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WELCOME TO DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES, AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES TECHNOLOGY

PHILOSOPHY

The Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology was established to provide learning ground for high level manpower development for fisheries and aquaculture subsector of the agricultural sector of the economy. This is achievable through unequalled service delivery in training, research and community services that will add value to the challenges of food security in Nigeria, bridge the gap between supply and demand of fish and allied products in Nigeria economy and raise the nutritional status of an average Nigerian.

VISION

The vision of the Department of Water Resources Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology (WAFT) Federal University of Technology, Minna is to make the Department a centre of excellence in freshwater resources studies, research and development, through a multi- disciplinary practical approach to research, training (impart knowledge) on the development, utilization and conservation of Fisheries resources

MISSION

The Water Resources Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, Minna programme at the Federal University of Technology was drawn up in full appreciation of the broad national objectives as well as the specific objectives enunciated in the various National Development plans, the requirements of the National Policy on Education and the minimum academic standard laid down by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The mission of the Water Resources Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology programme is to raise the creative capacities and capabilities of the students so as to enable them explore and effectively transform Water and Fisheries resources of their environment into high quality goods and services.

The deliberate orientation of the programme towards production technology implies a pragmatic application of scientific and technological knowledge as well as raising the level of organizational efficiency towards creating tools for optimum production.

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Water Resources Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology started as Fisheries Technology Unit of the Department of Animal Production established in 1987. In view of her strength, the unit was later elaborated to become the Department of Animal Production and Fisheries on October, 1, 1989. Each unit became independent in 1991 when the former Department was split into the Department of Animal Production and the Department of Fisheries Technology.

The Department of Fisheries Technology became more elaborate with the full expression of the options; Fish Reproduction and Genetics, Fish Nutrition, Hydrobiology, Fish Pathology and Fish Post-harvest Technology. These areas have been strengthened in terms of manpower and facilities to become units. Presently, degree programmes are offered up to PhD level in the areas of Fish Reproduction and Genetics, Fish/Aquaculture Nutrition, Limnology, Fish Biology, Fish Post- harvest Technology.

Since her inception, the academic status has been on the increase with one academic staff that started the teaching of Fishery courses in the school under the General Programme in 1987, to sixteen academic staff with thirteen on seat, one Senior Technologist, two Principal Fishery Assistants, two Senior Farm Assistants, one Senior Artisan, one Confidential Secretary/Typist 3 and one Senior Clerical Officer.

The Department has strengthened her research activities through the National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) – 1997-1999, International Foundation for Science (IFS) research – 1997-1999, and the NUC funded researches. It has featured prominently in national and international exhibition particularly the NUC Research and Development Fair of 2004, and being the Department that represented the only university that exhibited at the last Fish for All Summit of August 21-25, 2005. The Department also, won World Bank STEP-B Innovators of Tomorrow grant in 2010 and Tetfund Institutional Based Research Grant in 2015.  

The Department has contributed her quota to community service through her collaborative activities with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Development Project at the state level. Her members of staff are engaged as resources persons to these organizations, the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Food and Agricultural Organization under the National Special Programme for Food Security.

In view of the wind of strategic planning blowing across the university system, the Department has executed the first stage of her strategic plan with the attendant modification of her nomenclature to fully reflect the tripartite nature of her curriculum, with the modified name as Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology as approved by the university senate, having gone through Academic Planning and Curriculum Development Committee and once submitted as a memorandum to the last NUC visitation team to the university. This is aimed at refocusing the programme to meet the current challenges.

Lastly, it is noteworthy that the programme has made it through the last three accreditation exercises with FULL ACCREDITATION granted in 1991, 1999 and 2007.

 VISION

The vision of the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology (WAFT), Federal University of Technology, Minna is to make the Department a centre of excellence in freshwater resources studies, research and development, through a multi- disciplinary practical approach to research, training (impart knowledge) on the development, utilization and conservation of Fisheries resources. 

MISSION

The Water Resources Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology's , Minna programme at the Federal University of Technology was drawn up in full appreciation of the broad national objectives as well as the specific objectives enunciated in the various National Development plans, the requirements of the National Policy on Education and the minimum academic standard laid down by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The mission of the Water Resources Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology programme is to raise the creative capacities and capabilities of the students so as to enable them explore and effectively transform Water and Fisheries resources of their environment into high quality goods and services.

The deliberate orientation of the programme towards production technology implies a pragmatic application of scientific and technological knowledge as well as raising the level of organizational efficiency towards creating tools for optimum production.

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