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Ogun NSN to Hold Symposium

The Ogun State Chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) will hold a Symposium on Sports Nutrition.
In a release, signed by the Society’s Chairman, Dr. W.A.O. Afolabi, the Symposium will be held  between November 30 and December 2, 2011 at the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) Auditorium of FUNAAB.

VC becomes Ogun NUJ Patron

Dean, COLNAS, Prof. Tope Popoola receiving the award on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor from the NUJ Chairman, Mr. Tunde Sodeke

 

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has added another feather to his cap by becoming the Patron of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Council.

The honour was conferred on Professor Balogun last Friday, at the Ogun NUJ Gala/Award Night, which climaxed its Press Week activities, at the Daktad Hotel, Abeokuta.

Performing the investiture, the Chairman of the Union, Comrade Tunde Sodeke, said the Vice-Chancellor had through his private and official conducts, assisted the practice of Journalism by lending his hands of cooperation and magnanimity to journalists.


At the event, which had the National President of NUJ, Mallam Garba Mohammed, in attendance, Comrade Sodeke eulogised the Vice-Chancellor as a foremost administrator, who had distinguished himself as the ‘most media-friendly Chief Executive of educational institutions in Ogun State’.

The State NUJ Chairman disclosed that the new Patron had always dazzled the Council with his deep love for the Journalism profession which he said Professor Balogun had demonstrated in the level of his vast media engagement in activities of the University which he presides over, as Vice-Chancellor.

The Chairman said, “I was stunned one day, when I discovered that the University had about five different news-mentions in just one national newspaper, in a day. This goes to demonstrate the value he places on journalism and its practitioners”.

The award was received on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Professor Tope Popoola, with the Head of Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye and the Coordinator of FUNAAB FM, Mr. Ayo Arowojolu in attendance.

Invest in Ecotourism, Experts Charge FG

The importance of Ecotourism, as a veritable tool in the development of the nation’s economy has been stressed.
Environmental Resources Management experts made this observation at the just concluded Environmental Management Conference with the theme, Managing Coastal and Wetland Areas of Nigeria.
According to the experts, the socio-economic sector of the country would be better off if ecotourism is given the place of pride that it desires.
Participants, in a communiqué jointly signed by the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Professor Olasumbo Martins of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and Chairman, Technical Sub-Committee, Dr. E. A. Meshida of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) respectively, charged the Federal Government and other stakeholders, to ensure that Ecotourism is placed in the front burner of their activities with a view to boosting the country’s economy.
The Communiqué also recommended that environmental and urban developers should be called upon to make use of appropriate maps in the development of projects on fragile environment, to prevent natural disasters.
The Communiqué further enjoined government to be proactive by providing adequate number of seismic monitoring and hydrometeorological stations for the monitoring and forecasting of natural disasters while advocating for the enforcement of environmental policies to curb the dumping of solid wastes and discharge of industrial effluents into the natural ecosystem.
The experts also emphasized the need to control the increasing encroachment of farming and building activities around the wetland to avoid soil erosion, removal of vegetation and degradation of the ecosystem.
The group advised on the development of a mandatory localized sustainable reporting framework for deforestation and land degradation as it affects oil and gas exploitation in line with international best practices.
The Communique noted that the high degree of surface water and shallow groundwater pollution calls for the immediate attention of government to reduce the risk of unavailability of surface water in the nearest future while recommending proper information dissemination and development of manpower in the field of water resources.

ASUU-FUNAAB Holds AGM ...Posts N4.95M Profit

The President, ASUU-FUNAAB Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde delivering his address, while Prof. Christian Ikeobi (right) and Prof. (Mrs.) Bola Akeredolu-Ale watch.

 

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Multi-purpose Cooperative Society has held its 6th Annual General Meeting, as it declared a net profit of N4.95m.
In his address, President, ASUU-FUNAAB Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde thanked ASUU co-operators for their faith and support in the past years, urging them to be firm in their poise, to move the Society forward.
The Director, Ogun State Cooperative Services, represented by Mr. Oyenekan Oyebola of the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, thanked the Executive members for their honesty and prudence in handling the ASUU-FUNAAB Cooperative Society.
Mr. Oyenekan charged ASUU co-operators to continue to move the Society forward as he cautioned members to desist from taking bank loans which he said could ‘choke’ the individual, due to the exorbitant bank's interest rate.
Presenting the Society’s statement of account and statistics for the 2010/2011 Year, the Treasurer, Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi, represented by the Financial Secretary, Dr. A. A. Osipitan stated that the Association posted a net surplus of N4,956,912.81 for the 2010/2011 fiscal year, which is a leap over the N2,000,000.00, for last year.
Dr. Osipitan added that the body had a savings balance of N72, 235,094.84, as at 31st March, 2011 and share balance of N1, 868,000.00.
Top on the agenda of the AGM was the debate on how to diversify funds into other business ventures that can generate more profit for the ASUU cooperatives rather than banking on fixed deposits.

FUNAABITE Wins Scholarship

Mr. Akinwande Alaba flanked by the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (Right) and the GM (HR), APM Terminals, Mrs. Teni Araba during the presentation

 

A 500-level student in the Department of Electrical Electronics of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Mr. Akinwande Alaba has emerged as one of the recipients of the Arthur Peter Moller (APM) Terminals scholarship, meant for bright Engineering students in the nation’s ivory towers.
Presenting the award, the General Manager, Human Resources, Mrs. Teni Araba stated that APM Terminals, Apapa, Lagos had awarded scholarships to fifty, 400-level Engineering and technology undergraduates of some state and federal universities and had equally provided industrial working experience to ten beneficiaries.
According to her, the scholarship and industrial training programme were instituted as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, which seeks active community involvement in every location in which APM Terminals operate.
Mrs. Araba revealed that out of the 500 students tested by the company, Mr. Akinwande Alaba emerged among the best 50 students, after a rigorous screening exercise.
Speaking, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo lauded the efforts of APM Terminals, for considering brilliant Nigerian students for the scholarship award.
Prof. Arowolo gave the assurance that students of FUNAAB would make the list of successful students for the award, next year.
Expressing his gratitude, Mr. Akinwande Alaba thanked God for His Grace, APM Terminals for choosing him among the best 50 students, out of the 500 that sat for the qualifying examination.
Highpoint of the day was the presentation of a N60,000 cheque to Mr.  Akinwande by representative of the company.

Indiana University eyes FUNAAB


Prof. Bessie House-Soremekun (4th Left), her husband (middle) and top officials of the University

 


The representative of Indiana University, Director, Centre for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, Prof. Bessie House-Soremekun has expressed the determination of her university to have a formal relations with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin after a meeting with the Management of FUNAAB, she said an International Conference, to be co-hosted by the two universities either in 2012 or 2013, will be organised.
According to her, “this is a wonderful site for a Conference”.
Prof. Soremekun described her mission to FUNAAB to include working together for the development of a rich curriculum for the University’s Centre of Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) and to help build effective business network in Abeokuta.
She added that there is the possibility of having exchange programmes in faculties, involving students from FUNAAB, coming to Indiana University and vice-versa adding that there will also be a support in the provision of books to FUNAAB. She described FUNAAB as a decent, neat and beautiful University.
Responding, Director, Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP), Dr. Kayode Akinyemi thanked the delegates for choosing FUNAAB as a University to partner with.
He, however, availed them of the existing opportunities, in which the two universities could go into, namely; Joint research, split sides degrees and scholarships from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), a grant by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to be utilized in the Indiana University.
Earlier, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo welcomed the dignitaries to FUNAAB and promised that FUNAAB will be interested in partnering with the Indiana University.

GIMI to Partner FUNAAB



FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (Left) presenting gifts to the representative of GIMI, Mr. Alon Navot after the meeting.

