TITLE: INCREASING THE SUBSCIPTION OF STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AT LANDMARK UNIVERSITY: A TASK THAT MUST BE DONE BY ALL MEANS

PRESENTER: PROFESSOR ENOCH OLAYIWOLA OYAWOYE

DATE: TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER, 2017

TIME: 2-3.30 PM

VENUE: LT 2 (New College Building)

ABSTRACT

Landmark University which is a Private Christian Mission University was established by the Living Faith Church Worldwide under the Visionary leadership of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo. The university is committed to raising global leaders equipped with skills and character to lead the world in meeting the needs of humanity. The university was officially commissioned on March 21, 2011 and commenced academic operations with a mandate to drive an Agrarian Revolution via her undergraduate programmes in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences (CAS), Science and Engineering (CSE) and Business and Social Sciences (CBS). The vision of the university is ‘ To be a leading World-Class University, by spearheading an agrarian revolution on the African continent through the exploration of hidden treasures in the mother-earth thereby restoring the dignity of the Black race’.  At the inception of the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2011, The David Oyedepo Foundation (DOF) gave scholarships to students of Agriculture and we had over two hundred and fifty students at the 100 level. However, when the scholarship scheme was reviewed so as to give only certain categories of students, the number of students that enrolled in the college was drastically reduced. This has been the situation till now. It is very clear that we cannot drive a revolution without people and in this case, without students. We must develop creative and innovative mechanisms that are sustainable, to get students by all means in order for us to fulfill the purpose for the establishment of Landmark University. This paper provides some insight into what we can do to increase the enrolment of students into the College of Agricultural Sciences in particular and Landmark University in general.

BRIEF PROFILE OF PROFESSOR ENOCH OLAYIWOLA OYAWOYE

Professor Enoch Olayiwola Oyawoye obtained a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture at the University of Ife (1976), Master’s Degree in Poultry Science at the University of California at Davis, California, USA (1981) and bagged a Ph.D in Animal and Poultry Nutrition, Production and Management at Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, USA (1985). He is a seasoned researcher whose remarkable research activities have traversed local and international impact settings, having started his Career as a Research Assistant at the Californian Agricultural Experimental Station in Davis, California and returned to Nigeria in 1986 to take up an appointment as a Lecturer at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State, where he rose through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of Professor of Animal and Poultry Nutrition, Production and Management in October, 1999. .

At the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State, Professor Oyawoye held several administrative and academic positions before he joined the services of Landmark University in 2011, where he was made the Pioneer Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and later served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University from 2014 to 2016. He was the first Chairman of Farm Practice at Landmark University and he started with a few others, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Teaching and Research Farm in the University.

Professor Oyawoye’s research interest in Agriculture is broad and diverse cutting across Utilization of non-conventional feed ingredients for feeding animals; Development and evaluation of fish feeds compounded using locally available feed ingredients; Application of biotechnology and microbiology to the development of new feed resources from agricultural wastes for animal feeding and Least cost feed formulation for animals among others. By virtue of his wealth of intellectual acumen and research contribution to human development, Professor Oyawoye has gained recognition in many circles through being Programme Leader and Principal Investigator of the National Coordinated Research Project (NCRP-52-Poultry, Swine and Rabbit) funded by NARP, as well as Project Officer-In-Charge of the NAPRI/ATBU Poultry Project involving the multi-locational performance testing of the NAPRI Commercial Layer-Shika Brown among others. 

Other areas of recognition of the expertise of Professor Oyawoye include service in N.U.C Accreditation Teams for Accreditation Excercises to Nigerian Universities, Member of Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) study group on Grazing Reserves, External Examiner for Post-Graduate Degrees, Journal Reviewer and External Assessor for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor and Professor. He is a member of several professional associations and is a Registered Animal Scientist (RAS 0039)

Professor Oyawoye has successfully mentored several B. Agric. Graduates, over 25 Master’s Degree holders, and over 12 Ph.D Degree holders. To the Glory of God, three of his former students have become Professors. He has to his credit sixty-seven publications in referred journals and proceedings, six Technical Papers and has presented several papers in National and International conferences. Professor Oyawoye is happily married and blessed with children.

 

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