FUNAAB 70th Inaugural Lecture: Don Professes Immediate And Long Term Solutions For Enduring Food Sufficiency


An Agricultural University Don, Professor Olusola Babatunde Kehinde, has identified absence of synergy and collaboration among researchers, scientists and universities as the bane of food security and sufficiency in Nigeria.

Professor Olusola Babatunde Kehinde who was delivering the 70th Inaugural Lecture, titled: “From Generation To Generation Plant Genetic Diversity, Continuity and Discontinuity,” at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, on Thursday, 21 December, 2021, argued that, for all seasons agricultural products and foods, the Federal, States and Researchers had all it would take to end food insecurity in the country.

In his lecture, Professor Olusola stated that, there must be adequate funding and sustained efforts for plant genetic resources exploration, collection and conservation in Nigeria for both cultivated species and their wild relatives.

The Professor of Genetics also called on the Federal and State Governments to demonstrate sincere commitment towards research activities by increasing the fund made available to universities and research institutes.

He noted that, there was an urgent need to bridge the gap between university researchers and scientists at the national research institute, with a view to enhancing research output in agriculture value chain, which would ensure food security in the country

He further urged the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, to continue to develop human capacity and material resources in biotechnology, which should be deployed towards promoting agricultural research and food production in our catchment areas.

Speaking further, the Professor advised all Nigerians not to shy away from the cultivation and genetically modified crops.

He added that, concerned regulatory authorities should ensure that such crops meet biosafety standard.

Professor Olusola reiterated that, sustained effort should also be made to mitigate the current negative effect of climate change at both the national and local level, in order to enhance agricultural research and production activities

He noted that, regular authorities and agencies should ensure regular review of existing national legislation backing plant genetic resources conservation and utilisation, adding that, concerted effort should be made to enforce this law.

Apart from Mambilla Plateau, Ibadan Area was the next most viable area to grow tea, including those tea leaves with caffeine and non caffeine, adding that, he strongly recommended that the Manbilla Tea could be modified genetically to grow in large commercial quantity and quality that could also give a booster in the GDP of the country

Prof Olusola implored youths to embrace agriculture, adding that, the only best way to survive was farming not involved in fraudulent activities.

Traditional Monarchs present at the occasion were: the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; Osile Oke-Ona, Oba Dapo Tejuoso; Agura Gbagura, Oba Saburee Bakre; Onijaye of Ijaye titun, Oba Mathew Adeyeye Otunbade; Onitafin, Oba Moruf Alabi Adebayo.

Alake’s entourage at the occasion were, Balogun of Egbaland, Chief Sikirullahi Atobatele; Baamofin of Egbaland; Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode.

Dignitaries present at the event were: Balogun Idoo-Gbagura, Basorun Festus Kehinde, Professor Olufunmilayo Ayinla, Professor Ezekiel Akinbade, Professor Timothy Taiwo, Professor Babatunde Oguntona and many others.

Associations present at the occasion; Old Students Association; Ibadan Boys High School; Abeokuta Grammar School, Science Initiative Foundation, Abeokuta Sports Club.


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