11 February 2013

Nigeria: IITA Moves to Boost Nigeria's Tertiary Institutions

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has donated over 3,000 textbooks to Bowen University, as part of efforts to boost learning and capacity development of both students and teachers.

IITA Deputy Director-General for Partnerships & Capacity Development, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, said the gesture to Bowen University was aimed at providing knowledge for students in particular, and the university community in general.

Receiving the Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Prof. Timothy Olagbemiro, Dashiell described books as reservoirs of knowledge that are necessary for human advancement and development.

According to him, the books donated to Bowen would offer students a platform to be better informed, stressing that the books would also enhance the development of the necessary human capital needed for both socio-economic and scientific transformation.

The Vice-Chancellor commended IITA for the donation and pledged that the university would make judicious use of the materials. "We thank you for this donation and we will make good use of the materials," Olagbemiro said.

The two institutions also discussed partnership opportunities with a view to boosting the quality of research, developing capacities of students and researchers, and improving food production.

Both institutions agreed in principle to work towards signing a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration in the future.

Making a tour of IITA campus, Olagbemiro lauded the work ethics at the institute. He said that the work attitude displayed by staff members reflected a ray of hope for Africa and Nigeria. "I am impressed with the commitment of staff to work. It shows that there is hope for Nigeria and Africa in general," he said.

IITA Director for West Africa, Dr. Robert Asiedu, expressed the institute's readiness to partner Bowen University. "We will be very happy to work with you," he said.

According to him, IITA is set to open its doors to Bowen University's lecturers and students for research and training within the institute's research portfolio policies.

Established in 1967, IITA became the first bridge that linked Africa to a global network of international agricultural research that is known as CGIAR. Today, IITA is Africa's leading research partner in finding solutions to hunger and poverty. Research out puts from IITA is helping Africa to increase crops' productivity and creating wealth to millions of farm families.

Copyright © 2013 This Day. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.