From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
THE Federal Government on Tuesday disclosed that the Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, Kebbi State would commence operation from September 2020.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, (FMARD), Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono revealed this while inaugurating the Interim Management Committee for the varsity in Abuja.
Speaking during the inauguration, Nanono said the University would ensure the introduction of new, flexible and locally relevant programmes towards strengthening the link between Agriculture and entrepreneurship.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the establishment of this University is a great addition to the fortunes of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as it will tremendously add to the national capacity in Agriculture and food security.”
In a statement by Ezeaja Ikemefuna, on behalf of the Director, Information FMARD, the interim management committee is constituted to facilitate the operational commencement of the institution.
According to him, “the Committee is not to be regarded as a Governing Board but an adhoc structure that is expected to work with the Interim Vice Chancellor to provide good governance on one hand and effectively implement projects and programmes on the other hand for the smooth take – off of the university pending the appointment of the Governing Board.”
The Minister tasked the Management of the University to harness the talents of the highly experienced individuals selected to serve in this committee for maximum impact for the benefit of the institution and the Nation.
To this end, the Minister spelt out the Terms of Reference of the Committee as follows:
- To lay a solid foundation for the emergence of a unique university that will develop the intellectual capability and skills towards the production of qualitative, entrepreneurial and self- reliant graduates thereby reducing the level of unemployment among graduates.
- To work with Federal Ministry of Education ,National Universities Commission , Kebbi State Government , the local community as well as other principal stakeholders in actualizing the smooth take off of the University
- To develop a practicable and acceptable academic brief in line with the aspiration of the Present Administration of job creation for the teeming Nigerians youths by entrenching entrepreneurship training as a precondition for graduation from the University, among others.
Responding on behalf of the Interim Committee, the Interim Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Prof. Bello Zaki Abubakar, pledged commitment of the committee to deliver on the mandate.
Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Dr. Mohammed Bello Umar, expressed optimism the school would commence on a very good start considering the caliber of scholars and experienced personnel on the committee.
Also in attendance was the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri and Senator Bala Na’allah.
The PS was represented by the Director, Special Duties, Alhaji, Zubairu Abdullahi.