Payback time was the best word to describe the large turnout of dignitaries at the Federal University of Technology Akure 82nd Inaugural lecture delivered by erudite professor of Analytical/Environmental Chemistry Adekunle Isiaka Amoo and the 6th from the Chemistry Department of FUTA.

Professor Amoo in his lecture recommended the production of plant seed chemicals as substitutes for imported raw materials in chemical and allied enterprises; he said that the substitution and use of seed chemicals will provide opportunities for the expansion of the national industrial base. Citing examples Professor Amoo stated that from his research work biodiesel has been and can be produced from the extracted oil of snake gourds seeds while chemicals from velvet bean, rice bean and lablab bean seeds exhibited good antioxidant activities which can be used in the management of diabetes. He also cited the example of metal Carboxylates produced from seed oil which after being tested on different concrete formulations showed good resistance to absorption of water. He said if the potential of this research is maximised in the building industry it can prevent the absorption of water in buildings erected in water logged areas. He advised key players in the building, construction and cement industries especially engineers to latch on to the research in order to prolong the life span of erected structures especially in the riverine areas of the country.

He said through adequate support biodiesel and other useful chemical extracts from plant seeds can be produced for the use of industries and the benefit of the generality of the people especially in the fight against diabetes. The former head of department of chemistry described plant seed chemicals as those chemicals that can be extracted and isolated from the plant seeds whose physiochemical and functional properties and other modifications determine their usefulness in chemical related industries. Amoo stated that that the potentials of plant seed chemicals must be fully maximised as they are renewable, sustainable, biodegradable, cost effective and environmentally friendly.

Professor Adekunle Amoo who is also a former Chairman of the Ondo State technical review panel on environmental impact assessment urged government at all levels to provide adequate research funding to tertiary institutions and research institutes to encourage ground-breaking researches and promote qualitative research work. He also called for a collaboration of research institutes and universities with industries to make research work directional and for the proper utilization of research findings and output. Summing up the University teacher stresses the importance of need driven research work that will meet current situation of needs and also for interdisciplinary approach which according to him will further promote a robust research output. In the same vein he called on the government and all educational institutions to as a matter of urgency; make the supply of electricity a priority for better and efficient research work.

The lecture of 88 pages that lasted for just 45minutes was well attended by all groups of people from all nooks and crannies of Nigeria and beyond, the auditorium was filled beyond its capacity, likewise the reception at BOT Hall was a meeting of who is who in the Academic field, Politics, Religion, and other professional groups.

In a chat with some of the dignitaries at the occasion Dr. Dada Oyeyemi, Alhaja Fausat Aliu (Ondo State FOMWAN Amira), Chief Adedoyin Oni and Barrister Steve Alabi, they all describe Proffessor Amoo as a perfect gentle man and a bridge builder.

Alhaja Aliu- am not surprise to see the cream of people here today, Prof is a nice man who is always available to assist the needy in whatever form, may Allah continue to bless him.

Barr Steve Alabi- Prof was our Club former President and from his attitude to life, he can be best described as a man of the people who is loved by all.

The chairman of the occasion, the Vice Chancellor Professor Adebiyi Daramola ably represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Professor Tunde Arayela described the lecturer as an astute scholar who has contributed immensely to the development of body of knowledge in his area of specialization. The vice chancellor said Amoo’s multitasking capacities has enabled him successfully chair committees in the university. He said Professor Amoo is a versatile consultant and a humanitarian who has participated in many community services, helping in proffering solutions to societal challenges.

The roll call of dignitaries includes His former teachers, the former commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State, Alhaji Dr. Gani Owolabi, Immediate past commissioner for health in Ondo State, Dr. Adedayo Adeyanju, the Chief Imam of Akure, Alhaji Abdl Hakeem Yayi Akorede, Lagos State FOMWAN, NASFAT from the national headquarters, members of club integrity and many too numerous to mention.

The highlight of the occasion was the appreciation of Professor Amoo’s wife by the man of the day himself Isiaka Adkunle Amoo who described his wife as a pretty God fearing, hard working, reliable woman who is worth more than rubies. “Mr. Vice Chancellor Sir, ladies and gentlemen, I want you to join me in thanking God for giving me my wife. Iam happy to say that I have not had any occasion regretting my decision to marry my wife, Alhaja Modinat Folashade Amoo”

Inaugural lecture ordinarily is believed to be purely academic affairs but not for a man of the people Adekunle Amoo, even market women famer, and illiterates well in attendance just to show how much they love Amoo

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