*STATUS OF THE 2020 CONFERENCE (UYO2020) AND OTHER KEY UPCOMING ACTIVITIES*

 
I hope you are fine and safe.
On behalf of NEC and the LOC for our 2020 conference, I express our profound appreciation for the interest and enthusiasm shown towards the activities of the Association, particularly the 2020 conference. As at the last count over 100 authors have submitted papers for presentation at the conference. The LOC has been working hard to ensure that every thing is set for our conference which is just over 40 days away.
Two major constraint faces the educational sector, particularly the tertiary education subsector, in Nigeria today. The protracted *ASUU strike* which has effectively shutdown the universities in Nigeria since middle March 2020 and the *COVID-19 global pandemic* which has challenged the normal settings globally and lockdown the Nigerian economy since late March 2020. The NEC in consultation with LOC had hoped that these two constraints would have been abated well ahead of our conference so that nothing will affect a successful conference. As you well know, these two constraints are well in force up till today and there is no end in sight.
The NEC and the LOC have been considering various alternatives, one of which whether to hold the conference VIRTUAL. But we are quite aware of the challenges we could face with this option. Therefore, the NEC in consultation with LOC has come to a very difficult conclusion of postponing the conference because we still believe that the face-to-face conference option is still the best option. Therefore, the *UYO2020* is hereby postponed to *February 8-12, 2021* with the hope that all the present constraints, especially the ASUU strike would be over by then. As of today, the key dates of the conference have just past early bird registration, so, only the full conference registration date is slightly adjusted to *February 8, 2021*.
I am also happy to inform you that the Colloquium in honour of our retiring Vice Chancellor, *Professor Chinedum Uzoma Nwajiuba* of *Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI)* will still hold as planned, January 11-13, 2021. The call for paper is currently on and accepted papers would be published in a textbook. In the same vein, NEC is already making arrangements to constitute the LOC for our normal 2021 conference to be held at Landmark University, Omu-Aran from *October 18-22, 2021*. This conference is epoch-making, being the first time NAAE is holding a major event in a private University. Be there to experience a truly agricultural university.
 
Thanks for your continued support and encouragements.
 
Prof. Job Nmadu
President, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists.