Prof Garba Hamidu Sharubutu: Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)

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Prof Garba Hamidu Sharubutu is a distinguished Abusite and specialist in Infectious Diseases of Livestock and veterinary legislation. He is the incumbent Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN).

A Native of Kwande, Qua’an – Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, Professor Garba Hamidu Sharubutu was born on June 19, 1961. He attended St. John Vianney’s Transferred Roman Catholic (RCM) Primary School, Kwande, and G.S.S. Shendam.

Determined to improve his education, he proceeded to then Plateau State School of Preliminary Studies (SPS), Keffi.

He obtained his DVM degree from A.B.U. Zaria in 1986, a Masters of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc) degree from U.I. in 1992, and a Ph.D. from Usman Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto in 2002.

At the College of Agriculture, Akwo, Anambra State where he did his NYSC, he became the best Corps member of the year and received the President’s NYSC National Honours award for the 1986/87 service year, after which he took up an appointment with the Federal Livestock Department.

He joined the services of Usman Dan Fodiyo University as Assistant Lecturer in 1991 and progressed to the rank of a Professor in 2005. He is a specialist in Infectious Diseases of Livestock and veterinary legislation.

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At the same institution where he had served since 1991, he held numerous positions including Complex Co-ordinator of City Campus Complex of the University; Chairman, ASUU UDUS branch; Dean Faculty of Veterinary medicine; and has been Chairman of many very sensitive University committees.

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He has been an active member of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria where he served as the National President, Veterinary Medical Council 2005 to 2009, and several capacities until his appointment in 2013 as President of the council.

Sharubutu’s professorial inaugural lecture at UDU Sokoto on October 30, 2008, was on ‘Animal as Reservoir of Human Infection: Matters Arising’.

He is a member of many Professional, Social, Philanthropist, and Religious organizations. He was appointed Provost of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology in January 2014.

Prof Garba Hamidu Sharubutu was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 6, 2019.

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The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria is an agency tasked with the responsibility of achieving significant improvements in agricultural productivity, marketing, and competitiveness by generating appropriate technologies and policy options, promoting innovation, establishing a knowledge management capacity, and strengthening the agricultural research system.

Prof Garba Hamidu Sharubutu: Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN)

The council provides the needed guidance, training extension, and career development for youth through our 15 national Agriculture Research Institutes and 11 Federal Colleges of Agriculture.

Established in 2006, it is the largest National Agriculture Research System (NARS) in Africa made up largely of 18 agricultural research institutes. ARCN’s mandate is to coordinate, supervise, and regulate agricultural research, training, and extension in Nigeria.

Prof Garba Sharubutu’s antecedence is intimidating. Whether it is at Kwande, Shendam or Keffi to Zaria, University of Ibadan and in the services of the Usman Dan Fodiyo University or the University of Agriculture, Makurdi; NIPSS Kuru (Course 35, 2013-Monitor General) and even when he was appointed Provost of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology in January 2014; a tread of brilliance, character, and commitment runs through all his undertakings.

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