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News Published in November 2010

LEMCEL, C:AVA to Hold Stakeholders’ Meeting

 

The A.G. Leventis Memorial Centre for Learning (LEMCEL), University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), in partnership with the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) Project of the University of Greenwich’s Natural Resources’ Institute will hold National Stakeholders’ Forum tomorrow, Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, beginning at 9.00 a.m.

According to a release, signed by the 1st National Vice-President and Country Manager, C:AVA Nigeria, Professor Lateef Sanni, the forum, which is titled “Cassava in Policy in Nigeria:  Experience, Challenge and Way Forward” is expected to strengthen the Gross Domestic Product base of the Country through the promotion of the quality Cassava flour sub-sector.

 

Registration for Fresh Students Ends Today

 

Late registration for Fresh Students ends today, Monday, November 29, 2010.

A release, issued by the Mr. B. P. Balogun of the Examinations and Records Unit, stated that the late registration exercise, which commenced on Monday, November 22, 2010 ends today.

Any student who fails to register before November 29, forfeits his/her studentship of the University, the release added.

 

Senate Decides on Academic Calendar for 2010/2011 Session

 

Senate of the University, at its meeting held on Friday, November 5, 2010, approved the Academic Calendar for the 2010/2011 Session.

According to the Senate Decisions Extracts, signed by the Senior Assistant Registrar (Senate and Admissions), Mr. Abdulsobbur Salaam, Matriculation Ceremony for the 2010/2011 Session will hold on Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

The 31st Inaugural Lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

The Extract stated that the18th and 19th Convocation Ceremonies had been slated for Saturday, February 5, 2011 while the University’s 32nd and 33rd Inaugural Lectures were scheduled to hold on April 20 and May 18, 2011, respectively.

The Inaugural Lecturers are from the College of Environmental Resource Management and the College of Natural Sciences.

 

UNAAB JCI Gets New Exco

 

The Junior Chamber International (JCI), Nigeria, UNAAB Branch has elected new officers, to run its affairs for the next two years.

Elected at the Annual Conference of the body, held at D’heb Michael's Event Centre, Olomore, Abeokuta are Adesanya Omotomiwa (President), Adesina Adekemi (Vice-President, Growth and Retention) and Udi Chidike (Vice-President, Sponsorship and Special Duties).

Others are Oluwaseun Temitope (General Secretary), Adekola Titilade (Director of Finance); Adewole Abdulrasak (Director of Training), and Azeez Kazeem (Director of Welfare).

In his Acceptance Speech, the new President, Adesanya Omotomiwa promised fellow members that he would not betray the confidence reposed in him to lead JCI.

Omotomiwa assured that he would cooperate with his fellow Executives to move the chamber forward.

Earlier, in his Handing Over Speech, the immediate past President charged the new Exco to keep the flag of the Chamber flying.

 

 

CARGS Presents Low-Tech Affordable Drip Irrigation System To Farmers

The DVC (Development) Prof. Segun Lagoke (standing) delivering a speech during the CARGS Worshop while other guests including the DVC (Academic) Prof. Chryss Onwuka listen with rapt attention.


Succor is coming the way of rural farmers, to assist them in their planting in and out of season in Abeokuta and beyond, due to the development of Low-Tech Affordable Drip System.

 

This cheering news was broken, during a Workshop, held recently in the University.

The Workshop, which was attended by rural farmers, through its Principal Investigator, Dr. J. K. Adewumi, educated farmers on the proper ways of utilizing the drip irrigation system, which he said, would cover a large farmland, affordable and durable, boosting the production of farm products during the dry season.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke said that the drip irrigation system became imperative due to the rise in cases of hunger and idleness amongst farmers during the dry season.

Prof. Lagoke implored the farmers to tap from the knowledge they would gain from the workshop and apply same for the use of their local environment.

In his contributions, Prof. Goke Bodunde, implored farmers to try out the drip irrigation system as it would help in reducing stress from the farmers. Corroborating him, Prof. Adekojo Waheed also encouraged the farmers on its usage, stating that no matter the challenges they faced at the initial stage of setting it up, they stood to reap the benefits on the long run.

Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Mr. Joseph Falodun from Odeda implored the University to help the farmers to learn the proper application of the system, to further enhance their knowledge.

