The Federal University, Dutsinma (FUD), Katsina State, on Monday solicited collaboration with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, on agriculture and security.
Prof. ArmaYa’u Bichi, its Vice-Chancellor, made this known during a visit to Prof Kabir Bala, Vice-Chancellor of ABU, in Zaria.
Bichi, who was represented by a six-member delegation led by Prof. Aminu-Dalha Kankiya, Director, Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, said that FUD, as a new university, would benefit immensely from the collaboration.
Bichi said that FUD considered ABU as its “mother university” because a good number of its academic and non-teaching staff were drawn from the institution.
He said that the “mother-daughter” relationship existing between ABU and FUD would continue to exist, adding that the ties would be mutually beneficial to the two institutions in the long run.
Responding, Bala assured the delegation that ABU would give the newly established university the necessary support to enable it to succeed.
He said that it was understandable why FUD wanted to collaborate with ABU, given the institution’s strength in the study of agriculture and the size of its security outfit.
“I can clearly understand the wisdom of FUD in seeking collaboration with ABU in these two areas.
“We will be happy to see that your new university succeeds in its determination to lay a solid foundation,” he said.
The vice-chancellor, who also assured FUD that ABU’s agricultural complex and security division would help FUD, said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had already mandated ABU to nurture FUD.