 

Management of the Galilee International Management Institute and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) are working on the establishment of partnerships through the introduction of a new Master’s degree programme in Agribusiness.
The Master’s programme aims to help develop professionals, who are able to deal with knowledge process within the context of change by linking human and technological dimensions of innovations in Agribusiness, in which an academic semester would be utilized in Israel.
Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, the representative of GIMI, Mr. Alon Navot, said his Institute had been co-operating with FUNAAB for several years adding that the new initiative is expected to begin by October, 2012.
According to him, “the programme is a joint MBA with FUNAAB and GIMI awarding the degree, which will contribute to the socio-economic development of the country”.
In his response, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo lauded the new programme but stated that comments from Colleges and Departments would be harmonized, to help come up with a proposal, by end of January, 2012.

AMREC holds Training on Parenting

 

The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) recently held a Pilot Capacity Building Training on Parenting and Marital Stability.
The training was organised by the Gender Issues and Youth Development (GIYD) Programme, an arm of the Centre, where vital issues pertaining to marital stability and parenting were discussed.
Delivering his lecture, titled Challenges of a Happy Husband and a Responsible Father, Dean, Post-graduate School, Prof. Steve Olaoluwa Afolami noted that a happy person is also a joyful person and that life is always full of surprises while alluding to a Yoruba adage;
“aiye ko dadi opa ibon”, meaning, life is not as straight as the barrel of a gun.
According to him, “as a rule, life presents challenges at every turn
of the bend, stating that if we are happy only when things go our way,
we are more likely to be unhappy persons, most of the time”.
Prof. Afolami said the truth about life is that people must learn to be happy always and in order to be happy, husbands and wives should make deliberate efforts, to achieve this.
“Willingness to sacrifice our ego, chauvinism, self-centredness for
the goodness and happiness of other members of the family, to engender an atmosphere of peace, joy, and harmony in the home is crucial”, he added.
On fatherhood and its challenges, Prof. Afolami stated that fatherhood comes from God, as a good father patterns his fatherhood after our
Almighty Father’s paternity.
He pondered on the advice given to him by a priest when he
was about getting married that he should concentrate on living a life that is consistent with his faith, strive to be united as a true family by bringing his
children up properly and avoid quarrelling in their presence.
Others include, settling individual differences privately,  desisting from running down friends, be honest, hard-working, transparent and live within one’s income.
He added that bringing up the children does not necessarily require a lot of money, warning parents to guard against flamboyance, excessive luxury, wastefulness and frivolity.
According to him, what children needed most are friendship and affection from their parents and giving listening ears to their little stories and concerns.
Speaking on the topic, Parenting Styles, Mrs. M. S. Bandipo noted that parenting required a lot of learning and practice, as she stressed the importance of establishing marital bonds between parents and their children.
She added that while parenting is demanding, it could be very rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable.
On Marriage is a Relationship, Mrs. Bandipo, in her second presentation, stressed the importance of parents making commitment to God, to have a healthy relationship.
Earlier, the Director of    AMREC, Prof. (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami said parents had the sacred responsibility of upbringing,
training and disciplining their children, to make them better citizens in future.
“The outcomes of our children are to a very large extent, dependent on our lifestyle and investment of love, training and discipline in them”, she added.



AMREC Director, Prof. Carolyn Afolami

 

Parents, Freshers Commend FUNAAB Management

Some of the newly-matriculated students in a joyous mood

 

Parents of the newly-admitted students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, have commended the Professor Balogun – led administration for his style of governance, in the last four years.
In a brief chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, a parent, Mrs. Esther Samuel disclosed that the admission process was free and fair, devoid of human influence, especially during the Post-UTME.
She further said that if other older and new generation universities in Nigeria could emulate FUNAAB, the fallen standard of education will be a thing of the past.
Another parent, who pleaded anonymity, gave kudos to the University Management for the befitting landscape, as she called on the Management to improve on the infrastructural facilities by constructing more hostels for the teeming number of students on campus.
The source also commended FUNAAB Management for the stability in the academic calendar noting that this is what makes the University to be unique in South-West Region of the country.

In the same vein, two newly-admitted students, Taiwo Boluwatife and Agbalu Oluwatoyin of the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) called on the Management for the provision of more infrastructural facilities that will aid the completion of their studies.
They acknowledged Management’s efforts at having a stable academic calendar, as this was one of the reasons they had chosen FUNAAB as their first choice.

FUNAAB Strategises For Next 10 Years

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, displaying the Year 2011-2020 Strategic Plan.

 

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has vowed not to leave any administrative burden for his successor, by the time he bows out of office, next year.

To this end, the Vice-Chancellor has set in motion, machinery for the articulation of Year 2011 – 2020 Strategic Plan for the institution.
Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, last Friday, in the University’s Senate Chamber, inaugurated the Committee that will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current Strategic Plan (2000 – 2010) as well as envisioning the growth and development pattern of the University in the next ten years.
The Committee has the Vice-Chancellor as its Chairman, while his two deputies, Professors Toyin Arowolo and Felix Salako are Alternate Chairmen, with four senior  Registry officials, serving as Alternate Secretaries. Its membership includes Deans, Directors, Heads of Service Units and other key sectors of the University.
Inaugurating the Committee, Professor Balogun observed that current trends and development initiatives in the institution dictated the need for a total reappraisal of the operational strategies required to deliver the mandate and goals of the institution.
Justifying the need for the reappraisal, the Vice-Chancellor said, “I will feel unfulfilled and irresponsible if we don’t put in place, a plan for another ten-year strategy”.
Professor Balogun lamented the fact that the last Strategic Plan of the University was not fully adopted and embraced as a major instrument guiding the implementation of its mandate goals as the document was not adequately circulated and disseminated among key administrators.
The Vice-Chancellor said the development was responsible for a casual and routine approach to administration, at a point in the University, as key players in the institution were not aware of the existence of the 2000 – 2010 Strategic Plan document.
“The document was not handed-over to me, I discovered it out of personal curiosity. Its contents were well articulated, with beautiful vision and goals for each College. But no College has been making reference to it and no Dean has been using it to guide his or her conduct.
Thank God that aspiring Vice-Chancellors were mandated to draw their vision and mission that will guide their performance in office. This administration has been guided in the last four and half years, by the personal vision and mission programmes that I developed within the statutory mandates and goals of the University as a Vice-Chancellor”, he declared.
He observed that the last Strategic Plan, though robust, “has been overtaken by events. It is not totally irrelevant, but it is yearning for review. Changes in the last four years alone are enough to warrant review”.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the University must comply with the standard global practice of service delivery, while it should also align itself to current plans of government for development with a view to actively contribute its quota to new trends.
“We must follow global trend and new initiatives of service delivery. Our Strategic Plan must align with government plans for development. For instance, policies on agriculture and what we will be our own contribution to the success of such plans”, he stated.
Professor Balogun enjoined all Colleges, academic and non-teaching units of the University to “forward your agenda and goals; time sequence for programmes; probable constraints and solutions as well as review plans and resources required for actualisation of such programmes”, to be fully captured in the new Strategic Plan.
The Vice-Chancellor further observed that the ability of each academic or service segment of the University to properly articulate its focus and mission in the next ten years, would help for proper planning at the centre, warning that “Improper planning could cripple the machinery of administration”.
Colleges were therefore mandated to devote the last two weeks in December to mapping-out ideas that could be incorporated into a corporate Strategic Plan that will jointly be drafted at a Retreat, tentatively proposed for January or February, next year.