Also speaking, Pastor Oyekunle from the Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP) appreciated the initiative and stated that the irrigation system was a welcome development as fears of most farmers during the dry season had always been how to fetch water to wet their farms, as the use of pumping machine sometimes destroy the farm land.

The Pre-Implementation Workshop/Stakeholder’s Meeting was held under the Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) of the University.

 

Monarch Commends UNAAB Pro-Chancellor

 

The Onisaga of Isaga, Oba Joseph Oladele Olusoji Tella (Arapapatira II) commending the University and the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Osayemi  (right)

 

The Onisaga of Isaga, Oba Joseph Oladele Olusoji Tella (Arapapatira II) has commended the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Osayemi for his contributions towards the development of Isaga-Orile Community, Abeokuta North Local Government  of Ogun State.

Speaking at the 5th Isaga Day Celebration and the Formal Launching of N200 Million Central Palace penultimate Saturday at the new Palace Square, Oba Tella disclosed that the community was particularly very proud of the University’s Pro-Chancellor and the Balogun of Isaga, Chief Osayemi, whom he described as an illustrious son of the soil.

He lauded the initiative of the University at establishing an Extension Centre at Isaga-Orile which he noted would commence soon.

According to him, the establishment of the Centre will in no small way help to boost agricultural activities in the area.

 

The Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Osayemi (5th left) and other dignitaries at the occasion admiring the model of the proposed Central Palace

 

(L-R): The Onisaga of Isaga, Oba Joseph Oladele Olusoji Tella ; the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Osayemi; father to the Speaker, House of Representative, Chief Suara Bankole; Director, Executive Affairs (Vice-Chancellor’s Office), Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji; representative of the Vice-Chancellor, DVC (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke and the Chairman Committee of Deans and Directors, Prof. (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine.

 

Dignitaries that graced the occasion included the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Segun Lagoke; University Librarian, Mr. Abayomi Agboola; Acting Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors, Professor (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine; and the Director, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), Professor Kolawole Salako.

VC Lauds UNAAB’s Achievement in ‘Electronic Chaos’

… As Dr. Njah Bags Fellowship Award

From left; the Guest Lecturer and Scientist, Prof. S. K. Dana, DVC (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke and Dr. A. N. Njah of  the Physics’ Department after the opening ceremony of the workshop

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has lauded the University’s achievements in the field of ‘Electronic Chaos’.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke, gave this commendation while declaring open a 3-Day Workshop on Experimental Chaos in Electronic Circuits, organised by the Department of Physics.

Prof. Lagoke stated that since the introduction of research in Chaos in 2001, UNAAB had made considerable progress by graduating three Doctorate and two Masters’ Degrees students. There are nine Doctorate and two Masters’ students presently working in the field.

He noted that UNAAB had provided financial support to members of staff, to enable them attend several Conferences on Chaos, thus contributing to the internationalizing efforts of the University.

Students of the Department of Computer Science had also applied Chaos in their research, to help them achieve certain desired results, he added.

The Visiting Scientist and Guest Lecturer at the occasion, Prof. S. K. Dana lauded Nigeria in general  and UNAAB in particular for their drive towards technological advancement.

He disclosed that the opportunity given him would help open up a collaborative effort between Indian institutions and the University, in the field of Electronic Chaos.

Prof. Dana, however, used the forum to commend a lecturer in the Department of Physics, Dr. Abdullahi N. Njah for bagging Fellowship Award of the CV RAMAN International Fellowship for African Researchers.

 

 

UNAAB Staff Render Community Service

 

 

(L-R): Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Samuel Oluwalana, Chairman, SSANU, Comrade Abdulsobbur Salaam and Dr. M. F. Adekunle inspecting the repair work being carried on the road.

 

Staffers of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) and some voluntary organizations on campus rendered community service, by repairing a portion of the Gbonagun/Camp road, for easy passage for members of the University community and other road users.

The road, which is the major route leading to the University from town became deplorable, making driving a Herculean task for drivers and other road users.

Consequently, members of staff of the University, led by the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Samuel Oluwalana and Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), UNAAB Chapter, Comrade Abdulsobbur Olayiwola Salaam mobilized  other staffers,  members of the Man ’O’ War and other voluntary organizations on campus in the community service.

