University of Maiduguri has accessed about four hundred million Naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria to engage in Agricultural research and food production in post COVID-19 era.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Aliyu Shugaba stated this during a media briefing in Maiduguri.
He said the fund would provide an opportunity for the University to venture into large scale commercial farming.
Professor Shugaba noted that programme when properly implemented will ensure food sufficiency not only to the university community but entire Borno state.
According to him, the institution has capacity and manpower to also engage in mass production of livestock to meet the required needs of people in the north east region.
The Vice Chancellor said the University is also collaborating with other government agencies and private individuals to carry out on research in all fields of agriculture.
On the Coronavirus pandemic, Professor Shugaba explained that the university has constituted a research team to holistically study the virus and have already come up with proposals for the project.
He said as part of its contribution in the fight against COVID-19, University of Maiduguri has produced locally hand sanitizers and face masks and distributed to frontline health workers, military fighting insurgency, Borno state government and media houses.
The Vice Chancellor expressed commitment to stimulate attitudinal change among academic and non academic staff and provide the needed resources for the University to carry out cotton-age research in diverse fields of study.
Professor Shugaba commended the federal government for commencing the construction of multibillion naira perimeter fencing and fortification of the University which will prevent further infiltration of the insurgents into the campus.