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No fewer than 1,503 seedlings of date palm were recently planted at the University of Abuja, as part of plantation exercise to make the institution a green campus. The exercise was a collaboration between the University of Abuja and Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR). Flagging off the plantation at the Main Campus of the University, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, said this was part of the University’s effort to create a green campus and contribute to economic development of the country.

“We are delighted for the opportunity to formally launch this plantation of date palm on our campus. We want to have a green campus. I believe that there is no greater wealth than land. The University believes in the potential of agriculture not only as a source of revenue generation, but to also help change the fortunes of this country,” the Vice-Chancellor said, adding that students, particularly, and the University as a whole will benefit greatly from the plantation. Professor Na’Allah who was accompanied to the plantation by the Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Clement Alawa; Registrar, Malam Yahya Mohammed; Dean of Students Affairs, Dr Abubakar Umar Kari, and other senior staff of the University, stated that more trees would be planted on the campus in due course.