Avail Yourselves Of Grant Opportunities, FUTA VC Urges PG Students

futa full-logo 600 newThe Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Technology, Akure, Professor Adebiyi G. Daramola urged Postgraduate students and other researchers in the institution to avail themselves grant opportunities available both locally and internationally in their fields study.

He spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Tolulope Akinbogun at the second edition the Seminar/workshop on Grant Sourcing for Post Graduate Research for postgraduate lecturers and students the institution recently held at the CCE Hilltop Auditorium.

Professor Daramola said huge resources abound locally and internationally meant for research support in form grants. Access to these and their purposeful utilization have assisted
Researchers and Universities in other parts of the world. However, he observed that there is gross underutilization of such research opportunities in Nigeria, therefore the urgent need to address .

According to him, the workshop was timely and needful because there are stipulated guidelines and requirements for winning research grants everywhere in the world. This includes to write proposals, to do feasibility studies and other key processes in sourcing for
grants for post graduate research. He urged participants at the workshop to take total advantage of the workshop.

In his welcome address, the Dean, School of Postgraduate studies, Professor M.A.K. Smith said the need arose for the workshop because Postgraduate students frequently complain of lack of resources to work with during their research project which caused a lot of delay in completing their projects or total abandonment.

He said the workshop would open the eyes of participants to grant sourcing and ingredients of quality postgraduate research and institutional fellowship opportunities.

Speaking further, he said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Daramola requested for the
institution of Postgraduate Scholarship for the best Master students in the University which would serve as an impetus for hard work and distinction for academic excellence. Professor . Aletor Vice Chancellor, Elizade University, Professor A.A Olufayo and Professor A.A Akindahunsi took the participants through contemporary trends in sourcing for research funding and grants.

…. Deans Of Meet In FUTA

The 57th Annual General Meeting of Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigerian Universities (ADAN) recently held at the Hilltop CCE Auditorium of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

In his welcome address, the host who is also the Dean of School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT), Professor Julius Alokan urged his Dean colleagues to join in the transformation agenda in the agriculture sector by sensitizing all stakeholders in Agriculture on the need to create enabling environment for excellent and effective, teaching, research and extension activities.

Speaking on the theme “Repositioning of Agricultural Training for Transforming Agriculture in Nigeria”, he said the choice of the theme is to achieve a hunger free Nigeria through an agricultural sector that will drive income growth, accelerate achievement of and national security, employment and transform the country into a leading player in global markets to grow wealth for millions of farmers.

Welcoming the Deans, the Chief Host and Vice-Chancellor, FUTA, Professor Adebiyi Gregory
Daramola urged his colleagues in the agricultural industry to be more concerned about the quality of training they give students to studying agriculture and related courses so as to them self-reliant and key into the transformation agenda in the industry.

One of the main events at the occasion was the award presented to Professor Sheu AbdulRahman, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Gashua, Yobe State. The award is in recognition of his contribution to the development of agriculture sector in Nigeria.

Presenting the award, The Vice-Chancellor, FUTA, Professor Adebiyi Daramola said “When I met Professor AbdulRahman at the Committee of Vice-Chancellor’s meeting earlier in the year, I was excited. He represents one of the leading light of agriculture profession”. Prof. Rahman
thanked ADAN for the award and encouraged members to continue to push for the positive development of agriculture in Nigeria.

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