Not less than 48 students of the College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, have been absorbed by the Nigerian Institute For Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) for a 3-month internship programme.
This was disclosed in a letter signed by Mrs. M. E. Eighemhenrio, on behalf of the Acting Executive Director of the Institute and addressed to the Special Adviser on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme to the Governor, Prince Joe Okogie.
The students join over 100 others who are being trained at the different agricultural institutions in the state, including Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, PRESCO Plc, Leventis Foundationâ€™s Weppa Farm and the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria.
In the letter, Mrs. Eighemhenrio said the 48 students posted to the institute have been absorbed, noting that the institution has â€œalways accepted students from the College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi for Industrial Training and wishes to continue to offer them space.â€
The postings are part of ongoing reforms by the Edo State Government to reposition the college to produce hands-on, well-rounded graduates to drive the governmentâ€™s agricultural development initiatives.
The students will be paid N20, 000 as monthly stipend during the period of their training by the state government.
Renowned Professor of Agriculture, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, is leading the task of the collegeâ€™s restructuring, which is expected to transform the college into a center of excellence in agricultural training.