15 Feb 2017

2016 World Soil Day Celebration, Federal University of Technology Owerri,

The  Federal University of Technology, Owerri has done it again. In 2016, they organized one of the best World Soil Day and the 2016 IYP in Nigeria. The Department of Soil Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri Nigeria joined their counterpart all over the world in organizing and celebrating the World Soil Day 2016 on Monday December 5, 2016 at the university premises. Prior to this year’s celebration, the Acting Head of Department and a pedologist, Dr. E.U. Onweremadu constituted a three man Local Organizing Committee comprising
  1. Emmanuel E. Ihem (Chairman)
  2. Stanley U. Onwudike (Secretary) and
  3. Leonard C. Agim (Member)
The committee consulted widely and swung into action to produce a blue-print which formed the road map for efficient delivery. PRE – DAY EVENT Focusing on the theme pointing on Soil and Pulses, the Acting Head of Department of Soil Science and Technology, had a pre-day interview and interaction with Radio Nigeria (Heartland Radio) on the 2nd of December, 2016. At the dawn of the day and before commencement of the programme at Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), the interview was aired which sensitized and mobilized the entire state for the global event. In this particularly interaction, Dr. E. U. Onweremadu reviewed both the beauty and utility of soils and pulses. The radio sensitization was in addition to posters and fliers as earlier supplied.
THE EVENT There was early morning match by the student group. At about 11 am, participants from Federal University of Technology Owerri, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Imo State University Owerri, Federal College of Land Resources Technology Owerri, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo and indeed other land users gathered at the Board room of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology. After traditional kola-nut presentation by the Head of Department of Soil Science and Technology and accomplishment of accompanying rites, the Dean of School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology on behalf of the University Management declared the occasion open after presenting a welcome address to the participants including renowned Professors from the university and other sister institutions. The hallmark of the event was a lecture titled: ‘’Soils and Pulses: An Intercourse for mutual benefits in the Biosphere’’ delivered by Dr. E. U. Onweremadu. The lecture excited and evoked supportive speeches from participants. The lecture is attached in this report as there was full-time video coverage. A walk round the laboratories, and other facilities necessary for soil studies were undertaken. Group photographs were taken at the end of the day. Thereafter, students were so excited and encouraged about their relevance given the revelation of the lecture. In this ecstasy, students matched out the hall, going round the campus with their flags of campaign to preserve soils for the betterment of human kind and sustaining the fast-degrading environment.
APPRECIATION We the soil scientists in the catchment in view, thank the vice chancellor, professor F.C, Eze, who provided an enabling environment for driving excellence in the university especially his support for soil science. The Dean of School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Prof. B. O. Esonu, staff and students of Imo State University, Federal College of Land Resources Technology, and a host of other institutions, National Association of Soil Science Students, FUTO and IMSU branches, the Local Organizing Committee for the occasion, Professors and lecturers especially from FUTO who made the occasion thick.