A team from Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), led by Prof. B.Y. Abubakar has paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Kabir Bala.
The committee was in Zaria to visit the Agric Complex of the University, comprising the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS), Division of Agricultural Colleges (DAC) and National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI).
The import of ARCN’s visit was to among other things advocate for centralization of research administration in the Nigerian universities. Because, according to Prof. B.Y. Abubakar, “the governance structures as it is now, was designed to fail. Hence, the need to restructure and ensure follow-up, monitoring and implementation of projects.”
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, lamented that, “universities are not doing enough to improve agriculture.”
According to him, “there is nowhere agricultural complex is found comparable to that of ABU Zaria.”
“Agriculture has the potential to turn around the fortune of this country; and, ABU Zaria can contribute a lot here,” he noted.
However, Professor Bala further observed that, though the chain of “Government-Academia-Industry” is most preferable, but “the challenges are that, academics conduct the research while someone will not allow for the use of the research findings.”
“We need to define our research directions in this country. Are we researching for industrialization or just keeping the research findings at the shelves,” he said.
Public Affairs Directorate,
Office of the Vice-Chancellor,
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
11th November, 2020