The students of the Federal University of Agiculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), yesterday took to the street to protest the negligence of the management of the institution and the government on several issues that have made life so difficult for the students. As a student of FUNAAB, I have seen and gone through a lot, which I will to talk about now.
In 2011, I was admitted it a home, beautiful paradise of greeness and peace, then University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB). But in 2012, the management of the University had a major change (I was present at the official handing over ceremony).

It all started with the electronic examination (E-exam) process where lots of irregularities and errors occurred. It was disheartening for me because I scored 42 and 41 in two courses I know and taught others (FST201 and STS201) and all we heard was computer error. The university Management Committee on Transportation (MANCOT) bus services was stopped for the student residing in Obantoko, Abeokuta (40% of the university student) and as time passed, those staying in camp, Isolu and gate were not enjoying the service of the buses due to inadequate number of buses to meet up the increasing number of students. Unlike before, no new bus was purchased in two years and the old ones were poorly managed.

The peace in FUNAAB disappeared as theft and armed robbery kept increasing. Student living around School Gate, Kofesu, Oluwokesi, Isolu and Camp in the Alabate area where the university is located, were robbed of their valuables, day and night, especially between september 2015 and August 2016. Yet the university management did nothing about it (are student living off camp not the school property?). In 2013, two young and promising student were killed by a reckless driver due to the management’s failure to make speed breaker on the rehabilitated Alabata road. Another lady (Late Mariam Atere) was also knocked down by a vehicle and the School Health Centre failed to attend to her until we lost her, so many other similar issues occurred, yet nothing was done.

The Green and beautiful campus which both students and staffs worshipped, celebrated, adored and took pride in are now lost to history. The well kept lawns have turned to forest to hunt snakes and rodents in raining season, and desert of burnt grasses in dry season. The class rooms now look like a deserted town hall with broken seat, bad public address system, epileptic power supply and all the seriousness are history. Transportation in FUNAAB grew worse, the unversity calendar was altered (utimate search for calendar), lecture not starting until four weeks, time-table irregularity and search, result error and delay, Senate Waver was cancelled, poor laboratory, increasing tuition fee and extortion and there is no hope ahead. Yet, they ask us to be violent free.
Internal strike altered academic activities, from SSANU to ASU to NASU, all this has tarnished the name the founding fathers built. No wonder FUNAAB has not been in a good place from 2013 in the Webometric University Ranking where we used to be 2nd. Yet the management is doing nothing.

On Thursday 18th of August 2016, when we could not bear all the years of suffering, we all cried out and took to the street in a peaceful protest and what we are getting is gun shot at one of us (Taiwo Abisoye), tear gas, beating, mass illegal arresting of students all these by The Nigeria Police Force, detention, unfair judgement. “Nigba ti ‘koko n se su, koseni to gbo o, odo wa n gun yan, iyen ni ariwo ba ta o” (when the pot was cooking yam, nobody heard. Now the mortal is pounding the yam and noise all around). Let those who have ears, let them hear the cry of FUNAABites saying; “no, not more”×70.jpg

I used to boast of being a FUNAABite in those days not now. I poured out my heart cry in a poetry chat “TELL OLORI OKO”. I love the school Anthem:

We have a vision great and clear
For the masses far and near
A school of farming, Science and Skill
To feed the land we till
Research, test and learning for wisdom, we’re yearning

Glory of day
Forward upward, we shall ever sail
Beacons of our father land
To success we will sail
Labouring, toiling, upward
We shall never fail

The nature’s secret we will find
As offering to mankind
We’re aiming at sound scholarship
And academic leadership
We have all needed potentials and basic essentials

Glory of day
Forward upward, we shall ever sail
Beacons of our father land
To success we will sail
Labouring, toiling, upward
We shall never fail



