A lecturer at the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo, University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Dr. Tunde Ogunde, has said engineers’ inability to invent is a reason for low production of food by Nigerian farmers.
He stated this on Saturday during a lecture organised in honour of Prof. Olayiwola Mojola, the founding father of the institution’s mechanical engineering department.
According to Ogunde, while farmers in developed countries produce and export food massively, Nigerian farmers struggle to produce food for Nigerians.
He called for a synergy between engineers and other academics to tackle the problems militating against the country’s development.
He said, “We have more than 31 research institutes in this country and over 61 per cent of them are agriculture-based. We don’t export yam. Our beans have been banned by international organisations. The yam flours they consume in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other European countries are from other African countries because engineers are doing nothing in this country.”
The Acting Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Anthony Elujoba, commended Mojola for his efforts towards strengthening the department and his contributions to the development of humanity.
Elujoba, who bemoaned inadequate infrastructure in the institution, however stated that OAU would not relent in its efforts to be one of the best tertiary institutions in the world.
He said the school had submitted a bill to the National Assembly, requesting the sum of N4.79bn to fund the upgrading of its facilities.
Expressing his gratitude to the institution, Mojola said he would continue to contribute to the development of the department and the university.