Our names are Louis Omadime and Boluwatife Adeniyi. We work as Research Assistants at the iLINOVA Coordination Office in the Department of Animal Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Our duties encompass the IT section which deals with documentation of project activities and tasks, collation of questionnaires and other general tasks associated with administration and logistics of the iLINOVA project. Working under the umbrella of the project has been a great pleasure, a learning and rewarding experience. Setting aside the monetary remuneration that goes with it, it has also been a platform for capacity building and self-discovery which has presented itself in diverse and enriching ways.
We have had opportunities to partake in seminars, conferences, workshops, lectures and trips organized and funded by iLINOVA where we were richly enlightened about indigenous livestock, local value chains and Science Technology and Innovations. Examples of these programmes included the 1st and 2nd Stakeholders’ fora, situation analysis, research mentorship, field visits, retreat and University-Civil-Society Linkages among others. We were also sponsored to attend a training on Artificial Insemination at Ibadan, Oyo State.
Through iLINOVA we have appreciated the diversity and richness of the local livestock resources ranging from poultry and rabbits to small and large ruminants thus expanding our knowledge base regarding the Nigerian indigenous livestock coupled with the application of Science, Technology and Innovation. In addition we have come to understand the role of different stakeholders in indigenous livestock value chains. So far, the project has served as an eye opener and a platform for human capacity building on Science, Technology and Innovation for management of indigenous livestock. The project has increased our horizons of knowledge particularly through its mentorship programmes.
We couldn’t have been luckier than we are now. The coordination of the project coupled with the interaction and relationship with the iLINOVA-OAU team has been of class and model to which we believe every working system should be, i.e. one with freedom of expression coupled with effective utilization of time and resources, responsibility and probity, to get the optimum results. We express our appreciation to Dr. S.O. Oseni and the iLINOVA-OAU Project team for giving us such a great opportunity and platform to learn and grow.