Covenant Counsels Mycotoxins Conference Organisers on Access to Notable Outcomes
The Management of Covenant University has advised organisers of the 13th Annual Conference of the Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria (MSN) to ensure that notable outcomes and studies of conference papers be published in Scopus indexed outlets, as that would be a veritable avenue to apprise the academic world of the latest developments on issues about mycotoxins research in the country.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Covenant, Professor Akan Williams, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, gave the advice on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, during the courtesy visit of members of MSN and the conference’s Local Organising Committee to the University Management.
Professor Williams noted with interest the robust representation of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at the conference, taking into account the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed by the University, with the intention of getting the University’s faculty and staff trained in Management Systems and certified by the International Organisation for Standardisation.
He said that the recent signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by the Federal Government of Nigeria had yet to deliver the necessary benefits, as exporters were not able to export due to issues bothering on micro-toxins in the country’s produce. “It is apt that we have a conference of this nature and get to the root of this,” he added.
Professor Williams challenged organisers and partners to see how they could drive the numerous publications that would be harvested during the course of the conference so that faculty and participants could draw maximum benefits from the process by gaining professional promotions and intellectual rewards.
Earlier on, the President, Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria, Dr. Bosede F. Oluwabamiwo, thanked the Management of Covenant for the cooperation and assistance the society had enjoyed since the inauguration of the conference LOC. She expressed optimism about the overall planning and possible outcomes, noting that with the level of preparedness and positive responses from interested participants, the various sessions would be most rewarding and solution-driven.
The Chair, Conference Organising Committee, Professor Solomon Oranusi, while commending Covenant’s Management for its support, stated that a cursory look at the theme and concepts of the conference, which was on mycotoxins, showed that the study was a field that had been under-researched. He noted that the conference was coming at a most crucial time with a most apt theme geared at addressing real and present issues.
Professor Oranusi opined that the general public, ignorantly, thought that most of the things they dealt with were friendly, when in reality most of them were associated with mycotoxin which was quite deadly. “The outcome of this conference will confer great benefits on the end user and the general public,” he added.