Prepare To Graduate On Schedule - FUNAAB VC

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun addressing the newly-admitted students during the Matriculation Ceremony.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has assured newly-admitted students of the University Management’s commitment at ensuring that  they complete their programmes on record time.
Professor Balogun gave the assurance while delivering his matriculation Address for the 2011/2012 Academic Session.
The Vice-Chancellor charged the students to prepare their minds, to complete their studies on schedule while stressing that the current administration, with the support of both academic and non-teaching staff had succeeded in putting the necessary machinery in motion, to achieve this.    Professor Balogun disclosed that the University had been able to regularize its academic programmes at a time when some universities were just starting their first or second semester examinations, adding that this feat helped the University attained the position of the 7th best University in Nigeria and 60th best in Africa.
He admonished the students to desist from any act, capable of robbing the University of its hard earned accolade, warning that the University had zero tolerance for academic laziness, truancy, indiscipline, disrespect for constituted authorities and rascality.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “the University is convinced that the pursuit of academic work flourishes best in a free and peaceful environment devoid of rancour, antisocial behaviours and other un-warranted disturbances”.
Professor Balogun pointed out that the University had made provisions for adequate facilities for the personal growth and development of students, like the establishment of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Health Services, Library/ICT services, lecture theatres, sporting and recreational facilities, among others.
The Vice-Chancellor enjoined the students to take advantage of the existing facilities and cautioned against destroying them.
Professor Balogun disclosed that 3,560 students were offered provisional admission for the 2011/2012 academic year having been found to be above board, morally and academically.



FUNAABITES Donate Blood

Students of FUNAAB, voluntarily donating blood during a three-day programme, organised by the NBTS, Abeokuta Centre.

 

Students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), have rendered humanitarian services by voluntarily donating blood during a three-day programme, tagged Blood Drive campaign.
The Blood Drive, an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Health, was organized by the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS), Abeokuta Centre.
According to an official of NBTS, Mrs. Tosin Oshofisan, the rationale behind the exercise was to create enlightenment on the benefits of voluntary donation of blood and to make safe blood accessible to the sick.
Mrs.Oshofison stated that the standard global practice is for hospitals to have adequate blood in their Blood Bank, to meet the needs of their patients, but regretted that the reverse was the case in Nigeria.
She noted that in Nigeria, blood is either sourced from paid donor or through family replacement, resulting into the prevalence of infected blood, which causes the death of millions of Nigerians due to Transfusion Transmissible Infections (TTIs).
The NBTC official stated that with the blood drive exercise, deaths, usually attributed to shortage of blood in hospitals would be minimized and that patient could be rest assured that such blood are free from infections as they would have been screened for Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis and HIV ( Types I and II).
Highlighting the benefits of engaging in voluntary blood donation, Mrs. Oshofisan said donors would be assisted to do away with dead blood cells and stay healthy.
She seized the opportunity to call on members of the University community to voluntarily donate blood, provided they fall within the age bracket of prospective donors, which is, 16 - 65 years and that male donors can donate quarterly while female can only donate, once in four months.

 

Career Talk for UNIS Students

Participants at the Career Talk, held at UNIS recently. Inset: Dr. Adeniyi Afolabi delivering his lecture.

The Alumni Association, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), recently organised a Career Talk for the senior class students of the FUNAAB International School (FUNIS).

In a Lecture, at the programme, Dr. Adeniyi Afolabi of the University’s Chemistry Department, charged the students to cultivate the habit of reading, which he said is a choice rather than gift and that constant reading of educational materials was a pathway to the attainment of academic success.

He also called on the students to always avail themselves of information about the course they intend to study, in terms of what it entails, marketability and prospects.

Dr. Afolabi advised students to choose Senior Secondary Certificate of Education subjects that would enable them undergo diverse courses of study in higher institutions.

“One of the things I have noticed as Lecturer in state and federal universities is that most students are not aware of some good courses/disciplines, hence, the bandwagon effects in their choice of disciplines”, he added.

The President of the Association, Professor Lateef Sanni, who was represented by Mr. Bolaji Gbadamosi, said the Association will not leave any stone unturned in its quest to keep the flag flying, by impacting in the lives of young ones.

Welcoming guests to the Career Talk, the Principal of the School, Mrs. A. D. Olumide, expressed gratitude to the Alumni Association for the brilliant step it had taken, towards making the future bright for Nigerian youths.

RMRDC, FUNAAB Poised to Sign MoU



L-R: Director, Academic Planning, Prof. Adekojo Waheed; Director, Agro-Allied Department (RMRDC), Dr. Moyo Jolaoso; DVC (D), Prof. Kolawole Salako, former DVC (D), Prof. Segun Lagoke and representative of the Consultant, ABOD Success, Mr. Tunde Odunuga, during the facility assessment of the Cashew Processing Plant of the University.

Management of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), are poised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), seeking to help revive the University’s Cashew Nut Processing Plant.
The collaboration will strive to complement the productive capacity of the Plant, through the installation of equipment like the boiler, shelling machine and oven, so as to make it more functional in meeting the high demand for Cashew in the market.
Speaking during the facility assessment of the Plant, the Director, Agriculture and Agro-Allied Department of RMRDC, Dr. Moyo Jolaoso, stressed that the Council would only require to complement the already established good processing culture of Cashew nuts by the University.
Responding to the issue of marketability of the produce, Dr. Jolaoso said, “our Consultant is ready to have a buy-back arrangement until the time you (FUNAAB) will be able to push your products straight to the market”.
On packaging, Dr. Jolaoso emphasized that the products will be aesthetically branded, to attract prospective buyers.
Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, the representative of the Consultant, ABOD Success, Tunde Odunuga, mentioned that the equipment will be arriving the University by the first week of December, promising that his Council will be on-ground for a month, to train FUNAAB staff on how to use the equipment.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Felix Salako, disclosed that the essence of the initiative was to boost capacity building, noting that RMRDC was supporting FUNAAB in the area of capacity building in the processing and production of Cashew.
“They will be giving us some equipment and they will also be giving us a variety of Cashew nuts that are high yielding, which we will plant on our plantation”, he added.

AMREC Organises Workshop on Proposal Writing  

A Cross-Section of participants at the AMREC In-house Workshop, held at the PR Boardroom

The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, recently organized an In-house Workshop on Writing Money-Grant Proposals for Development Projects.
The Workshop, organized by the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation/Information and Communication Technology Programme arm of the Centre, was with the sole aim of equipping researchers on the rudiments of writing grant-winning proposals.
Delivering his lecture, titled Development Writing: Important Issues for Consideration, Dr. Adebayo Shittu of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, noted that taking cognizance of Concept Notes in proposal writing was the first and most crucial step to take in winning Competitive Research Grants (CRGs).
According to him, “the Concept Note is a short version of a project proposal that is developed with a view to communicating the main ideas of a project, including the objectives, methodology, expected outcomes, time frame and the project execution team”.
Dr. Shittu pointed out that for a Concept Note to successfully scale through, researchers must avoid over-whelming their readers with too much details, take into consideration the peculiarities of the audience as well as making good use of language. He also cautioned that information on budgets should only be provided on request.
Speaking on the theme, Tips on Writing Research and Development Project Proposals, Dr. (Mrs.) O. Irekhore, pointed out that proposal writing is the next stage after providing the Concept Note. She stressed that for a proposal to stand out and catch the interest of the reviewer, it must be coherent, clear, compelling and possess the ability to state its importance.     She highlighted the ‘A-E Points’ in proposal writing to include; having the elements of accuracy, brevity, clarity, details and effective grammar usage.
She stated that a good proposal must be able to answer questions like ‘what it plans to accomplish or achieve (goals and objectives), ‘why it is important to carry out the research’, and ‘how the research is to be accomplished (Research strategy)’.
Dr. Irekhore stressed that proposal writing required perseverance, commitment, passion, determination, doggedness and therefore counseled that researchers should never get discouraged, as only one in four proposals get funded.
Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya, in her lecture, Grant-seeking Tips and Experience in Grant Management, explained that an important consideration to take in winning research funding is to abide by the institution’s mandate areas, as it helps convince donors of its sustainability.
According to her, “funding depends not only on the quality of the proposal, but also on the funder’s knowledge and understanding of the track record and mandate of the prospective grantee (individual or institution), as well as the ability to successfully implement the proposed project”.
Earlier in his keynote address, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, commended the initiative by AMREC in organizing the workshop.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the workshop would “serve as a means of acquiring skills for the development and enhancement of the extension personnel’s abilities towards achieving measurable and sustainable results in extension service delivery”.
The Director of AMREC, Professor Carolyn Afolami, pointed out that the workshop would among others, address the problems militating against the country’s economy, occasioned by shortage of skilled manpower and weak institutional environment in ensuring proper utilization of existing capacities and training facilities, for national development.
Professor Afolami lauded the University Management’s ingenuity at developing effective capacity building among its workforce while observing that the effort had started yielding positive dividends for the University.

