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2010/2011 ACADEMIC SESSION Oyewole Rashidat Is UNAAB’s Best Graduating Student

 

 

… As 39 Students Make First Class
… COLAMRUD Leads Other Colleges

 

Miss Oyewole, Olubunmi Rashidat of Pasture and Range Management, has emerged the University Best Graduating Student for the 2010/2011 Academic Session with a Grade Point Average of 4.82.

Miss. Oyewole topped the  list of Thirty –Nine (39) First Class Graduates, with the least GPA of 4.50, scored by the duo of Adamson, Mariam Abilehoho of Animal Nutrition (ANN) and Imite, Ebele Sophia of Soil Science and Land Management (SSLM).

A breakdown of the “list of First Class graduate 2010/2011 Session”, signed by the Director of Academic Planning, Professor M. A. Waheed and made available to UNAAB Bulletin showed that COLARUD comfortably led other Colleges by producing Eleven (11) First Class Graduates while College of Natural Science (COLNAS) followed with Seven (7).

It further revealed that all the Colleges produced First Class Graduates, with exception of the College of Veterinary Medicine whose results are unclassified.

Besides, female graduating students recorded a slight edge over their male counterparts as 20 out of the 39 First Class are females, including Miss Oyewole, who is the best Graduating student.

Checks by UNAAB Bulletin into the University Matriculation Examination (UME) result which admitted the First Class graduates into UNAAB also showed that Miss Oyewole scored the highest mark of 274 while she was trailed by Omugbe, Silas Evi who recorded 272.

Omugbe is also one of the 39 First Class Graduates. He is 19th on the list with a GPA of 4.58

Checks further revealed that, the Best Graduating Student was initially studying Food Science and Technology before changing to Pasture and Range Management.

Reacting to the brilliant performance, the Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Waheed described it as progressive and unprecedented.

According to him, “since the inception of Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun administration, there has been sharp increase and steady progression in the GPA and numbers of First Class Graduates”.

“The reasons are not far fetched, the atmosphere is enabling, the Management has done so much in producing teaching aids, like power points, among others.”

Speaking in the same vein, the Deputy Vice – Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chyrss Onwuka described the 2010/2011 Academic session as unique.

According to him, the uniqueness lies in the early release of results, while the session also “co-terminated with the internationally defined end of session.”

A section of members of the University Community who spoke with UNAAB Bulletin said the enviable record of the just concluded academic session is a true reflection of the mission statement of the present administration, “Raising the Bar of Excellence.”

 

WORLD CONGRESS: UNAAB To Sponsor 22 Delegates

…  All Arms Of The Varsity To Be Represented

…  Selection Is By Merit

 

As part of efforts to enhance the productivity of its Staff  and Students, the University is to sponsor Twenty-two (22) members of the University Community to a World Congress on  Human Capacity Development in September, 2011.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun broke the good news at a Senate Luncheon, marking the end of the 2010/2011 Academic Session, held recently at Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Prof. Balogun, had earlier at the Luncheon put the size of the beneficiaries, which are to be drawn from all arms of the University, including the students populace at twenty (20).

He, however, directed the Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC) to send two (2) beneficiaries, in addition to the exisiting size, following the impressive performance of some of its staffers at the formal presentation of “Students Examinations Result Checking Solutions, which is an innovation of the Centre”.

Expatiating on the Congress, Prof. Balogun stated that, “I won’t handpick anybody.  The constituent bodies will be giving their allocations and we shall allow them to nominate their representatives”.

The Vice-Chancellor, pleaded with Deans, Directors, Coordinators and other Heads of other organs of the University to nominate their representatives by merit and not by favour.

He pointed out that anything short of merit in the selection of the beneficiaries of the Congress will be a disservice to the University.

Prof. Balogun also sounded it loud and clear, that the Congress is neither a Greek gift nor a gesture, laced with political colouration.

According to him; “We are not doing this to garner your votes or referendum for the Vice-Chancellor to have a second term that can never be”

He stressed that rather, the Congress is in line with a popular slogan in the banking industry, which posits that “if you don’t train them, don’t blame them”.

The Vice-Chancellor explained that for one, the forthcoming World Congress on capacity development will expose the beneficiaries to an in-depth and beneath the surface  training on how to discover and maximize potentials, towards achieving organizational goals and objectives, with ease.

Besides, Prof. Balogun expatiated that the training will also expose the would-be trainees to the “rudiments and criteria of University web ranking”.

He stated that it is expected of the beneficiaries, after the training to train other members of the University Community, especially those in their constituencies.

 


Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi, Director, CENIP

UNAAB Is Better Than Most Private Varsities

… Ayodeji Rasaki, DPR Intern

 

An Intern with the University Directorate of Public Relations, Mr. Ayodeji Rasaki has commended the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for a job well done, even as he declared that UNAAB is far better than most Private Universities.

Speaking with UNAAB Bulletin, the 300Level Mass Communication student of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, who is completing his 3-month Industrial Training this Friday, expressed shock at the high level of infrastructural facilities and social amenities that are in place in the University.

Rasaki, who distinguished himself as a promising Reporter, having wrote many stories that were published in the University Bulletin, during his internship said UNAAB facilities are so tempting “that any parent that has a child in a private University will be tempted to bring him or her to UNAAB”.

He attributed UNAAB’s rapid development of late to the commitment of Prof. Balogun led administration to transforming the institution in all ramifications, in order to be the best in the country and Africa at large.

Rasaki who also commended Prof. Balogun for putting in place a befitting Directorate of Public Relations said he had benefitted tremendously from it, having been thoroughly exposed to the rudiments of Journalism, Public Relations, Protocol and Passages during his internship.

According to him, “I have really experienced real exposure to the practical of classroom teachings on Public Relations, Journalism and Protocols in the Directorate.  This will undoubtedly facilitate a quick uptake when I resume at BOWEN. On getting there, I will try to convince some staff to come up with the idea of establishing a Public Relations Directorate”.

Ayodeji said he would miss all the staff of the Directorate, who treated him like one of them and never made him to feel like an intern.

According to him, “Working in the Directorate is not easy because during my stay here, programmes were attended all the time and the fact that I have to trek to circulate the UNAAB Bulletin is stressful and I worked extra hours most of the time here.

He urged the Directorate to hasten the purchase of a Dispatch Van for the circulation of the UNAAB Bulletin, emphasizing on the fact that it is always stressful dispatching the Bulletin while trekking.


Mr. Ayodeji Rasaki, DPR Intern from Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.

Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation Lauds UNAAB

 

A representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation and Cassava Adding Value for Africa (C: AVA) Project Manager, Mr. Russel Woo, has commended the University for all its efforts towards alleviating hunger and poverty in the country and its environs.

He gave the commendation when he paid a Courtesy Visit to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

According to him, the Foundation is pleased to know that the University, through its various programmes has helped in reducing hunger among the poor, appreciating the Management of the University for sharing the Foundation’s missions and visions.

He also disclosed that the Foundation is looking forward to the future, stating that there is still more to do in order to alleviate hunger and poverty.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke, the Vice-Chancellor expressed the University’s delight to be part of the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation’s initiative.

According to him, UNAAB has benefitted a lot from the Foundation, stating that through the Agricultural Media Research and Extension Centre (AMREC), it has been able to enhance the capacities of Farmers in the growing and processing of cassava.

The Vice-Chancellor also said that, the Foundation, through its support has made the University to be more relevant to Farmers and the institution has been able to maintain a good rapport with them and the processors.

He reiterated that the University will continue to support any programme that will help to alleviate hunger and ensure food security in the country and in Africa, at large.

He implored the Foundation to do more so as to improve the plight of farmers.

In her Remarks, the Director, Agricultural Media Research and Extension Centre (AMREC), Prof. (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami, thanked the Foundation for the support the Centre has received from it.

She said the Centre, through the Foundations programme has helped to improve and enhance the capacities of farmers in growing and processing cassava.

She disclosed that the services of the Centre spreads across three local governments in the State which are, Odeda, Obafemi Owode and Abeokuta North Local Governments, adding that, the Centre still hopes to cover more local governments.

She later called on the Foundation to further help the Centre, so as to be able to reach other Farmers in some other local government and to improve on the existing ones.

In the same vein, the Country Manager, Cassava Adding Value for Africa (C: AVA) Project, Prof. Lateef Sanni thanked the Management for giving them the opportunity and conducive environment to operate.

 

 

 

EXPRESS DELIVERY UNAAB Brings Exam Results To Students’ Door step

 

…  Parents Now Have Direct Access,

…  As Management Test-Run Speedy Online System

The Director, ICTREC, Dr. Abayomi Oguntoye, explaining the mode of operation of the “Student Exam Result Checking Solution” to top members of the University Community at Senate Chamber

 

The Management of the University has put in place an Online mechanism that will avail Students and their parents a direct access to all the Semesters results.

The ”Easy Does It” electronic device is code named, “Student Exam Result Checking Solution (SERES) and it is the brainchild of the University’s Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC).

Members of the University Governing Council,  the Vice-Chancellor, other Principal Officers, Deans and Directors watched the online device through a power-point presentation at the Senate Chamber on Monday.

Explaining the mode of operation, Dr. Oguntoye said, once a student or a parent clicks on a particular button (the identity of which will be formally revealed to users through the media soon), the examination results being requested will be fully displayed, within a twinkle of an eye.

True to Dr. Oguntoye’s explanation, the experiment done on the floor of Senate Chamber proved accordingly.

Commenting on the Online Service, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who expressed joy over the innovation said with it, no suspended or rusticated student will be able to cajole his or her parent that he or she still remains a bonafide student of the University.

According to him, this is simply so because parents now have direct access to the results of their wards.

Besides, Prof. Balogun also pointed out that the Online Service will boost the Management financial re-engineering and prudence as there won’t be need to expend fortune on the advertisement of the list of erring students, who have been asked to withdraw, expelled or rusticated on the page of some selected national dailies.

Corroborating Professor Balogun, the duo of members of Governing Council, Mrs. CaroObioha and Chief Lajuwomi as well as the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana, his College of Natural Science (COLNAS) counterpart, Prof. Tope Popoola and the Dean Elect of College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Prof Christian Ikeobi, among others commended the Online Service, which they described as a welcome development.

However, the Council members, the Vice-Chancellors and other top staffers of the University agreed that a slight modification should be done on the operations of the online service, in order to tighten loose ends.

 

 

UNAAB Bags AWARD of Excellence

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta has added another prestigious laurel to its shelve, as it has been honoured with an Award of Excellence in Agriculture and Nation Building by the Forum of Heads of Federal Establishments, Ogun State Chapter, at the Federal Civil Service Club House, Abeokuta.
While receiving the Award, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke expressed appreciation to the Forum while pledging the University’s support for their programmes.
Speaking further, he maintained that the University will not relent in its efforts to bring Agricultural Development to the forefront of the Nigerian economy, while strengthening its capacity building programmes.
He reiterated the University’s commitment to improved capacity building and fostering bilateral relationships among African States, citing the recent Convocation Ceremony of the UNAAB Foreign African Scholars Scheme (UFASS), which had nationals of Liberia, The Gambia, Sierra-Leone among other African Countries as beneficiaries.
Other awardees include the Ogun State Comptroller Of Customs Service, The Nigerian Bottling Company, while a Post-Humous Award goes to Late (Mrs.) Bunmi Awotiku among others.

