The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti (ADOPOLY), Dr. Taiwo Theresa Akande has been appointed to lead the “Network for Agricultural Technical Education of Nigeria (NATEN), a new initiative of the Federal Government.
The body, under the collaboration of USAID (Farmer-to-Farmer) and WINROCK International Programme, and which has about nine training institutions selected from federal and state polytechnics and colleges of agriculture across the country, was initiated to enhance effective impartation and practice of agricultural knowledge with Technical Education Training.
Also NATEN is to serve as an advocacy group for the propagation of agricultural training and practice among youths for self-reliance and improved farming production.
Following the establishment of NATEN in June last year, a weeklong workshop facilitated by USAID and WINROCK International was organised for the Chief Executive of affected institutions, media officers and other selected members of staff.
With the theme: “Developing a Pre-Network Launch Communications Campaign Strategy,” the workshop held in August 2016 to kick off the programme, was attended by representative of the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) as well as Rectors, Provosts and other representatives from the nine participating institutions.
Facilitators for the workshop, Mrs. Leslie Harris-Cosgrove was challenged by participants to drive NATEN into a full blown organisation that could receive grant and funding support for its activities, at least within the first cycle of its establishment.
To facilitate the smooth take off of its activities, NATEN officials had visited some agricultural stakeholders in the public and private sector, with a view to making its impact felt in the individual institutions.
Meanwhile, as a follow up to the mandate of the workshop, Dr. Akande had also constituted the polytechnic’s local chapter of NATEN for the propagation of the ideals of programme within and outside the polytechnic, as well as sensitising the polytechnic community on the objectives and the activities of the programme.