The University of Ibadan and the Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANIF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Memorandum of Understanding is for the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management as well as the Department of Social and Environmental Forestry.
The MoU seeks to foster a collaboration to enhance opportunities to train UI students more effectively through practical experience and research as well as improve research opportunities available to UI Faculty members and thus contribute to advancing Nigeria led science and conservation.
The Registrar of the University, Mr Ganiyu O. Saliu said the MoU would enable the university to give hands-on training to its students.
He lamented that due to insecurity and other challenges, Nigeria had not fully maximized its wild life and ecotourism potentials but said that such a collaboration could ensure a brighter future.
The representative of Africa Nature Investors’ Foundation, Dr Okeyoyin Agboola, an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, said the collaboration would include the National Park Service.
He stated that global and national alliances are necessary to preserve our natural resources but noted that the government alone can not do it.
Dr. Agboola, while thanking the University for the opportunity expressed his readiness to ensure that the collaboration delivers on its intended objectives because not having adequate practical training is negatively impacting the quality of the graduates that are being produced.