POST-UTME ICT TRAINING Gov. Council Visits Prospective Candidates … Pro-Chancellor, VC Okay Exercise

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, (arrowed), Chief Olakunle Osayemi, accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun inspecting prospective Post-UTME candidates undergoing ICT Practical Training Session at the University Central Laboratory.

The University Governing Council on Friday paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to scores of prospective Post-UTME candidates, undergoing ICT practical training, for the examination, at the Central Computer Laboratory.
Led by their Chairman and Pro-Chancellor, Chief Olakunle Osayemi , the Council members, who were accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and some top officers of the University, arrived the Central Computer Laboratory at exactly 10:42am, in a convoy of two (2) buses.
They were warmly received by the Director of the University Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Abayomi Oguntoye.
On the entourage of the Chairman were some Council members, namely, Dr. Solomon Laditi, Mr. Joseph Lajuwomi, Mrs C.A Obioha, Dr. Ben Efienemokwu, Professor Olalade Enikuomehin, Professor Francis Bamiro, Dr. Olusola Akinwande and the Secretary to Council/Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke, the Acting Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi and the Director, Executive Affairs, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mrs. Christianah Kuforiji.
Moments after their arrival, Dr. Oguntoye conducted Chief Osayemi and Professor Balogun and other revered members of the Council and Management respectively round the Computer Laboratory Centre, in the glare of prospective students who were undergoing training.
Speaking at the end of the visit, the Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Osayemi described the training as a necessity for the students.
According to him, “It is a quantum leap in the development of education.
“A lot of brilliant students today are wasting because they are not ICT compliant. This training will help the incoming students to be better acquainted with the use of computer”.
Also reacting, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun said, “I am impressed. Our ICTREC has blazed the trail again. Ours is the first university that will prepare prospective UTME students for e-examination. Instead of losing talents because of lack of ICT knowledge, we are contributing our quota by training them”.

VC Bids Senate Luncheon Farewell

…  Thanks ALL


UNAAB’s Chairman of Senate and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun speaking at the Luncheon while DVC, Academic, Prof. Chryss Onwuka (1st Left), the Ag. Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye (1st Right), DVC, Development, Prof. Segun Lagoke (2nd Right) and the wife of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Mrs) Elizabeth Balogun listen.

Stewardship and accolades for a job well done, as well as outpouring of mutual oneness and joy took the centre stage on Tuesday as the University Senate ended the 2010/2011 Academic Session with a befitting Luncheon held at Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun who arrived the Luncheon in company of his wife, Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun well ahead  of time, set the tone for symbiotic synergy and cordiality that pervaded the atmosphere.

On his arrival, Prof. Balogun shunned protocols and shed the toga of officialdom, moving from one side of the Hall to another, exchanging banters with members of Senate.

Also were members of Senate, most of who came with their spouses; they exchanged pleasantries, introduced their spouses to one another with excitement boldly written on their faces.

However, emotions heightened and it was almost betrayed by some of the Senate members when the Vice-Chancellor almost at the opening of his speech declared, “Consider this as a valedictory speech for this particular gathering”.

He stressed, “this is because I will never have the opportunity to address this arm of the University again.  The last opportunity for me to express our thanks after the end of an academic session is today.  “The next one will be done by my successor. Therefore, the uniqueness of today should dawn on me and you”.

Thanking the Senate, Prof. Balogun said, “I want to thank you for keeping me on my toes and for not making me to preside over those who knows nothing.  Thank you for driving the system to where we are today”.

“In spite of all odds, you made it possible for us to regularize the academic calendar at a time when some Universities are just starting their First Semester examinations”, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to all the Unions on Campus saying, “I say openly that your criticism, open attack, upper and lower cut has been very helpful in making today a reality”.

Prof. Balogun also thanked all staffers and students of the University for subjecting themselves to his drive to actualize his dream for the University.

The Luncheon peaked with a Toast to the Vice-Chancellor, Staff and Students of the University and Nigeria at large by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Chyrss Onwuka, Professor Lateef Sanni and Professor Christian Ikeobi, in that order.

Some members of Senate, who assessed the leadership of Prof Balogun, as Chairman of Senate Commended him for a job well done.

They include Prof. Toyin Arowolo, Prof. Kayode Bamgbose, Prof. Depo Adedire, Prof. Sam Oluwalana, Dr. Arigbede, Prof. Onwuka, Prof. Tope Popoola; Dr. Biodun Badmus and Prof. Adetokunbo Taiwo.

 

 

 

OBJ Commends EIA Team On Presidential Library

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and his wife. Beside her, UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun flanked Prof. Toyin Arowolo led Study Team on the Environmental Impact Assessment Team at the Presentation.

 

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has commended the Study Team  on the Environmental Impact Assessment  of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) for their viral commitment and dedication to the project.

Chief Obasanjo gave the commendation when the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, led the Study Team whose membership were largely drawn from UNAAB.

Presenting an Executive Summary of the Environmental Impact Assessment of OOPL, the Leader of the Study Team, Prof. Toyin Arowolo said the study involved Soil Evaluation, Geographical Survey, Flora and Fauna, Water quality, Air and House Evaluation and Socio-economic.

He pointed out that standard procedures were employed in all the studies.

Professor Arowolo, who is the outgoing Dean of College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) said the EIA is designed to ensure that the Principles of sustainable development are strictly adhered to in all the operations of OOPL.

The Balogun of Owu who could not hide his joy for the study team’s unflinching support, said its dedication has further encouraged him to continue the OOPL project without looking back.

Speaking extempore at the parley which was informal, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Balogun commended the efforts of Chief Obasanjo at making OOPL a success.

He prayed God for continuous provision and guidance for the project.