AMREC to Hold Training, Nov. 23

The Gender Issues and Youth Development (GIYD) programme of the Agricultural Media Resource Centre (AMREC), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is organizing a pilot capacity building training, titled Parental and Marital Stability.
A release, signed by the Programme Leader, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya, stated that the event, put together for members staff of the University, will hold on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at the Public Relations’ Conference Room, between 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm.
Two members of staff each, from Units/Colleges/Directorates/Centres/Departments/Institutes, are expected to attend.

FUNAAB Students Are Cool-Headed, Says Monarch

DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (Left) with the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, Oba Joel Alaye, Alaja IV (Right) during the latter’s congratulatory visit to the DVC (D).

The Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, Oba Joel Alaye, Alaja IV, has commended the moral conduct of students of the University, describing it as exemplary and worthy of emulation.
Speaking during a congratulatory visit to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Felix Salako, over his appointment, the Monarch disclosed that he was highly impressed with the conduct of FUNAAB students, who are undergoing the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) in his border-town domain in Iwoye-Ketu, Ogun State.
Oba Alaye said he had been personally monitoring the conduct of the students, alongside members of the local vigilante group and they were found to be “cool-headed and mindful of their mission to my town”.
He pointed out that successive batches of students, who came to Iwoye-Ketu for the Farm Practical Year Scheme were not in any way associated with anti-social behaviours, such as cultism or violence.
The Royal Father stressed that despite the attendant problems of acute shortage of potable water and poor Global Service of Mobile Communication (GSM) network in his domain, the students had never, for once, taken advantage of the anomaly to foment trouble.
The Monarch, therefore, called on the University authorities, to as a matter of urgency, assist his community’s quest for the provision of potable water, especially now that the students had swelled the population.
The traditional ruler recalled that while the DVC (D) was the Director of COBFAS, he was able to foster a cordial relationship between the community and the University within a short period of time, adding that the enduring legacy had spurred him to pay the courtesy call.
The Royal Father said one thing that he so much loved and admired about Prof. Salako, while serving as the Director of COBFAS was his good human relations, stressing that “he’s such a good mixer, you won’t even know he’s a Professor, with the way he mixed freely with my farmers and subjects”. He added that his appointment as the DVC (D) was well-deserved.
Oba Alaye gave his royal blessings for the continued success of the Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun-led administration, solicited for a better co-operation between the University and his community.
Responding, the DVC (Development), Prof. Salako commended, the Royal Father for inspiring him and helping in fostering the existing harmonious relationship between the University and the community.
He thanked Oba Alaye and his subjects for according FUNAAB students with open arms and solicited for better co-operation in the years to come.
Responding to the Monarch’s request for University’s assistance in the area of provision of potable water, Prof. Salako disclosed that the Vice-Chancellor had already taken a bold step in that direction, by approving the provision of borehole facilities for the community, assuring that work will soon commence on the project.
The DVC (D) appealed to Oba Alaye to continue to ensure that the students maintained proper conduct and never hesitate to report anyone of them that misbehaved, to University authorities.
He expressed confidence in the ability of his successor, Dr. Joe Atungwu, to take COBFAS to greater heights, as he implored the Monarch to extend his hands of fellowship to him.

Brand New Cars for FUNAAB Principal Officers … Luxury Buses for Students too


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (Right), handing-over the keys of the brand new Honda I-V Tech cars to the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (1), DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (2), and the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi (3).

 

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has reiterated his commitment to the welfare of the generality of the student and workforce of the institution.
To this extent, Professor Balogun said he was ready to deprive himself of personal comfort at the expense of providing succor for the greatest number of constituents under his watch as the Chief Executive of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor made this statement today, while handing-over, three brand new Honda Accord (2.0 LX) I-V Tech cars, to some Principal Officers of the University, at the premises of the Royal Greens Guest House.
Reiterating his passion for student and staff welfare, Professor Balogun said, “I am ready to walk barefooted and deny myself some personal pleasures, if only to provide succor to the generality of the people.
It is for this reason that my administration has provided about 156 vehicles to date, within the last four and half years, such that students and staff could at least, enjoy some minimum comforts”, the Vice-Chancellor added.
The Vice-Chancellor however cautioned that officials entrusted with University properties should ensure prudent and safe handling, in order to justify resource deployment and sustenance.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, it pained him to learn that some officials and drivers of the University had not embraced the culture of regular servicing and maintenance of their vehicles. He threatened to sanction erring drivers, henceforth.
Keys to the three Honda cars were later presented to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako and the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi.
Just as the handing-over was being completed, the University’s Coordinator of Budget, Mr. Elkanah Oloruntoba, informed the Vice-Chancellor that three new luxury buses, for student transportation, had been delivered, while the fourth  would arrive, in due course.

Salaam Re-elected As SSANU Chairman

It was jubilation galore for the incumbent Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Comrade Abdussobour Salaam, as he secured an emphatic victory for another term in office.
At the Triennial Congress elections, held at the Promise Adewusi-SSANU Secretariat Complex, Comrade Salaam polled a total of 205 votes against 99 votes by his challenger, Comrade Kehinde Aderinboye.
In another contest, Comrade Samson Obimakinde with 175 votes defeated Comrade Emmanuel Akinbo, who had 124 votes, to clinch the position of Treasurer.
The elections, conducted under a peaceful atmosphere, were supervised by the National Vice-President (West), Comrade Alfred I. Jimoh.
Also present were delegates from the University of Lagos, while Mr. Olukayode Osinuga of the University’s Bursary Department, stood-in as the Electoral Officer.
With the elections, eight currently serving SSANU Exco members were issued certificates of return, to steer the affairs of the Union, for the next three years.
The elected officers are: Comrade Abdussobur Salaam, Chairman; Comrade Magbagbeade Abolanle, Vice-Chairman; Comrade Williams O. Fasunwon, Secretary; and Comrade Sanusi S. Iyanda, Assistant Secretary.
Others are: Mrs. Eyiowuawi Adenike, Trustee; Comrade Adeyemi Olafimihan, Public Relations Officer; Comrade Adeleke Hafees, Financial Secretary; and Comrade Bolanle Adebesin, Women Leader.

SSANU Chairman, Com. Abdussobur Salaam

 



FG Picks FUNAAB for NUELP Project


Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has been chosen for the pilot scheme of the Nigerian Universities Electronic Teaching and Learning Platform.
The announcement of the choice of FUNAAB as one of the 12 universities selected for the pilot scheme, was disclosed to newsmen at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting, held last week.
Implementing the scheme, the Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC), is expected to launch series of projects on ICT-enabled teaching and learning platforms in Nigerian universities.
Under the NUELP project, NUC will deploy the necessary equipment to support ICT-enabled teaching and learning platforms in the 12 universities, which will include a number of interactive whiteboards TPS-8120, audio-visual teaching aids and clipart resources, among others.
FUNAAB was picked among 12 Nigerian universities, comprising of two (one Federal and one State) universities, from each of the nation's six-geopolitical zones.

 

I Won’t Let-Off Steam, Says VC

For the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who is expected to hand-over to a successor, mid-next year after eventful five-year tenure, it will still be all work, work and more work.

Professor Balogun gave the hint, last week that he would not slow down on his hallmark of fast pace, proactive disposition and ingenious leadership style, in the remaining seven months to the completion of his tenure. Rather, the Vice-Chancellor has pledged to work more assiduously and “launch out with a terrific speed before the final exit”.

