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UNAAB Has No Record of Cultism – Police

The Ogun State Police Command has again reinforced the contention that the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), remained the most peaceful institution in the State, devoid of traces of cultism.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, made the disclosure during a live radio programme, Day Break Show, on Rockcity FM, Abeokuta, last Tuesday.

Mr. Adejobi commended the University Management, under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for its unyielding adherence to zero-tolerance for indiscipline as well as its maintenance of a robust relationship with the Police.

According to him, the University Management has assisted the Police to keep a crime-free society as there are no records of student unrest and cultism on campus under the present administration of the University.

Mr. Adejobi also lauded the efforts of the institution’s Director Environmental Management Unit (EMU), Mr. Sunday Bolarinwa, for his pro-activeness, an attribute which the Police Chief noted was lacking in many of the CSOs of higher institutions.

The Police PRO called on other institutions to emulate the University’s security pattern and also effectively engage the services of the Police, to mitigate criminal tendencies amongst students.

UNAABites Elect New Student Union Executive

 

A new Student Union executive of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), had been elected to run the affairs of the body, for the next one year.

The election which was noted to be free and fair, climaxed with the emergence of a 300-Level undergraduate of Computer Science, Comrade Bamgbade Abdulkareem, as the President-elect with 1,084 votes to defeat three other contestants.

In his post election chat with UNAAB Bulletin, the President-elect, Comrade Bamgbade, disclosed that his administration will constantly explore the avenue of dialogue with the Management and Students on issues of utmost concerns.

The President-elect expressed appreciation to the University Management for putting adequate security measures in place, during the election and debunked the rumour of religious bias in pursuing student welfare, assuring that the issue of religion will not be a barrier during his tenure. Comrade Bamgbade observed that violence was never a good option in attaining results and as such, promised to premise his leadership style on the platform of mutual dialogue and peace.

Results also showed that Lawal Shakirat, was voted as the first ever female Vice-President, (300L Microbiology), while Comrades Agbekisa Damilola (400L AE&RD) and Ozioma Bernard (200L SS&LM) were elected un-opposed as General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary, respectively.

Others elected, were Comrade Lawal Lateef (Welfare Secretary, 200L SS&LM), Comrade Adeyemi Adebowale (Sport Secretary, 200L SS&LM) and Comrade Omodewu Ayooluwa (Financial Secretary, 400L PRM). Comrade Awokoya Oriyomi,(200L FWM) was equally elected as the Social Secretary, while Comrade Murtala Yusuf became the Public Relations Officer of the Union.

 


Student Union President-Elect, Comrade Bamgbade Abdulkareem

PG Association Thanks VC for New Building

 

The Postgraduate Students’ Association, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), has expressed appreciation to the Vice–Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for the successful completion of the Postgraduate School building.

In a release, the President of the Association, Mr. Adegbenro Adedotun, thanked the Vice–Chancellor, on behalf of his members, for the construction of the ultra modern masterpiece, equipped with the basic essentials, such as internet facilities, that would greatly enhance research work.

The Association also lauded the managerial vision of the Vice-Chancellor in providing vocational job opportunities for students on Campus, a development it noted, has been lending financial support to indigent students.

According to Mr. Adedotun, the Vice-Chancellor had made a landmark achievement in the history of postgraduate studies in the University, which had also set the pace for others to follow.

 

No Inaugural Lecture will Exceed 45 mins. Duration -Prof. Martins, New Chair, Publication’s Committee

 

The newly appointed Chairman of the University’s Publications Committee, Prof. Olasumbo Martins, has assured the University Community and other stakeholders that henceforth, no Inaugural Lecturer will exceed the 45 minute duration, as officially recommended.

Speaking in an exclusive chat with UNAAB Bulletin in his office, Professor Martins, who prior to his appointment, has been a long–standing member of the Publications Committee, disclosed that the duration was part of the regulations the Committee handed-down for the conduct of Inaugural Lectures.

Aside moderating the publication of Inaugural Lecture materials, Professor Martins articulated the Terms of Reference of his Committee to include the supervision of other University Publications, especially those meant for students’ consumption, in order to ensure a strict regime, in terms of content, context and prices.

Professor Martins became the chairman of the University’s Publications Committee, following the approval of his appointment by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, through a letter dated February 22, 2011, and signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye.

Professor Martins, is of the Department of Water Resources and Agromet, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM).

 

Overspeed And Face Sanctions…UNAAB Staff Told

 

Motorists caught over-speeding along the University Ceremonial Road, would henceforth be booked and made to face sanctions by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

The UNAAB Unit, Ogun State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), gave the warning in a release issued by the Unit Coordinator, Mr. R.O Olukoya.

