Institute For Agricultural Research Organises Refresher Training For  Young Scientists



The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has organised a one-day refresher training for young scientists at the institute.

Christened, “Towards Effective Research and Development in IAR”, the training was declared open on Wednesday at Tanimu Balarabe Conference Hall, Institute for Agricultural Research, by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala.

 Represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Danladi A. Ameh, he described the training as timely and commended the research institute for putting together the event.

Prof. Bala, who stressed that agriculture as a discipline remains the university’s strength, explained that knowledge transfer to the younger ones is part of mentorship.

He said, it is appropriate for senior academics to mentor the younger ones through knowledge transfer at a training session such as this, noting that leadership without succession is a failure.

In his welcome address, the Executive Director, Institute for Agricultural Research Prof. Muhammad Ishiyaku Faguji, who gave an insight into the training programme, observed that there is dwindling standard in the way academic activities are carried out.

Prof. Faguji stressed that the academic delivery level must be raised if the younger academics are to benefit effectively from the wealth of experience of the older ones.

According to the Executive Director, the theme of the training was chosen to address the mentorship lapses and boost the morale of the younger scientists, saying that the training would sharpen the skills of the scientists, especially in the area of research.

Also speaking, the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Mukhtar Mahmud, was of the belief that the participants would benefit immensely from the training, given the wealth of experience of the resource persons. 

Some of the resource persons included Prof. Ado A. Yusuf, who spoke on “Sustaining Agricultural Development through Core Values: The Institute for Agricultural Research Perspective”; and Prof. E.B. Amans, who was picked to talk on “An Insight into the IAR-Faculty Relationship”.

Others were, Prof. I.U. Abubakar, who spoke on “Developing Research Questions and Hypothesis”; while Prof. L. Aliyu and Prof. Y. Oseni discussed, “Selecting Appropriate Study Design.


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