adegbite K. highlighted the areas of specialization for the new face of farm practice, and announced that operations would be performed in modules and all members of the community, both staff and students are grouped for effective participation. He also introduced the members of the committee to the University for Identification and follow-up.
After the official flag off, the University community along the Kwara Television crew moved to various farm locations within the University to touch base with what is on ground there.
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