Four and a half years on, the University has witnessed monumental transformation, virtually in all aspects of development under his watch, as articulated in his 9-Point Agenda, which he unfolded in 2007, when he assumed the mantle of leadership.

Professor Balogun disclosed that he would tinker with more innovative ideas, to shore up the University’s revenue generation drive and maintain the institution’s current, impressive global ranking, academic standard, and the entrenchment of congenial ambiance, institutional governance and infrastructural development, without passing the inherent burden on parents and students.

He made the assertion when he led members of the University Management on an unscheduled tour of Departments and Colleges, to ascertain their readiness for the forthcoming institutional and programmes accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC), in December.

Explaining that the visit was to ascertain the level of preparedness of the different segments of the institution, towards contributing their quota to the success of the exercise, he cautioned against ‘window-dressing’, so as to avoid casting slur on the good image of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed joy over the University’s impressive growth, as he stressed the need for the review of the criteria for ranking universities in Nigeria, which he noted should be based on records of current developmental landmarks, rather than “the usual, archaic ranking template, which is merely factored alongside old generation versus new generation institutions”.

According to him, “the obvious reality nowadays is that many first and second generation universities are merely living by their names and in a way, retarding the growth of other young, dynamic and growing universities”.

He tasked members of FUNAAB community not to rest on their oars, but continue to foster best practices in terms of work ethics, good maintenance culture and evolving of ingenious ways of  improving teaching, training and research, while shunning negative tendencies that could disparage the enviable image of the institution.

Professor Balogun said the current administration, in the last four and half years had been unprecedented in injecting the much-needed funds into Colleges and Directorates, based on the independent sharing formula, well implemented by the University’s Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD).

 

 

 

SECURITY ALERT :Be Careful Using Official Vehicle

 

Members of the University community have been warned to be security conscious at all times, particularly in the wake of recent bombings and threats to lives, allegedly by members of the Boko Haram sect, in some parts of the country.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, cautioned that University officials should exercise great restraint in the use of official vehicles, especially, to the Northern part of the country, as government officials appear to be prime targets of the sect members.

The advice came on the heel of information sent to the Vice-Chancellor by a former student of the University, that the Provost of the Institute, where he is currently serving, Professor M.M Aliyu, was indentified through his official car while travelling to Maiduguri and allegedly killed by people suspected to belong to the dreaded sect.

The Vice-Chancellor has therefore observed that the recent development had warranted the need for community members to exercise great caution and be vigilant of suspicious movements and objects, even on campus.

The Vice-Chancellor asked that community members should endeavour to report sighting of suspicious movements and objects, to security personnel on campus, without delay.

It will be recalled that the University community members were recently enjoined to report suspicious movement on campus to any of the following numbers: 0812 637 5906, 0808 177 9022, 0808 177 9023 and 0815 703 3517.

 

 

FUNAAB FM Studio Is Unparallel In Southwest - Experts

FUNAAB Radio Coordinator, Mr. Ayo Arowojolu (2nd Left) with other student presenters while test-running the Studio, last week.

 

Broadcast professionals have commended the high quality of equipment procured for the University’s Radio Station, FUNAAB FM, describing the development as unparalleled in any Southwest state of the country.

 

Checks by FUNAAB Bulletin revealed that Studio Managers, Sound Engineers and other experts, who came on facility visit to the new recording studio, thumbed-up for the ultra-modern equipment, noting that they will stand the test of time.

The Coordinator of the Radio Station, Mr. Ayo Arowojolu, who confirmed the visit, stressed that the experts looked forward to the commencement of broadcast by the budding station, even as he disclosed that work is currently ongoing on the transmitting studio.

According to Arowojolu, “the experts were highly impressed with the quality of the Accoustics, Omni and Unidirectional Microphones, Beerhinger Active Speakers, LP Players, among others”.

He attributed the enviable standard of the studio to the quest of the University Management for quality and excellence, as he commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for his foresight and ingenuity in moving the University forward.

Arowojolu stated that the establishment of the University Radio Station would afford FUNAAB the vantage opportunity of being at par with older generation universities.

According to the Coordinator, “I want to commend specially, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for his foresight and ingenuity as Vice-Chancellor. I have heard him saying, it was high time those in authority, re-invented the classification of universities”.

“That is, universities should no longer be classified on the basis of generation because the old universities are dwarfing the growth and survival of new ones. With FUNAAB FM, Professor Balogun has made FUNAAB to be at par, if not surpassed those 50-year-old universities”, he added.

Mr. Arowojolu also commended the Chairman of the Establishment Committee on FUNAAB Radio, Professor Babatunde Kehinde, for his team-spirit and leadership qualities, as well as the immediate past and present Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Development) for laying a solid foundation for the take-off of the radio station.

 

 

FUNAAB FM Studio…Beckons on Talented Staff, Students

FUNAAB Radio Coordinator, Mr. Ayo Arowojolu (2nd Left) with other student presenters while test-running the Studio, last week.

Members of the University community, who are talented or interested in radio broadcasting, have been urged to horn their skills by taking advantage of the institution’s Radio, FUNAAB FM, which will commence transmission, soon.

 

Speaking exclusively to FUNAAB Bulletin, the Coordinator of FUNAAB FM, Mr. Ayo Arowojolu, said the radio station is all embracing and open to all talented members of staff and students of the University to exhibit their skills.

The seasoned journalist disclosed that some staff and students, who are established broadcasters, like the British Broadcasting Corporation-trained Rufai Oseni and a Dean in one of the Colleges, had expressed their readiness to anchor programmes on the station.

Mr. Arowojolu affirmed that the Radio operations will be based on teamwork. “We are opening to staff and students, world of opportunities, to develop their potentials and creativity. We are giving every member of the University community the opportunity to be heard”, he stated.

He assured that the Radio Station will change the entire facets of the University by contributing to the realization of the dreams of the Founding Fathers through the projection of the FUNAAB mandate, especially, in the area of extension service.

Mr. Arowojolu stated that “what will make FUNAAB FM unique would be ingenuity, originality, and resourcefulness, which will be abundantly deployed to inform, educate and entertain members of the University community”.

 

‘Nimbe Adedipe Library to Hold Book Exhibition

The ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is set to hold a Book Exhibition.

According to a release, signed by the Acting University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, the exhibition is designed as part of efforts to promote reading culture and effective learning, as well as showcasing the Library’s collections to members of the University community.

The release indicated that during the exhibition, materials that are relevant to various disciplines would be displayed within the premises of the various Colleges of the University, while Librarians would be on ground to answer queries on library services.

Members of staff and students are also expected to be registered as library users.

The Book Exhibition is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

 

 

FUNAAB Has Prepared Us Well for National Service - Intending Corps Members

 

Prospective corps members from the University have expressed their readiness to take full advantage of the National Youth Service Corps scheme, to better their lots, the communities they are posted to, and the nation at large.

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin after picking their Call-Up Letters at the University’s Student Affairs Office, the graduating students said the national service is no ‘big deal’ because the theoretical, practical and moral trainings they had received in the course of their studies in FUNAAB had prepared them adequately for the service.

According to Omotanise Damilola, a Veterinary Doctor, posted to Ekiti State, “COLVET has prepared one. FUNAAB has equipped me. While I was here I was exposed to Para-clinical Phase. I learnt about diseases, pathology, microbiology and parasitology.

Under the Clinical Phase, I went after Fulani herdsmen; I did practical at the COLVET Teaching Farm; Lafenwa Abattoir, Abeokuta; Oko-Oba, Lagos Abattoir and Animal Health Care Hospital, Lagos. With this exposure, I am ready for Service”, he added.

Also speaking, Oduntan Sarah, a graduate of Botany, posted to Osun State, thanked the University Management for providing an enabling atmosphere for her, during her days as undergraduate.

Oduntan, who hails from Ogun State, said she was ready for the national service, however, added that “I detest teaching. I dislike it. I intend to practicalise what FUNAAB has taught me, but not in the classroom”.

