The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has partnered the Institute of Environmental Accountants to enhance research training on environmental accounting and national development.
The Memorandum of Understanding on the new partnership was signed on behalf of the university by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Michael Faborode, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Funmi Togonu-Bickersteth and the institution?s Director of the Institute of Ecology and Environ-mental Studies, Prof. Ayobami Salami. The IEA?s Registrar, Mr. Segun Lawal, an IEA council member, Dr. Gbenga Owojaiye and the institute?s legal adviser, Mr. Tunde Awogbade, signed on behalf of the institute.
According to a release, the collaboration is to promote environmental management and control.
It is also expected to emphasise professional consultations, capacity building, institutional strengthening and development.
The collaboration, which will be implemented by the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies of OAU, is also aimed at establishing common goals between IEES-OAU and the IEA.
The partnership, the statement added, would also enhance the creation and strengthening of linkages between the two institutes and the university for specific programmes and projects of mutual benefits on environmental sustainability.
Part of its objectives, the statement stated, included creation of environmental awareness through resaerch collaboration, capacity building and institutional strengthening towards the promotion of environmental sustainability in the country.
Signing the MoU, Faborode, who said IEES was established in 1982 by the university, wondered why government had not made good use of the institute to address the ecological problem ravaging some parts of the country.
According to him, ?This partnership is the beginning of better things to come between the university and the institute. It is something that we are going to nurture to fruition and sustain for the development of the country.?
In his own comments, Salami said the collabo-ration would be for a two-year period after which its progress would be assessed to determine its continuation or otherwise.
He added, ?Environ-mental degradation is ravaging our people but we need to translate all this to monetary terms. For long we have taken our people for granted.?
Lawal, however, assured the university that the institute would ensure the sustainability of the partnership with a view to addressing the nation?s environmental problem and moving the country forward.
A six-man technical committee was raised to work out the modalities for funding and the overall workability of each of the items in the MoU in terms of priority.