Food security: Al-Hikmah University to turn its vast lands to mechanised farmland

Prof. Noah Yusuf, Vice Chancellor, Al-Hikmah, Ilorin

Prof. Noah Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor, Al-Hikmah , Ilorin, says the institution will turn its vast hectares of land to a highly mechanised farming region to address food security challenges in the state.

Yusuf, while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Ilorin, said this was to make food available in the state and Nigeria at large.

The briefing was to herald activities of the 11th Convocation ceremony of the institution.

”The University farm has been harvesting various crops, sold at subsidised prices to the immediate University communities in Igbaja and Ilorin.

“Our plan is to turn the vast hectares of land in Igbaja into a highly mechanized farming region.

“This will boost the food security within
the axis and to the country at large,” the vice chancellor said.

For the convocation ceremony, Prof.
Yusuf said the university will be convoking 1,079 students; 28 with first class, 282 with second class upper , 532 with second class lower and 97 with third class and others with pass.

Following the high level of interest and increase in number of admission, the Vice -chancellor, said the university has completed plan to commence gradual movement of the campus from Adeta campus to Atere main campus following the congestion.

He called on philanthropists to assist the institution to provide quality education for Nigerians as number of admitted students for 2021 is 1,287.

“In the academic sphere, the University has established a Centre for Peace and Security Studies, as part of its determination to practically demonstrate the town and gown culture.

“We all know that threat to peace is the greatest challenge facing the country now more than ever before.

“As part of our effort at improving the academic culture of the University, the Inaugural Lecture Committee was constituted and current arrangements are underway to deliver the University’s Maiden Inaugural Lecture
anytime from now”, the VC said.

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