Responding to his posting to Delta State, Ogunmola Olajide, a graduate of Pasture and Range Management, who hails from Oyo town said, “I like my posting. I’ve not been to the South-South before and I’ve been looking forward to an opportunity to go to Delta State. Now, I have the privilege but I won’t like to be engaged there as teacher”.

Commenting on her posting to Kastina State, Olanisebe Oloyede, who studied Animal Production and Health, said, “I am not comfortable with my posting. Kastina is too far for me. Moreso, I’m afraid of Boko Haram. I want to be closer home so as to do some things, although FUNAAB has taught me to take advantage of every situation”.

In her reaction, Abati-Sobulo Oluwatosin, a graduate of Plant Physiology and Crop Production, posted to Nassarawa State, said “FUNAAB has really exposed me to weathering any storm, so there’s no qualm!”

 

Bursar Counsels on Cash Advance

The Bursar, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Mr. Olusola Ilesanmi, has enlightened members of staff on the standard procedure for the collection and retirement of Cash Advance.

 

According to a release, made available to FUNAAB Bulletin, the approved procedure for the collection and retirement of Cash Advances is as follows:

Collection of Cash Advance

1.    Approved request that complied with due procurement process will be processed for release of fund by the Bursary.

2.    Vouchers raised for the release of fund will be audited by the Internal Audit.

3.    Duly-audited voucher is processed for release of Cash Advance to the beneficiary’s (staff’s) account.

Collected Cash Advance should be used for the intended purpose and within the reasonable time allowed for the retirement of Cash Advance, usually Two (2) Weeks, except where it was otherwise agreed to be used for a transaction of a longer duration.

 

Retirement of Cash Advance

1.    Duly verified /audited evidence of supply/performance of work, e.g. invoice, receipts, etc. should be attached to the retirement report.

2.    Retirement report with verified /audited evidence of supply/performance, duly authorized by the appropriate threshold authority should be submitted to the Bursar for retirement processing.

3.    A copy of the Payment Voucher for the Cash Advance should be attached to the retirement report for ease of retirement.

4.    Cash Advance is to be retired through the Internal Audit to the Bursary. The Internal Audit is to confirm/verify the supply/performance of transaction for which the Cash Advance was collected.

Members of the University community are advised to be properly guided and avoid falling victims to ignorance.

 

Call for Memoranda

 

The Committee set up to review Inconsistencies in Staff Salary Placement on Appointments, Promotions and Up-grading, has called for Memoranda from members of the University community.

A release by the Secretary to the Committee, Mr. Moses Ayanda, informed that the Committee, as set up by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, would among other terms of reference, “verify the appropriateness or otherwise of both Academic and Non-Teaching Staff Salary Placement On Appointment, Promotion or Up-grading from January, 2009 to date”.

The release further stated that the Memoranda should be submitted in quadruplicate, accompanied with relevant documents and forwarded to the Committee’s Chairman, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, who is also the Head of Department, Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, College of Animal Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) or to the Secretary, Mr. M. O. Ayanda, in Room 311, Registry Department, Second Floor, Senate House of the University.

Closing date for submission is Thursday, November 10, 2011.

 

Governing Council Approves Study Leave

 

The Governing Council, at its 68th Statutory meeting has approved application for Study Leave with pay for Mrs. Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development.

The Study Leave with pay is to be utitlized at the International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya, with effect from October 1, 2011 to May 30, 2012.

 

 

VC Tasks Colleges, Departments on Accreditation, Maintenance Culture


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, testing one of the water taps at the COLNAS Laboratory during his tour of Colleges while Principal Officers and Dean of COLNAS, look with admiration.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has challenged Deans and Heads of Departments, to ensure the sustenance of the increasing academic standards and reputation of the University, preparatory to the impending institutional accreditation.

The Vice-Chancellor, who gave the charge during his visitation/tour of various Colleges of the University, stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the University was adequately prepared for the exercise by securing the maximum points attainable for the accreditation exercise.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, “the University is rated highly as far as educational standard is concerned, and this is a test (accreditation exercise), that is meant to confirm that we are really what we are called”.

Professor Balogun declared that the University deserved to emerge with an ‘A’ grade, at the end of the accreditation exercise and deservedly receive a boost in  the University’s rating at the next world’s Webometric ranking, consequent of the resultant publication of its quality performance in the national newspapers and Internet.

Noting that the state of infrastructure and equipment in the Colleges would form part of the criteria for accreditation, the Vice-Chancellor, who was accompanied by Principal Officers of the University, assessed the working conditions of laboratories and other equipment in the Colleges.

He admonished the Deans and HODs to ensure that users of infrastructure and equipment under their supervision imbibed good maintenance culture. The Vice-Chancellor highlighted some of the innovative means through which the University had been able to generate funds for the running of the Colleges. These include the Direct Teaching/Laboratory Cost (DTLC), Registration and the Postgraduate Bench Fees.

Prof. Balogun pointed out that his administration had also intervened and improved facilities in the various Colleges, by injecting the Vice-Chancellor’s Special Intervention fund to them.

The Vice-Chancellor promised to further assist the Colleges by releasing funds, from N500,000 and above to each of them, depending on their needs and size, as this will enable them embark on the repair of economically-serviceable equipment or the outright replacement of bad ones.

Professor Balogun made donations of ceiling fans and other laboratory equipment to some Colleges, while calling for their collective cooperation in building the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) into a world class institution.

Professor Balogun disclosed that the University had been adjudged the best University of Agriculture in Africa and that it would be so honoured with the award, on December 14, 2011 in Mauritius.

 

 

Former DVC (D) Shines at WSSN Conference

The immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke, was the cynosure of all eyes at the just concluded 39th Annual Conference of the Weed Science Society of Nigeria (WSSN).

Prof. Segun Lagoke received heaps of encomiums from members of the Society, who took turn to express their gratitude for his painstaking and inspiring efforts of taking the body to greater heights.At the event, well attended by participants from across Africa and Asia, members, during the launch of the Society’s in-house journal, described Prof. Lagoke as a mentor and father-figure, having taught some of them in their Undergraduate days.

They noted that the contributions of the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) would go a long way at enabling the Society to become formidable and take its pride of place.

 

 

Don Makes Case for Improved Crop Production



Cross-Section of particpants at the 39th Annual WSSN Conference

The President of the Weed Science Society of Nigeria (WSSN), Professor Nuhu Gworgwor, has observed that the world population is at the risk of malnutrition and starvation, if factors militating against crop production were not addressed and agricultural production increased, to meet the world’s population demand.

 

Professor Gworgwor gave the scary warning at the just-concluded 39th Annual Conference of the Society, titled “Restrategising Weed Management for the Attainment of Food Security and Environmental Sustainability”, hosted by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Professor Gworgwor, who pointed out that the world’s population currently stands at 7 billion, noted that weeds, pests and diseases were globally responsible for potential crop losses at the rate of 34%, 18% and 16%, respectively.

He reiterated the warning by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, of the need for global food production to increase by over 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050.

Positing that the mandates of the Society included tackling of the perennial problems of weed management, safe-guarding the environment and ensuring food security for the nation, the President called for government’s support through the provision of adequate research infrastructure and an unhindered access to research findings.

According to him, with the right tools in place, the Society would be able to, “enhance the productivity of the Nigerian farmers in manners which are sustainable, making farming profitable’’.

Earlier in his Welcome Address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, commended the efforts of the Society with an assurance of the University’s continued support towards the development of Weed Science.

Professor Balogun noted that the theme of the Conference was auspicious to the nation and the University in particular, as the University’s mandate was rooted in food security and environmental sustainability.

Professor Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Kolawole Salako, added that “these are important issues in our country if government is to ensure a stable socio-economic condition. Once a nation is able to solve her food problems and provide basic amenities, the citizenry would then be able to contribute positively to its economic growth”.

