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Dons Urged To Embark On Agricultural-Oriented Research

Posted: May 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase, Lagos

Researchers in Nigerian universities have been challenged to embark on researches that are developmental based and one that could boost the economy of the country through agriculture.

His Royal Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu (V), the Obong of Calabar, who is also the Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), made the call during his maiden visit to the university.

He said it had dawned on the leaders of the country that oil resources of the country could no longer sustain the nation’s economy.

“For so many years now, well-meaning Nigerians have been telling the leaders of this country, don’t depend on this oil, but we spent all our time depending on the oil, because it was easy to come by and nobody wanted to see where this money was actually invested.

“All they claimed was that we were representing the people and were acting in consonance, to defend the lives of the people. But today, we found out that it is not so. Everybody, who went there was to enrich his or her pocket, so, there is the need for us to look inward. And where do we go to now? It is agriculture,” he stated.

The Monarch further stated that it was a good thing that the country has Universities of Agriculture, which could spearhead the development of agriculture in Nigeria, saying “This institution (FUNAAB), has to play a very major role in the development of agriculture and I am happy that looking at the structure of this institution it embodies everything we can actually use in growing.”

He added that the entrepreneurial side of it can actually train people and go out to the field to make sure that farming actually affects the people. “We need to develop this university to make sure that it affects the people and not just by making researches that are not made use of.

“We need to look inward and this time around, we need to tie the government, hold them and drag them down to the positive side by investing in an institution like this and following it up by bringing out graduates that will go straight to doing what they are supposed to do and should not be those people, who are merely looking for employment that will never come,” he said.

“We will see what we can do and follow it from every angle and make sure that this development is soon because if we look at the terrain, we should not be buying food from anywhere. We are blessed in this country. We don’t need to just produce materials and then they are gone. We need to preserve what we have and how do we do that? It is by having stable electricity. We need to tidy up so many things that are affecting this country for us to actually progress. We cannot do without stable electricity and that is the only way we can have ample production. We waste our plantain, like in our area they all grow and ripe and they bring them out at the same time. They are all wasted; one tenth of it, the oranges too and so many others,” he stated.

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, appreciated the Chancellor for taking time out to visit and gave out a brief history, vision, mission, and various offices and staff profile of the University.