Federal University Otuoke has joined the platform for sustainable development and integrated management of Rivers and Deltas in Africa known as “African Rivers and Deltas network” (ARDNet).
This new network was formed at the 1st international conference on Deltas and Rivers in Africa held from 14th to 16th October 2015 at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State with the objective to provide a pool for the exchange of ideas, experiences, joint Research and collaboration on the sustainability of Deltas.
The conference was organized through a consortium of four Universities in the Niger Delta made up of, Federal University Otuoke, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University of Science and Technology and Niger Delta University, as an African Regional contribution to a 10 year Global Delta sustainability initiative agreed upon in 2013 by the International community.
With the theme “Deltas in Africa, practical steps from vulnerability to sustainability”, the conference was attended by international agencies, non- governmental organizations, Development partners, Vice Chancellors of Universities and experts from African countries, USA and Europe.
The keynote address titled “the future of African Deltas and Rivers” was delivered by Dr. Bradford Brown formerly of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
There were also Technical sessions, with seven commissioned lead papers on the major Rivers systems and Deltas of the continent.
The conference also featured 55 other representations on the 5 sub-themes and Goodwill messages.
By the end of the conference, a communiqué was issued and recommendations made to institute capacity empowerment platforms, encourage local and regional collaboration, Fund ARDNet activities, among others.
A delegation of ARDNet led by its chairman, conference planning committee Prof. Enuvie Akpokodje called on the VC FUO Prof. Mobolaji Aluko in his office in Otuoke to commend him for the support of the institution at the recently ended conference, and recap on the way forward.
VC Aluko stated during the visit that FUO will continue to support joint Research and regional collaboration.