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NIAE Advocates Creation Of Directorate To Enhance Members' Progression In Service

The Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAC), Akwa Ibom Chapter, has called for the creation of a Directorate of Agricultural Engineering in the Ministry of Agriculture to encourage progression of its members in the civil service. The state coordinator of the Association, Mr Augustine Ubong, an Engineer, disclosed his members' agitation during the just concluded first State Conference, Exhibition and NIAE week in Uyo, recently. At the event which was declared open by the commissioner for agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, the state coordinator of the Association said a letter with relevant document has been forwarded to government on the need for a Directorate to be created in the Ministry of Agriculture to encourage staff development. Ubong said the implication of this was that, "very soon we will have more Agricultural Engineers growing up in the Civil Service to become Directors and Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Agriculture and other MDAs. He maintained that the creation of the Directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture would enable practitioners to show more commitment in the fabrication of modern farm equipment and development of innovations in many areas of Agricultural value chain for the realization of food sufficiency in the state and Nigeria generally. Ubong was optimistic that their agitation at the state conference, attended by the national coordinator of NIAE, Dr Shuaibu Musa, would receive the attention of the state government for implementation in the state, considering the fact that Directorates have been created for Livestock; Veterinary; Fishery; and others in the Ministry. Ubong, who was presenting his scorecard of achievements to the audience on the event, said NIAE, under his watch, has produced the number one Agricultural Engineer in the world and the first in Africa to become the president of CIGR, in the person of Professor Akindele Alonge of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo (UNIUYO). He said students of Agricultural Engineering, operating under the umbrella of Agricultural Engineering Student Association (AGESA), have been carried along in the activities and programmes of NIAE to enable them have a good sense of belonging as evidenced in the organization of technical tours, which have helped them in providing a bridge for ease of adoption in relevant industries during industrial attachment upon his Association's recommendations. Ubong added that the NIAE, under his leadership, has organized a virtual paper presentation on webinar that attracted participants from India; United States of America (USA) members in Nigeria as well as Agricultural Engineers in other countries across the globe and promised to mobilize his members to close ranks with the state towards the realization of food sufficiency in the state.

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