News Investigators/ The Vice-Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin in Kwara, Noah Yusuf, says the institution will turn its vast hectares of land to a highly mechanised farming to boost food production in the state.
Mr Yusuf, a professor, gave this assurance in Ilorin while briefing newsmen on Tuesday on various activities lined up to mark the 11th Convocation Ceremony of the institution.
”The university has been harvesting various crops in its farm and sold them at subsidised prices to the immediate university workers and its communities in Igbaja and Ilorin.
“Our plan is to turn the vast hectares of land in Igbaja into a highly mechanised farming.
“This will boost food production within the axis and the country at large,” the vice-chancellor said.
O the convocation, Yusuf said the university would convocate 1,079 students; 28 with First Class; 282 with Second Class Upper, 532 with Second Class Lower and 97 with Third Class and others with Pass.
The vice-chancellor said the university had completed plan to commence gradual movement from the Adeta Campus to Atere Main Campus to decongest the campus following high level of interest and increase in number of admission.
He called on philanthropists to assist the institution to provide quality education for Nigerians, saying that 1, 287 had been offered admission for 2021 academic session.
“In the academic sphere, the university has established a Centre for Peace and Security Studies as part of its determination to practically demonstrate the town and gown culture.
“We all know that threat to peace is the greatest challenge facing the country now more than ever before.
“As part of our efforts at improving the academic culture of the university, the Inaugural Lecture Committee has been constituted.
“Arrangements are underway to deliver the University’s Maiden Inaugural Lecture anytime from now,” the VC said.