- for increasing the productivity of agricultural lands and sustainable environment.
- Well-versed in soil and water conservation techniques for sustainable land use and management
- Endowed with adequate knowledge and skills for scientific research and development (R & D) on globally relevant problems in soil and land management, environmental sustainability and quality control.
With theoretical and practical knowledge on the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing in soil and land Philosophy
Soil and land resources are the basic natural resources. Their care and management are equally basic to the survival of man and any nation. Soil and water (all anchored on land) are the most important resources which provide food, fiber and foundation for our existence. Indeed, Civilization rests upon the soil/land. The fundamental knowledge of soil science is a prerequisite to meeting the many natural resource challenges that face humanity in the 21st century and beyond. Sound training is consequently required for the sustainable use of these resources to serve mankind. The Department of Soil Science and Land Resources Management is therefore bent on producing graduates that are well versed in sustainable agricultural production, environmental quality control and sustainability. The Department believes that rapid changes in scientific approaches to soil studies and environmental issues including climate change impact on land qualities can only be well addressed by adequate and enhanced university training in soil and land resources management. Thus, this programme is designed to provide a broad theoretical and practical training in soil science and land resources management which are relevant in Nigeria in particular and the world at large. The general philosophy therefore, is to produce graduates with high academic standards, adequate background, and sound character and of immediate value to industry, the nation and the world in general.
The objectives of the department include to:
- meet the minimum standards stipulated by the National University Commission in terms of entry requirement, programme contents, organization, delivery and duration of courses.
- Provide students with broad-based education and training based on course programmes comprising courses drawn from inter- and intra-faculty courses.
- Provide the technological trainings based on practical, farm practices, laboratory works, field trips, tutorials and industrial attachments.
- Equip the graduates of the Department with the knowledge and expertise required to formulate, design, and implement research, evaluate and interpret data objectively, and communicate results of their work effectively in oral and written forms.
- Provide students with training in independent analytical and synthetic reasoning through individual final year project (the typical project may be purely experimental, field survey, etc to be presented in a written report) which must be orally defended by each student.
- Develop appropriate units of excellence in soil chemistry and biochemistry, soil physics and biology, soil fertility and management, environmental and natural resources conservation and management.
- produce graduates who are innovative, sound in training, who can make major breakthrough through transforming the agricultural economy and the environment of Nigerian thereby enhancing the quality of lives
- use available resources and facilities to encourage mutual interaction between students and professionals.
- generate income for the department, faculty and the University through consultancy services, various researches and effective application of these researches in different areas of Soil science and Land Resources Management as to meet local, national and international needs.
The programme aims specifically to produce graduates:
- With an in-depth knowledge and research capability in the fundamentals of soil science and land resources management
- With skills in soil and land management resources management.
- Equipped with the practical experiences to perform as scientists, agronomists, researchers, teachers and extension officers in lead academic, research and industry positions.
- Equipped with the capacity to become self-employed after graduation.