By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Vice Chancellor Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala has said that the university would soon begin to reward its academic staff for outstanding research findings and inventions.
Speaking at a meeting on the way forward for the institution’s Horticultural Garden, the Vice-Chancellor said doing so would tremendously promote excellence in teaching and research in the university.
He said any academic staff with outstanding research or remarkable invention would be adequately rewarded adding by his citation at Senate of the university in addition to presentation of certificate of appreciation.
The Vice-Chancellor, who warned that the university would not in any way reward indolence, also said that ABU has all the potentials to achieve greatness.
Prof. Bala disclosed that the university is in the process of developing a competency based curriculum to make all its products easily employable in the labour market after graduation or be self-employed.
The Vice-Chancellor also stressed the need for a big plantation of commercial trees from ABU Site II to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, saying that the university should equally have at least 20 hectares for conservation of indigenous trees for research purposes.
Professor Kabir Bala had earlier been presented with a document on the state of the university’s 8.11 hectare horticultural garden by Prof. M. Olu Akinola of Department of Agric Extension and Rural Development.
The document explicitly explained the structure of the garden, crops grown, observations, challenges and projections with a view to improving the place.
Dr. Ibrahim Madu Gadzama, Head, Department of Biology, who was also at the meeting, said ABU was endowed with land for conservation of indigenous trees for teaching and research.