Our Structures Are In Terrible Condition, We Need Urgent And Special Intervention—Provost College of Agriculture Lafia

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Rabiu Omaku

The Provost College Of Agriculture Lafia has appealed to the state government to has matter of urgency takes a frantic measures to addressing the nagging issues affecting the College.

Dr.Mohammed Salisu stated this during an inspection of projects by the Fact Finding committee led by the chairman, Thomas Ogiri.

The Provost stated that the peculiar preponderances of the institution also include the unabated devastation of building by termites.

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He averred that chunk amount of money generated as internally Generated Revenue by the school goes to the renovation of properties destroyed by termites.

“Our buildings and toilets are in terrible shapes due to old age”.

“The termites are from the ground walls and roofs causing untold hardship to the College”.

The provost also laments over absence of access road network,insecurity looms due to the porosity of the College.

He called for a concerted effort to improve on the present situation.

“As you can see the roof of our ICT centre is in bad shape, we do all we can but to no avail, and the only solution was to remove the entire roof”.

While commenting on absence of master plan in the College which gave birth to disorganized structures, the provost confirmed that the master plan of the institution would be ready soon.

“Also the reason why we erected toilets outside our buildings was that during the execution of those projects no provision was made”.

“It became imperative for Special intervention because we can’t progress as a monotechnic institution without Tertiary Education Trust Fund Intervention”.

The management of College of Agriculture Lafia also decried the rising spate of trespassing of the Livestock unit along Doma road.

Dr.. Salisu during an inspection of the site expressed disheartening over the precarious state of incubator and Feed Mill.

He further uncovered that power was a serious impediment to the existing Feed Mill which was at a pang of collapsing

The operator when asked by the members of the Fact Finding committee on how long does the Feed Mill was put into operation, stated that the machine was tested last in 2005.

The Chairman of the committee, Thomas Ogiri in an exclusive interview when asked whether the committee would complete it assignment with the time frame of 30 days, the chairman gave the assurance that the committee would keep to the time frame.

Available record has shown that the College Of Agriculture Lafia was established and commission by the then executive governor of Plateau state, Solomon Daupsher  Lar on the 30th November, 1979.

In spite of the decay of hostels, the state government has invested huge amount of resource for the construction of twin three storey buildings in the College.

The hostel accommodation which was above 90 percent completion would go a long way in addressing the acute shortage of hostels not only in College Of Agriculture but across the four existing tertiary institutions of Nasarawa State University, Keffi , College Of Education, Akwanga, College Of Agriculture, Lafia and the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.

The state commissioner of Education, Hon. Ahmed Aliyu Tijjani in an exclusive interview said the state government voted N50m for the accreditation of courses at the College Of Agriculture Lafia in the last exercise conducted by the regulatory body.

He said the move was to reinvigorate academic activities in the institution.

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