ARCN urges college to synchronise curricula with national realities
The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) has charged the management of the Federal College of Fisheries and Maritime Technology, Lagos, and other agricultural institutes to ensure that their curricula is in tune with the country’s current social and economic realities.
Executive Secretary of the council, Prof. Ambrose Voh, who stated this at the 2016/2017 matriculation of the college, noted that when curriculum is creatively developed, it ensures qualitative inputs to the learners and guarantees greater outputs from them.
He therefore charged the college, which he said is the foremost and only institution mandated to run maritime and fisheries technology programmes at higher level, to help contribute its quota to national development by producing students who will be independent upon graduation.
He said, “We are all aware of the fact that agriculture will continue to play a key role in our country’s quest for self-reliance and vibrant economy. Based on this the council urges the colleges to be extremely concerned and careful about the quality of training they give students so as to make them self-reliant and self-employed.
“It is our hope that the Federal Colleges through its programmes will provide adequate entrepreneurial skills to Nigerian youths. It is also expected that the current curriculum should reflect present realities to national and global transformation to prevent ambiguity. And so your curricula should repackage agriculture for better delivery and higher efficiency, as well as cover the entire fisheries and technology value chains with creative innovative platforms and entry points.”
Voh enjoined the newly matriculated students to pursue their studies vigorously and resist any extraneous influences that may distract them from their academic works.
Provost of the college, Sule Abiodun Yussuf said the quality and caliber of the college’s products bear ample testimonies to their exploits in Marine Engineering, Nautical Science and Fisheries Technology.
He said graduates of the college have continued to maintain a strong dominance in the shipping, aquaculture and industrial fishing sub-sectors of the country’s economy.