Business Day (Nigeria)
KWASU to partner Heart and Capital for cultivation of 500 hectares
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
“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.