On the 27th March, 2017, animal agricultural practitioners and scientists drawn from the industry, government and the academia across Nigeria converged on the serene campus of Landmark University for the 42nd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) tagged “Landmark 2017”.

The conference themed “EMERGING CHALLENGES FACING ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IN NIGERIA AND THE WAY FORWARD” was declared open by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan on behalf of the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Dr David Oyedepo. In her welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan noted that the theme of the year’s conference was of great significance to the University, noting her world-class commitments towards actualizing her visionary mandate of spearheading an agrarian revolution on the continent of Africa with a view to restoring the dignity of the black race. “What a joy to note the solution-driven nexus that defines the partnership between the NSAP and LMU in hosting this year’s conference,” she remarked. The Vice-Chancellor further revealed that plans are ongoing to launch the first Assisted Animal Reproductive Biotechnologies Laboratories in Africa.

While commenting on the various success stories of students and graduates of the University in the field of agriculture validating the efficiency of the University’s Farm-Practice tradition, she made reference to Benett Chuwkwuma, a graduate of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, who successfully established his fish farm when he was in 500 level and paid 70% of his school fees from the proceeds of his fish farm. The Vice-Chancellor was optimistic that the iconic gathering of experts in animal agriculture with their rich experiences will generate ideas that would boost productivity in animal agriculture and in the short run remedy the challenge of food insecurity.

  • A group photograph of Management of Landmark University and NSAP EXCOs during the reception
  • Arrival at the Dinner
  • Cross section of members of the high table at the NSAP 42nd Annual Conference, Landmark 2017
  • During the investiture of Professor Gerald Akpa into the body of Fellows of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) at the 42nd Annual Conference, Landmark 2017
  • Fellows of the NSAP at the 42nd Annual Conference, Landmark 2017
  • Former Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Bogoro being inducted into the body of Fellows of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) at the 42nd Annual Conference
  • King Temidayo Moyebi, recipient of the NSAP Award of Academic Excellence being overall best student in Animal Science Department, receiving a congratulatory handshake from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan
  • Landmark University celebrating Professor P. Njoku at 70 with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan and other NSAP Fellows joined in the cutting of his birthday cake at the NSAP 42nd Annual Conference Dinner
  • Members of the NSAP in a group photograph with Landmark University Management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan at the 42nd Annual Conference of the NSAP, Landmark 2017
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  • The Kwara State's Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources representing the Governor, Alhaji Abdufatah Ahmed while delievering his speech at the NSAP 42nd Annual Conference
A group photograph of Management of Landmark University and NSAP EXCOs during the reception1 Arrival at the Dinner2 Cross section of members of the high table at the NSAP 42nd Annual Conference, Landmark 20173 During the investiture of Professor Gerald Akpa into the body of Fellows of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) at the 42nd Annual Conference, Landmark 20174 Fellows of the NSAP at the 42nd Annual Conference, Landmark 20175 Former Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Bogoro being inducted into the body of Fellows of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) at the 42nd Annual Conference6 King Temidayo Moyebi, recipient of the NSAP Award of Academic Excellence being overall best student in Animal Science Department, receiving a congratulatory handshake from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan7 Landmark University celebrating Professor P. Njoku at 70 with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan and other NSAP Fellows joined in the cutting of his birthday cake at the NSAP 42nd Annual Conference Dinner8 Members of the NSAP in a group photograph with Landmark University Management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan at the 42nd Annual Conference of the NSAP, Landmark 20179 Royal Fathers of the Day at the NSAP 42nd Annual Conference, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Ibitoye and the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi, represented by the Ojomu, Chief Bayo Akinsola10 The Kwara State's Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources representing the Governor, Alhaji Abdufatah Ahmed while delievering his speech at the NSAP 42nd Annual Conference11
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The Keynote Speaker, Professor Istifanus Ishaku Dafwang explored the theme of the conference titled “Emerging challenges Facing Animal Agriculture in Nigeria and the Way Forward”. He highlighted the major challenges facing animal agriculture in Nigeria and called for viable solutions via the concerted effort of scientists, technologists and politicians.

Similarly, the President of NSAP, Professor Augustine O. Ani in his address, stated that the Society had been at the vanguard of promoting the wellbeing of the generality of Nigerians and it would not relent in its effort to consistently influence government policies and programmes in the field of animal production positively. He pointed out that the theme of the conference was deliberately chosen as a reflex of the myriad of challenges kowtowing Nigeria’s economic fortune with a view to proffering practical solutions through promoting animal production.

He also noted the remarkable contributions of the various individuals and industries being awarded by the Society. Some of the awardees included the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed and Special Guest of Honour at the event, who was honoured for sustaining the legacy of his predecessor with regards to the Shonga Farms’ initiative in poultry and dairy production. The Governor, represented by the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Bamidele Adegoke, in his address, identified lack of capital, relevant skills acquisition and the absence of adequate information as factors hindering farmers’ abilities to derive greater benefits from production activities. He however expressed optimism in the 42nd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) for the proper education of farmers on the unlimited opportunities inherent in livestock production. The governor also suggested the adoption of valued chain concept as a way of linking producers with marketers to achieve the desired objective.

Other well-meaning Nigerians honoured by the Society were the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Ibitoye who was accompanied by his council of chiefs and the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi for ensuring enabling and peaceful environments in their communities that allowed education and agriculture to thrive; Mr Leye Alayande of Hybrid Feeds, Kaduna; Mr Ayo Alade of Dayntee Farms, Ilorin; Alhaji Aremu Aromokeye of Aromokeye Pharmaceutical Company; Shonga Farms Holding, Ilorin; and Master Temidayo Moyebi of Landmark University being the overall best student in Animal Science in the 2016/2017 academic session.

Also in the series of the celebrations of remarkable milestones, the former Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro and Professor Gerald Akpa, the immediate past Dean of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria were inducted into the body of Fellows of the NSAP.

The gathering of who’s who of the Society at the closing dinner lent a pomp to the already spectacular conference, notwithstanding its academic thrust.