By Adegunle Olugbamila
The Chancellor, Landmark University, Omu-Aran Kwara State Dr David Oyedepo, has underscored the need for innovative thinking in product development and agricultural enterprise if Nigeria must address her food deficit.
He made this known at the sixth Founder’s Day anniversary of the university on Tuesday.
Delivering the address on behalf of the Chancellor, Prof Aize Obayan, said despite breakthroughs in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), there is no substitute yet for food and no software for addressing food challenges. The only solution, he said, is raising agricultural practitioners through quality and innovative education.
Oyedepo challenged all not to pay lip service to agricultural development but take practical solutions to improving it through productive learning, product development and research.
He said: “We cannot drive leverages in agriculture without innovative thoughts and thinking. This is talking about leveraging in the agricultural enterprise because every land you find around you is a goldmine, so explore it.”
In her capacity as the vice chancellor, Obayan said LMU prides herself in the uninterrupted academic calendar, life-applicable qualitative education and pleasant ambience that have made the campus a cynosure to the world.
“Over the years, our Founder’s Day has become an annual event when the university celebrates her remarkable past, accomplishments and promising future, as striking tribute is accorded to the proprietors of the university and more inspirations drawn from the contribution of the notable stakeholders towards driving the actualisation of the vision.”
She highlighted the accomplishment of Tobi Oladiran, a 400-Level undergraduate, who is now ICAN and ACCA certified, as well as Mr Kenechukwu Okafor, another 500-Level student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who won the National Award of Global Student Entrepreneur, among several achievements.
The guest lecturer and immediate past president, Nigerian Society of Engineers Ademola Olorufemi, spoke on: “Leveraging on innovation and engineering in breaking new grounds for sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria”.
He challenged Nigeria to be more creative with respect to devising cheap solutions for food productions.
“We must start to think outside the box for innovative, adaptable, cheap and affordable solutions that will tap the latent structures inherent in our geographical location, culture and climate for sustainable agricultural development because we have the engineering innovation that combines our unique God-given recourses to maximise output at lower costs,” he said.