 

 

JULY 2011 VARSITY WEB RANKING

UNAAB Soars To 8th Position

…  Takes 3 Steps Upward
…  Beats All 3rd and Most 1st Generation Varsities

 

UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun
Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun
UNAAB VC,

Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary, NUC
Julius Okojie, Executive
Secretary NUC

 

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) has taken a giant stride towards realizing its dream of topping the University Web Ranking in Nigeria and Africa at large.

In what could be described as an intimidating bold step, the Third Generation University, based on the 2011 World University Web Ranking result rose to Eight (8th) position among seventy-seven (77) Universities in the country that were ranked.

According to the result of the second half of the year 2011 World University Web Ranking, released on 6th July, 2011 by www.41cu.org, one of the ranking bodies, UNAAB was ranked 8th as against 11th in the previous ranking, released in January 2011.

A breakdown of the ranking made available to UNAAB Bulletin by the University’s Coordinator of Webometrics, Dr. Olusegun Folorunsho showed that UNAAB comfortably led other third Generation Universities in the country while it also beats most of the First Generation institutions.

They include University of Port-Harcourt which came 9th and closely trailed UNAAB, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Maiduguri, Bayero University, Kano, Usman Dan Fodio University, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, University of Calabar, among others.

None of the highly expensive private Universities could come near UNAAB in the latest ranking as the only one (Babcock University) which attempted it came a distant 12th position, though it led others in the category.

However, a major upset was recorded in the ranking as the Premier University, University of Ibadan “dethroned” the hitherto reigning University of Ilorin, thus relegating the latter to the second (2nd) position.

UNILORIN is followed  by  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Jos, Jos, University of Lagos and UNAAB.

Reacting to the ranking at a Senate Luncheon marking the end of the 2010/2011 Academic Session, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun attributed the feat to commitment on the part of the Management and the entire University Community to raising the “Bar of Excellence”.

According to him, “Four (4) years ago we were no where as far as University web ranking was concerned.  I want to thank you all for your contributions”.

“We were hitherto ranked Eleven but we are now ranked Eight, leading other Third Generation Universities and beating most of the First Generation Universities.  We won’t rest on our oars”, he added.

 

 


 

UNAAB CMS Holds AGM

…Aspires to Build Cooperative House

President, UNAAB Cooperative Multipurpose Society (CMS), Prof Wale Dipeolu addressing Cooperators while the University Ag. Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye (2nd Left) and some Executives of the Society listen with rapt attention.


The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) Cooperative Multipurpose Society (CMS) has held its 24th Annual General Meeting.

In his Management Report, the President, Professor Adewale Dipeolu disclosed the Executive’s desire to build a Cooperative House, which he said will spring up in the next couple of months, adding that the House will be used for meetings, social gatherings, among others.

He said, “As an executive, we still have a burning desire to build a Cooperative House”.

Prof. Dipeolu disclosed that the net surplus of the society had increased from N16,073,547.36 last year to  N27,334,769.70 this year with the membership strength also surging upwards.

On the issue of loans, he said, “Like other years, most members come in every other month to request for emergency loans. I know it is a reflection of the defects in our economy, but these requests for additional loans are on the increase.”

“It is getting worrisome not only because of the amount of time we have to put into granting the request, but it smacks largely of a plan-less culture among our members. It cannot be business as usual in the days ahead. We must all have a rethink and start planning our expenses properly.”, he added.

Appreciating the Management for its support, he said, “I have good cause to thank the University Management, our Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and his team for ensuring that we get our salaries on time and our cooperative deductions almost immediately after salaries are paid.”

He also enjoined the Cooperators to pray God for committed ones to replace the Principal Officers, whose tenure will soon expire.

In his remarks, the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye commended the Executives for coming up with the idea of building a Cooperative House, which he said can also be used to generate income for the society, calling on them to take the project serious.

“In the next one or two years, we want to see the Cooperative House”, he stressed.

Worthy of note is the fact that the Executives were returned by the cooperators, to run the affairs of the society for a second term.

 

UNAAB Facilities Are Excellent

– Prof. Satish Chandra

From Left, Dr. Louise Abayomi (UK), Prof. Satish Chandra, South Pacific (Standing), UNAAB’s DVC, Development, Prof. Segun Lagoke, Prof. Lateef Sanni, Regional Coordinator and Dr. Claire Coothe (NRI) at the just concluded EU-ACP Workshop


A Resource Person from South Pacific, Professor Satish Chandra has described the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) as a University that has excellent facilities.

Speaking in a chat with UNAAB Bulletin, he disclosed that he was impressed with the state of the art facilities in the University, and the conduct of staffers therein.

According to him, “the institution has got very good and highly knowledgeable staff, in apparent reference to Prof. Lateef Sanni, who is one of the leading Researchers in Tropical Root Crops in the world.

He said, “This University is impressive, it has got very good facilities, most importantly it has very good staff, highly knowledgeable staff.”

Describing the University as a committed entity, he said it has given high priority to the EU-ACP Workshop, right from the beginning till the end of the programme.

Prof. Chandra, who was in the University with Dr. Louise Abayomi and Dr. Claire Coothe, described their stay in the country as  wonderful.

In her remarks, a participant from Bells University, Ota, Dr. (Mrs.) Caroline Anyakorah appreciated Prof. Sanni and the Facilitators for what she described as a rare opportunity, stating that the Workshop has been a very delightful experience.

Narrating her experience, she said, “The Workshop has updated my knowledge. I have learnt a lot on research proposal.”

Also a participant from University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Mr. Faseema Joseph prayed for such Workshop to continue in the country.

 

UNAAB Hosts Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

 

The Agricultural Media resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), University of Agriculture, Abeokuta will today host Officials of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A Release by the Director of AMREC, Professor (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami informed that AMREC is one of the Service Providers for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (C:AVA) project.

