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FUNAAB’s 92nd Inaugural Lecture:

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June 19, 2024

 By Olasunkanmi Olajide & Joy Adeyiga

Prof. Salami Ismaila, a distinguished scholar from the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Ergonomics) at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has advocated for human-centred design at workstations, even as he underscored the critical importance of ergonomics in enhancing human well-being and productivity, as well as improving human life.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde presenting a plaque to honour FUNAAB’s 92nd Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. Salami Ismaila.

Delivering the University’s 92nd Inaugural Lecture at the Oluwafemi Balogun Ceremonial Building today, June 19, 2024, titled “Ergonomics: A Paradigm Shift from FPJ to FJP towards Adopting Human-Centered Engineering,” Prof. Ismaila emphasised the necessity of incorporating ergonomics principles into workplace and tool design, such as regular breaks and stretching exercises, to mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal issues and improve overall quality of life.

Highlighting the shift from “Fitting People to Jobs” (FPJ) to “Fitting Jobs to People” (FJP), he argued for designs that prioritise human capabilities and limitations.

University Orator, Prof. Christian Ikeobi; DR I, Senate & Admissions, Dr. Abdussobur Salaam with some dignitaries at the Lecture.

Prof. Ismaila, a former Dean of COLENG affirmed that workstations should support neutral postures, adding that employers should provide adjustable furniture to meet the diverse ergonomic needs of employees.

Stressing the integration of ergonomics into existing occupational health and safety policies, Prof. Ismaila discouraged prolonged sitting in meetings without breaks.

A cross-section of Procession during the Lecture.

Besides, he suggested incorporating basic ergonomics principles into educational curricula to promote good habits from an early age, while calling for collaboration between government, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders to implement measures that optimise workplace designs, equipment, and processes.

COLENG Staff members led by the former Vice-Chancellor, Landmark University, Prof. Adeniyi Olayanju during the event.

He suggested further that educational institutions should enforce guidelines to ensure students carry only necessary books, thereby reducing physical strain.

According to him, he advised educators to follow school timetables strictly and ensure students carry only necessary books to reduce their daily load.

Advocating for the widespread adoption of ergonomic principles across various sectors, Prof. Ismaila highlighted the vital role of ergonomics in creating human-centred environments that enhance both well-being and productivity.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde (3rd Left) and the 92nd Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. Salami Ismaila (3rd Right) with other Principal Officers after the event.

His words “I have, thereby, showed that the applications of ergonomics make life pleasant, comfortable exciting and cost-effective. I also showed that it is important for heads of industries to adopt ergonomics principles to reduce the attendant costs associated with business-as-usual principles as good ergonomics is good economics.”

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde, who chaired the event, expressed his appreciation for the Lecture’s success, lauding Prof. Ismaila as a dedicated and practical-oriented scholar who has significantly contributed to the University’s growth and research efforts aimed at improving Nigeria’s development.

Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by Olasunkanmi Olajide


  • Olasunkanmi Olajide

    Mr. Olajide is a seasoned professional with over a decade of expertise in the fields of Public Relations, Media and Communications. He currently holds the position of Assistant Director, Media.

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