The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has continued in its “Town and Gown” scheme by donating relief materials to residents of Egbaland on Monday, 27 April 2020 at the Ake Palace ground.
Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako, the Vice Chancellor of the University, while addressing the Alake of Egbaland, noted that the institution had observed, via a video trending online, that the less privileged and most vulnerable citizens in the area were always on the neck of the Egba Paramount Monarch since the lockdown has began.
He added that the Egba Monarch, being the closest to the people, needs more support to help the needy and appreciated what the Alake had been doing earlier in that regard.
Prof. Felix Salako stated that it is for these reasons that FUNAAB deemed it fit donate some of the institution’s Agricultural and Mineral products such as Palm Oil, Pineapples, Bags of Garri, Eggs, Fufu flour, bags of sachet water, palm wine, face masks, and so on, to the Ake Palace, which had earlier been done to the Police, the institution’s staff, Essential workers, small business owners, and many others.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the Police commended the institution and disclosed that they were the first to remember them during this pandemic.
Prof. Felix Salako also made personal donations to the Alake, commending him for being a great example and supporting the government in providing succour to the people during hard times.
He further presented a publication made by the institution, to the Alake on the concluded Lisabi Festival.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo in his response, stated if we can rejoice with one another when things are going well, we should help and support one another when things are also hard, pointing out that the Coronavirus pandemic is a general problem and should be treated as such, all hands must be on deck.
He noted that the lockdown caused by the pandemic, is negatively affecting the businesses and livelihood of some people, whom are the focus of the palliative supports.
The Alake also disclosed that Egbas in diaspora has also sent support to help the old, vulnerable and less privileged people affected by the lockdown, adding that palliatives would be made available for 700 people on Wednesday.
The Egba Monarch commended the University for extending its love and support to the people and also the Vice Chancellor for his personal donations.
He also stated the Covid19 is a stranger disease in Nigeria and will eventually leave with the Cooperative efforts of every citizen in
obeying government’s directives by staying safe and maintaining good personal hygiene.
In the entourage of the FUNAAB officials were: Prof.Kolawole Salako; Vice Chancellor, Prof. Clemence Adeofun; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Mr. Peter Olobashola- Director, Directorate of University Farms(DUFARMS), Mrs Toyin Dawodu (Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office), Dr Linda Onwuka (Head, Directorate of Public Relations), Mr.Kola Adepoju (Coordinator, FUNAAB Radio).
The Egba High Chiefs present included the Olori of Egbaland; Dr. Tokunbo Gbadebo, Chief Kehinde Sofenwa, the Bantun of Egbaland and Chief Layi Labode, the Baaroyin of Egbaland.