By Aminu Ahmed Garko
The Acting Governor of Niger, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, has advised the Federal University of Technology, (FUT) Minna, to undertake research findings that would add value to agricultural development in the state.
Ketso said that the country’s dependence on crude oil revenue had led to its being unable to feed Nigerians in a statement on Monday.
The acting governor made the call when he received the members of the university’s governing council at the Government House, Minna.
He said that such research findings would help the country to become self-reliant and industrialised.
Ketso who described the university as a “value addition” to the country, assured its governing council of the state government’s cooperation.
Speaking earlier, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Prof. Femi Odekunle, expressed FUT, Minna’s s gratitude to the government and people of Niger for their consistent support to the institution.
He expressed the hope that the mutually beneficial relationship between the state and the university would be sustained.
Odekunle said the council would continue to ensure that FUT, Minna contributes its quota to the development of Niger.
In a related development, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, also pledged the cooperation of the traditional rulers to the university council.
Abubakar gave the assurance when the Council paid him a courtesy visit at his Wadata Palace in Bida.
The monarch pledged to contribute his quota to the development of the university.
He said that the doors of his palace would remain open to the council for royal advice.
Earlier, Odekunle had told the Etsu Nupe that the visit was to pay homage to him and thank him for his support to the university.
He assured the royal father the university would continue to live in harmony with its host community.
He said that FUT, Minna, was one of the most peaceful universities in the country.
According to him, this will not have been possible if the host community were not peaceful.