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Professor Emiola Delivers LAUTECH’s 47th Inaugural Lecture

Professor Isiaka Adewale Emiola, a Professor of Animal Nutrition and Feed Toxicology from the Department of Animal Nutrition and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences,
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), has delivered the institution’s 47th Inaugural Lecture.

This took place on the 5th of August, 2021, at The Great Hall.

The lecture titled “Sustainable Livestock Production and Food Security: Feeds and Feedstuff to the Rescue,” reiterated the importance of feeds and feedstuff in livestock production.

The LAUTECH don submitted that feeds alone constitute between 65% and 70% of the total cost of livestock production.

He was equivocal in his assertion that adequate knowledge of feeds and feedstuff production is germane to profitable livestock production.

According to him, the conventional feedstuffs used in livestock feed production such as maize, groundnut, soybean and sorghum can also serve as food for humans.

In his words: “This has led to unprecedented increase in the prices of these feed materials making their use as component of livestock feeds unprofitable.”

He also said that the farmers/herdsmen crisis and climate change further aggravated the challenge in the production of these feedstuffs.

The don then suggested that underexploited legumes, agro industrial by-products and wastes could be used as alternative feedstuff to rescue the situation and thus, make animal protein available to the populace.

In his submission, the Inaugural Lecturer identified anti-nutritional factors that could limit the use of these alternatives as components of livestock feeds most especially poultry and swine.

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While reiterating the focus of his research work, the erudite scholar reported that different processing methods could be adopted to reduce the level of these anti-nutrients and thus, increase the level of inclusion in the feed, improve animals performance and thus profitability in the livestock enterprise.

Adding that “The major challenges facing the animal nutritionist is finding a way to formulate less costly feeds without compromising animal performance and environmental sustainability.”

Professor Emiola recommended that government should increase funding of animal agriculture and related researches so as to increase protein consumption among the populace.

Professor Emiola Delivers LAUTECH’s 47th Inaugural Lecture

He equally called on the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) to be alive to their responsibility as the coordinating agents in working with other relevant organs of government to increase livestock production.

Emiola who indicated that Nigeria is far from the biological potential for efficient production and supply of protein of animal origin, further stressed that the necessity of increasing the raw material base through exploration of underutilized plant protein and agro-industrial by-products for efficiency of livestock production becomes more evident because the demand for animal flesh and products continues to soar.

The don postulated that “Since animal production is mostly dependent on availability of feeds and feedstuffs which ensures healthy multiplication of animal species, the nutritional hazards that livestock are exposed to through an underestimation of the adverse anti-nutrients on the performances of livestock, however, are one of the greatest setbacks to achieving this lofty objective.”

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On the Lecture, Professor Emiola said “This lecture has shown us the importance of feeds and feedstuffs as the bedrock of sustainable livestock production and food security. It has also tried to detail the inherent anti-nutritional factors and the processing method required to reduce the deleterious effects of the toxic principles in ingredients used as feedstuffs for animals. If truly “We are what we eat” as presented by Professor G. O. Farinu and considering the fact that the quality of animal products is directly related to animal feeding, it thus mean that feeds and feed ingredients are critical component of the food chain that has direct impact on animal welfare, food safety and public health. This can be exploited as tools for the much needed change to bring about sustainable livestock development.”

To the admiration of a cross section of stakeholders and members of the audience, Prof Emiola concluded “this is the hallmark of my research activities in the last twenty-one years as an animal nutritionist. In pursuance of this, I have trained several students and also mentored junior colleagues in several universities as well as rendering consultancy services to livestock farmers in this field.”

He finally recommended that policy formulators should make adequate funds available for feed safety-oriented researches that promote environmental sustainability.  

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He noted that the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science has a role as a coordinating agency by working closely with relevant agencies, professional associations and the private sector to review, implement and monitor compliance with current standard of practice in the production, transportation, storage and marketing of animal products.”

Development of dietary strategy for improved nutrient utilization was also part of his recommendation.

He said: “There is the need to develop safety standards for undesirable substances in feeds produced for different species and categories of animals based on the ability to tolerate the materials. A rapid screening method is required for detection of contaminants in such feed materials.”

“As a matter of urgency, efforts to alleviate the inadequacies in the supply of conventional feedstuffs should be geared towards exploring the available and inexpensive under-exploited legumes and industrial by-products as well as waste. The Society for Under-Utilised Legumes can lead these frontiers. Governments at all levels should endeavour to invest more in education,” he added.

He continued: “More is needed to be done in terms of provision of funds for research grants, acquisition of equipment, enabling atmosphere for learning and research, and improved remuneration.”

The lecture was attended by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Professor Ayodeji Omole, all members of the university council, members of the university community as well as professional colleagues, friends and family members.

