The Area Commander, of Man ‘O’ War Nigeria Ilorin West/Asa local governments, Patriot Ismaila Aremu Ayilara has commended the officers of the organisation for excellent performance over the years.
Left, Alhaji Lawal Gbadebo and Chief Agunwa Theophilus during the award ceremony.
He praised members of the organisation of Oja-oba, Surulere, Adeta, Pakata, Odo-okun, Budo-egba, Ballah, Ogbondoroko and Oloje unit commands for making him proud of them during the passing year.
One of the awardees, Alhaji Lawal Gbadebo receiving the award from Mr. Ali Nasiru during the presentation.
The commandant made commendation during his opening remarks at the end of year get-together programme organised by Ilorin West/Asa local governments area of the organisation at Socrates college Assembly hall in Ilorin on Sunday.
He further disclosed that the reports reaching him indicated that the members of the organisation in the two local government have performed creditably well, adding that the organisation has charged with the responsibility to honour them with the awards of excellent.
He maintained that the organisation is charged with the responsibility of honoured them with out standing performance awards to organisation patrons who have contributed immensely to the progress of the organisation and the society at large.
The commander recounted that the command faced with some challenges during the course of organisation programme in the year 2021 due to lack of funds as a voluntary organisation, disclosing that individuals members levying themselves to run its activities.
Guest speaker, a lecture from Department of Vetinary Pathology, University of Ilorin, Dr. Jamila Abdulhamid Atata in her paper tittle “animal husbandry as a tools for youths empowerment to a nation building key challenges and concrete solutions” presented at the ceremony.
She said animal husbandry is one of branches agriculture and organic farming that dealt with the management raising and caring for farm animals by human, saying animals rearing are not limited to cattle, sheep, goat, pig, chieken, turkey, rabbit, snail, grasscuter and fish.
She pointed out that countries like Asia bizarre animals such cockroache, margot, wasp and cricket are basically reared for consumption, explaining that farmers help to bring the animals like cow, pig, chicken and sheep to world.
She further said 13 millions of square miles are grazed by livestock animals across the world, stressing that such animals help to maintain the ecosystem of the grass acres and convert grass to food for humans.
Dr. Atata said if animal agriculture did not exist, millions of people would have find a job doing something else, saying colleges and universities around the world have trained thousand of people including the youths.
She said no country can be successful unless it feeds it’s citizens and keep them healthy as put the foot security of the state as too most priority in its agenda, pointing out that the feeding of of its citizens is taking top most priority on its cardinal agenda.
“There is no enough funding for farmers to start as the past governments failed to encourage genuined farmers in the state. I called on the state government under the leadership of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq as matter of urgent needs to come into the aide of true farmers in the state”, she lamented.
She however, advised the youths to go back to farm and embrace farming to eradicate hunger in the country, appealing to the government at all levels to provide enabling environment for Nigeria youths on agriculture.
In his vote of thanks, Chief Sir, Agunwa Theophilus thanked all for finding time to attend the ceremony, urging all to continue their support for the organisation to chase away all forms of crimes and criminally out of the state.
Highlight of occasion included the ‘Triple A’ entertainment group that intertained the invited guests at the ceremony, followed by presentation of awards to distinguished personalities that have contributed immensely to the progress of the organisation.
They are Alhaji Gbadebo Lawal, Sir, Agunwa Theophilus, Dr. Kamila Abdulhamid Atata, Patriot, Ismaila Aremu, Patriot. Yusuf Hamed, Patriot. Azeez Mukaila, Patriot, Patriot, Abdulganiy Arise-koka, Patriot, Ogunkanmi Matthew and Mr. J. Oyekeso.
Others officers awarded at the ceremony include Issa Mohammed Musa, Abdulsalam Mubaraq, Kamaldeen Zainab, Abubakar Zulu, Ayinla Ayilara and Abdulazeez Wakeelat among others.
Speaking with newsmen after the programme, one of awardees, Alhaji Lawal Gbadebo appreciated the organizer of the programme for counting him among the awardees, assuring that he would continue to support the organisation.
He said that he was overwhelmed over the award as he belong to several voluntrily organisations, member of different social clubs that has been useful to the societies across the stste and patron of many of associations.
Cross section of well-wishers in a group photograph after the programme