Nigerian Farmers Throw Weight Behind Biotechnology

By Gabriel Olawale
The National Vice President of the All Farmers Association
of Nigeria, Mr. Chris Onwuka , has condemned those
campaigning against biotechnology in the country as he
asked them to come up with scientific evidence to back
their stance.
Speaking at a Stakeholders meeting in Abuja recently, he
said “a group came and were telling us recently that
biotechnology is not good. I asked them to show us
scientific evidence but they could not,” he told other
“The truth is that without biotechnology we cannot feed
ourselves. What we farmers need is more yield. We already
have a regulatory agency just as there is NAFDAC. It is their
job to tell us what is good and what is not good. They are
capable,” he added.
Also at the meeting were representatives of the academia
from all geopolitical zones of the country, International
Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Consumer
Protection Council, Genetics Society of Nigeria and the
Nigeria Agricultural Society among others.
Mr. Chris Onwuka said “as the reality of a rapidly
burgeoning population stares Nigeria in the face, the
arguments for and against the adoption of agricultural
biotechnology in Nigeria as a potential solution to stem a
likely food sufficiency crisis has been top on the agenda.
Onwuka said the unequal distribution of technology
between the developed world and developing countries
like Nigeria consistently make it unnecessary to compare
their priorities with ours.
“By 2030, Nigeria’s population will have crossed 250
million. Without a technological intervention, and with
continuous decrease in arable land due to urbanization,
desertification and erosion, farmers’ yield are only going to
He added that the challenge before Nigeria is not just
about volume of food being produced but also about its
quality as well. “Nutritional efficiency is one of the hurdles
we are not likely going to be able to overcome even in the
medium to long term with conventional methods. Rural
populations depend on a restricted number of staple foods
because of their purchasing power and this keeps them
excluded from a host of nutrients that are important to
their physical health.
“These are some of the areas that companies like
Monsanto and agricultural research institutes in the
country are working to create nutrition enhanced seed
varieties as well as seeds with drought and pest tolerance
to help farmers maximize yields and ensure nutritional
balance even for the poorest in our communities.
He added that for the most part, those against the adoption
have driven their campaign mainly around calls for a
reversal of the Act establishing the National Biosafety
Management – an Act which the country spent almost a
decade to pass into law- ostensibly as a means to halt the
country’s biotechnology initiatives.
“Without an agency to regulate, every development in that
direction will certainly be truncated. In addition to the
NBMA, another entity that anti-GM campaigners have been
cast into the role of an enemy is the America-based
Agricultural company, Monsanto. ”
The farmer representative said sometimes it becomes
difficult for people to separate the fight against
biotechnology and the fight against Monsanto, “clearly,
some of these campaigners actually do not even know that
several research institutes across the country are seriously
engaged in biotechnology research and may soon have
their own seeds in the market.
While noting that some of the campaigners are appealing
to nationalist sentiments, Onwuka said some of the
important details many of the campaigners here in Nigeria
do not tell those they recruit to join them is that for
instance on June 29 this year, 107 Nobel Laureates, out of
whom only ten were not from the sciences, signed a
petition against the anti-GMO campaign.
“That singular event marked a significant in the decades
long call for a halting of agricultural biotechnology. In the
letter addressed to the United Nations and world leaders,
the Laureates described the campaign led mainly by Green
Peace, the multi-million dollar organisation spearheading
most of the global efforts against GMOs, “…a crime against
“It will be hard for all 107 to stake reputations they had
built over decades for a technology which they were not
sure was tested to meet all standards.
He added “their position is following series of
denouncements of the anti-GM movement by former key
figures from within Greenpeace itself.
A case in point is that of Patrick Moore, a founding member
of Greenpeace, who served for nine years as President of
Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of
Greenpeace International.
“He has been a leader in the international environmental
field for over 30 years. Over time, he has come to realize
that the facts did not support many of the opposition
campaigns he had worked on through Greenpeace and is
now a staunch supporter of agricultural biotechnology.
Onwuka said another case is that of Stephen Tindale, who
was for six years the head of Greenpeace UK. In his words,
“The reason I’ve decided to speak out on GM now is
because I think it is necessary for people like me who’ve
opposed it to say things have changed… The overwhelming
majority of scientists think that it is safe. It is, in my view,
morally unacceptable to stand out against these new
Whilst they are quick to make reference to the report of the
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which
described Glyphosate (a chemical used against weeds in
GM farms) as a “probable” carcinogen, they never get
around to mentioning that the IARC is only one of 4 (four)
WHO programmes that are concerned with chemicals and
cancer research and is the only one out of the four to
classify glyphosate as such.
As a matter of fact, a joint Food & Agricultural Organisation
and WHO issued in May 2016 clearly stated that
“glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to
humans from exposure through the diet.”
As a matter of fact, several reports issued after the IARC
reports, notable among which are those from the German
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (2015); the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (October 2015); The
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Nov 2015; and
Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency, April 2015
all agree on glyphosate’s safety.

