BY BENSON IDAHOSA UNIVERSITY
May 25th, 2016
GRASS IMPORTATION: A PARADOX OF WANTS IN THE MIDST OF PLENTY IN
Benson Idahosa University says ‘NO’ Grass importation, for many informed reasons, some of which are briefly stated as follows:
In line with its core purpose to ‘Lead the Change’ in teaching, research and capacity building, Benson Idahosa University is set to produce 800,000 tonnes of tomatoes to ameliorate the present food crisis in the country.
Speaking at a Press Briefing held at the University Senate Chamber, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie, while describing the Federal Government’s decision to import grass from Brazil to ameliorate the ongoing hardship in livestock feeds as laughable, charged the Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology on the need to go into large scale propagation of tomatoes, poultry and livestock feeds. He noted that the Federal Government’s policy on the importation of grass will put further pressure on the naira against the dollar.
Speaking further he said, as a University driven by research, the Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology has the capacity and man power to produce 300 tons of grass yearly, adding that Nigeria is blessed with quality grass land.
Prof. Izevbigie therefore called on the Federal Government to renege on his proposed grass importation with the hash tag, #GoGreenNotBrazil
Health care services from the Benson Idahosa University (BIU) Clinic currently managed by Hygeia HMO has received tremendous appreciation and applauds from a lot of the University’s staff and students.
In an interview with Mrs. Chamberlain, the Admin Officer (Human Resources Unit), she’s yet to receive any grievous complaints from the current health care Management system put up by the University.
A lot of staff and students have shown great appreciation to the University’s response to the mayhem of the past. “We have finally been able to attend to the Health needs of our staff and students to the admiration of all”.
It would be recalled that in December 2015, the Management in a bid to improve the University’s Healthcare Center by way of the provision of state-of-the-art facilities and excellent healthcare service delivery to the students and staff, engaged the services of one of Nigerian’s largest healthcare providers, Hygeia Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
The BIU Clinic through its HMO, has left no stone untoned, whilst leveraging on excellent and quality healthcare delivery for both students and staff. Management is however poised to giving students and staff the #Excellent Healthcare Service through its open door policy.
Hygeia Nigeria Limited is a healthcare group, which has been active in Nigeria since 1986. Hygeia is the largest healthcare provider and the first licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in Nigeria and provides stress-free access to great care through 4 distinct world-class organizations; Lagoon Hospitals, Hygeia HMO, Hygeia Community Health Care and Hygeia Foundation.
The Chancellor of the University, Archbishop M.E. Benson- Idahosa University was in Warri, Delta state recently where she commissioned three CGMi branches and an ultra- modern Medical Health Center owned by a member of one of the church branches.
The Faculty of Law took a different dimension as the students and their lecturers as well as invited guest were treated to a dinner. It held at the prestigious Uyi ground hotel situated at the Government Reserved Area. The atmosphere was cozy and laced with soft musical interlude.
In a special programme organized by the Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (FAAT), the guest lecturer, Dr.S.E.Okosun (of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma) spoke extensively on the theme: “Agriculture: The Neglected Child in Nigeria”.
The Faculty of Social and Management Sciences (SMS) throw its weight behind, “Entrepreneurship Education and Job Creation in Nigeria”.
Faculty of Arts and Education (FAE) in its programme entitled, “Life after University Education,” had an erudite scholar, Prof. Mon. Nwadiani, as its speaker. During his presentation, the academic decried the current state of education in the Country as compared to the good standards it enjoyed in the past. According to him, “education in Nigeria is at a cross road”.
The Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences (FBAS), focused on, “Scientific Research, the Bed Rock for Societal Development”. This was delivered by Prof Abiodun Falodu, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, University of Benin, represented by Dr. E. Bafor, a reproductive health/ethno pharmacologist, also of the University of Benin.