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FUNAAB Dons Win Award

Professor and Dr.(Mrs.) Samuel Oluwalana have won the Entrepreneurship Promoter of the Year (Enterprise Promotion) Award.

The couple bagged the award at the just-concluded Entrepreneurship Conference, Exhibitions and Awards, organized by the Enterprise Promotions’ Academy, in collaboration with the International Centre For Entrepreneurship and Career Development (of where).

The dons were honoured with the award in recognition of their innovative research activities, as academic and entrepreneurs.

The Project Coordinator, Entrepreneurship Promotions Project, Dr. (Mrs.) Funmi Oluwalana, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun at the event disclosed that the exhibition afforded the University the opportunity of showcasing value-added herbal products, FUNAAB Foods and African prints, to the delight of all.

Dr. (Mrs.) Oluwalana noted that the University was highly commended for its well-researched products.

The Project Coordinator further disclosed that the University was equally represented at the Food Security and Agriculture Entrepreneurship programme at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Dr. (Mrs.) Oluwalana expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor for the opportunity given her team, to promote entrepreneurship, create goodwill and showcase the research products of the University.

 

UNAAB Reverts to Original Name - Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB

 

The Governing Council has directed that the University should revert to its original name, as specified in the enabling laws that established the University.

Consequently, the Institution will now be known and be referred to as the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), and no longer University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB).

The development was contained in the “Decision Extracts of the 68th Statutory Meeting of the Governing Council, signed by the Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji.

The changes was based on the following historical facts and documentations, thus:

Council received a report for validation in FP7 Database, from the Validation Services of Research Executive Agency (REA) on the observation that, the enabling laws of the University forwarded to them referred to: the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, where as previous correspondence had been with reference to, “University of Agriculture, Abeokuta”.

“Council was informed that the University was bidding for a Research Grant that required the submission of the Act establishing the University and also the Audited Accounts of the University where the prospective donor or funding agent discovered the different names”.

“Council observed that the issue raised by the Research Executive Agency had been in existence as a result of successive promulgation and amendments to the law on the establishment of the Federal Universities of Agriculture.”

Based on the observations aforementioned, among others, the Council therefore directed that “though, “Federal appears to be intentional, it should be well construed, possibly by ensuring that the University is properly so called, especially in formal documents”.

The Council therefore, “directed that the University should bear its legal name, which is the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta”.

 

VC Hands-Over COLMAS to Pioneer Dean


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun cutting the tape to commission the newly constructed COLMAS Building while from left is the DVC (D), Prof. Kolawole Salako, Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Christianah Kuforiji, Dean, COLMAS, Prof. Banji Oyelere and the Ag. Librarian, Dr. Mrs. Mulikat Salaam.

History was made, last Monday as the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, formally handed over the new College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), to its pioneer and Acting Dean, Prof. Banji Oyelere, as he charged him to “ensure that our students, in three years are certified as chartered accountants”.

It was a twin occasion, which also witnessed the formal commissioning of the College’s new edifice and the formal presentation of a brand new official car to the Acting Dean.

The event, which lasted several hours began in the Senate Chamber, where the Vice-Chancellor and the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji presented briefs on the new College to the top officials as well as other members of the FUNAAB community.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun, after introducing the Acting Dean of COLMAS, Prof. Oyelere, charged him, to strive towards ensuring the success of the students and that of the College.

Prof. Balogun tasked the Acting Dean on the need to ensure that the Accounting students were certified as chartered accountants within the next three years, recalling that if 39 out of 42 students of Osun State University, under Professor Oyelere, could be certified by ICAN, he should strive to do better in FUNAAB.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, “Professor Oyelere is not new in the business of raising exceptionally brilliant Management Science students. Your track record speaks volume. We could not have been luckier than the efforts that brought Professor Oyelere, who started the same Department at LAUTECH, which has become the flagship of the University”, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the infrastructure and facilities that the University had on ground, were enough to guarantee a smooth take-off of the new College and justified the quality of the newly-employed academic staff of the College with an assurance that, “Our minimum standard for the appointment of the foundation Lecturers and Dean, was not breached”.

