The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to partner with the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) to maximise part of the university’s 15,000 hectares of land for agricultural purposes.
Mohammed Brimah, the Special Adviser to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, said this during the inauguration of the N-Power Business Ventures Farm at the UNILORIN Farms.
Brimah described the N-Power Business Ventures Farm as “impressive” and one of the most successful Social Investment Programmes (SIP) of the government.
“Plans are in place to implement pending SIP and commence state level SIPs.
“What we are doing here today serves as a typical example of what the Federal Government sets up to achieve by running Social Investment Programmes in our country.
“We currently have over 520,000 N-Power youths across the country selected on an online platform.
“Their identities are authenticated through their BVN and bank details submitted online by Nigeria Inter-Banks Settlement System (NIBSS).
“It is expected that within the period of volunteering, you would have developed adequate skills, have access to finance, gathered relevant experience and developed strong work ethics.”
The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, noted that the university decided to key into the agricultural policy of the Mr President by making further use of the university’s land for agricultural purposes.
He said only 1,200 hectares were utilised over the last 40 years and that the university had entered into partnership agreement with two different agricultural industries, which will make use of a total of about 12 hectares.