They transported a chunk of sand, excavated from the on-going reconstruction of the University Ceremonial Road, to fill the bad portions of the road.

It has been observed that since the filling of the festering pot holes, motorists and other commuters have been plying the affected portion of the road with ease.

According to a motorist, who craved for anonymity, the spirit of community service exhibited by  staffers of the University and the voluntary organizations is worthy of emulation.

Meanwhile, work is still  ongoing at UNAAB Ceremonial Road.

It would be recalled that recently, Management awarded the contract for the construction of the road to Oriental Femab Amimike Quarry and Construction Company Limited.

 

Construction of 2,000 Capacity Auditorium On-Going, Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has reaffirmed the commitment of Management to raising the Bar of Excellence with the construction of a 2,000 Capacity Auditorium in the University.

This is in addition to the Lecture Halls and Lecture Rooms for Farm Centre.

Professor Balogun made this known while delivering his speech at the orientation programme for fresh students of the university. The Vice-Chancellor was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Chryss Onwuka.

He noted that the Management had provided additional buses and hostels, to ameliorate the difficulties encountered in the areas of transportation and accommodation, respectively.

Professor Balogun specifically said that there had been a rapid increase in students’ facilities in the following areas:

  • Construction of a Female and a Male Hostel every year since assumption of office;
  • Rehabilitation of existing Hostels;
  • Wall-fencing of the Female Hostels;
  • Provision of 4Nos. 32-seater Coaster Buses and 1 No. 43-seater Bus for off-campus students;
  • Provision of 7 Nos. 43-seater Buses;
  • Donation of 1 No.18-seater Bus for the Students’ Union Executive;
  • Donation of 1 No.18-seater Bus for the Student Road Safety Club,
  • Donation of 1 No. 18-seater Bus for the Physically-Challenged Students;
  • Sinking of boreholes;
  • Provision of power generating sets as alternative energy source;
  • Sponsorship of four (4) Students to the 5th World Youth Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2010;
  • Sponsorship of two (2) Students’ Union leader to “Access to Success Workshop”, organized by the Association of African Universities (AAU) held, in Accra, Ghana in May, 2010;
  • Construction of additional building for Student Eateries (Bukateria);
  • Payment of School Fees/Allowances for several indigent students; and
  • Student empowerment through Weekend Students’ Farm Work.

 


Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun
UNAAB VC

Management Tasks Drivers On Cautionary Measures

The Management of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) has called for more cautionary measures, to be taken by drivers plying the University’s road to prevent road accidents.

In a release, signed by the Director, Executive Affairs (Vice-Chancellor’s Office), Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji and addressed to the Chairman, Drivers’ Association, UNAAB, reads in parts:


  • “that the drivers should ensure that their vehicles are serviced monthly or regularly with competent mechanics, paying more attention on the replacement of the fuel filter, changing of the engine oil and in particular, checking of the brakes;
  • that the Administrator (Works and Services) should be sent a copy of the proof of servicing the vehicles in addition with the parts replaced in such vehicles; and
  • that failure on the part of any driver to heed above cautionary measures would have himself to blame”.

These measures, according to the release were meant to reduce accident rates and increase maintenance culture amongst drivers in the University.

 

UNAAB VC Counsels Fresh Students

A cross section of fresh students during the Orientation Programme (Inset) :The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture Abeokuta (UNAAB), Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has called  on the newly-admitted students of the University to shun any form of social or societal vices, such as examination malpractices, hooliganism, cultism, robbery and indecent dressing.

He stated this while delivering his Welcome Address at the Orientation Programme for the fresh students of the University.

Professor Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Chryss Onwuka said the essence of the orientation programme was to welcome them as new members of the UNAAB family as well as to integrate them into the system and enlighten them on the extant rules and regulations governing their stay in the citadel of learning.

He assured them that the University will not compromise its high moral and academic standards under any guise as the present administration has zero tolerance for all forms of indiscipline and anti-social activities.

In the area of academics, which is their primary aim of coming to the University, Professor Balogun advised them to be well focused as there were lots of things that could jeopardize their chances of completing their programmes and graduating with good degrees from the University.  He also implored the new students to face their studies squarely, in order to come out in flying colours and be prepared for real work, in order to meet the expectations of both the University and their parents.

