Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar has pledged support for the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo.
Abubakar, who made the promise when the university’s acting vice chancellor, Prof. Christopher Eze paid him a courtesy visit, said the government will provide farm equipment, accessories, grants and other assistance to enhance economic growth, food security and nutrition.
He emphasised the importance of agriculture in environmental science and its significant contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.
Abubakar assured that the ministry would collaborate with the university to achieve these objectives, including boosting the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
Eze appreciated the minister’s commitment and his management’s achievements, despite the university’s limited resources and inadequate facilities. He called for assistance in areas such as farm equipment, gender advocacy grants, research grants and rural women development.
The ministry’s director of information, Anthonia Eremah confirmed that the minister promised to visit the university before his tenure’s end. The event’s high point was the presentation of a book on environment authored by the acting vice-chancellor to the minister.