The Ekiti State University has again emerged the winner of the Peter Adebola Okuneye Intervarsity Debate.
PAID is an annual event and an initiative of the Agricultural Economics Students’ Association (AECOSA), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in honour Professor Peter Adebola Okuneye.
The fourth edition of PAID was held on Wednesday at the 1000 capacity lecture theatre of FUNAAB.
The edition featured nine different universities from across the country namely; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAU), Ekiti State University (EKSU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), University of Ibadan (UI), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Landmark University (LU), University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN) and host university, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
The programme was graced by quite a number of eminent scholars across the field of Agricultural discipline. They included Prof. I. A. Ayinde, Prof. G. O. Olatunde, Prof. A. B. Aromolaran who gave the keynote address and Dr Jamiu Adeyemo, the director, Obasanjo Farms Nigeria and a host of other dignitaries.
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. A. B. Aromolaran (Dean. Faculty of Agriculture, AAUA) on the theme, Insecurity: A Bane to Food Self-Sufficiency in Nigeria. He expounded the concept of food security and being self-sufficient in food. He clearly pointed out that while the former refers to access to enough food, that is consumption, which could be achieved through importation, the latter is a condiment to food sovereignty.
He enlisted a number of policy implications that could calm the problem of the herdsmen-farmers clash which could subsequently relieve from what is known as the tragedy of the common.
At exactly 3:40 pm, the floor of the debate was open by the representative of the University of Ilorin. Although, shortly before the debate commenced, the programme was halted for about 25 minutes due to the interruption in power supply.
Nevertheless, the participating schools were in a battle of wits, weaving the power of the tongue to support or against the topic; Cattle Ranching: A Solution to Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes in Nigeria.
After a heated engagement of words which lasted for about two hours, the result was declared at exactly 5:56 pm. Ekiti State University (EKSU) emerged as the winner with a score of 47.7. The First runner-up, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, came second with a score of 47. While the host university, FUNAAB came third with 42.3 points. Awards and cash prizes were given to the schools who made the top three while the certificate of participation was given to all participants present.
Lastly, it should be noted that, for the fourth time, the host school, FUNAAB has never won the debate while Ekiti State University has won it for the second time in the history of PAID.
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