History and Progression of the Polytechnic
Binyaminu Usman College of Agriculture, Hadejia was established in 1992 as one of the Campuses (Colleges) of the State Polytechnic. The College was temporarily sited at Famfo Goma in Hadejia town in 1992 and in 1995 the College was moved to its permanent site at Yamidi Village about eight (8) kilometers from Hadejia off Kafin Hausa road.
Due to insufficient land for expansion, the Government acquired a land of about 3.5 square kilometers in the year 2009 along Hadejia – M/Madori road. The development of the site commenced in 2010 with E.T.F. (TETFUND) support.
Between the year 2012 to 2014, the State Government has invested in several structures worth about Nine Hundred Million (N900m) Naira which include the development of Administrative Block, a Lecture Hall, Students’ Hostel, Laboratories and Class Boom Blocks, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Center, Computer Department Block, Entrepreneurship Center, Library Complex, Main Gate, Motorized Borehole and Overhead Tank, Two (2) Three-Bed Rooms and Two (2) Two-Bed Rooms Staff Houses and provision of more than Four (4) kilometers tarred road network in the College, a modern Orchard with drip irrigation system and a Poultry Farm with over four thousand (4,000) birds.
The College was established with greater emphasis on professional courses designed to produce Agricultural Extension workers capable of applying modern techniques in direct agricultural production. The graduates of the College depending on their areas of specialization should be able to assist in managing arable crops, forest plantations, livestock production and management as well as extension services. The College became autonomous in 2007 as an independent Monotechnic under LAW NO.II of 2007.
Past and Present Leadership
The administration of the College started in 1992 under the then Jigawa State Polytechnic, Kazaure with Muhammad A.Sale as its pioneer Interim Director. In 1993, Dr. Shehu Ado Garki took over the College as the substantive Director, who later handed over to Mallam Kabiru Abdu Kila as the College Director in 1998. In the year 2000, Sadisu Buhari Babura took over until 2006 when Nasiru Ibrahim became the Director. Dr. Usman Haruna became the pioneer Provost of the College in 2009 and in September 2012, Professor Muhammad Auwal Hussaini was appointed as Provost of the College.
The College had four (4) Academic Departments, namely, Department of Agricultural Technology, Department of Animal Heath and Production, Department of Forestry, Wild Life, Fisheries and Eco-tourism and Department of General Studies up to September 2013, when the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) granted the College approval for the establishment of additional programmes which led to the establishment of three (3) more Departments, namely, Department of Home and Rural Economics, Department of Computer Science and Department of Fisheries Technology.
In terms of Programmes development, the College started with Certificate and Ordinary Diploma Courses until 2005 when it gained the approval of NBTE to mount its first National Diploma (ND) in Forestry Technology. By 2010, three (3) more ND programmes (Agricultural Technology, Animal Health and Production and Wildlife and Ecotourism) along with Pre-ND were introduced. In 2013 five (5) more National programmes were granted approval by NBTE, namely, ND in Home and Rural Economics, Fisheries Technology and Computer Science in addition to two (2) Higher National Diploma Courses in Animal Production and Forestry Technology.