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ABU final year students endow a 3,000 seedling orange plantation for their alma mater

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The final year class of ABU Zaria, in their response to an initiative of the Directorate of University Advancement (DUA), endows a 3,000 seedling orange plantation for the university. The endowment, an outcome of the ABU Legacy Project initiated by DUA and championed through a concept tagged: STAT (Student Today, Alumnus Tomorrow), is a demonstration of the commitment of final year students to their would-be alma mater just before their graduation.

As their endorsement of this noble cause, the 2016/2017 set launched a project: "Endowment of a 3,000 Seedling Orange Plantation to Ahmadu Bello University". The project hopes to generate revenue for the university as the plantation produces orange fruits that would help the university establish factories for: juice production and for pectin and lamonine bi-products to generate income to improve teaching and research facilities that would change the future of the university for the better.

It is also hoped that through this project the students will offset their carbon footprints; an exemplary endorsement of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015. This will invariably place the students on the pedestal of key players in global concerns. Apart from the aforementioned goals of the project, it will also create job opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour.

In a grand ceremony organized by DUA, for the public presentation of the project, the Director, Prof. Adamu Ahmed, while giving his remarks noted that the legacy project is a unique concept that encourages students to start giving back to their alma mater before they finally graduate. This concept redefines the act of philanthropy and builds a deep sense of responsibility as regards the corporate development of the institution amongst students. He also noted that being one of its kind anywhere in the globe, it offers ABU Zaria a prime place of pride in the league of institutions committed to character development of students for future leadership and selfless service to humanity. Responding, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, expressed his joy over the fact that the students have proved that the training received in the university is positively transforming them into valuable assets in their society. He particularly celebrated their initiative and thanked them for their commitment to improving the fortunes of the university. The event, which was ably chaired by the Chairman of ABU Governing Council, AVM Mouktar Mohammed (Wazirin Dutse), was graced by dignitaries within and outside the university.

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