After a successful completion of the Sahel Scholars’ Programme (SASP) last year in three Nigerian Universities, the programme has been extended to five Universities across the country.
According to findings made available to schoolworld, the schools are Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) lle-Ife.
The organisers of the programme partnered with faculties of agriculture in the five universities for the agribusiness conferences and also engaged top performing undergraduate students in each school in their penultimate year of internship, mentorship and scholarships awards.
Dons in the faculties of Agriculture in each school and their key players in the agribusiness landscape participated in the conference where over a thousand students were in attendance.
Some of the guest speakers at the conferences included Head of Marketing, FarmCrowdy Nigeria Limited, Mr. Tomiwa Ogunmodede; CEO of Zaidi Farms Limited, Mr. Idi Mukhtar Maiha; CEO of FaLGates, Sadiq Abubakar Falalu; CEO of Coscharis Farms, Godwin Umeaka; and Co-founder of PS Nutrac, Samson Ogbole.
The Dean of Post Graduate School, Prof. Udo Herbert, in his speech at MOUAU, appreciated Sahel for giving the students the opportunity to participate in the conference, explaining that the SASP conference was the first of its kind in the university and was a gift to the students.
In the coming weeks, selected scholars will be invited to Sahel’s head office in Lagos for their one-month internship, mentorship and scholarship programme.