The University of Benin, the Faculty/Departmental Town and Gown symposium.
Faculty of life science town and gown symposium
The environment: protect and preserve it
Introduction of Dignitaries
- The VC – Prof F. F. O. Orunmwese
- The Registrar
- The DVC Academics
- The DVC Administration
- The Librarian
And other members of the Ruling Counsel of the University of Benin
The Dean of Life sciences; Prof. Mrs. Enabulele welcomes the house to Town and Gown Symposium organized by the faculty of life sciences, university of Benin, Benin city: presented by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
First Symposium by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu: THE ENVIRONMENT, PROTECT IT AND PRESERVE IT
The DVC administration gave a welcoming speech on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. He welcomed all invited guests most especially Pastor Ize-Iyamu to present his speech on the Environment (Protect it and Preserve it). Pastor Ize-Iyamu presented his exposé giving a brief history on his university of Benin Alumnus status. He is also a lawyer and a district Pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God Ministries.
This symposium is taking place exactly a month and a day after the historic Paris agreement and climate change , of which 195 countries including Nigeria resolved to be legally bonded in their commitment to a low carbon emission level and sustainable environment for present and future generations.
The federal government is coordinating various programmes aimed at tackling climate change. The main focus being afforestation and others including;
- Use of short duration crops
- Rain harvesting techniques
- Research into drought resistant varieties of crops.
The Second Symposium by Professor Augustine Anikwe: MOLECULAR MECHANISM OF CONTAMINANTS OF TOXICOLOGY
Second lecture given by Prof Augustine Anikwe: a Professor in molecular biology
Topic: Molecular Mechanism of Contaminants of Toxicology
Contaminants in the environment has the effect of affecting both humans and animals. This process called Molecular Science and Synonism. These contaminants affects individuals who are somewhat careless, ignorant or both in their response to their environment and environmental factoring.
Prof Augustine speaks about how environmental contaminants can lead to and cause a large spectrum of infection, genetic mutation and encourage cancerous growth of cells in living organisms including humans. Using the Pisces species as a case study, he illustrated the development of Ovotestis in fish which showing the presence of both eggs and ovaries in the same fish caused by extreme environmental contaminants have affected the DNA structure.
He further highlighted the factors of climatic change as primarily caused by carbondioxide:
- Power Allocation Trade-offs
- Reproduction and growth
- Reproduction and conditions
- Reproduction and survival
- Current and future reproduction
- Epigenetic Mechanisms
He recommended the following as hypothetical factors on how to protect our environment
- Ecological health
- Human health
- Cultural & Esthetic