As part of activities lined up for the visit, the Project Manager, Mr. Ruselwoo and Personnel of C:AVA, Nigeria Country Office will pay a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, and visit the “Fufu” Factory at the Industrial Park Unit (IPU) of the University.

 

 

VC Tasks Teachers on the Use Of Internet Tools and Applications

Representative of the Vice-Chancellor, DVC, Academic, Prof. Chryss Onwuka addressing participants while Resource Persons, Prof. Isaac Olaofe (1st Left) and Prof. Nolue Emenanjo (2nd Left) and the National President of NATRESL, Prof. Sam-Kolo Swanya (1st Right) listen with rapt attention.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has tasked Teachers of English Language to make use of internet tools and applications to enhance students’ learning experiences.

He made this charge at the Opening Ceremony of the 8th Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRESL), held in the University, recently.

He said, “You will agree with me that internet tools and applications such as blogs, twitter, flicker, wiki educator, linked-in (for professional collaboration) are beginning to make both positive and negative impacts on the standard of English today. Therefore, as Teachers of  English Language, you must use these tools, to enhance the students’ learning experiences.”

Prof. Balogun who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka, while speaking on the theme of the Conference “Resources and Resourcefulness in English Language Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century” said it was appropriate in order to address the issue of students deficiency in communication skills.

According to him, “We all know that the roles and functions of English as the language of Education at the international and local domains of communication cannot be over-emphasized. It is, however, worrisome that the English language situation in the country today, is on the verge of collapse as revealed by students’ results in various qualifying examinations, and the numerous complaints by employers of labour of their employees’ deficiency in communication skills.”

Reiterating the University’s support to the Association, he said, “I was reliably informed that the fifth (5th) edition of the Conference was held in this University about six years ago, I want to assure you of the support of the University.”

In her Welcome Address, the Convener, Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, thanked the Management for the tremendous support it has given her Department, (Communication and General Studies).

She also expressed gratitude to the Resource Persons, Prof. Isaac Olaofe and Prof. Nolue Emenanjo whom she said are erudite scholars and whose works she cited in some of her research works.

In his Remarks, the National President, National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRESL), Prof. Sam-Kolo Swanya expressed the Association’s gratitude to the University for hosting again, stating that this is the second time the University will be hosting since it was conceived in UNAAB in October 2005.

He also appealed to the Government and other institutions to encourage and support the teaching and learning of English Language.

 

Director IFSERAR Thanks Management

 

The Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Segun Osinowo, has on behalf of the entire staff of the Institute expressed gratitude to the Management of the University for the provision of a Bus  to the Institute.

According to the Director, the bus will greatly facilitate transportation of staff to the Institutes Farm at Opeji on daily basis.

Professor Osinowo noted that the entire staff of the Institute are highly encouraged and appreciative of the kind gesture.

 

Scholarship, Bursary Awards Beckon

 

Offa Foundation is inviting indigenes of Offa to apply for Scholarship/Bursary Awards.

The Scholarship/Bursary Awards are open to full time students in 200 level and above, who are studying Mathematics, English, Technology and Engineering with specialization in Electrical/Electronics, Chemical Petroleum, Agricultural and Computer Science.

A release by the Honourable Secretary, Education Committee, Offa Foundation, Professor A. A. Adesiyun informed that interested candidates are to send handwritten application, stating full name with surname underlined, evidence confirming applicants’ parents as Offa indigenes and details of schools attended and certificates obtained (photocopies to be attached).

Other requirements, include name of institution of learning, course of study and duration of course, latest academic transcript and recent passport photograph.

Applications are to be sent to Professor  A. A. Adesiyun, Hon. Secretary, Education Committee, Offa Foundation, c/o Department of Crop Protection, University of Ilorin, P. M.B. 1515, Ilorin, not later than Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

 

CERECOM Chairman, Prof. Idowu Buries Mum

The town of Okemesi in Ekiti, Ekiti State stood still on July 14, 2011 when the University’s Ceremonial Committee’s (CERECOM) Chairman, Professor Babatunde Idowu laid to eternal rest his beloved mother, Deaconess Adediyun Esther Abeke Ebunoluwa Idowu amid pomp and pageantry.

Born about 93 years ago to the family of late Pa Adeogun of Ile Odole in Okemesi, Ekiti, Ekiti State, Mama during her days was trained in the art of trading under the tutelage of two of her prominent Aunts, Madam Nofi of Ile Onanurin, Odobi and Mama Oko.

“Mama Tunde” as she was fondly called was known to be a disciplinarian and a devout Christian during her days.

The Church Service which took place at the Christ Apostolic Church, Mobolorunduro District Headquarters, Odo-Ijana, Okemesi-Ekiti witnessed an impressive turn-out of staffers of the University of Agriculture (UNAAB), who were led to the ceremony by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun who was spotted in a white flowing agbada.

Also present, were Professor Tope Popoola, Dean, COLNAS; Professor Babatunde Kehinde, Dean, COLPLANT and Professor Samuel Oluwalana, Dean, Student Affairs, among others from the University.

Deaconess Adediyun Esther Abeke Ebunoluwa Idowu was survived by four children, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren.

 

DfID DelPHE 5 Research Project Training Workshop

The above-named project is organizing a training workshop as part of its activities.

DelPHE 5 is a DfID-funded project.   It is a bilateral South-South cooperation involving UNAAB and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.  UNAAB is the lead partner.  The fund is managed by the British Council.

Theme of the workshop: MOLECULAR SCREENING OF TOMATOES FOR RESISTANCE TO WILT PATHOGENS

Date: 18 July – 22 July, 2011

Venue: Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory in the College of Plant Science and Crop Production and the Biotechnology Centre, UNAAB.


