…Inducts them as African Food Survival Ambassadors(AFSA)
By Charles Segun Adegbite
Two Yoruba monarchs and sixteen distinguished Nigerian farmers were honoured on Thursday with AgriBusiness Excellence Recognition Awards and conferred as African Food Survival Ambassadors(AFSA) by an NGO, Save-an-African Child Agricultural Education Mission (SACAEM)
The monarchs, Onimeko of Imeko, HRM Oba Benjamin Oyediran Alabi Olanite, Akanku IV, and the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, Ketuland, HRM, Oba Joel Ademola Alaye, both from Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State, were conferred with the award for their immense contributions to the development of agriculture in Nigeria.
The award ceremony, organised in collaboration with the Golden Spear Organizations, was held inside Prof. Mamood Yakubu Lecture Theatre, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State.
During the investiture, the chairman of the organising committee, Dr David Olumuyiwa Akinsola and the Chief organiser/CEO of SACAEM, Mr Oladele Awoleri, said the awards were given in recognition of the successful efforts these men and women towards food survival in Africa.
While the Onimeko of Imeko was conferred as AFSA for donating 1000 hectares of land towards building Golden Crown Agricultural Entrepreneur University at Imeko, along Imeko-Iwoye Road, the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu was inducted as AFSA for his previous career in Agriculture and contributions to the production of cotton in Nigeria.
The distinguished Nigerian farmers and agribusiness men and women who bagged the Agribusiness Excellence Recognition Awards and were inducted as AFSA were: Engr. Samuel Adisa Adeyinka, Pharm. Odunlami Olumayowa Okeowo, Engr. Ademola Odusami Shote, Chief Modupe I. Okusanya, Mr Olusegun Olaleye, Mr Bello Abdullah Afolabi, and a reverend Olori Elizabeth Alaba Ajayi.
The other awardees were: Alhaji Abiodun Muritala Tijani, Chief Abdulazzez Ismail Adedayo, Alhaji Shehu Usman Jibril, Chief Ganiyat Adeoye Kushimo, Mr Yunus Ojolowo, Mr Adebayo Mustapha Adeogun, Mr Adetola Temitope Saheed,
Prominent among the awardees was a retired director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Chairman of the organizing committee, Dr David Olumuyiwa Akinsola. Likewise, the Founder of the first private agricultural high school in Nigeria and chief organiser of the event , Mr Awoleri was also inducted; both for their immense contributions to food production in Nigeria.
The event which started by 9am with the conclusion of the Agric Quiz competition, had a lot of side attractions like parade excise carried out by students of the first private paramilitary secondary school in Nigeria, Solomon Iluyomade Academy (SIA), Sagamu, Ogun State. And an agricultural playlet was also acted by the students of Golden Crown Agricultural High School, Awa Ijebu inside the lecture theatre.
The students were thereafter given different prizes for their good performances. The undergraduates of the FUNAAB, who filled the aesthetic lecture theater to the brim, also made the gathering a memorable one, as they cheered the secondary students and the awardees up.
The chairman of the organising committee, in his welcome address, noted that this type of awards would spur the recipients to keep contributing more to the agricultural development of Nigeria and food security in Africa.