By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala has said that the University has concluded plans for a National symposium to proffer solutions towards solving farmers/herders crisis in the country.
Professor Bala disclosed this during the commissioning of “Learning Common” facility donated by Prof. Joseph Yayock to the Institute of Agricultural Research library .
The Vice-Chancellor who was represented by Prof. Zubair Abubakar-Sadeeq, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration said the university would use its agricultural complex to interrogate the issue and provide innovations towards revamping the sector.
To achieve this, Bala said, the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) among other establishments of Agriculture Complex of the university would have roles to play.
Adding that the university has convinced the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to listen to what is going to come out of the symposium.
The vice chancellor said the facility donated by Professor Joseph Yayock (learning common) would promote research and development which was a pathway to revamp agricultural sector.
In his remarks, Professor. Mohammed-Faguji Ishiyaku, Director, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) said the Learning Common donated to agric complex would scale up the knowledge base of the institute.
Ishiyaku said ” Learning Common ” sounds abstract but it is functionally critical in learning and utilization of learning resources.
The Director explained that “learning common” is a section of a library where people relax and enquire certain knowledge that are locked-up in the library.
“Before now, we don’t have such facility in agric complex library but the pioneer director of the institute has donated the facility worth N6m from his personal earnings.
”We highly appreciate this generous donation,” he said.
Similarly, Prof Ibrahim Umar, University Librarian said the university is excited about having the facility which is a paradigm shift from the traditional library system.
He said the facility would provide a serene environment for students and researchers to do their work.
Umar said the facility is divided into two sections, the first section is like a meeting place.
It has screen which can serve as television and it can be connected to the internet for e-resources.
He added that the secondary facility is meant for researchers and postgraduate students, they can use the facility to apply for books and do their research and collaborative work.