FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE ZURU… Echos of a Strong Voice.
Sequel to the appointment of Interim Management Committee and announcement of September 2020 for it’s take off ; the Newly established Federal University of Agriculture Zuru has become a reality.
It took efforts, determination, intensive lobbying and strong will to convince relevant stakeholders to buy in: the Senate, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, The Presidency among others.
With this development, Kebbi becomes the first State in the Country to host 2 Federal Universities ( non military) then followed by Katsina with Federal University Dutsen Ma and the recent Federal University of Transportation in Daura.
Worthy of note that : those behind the struggle to actualise the dream of an Agric University in Zuru must have spent days and nights pushing forward and doing the needful to ensure that no stone is left unturned.
One strong Voice that echoes all the times at the hallow Chambers of the Senate was that of Distinguish Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah representing Kebbi South Senatorial Zone, whose oratory prowess was articulative, convincing, enlightening and always focussed. He arguably proposed, debated, defended and got their buy, support and passage. The Senate deserves commendations for listening to voices of reason and accolades for responding to the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate.
Tasks and expectations for the latest Agriculture University in the Country are not only numerous but too challenging : the current trends in the sector tilted towards Precision, Smart and Automation Agriculture in which Artificial Intelligence is deployed for efficient performance.
Research in improved seeds, organic production, imputs, implements and other forms of mechanisation as well as improvements in post harvest management are also expected. Moreso that the New University takes off from an existing College of Agriculture Zuru: therefore, it becomes imperative to make it a Global Centre of Agricultural Excellence cognisance of the fact that Zuru Emirate, Kebbi South Senatorial Zone and Kebbi State in general have made indelible mark in Agricultural exploits over the years.
While Commending the efforts of Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah for this enviable feat; our prayers are also with the Senate Leader Senator Yahaya Abdullahi as he spearheads public hearing on the Bill to establish Federal College of Education Illo in Kebbi North Senatorial Zone.
Kudos to the Team Kebbi @ The Red Chambers.
Abubakar Bagudu Kalgo
Chairman, Editorial Board
Kebbi Daily News