15 Feb 2017

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PULSES (IYP) SYMPOSUIM 2016 ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOIL SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA

The event started by 12:30pm with the following dignitaries in attendance; Vice Chancellor represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Prof. Charles A. Igwe Dean Faculty of Agriculture – Prof. B.C. Echezona Former provost Federal College of Land Resources – Mr. Ucheagwu Hillary Head of Department, Crop Science – Dr. (Mrs). U.M. Ndubuaku Head of Department, Plant Science & Biotechnology – Dr.(Mrs.) Nkechinyere Eze Head of Department, Home Science Nutrition & Dietetics represented by Mrs Ifeoma Ifiagwu Staff of the Department Students of the Faculty The programme began with an opening prayer said by Mrs Eke Secretary of the Department of Soil Science and the National anthem and University song. Afterwards the Dean gave his address; he noted sadly that it was unfortunate that most of the Faculty Staff did not make themselves available for the event. He also pointed out the importance of pulses to food security.
Before the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) gave the Vice Chancellor’s address he also reiterated the lack of commitment of staff and students of the Faculty especially staff of Department of Soil Science to events that are being organized by the Faculty stating that the attendance to the programme is very poor and show the lackadaisical attitude of staff. Afterwards he gave the Vice Chancellor’s address and declared the Symposium open.
The first speaker to present was the Head of Department of Plant science and Biotechnology Dr (Mrs) N. Eze she spoke on the role of pulses for climate change mitigation, she was followed by the Head of Department of Home Science, Nutrition & Dietetics who spoke on the nutritional importance of pulses. The third speaker was the Head of Department of Soil science represented by Dr. S.E. Obalum who spoke on the importance of pulses in relation to soil fertility management and the last speaker was Head of Department of Crop Science, Dr (Mrs) U.M. Ndubuaku who talked about pulses in relation to climate change, nutrition, soil fertility and food security. After discussions and general comment from the participants the programme came to a close at 3:30pm with a closing prayer.