Investigative Panel to Probe Activities of FCAPT- Nanono
The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh. Mohammed Sabo Nanono has stated that activities of the Federal College of Agricultural Produce Technology, Kano are to be investigated. The Minister made this known during an impromptu visit to the College in Kano.
According to a statement signed and made available by the Minister’s Technical Adviser on Media, Ahmed Aminu, Minister Nanono expressed displeasure at the unsavoury occurrences at the College, which continue to factionalise every arm of the institution thus negating the smooth running of its academic and administrative functions.
Minister Sabo Nanono is angered by the unsavoury happenings at the College which give rise to rancor, bitterness and discord among staff, management and even members of the Board of Directors, the statement reads.
Recall that the Chairman and Members of the Governing Board, Provost and Registrar were all suspended on 30th April over rising crisis within the management staff as stated by Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu while speaking to the press.
The Minister added that the mandate of the College in the areas of Extension Services, Laboratory and Horticultural Technology are unattainable with the kind of discord rearing its ugly head at the institution which will impact negatively on the nation’s agricultural productivity.
He said, as a Minister from Kano State he would not allow the ugly drift to continue unabated at the College.
Minister Nanono there fire emphatically, stated that an Administrative Investigative panel would be instituted within the week to probe activities at the College with a view to decisively dealing with those thwarting the smooth running of the College no matter how highly placed they are.
The Minister said if, at the end of the day findings of the probe panel deem that the College needs to be closed down, so be it.
The Federal College of Agricultural Produce Technology Kano runs courses in Pest Management Technology, Agricultural Extension and Management, Agricultural Technology, Animal Health and Production, Science Laboratory Technology and Food Technology.
Other courses offered include Computer and Statistics, Food Storage Technology and Produce Inspection. Certificates are awarded at HND and OND levels to graduants of the College.
The Minister was in company of his entourage and Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria. Present during the visit were Acting Provost of the college Dr. Halima Moudupeore Alimi, Management Staff, Heads of Departments and Leaders of Staff unions.