In order to fulfil the tripodal mandates of the University, that is, teaching, research and extension services, Professor Balogun informed the new students that the University had put in place state-of-the-art facilities under a serene environment. 

“Most of the University Lecture Halls are fully equipped with air-conditioners, multimedia facilities and white boards”, he added.

On landscaping and aesthetics, which have earned the University the reputation of being reckoned with as one of the most beautiful campuses in Nigeria, the University’s helmsman urged the new students to  join in the efforts at keeping the campus clean, avoid crossing of lawns, learn to use the walk-ways, which were constructed to link the buildings and avoid writing or pasting of materials indiscriminately on the University structures.

The Vice-Chancellor noted that about 2,700 students were offered provisional admission in the new academic year.

UNAAB Pensioners Elect New EXCO

The UNAAB Chapter of  the Association of University Pensioners has elected new officers to steer its affairs for the next two years.

At the election held on November 14, 2010, Dr. J. O. Adegbite emerged as Chairman while Mr. E. O. Osadare became the Vice-Chairman.

Other officers are, Rev. O. O. Bilewu, Secretary; Alhaji D. A. Tiamiyu, Assistant Secretary; Mrs. E. O. Olajide; Treasurer and Mr. S. Nwokoma, Public Relations Officer/Welfare Secretary.

Also elected were Pastor A. Aboluwarin, Ex-Officio I and Mr. S. A. Dairo, Ex-Officio II.

TASUED Officials To Visit UNAAB


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the request for a working visit by the officials of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode to the University’s Directorate of Internal Audit, between December 1 and 3, 2010.

A release signed by the Director, Executive Affairs (Vice-Chancellor’s Office), Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, informed that the visit is expected to avail the team from TASUED the opportunity to hold interactive session with members of staff of the University’s Directorate of Internal Audit during the visit.

UNAAB Maintains Best ICT Practices…NCS

Professor Oluwafemi Balogun,
Vice-Chancellor, UNAAB


The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has applauded the best practice approach of the University in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The Ogun State Branch Chairman of NCS, Dr. Adesina Sodiya gave the commendation, while presenting the award of the Most ICT Driven Chief Executive on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, at the Council Chamber of the University, last Monday.

Dr. Adesina Sodiya commended the giant stride of ICT deployment in the University, noting that NCS will always be appreciative of organizations that promote the practice and appropriate usage of ICT in their establishments.

The Branch Chairman said Professor Balogun achieved the feat ahead of the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Professor Adebisi Balogun and the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Dr. Raheem Oloyo, who also emerged second and third respectively.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, said the incumbent administration of the University embarked on aggressive ICT deployment as a necessary precondition to produce internationally acclaimed graduates.

Professor Balogun seized the opportunity to appreciate the Governing Council and Senate for providing the required wherewithal and support that had enabled the University to enjoy the lowest bandwidth tariff and a constantly updated ICT service.

The Vice-Chancellor assured that the University would not relent in its efforts, saying “though we are not doing badly, but we are still not satisfied with the present level. We shall always inject latest infrastructure to ensure we maintain undisrupted internet service”.

Professor Balogun who observed that the Award would serve as a challenge as well as an impetus to do more, dedicated it to the entire staff and students of the University.

Freshers Orientation Programme Begins Thursday

 

Orientation Programme for the 2010/2011 Academic Year will begin on Thursday, 18th November and end on Friday 19th November, at the Julius Amiobi Okojie (JAO) Lecture Theatre Complex.

A release signed by the Deputy Registrar, Student Affairs, Mr. P. T. Akinlabi, informed that the programme will hold from 9:00am. to 4:00p.m, each day.

Highlight of the Orientation Programme include Lecture/Talks on “Brief History of the University”, “Adaptation of University Knowledge to Self Development”, “Decent Dressing and Image of the University”, Students Accommodation and Hostel Facilities”, “Learning of UNAAB Anthem”, among others.

Resource persons, largely drawn from the University, are expected to deliver Lectures on the selected subjects.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun  will declare the Orientation Programme opened.

Professor Samuel Oluwalana,
Dean, Student Affairs

UNAAB Council Member Becomes Commissioner

- As Prof. Okuneye Turns Justice of Peace

Dr. Solomon Oladiti
Oyo State new Commissioner



Professor Bola Okuneye (JP)


A member of the Governing Council of the University, Dr. Solomon Olubanjo Oladiti has been appointed Commissioner for Industry, Applied Sciences and Technology by Governor Adebayo Alao Akala of Oyo State.

