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Dr. Dele Sanni’s 3-D-3-P Industrial Rotary Dryer Poised To Win The 2019 Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation

A multiple national innovation award winner from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is now ranked among the best innovators in Africa. The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK has shortlisted Dr. Dele Sanni as one of the 16 innovators from the African continent who stand a chance to win the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation (APEI) for the year 2019.

The 3-D-3-P rotary dryer is a unique drying technology developed by Dr. Sanni and his team in 2005/2006 as a response to a National call by the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Abuja – which challenged Nigerian Engineers to design equipment and plants for the production of high quality cassava flour. Dr. Sanni’s design of the dryer won the 2nd National Competition on Design of Process Equipment and Plant in 2008. With further funding support from RMRDC, and continuous R&D work, the dryer has been scaled up into an original made-in-Nigeria drying technology that provides a cheaper option for farmers and processors to dry a variety of agricultural and non-agricultural products. In terms of design, operational efficiency and energy utilization, the 3-D-3-P conductive rotary dryer is better than most imported dryers.

The “3-D-3-P Rotary Dryer” as popularly known has a Nigerian patent (No. NG/PT/NC/2018/2851) and Dr. Sanni was among the five Patentees/Inventors in Obafemi Awolowo University presented with a Patent Certificate No. 011493, by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede on 5th February 2019 at Floor ‘O’.

To prove the dryer’s commercial readiness, Dr. Sanni secured a partnership with a private company, PERICOM Nigeria Ltd. in 2017 and today two units of the dryer are installed in Sapele, Delta State and Agbowa, Lagos State.

Dr. Dele Sanni and three other innovators from Nigeria are among the 16 Africans currently being trained by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK on moving their innovations to higher business grounds. The 2019 APEI has attracted more partnerships from investors, industrialists and other International Organizations.

 

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IFEMED Alumni 2002 Set Give Back

The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has expressed the appreciation of the University’s authorities to the Medical and Dental graduands of 2002 for giving back to their alma-mata.

He expressed this during the commissioning of a newly renovated multi-disciplinary Medical Pathology Demonstration Laboratory at the College of Health Sciences, noting that what the alumni have done solved a part of the challenges the college had.

Professor Ogunbodede who seized the opportunity to appeal to other sets to think of other things they can do for the college, charged the group to think of the academic development they can offer the university, promising that the University authority will always give the project the deserving maintenance, even as he appreciated the Provost of the College, Professor Kayode Ijadunola, for seeing to the completion and proper handling of the project.

Similarly, the Provost, Professor Ijadunola, expressed happiness to the 2002 alumni for renovating the laboratory, adding that with the completion and commissioning of the laboratory, there is no other laboratory unrefurbished in the College as other laboratories have been refurbished.

The leader of the class of 2002, Dr. Segun Badejoko thanked God for enabling them to fulfil their dream eighteen (18) years after graduating from the university, adding that about a year ago, the class reunited and renewed the bond among them which is their shared high esteem for Ife Medicine and its role in their careers.

He announced that the renovation of the laboratory, which gulped the sum of five (5) million naira, was the first phase as they intend to adopt the laboratory for the next three (3) years (2019 – 2021) for ongoing maintenance and upgrades, including investments in up to date technology.

 

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Osun Baptist Conference Visits Ogunbodede, Ayansina

The leadership of the Osun Baptist Conference led by the President, Rev. Dr. Paul Kolawole, has paid a familiarization visit to the Bursar of the University, Mr. Samson Ayansina, a deacon in the church, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede.  The visit, which was meant to welcome Mr. Ayansina to the Osun Conference from the sister Conference at Oyo, was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor in honour of the Bursar, whom he described as very competent to the admiration of the Conference’s leaders.

While welcoming Rev. Dr. Kolawole and his entourage, Professor Ogunbodede, revealed his admiration of the orderliness and general organization of the Baptist Mission, particularly its outstanding record-keeping practice, dating back to several scores of past years.

