Oko-Irese, Kwara State, Nigeria,
August 23, 2023
Thomas Adewumi University officially unveiled its state-of-the-art Aquaculture Centre, dedicated to the esteemed Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Francisca Oladipo. The commission of the Professor Francisca Oladipo Centre for Aquaculture stands as a testament to the University's commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and sustainable development. The centre’s establishment is set to propel research, training, and technology transfer in the field of aquaculture, contributing to the region's food security and economic growth, focusing on raising a variety of fish species, including Tilapia, Catfish, and Salmon among others.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francisca, has been a pioneering force in the realms of education and research. Her remarkable contributions to academia, particularly in the areas of innovation and sustainability, have earned her this distinguished honor. Under her leadership, TAU has consistently sought to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. The Aquaculture Centre features cutting-edge facilities, including research laboratories, hatcheries, and experimental ponds. This infrastructure will provide students, researchers, and industry professionals with the tools necessary to explore innovative approaches to aquaculture, aquaponics, and fisheries management.
During the commissioning, Prof. Francisca expressed her gratitude for the honor bestowed upon her and emphasized the vital role of education and research in addressing the challenges of food security and sustainable resource management. She noted that the Aquaculture Centre would serve as a hub for both local and international collaborations, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise. She further acknowledged the center’s potential to contribute to the region's economy and provide solutions to global food production challenges.
As the global population continues to grow, sustainable methods of food production such as aquaculture gain increasing importance. The establishment of the Professor Francisca Oladipo Centre for Aquaculture comes at a crucial juncture, reinforcing Thomas Adewumi University's commitment to making impactful contributions to the advancement of knowledge and the betterment of society. The University's focus on innovation and sustainable development has led to the establishment of the Professor Francisca Oladipo Centre for Aquaculture, further solidifying its position as a leader in academia and contributing to the welfare of the community.