According to the Unit Coordinator, the appeal became imperative, owing to the noted increased cases of reckless driving and over-speeding by motorists, along the newly reconstructed Ceremonial Road, as he appealed for more caution.

Mr. Olukoya therefore implored motorists, to observe a maximum of 60km/hr speed limit on the Ceremonial Road, to forestall unpleasant traffic consequences, adding that staff, who are in the habit of over-speeding, in the bid to avoid getting late to the office, to desist from such behaviour and  imbibe the alternative habit of leaving home, early.

 

Presidential Polls Results UNAAB VC Puts Ogun State Ahead of Others



The Vice-Chancellor (UNAAB),
Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

INEC Chairman, 
Professor Attahiru Jega

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has again exhibited his knack for planning, thoroughness, transparency and timeliness, while serving as the Electoral Returning Officer at the just concluded Presidential elections.

Equipped with these virtues, Professor Balogun breasted the tape ahead of others, to emerge as the first Returning Officer to present the result of the collated votes of the Presidential elections, in his domain, Ogun State,  to the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Atahiru Jega, at the National Coalition Centre, Abuja.

As a result of Professor Balogun’s prompt release and submission of the elections result, the result of the Presidential polls in Ogun State became the first to be officially announced to Nigerians through the media.

Discussants on several Radio and Television Live Programmes, applauded the timely collation and methodology of presentation, demonstrated by Professor Balogun.

Having set the pace, other Returning Officers, who were mostly serving Vice-Chancellors, had to adopt his style of presentation, to the delight of expectant Nigerians, who stayed glued to their TV sets for updates of election results.

 

UNAAB ICT Training Receives Boost

 

The Management of the University has approved the proposal of the ICT Resource Centre (ICTREC), for the acquisition of the famous, global Cheltenham Courseware, to further enhance its ICT training programme.

Given the immediate endorsement of the proposal and the attendant directive by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for the Bursary Department to release funds, it is envisaged that the courseware would soon be delivered to the University.

Earlier, in his memo, the Director of ICTREC, Dr. Abayomi Oguntoye, expressed the optimism that the acquisition of the training pack will further distinguish the University as a leading resource centre for ICT training amongst the nation’s Universities.

 

Emergence of 1st Inaugural Lecturer Excites AQFM Staff and Students

Staff and students of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management of the University’s College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), were extremely delighted at the prospect of witnessing the maiden presentation of Inaugural Lecture by the Department.

Providence smiled on the Department last Wednesday, when  Samuel Oluwatowoloju Otubusin, a professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management delivered the University’s 32nd Inaugural Lecture of the University, titled Water, Water, Water Everywhere … An Enigma.

Incidentally, Otubusin is the UNAAB’s first Professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries, according to the Dean of COLERM, Professor Toyin Arowolo.

Reacting to the development, Professor Arowolo said ”we are delighted, this is  the first time the University Inaugural Lecture is coming from the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries.  For one, the Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. Otubusin, is the University’s first Professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management”.

Prof. Arowolo thanked the Management and Senate, for giving the Department the opportunity to deliver the Inaugural Lecture.

 

Prof. Toyin Arowolo, Dean, COLERM

 

UNAAB Students Sharpen Entrepreneurship Skills


A group photograph of the visiting ALSO Members from the USA and their counterparts in
UNAAB with the DVC (Academic), (M) Prof. Chryss Onwuka.(In suit)

 


The African Liberty Student’s Organisation (ALSO), UNAAB Branch, in partnership with the American Language of Liberty Institute, recently organised a workshop at the College of Plant Science and Crop Productions’ (COLPLANT) Auditorium, with a bid to polish students’ entrepreneurial skills.

The President and Director of Treasury (ALSO), Messrs Moronfolu Adeniyi and Ibrahim Taiwo, said during chats with UNAAB Bulletin, that the seminar, tagged, ‘Liberty and Entrepreneurship’ deposited a lot of potentials in the students, particularly in teaching them to be good managers and also to imbibe the spirit of self-sustenance.

 

VC Releases #5M To IFSERAR - Commends Team

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (In glasses) listening to the Director, 
IFSERAR, Prof. Segun Osinowo (2nd Left)  during his Field Trip Exercise to IFSERAR Programme Sites.

 

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has given the directive for the immediate release of the sum of Five Million Naira (N5m) to the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), to further boost research and improve infrastructural facilities at the Institute.

Professor Balogun gave the directive at the end of his One-Day Field Trip of IFSERAR’s Programme Sites at Opeji Village.