He further described Mr. Ayansina as being on a divine mission to the University; and that other principal officers of the University have enjoyed a harmonious working relationship with him.

In his comment, the Osun Baptist Conference President, Rev. Dr. Kolawole, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for the very kind testimonies about the Baptist Mission Worldwide, adding that he is pleased to also hear commendable testimonies about Mr. Ayansina.

He said the Conference is also happy that other Baptist members in the employ of the University, some of whom accompanied him on the visit, equally earned the commendation of the Vice-Chancellor, imploring them to keep it up.

Dr. Kolawole thereafter led other clerics to pray for God’s guidance, wisdom and grace for successful tenures for the Bursar and the Vice-Chancellor.

 

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OAU Commits To Suicide Prevention Project

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has made a commitment to the regional initiative to combat the rising incidences of suicide among the generality of the peoples on the continent, even as the authorities of the University have given an indication of the possibility of the inclusion of suicide prevention mechanism in the curricular of the various programmes being run in the University.

These came to the fore when the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitoope Ogunbodede was addressing the delegates of the Africa Project Against suicide (APAS), who were in the University for the country launch of the project in Nigeria, and decided to pay the Vice-Chancellor a courtesy visit.

Professor Ogunbodede, while speaking, said the initiative is timely as reports of suicide or suicide attempts are becoming rampant in the media, adding that the responsibility of stopping the worrisome trend should not be left to the members of APAS alone.

He continued that all hands must be on deck in the fight against suicide, calling on all categories of government on the continent to lead this charge by stamping out corruption, revamping the national economies, empowering the citizens economically and ensuring socio-political justice.

Responding, the team leader, Pastor Olawale, said good governance as rightly pointed out by Professor Ogunbodede, is key to saving lives, which is the focus of APAS, noting more importantly that suicide prevention in Africa needs a modern discourse of action and concerted effort at training and retraining of volunteers on suicide prevention.

While thanking the Vice-Chancellor for consenting to incorporate suicide prevention programes as part of the University’s yearly plan, Pastor Olawale, who was accompanied on the visit by delegates from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana among others, informed Professor Ogunbodede that APAS was launched in South Africa on November 24, 2018.

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OAU Partners Nirsal, Fam-Smart On Food Security

In order to sustain food security in Nigeria, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has concluded partnership arrangements with the Nigeria Incentive–Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), and has formally launched 25 hectares of land in the University’s Teaching and Research farm for a pilot project.

Speaking at the launch, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede who was highly elated, expressed the appreciation of the University to NIRSAL for initiating the laudable agricultural project at the institution, explaining that “at inception in 1962, OAU (then University of Ife) was saddled with the major objective of coordinating agricultural development of the then Western Region of Nigeria and the training of students in practical Agriculture”, adding that the Institute for Agriculture Research and Training (IAR & T) was affiliated to the University to assist in achieving the objective. 

Professor Ogunbodede who stated that the collaboration with NIRSAL has provided opportunity for training students in the Faculty of Agriculture to acquire practical experience in mechanised agriculture and agribusiness, pointed out that the 25 hectares of land set aside in the University’s Teaching and Research Farm was just a pilot study.  He expressed the hope that NIRSAL would support the next phase of the project which would be targeted at increasing the total cultivated area to one thousand (1,000) hectares.

The Vice-Chancellor assured NIRSAL that the University administration will provide all necessary support to ensure the success of the project, even as he said that the partnership when fully nurtured, will assist the University to produce students that are thoroughly trained in all spheres of practical agriculture, who have sufficient interest and have been equipped to lead the future of the nation in successful agribusiness.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, in his remarks at the launch of NIRSAL National FAM-SMART Programme, said that the project is a new paradigm in agricultural primary production in Nigeria, adding that the concept and philosophy of the project provide for a structured production system that is almost entirely driven by technology, so as to make it attractive to service and input providers and more importantly, rewarding for small holder farmers, thus sending an evidence-based powerful message to the young successor agribusiness men and women, who the students of OAU represent.

