Picture of Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Head of State, 1966-1975.

IITA50-LookingBack: The Nigerian Government’s role in the establishment of IITA

IITA’s 1000-hectare land was actually a donation of the Nigerian government, with an annual rental fee of one peppercorn (if demanded). The government also agreed to compensate the approximately 3,000 people living on the site; they resettled them in a new village they called Ibadan Parapo, (now more popularly known as Shasha).

Picture of Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Head of State, 1966-1975.

Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Head of State, 1966-1975.

The government also provided IITA with an 80-ha site in Onne when the institute needed a high-rainfall station in an acid-soil area. And during the oil boom in the country, the government became the first among host countries to participate in the funding of these international agricultural research centers, pledging $800,000 annually to the CGIAR system. The government also granted special legal status to IITA in Decree no. 32, giving it several privileges that have been consistently honored.

IITA at 50IITA News no. 2384IITA50-LookingBack

Communications • 11th June 2017

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