From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
Bayero University, Kano State Nigeria on Friday, disclosed that it got a $20 million grant from the World Bank to facilitate research and development activities.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Yahuza Mohammed made the disclosure while signing a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU between the Centre and Dantata Foods and Allied Products Limited.
He said the grant, given to the varsity’s Centre for Dryland Agriculture is among seven other centres who got similar support in the country.
While stating that the grant would be given in three tranches, he said: “The centre initially got the grant of $8 million from World Bank, under the extension we got $5 million while the new center is going to get $6 million. So we are getting close to $20 million for research and development through the university.”
However, he noted that the MoU would promote research for the development of agriculture in the country.
“The importance of working together cannot be overemphasized. For the industry and academia, we need to work together not just to produce. The Dantata Foods and Allied Products Limited is playing a key role in the issue of value addition because within the period of colonization we were just producing raw materials that those who process them outside the country get much more than the farmers and others.
“We thank God that that is the reverse now with companies such as Dantata Foods and Allied Products Limited, where processing and value addition is going on,” the Prof. said.