The Vice-Chancellor who was obviously impressed with IFSERAR’s performance, especially on the preparation for the take-off of the Kalahari Red-Goats project, commended the team, for a job well done, within the short period of time.

According to him, “let me appreciate the foresightedness of the Director of IFSERAR and his team for the conceptualization of the transformation of RESDEC (Research Development Centre) to IFSERAR.  I am not surprised, it is only this highly-focused team that could have converted this thick forest…and for this team to have achieved this much within one year, it should be further encouraged”, he added.

Professor Balogun therefore directed the Acting Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi who was on his entourage, to urgently “squeeze out” the sum of N5 million to IFSERAR.

According to him, the fund will help to provide a befitting Farm Office at the Biosciences Farm Site, as well as facilitate the damming of a seasonal stream at Site 1 Crop/Poultry Unit, which would serve as reservoir for arable crops, aquaculture and livestock production, especially during dry seasons.

Professor Balogun said the Institute had been able to prove that the University Management would have to be more financially committed to its activities, to maximally achieve on its set goals.

“For those doing well, we will encourage and give them necessary support to do more, even if it means cutting-down on cost of taking snacks at meetings.

It is very evident that we have to pump-in more money into the Institute, otherwise, we may not be able to achieve set targets”, said the Vice-Chancellor.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that his conviction of the ability of the team at IFSERAR to deliver, made the Institute, the only Unit of the University, to enjoy 100% release of its budgetary appropriation in the current fiscal year.

Professor Balogun then assured that the Management would intercede without delay in critical areas that the institute appeared to be facing challenges, with a hint that extra budgetary considerations might not be overlooked.

In his response, the Institute’s Director, Professor Segun Osinowo, thanked the various Programme Leaders, Researchers and staff of the Institute for their dedication and steadfastness with an appreciation of the commendable support it had received from Management.

Others places visited by the Vice-Chancellor during the trip, included the Biosciences Farm Site, Site I Crop/Poultry Unit, Site 2 (Crop Production), Site 2 IFSERAR Farm, Livestock Site, the16-Hectare Paddock (grazing land) for the Kalahari Goats breeding and the Muturu Cow Site.

According to the Director of IFSERAR, the Kalahari Red-Goat “is the South African breed that is roughly five times the size of an average Nigerian goat.  If we are able to adapt it to our environment, it will be more valuable, moreso that it produced a lot of milk”.

 

UNAAB’s 32nd Inaugural Lecture - Don Decries Shortage of Fish

 


(R) Prof. Samuel Olu Otubusin (FFS) delivering UNAAB’s 32nd Inaugural Lecture.
To his right, the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Olakunle Osayemi (in native attire), Principal Officers
and Deans. (Inset) a cross-section of Guests and well wishers

 

A University don and expert in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, Prof. Samuel Otubusin, has decried the poor turn-over in the production of fish, despite the abundance of water in the country.

Otubusin, a Professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management frowned at the abysmal production level, while delivering the 32nd Inaugural Lecture of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), titled, “Water, Water, Water Everywhere…An Enigma!”at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.

Reflecting on the nation’s fisheries potential during the Lecture, Otubusin, who quoted several authorities, especially Ita E. O, disclosed that Nigeria has an estimated surface area of 12.5 million hectares of lakes, reservoirs, ponds and major rivers.

Making reference to a previous study by the Federal Minister of Water Resources (2011), Chief Ando Obadiah, Professor Otubusin further revealed that Nigeria currently have over 200 dams with a combined storage capacity of 34 billion cubic metres.

He lamented the inability of the country to make judicious use of its 12.5 million hectares of water surface, as the nation still produce below a million metric tonnes of fish annually, at a lesser stretch of 800 hectares.

Describing the development as an eye-sore, Otubusin said, “It is evident that Nigeria has water, water, water, everywhere … yet not enough fish”, deposing that the trend “is ENIGMATIC”!

He pointed out that the title of his lecture was deliberately “used as an aphorism and intended to give a wake-up call to stakeholders, of the vast resources the nation is endowed with, regardless of which “we suffer in the midst of plenty”.

Prof. Otubusin articulated the aphorism to include the totality of the nation’s crude-oil production, national gas and solid minerals reserves, trained manpower and the vast water bodies that could be deployed for large-scale commercial food production, integrated livestock and fish culture.

Professor Otubusin of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, College of Environmental Resources (COLERM), identified corruption, mischief and intrigues, as major causes of decay in the aquaculture and fisheries sector of the nation’s economy.

While pointing the way forward, Professor Otubusin who is the University’s pioneer Professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, called for proper funding of institutions, such as UNAAB to achieve a meaningful “community-based implementation strategy of an integrated agriculture-livestock-cum fish culture water-based project”.

