The Vice-Chancellor, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State; Professor Adeniyi Olayanju, has expressed the intention of his university to partner the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State towards actualising the objectives of both universities while the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta has also stated its determination to collaborate with FUNAAB in the areas of establishing a teaching hospital as well as breast cancer research and treatment.
According to Professor Olayanju, who was until his appointment, the Dean, Student Affairs of FUNAAB, stated that he holds FUNAAB in high esteem, most especially, in the areas of sustainable agriculture, product development and raising graduate-farmers.
Addressing the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ololade Enikuomehin; Prof. Olayanju had stated that, "it is in recognition of your capacity and our passion for collaborative drive for continuous improvement in agricultural practice, as a panacea for hunger, poverty and economic downturn that we have made this visit, to initiate partnership processes towards actualizing the objectives of the universities, for the ultimate gain of the society."
"The essence of which I place premium on, by paying a courtesy visit to the leadership of the university that gave me ample platform for academic and professional experiences that earned me this Vice-Chancellor's appointment in a foremost private and agriculture-based University in Nigeria.
"We are happy to be here and open to progressive ideas that will transform agricultural and educational landscape of Africa", he added. He said the collaborative effort between both universities would engender practical delivery of life-transforming products.
Prof. Enikuomehin, however, assured Landmark University that FUNAAB would be available to give what was required to make the partnership successful.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor admonished Landmark University to come up with detailed terms and conditions for the proposed partnership with the assurance that FUNAAB would welcome such since Professor Olayanju already knew what FUNAAB stood for.
Similarly, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ololade Enikuomehin, has lauded the leadership of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, for its desire at converting FMC into a teaching hospital with the full support of the university, while observing that “It was only someone that does not mean well that will want to remain restricted.
"We want to be bigger than we are. We want to be more contemporary than we are. We want to be more relevant to this system and community than we are. So, if this is able to come into reality, you can count on us to be partners with you. Whatever it entails, please, count us in”.
He added that the university would key into the innovation, to make the partnership a huge success in terms of research collaboration.
Earlier, the Chief Medical Director of FMC, Prof. Adewale Musa, lamented the increased cases of breast cancer among young people, saying that the ailment was fast becoming aggressive despite all the available treatments and drugs. He identified research gap, as one of the factors responsible for the persistence of the problem, declaring his readiness to fight the deadly disease in conjunction with the university.
“You see, medicine is dynamic. We believe that we must work with what goes on in the world. You must have heard that I am doing a research on breast cancer among Whites and Blacks. When I was in Sagamu, we discovered that younger ones were coming up with breast cancer and we believe that this thing (disease) is becoming aggressive, despite all the treatments and drugs we gave them (patients). So, I wondered; what is really the problem among Blacks that is making it so aggressive."
He added that the huge benefits await the proposed collaboration with FUNAAB, stressing that FMC cannot operate in isolation regarding improvement in rendering quality health services.