Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has described the outgoing Director-General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Nteranya Sanginga as an uncommon leader whose leadership style helped to turn things around for good at the Institute.

The governor stated this while speaking at the commemoration and send-off ceremony organised for the outgoing IITA Director-General, held at the IITA Conference Centre, Moniya, Ibadan.

He added that he showed a remarkably uncommon focus and leadership in his 11 years as head of the Institute.

According to governor Makinde, IITA, under Sanginga, thrived and went from being in debt to operating profitably.

The governor maintained that it was exciting to have worked with IITA on several projects in line with his administration’s vision to expand the state’s economy through agribusiness and to encourage young residents to exploit the opportunities in agribusiness.

Similarly, the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, felicitated the outgoing Director-General of IITA, Dr. Sanginga, saying that he is a blessing to Nigeria.

Governor el-Rufai equally lauded Governor Makinde for providing good governance to the people of Oyo State.

Makinde said: “I would like to say that Dr. Nteranya Sanginga is a courageous man; the things he has done, and the decisions he took that led up to this moment show great courage. Because of that courage, he has shown remarkable and uncommon focus and leadership. This is what they have all been saying here.

“But, IITA under Dr. Sanginga, thrived and this institution has gone from being in debt when you took over, to operating profitably. I thank you so much for all the hard work. The story of how you were able to turn around the fortunes of IITA is a testament to the fact that Nigeria can grow from poverty to prosperity through agriculture and agribusiness.”

“IITA also supported us in the wake of COVID-19 that ravaged the whole nation by making their laboratories available for us. IITA stood with us; when we went out to provide farm inputs for farmers, they were side-by-side with us.

Babatunde Tiamiyu

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