Source: Vanguard News

African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) Cement Ties With Partners

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has
stepped up efforts in cultivating and fostering the right
partnerships in its cardinal aim of reducing the cassava
yield gap in Africa.
The ACAI project team from inception realized the
importance of partnerships, and is sparing no effort in
ensuring effective collaboration among partners from the
experimental phase to the development, and use of the
tools that will support appropriate management of
cassava to realize the crop’s fullest potential on farmers’
The project has engaged key actors in Nigeria and Tanzania
ranging from farmers, researchers, extension services,
development workers, processors as well as input dealers
notably fertilizer manufacturing companies.
Dr Abdulai Jalloh, ACAI Project Coordinator , said the main
aim is to establish contact among relevant actors for
considerations for learning and information sharing that
will benefit the participating partners associated with ACAI.
The Africa Soil Health Consortium in collaboration with the
Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)
(partners under ACAI) is leading the engagement of key
stakeholders in target countries as the project establishes
cassava clusters.
Dr Jalloh noted that even though the entry point of ACAI is
to address yield gap, it is imperative for strategic
considerations of the cassava value chain and inclusiveness
of all concerned.
According to him, ACAI is conscious of the mistakes of past
interventions where bottlenecks were considered in
isolation irrespective of other existing ones and even those
that could occur as a result of concentrating on only one
He emphasized that ACAI would direct efforts towards
reducing the yield gap, which would eventually increase
cassava production while ensuring impacts along the value
chain with a view to having a sustainable improvement in
cassava production, processing, and utilization, and impact
on overall economic development of individuals,
communities, and countries.
Mr James Watiti of CABI, who is leading the establishment
of cassava value chain clusters, emphasized that it was
very crucial to bring all stakeholders together and hold a
meaningful conversation in an open manner.

Source: Vanguard News

Agricultural Promotion Policy Will Focus On Closing Demand — Supply Gaps

The Minister of of Agriculture & Rural Development,
Audu Ogbeh, has said that inability to meet domestic
food requirements and inability to export at quality
levels required for market success are two major gaps in
the country’s agriculture today.
Speaking ahead of the the
official launch and public
presentation of the Agricultural
Sector Roadmap (the Green
Alternative), Agricultural
Promotion Policy (2016 – 2020),
earlier scheduled for Monday in
Abuja, Ogbeh said it has
become imperative to “refresh
our strategy” to tackle these
two issues head on.
The minister explained that the
policy of the past government ,
Agricultural Transformation
Agenda (ATA) focused on how to
make Nigeria’s agriculture more
productive, efficient and effective.
“It set a target of creating 3.5 million jobs by 2015;
generating foreign exchange, and reducing spending on
food imports. Among its key achievements was a
restructuring of the federal fertilizer procurement
“ATA, however, also faced challenges and did not deliver
on all the targets identified. For example, Nigeria still
imports about $3 to $5 billion worth of food annually,
especially wheat, rice, fish and sundry items, including
fresh fruits.
“As a result, Nigeria is not food secure. Wastage levels
remain high in production areas, reducing supply of
feedstock to processing factories, requiring them to keep
importing supplies. The net effect is limited job growth
across the agricultural value chain from input production
to market systems, and continued use of limited foreign
currency earnings to import vast quantities of food.
The Minister said the policy and strategic focus is now on
how to build on the initial progress made, and transition
Nigeria to a new plane in terms of agribusiness
“That will be the focus of the proposed new policy
regime. That new policy’s primary focus will be on
closing the demand – supply gaps between crop and
livestock production. Gap closing will also include
tackling related input, financing, storage, transport and
market access issues present in key value chains.
“Nigeria is facing two key gaps in agriculture today: an
inability to meet domestic food requirements, and an
inability to export at quality levels required for market
success. The former problem is a productivity challenge
driven by an input system and farming model that is
largely inefficient. As a result, an ageing population of
farmers do not have enough seeds, fertilizers, irrigation,
crop protection and related support to be successful.
“The latter challenge is driven by an equally inefficient
system for setting and enforcing food quality standards,
as well as poor knowledge of target markets. Insufficient
food testing facilities, a weak inspectorate system in the
ministry, and poor coordination among relevant federal
agencies serve to compound early stage problems such
as poor knowledge of permissible contaminant levels.”
Audu Ogbeh added that as productivity improves
domestically and standards are raised for all Nigerian
food production, he said export markets will also benefit
impacting positively on Nigeria’s balance of payments.
He explained that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture &
Rural Development (FMARD) in consultation with
partners has identified an initial pool of crops and
related activities that will be Nigeria’s path to tackling the
identified gaps.
“First, the ministry will prioritize improving productivity
into a number of domestically focused crops and
activities. These are rice, wheat, maize, fish
(aquaculture), dairy milk, soya beans, poultry,
horticulture (fruits and vegetables), and sugar.
“Nigeria believes that the gap can be closed by
partnering closely with private investors across farmer
groups and companies to develop end to end value
chain solutions. These chains will receive facilitated
government support as they make deep commitments to
engaging a new generation of farmers, improving supply
of specialized fertilizers and protection chemicals, as
well as wider scale use of high yielding seeds.
He said the country will work with investors to sharply
improve the distribution system for fresh foods so as to
reduce time to table, reduce post-harvest losses, and
overall improve nutritional outcomes by lowering of
diabetic risk and stunting risk among others.

