By Mohammed Baba Busu
The Academic Staff Union of Colleges of Agriculture, Plateau State, has lauded the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono for appointing Prof. Garba Sharubutu as Executive Secretary of Agric Research Council of Nigeria.
This, the union said, would lead to an increased productivity and bring speedy development to the agricultural sector.
This is contained in a statement by the Union’s chairman, Mohammed Abdu, in Jos on Sunday.
The union expressed happiness with the appointment, considering Sharubutu’s developmental strides as the Provost, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Vom, Plateau.
According to the statement, “we are not only delightful with the appointment but pledge our complete support to the professor to succeed in his place of assignment”.
” This support is based on his intelligence, integrity, drive for sustainable development and competence.
” Being an academic union (intellectuals), we are proudly presenting veritable evidence of these attributes
” He has created departmental offices for effective service delivery and for improved standard of education and agricultural output.
” The centre has trained students and the general public on tailoring and fashion designing, hair dressing and pedicure/manicure, hand and machine knitting, catering services and interior decoration among others.”
The statement said Sharubutu, during his time as provost, also created college of consultancy company for improved Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), to support government’s efforts in funding the college.
“In terms of capital projects, it includes construction of radiology laboratory, classroom blocks, procurement of classroom chairs, construction of student hostels, computer laboratory, audio visual laboratory, among others.
” In view of the above, we hail and salute the Hon. Minister of Agriculture, the Permanent Secretary and all those achievers that strongly believe that the appointment of the Professor will revolutionise agricultural research in Nigeria, ” the statement said.
Abdu also congratulated Sharubutu and urged him to remain committed to the development of the agricultural sector and the country at large.
The statement assured the new Executive Secretary of the union’s support, to enable him to succeed.