Front-running agricultural scientist and researcher, Prof Chiedozie Egesi has emerged the first president of the Nigerian Plant Breeders Association (NPBA).
He emerged winner at the general polls which held yesterday and also saw to the election of other executives.
An executive of the Parent body- the African Plant Breeders Association (APBA), Eric Danquah, made the announcement on behalf of all executives.
According to Danquah, other executives were also elected. He identified them as the Vice President, General Secretary, Treasurer and the association’s publicity executives.
“On behalf of the Executive Committee of the African Plant Breeders Association (APBA), I congratulate Professor Chiedozie Egesi and Professor Victor Adetimerin for coming out as President and Vice President of the Nigerian Plant Breeders Association (NPBA) respectively in elections held today.
“Also elected were Dr Ijeoma Akaogu as General Secretary, Dr Elohor Diebiru as Asst. General Secretary, Dr Modinat Adekoya as Treasurer, Mr. Mohammed Yahaya as PRO and Professor Sunday Makinde as Editor in Chief”, he stated.
Danquah also hinted at a synergy of both bodies and other national associations, as a means of achieving a common goal.
“The APBA looks forward to working closely with the NPBA and all national Associations in the planning for APBAConf2021”, he added.
Chiedozie Egesi is project manager for the NextGen Cassava breeding project and works as a senior scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria.
He is also an adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University, New York.
Egesi currently serves as a Director at the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) in Umudike, Abia State and is a partner to key international bodies.
He has spearheaded efforts to develop and provide several improved varieties of cassava, including pro-vitamin A cassava, to Nigerian farmers.
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