By Ayomide Adeloye
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) will hold its 62nd Inaugural Lecture today, march 24, 2021 at the university Ceremonial Building, beginning at 2.00 PM prompt.
The Lecture titled,”Why We Look At Things Not Seen: Animal Genes And Their Winking Eyes”, will be delivered by Professor Christian Obiora Ndubuisi Ikeobi of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) while the Vice Chancellor, Professor Felix Kolawole Salako will chair the occasion.
Professor Ikeobi’s lecture will be preceded by the University’s 2019/2020 matriculation ceremony and commencement lecture to be held at the Ceremonial Building, beginning at 10.00 am. The commencement Lecture titled, “The Reason For The Season: Hope On The Horizon” will be delivered by Prof. Steve Afolami.
Chairman Ceremonial Committee.
The Inaugural Lecture Lecturer, Professor Ikeobi bagged his Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Animal Science, from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife, Ile-Ife, while he obtained his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees from the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan. He has served the University in several capacities some of which includes as Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Dean, Student Affairs and Member of the University Governing Council.
Professor Ikeobi’s Animal Genetics research interest covers the areas of animal genetics, characterization and evaluation of Nigeria’s animal resources, with special emphasis on the local chicken, and on the identification and mapping of quantitative trait loci (genes) affecting broiler chicken traits and disease resistance.
The Inaugural lecturer, an eminent Scholar, is
the University’s Orator and currently the Chaplain of the University’s Chapel of Grace. He holds membership of numerous professional bodies and learned societies some of which include Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP), African Network for Rural Poultry Development (later changed to International Network for Family Poultry Development (INFPD), Genetics Society of Nigeria (GSN), Foundation for African Development through International Biotechnology (FADIB), Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) among others.
Prof. Akinola Akinlabi disclosed that over 4,000 students would be matriculated at the ceremony, but, due to COVID-19 protocols, only 430 students would attend physically, with 10 students representing each Department while other students would join virtually.
He disclosed that Heads of Department have been enjoined to provide names of students that would represent their Departments.
On security, Assistant Chief Environmental Officer, Mr. Peter Bolarinwa said FUNAAB considered security of her environment as an important measure, hence would ensure that on the day of the event security men would be strategically located.
He said he had already discussed with the Divisional Police Officer DPO in charge of Harmony Police Division who agreed to increase the number of police men to be deployed for the programme.
He enjoined everyone that will be in attendance to practice personal security by being vigilant.
On safety measures to be observed, Pharmacist Dosunmu Sulaiman of the University Health Centre called for maximum cooperation from all attendees persuading them to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.