Participants are expected from Research Institutes, Universities and Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs) in Nigeria and Ghana. 

The training is both Theoretical and Practical.

Participants are expected to disseminate the skills acquired to other Scientists and Researchers in their establishments.


“With Information You Can Go Places” – Dr. Bodunde

The Director, Graduate Records and Career Centre (GRECC), Dr. (Mrs.) Helen Bodunde, has made it known to students that they can become achievers by seeking for adequate information on their choice of career.

She made this observation at a One-day lecture titled, “Youth of Today and Career Challenges of Tomorrow: The Way to a Sustainable Better Future”, organized by a mentor, under the African Women In Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Mrs. Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.

According to her, students should get adequate information about any career they wish to dabble into, stressing that they should know the “dos” and “don’ts” of each career, adding that with information you can go places.

Recommending the Internet as a source of information on their choice of careers, she noted that there is more to the internet than playing games and chatting, adding that students should use the technology to gather information.

In the same vein, she said students could meet Guidance Counsellors in their various schools to provide them with information on their choice of careers and to also advise them on how to go about pursuing them.

Dr. Bodunde also counselled students to have a positive attitude towards their manner of addressing people and gender issues.

She encouraged them to follow their passion and strive to know their values, as this would go a long way in making them great in life.

In his remarks, another Mentor and Director, AG Leventis Memorial Centre for Learning (LEMCEL), Prof. Lateef Sanni commended the organizer, Mrs. Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir, who is also one of his mentees, for coming up with such an educative programme.

He also charged the students to remain focus but remain humble, by finding ways to convince some parents who may not want them to practice their chosen career.


Dr. Mrs Helen Bodunde, Director, GRECC

2010/2011 Annual Leave for Academic Staff

 

The Management of the University has mandated all Academic Staff to collect Annual Leave forms, complete and return same to the Office of the Registrar for the 2010/2011 leave year.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye informed that academic staff should get approval before proceeding on their annual leave during the vacation period.

 

VC Counsels on Choice of Career Choices - Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun making his Speech at the Occasion. Standing, (1st Right)
is the facilitator and AWARD Mentor, Mrs Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir and top Staffers of the University.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has advised youths to be careful in choosing their life career as this will determine their future well-being or otherwise.

He gave this advise at a One-day Career Talk, organised by a mentor under the aegis of the African Women In Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Mrs. Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.

The theme for the Career Talk was, “Youth of Today and Career Challenges of Tomorrow: The Way to a Better Sustainable Future”.

Prof. Balogun said, “The choice you make today has a bearing on a sustainable future. These choices have multiplier effects on what you become in the future and indeed, determines your well-being or otherwise.”

According to him, the theme of the programme will provide a platform, to guide the students in making the right career choice so as to be able to compete favourably with their peers, anywhere in the world.

The Vice-Chancellor also stressed that the choice of career had nothing to do with gender. “Being a female or a male does not create any barrier to how much you can soar and become highly successful in life. Our social constitution and the meaning apportioned to either male or female by our society is fast eroding and fading away.”, he added.

Congratulating the students for being privileged to attend the Career Talk, Prof. Balogun urged them to make good use of the opportunity as most great men in life were not privileged to attend such Talks while they were growing up.

Earlier, the Facilitator and  AWARD Mentor, Mrs. Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir, said the programme was aimed at addressing challenges faced by youths in choosing their future careers.

 

EU-ACP Holds Workshop for Early Career Scientists and Researchers

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Prof. Segun Lagoke (Standing) delivering the Vice-Chancellor’s Keynote Address while Dr. Louis Abayomi, National Research Institute (NRI) UK, 1st Left, Prof. satish Chandra from the Fourth Pacific (2nd Left), Mrs Clair Coote, also NRI (1st Right) and Prof. Lateef Sanni, Regional Coordinator of EU-ACP (2nd Right) listen.

 

In its bid to strengthen the Science and Technology capacity of ACP countries to use tropical root and tuber crops, the European Union – Africa Caribbean and the Pacific (EU-ACP) on Monday, began a-5 Day Project Workshop at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB).

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke, noted that the Project Workshop will help young career Scientists to boost income generation.

Professor Lagoke said, the Workshop will help in strengthening the science and technology capacities of young scientists,  researchers and participants to tap from the wealth of knowledge of the Resource Persons.

Earlier in his Address, the EU-ACP Regional Coordinator, Professor Lateef Sanni welcomed the participants to the programme, charging them to take advantage of the training.

The Workshop had in attendance, Professor Satish Chandra, from the South Pacific; Dr. Louise Abayomi from the National Research Institute (NRI); and Mrs Clair Coote, also from NRI.

 

Avoid Plagiarism; Shun Cut and Paste – Prof. Chandra

 

Researchers have been urged to steer clear of plagiarism.

A Resource Person from the South Pacific, Prof. Satish Chandra counselled participants at the EU-ACP Workshop organised for Early Career Scientists and Researchers, held recently in the University.

According to him, plagiarism is the act of copying someone’s work and using it unedited, stressing that such act must be avoided by all.

He frowned at those who are fond of engaging in plagiarism through practice of cutting and pasting, noting that other people’s work should be used with acknowledgement.

Prof. Chandra who lectured extensively on writing of research proposals and Curriculum Vitae (CVs), emphasized that participants should always ensure that their proposals and CVs are clear, brief and realistic.

 

Unreasonable People Drive Vision – Catholic priest

 

A Clergy has espoused positive attributes of human un-reasonability, submitting that the virtue might be required to drive vision and move societies forward.

The Bishop of Issele-Uku Catholic Diocese of Delta State, Most Reverend (Dr.) Michael O. Elue, made this assertion in his Homily at the 20th Coronation Anniversary’s High Mass of the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Joseph Chike Edozien, penultimate Saturday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Asaba.

