Is Nigeria's food basket moving to Kwara state?

The University of Ilorin in Kwara State says it has earmarked 5,000 hectares from its 15,000 hectares land mass for allocation to interested staff and students for commercial farming.

Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, announced the farming plan in Ilorin on Tuesday at the official presentation of items purchased by the 1988 University set of the Faculty of Agriculture.

Abdulkareem said the contribution was a bid to key into the Federal Government’s efforts to make Nigeria a food basket of Sub-Saharan Africa.

He said that the university had begun the process of accessing loan facilities of about 2 billion Naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to drive the farming scheme.

He also explained that the institution was currently using just 5% of the total 15,000 hectares of its land mass.

The vice-chancellor believes that the initiative would not only put the land up for productive use but also boost the country's economy.

He gave the assurance that the university would also key into the Federal Government’s Ranching Programme, as a way of finding a permanent solution to the herdsmen/farmers’ clashes.

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Abdulkareem commended members of the 1988 set, for procuring items worth one million Naira for their Faculty and appreciated them for the sacrifice.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Professor Mikhail Buhari, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Technology and Innovation however, described the 1988 set as 'good ambassadors’ of the university.

He said that the institution had begun the compilation of names of its alumni, home and abroad for possible connection and synergy between it and their respective places of work.

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He urged the members of the set of the faculty to join the main alumni body of the university to collectively move it forward.

Dr Olajumoke Ojo, President of the set, who presented the items to the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Gbadebo Olaoye, said the gesture was to contribute their quota toward the development of their Alma Mater.

The items presented were a generator set, three sets of public address system, incubator, deep freezer, table, executive chairs and Water Acid Tester.

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