The establishment of Universities of Agriculture came into effect on l January 1988 following a demerger process that resulted in simultaneous coming on stream of the two Universities of Agriculture located in Makurdi in Benue State, and Abeokuta in Ogun State. A third one located in Umudike in Abia State was established in 1992.
The Federal Government of Nigeria had by the end of 1983 established seven new Universities of Technology, four of which were rationalized in 1984 by merging them with, and as campuses of bigger and more established Universities as a cost saving measure. Following the initiatives and reports of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the establishment of Universities of Agriculture, the government carefully reviewed the situation against the background of the success stories of Agricultural Universities worldwide and decided to opt for converting the two campuses at Makurdi and Abeokuta into full fledged specialized Universities of Agriculture.
A total of 2,291 students received their first degree certificates during the 21st Convocation Ceremony of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) held on Saturday, 24th January 2015.
Speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Emmanuel Kucha, said that three of the graduands bagged First Class degrees.
He added that the university graduated a total of 471 postgraduate students with 20 of them bagging Doctorate degrees.
In his address, the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Chike Udenze, called on the staff and students to ensure that the prevailing peace and stability on campus was sustained in order to ensure the rapid growth of the University and the development of agriculture in the country.
He appealed to public spirited individuals as well as the Institution’s alumni, to assist the University, particularly, by providing infrastructure and facilities for the hosting of the 25th edition of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) by the University later in the year.
The highlight of the Convocation was the conferment of the University’s honorary degree on a former Chief of Defense Staff and current Chairman of the Subsidy Re-Investment Programme (SURE-P), retired General Martins Luther Agwai, for his contribution to peace and security in Nigeria and abroad.