The Vice-Chancellor further revealed that, “as part of the efforts of the University to enhance agricultural productivity, it has established the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR); Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC); the Teaching and Research Farm Directorate (TREFAD) and the Graduate Farmers’ Employment Scheme (GRADFES)”.

Professor Balogun tasked the Society to take advantage of the Conference to further brainstorm on efficient weed management techniques without losing sight of the desire for environmental sustainability.

 

Environmental Management Acquires New Tools

The Deputy Director, Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM), Mr. Funso Idowu,
exhibiting one of the Brush Cutters recently acquired by the Directorate.

 

The University’s Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM), is poised to frontally tackle the issue of work tools towards enhancing productivity.

To this end, the Directorate had taken delivery of two brand new Brush-Cutters that will further mechanize the cutting and trimming of University lawns.

The Deputy Director/Head, Parks and Gardens Unit of the Directorate, Mr. Funso Idowu, disclosed this during a Hands-on-Demonstration of the two STIHL FS 250 Brush-Cutter model.

Mr. Idowu said the acquisition was necessitated by the need to de-emphasize the use of cutlass by its domestic workmen.

Speaking to FUNAAB Bulletin during the demonstration, Mr. Idowu noted that the machines were highly effective in cutting grasses in the areas where lawn-mowers could not be used, with a work rate exceeding the aggregate turn-over of ten workmen.

He added that the Parks and Gardens Unit would wish to acquire about twenty brush-cutters by next year, such that two each, could be assigned to different zones of the University, in line with the existing DEM’s delineation template.

 

FUNAAB Gets New Logo

Following the decision of the authorities of the University to revert to its original name as the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, a complementing logo, has been officially approved.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, has therefore informed, that all documents, website layout, files, billboards, among others, bearing the old logo should be replaced, forthwith.

 

New Date for Matriculation Ceremony

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has approved a new date for the 2011/2012 Matriculation Ceremony.

The ceremony, earlier fixed for Wednesday, November 9, 2011 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, informed that the venue of the exercise is the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

 

FUNAAB Student Wins at Competition

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has approved a new date for the 2011/2012 Matriculation Ceremony.

The ceremony, earlier fixed for Wednesday, November 9, 2011 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, informed that the venue of the exercise is the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

 

IFSERAR Calls for Memoranda

 

The University's Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), has called on members of the University community, to submit Memoranda towards the development of its Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Plan is required, to drive the institute’s Research and Developmental (R&D) activities for the next five years, 2012 to 2016.

A release, signed by the Chairman, IFSERAR’s Strategic Plan Committee, Prof. V.I.O Olowe, asked that the Memoranda should address the mandates of IFSERAR, which include, Organizational Structure, Resources (Human, Physical and Financial), Research programmes, among others.

The Memoranda should be directed to the Committee’s Secretary, Dr. I. O. Vaughan (IFSERAR), or through his e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., not later than Friday, November 18, 2011.

The release further reiterated that the Institute currently operates eight Programmes, namely, Agricultural Mechanization and Energy Research; Aquaculture and Fisheries Production Research; Biosciences Research and Crop Production Research.

Others are, Environmental Resources and Conservation Research; Food Security and Socio-Economic Research; Food and Nutrition Research and the Livestock Production Research.

 

FUNAAB Student Wins at Competition

 

A FUNAABITE, Mr. Olaniyi Olagoke, has emerged winner of the 2011 TEEAL Graduate Student Research Paper competition.

A release, by the Acting Head, Department of Animal Production and Health, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Dr. Olajide Adeyemi, stated that the quality of Mr. Olaniyi’s Master’s dissertation, titled “Effect of Free Range and Deep-Litter Production Systems on the Performance and Meat Composition of Cockerel Chickens”, was responsible for the laudable feat.

The release further stated that the research project was partly funded by the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR).

 

Don Explains Reasons for Falling Standard of Education

 

The poor performance of the economy, since 1982, has been identified as a major cause for the sharp decline in the nation’s standard of education.

Prof. (Mrs.) Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale of the University's Department of Communication and General Studies, dropped this hint while delivering the second College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) Lecture Series titled, Acquiring Good Education For What? Opportunity Structure and Motivational Perspectives on the Declining Standard of Education in Nigeria.

The don lamented the nose-diving trend in the country’s standard of education, noting that the downward trend had been impacting negatively on the socio-economic and political fabrics of the nation.

Prof. Akeredolu-Ale, recalled that the depression that occurred in the 1980s negatively resulted in the drastic reduction in employment opportunities, both in the private and public sectors, leading to the “prevalence of corruption and the reduced emphasis on merit as a condition for assessing opportunities in higher education and for securing employment in the University system and the public service”, she stated.

The Lecturer opined that the downturn was responsible for the weakening of the hitherto “vibrant, virile aspirations and motivation by young Nigerians, craving to acquire good education”.

Prof. Akeredolu-Ale equally noted that good education had lost much of its potency and relevance “as a necessary condition for securing an adequate livelihood or social mobility, as most students now believe that what they need to ‘get on’ is a limited knowledge in their course of pursuit, not good/quality education as such”.

The University don however added that the fallen standard of education was not peculiar to Nigeria, pointing out that the world super powers, notably, the United States of America and Great Britain had fallen victims, according to findings by Dephie Raven (2006) and Liz Light Foot (2006).

To arrest the downward slide, Prof. Akeredolu-Ale stressed the need for all hands to be on deck, through genuine commitment to the development of the nation’s educational system.

Earlier, in his Welcome Address, the Dean of COLAMRUD, Prof. Segun Apantaku, said the Lecture Series, was designed to enable senior academic staff to share their wealth of experience in teaching and research with members of the University community and the society at large.

The Dean assured that the College will sustain the Lecture Series, as part of its contribution to the overall development of the University.

Prof. Apantaku disclosed that the College had submitted a proposal to the University Management, for the transformation of the Department of Communication and General Studies into an Institute.

 

 

Dr. Ikenweiwe Wins ACU Grant

 

Dr. Nafisat Ikenweiwe of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), has won the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) 2011 Titular Fellowship Award Grant, valued at 5,000 US Dollars.

According to a release, signed by the Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior), Mr. Omowon Agbotoba, the award was a confirmation of Dr. Ikenweiwe’s doggedness and commitment to academic excellence.

The University Management had therefore felicitated with the awardee for the enviable feat, which it described as a ''positive contribution towards lifting the University to greater limelight''.

 

ASERO-CAMP ROAD FUNAAB Management Designs Palliative



Habitual traffic snarl occasioned by downpour at the Camp junction

The authorities of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), arose from an emergency Management meeting, with a decision to open-up feeder roads that could serve as alternative routes to the badly damaged Asero-Camp portion of the Abeokuta-Ibadan Highways.

 

Consequently, the University would commence an immediate grading of the Iberekodo-Mawuko Road, starting from the General Hospital, along the road, up to the University’s Institute for Human Resources (INHURD) end.

The meeting also unanimously agreed to effect necessary repairs on the road leading to INHURD from the University’s Permanent Site at Alabata Road, while two other identified earth roads along Camp-Eleweran Road would be considered.

The palliative decision was reached at an emergency Management meeting attended by members of Management, Deans and Directors, Unit heads and representatives of Staff and Student Unions, last Thursday.

The Management’s decision came on the heel of catalogue of harrowing experiences that members of the University Community were in recent times, subjected to, while plying the road to and from the University.

It will be recalled that the suffering reached a climax last Monday when commuters, including staff and students were caught in a traffic gridlock for upward of about eight hours, resultant of the bad portion of the road opposite the Vehicle Inspection’s Office (VIO), Camp.

Not few students and members of the University staff abandoned their vehicles and trekked several kilometres away from the spot, before they could find alternative means of getting home late evening.

Some according to reports managed to get home around 11.00pm, while many others that could not continue with the journey, particularly for security reasons, had to seek accommodation in nearby hotels or with friends, till the second day.

