July 1, 2022 9:33 pm

NIAE Boss Reveals Plans For Improved Agric Engineering In Nigeria…Makes Case For The Establishment Of Dept. Of Agric Engineering In ABSU


The National Chairman Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineering, NIAE Prof. Akindele Folarin Alonge has disclosed that his administration has constituted 15 standing Committees and six Adhoc Committees, working effectively and efficiently to improve Agricultural Engineering in Nigeria and Internationally.

Prof. Alonge speaking

Prof. Alonge who made this known at the Agricultural and Bio-resources Engineering Department, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike MOUAU during a Sensitization and advocacy visit to Abia State, disclosed further that NIAE has reviewed plans to reposition Agricultural Engineering for the benefits of not just the Professionals in the field or Agricultural Engineering students but for the entire nation.

Prof. Alonge, a Professor of Agricultural and Food Engineering, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who also interacted with the Agricultural Engineering students and NIAE members in Abia State, said he visited Abia in order to mobilize members, to get them involved in what to do in placing Agricultural Engineering in the forefront in terms of helping the nation in food production, processing and packaging.

Alonge addressing the Agricultural Engineering students

The National Chairman of NIAE who exposed and expounded the benefits derivable of being a student member of the body encouraged the students to be part of the national move by been studious; even as he encouraged NIAE members in MOUAU and Abia State to be committed and passionate about the body.

His words, “I believe that if members are mobilized, they will take their place and make their contributions, make their inputs to what is happening in terms of programmes, in terms of what they can do to impact on our nation positively”.

Prof. Alonge with Engr. Adama

Lending his voice, the National Vice Chairman of NIAE, Engr. Joseph Adama who also encouraged the Agricultural Engineering students on hard work, reminded them that by their training, they are, “Jack of all trades and master of all”.

In his remarks, the Abia State Coordinator of NIAE, Engr. Victor Ihediwa who made case for the establishment of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the State owned University (ABSU), pointed out that Agricultural Engineering play vital roles to ensure food security in Abia State, the Southeast and Nigeria.

He said that Abia State cannot talk of food security without the Agric engineers who work on various areas of the sector, of production, processing, packaging, land use, equipment construction and maintenance, seed improvement, biofuel development among others.

Engr. Ihediwa addressing members of NIAE

He said, an agricultural engineer is involved in the production and processing of food commodities for national and international markets.

Ihediwa who lauded Gov. Ikpeazu for consenting to the idea of establishing an Faculty of Engineering at Abia State University, Uturu, insisted that a department of agricultural engineering is needed to help farmers adopt new farming practices and equipment to combat the looming food insecurity.

According to him, the agricultural  engineers work to change narrative in agriculture; from subsistence agriculture to business, some agricultural engineers work to develop climate control systems that increase the comfort and productivity of livestock, some work to increase the storage capacity and efficiency of refrigeration, while others attempt to develop better solutions for animal waste disposal, these are why the establishment of the department of agricultural engineering should be made a priority.

Other dignitaries present at briefing include Professor K. J. Simonyan, dean of College of engineering and engineering technology (CEET) MOUAU, Professor A. B. EKE, and Dr U. J. Etomaihe, head of department agriculture and bio-Resource department MOUAU/ immediate past state NIAE coordinator.

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