The education sector got a boost on Friday, January 26, 2018 when the Chief Executive Officer of Caverton Forex lecture, Mr. Remi Makanjuola, donated an ultra-modern lecture theatre in memory of his late mother, Alhaja Adiat Makanjuola, to Summit University, Offa, Kwara State.
Explaining why his family decided to immortalise his mother, Makanjuola said the idea was mooted in 2005 when his mother was conferred with a merit award by the Ansar-Ud. At that ceremony, he added, the late Alhaja Adiat made a personal donation of N1m to the project. Noting that 13 years after she made the gesture the vision had become a reality, especially with the registration of the institution by the National University Commission and the subsequent commencement of academic programmes in 2017, Makanjuola enjoined other well-meaning Nigerians to join in moving the university to greater heights. Extolling the virtues of the Makanjola as a generous giver, the Vice-Chancellor of Summit University, Prof. Hussein Oloyede, thanked the family for the edifice, which has changed the landscape of the institution to that of a world-class academic environment. Remi Makanjuola is a person who is committed not only to his family and to the memory of his mother, but also to the society at large.
As an institution, we are also one of the beneficiaries of his commitment. His mother gave NIm when the idea was first conceived. Today, his son and the entire children have sustained her legacy, thus setting the pace for others. We are grateful to the Makanjuola family. God will continue to reward him. Also, in his brief remark, the representative of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Dr.
Musa Dasuki, said the state government was highly delighted and grateful to members of the Makanjuola family for their generous donation. This edifice in no doubt will enhance teaching and learning of our great leaders of tomorrow. He enjoined other philanthropists in Offa and beyond to come to the aid of Summit University so that it would achieve its goals and objectives. Bi-weekly profit by professionally trading your Forex, Cryptocurrency and Binary accounts for you. Despite huge earning from oil proceeds, Nigeria remains largely an agrarian economy with agriculture accounting for about 50 per cent of employment.
Besides, cocoa, cashew, palm oil, rice, cassava and soyabean, one other major cash crop that has huge potentials to boost farmer’s income, the economy and create more jobs is moringa. But regretably, its full potentials is yet to be tapped in the country. Few farmers, who once used their agricultural skills to feed their families, now have the opportunity to turn moringa farming into profit making, as the demand is highly huge in USA, China and other European countries. Ironically, Chinese, Indians, Veitnamese and South Korea companies are all over Lagos looking for Moringa seeds, as a bag of moringa seed costs N150,000 to N170,000 depending on the weights.
In Kano state, the Chinese usually pay a moringa farmers in advance far ahead of the harvesting period. Moringa is a cheap seedling with high returns on investment and grows in every part of the country, but farmers are yet to appreciate the full benefits of the tree. In Zamfara alone, a trader in moringa seeds rakes in N6 million every year because the seed has more monetary value than the leaves with a kilo of it sold for N1,800 to N2,000. During the raining season, farmers can harvest at least three times a season, depending on the size of the farm. A farmer can also generate significant income to meet the family’s financial needs. With less effort, a small size of land can accommodate many stems that can within a short period grow and produce the seeds that can be used for export, where they are processed for both consumption and value addition. Following its export recognition, non-profit and international development agencies have spent millions of dollars to encourage people across the African continent to grow and use moringa.
The crop is being used by pharmaceutical, perfumery, trado-medical practitioners, and food industries as its leaves and other parts are useful as medicine for treatment of ailments. Looking at the in-depth health benefits of Moringa leaves, stem, root, and seeds, scientific studies have shown that it contains specific antioxidants and health promoting ingredients that offer palliatives to malnutrition, hunger and diseases. The early leaves are edible and are commonly cooked and eaten like spinach or used to make soups and salads. It’s rich in many vitamins, including Vitamin A, several forms of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. According to the Deputy Managing Director of Peniel Gera International Limited, a seed company, Ojiefoh Enahoro Martins, Moringa is one of the world’s most useful plants and fast-growing tree grown throughout the tropics for human food, livestock forage, medicine, dye, and water purification. Being one of the world’s most nutritious crops, he said that the leaves of moringa have more beta-carotene than carrots, more protein than peas, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, more iron than spinach. Martins explained that Moringa requires normal farmland preparation and a well-prepared seedbed.