FUNAAB VC seeks technological approach to resolve farmers/herders clashes~NEWSEXTRA - News Extra Online



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Saturday, 27 February 2021

FUNAAB VC seeks technological approach to resolve farmers/herders clashes~NEWSEXTRA

......bags ANA's Vice Chancellor of the Year Award

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Felix Kolawole Salako, has advocated the scientific use of land with modern technology at resolving clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria.

This is even as the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, reiterated that the Honorary Award (Doctor of Letters) conferred on him by FUNAAB in 2018 will be the last award he will accept.

The Vice Chancellor spoke on Saturday in Abeokuta shortly before he was conferred with the "Vice Chancellor of the Year Award" by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Ogun State Chapter at an award lecture and Ogun State Presentation of "Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth", written by Professor Soyinka.

Professor Salako pointed out that technology could be deployed through satellite maps and data, digital field tools and laboratory equipment, I.C.T and software applications for agriculture as well as drone.

He also emphasized the need for Land Evaluation and Land Use Planning to demarcate prime lands for agriculture and conservation of natural resources for sustainable development.

Professor Salako stated that allowing animals to move around without control or consideration of the interest of other land users cannot be described as animal husbandry in the 21st century.

Meanwhile, it will be recalled that FUNAAB's Chancellor and Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon, assisted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kolawole Salako as well as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Dr. Aboki Zhawa had decorated Professor Soyinka with the Honorary Insignia at the University’s 26th Convocation Ceremony.

At the event, Professor Soyinka had openly indicated suggestively an end to his active academic career in a place he began learning, saying this was not only symmetrically and nostalgically symbolic, but also a defensive note against more subsequent honorary awards.

However, while speaking on Saturday at the event, Professor Soyinka insisted that he will rather not take any other award after the one bestowed on him by FUNAAB.

While commenting on the state of the nation, Professor Soyinka condemned instances of kidnapping of students by bandits.

He called for a collective approach toward ending insecurity in the country.

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