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    FUOYE Conference: Dons showcase gains of science, technology in Covid 19 era

    …as participants urge varsity to establish the Intellectual Property Transfer Office (IPTO).

    By Wole Balogun

    Distinguished academics in the world of science and technology recently showcased novel findings, innovations and advances in painstaking research efforts in a recent international conference organised by the Faculty of Science, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE). This was done to the admiration of teeming and inquisitive students of the institution who attended the international academic discourse in large numbers.

    The event was the 2022 edition of the International Conference of the Faculty of Science, FUOYE, organised by the Faculty under the leadership of Prof. Ajiboye A. A, current Dean of the Faculty and with adequate support of the Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina led Management.

    Themed, ‘Advances and Innovations in Science and Technology in the COVID-19 Era’, the 2022 edition of the Faculty’s international conference was a remarkable improvement on the earlier one which was equally a huge success. And being the 5th edition, the event had robust participation by dons from within and outside the country.

    According to a Communique, released from the office of the Faculty’s Dean, the conference was held from the 10th to 12th January 2022 at the New Faculty of Science Auditorium. The Communique further disclosed that:

    “…A total of one hundred and nine (109) abstracts were received for submission both within and outside the country. This is the largest number of abstract submissions so far since the commencement of the Faculty of Science International Conference and was aired via Zoom. The book of abstracts was made available to all of the participant and will also be available online at www.fjpas.fuoye.edu.ng. The program was anchored by Dr. Eluwole, Head of Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science, Federal University Oye-Ekiti.

    In his welcome address as the Faculty’s chief host, Prof. Ajiboye, who spoke through his Deputy Dean, Dr. O.O. Oketayo, supported the widely held notion that science is the only option to curb the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19. He appreciated the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, for sponsoring the University staff and the LOC committee. The Dean described the VC as a performing/selfless leader who is very passionate about the growth and development of FUOYE into an enviable, world class Ivory Tower.

    In his address, the VC congratulated the Faculty for yet another milestone in its numerous and laudable achievements.
    He urged other faculties to follow the footsteps of the Faculty of Science and organize conferences. He promised that the management would readily sponsor any of the Faculty that organizes conferences. The VC agreed that the theme of the conference, Advances and Innovations in Science and Technology in the COVID-19 Era, will assist scientists in Africa to come up with means of eradicating COVID-19 pandemic.

    The conference had two enlightening plenary sessions, the first of which was chaired by Prof (Mrs.) O.B. Ajayi. Dr. A.O. Ajayi, Acting Head of Department of Microbiology. Dr. Ajayi read the citations of the keynote Speakers who were Prof. G. Oboh of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, and Prof. M.O. Daramola, who delivered bia lecture all the way from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, via zoom.

    Prof. Oboh spoke on “Translating Scientific Research to Sustainable Development”. According to the Conference Communique, the don: “… emphasized that researchers should move from bench to product, he reinstated that researchers need to translate their publications to sustainable development. He also mentioned that there are many Professors in Nigerian Universities but how many products do they have. He encouraged researchers that their research should not be for publications only. Prof Oboh said the scientists need to develop business ideas alongside research and that collaboration with industry is key. He concluded his speech by saying information obtained in our respective laboratories are not yet complete until we translate it into a product that will benefit the common man.”

    On his topic, ‘Research and Innovation Priorities during and after COVID-19 Era’, Prof. Daramola disclosed that Agriculture and Food security are key to reducing the negative effect of COVID-19.

    The Communique further disclosed that Prof. Daramola reminded conference participants that transformation learning depends on the combination of cognitive and experimental learning in science education.

    It further reads: “Prof. Daramola itemized some of the challenges of translational research to lack of expertise, insufficient funds, lack of state-of-art research facilities, poor student-supervisor relationship, etc. He stressed that collaboration is the key with both industry and academia globally. He concluded by saying scientists should engage in translational research and reminding the audience that students are lecturers’ colleagues in the academic business and as such, researchers should partner with students to achieve the goals. Lastly, he encouraged scientists to be time conscious.
    In the question and answer session, it was agreed by both speakers that FUOYE needs to establish the Intellectual Property Transfer Office (IPTO).

    Stating further details, the Communique revealed that the two dons, Proffessors Oboh and Daramola added that IPTO is very germane in a University. While Prof Oboh also said that researchers can apply for patents via NOTAP or Federal Ministry of Trade, Prof Daramola stated that to boost partnership with industry we need to change the way of doing our things.

    He advised academics against getting more involved in University environment’s politics rather than getting into more meaningful and impactful researches and encouraged them to leave politics and focus on research.”

    The plenary session of the second day of the conference was chaired by Prof. O.S. Hammed. Dr. (Mrs.) Komolafe read the citation of Prof. A. Sodiya and Associate Professor C.O. Adetunji. There were two keynote speakers who were Prof. S.A. Sodiya, FUNAAB, Nigeria and Associate Professor C.O. Adetunji

    Prof. S.A. Sodiya was represented by Dr Olusegun Olorunyomi, the President of the Nigeria Professionals in Civil and Public Service. Dr Olorunyomi is also the President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Ekiti State Chapter.

    In his paper entitled: ‘Digital Inclusion and the Future of Nigeria University system’, he stated that advancement in information technology has made it possible for the world to move from counting stones or the use of abacus to digital computing and added that Digital inclusion is the ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies. Prof. Sodiya mentioned that the major components of digital inclusion are access, usage and interest.

    He further said: “Digital inclusion is however not without its challenges he said. These are government support, addressing needs, literacy level, resistance to change, general attitude, etc.”

    The don stressed that the only thing Covid-19 has taught the entire world is that digital technology must be embraced for us to adapt to the new normal. He noted in particular that Google meet, zoom, Skype and other interactive digital apps have been in existence before 2020 but were largely unknown until Covid 19 compelled us to use them.

    He said further: “Remote learning, teaching and meetings are now popular owing to COVID-19 pandemic. He stated that the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is doing a lot in improving the computer literacy level in Nigeria. He revealed that the NCS has developed a software for the payment of salary instead of the use of IPPIS, the package was presented to National Assembly but the Government policies have not been favourable.

    Dr C.O. Adetunji presented a topic on ‘Recent Biotechnological Techniques and Multilateral Innovations: A Sine Oua Non for Numerous Global Challenges’. He emphasized different multilateral innovations in Sciences and Technologies and explained the findings of recent research efforts of his team, one of which is jowa his team were able to produce human bone from egg and crab, as well as how tomatoes can be preserved for more than three weeks, amongst others.

    He concluded by advising that collaboration is the key to multilateral innovations in both science and technology.

    There were series of presentations relating to the advances and innovations in Science and Technology in the covid-19 era. All presentation were concluded on 12th January 2022.

    Dr. O.O. Oketayo read the Dean’s closing remark, he thanked the management of the University for opportunity, the guest speakers, all the Professors and staff of this Faculty as well as the LOC led by Dr. O.S. Ayanda for the wonderful feat. In Dr. O.S. Ayanda’s speech, he acknowledged the Dean, the management as led by performing VC, Prif. Fasina, all the LOC members as well as all the conference participants.

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