ELENWA, Caroline Obinedo (DR)

The Current Head of Department


The Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AERD) was created out of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics/Extension in November 2017. It is one of the Departments in Faculty of Agriculture. The Department runs a five (5) year undergraduate programme that leads to the award of Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.) degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.

Besides, the Department also runs Postgraduate Programmes in Agricultural Extension Administration, Agricultural Extension Communication, Community and Rural Development and Rural Sociology. The Department started with forty-five year one undergraduate students, five pioneer academic staff and three non-academic staff. It currently has quiet over three hundred students from years one to five.

Staff list in the Department

Elenwa, Caroline ObinedoReaderAgricultural Extension, Youth and Women Development, Entrepreneurship, Rural Sociology, Rural and Community Development, Environmental Education and,
Isife, Benjamin IfeanyichukwuProfessorAgricultural Extension and Administration, Environmental Education, Rural and Community Development, Agricultural technology transfer and;
Nlerum, Franklin EzihoProfessorAgricultural Extension and Administration, Environmental Education, Rural and Community Development, Agricultural technology transfer and;
Emah, George Nwimene ProfessorRural Sociology, Rural Development, Agricultural Extension, Rural Poverty
Harry, Ariamebo TobinSenior LecturerAgricultural Extension and Administration, Technology /
Leton De-Great, Kasi BlessingLecturer llAgricultural Extension and
Adolphus, Gold (Mrs)Assistant LecturerYouth Development and
Manoa, Eveth ArthurAssistant LecturerRural Sociology and Youth
Otto, Chisa Bridget (Mrs)Assistant LecturerRural
Assor, Gloria WigoSenior Confidential SecretarySecretarial
Iwedi, Kelechi JohnAdministrative Officer
Elenwo, Waku Peggy Higher Executive
Agwor, Monica OdicheAssistant Executive OfficerAdministration
Nwaokoro, Peace Senior Clerical OfficerClerk


  • The objectives are to train and produce professionally and technologically qualified persons to meet the professional man-power requirements of the state and Nigeria in general. Specifically, the programme is designed to produce trained manpower that will:

  • i. Undertake formal training of personnel that perform the functions of transfer of agricultural innovations or technologies from the developers to farmers as well as taking

  • ii. farmers’ problems and needs to agencies concerned (e.g. research institutes, universities, non-governmental organizations, parastatals, multi-national organizations, ministries and international development agencies).

  • ii. Undertake informal training of farmers on modern technologies as well as adaptation and improvement of indigenous ones.

  • iii. Undertake needs assessment of rural communities with a view to evolving appropriate
    agricultural and community development programmes.

  • iv. Assist government and non-governmental organizations in the planning of agricultural
    and community development projects and programmes.

  • v. Assist through educational and advisory processes, collaboration with community
    development agencies, improves the quality of rural life of the people in the neighbouring
    communities through outreach programmes.

  • vi. Deal primarily with the ways of working with rural people to improve their living

  • vii. Conduct research and to provide a comprehensive and adequate programme of higher
    education at undergraduate and Post graduate levels for leaders in the field of
    Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.


The fundamental philosophy of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development is to equip students with knowledge of Extension and Rural Development necessary for proper extension service delivery and community development activities in our country. Agricultural Extension starts with the concept of extension as an educational activity. The concept deals primarily with the purposes and ways of working with people both in rural and urban areas where change in attitude, knowledge and skills are most required while rural development is a process by which a set of technical, social, cultural and institutional measures are implemented for the inhabitants of rural areas with the aim of improving their socio-economic conditions.