The opening ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo University was held today, 9th April, 2019 at the Prof. EA Adebowale Training hall, IAR&T, Ibadan. The event was graced by cream of the society including;
- The Pro Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Chief Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi,
- The Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo bUniversity, Prof., Eyitope Ogunbodede,
- The representative of the Former President of Nigeria, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Omidiji,
- Dr Kenton Dashiell Deputy Director General, IITA,
- Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, represented by Mr Victor Atilola (PS- MANR)
- Professor Oyedele Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
- Former Directors of the Institute (Prof. A.A. Adelana; Prof. E.A. Adebowale)
- Retired Professors and Scientist of the Institute
- Other retiree of the Institute.
The event which was anchored by both Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju and Dr Amusat A.S., Public Relation Officers of OAU and IAR&T was held between 11.00am and 3.00pm. The event witnessed presentation of a documentary on 50 years of IAR&T, the formal rendition of the Institute’s anthem, the launching of the Anniversary Compendium and cutting of the anniversary cake. The review of the anniversary compendium was presented by the Deputy DG IITA, Dr.Dashiell while music and dance presentations by the Departments of Musi and Dramatic Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University added glamour to the occassion.
The ceremmony which was declared open by the Pro chancellor, Dr. Ogunbiyi, also witnessed welcome address by the Director, Prof J. A. Adediran and the Vice Chancellor, OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede. Good will messages were delivered by the representatives of the Former President Obasanjo, Oyo State Governor and the Honourable Minister for Agriculture. The VC while delivering his speech unveils the plan by the University to commence degree programmes on Agriculture at the Institute soonest.
The anniversary activities continue tomorrow, 10th April, 2019 by 9.00am and Thursday, 11th April, 2019 with External Donor’s Interactive Forum.
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