Source: Vanguard News


I will never be angry again. Yes, nothing can be strong enough to make me angry. I have learnt.

This is a public declaration born out of my experience with people. People are insatiable, nothing you do in life can satisfy everyone at the same time. What some people like, some people hate and some people’s best is some people worst, so why should I be offended when someone disagree with you.

I started as a shy, battled, disturbed, unbold et al, boy who could not present what he knows clearly to the world due to fear of non-acceptance (people called me a coward, a fool, a weakling, and so on). And when I understood life and discovered myself, I started doing all it take to be the best, in the top and best place at the best time. I laboured so hard, read books, attended conferences, served, listened and prayed to become better. I pursued my dream passionately and focus on my goals as I aim at the very top. After a while I was getting result for my work as I continued to get better. Unlike before, I became bold, courageous and even proud of myself. But with all this…….

When the sun started shining and the rainbow getting brighter, some people started rising against me, they criticise me unfairly for the things I do right and things I do wrong. These people won’t just see anything good in the good things I do while for the bad ones, I’m treated alike. Whatever these people think is bad in their own mind (even if it’s truly good) they hold up in their mind.

The people aren’t ghosts neither are they foes, they are people I see daily, some even present themselves to be friends. They are people I love and always want to please them. People I always want to help, they are those I want to see happiness in their face always. But I always wonder…

Why is someone who knows nothing criticising a learned person who is working hard to make things work? Why will the person I helped yesterday, only with little provocation say I’m the worst thing every (say; I gave a lady #100 yesterday and I misplaced her #5 today, all she could do was to say, she will collect her money at all cost)? Why will a guy/lady who doesn’t pay attention to what he wears (dress shabbily) accuse me for dressing well in an official way (not too expensive)? Why will an outdated person accuse me for seeking helpful information? Why will a student who fail to learn public speaking or writing accuse Femi Royal for delivering a perfect speech with confidence and good diction or Wole Soyinka for his wisdom and word skill? Why should a primary school drop-out who has the same opportunity with a PhD holder accuse the later for his achievement; saying “book turns people’s head”? Why will a failure accuse a successful man (saying “awon ologbo to n silekun fole”*)? Why will the devil always fight the godly? Why? Why should I every get angry again?

Sorry, I’m not saying that I am the best and complete man, No! Infact, I am imperfect, impure, weak, shy, worst, but I am earnestly working hard to even get better. Although I have gotten several appraisal, had several achievements,learn a lot (informed), gotten really better, leading people, making names and people of high esteem crave to be with me but in my own eyes, I have done nothing yet. I’m building and aiming to get very much better. I always want to learn from people and I always see the next person as a better person who I can learn from. That is why I’m always gentle.

On Tuesday 16th August, 2016, I made this resolution that I will never get angry again when people show me their disapproval. I will never let out the angry hungry lion within me. I cannot keep grudges (I won’t have peace within myself), I can’t be angry again, never! So help me GOD!

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most do. —Dale Carnegie

*a stinkily rich man whose wealth attracts thief