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UTSSA Annual Conference & Exhibition | Health and Technology: Towards a Better Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

The 2019 edition of the University Technology and Science Students’ Alliance (UTSSA) annual conference and exhibition is geared towards igniting the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in and among Nigerian students for the purpose of problem solving in the fields of health and technology. This conference seeks to help participants spark a strong desire to hop on the technological train of evolving technologies focused on improving human well-being (health).

With participants chosen from different health and technology-affiliated disciplines, the 2019 UTSSA conference will create a unique opportunity to discuss and deliberate on the challenges hampering collaborations between health and technology-affiliated disciplines and how a well-structured plan can be mapped out to serve as a panacea to future collaborations. Asides the symposium, the conference will also allow participants to showcase their innovations in the health and technology space.

The UTSSA conference will offer a distinctive opportunity in rejuvenating not only potential collaborations between health and technology but in restoring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in general to its rightful position in Nigeria.

The conference is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at the OAU Park, Conference Hall, OAU by 10:00 a.m. The theme is Health and Technology: Towards a Better Medical Diagnosis and Treatment.

Keynote speakers at the event are Professor Thadius Ijadunola, professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, and Provost of the College of Health Sciences, OAU, and Dr. O.B. Akinwale of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering OAU.

You can register for the event at bit.ly/utssaconference2019. For more enquires call Timothy on 07065055397


Prof. K.T. Ijadunola Professor IJIADUNOLA kayode Thadius is a graduate of medicine and surgery from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University. He is currently the provost of the college of health sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, ile-ife. He has received laudable academic/professional qualifications which includes fellowship of the west African college of physicians, master of science in sociology and anthropology amongst others. He has received several awards of distinctions, fellowship both locally and internationally. He is a member of professional bodies which includes Nigeria medical Association, epidemiological society of Nigeria, network for the prevention of maternal mortality, Nigeria., Association of public health physicians of Nigeria to mention a few. He has published in several publications and journals with over 46 publications and still counting. He has over 14 technical publications.

He has participated in over 36 conferences within and outside of the country. His contribution to knowledge and impact in the area of reproductive health, occupational health and public health nutrition has been greatly acknowledged both locally and internationally.


Olawale is an experienced Higher Education Educator in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He has a passion for creativity and innovative approaches to solutions. He is an avid follower of trends in the technology space.

Olawale obtained his B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University. He is a registered engineer and a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). He has developed several virtual and remote laboratories in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Physics and Chemistry.

Olawale is a skilled software developer with proficiency in VHDL, Matlab and LabVIEW. He is intelligent and analytical, with a passion for creating new pathways and birthing new ideas.

50 + 1 Solo Art Exhibition and Lecture: My Attempt

A call has gone out to education policymakers and curriculum planners in the country to integrate entrepreneurial training in educational curricular as this will help in combating the menace of unemployment in the Nigerian society.

The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede and Professor Rasaq Olatunde Kalilu made the call while speaking in separate capacities as chief host and guest lecturer respectively at the 50 + 1 Solo Art Exhibition and Lecture tagged, “My Attempt”, staged by Dr. Lanre Idowu of the Department of Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, OAU, Ile-Ife.

First to speak was Prof. Ogunbodede who affirmed that the University was in the process of a complete overhaul of the curricular of its various programmes to include entrepreneurial training with special focus on reduction of the rate of unemployment among university graduates in the country.

He further maintained that his administration is planning to reposition the university as 21st Century compliant by integrating entrepreneurial skill acquisition training in the school’s curricular such that all graduates of the University will have at least one skill by the end of their stay on campus.

The Vice Chancellor disclosed at the event that the University has concluded arrangement to open an art gallery for the Department of Fine Art effective from next academic session so that revenue accruing to the Department from the gallery can be used to maintain the department. 

Addressing art enthusiasts, collectors, friends and colleagues of the exhibitor as well as invited guests, Professor Rasaq Kalilu a former DVC (Lautech) explored the connection between fine art and entrepreneurship in his lecture, submitting that there is no discipline or human endeavour that does not make use of the tenets and principles of fine art, even as he maintained further that there is no limit to what visual art can do, or what it can be applied to.

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Kalilu, while admonishing his audience to embrace visual art because of the numerous entrepreneurial opportunities inherent in it, emphasised that it can be used to empower many people, noting that security issues will abate when people are engaged gainfully.

He, therefore, called on the government to collaborate with corporate organizations and other private individuals already running periodic entrepreneurial skill acquisition programmes in order to widen the scope and extend the programmes to more people in the interest of the peace and security of the society.

Earlier, the exhibitor, Dr. Lanre Idowu, while welcoming all to the event, appreciated them for making out time to attend the exhibition even as he tasked them on the need to embrace the move for sensitization on the importance of fine art in tackling unemployment, which he said should be an important takeaway from the exhibition.  He encourages secondary school pupils present to pick interest in fine art as a subject, lamenting the low level of enrolment in fine art at post-primary level.

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