The Governor of Oyo State, in Nigeria, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday commissioned the Clinic, Wellness Center and Crèche at the headquarters of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, while underscoring the importance of such facilities in promoting and ensuring the health and well-being of the institute's staff, in particular, and Nigerians, in general.
Putting the commissioning in a larger perspective, Governor Ajimobi cited striking figures that highlighted the need and benefits of such facilities for an agricultural research center, and the nexus between healthy lifestyle and productivity. He said that, for example, the incidence of diabetes is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa, with related health costs estimated at US$ 67.03 billion, or US$8836 for every diabetic patient.
“I congratulate and commend the IITA Women's Group and the Management of IITA for paying attention to the health and welfare of its staff. The Health and Wellness Center could help us in reducing the costs associated with modern-day illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. The Crèche, on the other hand, will help ensure that children of staff are well-taken cared of while their parent or parents are working.”
“These efforts are indeed heartening as these facilities will promote and enhance the physical, mental, and social quality of life of staff,” the governor emphasized.
Governor Ajimobi also cited how his own administration's work complements that of IITA. “In Oyo State, we are investing in agriculture, health and other sectors to improve the lives of our people. This year, my administration purchased and distributed tractors to farmers to enhance their productivity. We aim to attract more of the youth to agriculture, and we are energetically pursuing this through the provision of inputs and loans with other partner financial institutions.”
“There are lots of complementarities between what IITA is doing and what my administration is doing. Let us continue to work together,” the Governor said.
IITA Director General, Dr Nteranya Sanginga said the presence of IITA in Oyo State makes the state strategic, and called for greater collaboration between the state and the Institute.
He said the facilities would help staff to be in good health to tackle the constraints of development in Africa.
Both IITA and the State agreed to work together to improve the fortunes of farmers in the state especially in the areas of job and wealth creation for youths.
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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world's leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research for development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.
Right To Left—The Deputy Director General, Partnerships And Capacity Development, International Institute Of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Kenton Dashiell; Governor Of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Director General, IITA, Dr Nteranya Sanginga; And IITA Women Leader, Mrs Charlotte Sanginga, During The Inauguration Of Facilities In IITA Ibadan…On Tuesday