Following a profitable completion of the Sahel Students’ Programme (SASP) in 2018 in three prestigious Nigerian universities, the programme has been prolonged to 5 Nigerian Universities.
The colleges are Michael Okpara College of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Afe Babalola College, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Federal College of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ahmadu Bello College, Zaria (ABU), and Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile-Ife (OAU).
Sahel partnered with the colleges of agriculture within the 5 universities for the agribusiness conferences. Additionally they engaged prime performing college students of their penultimate 12 months for internship, mentorship and scholarship awards.
The convention themed, “Feeding Thousands and thousands, Making Billions: the Alternatives for an Agripreneur,” was targeted on sharing deep insights in regards to the alternatives that exist in agribusiness, leveraging the success tales of agripreneurs within the panorama to encourage the scholars, highlighting the gaps that exist within the sector and the potential roles of youth throughout the worth chain.
Professors within the schools of Agriculture within the colleges and key gamers within the agribusiness panorama participated within the conferences the place over 1,200 college students have been in attendance.
Among the visitor audio system are Head of Advertising and marketing at FarmCrowdy Nigeria, Mr. Tomiwa Ogunmodede; CEO of Zaidi Farms Restricted, Mr. Idi Mukhtar Maiha; CEO of FaLGates, Mr. Sadiq Abubakar Falalu; CEO of Coscharis Farms, Mr. Godwin Umeaka; and Co-founder of PS Nutrac, Mr. Samson Ogbole,.
The audio system of their respective remarks shared deep insights on their experiences in agriculture and highlighted the alternatives that exist for college kids within the agricultural sector.
The Sahel workforce shared business information and facilitated panel discussions on key methods important to reworking the academic system in Nigerian universities to encourage and equip undergraduates with the precise abilities to turn into profitable gamers within the business.
Additionally, younger professionals at Sahel who’re OAU and ABU alumni shared their Sahel experiences with the scholars.
Dean of Submit Graduate Faculty, Prof. Udo Herbert, in his speech at MOUAU, appreciated Sahel for giving the scholars the chance to take part within the convention. He defined that the SASP convention was the primary of its sort within the college and it was a present to the scholars.
The scholars have been impressed as they engaged the SASP workforce with agribusiness-related questions, mentioned their notion of the agriculture sector and shared their challenges as undergraduates within the School of Agriculture. Sahel additionally held on-campus interviews with the scholars shortlisted for internship and scholarships. It was a worthwhile expertise for the individuals, the visitor audio system and for Sahel.
Within the coming weeks, chosen students might be invited to Sahel’s head workplace in Lagos for his or her one-month internship, mentorship and scholarship programme.