Bishop Elue said any society desirous of accelerated development would not benefit much from amenable leader, but one with a strong character and slow, in yielding to demands from people.

The Bishop also admonished that people must learn to bury their differences and support their leaders to pave way for development, while equally warning that a community will remain stagnant if its people insist on preserving culture without giving adequate attention to the dynamism and evolving natures of culture.

The Priest enjoined leaders to learn ‘’to keep their heads, when others around them are losing theirs, they should at least believe in themselves, in moments of doubt’’, stressing that they must mandatorily keep ahead of people they lead.

Bishop Elue described Asagba Edozien as a focussed leader, who had been able to demonstrate his ‘’ability to point the way forward’’, therefore, urging his community to give him required support, to enable him deliver on all his developmental goals.

The Thanksgiving High Mass was replete with dignitaries from local and international communities, including immediate family members, public officials, royalties, business icons and the UNAAB community delegate, among others.

 

Asaba Community Rallies for a Befitting Palace

The Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Joseph Chike Edozien laying the foundation of the ultra modern Asagba’s Palace
while prominent Monarchs, High Chiefs and well wishers watch with keen interest.

 

The Asaba community of the Delta State of Nigeria, penultimate Saturday, spared no details in pomp and glamour, as the people supported by friends, cheerfully rallied to raise fund for the construction of a befitting palace for their monarch.

The official foundation stone of the project was laid by the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien, amidst a tasteful cultural mix, with the ceremony well attended by eminent personalities from private and public institutions, within and outside the immediate community.

The event which was sparked by a fund-raising exercise was coordinated by the Chief Launcher and Ugo of Asaba, Chief Uche Okpuno with the Eziafa of Asaba, Chief Nath Okechukwu. It was climaxed by people heartily jostling to outwit themselves in donating towards a project, generally assented to as ‘’worthy and long overdue’’.

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, did not lie back, as it strongly supported its Chancellor with the Chairman of the Governing Council, Chief Olakunle Ayinde Osayemi, leading others to pledge a donation of the sum of N1m, towards the project.

In the same vein, the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, sent a Goodwill Message with a cash donation in support of the Palace Project.

Asagba Edozien expressed appreciation to donors, saying the goal of constructing a befitting palace had been his strong ambition as he was determined, ‘’to wipe off an age-long insult of Asaba’s inability to have a communal palace, befitting of its modern profile’’.

The Asagba said he was at a stage passionately moved to endow the present palace being used by him to the community, saying ‘’it is no longer fashionable for successive rulers to administer authority from different palaces’’, but for the fact that the present palace remained the ancestral abode of the Edoziens.

In his words, Obi Chike Edozien said, ‘’it is not in our interest for each Asagba to build his own palace. The Asagba rules in his community and should therefore rule in a palace that jointly belongs to the community’’.

 

UNAAB Appoints New Deans

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has, on behalf of the Appointments and Promotions Committee for Academic Staff (APCAS) approved the appointment of five new Deans for the University.

The Deans are Prof. Christian Ikeobi, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM); Prof. Samuel Adejuyigbe, College

of Engineering (COLENG); and Prof. Moses Adedire, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM).

The Vice-Chancellor also approved the re-appointment of Prof. Morenike Dipeolu and Prof. Segun Apantaku as Deans, College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) and College of Agricultural Management & Rural Development (COLAMRUD), respectively.

According to a release signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, the appointments are on the recommendations of the Boards of various Colleges.

The release further informed that the appointments are for a period of two years (each) effective from August 1, 2011.

Other Deans are still serving their terms of office.

 


Prof. (Mrs) Daisy Eruvbetine, Chairman CODAD

My Association with UNAAB is the highest point of my life – Asagba


UNAAB’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, Chief Olakunle Osayemi (4th Right), the wife of the celebrant (5th Right), the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (2nd Left) assisting the University Chancellor and Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof) Joseph Chike Edozien (3rd Left) to cut his 20th Coronation Anniversary cake.

 

The Chancellor of the University, Obi (Prof.) Joseph Chike Edozien, has revealed that his association with the institution remained the highest point of his life.

The Chancellor disclosed this, when the University delegate, led by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Chief Olakunle Ayinde Osayemi, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Balogun, paid homage on the Monarch, on the occasion of his 20th Coronation Anniversary celebration as the Asagba of Asaba, in his Palace.

The Asagba, who said he will always be proud of the institution, more so, as it is the fastest growing Federal University in Nigeria, lauded the impressive impact of the energetic combination of its Governing Council and Management, with a verdict of being ‘’highly focussed’’.

Chief Osayemi later presented the Goodwill Message of the University community, with prayer for renewed strength, wisdom and long life for Asagba Edozien.

Also on the delegation to the monarch were other Council members, including Bishop Biobarakuma Degi, Mrs. Felicia Ezeozue, Professors Chryss Onwuka and Daisy Eruvbetine, as well as Dr. Sola Akinwande with the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye.

The Students Union President, Comrade Abdulkareem Bamigbade, with the members of his Executive Council, also represented the University students at the anniversary.

At the Anniversary Lecture to commemorate the celebration, Professor B.O Okwelu, in a Lecture, ‘’Preserving Asaba Culture in a Cosmopolitan Environment’’ called for an urgent need to review the traditions of marriage, music, dancing and burial among others, even as the community strive to preserve its core values.

In his remarks, the Asagba of Asaba, said people must appreciate the fact that ‘’Asaba is a melting point of all cultures’’, considering its location on the side of River Niger and that as such, efforts of redeeming its cultural values must be done with due consideration for modernity.

