In its bid to further broaden the mind of students and stimulate their interest through intensive agricultural programmes, the Lagos State Government has trained another set of 60 students in Agric – Yes Summer School Programme for secondary schools in the state.
Declaring the programme closed on Friday 12th of August at the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe, Commissioner for Agriculture Hon. Toyin Suarau make it known that the programme is a laudable step towards achieving the noble objective of engaging the youth and encouraging them to take agriculture as a serious business in the near future.
The Commissioner disclosed that agricultural students in our public and private schools are theoretically versed but less practically skilled and they lack the required knowledge for cohesive thought and critical problem solving adding that the Agric-Yes Summer School programme is an extension of the Agric Youth Empowerment Scheme AGRIC-YES programme determined towards developing technical skills necessary to boost food production, youth empowerment and contribute to the ensuring of food security in the state.
Hon. Suarau hinted that the benefit of Agric Summer School is to provide technical skills necessary for career and professional development opportunities for teachers and students through the practical agricultural literacy awareness and orientation that the educational system needs to effect a turn around.
“This has motivated the present administration under the leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to further broaden the mind of students and stimulate their interest through intensive programmes such as the agricultural summer school, which is best administered through on-farm practical teaching and field demonstrations” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Hon. Sanni Ganiu Okanlawon implore the Students to make judicious use of the knowledge tapped from the Summer School and send the message across to their colleague who were not present at the training.
Okanlawon urged them to make agriculture their uttermost priority, by ensuring they put in their best to become a great Agro-Entrepreneur in future.
Advising the students, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mr Adeshina Muhammed Odeyemi implore the students to begin to think deep and put into practice the experience and skills they have all acquired through the training.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry, Mr. Adesegun Ogundeji commends the Ministry of Agriculture for constantly maintaining the culture of organising the summer school yearly and assured that the Education Ministry will continue to support where necessary.
All the Students were presented with certificates of attendant, while the most outstanding students also received awards in different categories.
- Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Oluwatoyin Suarau presenting a certificate of Attendant to one of the students at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Agric Summer School programme for Secondary Schools in Lagos State, at the Agric Training Institute, Araga Epe on Friday.
- Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Hon. Ganiu Okanlawon presenting a certificate of Attendant to one of the students at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Agric Summer School programme for Secondary Schools in Lagos State, at the Agric Training Institute, Araga Epe on Friday.