He equally appealed to the new Lecturers to justify their appointments with dedication to duties, stating, “I want to plead with the Lecturers to, please, be up and doing. I go at will to classrooms to be able to assess performance, therefore, don’t be surprised if I am in the classrooms before you, at times”.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the efforts of some officials of the University for their individual and collective efforts in ensuring a successful take-off of the College. They include, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka, the Head of Department of Agric-Economics, Prof. Adewale Dipeolu and the Prof. Kayode Bamgbose-led Committee, for a job well done, noting that “what should have been done in two years in planning and moving to the new College was done between six, to eight weeks”.

The Vice-Chancellor equally commended the roles of the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Prof. Segun Lagoke, the Governing Council, Senate, Registry, Bursary, Audit, Public Relations’ Directorate and indeed, the entire University community for their contributions to the actualization of the take-off of COLMAS.

In a special way, he lauded the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, for his role in granting an “anticipatory approval” for the new College, exuding confidence that the University was ready for the impending visit of the NUC’s Resource Verification Team, pointing out that, “I am not afraid. Rather, I am always confident any time we have supervisory agents, coming for supervision. We won’t fail”.

Later in his response, the Acting Dean, Professor Oyelere, assured the University, saying, “God willing, we won’t fail. We have no excuse not to perform.

The facilities on ground are overwhelming, the people I’ve seen here are hard working, the Management is very committed. We discussed with our students last week. We gave them an orientation on what is expected of them. We will give both staff and students

the best, for the development of this College. Mr. Vice-Chancellor, I appreciate you so much, Sir”, he stated.

After the appraisal ceremony at the Senate Chamber, the University Management, led by the Vice-Chancellor, drove in a convoy to the temporary site of the new College, for formal commissioning, in a manner that a top official of the University described as reminiscent of the movement of the University from its Mini Campus at Isale-Igbein, to its present site, in October 1995.

Speaking shortly before praying at the dedication of the College building, the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Sam Oluwalana, said of the new College, “This is a new future. The University is entering into its new future. It is not just to pray but to appreciate God and the people involved”.

Thereafter, the Vice-Chancellor commissioned the new College by performing the traditional cutting of tape, while Professors Oyelere and Bamgbose, led members of the University community and guests, notably, representatives of the banking industry, on facility tour of the various segments of the new College.

 

 

SSANU Commissions Secretariat Complex … Honours Fayemi, Okei-Odumakin, Adewusi, Rock City FM

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun commissioning the Ultramodern SSANU Complex while from left is the Special Adviser to the Ekiti State Governor on Labour, Com. Biyi Arogundade, National President, SSANU, Com. Chijioke Ugwoke, National Coordinator, Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Dep. President, NLC, Com. Promise Adewusi, FUNAAB-SSANU Chairman, Com. Abdussobur Salaam and the Chairman, FUNAAB SSANU Merit Award, Mr. Bayo Ogundimu.

The Alabata Road, Permanent site of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) hosted dignitaries from all walks of life at the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU-UNAAB) Merit Award and formal commissioning of the new Secretariat Complex.

Notable personalities at the occasion included the FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun; Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Suraj Adekunbi; SSANU National President, Comrade Samson Ugwoke; his Vice, Mr. Alfred Jimoh, as well as other labour leaders and members of Campaign for Democracy.

Others were the Awardees, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Labour, Comrade Biyi Arogundade; the National Coordinator of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin; and former SSANU’s National President and the Nigeria Labour Congress, Deputy President, Comrade Promise Adewusi.

Commissioning SSANU-FUNAAB Secretariat Complex, named Promise Adewusi-SSANU Complex, the Vice-Chancellor described the Comrade Abdulsobbur Olayiwola Salaam-led executive as ‘visionary and exemplary’.

