Oko-Irese, Kwara State, Nigeria,
July 06, 2023
Thomas Adewumi University took a significant step towards environmental conservation and education as the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Francisca Oladipo, flagged off a tree planting for the establishment of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. The event which took place during the 100 Level Matriculation Tree Planting Exercise, showcased the University's dedication to sustainable practices and environmental awareness.
The vibrant ceremony was attended by some members of staff, and enthusiastic students. The tree planting event served as a symbolic representation of the university's commitment to the preservation of biodiversity and the promotion of conservation science. Through the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, the University aims to create a hub for research, education, and community engagement in environmental sustainability.
In her address, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francisca Oladipo, emphasized the importance of environmental conservation in the face of the global climate crisis. She stated, "As a responsible institution, TAU recognizes the urgent need to address environmental challenges. Our commitment to the establishment of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science reflects our dedication to environmental sustainability, research, and education. Through this center, we will contribute to the preservation and restoration of our planet's precious ecosystems."
The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science will serve as a platform for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Faculty members and students will work together to explore innovative solutions for conservation challenges, including habitat loss, species extinction, and climate change. The center will actively engage with local communities to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage sustainable practices. It will organize workshops, seminars, and outreach programs to promote biodiversity conservation and educate the public on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. The tree planting event witnessed the ceremonial planting of various indigenous tree species across the university campus (Tik, Mahogany, and Malina trees). This symbolic act not only demonstrates the university's commitment to greening the environment but also serves as a tangible reminder of the responsibility each member of the University community shares in preserving nature's gifts.
As the event concluded, the Vice-Chancellor expressed her gratitude to everyone involved, including the students, faculty, and staff, for their support in this important endeavor. She encouraged everyone to actively participate in the activities of the newly established Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and contribute to a sustainable future. With the establishment of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, Thomas Adewumi University has taken a commendable step towards creating a positive impact on the environment. By combining academic research, community engagement, and practical initiatives, the university is poised to play a vital role in addressing the pressing challenges of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation.