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Wafroex Donates Beehives to FUNAAB

Published On:

March 11, 2024

 By Olasunkanmi Olajide & Femi Dansu

In a bid to foster sustainable agricultural practices and technological advancement, Wafroex Ltd, an Agro-Allied organisation, has extended its philanthropic arm to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), with a significant donation of beehives.

The event, which marks the beginning of a promising collaboration between the two entities, unfolded on March 11, 2024, at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde in a meeting with the Wafroex Team.

During the meeting led by the Project Manager of Wafroex Ltd, Mr. Abdulrahman Shomala, the company’s mission and commitment to sustainable development were highlighted, emphasising the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aspect of the project.

Mr. Shomala, a 2012 graduate of the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production (PPCP), College of Plant Science and Crop Production, (COLPLANT), elucidated on the integration of beekeeping with technology for measurable growth, underscoring the initiative’s alignment with Wafroex’s vision.

Wafroex Ltd Project Manager, Mr. Abdulrahman Shomala (Right) presenting boxes of Langstroth Hives to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde.

Founded by Omar Lababidi and Samir Lababidi, Wafroex Ltd aims to revolutionise Nigeria beekeeping through innovative approaches.

Mr. Shomala, a distinguished alumnus of FUNAAB, expressed his excitement about the collaboration, anticipating a fruitful partnership with his alma mater.

In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde warmly welcomed the Wafroex Team, commending their efforts in promoting sustainable agriculture.

Prof. Kehinde highlighted FUNAAB’s recent accolade as the best University of Agriculture in Africa and the 7th best globally, underscoring the University’s commitment to excellence in agricultural research and education.

Expressing gratitude for the donation, Prof. Kehinde assured the Wafroex Team of FUNAAB’s dedication to safeguarding the project and ensuring its success. He acknowledged the expertise of Prof. Adebola Osipitan, a specialist in beekeeping, and outlined the University’s plans to support research and production in this emerging field.

The collaboration between Wafroex Ltd and FUNAAB holds promise for advancing agricultural innovation in Nigeria.

Wafroex Team member, Prof. Adebola Osipitan (Right) presenting the Smoker to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde.

With a focus on research, production, and community engagement, both parties aim to address challenges and unlock opportunities in beekeeping and beyond.

In attendance were key figures from both Wafroex Ltd and FUNAAB, including Dr. Mathew Whetto, Mr. Innocent Ocheme, Mr. Olawale Olajumoke, Mr. Hamed Azeez, Mr. Benjamin Galvagne, and Adeola Shomala, reflecting the collective commitment to driving positive change in the agricultural sector.

As the partnership unfolds, it is poised to not only enhance beekeeping practices but also contribute to the broader goal of sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria.

With dedication, collaboration, and innovation at its core, the Wafroex-FUNAAB alliance signals a new era of agricultural excellence and social impact.

The Operation Manager, Wafroex Ltd., Mr. Benjamin Galvagne and other Team members at FUNAAB’s Bee Farm.

Last Updated on March 13, 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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