EKSU Plans BIG For Commercial Farming & Tomato Production
A Commercial farm covering several hectres of land belonging to Ekiti State University (EKSU) will soon take off in Ifaki-Ekiti, A Tomato Processing factory will also be established as part of the Venture.
Professor Patrick Oladipo Aina revealed this during a courtesy visit by him and top officials of the University to the Olufaki of Ifaki, Oba Gabriel Oluwole Agbaje, Aladegbami IV and his chiefs on Wednesday, 23rd October, 2013.
At the meeting, held inside the Traditional Ruler’s Palace, Professor Aina told the community that the establishment of the commercial farm and the Tomato Processing Factory would uplift the University and benefit the town and Ekiti State immensely in the area of food production and employment. According to the Vice-Chancellor, the farm which will occupy an initial 400 hectres would further strengthened the presence of the University in Ifaki-Ekiti.
He recalled that the Ifaki Campus of the University is presently hosting the Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) department with not less than two thousand (2,000) students and promised that the Pre-Degree programme division of the University with about two thousand (2,000) students would soon move to the same Campus. Professor Aina said the students would use the facilities that were already on ground.
The Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Professor Sunday Fashina further briefed the community that a commercial company collaborating with the University would start work shortly. The Registrar, Dr. Omojola Awosusi reminded the people that the existence of Ifaki Campus of EKSU was part of the efforts of the University to sustain its good relationship with the Community.
Responding, the Olufaki of Ifaki, Oba Gabriel Oluwole Agbaje expressed the willingness of his people to cooperate with EKSU wholeheartedly on the establishment of proposed venture.
The Olufaki who spoke through one of his Chiefs, the Elegun of Egun quarters, Chief Michael Olofinyan expressed the approval of the establishment of the farm and the factory with the belief that it would further boost the economy of the town.
The Olufaki commended the EKSU Management led by Professor Patrick Oladipo Aina for the facelift noticed in the University both in Ado-Ekiti and the Ifaki campus.
At the occasion, all quarter Chiefs of the community were present. EKSU delegation to the Olufaki Palace included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Development), Professor (Mrs.) Esther Aderibigbe; Deputy Bursar, Mr. Bayo Osesusi; and the Director of Personnel Mr. B. A. Adeoya among other top Officers.