Olufemi Olapade

Olapade Olufemi Julius is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, School of Natural Resources Management, Njala University, Njala, Sierra Leone. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria with a honours degree in Plant Science; a Diploma Certificate in General Agriculture from IAR&T Akure, Nigeria; Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Olapade is at the tail end of completing a Master of Business Administration in Project Management at Walden University, Baltimore, USA. He has served in many administrative capacities in his university and he is the current Head of his Department. He served as a member of many committees including Steering Committee for the Implementation of Technical Capacity Building in Fishing and Sea Food Processing Technology Project in Sierra Leone (United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Collaboration with Russian Federation and Government of Sierra Leone. Member, TCP Fisheries Legal Review Technical Committee (FLRTC) FAO/World Bank. He has extensive working experiences with the private sector on education and agriculture; and owns a private nursery and primary school, which is at the verge of branching to secondary education in Abuja, Nigeria. He has consulted for both local and international interests including FAO and WorldFish in his areas of expertise. He is a member of many professional associations including Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), World Society of Toxicology (SOT), Asian Fisheries Society (AFS), and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). He has travelled extensively in Africa and Asia and contributed significantly to both local and international journals; and has contributed chapters in books and manuals. His department under his leadership in 2012, in collaboration with the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, University of Ibadan and the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Buea, Cameroon won $1 million U.S dollars MDTF competitive grant provided by CORAF/WECARD. The fund was for the development of Sustainable Integrated Aquaculture in Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Nigeria. He is working assiduously with other development partners, private sector and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to resuscitate the near dead aquaculture sector of Sierra Leone. His areas of research interest are fish nutrition, aquatic ecology, water pollution, integrated fish farming and project management. He is presently researching on safety of marketed raw and processed fish products in Sierra Leone from the perspectives of heavy metals and bacterial contamination. He is married to Folasade Abimbola and they are blessed with two boys Oluwatimilehin Fortunate and Enos Rereloluwa.

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