Owoyokun Dolapo
According to the Dean of Students, the University of Ibadan, Prof. Adebowale Titilayo Ajuwape, the birth of plants and animals can be historically traced to the land of Egypt. This he stated in his lecture presentation at the University of Ibadan Inaugural Lecture titled, Contending with Wall-less Cities and Fortified Kingdoms- A Veterinary Microbiologists Statement.  

The inaugural lecture was held from 5:00pm on 27th April, 2017 at Trenchard Hall. The lecture was the first to be delivered by a unit in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine which was established by him and he is coincidentally the third ever serving Dean of Student to deliver a UI Inaugural Lecture. The inaugural lecture was chaired by the DVC, Prof. Emilorun Aiyelari, representing the VC Prof. A.I. Olayinka who was absent for certain reasons.

The lecture was sub-divided into three parts: Wall-less Cities, Fortified Kingdoms and Animal Protein Crisis in Herdsmen Insurgency in Nigeria. Delivering the lecture on behalf of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Ajuwape defined microbiology as a branch of science that studies very tiny organisms that are too small to be seen with unaided naked eyes. He further stated that veterinarians study this science because of the disease they produce in their patient, the animals, with the ultimate aim of controlling it.

Speaking on the first part of the lecture, he said wall-less cities are microorganisms that lack cell wall but are implicated in the livestock diseases such as trypanosomes transmitted by tsetse fly. He noted, in his words, a nation that cannot feed her citizens is like a wall-less city. He further stated that where there is no justice, illegality becomes the order of the day. In relation to the third part of the lecture, he noted that Ekiti, Ondo and Anambra states only are the three states in Nigeria that have taken action against the Fulani Herdsmen.

At the end of the lecture Prof. Ajuwape acknowledged the Almighty God, his wife, family, colleagues and well-wishers. The Inaugural Lecture was rounded off with a reception at Bello Dome, Sultan Bello Hall, U.I.


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