Also, the University’s former Director of Consult, Prof. Bola Okuneye was appointed Justice of Peace (JP) by the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

Dr. Oladiti who is a renowned educationist was sworn into office last Wednesday at the Oyo State Exco Chamber of the  Governor’s Office by the State’s helmsman.

Dr. Oladiti replaced the former Commissioner for Education, Professor Taoheed Adedoja who had been appointed a Minister in the Federal Government’s cabinet.

In the same vein, the Federal Judicial Service Commission has appointed a  former Director of Consult of the University, Professor Bola Okuneye, as Justice of Peace (JP).

He will be sworn-in today, Monday, November 15.

UNAAB to float Entrepreneurial Centre



Professor Segun Lagoke,
DVC, Development
The University is set to establish an Entrepreneurial Centre for the purpose of enhancing skills acquisition and self-reliance.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, disclosed this at the presentation ceremony of the plaques and certificates of the Best Exhibitor Award among educational institutions, conferred on the University, at the last Nigeria @ 50 Exhibition, recently in Abuja.

The Vice-Chancellor said no efforts would be spared towards the establishment of the Centre and that a Committee Report is expected by the end of November, to facilitate early endorsement of the Governing Council.

Professor     Balogun said the need to establish the Centre, stemmed from the positive entrepreneurial exploit of the University in recent time as well as the impact of the University’s Industrial Park Unit (IPU), in the commercial processing and packaging of various agricultural products of the University.

He said the goal of the IPU, should expand beyond revenue generation to be self-sustaining, saying “we should be adequately disposed towards encouraging our students to be self-reliant. The IPU should be an economic centre, capable of inculcating entrepreneurial interests in our students”.

In presenting the plaques and certificates received at the Exhibition, the leader of the University delegate and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke assisted by Mrs. Funmi Oluwalana, said University products, particularly the UNAAB Palm-wine, displayed at the event, enjoyed good patronage.

Professor Lagoke further disclosed that several people also indicated interest in becoming distributors for the products, attributing the success to the radical transformation of the IPU by the current administration of the University.

Reconstruction of Ceremonial Road: Work Begins Full Swing

UNAAB Ceremonial Road: Work Begins in Full Swing


Barely 72 hours after the University Management awarded contract for the reconstruction of the institution’s Ceremonial Road, work has commenced in full swing.

The Management had at its meeting penultimate Wednesday awarded the contract to Oriental Femab Amimike Quarry and Construction Company Limited.

The Contractor moved to site in the early hours of last Monday morning with the preliminary excavation of the highly deplorable road.

The development led to the closure of one of the two lanes of the Ceremonial Road, thereby prompting diversion of motorists going in and out of the campus on a single lane.

Staffers and students of the University who were welcomed to the Campus by the reconstruction while resuming on Monday expressed joy over the relief they would soon experience from the nightmares the bad road had inflicted on them.

They commended the Management for taking the bull by the horn by awarding the reconstruction of the road.

The reconstruction is expected to be completed within twelve weeks.


UNAAB Is A Dream Come True - Freshers

Freshers, taking  their Oath at a recent Matriculation


Still basking in the euphoria of their admission into the University, scores of the newly admitted students stormed the Campus last week to finalise the processing of their admission.

For a chunk of them who spoke to UNAAB Bulletin, their admission  is a dream come true.

According to a new intake into the College of Engineering (COLENG) who simply gave his name as Femi, he said, “I’ve since been looking forward to schooling in UNAAB because I heard that there is no cultism here.  Here I am, live and direct.  I really thank God”.

For Tolu, a fresher at the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), “I am in love with  the beautiful University landscape.  My mother is an Horticulturist and our  home is adorned with beautiful flowers. I have seen one good environment here in (UNAAB)”.

Ibrahim who is newly admitted to COLERM said, “I am in UNAAB for studies and that will remain my focus here, no more, no less”.

UNAAB VC Bags ANAN Award

Prof. Oluwafemi O. Balogun UNAAB VC

The Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), has conferred a Merit Award on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

The letter of the Award was presented to the Vice-Chancellor during a courtesy call by the Executive Committee of the Ogun State Branch of the Association.

