The immediate past Managing Director of the Bank of Industry (BoI), Dr. (Ms.) Evelyn Oputu has been appointed as the Ambassador for Entrepreneurship and Industrial Linkages at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). Communicating the appointment to her during a visit to the University, the-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole described her as an exemplary woman with great values, integrity and focus, who was committed to building future leaders, declaring that by virtue of the appointment, Ms. Oputu would have the opportunity to further enhance lives of the people.

Professor Oyewole gave a brief history of FUNAAB and availed her of the expectations of her role as an Ambassador, which would require that she projects the mission, vision and objectives of the various Colleges, Centres and Institutes through internationalisation, community engagement and entrepreneurial activities in the drive towards attaining a world-class status. The Vice-Chancellor added that other expectations include projecting the image of the University as well as attracting goodwill and support in the area of collaboration.

Accepting the offer, Ms. Oputu appreciated the University Management for the honour done her by being part of FUNAAB’s success story as an Ambassador for Entrepreneurship and Industrial Linkages, as she commended the Vice-Chancellor for providing good leadership in the University, adding that “this is the way to go because if you add entrepreneurship to innovation, it is not just going to spur growth, it is going to change things, It is going to make us proud as Nigerians.”

She noted that with the right connection and motivation, the University’s entrepreneurial arm such as the farm and research institutes would become veritable income spinning ventures. The Ambassador, who is also a farmer, was conducted on a tour round the University’s production factories and farms and assured the Vice-chancellor of her commitment, to use her wealth of experience and links to increase the demand for FUNAAB products. According to her, the University should be ready to increase its scale of production to meet the high demand that would soon be witnessed. She also promised to get production companies to be aware of the availability of pineapples in the University and to introduce its cashew nuts to prospective buyers.

Other places visited include the Cassava Production Unit, the Bakery, Palmwine Unit, Palm Oil Unit, Cashew Nut Unit, Pineapple Plantation, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) Cattle Production Venture Farm and the Institute of Food Security, Environment Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) Farm.

Last Updated on July 18, 2014 by admin

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