• 8 Dec 2021 5:42 pm


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Ikorodu division human resources development board (IDHRDB) under the auspices of Ikorodu division resource development group (IDRDG) on the 6th of November 2021 held its 20th memorial lecture in honour of professor Anthony Afolabi Adegbola at Ikorodu ultra-modern town hall.

The educative and intellectually engaging discourse played host to eminent Ikorodu personalities including Senator Tokunbo Abiru (chairman of the event), Mr Akeem Popoola, Otunba Adekunle Oduborisa and Sir David Summoni as special guests, with paramount rulers;  His Royal Majesty, Oba Orimadegun Kasali (Adeboruwa of Igbogbo), HRM, Oba Adeoriyomi Abdul-Akeem Oyebo (Oba of Egbin Kingdom), Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya (Odofin of Ikorodu) amongst others headlining the event.

The theme, All flesh is grass: ‘The dimension of non-ruminant feeding and nutrition’ was thoroughly driven by Professor Adeniyi Agunbiade (vice-chancellor, McPherson University, Ogun state).

In his opening brief, Bashorun Babatunde Rotinwa (chairman Ikorodu division resource development group) laid emphasis on the influence of Prof. Agunbiade and his eligibility to deliver the lecture simultaneously paying tribute to Prof. A.A Adegbola.

“Professor Adeniyi Agunbiade is an erudite scholar, son of the soil and one of the proteges of Prof A. A. Adegbola. He will deliver a lecture titled “All Flesh Is Grass: The Dimension of Non-Ruminant Feeding and Nutrition”. I am confident to say that Prof Anthony Afolabi Adegbola was a man of many parts. The history of Ikorodu Division (education and human capital development) and the field of Agriculture in Nigeria and Africa cannot be written without making references to his contributions”

“His contributions transcend the academics and Ikorodu Division. He was one of the pioneer members of IDRDG that ensured the completion of Ikorodu Ultra Modern town Hall, where we are converging today, He supervised the completion of the Hall while working at Awolowo University, Ife, Osun State, He shuttling between the two towns”

“His love towards educational development cannot be overemphasized and history can’t forget him. He initiated the establishment of the Education Committee of IDRDG which metamorphosed into the Ikorodu Division Human Resources Development Board (IDHRDB) focusing on harnessing the resources of the Division towards the development of its human capital. We need to emulate his good deed and keep his legacy”

“To our youths, this is another opportunity to learn and emulate good characters, dignity, meritorious services to the development of society and self-development” Alhaji Rotinwa Added

Professor Kunle Ade Wahab (chairman, Ikorodu division human resources development board) further used his address to enjoin participants in utilising the lesson to relieve the legacy of Prof. Adegbola

“I am particularly happy to see many Intellectual Colleagues and Associates of the late Professor Adegbola who share his concern for academic and professional perfection at all levels, Your individual decision to respond personally to our invitation is an indication of your support for our worthy course, It is this type of testimony that enables the members of IDRDG and IDHRDB to confidently assert “Adegbola is still alive!”

“Ikorodu Division Resource Development Group (IDRDG), which is organising this occasion, is made up of over sixty (60) indigenes of ikorodu Division, comprising experienced Professionals, Seasoned
Academicians, Successful Businessmen, Astute Politicians and top Civil Servants” Prof Kunle Ade Wahab Added

The chairman of the occasion, Senator Tokunbo Abiru asserted in his synopsis that the vision of IDRDG in line with projecting academic growth and development is part of his core agenda.

“Capacity and resource development of people are key in national rebirth. There is a need to intellectually mobilize the elite and the mass of our people through platforms like this for the nation’s reforms. Therefore, I deeply thank the leadership of IDRDG for constantly engaging the system through lectures and other interventions”

“Let me inform you that the development path of this noble group aligns with the legislative focus and the agenda which my team has been pursuing since December 5th 2020 when I was entrusted with this sacred mandate of the good people of the Lagos East Senatorial District”

“Human capital development which is pivotal to system growth has been our major focus. As a prominent figure in the corporate and someone privileged to head a national bank with a workforce of over 12,000 people before diving into an elective political career, I saw first-hand the dearth in the capacity of many young people with no fault of theirs but the failure of the system that didn’t repurpose learning and upskilling in alignment with global trends and the digital revolution”

“No one succeeds in the digital age with analogue skills and mindset! Only those equipped with functional digital skills and know-how will survive the work environment of the next decade. The pandemic that shocked the foundation of the earth revealed these realities. And also, massive investments inflows into tech startups are indicative of where the future lies”

“Now, on the topic lecture: All Flesh Is Grass: The Dimension Of Non-Ruminant Feeding and Nutrition. I have no iota of doubt in my mind that the Vice-Chancellor of The Mcpherson University, erudite Professor Adeniyi Agunbiade, a renowned professor of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology and a first-class product of Great Ife will do justice to the topic. I urge all to pay rapt attention to the stimulating lecture of the distinguished lecturer and contributions from other speakers” Senator Tokunbo Abiru Averred

Prof Agunbiade on delivering his lecture touched on ‘All flesh is grass’, Ramifications in food security, nutrition and malnutrition (I.e Agriculture as soil to soil circle, the role of animal nutrition, Origin of science nutrition and nutrient requirement of farm animals, while posing a question if Nigerians are well-nourished driving the program to a demonstration of the malnutrition rate in Nigeria.

In his conclusion, Prof Agunbiade fortified, “I have
highlighted results of my research work spanning over 35 years at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and abroad and I have shown, quite clearly, that there is great potential for non-conventional feeding resources including Agro-industrial by-products such as Cassava products; peeled and unpeeled cassava roots, cassava peels, cassava leaves; Palm kernel products; palm kernel cake, palm kernel oil and palm oil sludge Rubber seed products; rubber kernels, rubber kernels oil and rubber seed shells etc. conventional animal protein sources Such as chery waste, shrimp wastes, caged layer waste, maggot and earthworm”

“The need for the development of these potential non-conventional animal feeds, farm resources and agro by-products, as the key to cost-effective non-ruminant animal feeding and nutrition in Nigeria is paramount to solving the feeding problem associated with animal production”

“Doing this would certainly be one of the things that Professor Anthony Afolabi Adegbola would be happy about in his assertion that All grasses and cassava products that have evolved as the flesh is grass, even the cereal grains that emanate from alternative replacements when cereal grains are not adequately available to play their expected role in the feeding and nutrition of non-ruminant animals” Prof Agunbiade asserted

Subsequent suggestion came from Hon SOB Agunbiade (Majority leader, Lagos state house of Assembly representing Ikorodu constituency one) on the need to transform lectures into practical result driven actions to help solve societal challenges.

“There is also need to have reviewers and unique panels set aside towards lecture of this kind to proffer effective outcome and findings going forward” Hon SOB Agunbiade added

Afterward, special eminent personalities where honoured with award at the lecture program which includes; HRM, Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr.) Adeoriyomi Oluwasesan Abdul-Akeem Oyebo, Professor Nimbe Adedipe, Engr. (Professor) Patrick Nggody, Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya SAN, Dr. Ola Adebogun, Mrs. Bolanle Morounkola Esho, Mr. Odenike, Rasheed Abolanle, Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu and Master Sofile Charles Olamide

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