From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Government of Cuba has expressed readiness to collaborate with the University of Ilorin in the area of dairy farming.
The Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes, disclosed this when he visited the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, in his office.
The Ambassador, who was represented by the Principal Technical Director in the Embassy, Dr. Arauis Martinez, said that the door of the Embassy is always open to the University, explaining that he was in the University to identify areas of partnership.
A member of the Cuban Embassy delegation, Dr. John Tor-Agbidye, who represents a veterinary pharmaceutical development company, explained that Cuba as a country has greatly changed and transformed, noting that the country would be interested in Faculty-to-Faculty relationship.
He disclosed further that Cuba is the world leading nation in dairy products.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, in his address while welcoming the visitors thanked them for considering the University of Ilorin worthy of the Cuban partnership.
“We have the relevant experts and we will be glad to partner with you”,.
He added that the University plans to translate its 10,000 unoccupied hectares of land into investment, “and we are ready to finance such venture”.
The team from Cuba later held an exploratory meeting with staff of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Centre for International Education and the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training.