FACULTY OF SCIENCE GETS COMMENDATION FOR BREAKING JINX
As other faculties were told to follow suit…
The Faculty of Science, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa has been lauded for breaking the jinx by taking the lead in organising the first Annual Conference in the University.
The commendation was given by the Vice-Chancellor of the University and Chief host, Prof. Sunday Roberts Ogunduyile while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Faculty of Science Maiden Annual Conference that was held on Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 at the Main Campus of the University, along Okitipupa – Igbokoda Road.
The Vice-Chancellor who commended Faculty of Science for the giant stride, tasked other Faculties in the University to emulate and begin to replicate the beautiful idea being pioneered by the Faculty.
Ogunduyile was confident that the historic conference would evoke more globally challenging conference in the University noting that the theme of the conference “Sustainable Development through Scientific Innovation” is complementary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) as a global agenda.
This, he stressed cannot be achieved by the efforts of the government alone, but required that of other actors including the scientific community like OSUSTECH, to work together in an integrated manner by pooling together and harnessing knowledge and expertise.
“Science and innovation are crucial for overcoming obstacles on the way towards eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable developments, and in founding new approaches which identify, define and confront global changes”.
Ogunduyile submitted. In his address, the Conference Chairman, Sir Chief (Dr.) AyodeleAkinrimisiAkingbule, who was represented by Hon. Chief OyedeleIbini posited that for Nigeria to develop, she must be freed of corruption, tribalism and nepotism and toe the line of advanced nations that have used scientific innovations to bring about sustainable development to their Countries.
Sir Akingbulewho statedthatadequate education and training of the populace is required for meaningful development, argued it is high time people realised that the greatness of a nation is not what is deposited in its soil as natural endowment, but in what is in the brain of her people.
“This is the right time for this conference for the sensitization of our dear State and Nation that Scientific Innovation is necessary for our sustainable development”, he concluded.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Science who was the initiator and host of the Conference, Prof. OlujinmiFolarin thanked and appreciated the organising Committeeand its various sub-committees for a job well-done.
He described the Chairman OrganisingCommittee and the former Head of Department of Chemical Sciences, Dr. F.O. Adetuyi as a person you can give an assignment and be rest assured he will deliver.
Prof. Folarin during his address disclosed that at the end of the conference, all papers submitted would be reviewed by the editorial team. Adding that those found worthy of publication would be published.
The Dean and the host of the First Faculty of Science Annual Conference, Prof. Folarin added that the publication would be the first academic journal of the Faculty of Science.
“The name of the Journal would be “The Coast” and all things being equal, the first issue would be out by September” Prof. Folarin announced.
The Conference which was attended by academic from other universities in the Country was held between Tuesday 11th to Thursday 18th July, 2019.
The keynote lecture on the theme of the conference was delivered by the President, International Society for Tropical Root Crops and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. LateefSanni who was ably represented by Engr. AdekolaAdegoke.
The event was graced by the Honourable Commissioner for Health in Ondo State, Dr. WahabAdegbenro who was represented by Dr. Ola Obaado, Director, Ministry of Planning Research and Statistics, former Acting Vice-Chancellor in the University, Prof. AdegokeAdegbite, former Dean, Faculty of Science and Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Prof. OlakunleTeniola, Dean Students’ Affairs, Dr. Ilemobayo Oguntimehin, the two plenary session speakers, Prof. Pius Enikanselu from Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure and Dr. Festus Afolabi from AdeyemiCollege of Education Ondo State among others.