By: Aduwo Ayodele
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode O. Adebowale, mni, FAS, has on Tuesday, 19th December appreciated the usefulness of Science Laboratory Technology and its human vehicles.
The Vice Chancellor has described the field as a versatile course that cuts across many prime sectors such as education, agriculture, industries, medicine, engineering, national security, and ICT.
Professor Adebowale who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Aderonke Baiyeroju at the opening of the 4th Biennial conference cum workshop of the UI branch of the Association of Science Laboratory Technologists of Nigeria (ASLTON) expressed the unreserved appreciation.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that Laboratory Technologists ensure standard knowledge and exposure to equipment and promote the highest standards of competence, Practice, and conduct.
He stated that the Governing Council of the University recently approved the Master of Science degree programme in Science Laboratory Technology, in a bid to enhance the knowledge of the SLT graduates yearning for further higher academic knowledge in their field.
The Chairperson of the UI Branch of ASLTON, Mrs Elizabeth O. Joel had earlier stated that the theme of this year’s conference, like the others before it, was coined around Technologists and their role in the field of science, technology, engineering, and medicine.
This, she said, was to enable the technologists today stay focused with the determination to bring the required development to the nation’s technological advancement.
She assured that the members of the Association would neither relent nor rest on their oars as professionals to seek academic knowledge that sufficiently fits into technologically advancement.
The theme of the 3-day conference is “Sustainable Laboratory Practices at: A Key In-Depth in Nanotechnology Research and Product Development for National Advancement”.
Professor Lateef Agbaje of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology delivered the Keynote Address.
Goodwill messages were received from the Registrar, Deans of Science, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Agriculture, and the Head of Department of Computer Science.
The Chairperson of Oyo State Branch of ASLTON was represented by Mr. Emmanuel Oyewole. The Chairman, Comrade Yahaya, and the General Secretary of the UI Branch of the NAAT, Comrade Rauf, who were all in attendance.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abdulwaheed Salihu, was ably represented by Mr. Idowu Adebayo Adekunle, the Director of Applied Science and Technology. Mr Adewale Oluwole, the Director of Higher and Continuing Education, as well as Mr Akande, the Deputy Director, were also at the opening ceremony.
Credit – Directorate of Public Information, UI.