By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Institute For Agricultural Research (IAR) has began its 100 years anniversary celebration with tree planting in the institute.
Speaking at the tree planting ceremony at the institute, the Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Kabiru Bala said that the issues of climate change is real and becoming a reality.
He said the tree planting by IAR is timely and called on all ABU staff to join in planting at least 10 trees in their homes to avoid being victims of climate change.
The Vice Chancellor who made it clear of his delight with the agricultural complex for its many research works, directed that such should be made available to public for development, which will attract people that will put them to use.
Bala also made it clear that there is a sharp contrast between ABU and Samaru area, where some streets have no single trees, despite many university staff reside in Samaru.
Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Director Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Professor Muhammad Faguji Ishiyaku said the institute has made tremendous achievements in the area of agricultural development in Nigeria.
He said tree planting is an opening activity of the 100 years anniversary celebration lined up by the institute.
Ishiyaku said it is worthy for those survived to witness the occasion, not that they were present in 1922 to help in the institute celebrate its achievement through this years.
Seedlings planted include, tamarin, arabian gum, paw paw, mango among other seedlings.
Also seedlings were distributed to members of staff and those of the agricultural complex of the university.