On the match again!!! This was the song that permeated the air on Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 as the Federal Polytechnic Ede under the able Leadership of the Rector, Bldr Patrick Hussaini flagged off Oil palm Tree Planting Campaign at the North Campus of the Institution. Ever since the initial Campaign of Tree Planting held at the South Campus on Friday 9th September, 2016, The Rector has not rested on his oars as validated by the event of Wednesday 5th October, 2016. Oil palm (Elaesis guineensis) is one the most important economic crops particularly in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. It is a crop of multiple value from which the following are produced: Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Kernel Cake (PKC), Cages, Cane furniture, thatch roof, log for roofing building etc to mention a few.
The federal government appears to be willing to revitalize oil palm produce in Nigeria. It would be recalled that in April 2010, the government launched a common fund to improve the income generating potential of oil palm in west and Central Africa. This initiative was developed by UNIDO and funding is shared between Nigeria, Cameroon, UNIDO and the private sector. It is in this spirit that the Rector Bldr Patrick Hussaini urged government at all levels in Nigeria to put in place policies that will encourage the populace especially the youth, to practice agriculture. He said that the project was not only for this generation, but for future generations yet unborn. The Rector also stated that the idea of palm oil plantation was to create awareness for the entire Polytechnic Community to take agriculture as a serious business so that people will not see it as just hoe and cutlass affair, but for them to be engaged in large scale farming with the use of machines and equipment. In his remark, the Chairman Agric Project Committee Mr. .M.B. Joseph stated that the establishment of the oil palm plantation of four Hectares of land can be considered a giant stride by the Federal Polytechnic, Ede to complement government efforts in evamping the ailing economy of the nation, to be self reliant and be on the best citadels of learning that embraced agriculture. Highlight of the occasion was the planting of the seeds by the Rector, Bldr Patrick Hussaini, the principal officers, the Academic Board Members and other top Polytechnic functionaries.