Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State has honoured its late pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Prof Samson Adedoyin, describing him as a scholar per excellence.

The current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ben Aigbokhan, who spoke during the first memorial lecture organised in honour of Adedoyin, at the Pastor John Aliko Babatunde Hall of the university, said one of the reasons behind the memorial lecture was to propagate Adedoyin’s advocacy for increased investment in agriculture.

“The memorial lecture is our late pioneer Vice-Chancellor’s stance on the need for farming and to reflect the agricultural viability of Esan people as the land holds enormous potential in terms of profit maximisation on investment.”

He added that the lecture in honour of Adedoyin (1952-2012) is aptly giving the swing in the economic pendulum of Nigeria against the continued dwindling crude oil price which the country cannot sustain been a micro earner.

Aigbokhan said with the ideas canvassed by the late Adedoyin, Nigeria can survive acute food insecurity through massive investment in agricultural businesses and encouragement of SMEs in the agro business chain.

Delivering the lecture, a Professor of Small Ruminant Breeding, Department of Animal Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Prof. Babatunde Taiwo, said the problem of food security stand among the many challenges confronting Nigeria.

Taiwo’s lecture ‘Animal Agriculture: A Panacea to Food Insufficiency in Nigeria’, also featured discourse on Esan’s development and scholarship award of excellence to deserving students of the institution.

The guest lecturer disclosed that the number of child death per year due to vitamin A deficiency in Nigeria is 82,000, while maternal death is 11,000 beside the enormous loss in productivity by adults.

According to him, the findings of the Nigeria Food Consumption and Nutrition survey recently showed severe food insecurity in 40 per cent of all households surveyed in the six geo-political zones.

He explained that when a nation lacks enough food to live on, it means that the nation lacks food security and nutritional security since Nigeria in 2010 alone spent N1.3 trillion importing wheat, sugar, rice and fish.

To curb the shortfall in food availability, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Bisi Ogunjobi, while corroborating the guest lecturer, advised that policy makers should refocus the national economic policy from a linear based to a robust agro-based sustainable economy.