Soil Science & Technology Department

About us

Vision

Our vision is to produce first-rate soil scientists who are confident, independent, efficient, visionary and problem-solving through the creation of conducive study environment and excellent teaching and research efforts. To empower our graduates both at the graduate and postgraduate levels through high quality and technology best training in soil science for sustainable food production and environmental health and protection.

Mission

Our mission is to produce graduate with high-quality manpower for the purpose of driving the agricultural and other related sectors of the Nigerian economy forward.

Brief History of the Department

The Department of Soil Science and Technology was created in the 2001/2002 academic session. The young Department then was created out of the former Department of Crop and Soil Science. The first intake consisted of seventy-six students. To date, the Department has five streams of undergraduate students with a total enrolment well over three hundred students. Over thirty students are currently pursuing their postgraduate programmes at different Postgraduate (PGD, MSc, PhD) levels. Further, the academic staff consists of two Professors, two Readers, four Senior Lecturers, two Lecturer 1, three Lecturer 11, three Assistant Lecturers and one Graduate Assistant. Again, the non-teaching staff consists of one administrative officer, one assistant administrator, one executive officer, one chief laboratory technologist, three technologist ll, six agricultural superintendents, two clerical officers and two farmhands.

Currently, the Agricultural Programme in FUTO has undergone very important curriculum review. Previously, the fourth-year students had one-semester course work and one full semester industrial placement. But now the new Senate approved curriculum provides one full academic session for the fourth-year student of the Department and the entire Agricultural Program. By this, the students of Soil Science and Technology will proceed on Industrial Training after second-semester examination in their third year. This according to NUC is what should obtain in Agricultural training programmes in Nigerian Universities nationwide. We hope that the students of Soil Science will make very good use of this opportunity to enrich their industrial experience before graduation. This way the graduates will be more employable, having one-year post-graduation work experience. The Department has enjoyed full accreditation since its inception. We hope to continue to provide Leadership, Research and Teaching in Science of the Soil and Technology to remain a reference point in Soil Science Education east of the Niger. This is the third edition of this handbook.

 

Dr. (Mrs) B.N Aririguzo

Ag. HOD, SST

 


 

PAST HEADS OF THE DEPARTMENT

  1. Prof AGU               
  2. Prof E.T Ehett       
  3. Prof G.E. Osuji                  
  4. Prof Mrs N.N. Oti
  5. Prof E.U Onweremadu
  6. Prof. I.I Ekpe

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