Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has entered into a partnership arrangement with LEADERSHIP Group in order boost its efforts aimed at improving the small and medium scale businesses through robust agricultural activities.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday when the Vice Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Felix Kolawole Salako paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos office of LEADERSHIP Group on a courtesy visit.
Speaking during the visit, Professor Salako reiterated the university’s commitment and mandate to support and improve Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME) in the country, through its careful selection, cross breeding, on-station and on-farm testing that have developed locally-bred chickens and now production of more varieties of food including cassava to feed Nigerians.
Harping on the initiative, the VC called for support from the media organizations and the government, saying if the media do their part in relaying the mandate of the university to Nigerians and the government back them in ensuring that their products sell the country would be able to feed Nigerians.
Speaking on the contributions of FUNAAB in providing food for the country, Salako said, “We are highly involved in intensive and economic production of some agricultural commodities, particularly cassava. We are also involved in oil palm production and horticultural products. We have translated all these to some products.”
The VC who pointed out that FUNAAB is highly involved not just in teaching nor in research but also in food production, revealed that the university is now working on a bigger scale on a cassava processing factory which is bigger than what they had before.
In his response, the Chief Operating Officer (COO), LEADERSHIP Newspaper, Mr Dele Fanimo who received the Vice Chancellor urged him to robustly engage the media in the affairs of the university.
He said frantic efforts should be made by FUNAAB to reach out to the media and also see that the organisations are invited to Abeokuta to see things for themselves and be able to do an extensive report that would generate curiosity from people in the northern and other parts of the country.
According to him, such awareness created through the media would make people visit FUNAAB and see things for themselves.
Fanimo stressed that LEADERSHIP is ready to support the university’s initiatives.
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