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Inability to pay serious attention to research has been described as the missing link in the development of agriculture in the country.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state who made this observation when he received the Governing council of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike said that tertiary research institutions occupy important place in the scheme of things in the country.
The Governor,who said that without research, it would be difficult to grow the economy, promised to support the activities of the institution.
Dr Ikpeazu revealed that his administration has concluded plans to give agriculture serious attention as the government is thinking of everyone in the state including himself owning a farm to boost food production.
The Governor said that the state will leverage on the advantages of the Michael Okpara university, adding that the state expects to be the first beneficiary of whatever research outcome from the institution.
He promised to hold discussion with the SSG and commissioner for lands with a view to seeing how to make the survey plan of the institution available to them.
In his remark, the pro chancellor and chairman of council of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, prof Anya O Anya said they came to formally introduce the new vice chancellor of the university, prof Francis Otunta to the Governor and appealed to the Governor to release to the university the survey plan to enable them resolve the problem of encroachment on the institution’s land.
Prof Anya said the school is ready to partner with the state to change the agricultural landscape of the state using the Songhai model and requested the Governor to visit the university to see the transformation that has taken place in the institution.
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