FUNAAB Takes Over Wole Soyinka's Forestage - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

FUNAAB Takes Over Wole Soyinka's Forestage

Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta FUNAAB has formally taken over the Forestage of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, as part of measures to expand the frontiers of knowledge

Soyinka took the giant step on Tuesday, 17th of May, 2022 after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the FUNAAB, cedIng the custody of the popular Ijegba Forestage to the institution.

The Ijegba Forestage, comprising several hectares of land areas housing residence, library, and writers’ retreat residency is to be managed by the University to promote academic, cultural, ecological, and recreational studies leading to deepening of multicultural studies that can strengthen the integration of science and humanities.

At the low-key signing ceremony held at the Ijegba Forestage, Professor Wole Soyinka who is an Honorary Doctorate Degree Awardee of the FUNAAB expressed his broad views on how the entire space should be put into use now and even after his exit. 

He expressed his strong conviction on the need to run the place as an autonomous body that is dedicated to the promotion of knowledge of science and humanities and bringing together researchers all over the world to use the facilities in their natural form, irrespective of discipline.

Responding,the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Felix Kolawole Salako expressed appreciation to the Nobel Laureate assuring that the University will make the best use of the gesture of the donor using his ideals as a guide. 

The Vice-Chancellor noted that in spite of the separation of disciplines for award of degrees, all of them have a point where they merge for the benefit of mankind.

The University, FUNAAB, recognises this dictum when it awarded honorary degrees to Professors Wole Soyinka and Toyin Falola, who are in the field of Humanities.

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