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Dean-elect assures adequate funding of agricultural research at FUT Minna



By Cecilia Ijuo

Professor Job Nmadu, Dean-elect of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology at the Federal University of Technology in Minna, pledged to attract funds for research and other needs of the faculty.

Nmadu made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) Tuesday in Abuja, following his recent election as the dean of the school.

He said that as the new dean of the faculty, he would not rely on his oars to ensure positive change that would make learning more conducive to school.

Nmadu, who would take office on April 9, said, “There are a number of developmental issues in the faculty that I will be looking into.

“There is the problem of inadequate research funding, inadequate office space for conducive work, inadequate information and communication technologies (ICTs), infrastructure and a host of others, which I have said. hope to improve during my tenure. “

Regarding the recent increase in safety problems in schools, the dean described this development as worrying.

The donation praised the efforts of relevant authorities to tackle insecurity, adding that much remains to be done to secure the lives of students and teachers.

“The growing trend of mass kidnappings in schools, especially in Niger, is worrying.

“I embarked on a week-long #savenigereducollapse social media campaign when all schools in Niger were closed due to threats of mass kidnappings.

“Much is being done and we hope that young people will meet the challenges of seeking knowledge.”

Confirming Nmadu’s election in a separate interview, Ms. Aisha Usman, the Academic Assistant Clerk, said the professor emerged victorious after polling 61 out of the 82 votes cast.

Usman, who was the returning officer in the election, described Nmadu as the “only candidate”.

“A total of 82 people have been accredited. Of that number, he got a total of 61 votes against 21 that didn’t work out for him.

“There were no invalid votes and he was declared the winner, having obtained the greatest number.

“His mandate lasts two years and if he wishes, he can run again at the end of his mandate.”

NAN reports that Professor Job Nmadu became dean following an election held on March 30.

He joined the Department of Agricultural Engineering of the Federal Polytechnic of Bida as a lecturer in 1992.

Nmadu became a lecturer in 2006, then a lecturer, agricultural economics and farm management, FUT, Minna.

He became associate professor in 2010 and professor in 2013.

Prior to his election as Dean, Nmadu held a number of positions at the university, including that of Head of Department,
Deputy Director, Quality Assurance and Productivity and Industrial Liaison Officer.

He has also served on several committees and working groups inside and outside the university, as well as a consultant to a number of organizations inside and outside Nigeria.

Nmadu, a member and current president of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (NAEE), has published over 100 articles and journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings and technical reports. (NOPE)


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