Africa is already blessed to be the food basket of the world in the foreseeable future.
According to the Executive Secretary, African Agricultural Bank, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, the black continent had the largest and most fertile arable land in the world.
In his acceptance speech after his conferment of a Doctorate Degree in Agricultural Science, Honor is Causa, of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, on Tuesday, during the 27th Convocation of the University, Dr Adesina argued that Africa, indeed Nigeria should do more to capture the advantage bestowed on it by nature, by fully going into mechanised food production.
The world renowned Agricultural Economist said he tried his best as a minister under Jonathan Administration to put Nigeria on the path to Agricultural, especially Rice Revolution during that tenure.
He explained further that today the Buhari Government was indeed having a breakthrough in that direction with the support of the Central Bank, commending the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Aboki for rightly earning second term for his sustainable results in placing Nigeria on the path of sound agricultural based economy.
Dr Akinwunmi Adesina commended the Vice Chancellor of FUNAAB for keeping the flag flying as leader in Agricultural Based Institution in Nigeria, aiming at being a sustainable food basket.
He noted with satisfaction that FUNAAB had been consistent in having a best management as an agricultural training institution and this had stood it out of its contemporaries.
In his welcome address, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of FUNAAB, Dr Aboki pleaded with the Minister of Agriculture to immediately restore Management Science Courses of the institution.
Dr Aboki told the Minister that the advantages of running Management Science Courses in an Agricultural based institution, could never be overestimated, pointing out that they were closely related.
Dr Aboki also appreciated the Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun for providing security in the Alabata Axis of Abeokuta, which situates the FUNAAB.
The Pro Chancellor said the Federal Government would ever be grateful to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and his people for donating 10,000 hectares of land to FUNAAB as well as providing conducive atmosphere for the institution to operate happily.
Dr Aboki however disclosed that the FUNAAB might come back the Alake, if they needed more land.
Two former Vice Chancellors, Professors Israel Adu and Julius Okogie were conferred with Emeritus Professors of the FUNAAB for their great and invaluable contributions to the growth and development on the institution.
During the tenures of the duo of Professors Ade and Okogie, FUNAAB was placed as the University and even won many other laurels as a leading and special citadel of learning.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Chief Guest of Honour and the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakre, and other Egba Obas were present.
The entourage of the Alake included Olu Oke Odo, Oba Muftau Akidele; Olu Taafin Oba Adebayo; Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Baamowe Professor Ajao Adenekan and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.
Chief Sabur Aroyewun, the Asiwaju of Gbagura, accompanied the Agura of Gbagura.