Recruitment: Group Hails ARCN Boss For Involvement Of Anti-graft Agencies

2023-07-29 16:39:00

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

ABUJA - A Civil Society Organisation, Oduduwa Development Initiative (ODI), has commended the Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria(ARCN), Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu, for the introduction of a transparent recruitment procedure for the Chief Executive Officers of the institutions under the supervision of ARCN through the involvement of anti-graft agencies.

A statement on Saturday issued by the

National President of ODI, Ambassador Akinyele Olasumbo, lauded the activities of ARCN and some of its developmental strides.

According to Akinyele, the ODI alongside other reputable Civil Society organisations had embarked on an independent assessment of the Council's performance since the Executive Secretary came into office in 2019.

He said, "The complete transformation is reflected in the construction and completion of a state-of-the-art standard library for agricultural research with modern digital facilities.

"The construction of fully equipped digital Television and Radio Stations to monitor and disseminate agricultural research and production nationwide as well as the completion of solar power plants with modern inverters and isolators to generate light for day- to- day functioning of the Council, a feat yet to be surpassed by any Agency or Council in the country.

"As the supervisory body for all Agricultural Institutes and Colleges, the introduction of a transparent recruitment procedure for the CEOs of the Institution he supervises through the involvement of anti-graft agencies such as the Code of Conduct, ICPC, Directorate of Security Service, and oversight Committee of the National Assembly is one measure that confirms the transparent nature of the organisation.

"It is noteworthy that the former Provost of Federal College of Animal Health & Production Technology, Vom, Prof. Garba Hamidu Sharubutu now Executive Secretary of ARCN has transformed the Council into a world standard research institute that is a pride of the nation in just less than four years."

Akinyele, therefore, commended the leadership of the Council, adding that the actions of Prof. Sharubutu, are direct response to the need for an effective mechanism that would facilitate and support negotiation for technology access, delivery and formation of appropriate partnership to manage the development and deployment of innovative technologies for use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He, therefore, called on the new administration led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to sustain technocrats of his calibre in the realisation of an egalitarian nation that will be the pride of the Continent.

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