The UNAAB Students Union President, Comrade Abdulkareem Bamigbade, added his opinion to the efforts of preserving the Asaba culture, as he advised the community to encourage better appreciation of its language by visitors, by generously adopting it for signposts within the city.

 

AMREC, C:AVA Empower Farmers


L-R, Director, (Biotech), Prof. Okanlawon Onagbesan, Former Director, FMENV/UNAAB Linkage, Prof. Akin Omotayo, Rep. Dean COLPLANT, Dr. Ademola Olubode, DVC (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke, Director, AMREC, Prof. (Mrs) Carolyn Afolami and the Country Manager C:AVA, Prof. Lateef Sanni at the occasion.

 

The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) in collaboration with Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) Project have empowered over 20 Farming Community groups and Processors with capacity strengthening items.

At the Handing-Over ceremony of 20 Knap Sack Sprayers and 40 Fermentation Vats to Farmers and Processors, the Director of AMREC, Professor (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami said the equipment were meant to alleviate the sufferings of Farmers and help their work to grow.

Professor Afolami, who disclosed that AMREC had been teaching and training Farmers and Processors on the use and processing of Cassava, added that it had enjoyed the support and cooperation of C:AVA.

Corroborating the Director of AMREC,  the Country Manager  of C:AVA, Professor Lateef Sanni pointed out that the prospects derivable from the cultivation and processing of cassava are enormous.

According to him, the processing of Cassava products like Gari, Fufu, Biscuit, Lafun, among others could be achieved and the standard of living enhanced.

rofessor Sanni, however, pointed out that C:AVA had been able to make an appreciable impact in the lives of Farmers, through the intervention of the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun described the occasion as “another milestone in the efforts of the University, towards addressing some of the obstacles to agricultural development and food self-sufficiency in Nigeria”.

Professor Balogun who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Segun Lagoke said that given the increasing population growth rate and pressure on available land, there was an urgent need for farmers to adopt improved technology in the production and processing of their products.

He explained that the handing over of the capacity strengthening equipment to Cassava Farmers and Processors group under the C:AVA / AMREC Project will increase food security, improve rural livelihoods and promote agriculture, as an engine for poor economic growth.

Professor Balogun therefore called on the various beneficiaries to properly utilize the equipment as a means of boosting their livelihood and for the development of their communities.

 

 

IFSERAR Sets To Produce Agric. Statistics Manual

The University’s Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) is set to develop and produce a Universal Manual for the documentation of  Agricultural Statistics in Nigeria.

The Director of IFSERAR, Professor Segun Osinowo dropped the hint in an exclusive chat with UNAAB Bulletin.

He said the move is against the backdrop of persistent conflicts, associated with agricultural statistics, being released to the public by relevant agencies.

Prof. Osinowo pointed out that though the statistics being churned out by the agencies were accurate in most cases, he observed that sometimes they are ridiculously in sharp contrast.

He blamed the development on lack of common framework, to produce agricultural statistics, adding that IFSERAR is currently working round the clock to fill the vacuum by producing a manual that will guide agencies in the collection of statistics and data.

Prof. Osinowo said as part of efforts towards achieving the goal, IFSERAR penultimate week held a seminar titled, “Framework for Agricultural Statistics in IFSERAR Mandate States”.

According to him, the highlight of the objectives of the Seminar was to develop a Universal Manual for gathering Agricultural Statistics in Nigeria.

The Professor of Animal Physiology disclosed that a Committee, headed by Dr. G. N. Amahia, Acting Head, Department of Statistics, UNAAB had been set up to develop and produce a Universal Manual of Agricultural Statistics in Nigeria.


Director, IFSERAR, Prof. Segun Osinowo

Send-Forth Dinner for Former Registrar, Bursar and University Librarian

Former Registrar, Mr. Ademola Oyerinde
Former Registrar, Mr. Ademola Oyerinde

Former Bursar, Mr. Elijah Ajayi

Former Librarian, Mr. Abayomi Agboola

Former Librarian, Mr. Abayomi Agboola

A Send-Forth Dinner, organised for the former Registrar, Mr. Ademola Oyerinde; Bursar, Mr. Elijah Ajayi and the University Librarian, Mr. Abayomi Agboola will hold on Friday, July 15, 2011 by 5.30 p.m. at the Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.

According to the Chairman of the University’s Ceremonials Committee (CERECOM), Professor Babatunde Idowu, admission is strictly by invitation.

Checks by UNAAB Bulletin showed that CERECOM has set machineries in motion towards ensuring a successful hosting of the event.

While members of the committee have been meeting regularly, a newly-constituted adhoc team is billed to inspect the venue and map out modalities for smooth logistics.

 

Another UNAAB 1St Class Graduate Bags Ph.D

The rank of Alumni of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, who graduated with First Class Degrees and are holders of Ph.D Degrees have risen.

The latest entrant is Dr. Busari, Mutiu Abolanle, who was awarded a Ph.D Degree by the University, in February, 2011.

Dr. Busari had initially pursued his Ph.D on Pedology, but  later changed to Soil Physics in 2008, after winning a training Fellowship in Italy on the use of Isotopes in Agriculture.

A Lecturer ll, in the Department of Soil Science and Land Managements, Dr. Busari had his B. Agric (First Class Division) and M.Agric Degrees in 2002 and 2005 respectively from the University.

He won the University’s price for the Best Graduating Student in the College of Plant Science and Crop Production, in 2002.

A Fellow of the Abdul-Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Trieste, Italy. He was awarded Scholarship by Conference of All Muslim Organizations in Nigeria (CAMON) in 2004 and also won the UNAAB Postgraduate Scholarship in 2003.

His research interests include remediation of degraded soils, improvement of soil physical qualities and application of stable Isotopes in soil studies.


Dr. Mutiu Abolanle Busari