By: Adedokun Seyi

At the first bank building of the faculty of agriculture, University of Ibadan on July 10, 2018, the association of Nigerian fisheries scientists (ANIFS) held the opening ceremony of her first annual conference and inaugural meeting by 11:00 am.

Tagged: SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND AQUA BUSIBESS: a tripod for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development in Nigeria. The program was anchored by Mr. Olatunji Oladejo, the Public Relations Officer of the Directorate of Public Communication, office of the vice chancellor, University of Ibadan. It was sponsored by the Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan and was chaired by Professor Eyiwunmi Falaye.

The Association of Nigerian Fisheries Scientists (ANIFS) was founded to find long lasting solutions to problems encountered in aquaculture and develop new scientific innovations to ease aquaculture development in Nigeria through joint research by academia from different fields of study.

While speaking on the topic: “Tilapia and catfish aquaculture in Nigeria: yesteryears, today and tomorrow”, the key-note speaker, Professor O.A. Fagbenro remarked that catfish and tilapia culture are more profitable and there’s hardly any fisheries scientist who has never worked on both fishes.

The guest speaker, Professor O.G Omitogun while speaking on the topic: “a case study of the application of biotechnology in catfish and tilapia production in Nigeria” delve into the importance of biotechnology to aquaculture development in Nigeria and as a panacea to Nigeria’s economy.

The permanent secretary for Oyo state government, Alhaji Kolawole Razaq spoke on behalf of the executive governor of Oyo state, His excellency, senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi and highlighted some of the needed changes in Nigeria aquaculture. The changes include that ANIFS should source for funds from both National and International sponsors for research instead of just holding conferences and also published research works should not just be kept on the shelf but should be extended to farmers who are the end users of the research results.

Different people took part in the launching. The chief launcher of the day, Professor A.M Kundiri, the Vice Chancellor of Federal University Wukari, Taraba state who was ably represented by Professor O. Oyero launched the association with a sum of five hundred thousand naira (#500,000) while the Co-launcher, Professor M.A Shinkafi launched with two hundred and fifty Naira (#250,000) among others.

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