Leadership of the University of IIorin says it has approved the allocation of 5000 hectares of land to its staff and students who are interested in commercial farming.
To this effect, the institution will be using five per cent of the total 15,000 hectares of its land mass solely for the purpose of farming.
This disclosure was made today by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem at the official presentation of items worth one million naira to the University by the Faculty of Agriculture set of 1988.
The items presented include a generator set, three sets of public address system, incubator, deep freezer, table, executive chairs and Water Acid Tester.
While giving his speech, the vice chancellor represented by Mikhail Buhari, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Technology and Innovation, said that this contribution is aimed at complimenting the efforts of the Federal Government in the Agricultural sector to make Nigeria self sustaining and a steady supplier to Sub Saharan Africa.
Although it was not revealed if the donated items would be used for successful output on the allocated land, Abdulkareem explained that the decision to allocate the land would serve essentially as a boosting strategy for the country’s economy.
While commending the set for the gesture, He said that the institution is vested in ensuring that the its current and past students maintain healthy synergy that would be beneficial to the country.
President of the set, Olajumoke Ojo noted that the items which were collectively purchased by members of the set is the right way of giving back to the University that molded them into individuals they are presently.
Ojo also appreciated the University for its effective role in placing University education in the forefront of Nigeria’s Education and Agricultural sector.