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Buhari charges agric varsities to bridge food insecurity gap

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Buhari charges agric varsities to bridge food insecurity gap

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the country’s agricultural universities to close the food insecurity gap and address the nation’s dependence on imported food.

He said that specialized universities must play their crucial role in cataloging the development of the agricultural sector, to help the Federal Government achieve its goal of a sustainable green economy.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Buhari said this on Saturday, at the 10th convening ceremony of the Michael Okpara Umudike University of Agriculture (MOUAU), Abia.

The president, who is the visitor to the university, was represented by Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the government looked to universities as the main drivers of the agricultural sector.

Buhari, who admitted that Nigeria is currently facing the funding challenge, however, said its endowments far outweighed the limitations.

MOUAU Foreign Minister Alhaji Shehu Abubakar praised President Buhari and the university leadership for the smooth running of the institution.

Abubakar, the Emir of Gombe, congratulated the graduates and urged them to be ambassadors for the university at any time.

He congratulated the university’s host communities for their cooperation and called on relevant government agencies to reach out to alleviate the problems hampering the school’s rapid development.

Earlier in his address, the rector, Prof. Maduebibisi Iwe, revealed that a total of 6,606 students graduate from the university, of which 4,115 belong to the 2018/2019 academic year at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Iwe, who is the sixth vice chancellor, in his breakdown, said that 5,817 obtained a bachelor’s degree, 92 with a postgraduate diploma, 454 with a master’s and 243 with a doctorate.

“Of the 5,817 first-grade graduates, 92 earned first-class honors; 1,775 with second-class honors in the top division; 2,905 had second-class honors in the lower division, 1,226 with third class and 18 with passing, ”he said.

We said that the university had made a lot of progress, but asked for a significant infusion of funds for the improvement of its physical environment.

reports that the university awarded honorary degrees to four distinguished Nigerians in recognition of their positive contributions to society.

The winners are: Oba Akeem Ogungbangbe, Ajagbusi-Ekun VI Owaloko from Iloko-Ijesa, Osun; Alhaji Usman Kansila, Founder, UYK Nigeria; Dr. Cosmas Maduka, founder and president of Coscharis Group and Mr. Chika Ikenga, founder and CEO of Eunisell.

Source: NAN

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