Buhari directs agric varsities to showcase technologies developed by students
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked agriculture universities to be showcasing technologies developed by their graduating students during convocation ceremonies, as government’s expectations from specialised agriculture universities include fast-tracking agricultural development, thereby helping to diversify the economy.
The President’s charge was announced, yesterday, at the 9th convocation ceremony of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, where 7,028 students graduated; 6,214 first degrees, 141 Post graduate diplomas, 505 masters and 143 doctorates.
Buhari, who spoke through Mr Didado Kumo of the National Universities Commission (NUC), said agriculture remains a critical sector of the nation‘s economy, both for reducing dependence on imported food and stimulating Agro-industrial to create jobs and reduce unemployment.
He added that the nation’s current agriculture policy places premium on value chain approach to research and development.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Otunta, noted that agriculture is of critical importance, given that sub-Saharan Africa has for many years recorded very week overall growth.
Otunta, the 5th Vice Chancellor, renewed the university’s perennial agitation for release of its take-off grant 27 years after.
During the ceremony that had in attendance, the university’s Chancellor, the Emir of Gombe Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar 111 and the Pro- Chancellor, Rt. Hon. Muhammadu Lawal Zayayana, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika was conferred with honorary doctorate degree.
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