The Federal University Oye-Ekiti was one the nine Universities established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2010, pursuant to an order made by the President of the Federal Republc of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. This was one of the Federal Universities established in the Country for States that were yet to have a Federal University. The University took-off in 2011/2012 Academic Session with the department of Soil Science (Now renamed Soil Science and Land Resources Management) as one, of the 20 academic departments, running 27 programmes, spread across four Faculties, at the inception. Professor Chinedu O. Nebo. was formally appointed, in February 2011, as the first Vice Chancellor of the University. Upon the appointment of the foundation Vice Chancellor into Ministerial office by the Federal Government, Professor Isaac Asuzu was appointed in March 2013 as the new Vice Chancellor.
Our Philosophy, Aims and Objectives
The Department of Soil Science prepares students for the award of Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.) degree in Soil Science and Land Resources Management of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria as can be seen under the philosophy and objectives of the programme:
(i) Philosophy of the Programme
The underlying philosophy of the programme is to turn out graduates who have acquired skills and competences in character and learning, necessary for achieving social and economic upliftment and environmental stability now and in the future. The problem-solving functions are structured to meet the academic and research needs and the re-training of specialists in renewable resources management. This is with a view to finding adaptable solutions to the problems associated with human quest for food, income generation and sustainable environment.
(ii) Aims of the Programme
The programme is also aimed at generating new knowledge products and processes through research and development in partnership with the public and private sectors for national development.
(iii) Objectives of the Programme
Soil Science programme is broadly designed to provide theoretical and practical skills and knowledge in the field of Agriculture, find solution to the problems of food security, which militate against the optimum utilization of land resources in the country, through teaching, research and extension services. The specific objectives of the programme are to produce graduates who are:
- Technically equipped with adequate theoretical and practical knowledge in soil science on the appropriate and effective utilization of non-renewable land resources to mitigate against climate change and ensure food security.
Capable of managing the soil for a sustainable environment and crop production
- Capable of operating and managing large-scale farm enterprises, and
- Capable of carrying out in-depth agricultural research and interpreting research results appropriately.