Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, has reiterated the University’s commitment to fostering collaborations with interested individuals, groups, and organizations in the fields of research and training.
According to the Prof, this step will enhance service delivery of the University.
Prof. Egbewole made this reaffirmation during a recent meeting with a delegation from Phylum, a French Management Consulting and Information Technology Company, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office. As the Secretary-General of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU), Prof. Egbewole emphasized the University’s determination to explore various opportunities to maintain its esteemed position as a center of excellence.
The delegation, led by Dr. Francois Gary, a Co-Founder of the Company headquartered in France, expressed their interest in collaborating with the University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Their objective was to engage in research and training initiatives that would enhance the skills of local farmers in livestock production within the state. Phylum, known for its global operations and affiliations with organizations such as the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH), and the World Bank, particularly in dairy projects, also considered the possibility of providing training to the Faculty’s staff and students on the latest trends in animal and livestock production.
Dr. Gary mentioned that their team was in Kwara State to conduct feasibility studies on modernizing the livestock value chain in Lata Grazing Reserve in Pategi. The company pledged to support the Faculty in research and training endeavours.
Additionally, an interactive session with the Faculty’s staff provided an opportunity for Dr. Gary to discuss the proposed dairy project with Prof. Oyebisi Mistura Azeez, the Dean of the Faculty, and share the findings with the French Embassy in Abuja before their departure to France.
In response, the Dean expressed gratitude to the company for selecting the University, and specifically the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as a partner in these initiatives. She assured the delegation that the Faculty was composed of accomplished scholars and researchers with diverse local and international research interests, committed to contributing to human development.
The delegation also visited the University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where they expressed satisfaction with the facilities and pledged their assistance in enhancing the existing resources. Dr. Gary was accompanied on the visit by Dr. Annais Redissi, an Assistant Consultant with the Company, and Dr. Gbenga Simon Omotosho, an alumnus of the University who is also a staff member of the company.
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