Speaking on the rationale of the Award, the Ogun State Vice-Chairman of ANAN, Prince Wole Adeyanju, said it was in recognition of Professor Balogun’s contributions to prudent financial management and human development.

Prince Adeyanju disclosed that the State Branch was planning to organize its maiden Dinner later in the year and has earmarked the conferment of awards on outstanding individuals, who had distinguished themselves through  good governance and prudency in financial management.

The State Vice-Chairman, lauded the Vice-Chancellor for his support, as it was only UNAAB, in the whole of Ogun State that donated the sum of N100, 000.00 to the Nigerian College of Accountancy, in Jos.

The Vice-Chairman also noted that the University had in the last three years, been able to record unparalleled successes, in terms of physical development, under the current administration, than was achieved in ten years, before the current tenure.

Prince Adeyanju commended the human development initiative of the Vice-Chancellor, particularly on off-shore training while also noting the uncompromising level of discipline and service delivery among members of staff.

Responding, Professor Balogun expressed gratitude to God and ANAN for considering him worthy of the merit award, saying “it pays to be committed and render selfless service to ones motherland”.

The Vice-Chancellor added that there was no hope for the country unless individuals brace-up for attitudinal change and rebrand themselves.  “We believe we can change and change we must”, he noted.

He reiterated that he harbored no regret or apology for his radical stance to give anybody for his activities saying “in our different areas of calling, we are placed there not by anybody but by God, who has a purpose for a particular time. There is an account that all of us must give and it is to God that we have to give it”.

Professor Balogun noted that he was pleased that aside the physical awards which the University had severally earned, he was always pleased that members of the University community were always highly regarded by their peers in other Universities as well as in other arms of the public service.

Professor Balogun said the University’s donation to the Association was borne out of the need to support a body that had contributed immensely to the development of some University staff, in accounting.

 

He disclosed that in the past, he had turned down several awards but having assessed the ANAN award, it was found worthy of being accepted.

 

 

Mgt. Awards Reconstruction of Ceremonial Road

UNAAB CEREMONIAL ROAD: Contractor commenced work early this morning


Members of the University Community will soon heave a sigh of relief on the deplorable condition of the University’s Ceremonial Road, as the Management has awarded the contract for its reconstruction.

The reconstruction has been awarded to Oriental Femab Amimike Quarry and Construction Company Limited, at a Tender’s Board meeting, held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

According to the Management, the contract term for the award, stipulates that the reconstruction will be completed within twelve weeks and the contractor is expected to move to site next week.

However, the University Management has commended members of the University Community for their perseverance, resilience and understanding for the hardship they endured, plying the deplorable road.

It would be recalled that the road became more damaged, due to increased traffic and pressure from heavy-duty trucks, servicing the massive projects’ construction on Campus.

 

 

 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICES

 

Robert F. Wagner Graduate school of Public Service, New York, has called for applications for its African Women Public Service Fellowship.

According to the University Director of International Programs, Prof. Paul Smoke, said the admission committee pays attention to “applications from women who posses strong academic records; who have a demonstrated commitment to public service”.

He added that such applicant must be “whom a Wagner education would significantly enhance their ability to have a deep and lasting impact on public issues in their home country and region”.

Applicants are expected to apply online at http://wagner.nyu.edu/admissions/application/ . The deadline for application is December 10, 2010.

 

SENATE DINNER: VC Adjudged 2009/2010, Best Academic Session

The Vice-Chancellor, prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun delivering his opening speech during the dinner


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has adjudged the just concluded 2009/2010 Academic Session as the best in the history of the University, despite militating challenges, particularly, threat posed by the recent prolonged nationwide strike by University Unions.

Speaking at a Dinner held in honour of members of the University Senate last Friday at the Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Professor Balogun disclosed that the Academic Session produced the highest number of First Class students in the history of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor further revealed that “a particular Department alone gave us seven First Class Students”.

Prof. Balogun expressed joy over the feat and described it as shocking, saying “I confess before you tonight that I expected the worst result due to constraint of time which stemmed from the national strike, yet this year gave us the best result in the history of the University”.

Aside the brilliant score sheet, the Vice-Chancellor while reviewing the 2009/2010 Academic Session said the normalization of the academic calendar hitherto disrupted by the prolonged strike, also impressed him.

