The establishment of Universities of Agriculture came into effect on l January 1988 following a demerger process that resulted in simultaneous coming on stream of the two Universities of Agriculture located in Makurdi in Benue State, and Abeokuta in Ogun State. A third one located in Umudike in Abia State was established in 1992.The Federal Government of Nigeria had by the end of 1983 established seven new Universities of Technology, four of which were rationalized in 1984 by merging them with, and as campuses of bigger and more established Universities as a cost saving measure. Following the initiatives and reports of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the establishment of Universities of Agriculture, the government carefully reviewed the situation against the background of the success stories of Agricultural Universities worldwide and decided to opt for converting the two campuses at Makurdi and Abeokuta into full fledged specialized Universities of Agriculture.

The various Colleges and Departments are structured in such a way that they liberalize access to new agricultural technologies through an integrated approach to research, training and extension. I am particularly happy that the quantum of knowledge we impart to our students include a heavy dose of practical skills so that when they graduate, they can become creators of wealth in the society through farming and agro-industrial activities.

The objects were:
(a) to encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction, the opportunity of acquiring a higher education in agriculture;
(b) to develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of diplomas, first degrees, postgraduate research and higher degrees which emphasize planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skill in agriculture, agricultural engineering and allied professional disciplines with the aim of producing socially mature persons with capacity to improve on those disciplines and develop new ones, but also to contribute to the scientific transformation of agriculture in Nigeria;

(c) to act as agents and catalysts, through postgraduate training, research and innovation for the effective and economic utilization, exploitation and conservation of Nigeria’s natural, agricultural, economic and human resources;

(d) to offer to the general population, as a form of public service, the results of training and research in agriculture and allied disciplines and to foster the practical application of those results;

(e)to establish appropriate relationships with other national institutions involved in training, research and development of agriculture;

Interestingly, the law establishing the University is liberal to promote effective collaboration between the university and various agricultural establishments as well as foreign bodies. Already these collaborative efforts have yielded results through international recognition; promoting researches of international interest and enhanced standards of excellence.

The research policy of the university has been formulated within the context of the mission and mandate of the University. The policy thrust emphasizes issues and mission-oriented research that is need-based, problem solving, farmer focused and farmer driven. It is the policy of the University to maintain a research system that is dynamic and ever responding to changing societal need and provide interactive environment that assure the provision of milieu for generating new scientific knowledge and technologies needed to increase agricultural product and value added products to meet the increasing needs in the society.

As you visit our website regularly, you are sure to find more information on our programmes, more areas of collaboration and innovations.
Thank you.

Professor E. I. Kucha



University of Agriculture

P.M.B. 2373 Makurdi

Benue State, Nigeria.

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