AAUA ENACTUS Partners FCMB in Mechanized Locust Beans Production in Supare Akoko
The Adekunle Ajasin University chapter of Entrepreneurship Action Through Us, ENACTUS, in collaboration with the First City Monument Bank, FCMB, on Friday last week, brought smiles to the face of the people of Supare Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, when it flagged off “Women Empowerment Through Iru Production” programme, an initiative designed to empower locust beans (iru) producers in the community on mechanized processing of the product.
In his Address of Welcome, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi, expressed delight of the University on the unprecedented development, saying, “It is a fulfillment of the vision of the founding fathers of this University “To be a foremost University that moves manpower development in the direction of self-apprenticeship, a first-class University in research and service to humanity.”
Prof. Ajayi also said the initiative was a fulfillment of the third leg of the vision of a university – community service.
He said it is the vision of the University to make iru (locust beans), an international and money-spinning product, saying it is also the University’s way of making life better for the rural folks.
Prof. Ajayi congratulated the beneficiary, Supare Akoko, for making history as the first town to be engaged in such modern business.
The DVC appealed to the beneficiaries to buy into the University’s passion for and commitment to excellence by making good use of the initiative for personal and collective benefits.
Prof. Ajayi said the initiative was conceived as business, warning that the University and the Sponsors of the Programme, FCMB, would not condone any act that would compromise its (the initiative’s) ideals and success.”
He appreciated the leadership of First City Monument Bank, for the confidence reposed in the University community by partnering in the business initiative.
The DVC saluted and congratulated the serial award-winning AAUA ENACTUS for always engaging in life-changing projects, saying, “We are proud of the passion and verve with which AAUA ENACTUS engages the students and inculcates in them self-reliant skills.”
Presenting the Iru processing machine, DEHULL MACHINE, to the beneficiaries, representative of FCMB, Mr. Olusola Abe, said the gesture was part of the bank’s unique ways of delivering its Corporate Social Responsibilities by “teaching people how to fish instead of giving them fish”.
He said the AAUA ENACTUS initiative was in tandem with the FCMB’s focus – Empowerment, Poverty Alleviation and Environment Sustainability.
The representative of ENACTUS Nigeria, Mr. Michael Ajayi, congratulated the AAUA ENACTUS for the feat. He said a team would be set up to ensure effective operation, maintenance and sustainability of the machine.
The Olusupare, Oba Adejoro Adedeji, who received the machine on behalf of the community, expressed deep appreciation to the AAUA ENACTUS for its persistence and commitment and thanked FCMB for its humanitarian services.