By Seun Oladunjoye
In a bid to assiduously tread the path of Biotechnology, Covenant University has made tremendous efforts in research.
The Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, College of Science and Technology, Covenant University, Professor Shalom Nwodo Chinedu confirmed this during his lecture at the University’s 18th Inaugural Lecture.
Professor Shalom Chinedu said Covenant University’s tremendous efforts are evident in the provision of Biotechnology-related Laboratories and Research Centres.
“In Covenant University, we have Laboratories and Research Centres that are biotechnologically related,” Prof. Chinedu said.
While highlighting the provided Laboratories and Research Centres, he disclosed that the department has made judicious use of them with a view to getting the desired.
“We have Molecular Biology Research Laboratory, Biological Centre and the Bioinformatics Centre – this is just to mention a few,” highlighted.
Others are the various research clusters devoted to biotechnology: Biotechnology Research Cluster (CU Biotech), Bioinformatics Research Cluster (CUCRID), and Public Health and Wellbeing Research Cluster (CUPHWERC).
“Also, in terms of ethics, we ensure that we play according to ethical rules, which Covenant University Health Research People’s Committee see to.”
Prof. Chinedu further reiterated that the commitment displayed by the Management and Board of Regent, Covenant University is second to none.
This is not unconnected to the fact that the provision of these valuable laboratories and research centres are very demanding and expensive indeed.
The vast Biotechnology Professor, therefore opined that African academia – environment concerned with the pursuit of research must choose biotechnology as priority.
The 18th Lecture, the maiden edition in the Biochemistry Department really showcased the university as one among her peers supportively committed to notable research.
As a result of this, Covenant University recently bagged an award of “African Centre of Excellence” in Applied Informatics and Communication.
In his lecture titled: “From Evolution to Revolution: Biochemical Disruptions and Emerging Pathways for Securing Africa’s Future,” the vast Biotechnology Professor, therefore opined that African academia must choose biotechnology as priority.
Chinedu, whose research interests fall on Molecular biology, Public health, Enzyme technology, among others, therefore, lowered the choice and pursuit of African academia in biotechnology to food provision.
According to him, it is important that Africa’s Biotechnology must be ready to combat hunger, as the most prevalence problem in the part of the world.
This, the 18th Inaugural Lecturer said it is particularly owing to the level of poverty in Africa.
“The most critical problem we have in Africa is hunger, but of the utmost note is that it has poverty at its root.”
In her vote of thanks, the Head of Department, Biochemistry, Covenant University, Professor Olubanke Ogunlana extended profound appreciation to the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regent, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo and the entire management for the support and conducive environment bestowed upon the institution