- Participants joined from 10 Sister Universities
- College plans to sustain the Lecture Series
“Eat to stay alive, or eat to die” was the message drawn by participants from the maiden College of Basic and Applied Sciences (COLBAS) annual invited lecture Series, Titled Fruits and vegetables Diet: Fruition and Frustration, delivered by Professor Bamidele Adewale Salau, on Tuesday, 26th April, 2022.
In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Samuel Adegboyega University, Professor A. Babatunde Idowu, welcomed everyone to the maiden edition of the annual lecture series and stated that the lecture was an eye-opener. He congratulated the Acting Dean and his team for a well- thought out ideal that is today a reality. He encouraged the Dean and his team to produce a book from this very important lecture for everybody to have access to.
In his welcome remark, the Acting Dean, Dr. Kingsley Enerijiofi, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, thanked participants for participating in the webinar. He said it was a thing of Joy to note that this annual College Lecture Series is berthed in his time as the Acting Dean of the College. “As it is the academic tradition of the University to collaborate in teaching, research and in community service, the trust of a pure academic institution, I am elated today to kick-start the COLBAS Annual Lecture Series which by the grace of God will out-live everyone present here today, he emphasized.
In her remarks, Professor F.M. Ogbe, the Immediate past Dean of the College of Basic And Applied Sciences, represented by Professor M.O. Osuide, said the title of the annual lecture series was timely and encouraged academics not to relent on the tradition of research that the College was known for.
Delivering his lecture to the participants who joined virtually, Professor Bamidele Salau, a renowned Professor of Biochemistry and the Head of Department, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, stressed the relevance of diet in healthy living.
He opined that we either eat to live, or eat to die. He enunciated the factor that define human diet, pointing out the roles of fruits and vegetables. Professor, Salau painfully highlighted the factors that have mitigated the benefit of fruits and vegetables in Nigeria.
In his lecture that lasted for about 55 minutes, Professor Salau stressed the relevance of diet in healthy living. He dwelt extensively on the need for people to mind what they eat and how such fruits and vegetables are cultivated, harvested, transported and acceptable time of preservation.
Fielding questions from participants, Professor Salau stated that healthy cultivation, harvest storage, and distribution of healthy fruits and vegetables were the role of everybody and not just the government alone. But admonished the government at all levels to put in place policies and health monitors to ensure that fruits and vegetable vendors followed due process so humans can eat to live and not die.
Also in attendance were the Principal Officers of Samuel Adegboyega University, Deans of Colleges and Heads of Department.
Other sister institutions that had large crowd of participants included Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Benue State University, University of Medical Sciences Ondo State and the University of Benin. Others were Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Gurucharan College, India and the University of Bedfordshire United Kingdom.