Scientists bonding through fun activities on the beach.
Day two of IITA Golden Jubilee Hub celebrations were mostly internal and consisted of a hub retreat for all the scientists and senior staff at the hub followed by a dinner during which the long-serving staff at the hub were honored. The hub retreat with the theme “Celebrating the past, building the future” had two sessions—a plenary session in the morning and team building in the afternoon.
The plenary session comprised six plenary discussions by each of the major themes at IITA and by the R4D support and Corporate service teams and focused on updating each other on the progress in implementation of the hub’s strategy and future priorities in the next 50 years. The retreat was kicked off by remarks from Victor Manyong who talked about the status of the hub in terms of staff numbers highlighting how staff strength had grown over the years.
Also present was the IITA DDG, Research for Development May-Guri Saethre, who appreciated the two events as an opportunity for her to get quickly acquainted with the ongoing research activities at the hub.
The afternoon consisted of a team building exercise led by the Human Resources team at HQ while during dinner five long-serving staff in the hub were honored. These were Fredrick Nabahire and Godfrey Kasirye, both Field Assistants in the Banana breeding program in (Uganda) who have worked for 24 and 22 years, respectively. Next were Sophie Swai, Office Assistant (13 years) and Charles Joram, Driver/Field Assistant from Tanzania (12 years), and Lornah Wanjiru Wamwiri, Office Assistant in Kenya (8 years).
They received certificates, plaques, and gift vouchers from DDG Saethre, hub Director Manyong, and Deputy Director Leena Tripathi who thanked them for their dedication and long service to the Institute.