VC Highlights Importance of Biotechnology

The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the DVC (Academic), Prof. Onwuka (Standing) flanked by Professors Onagbesan, Jim Starr and Osinowo (1st right).

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has described biotechnology as an important tool for human development.

Professor Balogun made this disclosure while declaring open the University’s 14th Summer Course in Practical Biotechnology titled “Polymerase Chain Reaction, Protein Analytical Techniques and their Application” at the Senate Chamber.

According to Professor Balogun, Biotechnology is germane to the actualization of food security, graduate training and research work.

Speaking on the role of UNAAB in the development of biotechnology in the Country, the Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka pointed out that the workshop was the 14th since the University’s Biotechnology Centre was establishment in 1999 and had been consistent in impacting the gains of biotechnology both locally and internationally.

Professor Balogun, who noted that the Workshop had over the years attracted participants and resource persons from within and outside the Country, enjoined participants to replicate the training received in their various laboratories and researches for the advancement of the Country.

Corroborating the Vice-Chancellor, the Director of the University’s Biotechnology Centre, Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan, in his Welcome Address noted that biotechnology has become a household name in academic, research and industry

He stated that through biotechnology, techniques had been developed to produce rare and medicinally valuable molecules to change hereditary traits of plants and animals, to diagnose diseases, to produce chemicals and purify the environment.

According to him, biotechnology has great impact in the fields of health care, food and agriculture, environmental protection and humanities.

The International resource person, Professor Jim Starr of the Texas A & M University, United States of America added that the Course is designed to provide participants the basic tools for the practice of biotechnology.

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