The Bayero University Kano (BUK) has pledged continuous support to Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE).
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Mohammed Yahuza Bello, made the pledge in Kano during a courtesy visit by Sasakawa Global 2000 team.
The first Sasakawa Africa Fund for extension Education (SAFE) program in Nigeria was launched in 2002 at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Kaduna State.
The programme was aimed at contributing towards the agricultural development efforts of the country through the production of qualified human resources in the field of agricultural extension advisory services to serve the needs of smallholder farm families.
He said the university would continue to support Sasakawa SAFE programme in order to enable more students benefit from the programme for the production of qualified human resources especially in the field of agricultural extension advisory services in the country.
The Vice Chancellor called on the SG 2000 to continue to support the programme for the development and promotion of agriculture in Nigeria and Africa.
“The impact made especially with regards to SAFE programme in the university has enabled a number of students to benefit from the programme which has been absorbed into Nigerian universities.
Mr Katsuhiro Osako, Senior Executive Director, Sasakawa Global 2000, expressed satisfaction with the performance of the university in the implementation of SAFE programme.
He said Japanese government is concerned about the use of agriculture for economic development and has planned to implement various measures to support agriculture, hence the decision of the officials to meet with the government key partners in the Nigeria to fashioned a way out for development.
Prof. Sani Miko, Country Director, Sasakawa Global 2000, noted that the two of the SASAKAWA Directors were in Nigeria to deliberate with their key partners on how to move the programme forward and also to assess the success of the programme in Kano state.
“Raising supply of food by agricultural sector has, therefore, great importance for economic growth of a country.
The SAFE programme is currently being implemented in other universities including Adamawa state university, University of Ilorin and Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, among others.
The team had visited New Agricultural Economics and Extension Studio, Sasakawa Africa Association Enterprise Centre and Centre for Dry land Agriculture, all in the University.