Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Bamitale Omole yesterday in Ibadan tasked the various research institutes in Nigeria to urgently work out enduring import substitution for all the strategic commodities, particularly food items, affected by the Federal Government's importation ban, with a view to ensuring food security and boosting employment opportunities across the country.
Making the call while addressing the 2016 Annual In-House review Exercise of the Institute of Agricultural research and training (IAR&T), Moore Plantation, Ibadan, Professor Omole also enjoined the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria to sustain the initiatives under the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP) for greater access to improved technologies and infrastructures by farming households.
Professor Omole, who doubles as the Governing Chairman of IAR&T, declared: "The recent intention of the federal Government to ban the importation of certain strategic commodities is laudable as this would assist in protecting and growing investment in domestic production. Agricultural Research Institutes in the country should therefore be prepared to provide the required technical support for such domestic productions."
Source: Daily Trust