Reacting to the hardship daily encountered by members of the community on the road, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, said the development “has an implication of affecting productivity, learning, morale and emotions.

“I can only commend all the staff and students for the level-headedness they have demonstrated, even in the face of the burden of the hardship and the accompanying stress. We need to think beyond today and come up with measures that will significantly address our collective challenge on the road”, the Vice-chancellor added.

Realising that the issue required a proactive intervention of the University Management, Professor Balogun, has therefore directed both the Physical Planning Unit and the Works and Services Department of the University to urgently draw-up the required technical details and quotations, for considerations, towards the grading and fixing of the identified alternative routes.

Addressing the headship of the two departments, the Vice-Chancellor said, “There is no weekend breaks for any staff of the two Directorates, till I have the required technical papers and bills to effect the repairs. This is an emergency situation and you will appreciate the fact that our people (staff and students) have suffered enough”.

 

 

 

ASERO-CAMP ROAD: ...A Recurring Nightmare to FUNAAB Community



A student attending to his home work under poor illumination while in the gridlock

Members of the University community got more than they bargained for last Thursday, as they became stranded in a traffic gridlock that lasted over eight hours.

 

As from 2.00pm, motorists driving out of the University campus were forced to a snail-speed, no thanks to a traffic hiccup that had built-up along the Abeokuta-Ibadan Highways and extended to Isolu Village from Camp, therefore triggering distress calls to warn unsuspecting staff and students, that were still engaged in some routines in the University.

The situation became compounded by the official closing time, when most staff and students had trouped out on the road, to retire home, but had their hopes shattered as they could barely move in the traffic.

Investigation by the crew of FUNAAB Bulletin indicated that the gridlock occurred when several vehicles, including two heavy-haulage, got trapped in the mud that was piled-up after laterite-sand was spread on the bad portion of the Abeokuta-Ibadan Highway at the spot opposite the Vehicle Inspection’s Office (VIO).

An eye-witness and Director of the University’s Community-Based Farming Scheme, Dr. Joe Atungwu, said, “It was an error using laterite to patch the road. As soon as it rained, the laterite became mud, making the road to become slippery and the situation that we are witnessing”.

FUNAAB Bulletin noted that students being conveyed in the University and commercial buses had to disembark while several staff, including the high-brass, abandoned their vehicles around Isolu Village, to continue the journey home, on legs.

Most of the commuters who expressed their displeasure at the ugly incident, asked both the Federal and State governments to find a lasting solution to the issue. They contended that governments should consider the utility value of the road and put some measures in place to avoid a reoccurrence of such situation as summed-up by a commuter.

 

FUNAAB Gets New Bursar - As Council Appoints Ilesanmi

The Governing Council has approved the appointment of Mr. Moses Olusola Ilesanmi as the new substantive Bursar, Federal  University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

According to a release, signed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, Council approved Mr. Ilesanmi’s appointment at its 68th Statutory Meeting held on September 23, 2011.

The appointment, which takes effect from 23rd September, 2011 is for a term of five (5) years. Until his appointment, Mr. Ilesanmi was the University’s Acting Bursar.

A brilliant student in his days, Mr. Ilesanmi studied Accountancy at the Ogun State Polytechnic, now known as Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and graduated in 1982 with Distinction.

He became an Associate and Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1986 and 2011, respectively. A former Director of the University’s Treasury, Mr. Ilesanmi is FUNAAB ‘s third Bursar.

Before him was the Pioneer Bursar, Mr. Samuel Taiwo Osamiluyi, who was succeeded by Revd. Elijah Olorunsogo Ajayi.

Responding to his appointment, Mr. Ilesanmi, who is a Pastoral Assistant at Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel) described his appointment as an act of God and gave thanks to the Almighty.

He also expressed gratitude to the Council, the Professor Balogun led-Management, Senate, Staff and students of the University for giving him the opportunity to serve.

The Bursar assured them that he won’t betray the confidence reposed in him stressing, “we will continue to render quality service to the Community and we shall also improve on what we have done up to date”

 

FUNAAB to host 37th Annual Conference of NSPP

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has been awarded the hosting right of the 37th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP).

A release, signed by the National Secretary, NSPP and the University’s Director, Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), Dr. Joe Atungwu, informed that the University was unanimously awarded the hosting right during the just-concluded 36th Annual General Meeting of the Society, held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).

According to the National Secretary, the University was awarded the hosting right in recognition of its unprecedented academic and infrastructural development.

The release further noted that participants from the University were at the AGM, elected into various positions of responsibilities.

The University’s Chairman of (ICETOP), Professor Yahaya Adeoti, served as the Returning Officer during the elections which saw Drs. Joe Atungwu and Ishola Odeyemi emerging unopposed as Secretary and Assistant Secretary, respectively, while Dr. (Mrs.) Emily Ayo-John, was elected the first South-West Zonal Coordinator of NSPP.

Dr. Atungwu disclosed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun had consequently endorsed the approval for the Conference to hold in the University, between March 25 and 29, next year.

 

More Buses and Ambulance on the Way for FUNAAB Students

 

The Management and the Student Union executive of the University have reached an amicable resolution on critical areas of need for immediate intervention, towards making learning more comfortable in the institution.

To this end, four brand new 60-seater luxury buses and an ambulance would be procured immediately to improve on the student transportation and health care services in the University.

The resolution was sealed during an emergency Management’s meeting last Thursday, of which the Student Union executive, as well as the Dean, Student Affairs, were in attendance.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, had during the meeting noted that the Student Union executive was yet to come up with a proposal for welfare intervention as requested by the Management, saying he had however listed some options that could be considered by the student body.

The Vice-Chancellor listed his options to include, procurement of a new ambulance and four 60-seater buses, complete rehabilitation of the Union Building and the general overhauling of the existing ambulance.

Professor Balogun said the gesture was in line with the tradition of his administration since 2007, “to commit all monies generated through the payment of Acceptance Fee by students to projects that would ease their sufferings and enhance their studentship status”.

Responding, the President of the Student Union, Mr. Abdulkareem Bamigbade, expressed the appreciation of the students to the Vice-Chancellor for his unflinching supports of the cause of the students, saying the gesture would go a long way in improving the lots of his colleagues.

Comrade Bamigbade said, “We appreciate the vision of the Vice-Chancellor. This is even an intervention that was not expected and as such, we agree totally with the Vice-Chancellor’s views”.

The emergency meeting also ratified the need for the provision of a brand new ambulance for the rising student’s population of the Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD).

 

 

Club Educates Varsity Community on Road Safety

 

The Road Safety Club of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has called for more cautionary measures, on the part of members of the University community, whenever they are behind the wheels.

A release, sent to FUNAAB Bulletin and signed by the Club’s Staff Writer, Mr. Jagunna Akeem, enjoined motorists to take cognisance of the following precautionary measures:

1. Never to tailgate, as brakes could be applied suddenly by drivers, especially during car-crowding. This could cause clash of cars, resulting in accidents.

2. Always use turn signal to alert motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

3. Use side mirrors, to watch the actions of other drivers and pedestrians.

Drive within approved speed limits.

4. Child safety-locks and drivers power-window locks should be employed, to prevent children from suddenly opening doors and windows from inside moving vehicles.

5. Never use cell phones, in order to allow for adequate concentration while driving, and

6. Always use your seatbelt immediately you enter the car.

 

58th Birthday - VC Thanks All

 

The vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to members of the University community and well wishers for their contributions and support towards the success of his 58th Birthday celebration, held recently.

Professor Balogun said he was overwhelmed with the display of love to him on the occasion, as demonstrated through text messages, birthday cards and gift items.

Further expressing his appreciation, the Vice-Chancellor said, “I could hardly put together enough words, to express the depth of my appreciation to people, both within and outside the University for their display of love, affection and generosity”.

Prof. Balogun had therefore prayed, on behalf of the members of his family, for those who contributed in one form or the other that the joy and favour of God will never depart from their households.