As part of the requirement for the accreditation of the the Bayero University’s newly established Faculty of Veterinary Medicine the University has agreed to partner with a Kano based leading agricultural produce giant, L & Z integrated Farms Limited for the provision of veterinary field stations, ambulatory services and other practical training in order to set standards and quality in teaching and research.
During the signing of the documents which was performed today at the office of the Vice Chancellor’s Committee room, the Cofounder/ Chief Executive of L & Z Integrated Farms Limited, Alhaji Muhammad D Abubakar expressed delight at the collaboration said it was an honour for his company to partner with this great citadel of learning.
He noted that, his company would do everything humanly possible to ensure the success of this giant project which aimed at setting high standards and quality for the Veterinary Medicine programm which stand out to be one of the best in the country.
Alhaji Abubakar noted that, the collaboration was to expose the students to practical aspect in their studies which would have a great impact on their career. He explained that combining theory and practical is what makes students to excel in their studies.
Part of the memorandum of understanding signed between the University and the agricultural firm was that L & Z Farms Limited would be extending training services to students of Veterinary Medicine in artificial insemination, poultry management, milk hygiene and diary production an area which the company had made strides over the years.
Equally, the company would provide space for the establishment of Veterinary Field Station for students. Already, a plot of land for this purpose has been provided at the premises of the company. In addition, it provided a set of animals with which students would make use of them during the practical work.
The company will also provide an artificial insemination laboratory for sheep and goats for the utilization by the new Faculty, in addition to given practical training to students of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,, serve as advisory role in farm infrastructure construction as well as share R&D facilities in order to promote academic and research interaction. It would also provide certain number of cross breed cattle for the purpose of students training. These are parts of the requirement for the accreditation of the programme as stipulated by the National Universities Commission and the Veterinary Council of Nigeria.
The University on its part would be rendering ambulatory clinics and community extension services to the neighbouring villages for the health of their animals. The university would also providecapacity building to the staff of L & Z Farms which will go a long way in boosting the production capacity of the cows in terms of milk and others as well as improving the health status of the animals.
Alhaji M.D Abubakar pointed out that his company had become a household name in Nigeria and they will do everything possible not to disappoint the University.
“We are able to achieve the number one position in this country and by the special grace of the Almighty, this collaboration would open more windows of opportunity between L & Z and Bayero University,” he declared.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas who was full of happiness said it is overwhelming to enter into collaboration with a reputable company in the class of L & Z which has been known for quality products.
He said the reproductive laboratory shall serve as as a platform for the provision of the reproductive disease diagonis services by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and L&Z to the neighbouring Fulani communities and other small holder farmers.
The Vice Chancellor was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) Professor Sani Muhammad Gumel said the university has taken the issue of collaboration and networking very dearly. He said such action will go a long way in development of the university by way of ensuring standards and quality.
“Without collaboration and partnerships Universities cannot grow. It is pleasant for us today, as we signed this agreement between us and L & Z Farms Limited for the development of our young Faculty of Veterinary. Our desire is to make this Faculty one of the best in this part of the world,” said the DVC.
In his remarks, the acting Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Abdussamad Muhammad Abdussamad, said he was over joyed with this laudable initiative.
In particular, he said the facilities and services to be rendered by the L & Z Farms Limited will go a long way towards ensuring accreditation for the new programme as well as exposing the students to the practical aspect of their studies thereby making them readymade products which would be the pride of any institution of learning.
The Dean commended the foresight of the Management of the University for what he described as an exceptional and very critical collaboration for academic growth and development.