Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, has said he had to sell his properties in Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja and London to establish ABUAD. He also said he had to empty his bank accounts as well.
Babalola said this at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Afe Babalola University Agriculture Expo (ABUA-EX) during the weekend.
According to the Guardian Newspaper, in all, forty-eight farmers across the sixteen councils of the state received six million naira from the founder to expand the scope of farming.
Babalola who described himself as a fulfilled man, having succeeded in touching lives positively said, “it is imperative that we revive agriculture to ensure that Nigeria regains its lost glory in that all-important realm and in the overall interest of the people, as any nation that pays little or no attention to agriculture does so at its own peril of becoming a beggarly nation.
“When I started, virtually all the courses were subscribed to by admission seekers, with the exemption of agriculture.
“Before I established this school, I emptied my banks after selling off my property in Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja and London. But I am happy today that all stakeholders had described this university as the fastest growing in Africa.
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