The Vice-Chancellor donated two units of split Air-Conditioner and four standing fans to the complex, stating humorously that SSANU-UNAAB Branch “is cool-headed and that with this (air-conditioners), they will continue to be”.

Also speaking, the President of SSANU, Comrade Ugwoke, described UNAAB-SSANU as highly enterprising, focused and enviable.

Comrade Ugwoke reiterated the commitment of the national executive council to the advancement of members of SSANU, nationwide.

Also speaking at the commissioning, the immediate Past SSANU’ National President, Comrade Adewusi thanked SSANU-FUNAAB for naming its Secretariat complex after him, promising that he will not betray the confidence reposed in him.

Comrade Adewusi commended the Vice-Chancellor for his support for SSANU saying “we would have been crushed in 2009 until Prof. Balogun intervened and his intervention made the big difference”.

In his address, SSANU-FUNAAB Chairman thanked his predecessor, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, for conceiving the idea of the complex, as well as the Vice-Chancellor, “for pushing to Council, the allocation of a parcel of land to the Union, following a request, in 2008”.

Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, SSANU Investment Scheme, Dr. Olusola Akinwande, said the purpose of the scheme was to encourage saving, easy access to loan and ability to fall-back on the savings after retirement.

After the commissioning, the SSANU-FUNAAB Merit Award was presented to the Awardees.

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, bagged the Icon of Democracy; Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Amazon of Democracy; Comrade Promise Adewusi, SSANU Icon and Rock City 101.9 FM, Media of Democracy.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman, SSANU-FUNAAB, Comrade Salaam decried the continued disrespect by the

nation’s leaders, in honouring the 2009 agreement, adding that “these people have stood up to these leaders, spoken the truth to them and they have displayed rare courage and gallantry in the face of persecution and torture. They are indeed worthy recipients of this SSANU Merit Award.

“They may never be awarded GCFR, GCON, CFR, CON or any of those hypocritical titles our elites have arrogated to themselves, but this is our own little way of showing that we love the true fighters of the people”, he said.

According to the Branch Chairman, the event was more symbolic as it coincided with the commissioning of the Secretariat Complex, named after Comrade Promise disclosing that he had promised not to hold any award ceremony until the Secretariat was completed.

Also speaking at the event, the Chairman of the occasion and Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Suraj Ishola Adekunbi, promised to undertake the palliative reconstruction of the bad spots on the Abeokuta/Ibadan Highway adjoining the Camp junction, clarifying that the maintenance of the highway falls within the purview of the Federal Government as it is a Trunk A road.

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun congratulated the leadership and members of SSANU-FUNAAB for the creativity and ingenuity in invested in organizing the awards ceremony and having the foresight to build a secretariat and shopping complex, which he noted will benefit members of the Union and the University community, at large.

The Vice-Chancellor, whose speech was later presented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Develpopment, Prof. Kolawole Salako then promised on behalf of the Management continued collaboration with the Union in encouraging its leadership to create better working conditions for its members.

 

FUNAAB Receives NUC Verification Team


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun speaking at the occasion while from left is the DVC (D), Prof. Kolawole Salako, DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo, the Chairman, NUC Verification Team, Prof. Aminu Mukailu and the  Dean, COLMAS, Prof. Banji Oyelere.

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has assured the Verification Team from the National Universities Commission (NUC), of the University’s preparedness for the accreditation of its newly-established College of Management Sciences (COLMAS).

Prof. Balogun gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by the Verification Team, led by its Chairman and a former Vice-Chancellor of the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Professor Aminu Mukailu.

According to Professor Balogun, his administration had since the pronouncement of the Federal Government, that specialized Universities should diversify, had been working towards attaining the conventional status for the University, with agriculture as its flagship programme.