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PUNCH News Headlines For 16th September, 2021

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PUNCH News Headlines For 16th September, 2021 As Listed By Chrysora Media

We will welcome Jonathan if he defects – APC

We will welcome Jonathan if he defects – APC

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THE All Progressives Congress on Wednesday said it would welcome former President Goodluck Jonathan should he decide to join the party.
It also said he, like every other new entrant, would enjoy the rights and privileges extended to all members of the party irrespective of date of joining.
National Secretary of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe said this while answering questions on a Channels Television Political Programme, Politics Today.
In response to a question whether there was any truth in speculations that the party was wooing Jonathan to join….
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Pay death benefits, salary arrears, NARD tells FG
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STRIKING members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors have said that they may shift ground on their ongoing strike that started on August 2 if they see signs that the Federal Government will honour agreements and clear some outstanding payments.
The outstanding payments the association is expecting the government to settle before they can consider ending the strike include death benefits of members who died during COVID-19 pandemic and salary arrears among others.
It was further learnt that the leadership of NARD and that of the Nigerian Medical Association would be meeting the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Friday in continuation of efforts to end the strike.
Our correspondent gathered that the issue of review of hazard allowance will feature prominently in the Friday meeting…..
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Twitter ban is not just about losing billions of naira
Twitter ban is not just about losing billions of naira
The Twitter ban in Nigeria by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime has stretched for more than 100 days, and the issue still comes up mostly as a matter of economic loss. When we focus on how much money Nigeria has lost due to the ban, we risk overlooking the crucial aspect of the regime’s persistence in maintaining an ill-advised policy. This is not to say the economic angle is insignificant; it is. According to NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, an agency that tracks the economic impact of the disruption of internet activities, Nigeria loses an estimated $60m daily due to the Twitter ban. That is no mean sum. Even if Nigeria were to reverse the ban, we would never recoup that loss….
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Cult threat: Missing student, sister planned disappearance, says Caleb varsity
Cult threat: Missing student, sister planned disappearance, says Caleb varsity
Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, has said its internal investigation and information obtained from chats between a missing student, Oluwanifemi Olajide, and his sister, Stella, showed that the student’s disappearance was planned.
PUNCH Metro on Wednesday reported that the student’s father, Oni Olajide, lamented that his son went missing while in the school.
He claimed that Oluwanifemi, a student of Computer Science at the institution, sent disturbing messages to his sister on WhatsApp suggesting that cultists were after his life.
Oni said the 21-year-old disappeared shortly afterwards, as he accused the varsity of not taking any action….
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Assembly okays Ganduje’s N4bn power, others’ loan request
Assembly okays Ganduje’s N4bn power, others’ loan request
THE Kano State House of Assembly has approved a request by the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to secure a N4bn loan facility for the completion of Tiga and Challawa electrification projects.
The House approved the request during its plenary on Wednesday.
Ganduje forwarded the request to the House via a letter which was earlier read on the floor by the Speaker, Hamisu Chidari.
The Majority Leader of the House, Labaran Madari, had moved a motion calling on his colleagues to take a critical look at the request and approve the same because of the enormous benefit it would bring to the populace…
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Second Edition Kaduna Schools Sports Festival Begins Next Week

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The Kaduna State Ministry of Sports Development has hinted that the second edition of the state’s Schools Sports Festival is expected to begin next weekend.

This was disclosed by the Director of Sports, Alhaji Yakubu Ibrahim during a meeting with zonal sports directors and top ministry staff to fine tune preparations for the sports festival.

Representing the Permanent Secretary, he said that already, they have prepared fixtures for the sports, which is expected to feature over 500 schools in the state.

“We have been given directives to start the competition immediately schools resumes.

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“By next week Saturday, we will start the second edition of the schools sports festival,” he assured.

According to him, they intended to have six events this time, against the four held in the first edition.

Second Edition Kaduna Schools Sports Festival Begins Next Week

He said the events to be held are however, limited to four, which are; football, volleyball, handball and athletics.

“We limited the events because we have so many activities coming up within this period, including the National Youth Games (NYG) and the Kaduna State Sports Festival,” he said.

He explained that school sports revitalisation is one of the core mandates of the ministry given by the Kaduna State Government.

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“This is one of the mandates given by his Excellency, the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to the ministry. We would have done second edition last year, but COVID-19 prevented it,” he informed.

He was optimistic that this year, more schools are expected to feature.

“We have 12 educational zones. Last time we had 500 secondary schools that participated in 2019. This time, we will have more than that,” he said.

“The 2019 schools sports united so many of the participants, who at the end when they were seperating, were even shedding tears as a result of bonding they had during the games,” he said.

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The meeting had in attendance representatives from all the 12 educational zones in the state.

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University of Benin, Shut Down Over New N20,000 Charge

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Students have been asked to vacate hostels and the university premises not later then 12 noon on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Authorities of the University of Benin (Uniben) have closed the institution with immediate effect.

On Tuesday, September 14, students of the university emptied into streets to protest the imposition of a N20,000 late registration fee by the institution.

The students also mounted road blocks at the entrance of the university’s main campus in Ugbowo, a course of action that affected free flow of traffic in and around the Benin metropolis.

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University of Benin, Shut Down Over New N20,000 Charge

A terse statement from the university reads as follows:

“The Vice Chancellor has reviewed the agitation by a section of the students’ body.

“After due consultation, and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the vice chancellor has, on behalf of the senate, approved the closure of the university with immediate effect.

“This is based on security reports to avoid the students’ action being hijacked by hoodlums; and thereby prevent any form of breakdown of law and order within and outside the campuses of the university.

“Accordingly, all students are to vacate the hostels and the university premises not later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th, September 2021.”

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Benjamin Egwu, President of the Student Union Government (SUG), had said that the decision to charge students N20,000 for late registration was in bad faith.

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