He thanked members of the University, particularly the Senate, for regularizing and standardizing the disrupted academic year through dint of hardwork, which he noted, could only have been achieved at the expense of personal commitments.

Consequently, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the Senate has resolved to reward hardwork and exceptional commitment to duty as well as devotion to studies by staff and students respectively, with a special recognition tagged “Award of Productivity”.

Revealing that Senate has formally fixed 1st January of every year as the University’s Foundation Day, Professor Balogun stressed that the day would be  marked with the “Night of Excellence”,  during which “Award of Productivity” will be conferred on deserving staff and students.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, thanked the President and Visitor to the University, the Presidency, the Legislature, the persons of Speaker Dimeji Bankole, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and Governor Gbenga Daniel, for contributing immensely to the success of the 2009/2010 Academic Session of the University.

He also lauded the Governing Council, Management and Senate of the University, while similar appreciation was extended to the host Community, Odeda Local Government Chairman, Hon. Azinge Akintunde, royal fathers, spirituals leaders, and security agencies including the paramilitary, among others.

The occasion witnessed commemorative toasts to peace and progress of the nation, the University at large and Senate in particular.

 

12 UNAAB Students Win Nutrition Scholarship

 

Dulfil Prima Foods (Nig.) Ltd has awarded Nutrition Scholarships, to the tune of N220, 000.00 each, to 12 postgraduate students of the University.

The Company’s Area Marketing Manager, Mr. Timothy Imaye, made the presentation at the 2010 Annual Symposium of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), organised by the Ogun State Chapter.

Mr. Imaye, who disclosed that the Scholarship was part of the company’s social responsibility to the community, added that it was also an expression of its commitment to the nutritional development of the Nigerian youth.

According to him, Dufil Prima Foods acknowledges the importance of nutrition to the healthy lifestyle of children and has been in association with the Ogun State Chapter of NSN, since 2007.

The Deans of the College of Food and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professors (Mrs.) Folake Henshaw and Daisy Eruvbetine, respectively, were at hand to present the cheques to the students.

Responding, the awardees appreciated Dufil Prima Foods, the producers of Indomie Noodles for the scholarships, which they said would go a long way in imparting positively on their educational career.

 

Experts Caution Against Malnutrition

 

A call has gone out to parents, guardians and other stakeholders in the food and beverages industries and the Federal Government to be mindful of the inherent risks associated with malnutrition among Nigerian youths.

The Ogun State Chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), made the call during its 2010 Annual Symposium, titled: Children and Adolescent Nutrition in Nigeria, held at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

According to the Society, the alarming rise in ill-health, disabilities and death among adolescents in Nigeria was attributable to the consequences of malnutrition and its associated negative effects, which it said, are serious threats to the economic growth of the nation.

In a Keynote Address, titled: Update of Nutritional Situation of Nigerian Youths, Professor R.O. Abidoye of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, noted that one third (about 36.5 million) of the Nigerian Population which are youths, could be endangered.

The speaker noted that 75 per cent of teenage girls and 17 per cent of boys, do not meet the dietary requirements for iron, thereby making them vulnerable to anaemia and other forms of malnutrition.

Professor Abidoye, represented by Dr. Folu Olatona, identified poverty, ignorance, over-consumption of unhealthy food and food restrictions, based on cultural beliefs, as other key causes of malnutrition.

He advocated the need for proper attention, to be paid to the nutritional status of the upcoming generation adding that necessary legislations and policies that will support health education programmes, deliberately targeted at adolescents and parents, should be passed.

The Professor also advised that the Federal Government should implement a school feeding programme, such that youths could be fed with healthy diet/snacks, at least while in school, to serve as preventive measure.

Earlier, in his Opening Remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Chairman of the occasion, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, described the symposium as a clarion call to all Nigerians to work together towards securing a brighter future for the youths, by building them up nutritionally.

Professor Balogun submitted that food being a necessity for all, urged that adolescents should be provided with the right formula and quality, so that their health and future could be properly secured.

The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka, assured NSN of the University’s commitment towards building the nation, nutritionally.

The Vice-Chancellor also lauded the former Dean of the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Babatunde Oguntona, for imparting positively on the nutrition world and for using his vintage position to attract scholarships for students of the University.

