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FG commends UNILORIN’s N-Power  Farm initiative 



The Federal Government has indicated its readiness to deepen its engagement with the University of Ilorin in order to maximize the usage of part of the University’s 15,000 hectares land mass for agricultural purpose.
The Special Adviser to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, Mr. Mohammed Brimah, disclosed at the Unilorin Farms while commissioning the N-Power Business Ventures Farm.
Describing the N-Power Business Ventures Farm as “impressive” and one of the most successful social investment programmes (SIP) of the government, Mr. Brimah said that the Federal Government is hopeful that the N-Power programme would inspire the kind of initiative that has emanated from N-Power beneficiaries who have taken the initiative to collaborate with the University of Ilorin.
Mr. Brimah  said, “We are now moving to the promised land. Plans are in place to implement pending SIP and also commence State level SIPs”.
While elaborating on the N-Power programme,  the University of Ilorin alumnus said, “What we are doing here today serves as a typical example of what the Federal Government set up to achieve by running Social Investment Programmes in our country. We currently have over 520,000 N-Power youth across the country selected on an online platform.
“Their identities are authenticated through their BVN and bank details (submitted online) by NIBSS. The programme was initially designed to run for two years, after which the beneficiaries will exit the programme. It is expected that within the period of volunteering, you will have developed adequate skills, have access to finance, gathered relevant experience and also developed strong work ethics. There are various opportunities for N-Power volunteers to exit into permanent employment programmes”.
In his address on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. S.A. Abdulkareem, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Mikhail Buhari, noted that the University decided to key into the agricultural policy of the President by making further use of the University’s land for agricultural purposes, given that only 1,200 hectares were utilised over the last 40 years.
 Prof. Abdulkareem disclosed that the University had entered into partnership agreement with two different agricultural industries, which will make use of a total of about 12 hectares.
He explained that the University management has tackled the violation of the University Research Farm and other parts of the University campus by herdsmen through the provision of infrastructure such as schools and homes for the herders, some kilometres away from the core academic activities in the University.

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