He called on agribusinesses to take wise business decisions by committing themselves to supporting primary agricultural production under NIRSAL FAM-SMART model that assures high yield, low transaction cost, less risky financing/production environment and a cashless transaction dynamics.

Aliyu opined that with OAU charting the course, he believed that other universities will also join the model, which is a platform for field demonstration of classroom theories on agriculture and bringing students face-to-face with opportunities in the sector as they make their way through school.  He continued that FAM-SMART is a good source of revenue generation for the University, noting that the University environment provides a fitting nursery bed for the FAM-SMART model.

The Ooni, His Imperial Majesty, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, expressed happiness about the project.  He noted that agriculture is the answer to the problem of unemployment in the country and urged all youths to embrace the project noting that it is mechanised farming and technologically-driven

 

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Onigege Wura in OAU, Presents Latest Work

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, hosted the man behind the pen-name – “Olanrewaju Onigege wura”, Barrister Olanrewaju Akinsola, who visited the University to deliver copies of his latest work, a compilation of all the stories behind the notable happenings of yester-years in the south-west and the entire country, which two illustrious alumni of the University are donating to the Faculty of Law and the University Library.

Speaking at the brief reception in his office, the Vice-Chancellor who commended the author for the laudable efforts he had made to properly document what actually transpired in the past for the future generations to learn from, added that it would take a mind that is history-inclined to venture into what Barrister Akinsola has done.

Professor Ogunbodede equally thanked the alumni of the University who the author said bankrolled the publication, saying posterity will never forget their contributions to the effort to preserve history such that the generality of the people can draw lessons from it, with the hope that endeavour will help in correcting the wrongs in the society.

Earlier, the author, Barrister Akinsola, who was accompanied by a friend and colleague, Barrister Ibrahim Lawal, had told the Vice-Chancellor that his flair for writing and interest in the intrigues behind the series of events of the yester-years, spurred him into the venture, continuing that when he was challenged to put all the short stories together in book form, he had to reach out to some friends and associates to financially support the project.

Barrister Akinsola, who is a special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), noted that the two alumni of the University who supported the project were Barrister Damilola Ogunbiyi, a daughter-in-law to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, and Barrister Tunde Fagbohun.

He said it is the honour of the duo that he is presenting fifty (50) copies of the book to the Faculty of Law and the University Library.

 

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H.O. Librarian Wins UI Award For Publication

A Librarian at the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mrs. Iwok Nuah Shabi has won an award of the University of Ibadan (UI) for publishing articles from her doctoral thesis during the 2017/2018 session.

The award-winning article is “Health Literacy and Internet Health Information use among In-school Adolescents in Osun State, South West, Nigeria”; published in the Journal of Consumer Health on Internet, 22:1, 25-41, DOI 10:1800/15398285, 2017 1402636.

Shabi who joined the services of the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library in 2006 as Librarian II, had completed the M.Phil/Ph.D. programme in Library and Information Studies at the University of Ibadan.

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Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences Celebrates Silver Jubilee

The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences celebrates her Silver Jubilee ( 1993-2018), with a Conference and Consultative Forum. The Forum is slated for between April 29 and May 3, 2019. The theme of the forum is "Twenty-Five Years of Building the Foundation of Scientific Healthcare in Nigeria - Looking Ahead." 

The Keynote Speaker is Prof. M.A. Durosinmi, The Vice-Chancellor, Eko University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Special Release on University Health Centre

This is to inform members of the University Community that the University Health Centre has opened an Annexe at the Junior Staff Quarters on Road 7. The Annexe will operate from the hours of 6.00 p. m to 8.00 a. m daily till further notice after which it will then provide 24-hour service. Members of the University Community, particularly those living close to the Centre are enjoined to patronize this Annexe for their health needs.

Thank you. 

Signed

I. Omosule (Mrs.)

Registrar and Secretary to the Council

 

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