IITA Commends FUNAAB on Cassava Production

The Cassava Weed Management Project Team of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has applauded the University’s effort at ensuring optimum production of cassava using effective and sustainable weed management technologies. The Project Administrator, Mrs. Ezinne Ibe, gave the commendation during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, as well as the Project Team in FUNAAB, to assess the progress made and proffer solutions to the challenges facing the implementation of the project.

Speaking on the aim of the project, which is co-executed by IITA and FUNAAB, Mrs. Ibe said it would help smallholder cassava growers, who were mostly women and children, to achieve sustainable increase in their production and income through development and the adoption of improved weed control methods by reducing the losses caused by weeds. The Project Administrator’s presentation titled, “Project Overview, Update on Milestones”, highlighted the objectives of the project, which include developing appropriate agronomic practices for increase in cassava productivity, identifying effective and safe herbicides use for weed control in cassava, evaluating new and integrated approaches of combining best agronomy practices using herbicides to maximize weed control in cassava system, extension services, among others.

Making a presentation on “Financial Management in Projects Execution”, the Project Accountant, Mr. Obilade Adeniyi, emphasised the importance of good financial management for the success of any project. According to him, good financial management entailed the planning, organising, controlling and monitoring of resources so that the organisation can achieve its set objectives and fulfill its obligations to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders. He added that financial management should not be seen as mere keeping of account records but an important part of programme management, which should not be left to only the finance staff. Mr. Adeniyi gave the benefits of a good financial management to include the ability to give proper account and presentation of financial statement for regulatory bodies, to enable staff make better decision on the use of funds, attain credibility for the organisation and strengthen fundraising efforts, to get better value for money. He further disclosed that the expectations of the Partner’s Account Officers consist of the conformity of disbursements within the contractual terms; allocation of funds; seeking co-operation with IITA on contract and financial matters; observing set deadlines and format; preparing financial reports with the required and proper referenced supporting documents; and ensuring that necessary cost incurred were duly authorised. The Project Accountant charged the University’s Project Co-ordinator to ensure that FUNAAB’s reports were always timely and conformed to IITA’s standard, as well as that of the donor.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor ‘Goke Bodunde, appreciated IITA for considering FUNAAB to spearhead the laudable project, adding that the collaboration between the two organisations was already yielding good results. He described the Project Co-ordinator, Professor Segun Lagoke, as an erudite scholar and experienced hand, and assured the team of the University’s commitment to the success of the project. According to him, a befitting office had already been provided, to ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day activities of the project. Commenting, the FUNAAB Project Coordinator, Professor Lagoke,
expressed his gratitude to University’s Management for always being supportive.

Last Updated on December 16, 2014 by admin

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