From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos
Worldfish has named the Lagos State University (LASU) a ProSCAWA Centre, with the recognition attracting a donation of up to 4,000 dollars worth of water quality equipment.
ProSCAWA is an acronym for “Promoting Sustainable Cage Aquaculture in West Africa.”
Representative of the Worldfish, Dr. Adeleke, announced the donation in a brief ceremony, which took place on Friday at the Fisheries Laboratory, Faculty of Science, Main Campus, Ojo.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, was represented at the event by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, while the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Adenike Boyo, and other members of the Faculty were also in attendance.
In her statement, Dr. Adeleke, a Senior Lecturer from the Federal University of Technology, Abeokuta, said: “The Worldfish decided to run the ProSCAWA Project in two African countries and selected Nigeria and Ghana.
“Lagos State University was selected in Nigeria as a Centre where fish farmers from across the country will be trained on water parameters to aid their farming for improved production.
“This attracts water quality equipment, which will be donated by the Worldfish. The equipment is not here now. LASU has been properly briefed on how to make the requisition and provide the necessary documentation for the procurement and delivery of the equipment worth up to 4,000 dollars.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, who represented the Vice Chancellor, lauded the Department of Fisheries for its recent achievements:
“We thank God for this Department. It has been a prominent one in the university, and we want to thank the Dean and all faculty members. I am excited to be here representing the VC.
“On behalf of the Vice Chancellor, I also thank Worldfish for giving us the w water quality equipment. Be assured that we are going to make use of the equipment well,” he said.
On her part, the Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Adenike Boyo, praised Worldfish for choosing LASU to run the one year project, assuring them that they have made the right decision.
“The Fisheries Department has been fantastic and so are all our departments. Thank you for bringing this to us.”
The Head of Department, Prof. Shehu Akintola in his Vote of Thanks assured that LASU’s selection is just a tip of the iceberg as the Department is ready to do more to bring glory to the University.