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FUNAAB has complied with the Federal Government directive to stop management science programs.
The management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has said that the university will no longer admit students for management programs.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Kolawole Salako said the university stopped admitting students for management courses immediately the Federal Government ordered specialised universities to stop management courses in specialised universities.
“We definitely have no option than to comply with the policy. We complied immediately when the federal government pronounced it and we’ve stopped admitting students for courses in management sciences.”
However, the VC appealed to the government to allow the current undergraduates of management courses in specialised universities to graduate before it completely scraps the courses in the institutions.
”Those students who are currently running such programmes in the university must, however, be allowed to graduate,’’ he said.
Salako added that the government decision would affect lecturers and students of College of Management Science in FUNAAB because the students might not be able to refer to the institution as their alma mater, while the lecturers would have to start looking for jobs elsewhere.
Further speaking on behalf of management science students and their lecturers in FUNAAB, the Vice-Chancellor said instead of scrapping the entire faculty in specialised universities, management science curriculum can be modified to reflect a bias toward agriculture.
There’s no law that says that even an accountant cannot study agriculture. All we need to do is to modify our curriculum to give orientation to our students to appreciate agriculture.
“That is the essence of being a specialised university. The federal government should revive the college and we shall modify our curriculum to fit in properly,” he said.
Recall that in 2017, the Federal Government ordered the scrapping of management courses in specialised varsities in the country.
This was followed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu‘s instruction to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board
“to delete all such courses on its portal.”