Dean of the School of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Babcock University, Ogun State Nigeria, Professor Akintunde Akinsoyinu, has blamed the Federal Government over the incessant attacks carried out on innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen.
Akinsoyinu who disclosed this in his office during a courtesy visit by a team of the Nigerian Agricultural Journalists, noted that under the last dispensation, he had headed a committee under the Agric Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), which came up with a solution by fabricating blocks for ruminants, stressing that this would have addressed the constant conflict and needless massacre of innocent Nigerians.
He described the ruminant blocks as a system where these castles would be confounded in a particular location without roaming indiscriminately at major cities where they would be fed with the food specifically made for ruminants.
He stated; “We were to use cassava peels, ground nut cakes, yam peals and wheat offal and so on for the production of ruminants food. We had concluded our research but we were at the test running and implementation stage when they stopped funding the project, this would have addressed the issue, just as it is in some other countries of the world.
“However, N23 million was earmarked for the project by the previous administration, but only N5 million was released to us, so we became handicapped and the project was truncated. Spending N5 billion to feed these animals annually is better than shedding of blood.”
Prof noted that the institution has fabricated some equipment to help famers in the value chain for value addition, adding that they fabricated equipment for processing of palm oil from the scratch to the finishing.
He said; “We have been able to produce egg with less cholesterol, it not been done in any part of the world before, but we pioneered it. One of my students, Habib Stephen who graduated from animal science has a farm of over 50,000 birds, so we encourage and help empower the few that graduate from this faculty.
“The government has been running away from the reality, oil will finish one day, but agric will not finish. I am a beneficiary of cocoa in the then Western Region, what happened to our groundnut pyramid? We had better face the reality and address it squarely before the situation goes beyond what we are facing now.
“One of the problems of the recent times is that students are not interested in studying agriculture, that is the faculty where we record the lowest application, they all want to study banking, accounting and other social sciences like economics and so on.”