HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
On Monday 31st January, 1983; the Ogun State University opened its doors to its first set of students, amongst which were the students of the College of Agricultural Sciences including those admitted into the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology. The B. Agric. (Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology) was established in the University through the efforts of a Professor of Agricultural Extension, A. A. Jibowo, who was a member of the team that established the College of Agricultural Sciences and even the University as a whole.
Right from the onset, the programme was focused at providing training in the techniques of delivering technical agricultural technologies to the users.
Knowledge of the processes and methods of planning the delivery of agricultural technologies are deliberately emphasized for the training of present and prospective extension practitioners.
The department has graduated five sets of students. Some of the students are now holding responsible positions in the Agricultural Development Programmes, Academic Institutions, Research Institutions, Non-governmental Organizations, etc. The department has an academic journal (The Nigeria Rural Village Scheme) and serves as the national headquarters of the National Research Network of the Children in Agriculture Programme (CIAP) and the National Research Network on Pilferage in Agriculture Programme (NARNPA).
Through its outreach extension programme (Olabisi Onabanjo University Extension Village Scheme), it provides services to rural communities within the environment of the University.
Importantly, it maintains effective networking arrangement with relevant departments/institutions.
The Academic staff strength, which started with about three full-time members has grown to about ten staff with expertise in the different areas of extension communication and rural sociology. The Audio-visual Laboratory of the Department is used for communication support, functional training and research for functional teaching, research and services to rural communities. There is a chief Audio-visual Technologist and Laboratory Assistant.
The department introduced the B.Sc. Home Economics Programme in the 1995/96 academic session which it later transformed into B.Sc. Home and Hotel Management in the 1997/98 academic session.
This programme was nurtured by the department until it was weaned and became a separate department with effect from the 1998/99 academic session.
The students enrolment for the B.Agric (Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology) is very high, about the second highest in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Philosophy, Aims and Objectives
The courses in the Department are designed to adequately equip students with the comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for research and training in Agricultural Extension and Community development.
The objectives of the Programme are:
a) Provide training in the techniques of delivering technical agricultural technologies to end users;
b) Impact the knowledge of the process and methods of planning delivery of agricultural technologies present and prospective extension practitioners;
c) Provide theoretical knowledge and practical exposure to students so as to prepare them for professional extension work in relevant agencies;
d) Form a basis of theoretical knowledge, which can be strengthened through postgraduate training for those that may be interested and capable of pursuing higher degree after graduation.
Admission and Graduation Requirements
Candidates are admitted into the Undergraduate programme as full time students
For admission into the 100 Level of the degree programme, the following requirements must be satisfied:
a) A score of not less than 200 marks (50%) at the UME Organized by JAMB
b) A score of not less than 20 marks in the Post JAMB Screening Examination organized by the University.
c) 5 Credits at WASC/SSCE/GCE Ordinary Level at not more than two sittings in subjects, which include English language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science.
For admission into the 200 level of the degree Programme the following requirements must be satisfied:
2 relevant subjects passed at HSC/GCE A/L in addition to at least 3 Credits at WASC/SSCE/GCE O/L at not more than two sittings in subjects which include English language, Mathematics and Chemistry or.
OND passed at not less than lower Credit level in Agriculture or any Agricultural Discipline / cooperative management.
In addition, not less than 5 credits at WASC / SSCE / GCE Ordinary Level at not more than two sittings in subjects, which include English language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science, must also be obtained.
NCE Agriculture (double major) or NCE Agriculture / Biology and other relevant subjects passed at least at credit level in addition to 5 credits at WASC / SSCE / GCE Ordinary Level requirement at not more than two sittings in subjects, which include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Sciences, must also be satisfied.
For admission into 300 level of the degree programme the following requirements must be satisfied:
HND with at least Credit pass in Agriculture or any other Agricultural Discipline in addition to at least 4 credits pass at WASC / SSCE / GCE Ordinary Level at not more than two sittings in subjects which include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Sciences must be obtained.
Students that are admitted directly into 300 level shall be exempted from the one-year practical (Internship) programme.
To graduate, a student shall have undergone 4 or 5 years of study depending on his entry point, including one practical year of 12 months. The activities of the practical year should include periodic seminars on the student’s work as a way of stimulating interest as well as the presentation of a written report to be graded at the end of the year.