Besides, the Lecturer charged fish nutrition experts to collaborate with other experts, especially in Engineering to perfect the large scale production of efficient and affordable and available infrastructure, required for profitable commercial fish farming.

 

EASTER VC Felicitates With Christian Faithful

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has felicitated with the University’s Christian community on the occasion of the Easter celebration.

Professor Balogun in his Goodwill Message to the community described Easter as a period to reflect on the divine significance of redemption, which he observed to be the hallmark of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Vice-Chancellor has therefore charged Christian staff and students, to use Easter celebration to reflect on their lives, with a view to imbibing the spirit of humility, selflessness and love to fellow men, as exemplified by Jesus Christ at resurrection, in order to foster harmonious relationship in the University community and the nation at large.

Professor Balogun wished the community a joyous celebration and enjoined them to work towards fostering a more harmonious relationship in the University.

 

32 Programmes Fully Accredited

The Director, Academic Planning, 
Professor Mufutau Waheed

 

The Director of Academic Planning of the University, Professor Mufutau Adekojo Waheed, has disclosed that 32 out of the 34 academic programmes of the University had been fully accredited, while the remaining two, Electrical/Electronic and Civil Engineering, enjoy interim accreditation.

He made this disclosure, while highlighting the roles of the Academic Planning Unit of the University in a chat with UNAAB Bulletin, in his office.

Professor Waheed said the Unit was planning an internal mock accreditation, to facilitate good planning for the next visit by the National Universities Commission (NUC), for other rounds of accreditation, as some of the programmes in the eight Colleges of the University are due for re-accreditation.

Speaking further, Professor Waheed said, the Unit also played key roles in accreditation by professional bodies such as the Council for the Registration of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) , the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), among others.

According to the Director, input from the Unit, based on the feedbacks it constantly received from staff and students, served as guide for the University authorities in making decisions on staff recruitment, training and provision of infrastructure.

 

NESTLE, UNAAB Set to Break New Grounds ... As Partnership waxes stronger

 

Former Director, AMREC and Director, COBFAS, Prof. Kolawole Salako (L),
congratulating a beneficiary while, Director AMREC, Prof. (Mrs.) Caroline Afolami (M) and the DVC (A), Prof. Chryss Onwuka look on

 

Nestle Nigeria Plc and the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), through its Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), are set to break new grounds in the cultivation and utilization of crops.

The renewed initiative would also enhance improved nourishment of the Nigerian people and further empowerment of the nation’s teeming farmers.

This was the highpoint of a 2-day meeting between Nestle Nigeria Plc and AMREC, hosted by the latter and witnessed by Nestle’s top shot from Switzerland, Mr. Theo Mxakwe and its Corporate Affairs Manager (Nigeria), Dr. Sam Adenekan.

According to a post-event Press Release, issued by AMREC’s Programme Leader for Media and Farm Broadcast, Mr. O. Oyekunle, Nestle Plc, at the end of the visit, which took them to Olorunda and Saki villages, in Ogun and Oyo States respectively, expressed satisfaction at AMREC's high level performance.

The Release added that Nestle Plc. has therefore raised its stake of partnership with the University, promising another intervention in the cultivation of cassava crop, in due course.

Presently, Nestle Plc and AMREC are collaborating in the areas of Soyabean production and popularization, farm family health, among others, in several villages in Southwest, Nigeria.

The visit, which was coordinated by the new Director of AMREC, Prof. (Mrs) Carolyn Afolami, was attended by over 100 farmers, who represented farmers’ groups and other stakeholders.

Besides, the Farm Family Health Project was showcased to the visitors at Olorunda Village, where farmers, particularly, women groups, were further exposed to the preparation and utilization of Soyabean recipes.

 

UNAAB Studentship – General Public Beware Management publishes names of disciplined students

 

The Management of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has published the names of some of its students that are currently facing different levels of disciplinary actions.

In the publication, contained in the Tuesday, April 19, 2011 edition of the Punch Newspaper, some of the students were suspended, expelled or rusticated, while others were advised to withdraw from the University, on the ground of examination misconduct or poor academic performance.

According to a release signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, the disciplinary action which covers the 2007/2008 Session to date, revealed that three students, Akpan Udeme I. (06/0271), Ogunbowale A.A (03/1396) and Ladega A.A (03/1103) were rusticated while Adeyemi Azeez (06/1333) had been placed on indefinite suspension, with effect from December 30, 2010, for gross misconduct.

A further breakdown of the list of affected students showed that 21 were expelled, while 327 were advised by the Management to withdraw due to poor academic performance.