 

UNAAB STEP-B Commended

Professor Omolayo Ariyo

STEP B Project Manager,
Professor Omolayo Ariyo

 

The University’s STEP B Project Team under the chairmanship of Professor Omolayo Ariyo, has been commended for a successful completion of the project mandates in the University.

The National Universities Commission (NUC)’s Consultant on STEP B Projects, Chief Adesanoye Ojo Fasakin, gave the commendation when he led a four-man team to UNAAB on an assessment tour of projects.

Chief Fasakin who was a former Bursar of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, said he was highly impressed of the performance of the UNAAB Project Team for its ability to ensure maximum utilization of the project fund.

The Consultant said the University had been “very prudent in the utilization of limited resources in acquiring essential equipment that could facilitate better teaching and understanding of science and technology subjects”.

He observed that “the impressive record of the University on STEP B should be enough to convince the World Bank to release more fund to it for agricultural programmes, particularly on food sufficiency programmes”.

Chief Fasakin however advised the University to enter into a maintenance agreement with the suppliers of the procured equipment in order to preserve their lifespan and ensure that they serve better and longer.

The Consultant also urged users of the equipment to be cautious in their handling of the equipment and always demonstrate appropriate maintenance culture.

 

PARTNERSHIP: GNI Woos UNAAB

 

The Great Nigeria Insurance (GNI) has appealed to the Management of the University for patronage, as one of the insurance brokers of the institution.

The Insurance company made this appeal during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

The team, which was led by Mr. Rotimi Olakorede, pleaded with the Vice-Chancellor that the company was ready to its credibility, if given the opportunity.

According to him, GNI had been in existence for a long time now and has the required experience with a solid off-shore financial base and that it was prepared to be part of the University’s growth.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor assured the company that their request would be objectively considered by the Management and applauded their resolve to partner with the University.

Professor Balogun, however, admonished the company to be responsible and be ready to justify their claims, if eventually considered.

 

 

Achievers VC Commends Prof. Balogun

Prof. Oluwafemi O. Balogun, UNAAB VC

Prof. Oluwafemi O. Balogun
UNAAB VC


The Vice-Chancellor, Achiever University, Owo, Ondo State, Professor Adebayo Adebiyi has commended his counterpart in the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for keeping  faith with the agenda he set on assumption of office.

Professor Odebiyi, in his letter acknowledging the receipt of the Mid-Term Report of Prof. Balogun, urged him, “to continue relentlessly the good work you have started, not minding the frustrations that may occasionally prop up”.

He prayed God to continue to strengthen Prof. Balogun and grant him wisdom and understanding to forge ahead.

 

 

A 3-DAY WORKSHOP ON EXPERIMENTAL CHAOS (22-24 November, 2010)

Organized by:  Department of Physics, UNAAB
Sponsored by: The University Management  and the Department of Physics
Guest Lecturer: Prof. S. K. Dana, Head of Central Instrumentation, Indian Institute of
Chemical Biology, Kolkata
Contact: Dr. A. N. Njah, Department of Physics, UNAAB. (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Tel: +2348035640371)
Progrqamme outline:
1.    A general lecture introducing "Chaos and Synchronization: Rhythms of Living systems" etc as it affects participants from different field. Further Lectures on Experimental chaos in the form of seminars in different fields.
2.    Practical connections of electronic components on a circuit board for the visualization of the chaotic dynamics of certain chaotic systems on an oscilloscope or screen.
3.    Design of electronic circuit from a set of differential equations for its practical implementation.
4.    Introduction and installations of the soft ware used in experimental chaos.
5.    Connection of electronic components on circuit board by participants themselves.
Time Table
22nd November: Morning session – Lectures/seminars on experimental chaos
Afternoon session – practical implementation on electronic board and  visualization on an oscilloscope or screen of chaotic circuits.

23rd November: Morning  session  –  participants trying hands on circuit implementation
Afternoon session – design of circuit from a set of differential equations

24th November: Morning session – other necessary information and advice from the
Visiting Lecturer on Experimental Chaos (soft ware, hardware, etc. ).

Then closing remarks.
Afternoon session – Excursion around Abeokuta (Adire Market, Olumo Rock, etc.)
25th November: Departure.