The management at the Federal University of Ilorin is taking concrete steps towards actualizing the Federal Government’s Poultry Revival scheme.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Management Service of the University, Prof. Mikhail Buhari explained about it and said that the Institution has discussed thoroughly the poultry revival scheme with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) besides other partnering banks.
He added that the University is set to go beyond the four walls of the classrooms while honing student skills students academically as well as practically through ensuring they are exposed the practical and the commercial aspect of the studies they are in.
The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Ilorin, Prof. Job Atteh said in his address that the Faculty is working in partnership with a private organization. He has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at handling the production of 5,000 broilers.
He revealed that the university only has research units thus the purpose of bringing in the other parties is to help with their commercialization capital which the institution lacks presently.
Atteh made it known that the experts in the Faculty handle the growth of the birds, while the other parties give the structure of the poultry besides providing birds and their feeds.
According to this Professor, it’s the first time students are witnessing a huge production of broilers in such commercial quantity. Adding that this partnership will motivate students, and pave the way for their extensive knowledge enhancement of poultry farming at the undergraduate level, it will prove highly useful for them in the future.
The University of Ilorin had earlier this year gone into partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria to utilize a 15,000 hectare of landmass that the school has put aside for agricultural purpose.
The Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, Mohammed Brimah, illustrated the project as an excellent and successful Social Investment Programme (SIP).