In his opening address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie said, the movement of the Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology to its Okha Campus represent the attainment of a mile stone in the history of the University, adding that the movement is in line with the National University Commission’s (NUC) mandate for every University to move to its Permanent Site in 15years. Decrying the nations over reliance on Oil to the neglect of Agriculture, the Vice Chancellor charged Staff and Students of the Faculty to take advantage of the available opportunity by unleashing their potentials and delving into large scale farming. Concluding, Prof. Izevbigie called on the host community to work in harmony with the University, adding that Okha community will experience an increased development and expansion of their land economically.
On his part, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sam Guobadia enjoined the Staff and Students of the Faculty to see themselves as occupying an enviable position, while calling on them to scale up their operations by making impact that would be felt throughout the nation.
In an interview with the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Sylvester Erewa, while expressing his appreciation to Management for making the Faculty’s movement to its Okha Campus possible after its commissioning in 2014, hinted that the movement is significant as the Faculty would do more in terms of farm practical, adding that they will take advantage of the land to expand their Agricultural produce. Some Students of the Faculty also expressed their appreciation to the University Management for making movement to Okha Campus a reality. They noted that it will encourage them to do more in terms of practical work.
Speaking on behalf of Okha II Community, the Odionwere, Pa Imasun, thanked the University Management for the movement of the Faculty to the Community, while pledging their support for the Institution.
Highpoint of the ceremony was a special class session of students receiving their first lecture with Prof. Molindo who asked questions on “Micro and Macro organism, the contribution of soil mineral”. One of his students stood up to answer the question to the admiration of all. That student turned out to be the Vice Chancellor himself, Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie. The class ended with the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Orewa giving his closing remarks.