KWASU to part­ner Heart and Cap­i­tal for cul­ti­va­tion of 500 hectares

Business Day (Nigeria) - - AGRIBUSINE­SS - SIKIRAT SHEHU, Ilorin

The Kwara State Univer­sity, (KWASU), Malete, has de­clared its readi­ness to part­ner with Heart and Cap­i­tal Nige­ria Lim­ited, an indige­nous agri­cul­tural revo­lu­tion­ary com­pany, for the cul­ti­va­tion of about 500 hectares of land to drive en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment in the state.

Ab­dul­rasheed Na’al­lah, a pro­fes­sor of Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture and Vice Chan­cel­lor of the institutio­n, stated this af­ter sign­ing a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU), with the co-founders of Heart and Cap­i­tal Lim­ited, Umar Oba Ade­lo­dun and Ab­dulqauwiy Olododo.

Na’al­lah noted that the event was his­toric and im­por­tant be­cause the founders of the com­pany were alumni of the institutio­n.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the idea of the founders of the com­pany was to high­light the prin­ci­ple of en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment in the school.

The vice- chan­cel­lor how­ever urged the com­pany to go be­yond plan­ta­tion and process the produce for

ex­port.

“The prob­lem we have in Nige­ria is not about land, but lack of strate­gies to make our land use­ful. The act of smart­ness is to go be­yond plan­ta­tion and process for ex­port to in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

“It is there­fore our goal to pro­mote you to the world be­cause there is no way par­ents will want their chil­dren to come down”, he said.

He, how­ever, urged the com­pany not to dis­ap­point the con­fi­dence the univer­sity had in the com­pany.

“Our aim since the in­cep­tion is to produce grad­u­ates like them, who will not be roam­ing about the street search­ing for jobs.

“We have trained and em­pow­ered them, we have shown them the world in ways that they must cre­ate wealth and must not be ser­vant to any­body and they must cre­ate em­ploy­ment.

“We are there­fore proud of you be­cause you are al­ready role mod­els on the cam­pus. Hav­ing come to­gether, I want to charge you that idea are cen­tral to success, the sky is your limit,” he fur­ther said.

The KWASU boss ex­pressed will­ing­ness and readi­ness to en­cour­age for­mer stu­dents of the univer­sity to come up with gen­uine ideas that would ben­e­fit the coun­try.

Ear­lier, Umar Ade­lo­dun, co-founder of the com­pany, stated that the univer­sity would pro­vide the land while the firm would do the cul­ti­va­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the firm was to grow eco­nomic and com­pli­men­tary tree crops such as cashew and others.

He com­mended the vicechan­cel­lor for his lead­er­ship role, adding that the firm would for­ever be grate­ful for trust and con­fi­dence that the univer­sity had in them.

In his sub­mis­sion, Ab­dulqauwiy Olododo, who dis­closed that the project could pro­vide over 200 di­rect jobs, stated that it would con­trib­ute im­mensely to the state econ­omy.

While ex­press­ing the readi­ness of the firm to con­trib­ute im­mensely to the eco­nomic growth of the coun­try, he pointed out that it would re­duce the alarm­ing rate of un­em­ploy­ment and youth restive­ness in the so­ci­ety.

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