Dr. Samuel Ortom, the Benue State Governor, has said his government will merge the College of Agriculture in Yandev with the Benue State University, Makurdi, for proper funding and management to achieve operational efficiency.

The governor who made this known during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, to solicit for financial support for the study of agriculture in the state, added that the move became necessary.

According to the governor, the decision has became necessary in the light of present financial challenges in the state. He said resources in the state were thinly spread among the existing tertiary institutions and cannot support the desire for quality research and development, particularly in the area of agriculture.

Ortom, therefore, appealed to TETFund management to “provide special assistance to the state, in order to establish a strong faculty of agriculture in Benue State University following the planned merger.”

The governor argued that his administration had made the development of agriculture a priority and would do everything possible to support its study from primary to tertiary levels in the state.

Ortom lamented the high level of graduate unemployment in the state, but observed that if the agric potential was well harnessed, massive employment opportunities would be created for the youth.

While commending TETFund for intervention in the Benue State University, two colleges of education and a polytechnic, Ortom added, “If TETFund projects were removed from the institutions, nothing will remain.”

In his response, Bogoro said TETFund had been conscious of what to do to strengthen tertiary institutions in the country.

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