UTG partners with Songhai Regional Centre in agric

Monday, March 05, 2018

The University of The Gambia (UTG) Thursday partnered with Songhai Regional Centre a recognised Regional Centre of Excellence for Africa by the United Nations to inculcate into the minds of the students the idea that agriculture is a good and sustainable way of life.

The University of The Gambia can provide the much needed leadership in developing a new pathway to sustainable agricultural production in The Gambia by developing regenerative and agro-ecological technologies and producing a critical mass young Gambians capable of harnessing the country’s incredible environmental capital to effectively tackle at the same time, the triple challenge of poverty/food insecurity, unemployment and environmental degradation.

In an exclusive interview with this medium shortly after presenting a public lecture on the importance of agriculture, the founder and director of Songhai Regional Centre, Father Godfrey Nzamuja, said Songhai is an institution which is here to change the mentality that agriculture is meant for the poor and that Africans are capable of unleashing new forces within themselves to develop the capacity to harness the continent’s natural resources in a sustainable way and to create goods and services to correspond to its peoples’ needs and desires.

He said Songhai constitute a group of people who are ready to develop the capacity of Africans and change their mindset towards agriculture.

Father Godfrey an associate Prof. of engineering said he will also work with the university on their farmland in Faraba and help the students contextualise and have the practical aspect and a better understanding of what they have been taught in the lecture rooms.

The acting dean of School of Agriculture, University of The Gambia, Dr. Alagie Bah described Songhai as a very important partner in their quest to making agricultural studies a success in the university. Dr. Bah said Mr. Nzamuja’s visit was very timely as the university is about to establish its own farm in Faraba.

“We want to develop our farm based on the Songhai model and that’s an important partnership we want to establish with Father Godfrey,” he said.

Songhai Regional Centre has its Gambia branch located in Chamen and its headquarter in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin. 

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko