From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Vice Chancellor Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala has said that the Agricultural Complex of the university can aggressively transform Nigeria’s economy by making it the next exporter of agricultural products.
He stated this while declaring open a field day at a newly established demonstration farm at the Faculty of Agriculture.
Prof. Bala said the complex has all it takes to play such roles if relevant researches are conducted for good harvest.
According to him, apart from the fully fledged Faculty of Agriculture, the university also has such specialized institutes with national mandate as Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) and National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI).
He said arrangements are being put in place to establish an all-embracing research and innovation centre to encourage research efforts at the university.
The Vice Chancellor also said that agriculture is one of ABU’s strongest points as a citadel of learning.
He lamented that if other developing nations could get high yield, what stops Nigeria from achieving same feat given the availability of its fertile lands and resources.
The Vice-Chancellor also announced the intention of his administration to take over the university farms for commercial farming as a way of revenue generation for the university.
Prof. Bala, who commended the Faculty of Agriculture as well as the specialised agric institutes for organising the field day, said Nigerians must design a solution to their peculiar problems through research and innovation.