The Vice-Chancellor noted that the government’s decision was timely, considering the fact that existing universities in the country were inadequate, to admit the teeming Nigerian youths, clamouring for university admission, hence, the need for monolithic universities to transmute to conventional, with more opportunities for increased admission rate.

Professor Balogun assured the team that the University had followed due process in the establishment of the new College by seeking the approval of both Council and Senate of the University, as well as ensuring commensurate provision of facilities.

Professor Balogun pointed out that the edifice on ground for the commencement of the College would convince the team of its readiness for accreditation, stressing that the University had been in regular contacts with academic experts and seasoned professionals, in the drawing of academic briefs for its proposed new programmes, in Management, Law, Medicine, among others.

He expressed the optimism that FUNAAB will fully explore the potentials of its youthful dynamism to emerge as the leading destination of choice and household name, among Nigerian universities.

Responding, the Chairman of the Verification Team commended the initiative of the University Management in establishing the College of Management Sciences while promising that his team would provide the necessary advice, needed to actualize the dream of running the College.

Professor Mukailu said the verification exercise would entail examining what is on ground and providing advice that would consolidate the University’s efforts as well as helping the NUC to make judicious decisions.

 

COLVET Holds 4th Induction Ceremony

The University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), has been described as a reference point for Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria.

The Acting Registrar, Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr. Amang Markus Avong, made this assertion, during the 4th Induction Ceremony and Admission of Veterinary Graduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, into the Veterinary profession.

Dr. Avong praised FUNAAB’s COLVET as a model in Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria and therefore charged the University Management not to rest on its oars but strive harder, to make the College compete favourably with global institutions.

 

According to him, Veterinary Medicine is a noble profession, desirous of being accorded the necessary support, to help sustain the existing standards.

Speaking in the same vein, the Acting President, Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. G.A.T Ogundipe, expressed his satisfaction with the level of development of the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine since inception, admonishing the University authorities to keep up with the good work.

Dr. Ogundipe pointed out that Nigeria has the highest concentration of veterinary schools in Africa, boasting that 10, out of the available 30 are in Nigeria and with about 5,000 registered Veterinary doctors, practicing in Nigeria, which he said is one of the highest in Africa.

Dr. Ogundipe, called on the inductees to consider themselves lucky to have chosen the profession, while stressing that job opportunities abound for them in the federal, state and local governments, as well as in the private Veterinary hospitals/clinics and research institutes.

According to him, as Veterinarians, they can also work in Universities, Colleges of Animal Health, livestock farms and companies.

Presenting his Paper titled, “Prospect of Entrepreneurship in Veterinary Medicine”, the CEO of Adamore (Nig.) Limited, Dr. Musa Alasa, highlighted the many business opportunities that abound in the profession.

In her address, the Dean, COLVET, Professor (Mrs.) Morenike Dipeolu, encouraged the new inductees to utilize the skills impacted in them with dexterity and respect, charging them not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the profession.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Profesor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, implored the budding veterinarians to continually demonstrate the core values of hardwork, honesty, self-reliance and sound judgement in their undertakings as worthy ambassadors of the University.

Monarch Congratulates DVC (D)

Representatives of the Lemo of Ode-Lemo presenting a customized card to the DVC (D), Prof. Kolawole Salako during their courtesy visit.

 

The Lemo of Ode-Lemo, Ogun State, Oba Talabi Solesi, has congratulated Professor Felix Salako, on his appointment as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Oba Solesi, who spoke through Chief N. O. Folorunso, Chairman, Ode-Lemo Development Council, gave kudos to Professor Salako for his exemplary leadership qualities while in office as the Director, Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), of the University.

The Monarch described Professor Salako as a worthy ambassador of the University, who ensured peaceful co-existence between University’s students on Farm Practical Year (FPY) and the host community.

He also urged the University Management to come up with more laudable initiatives that will enhance the socio-economic development of the community.

In his response, Professor Salako expressed his profound gratitude to the monarch for sending a team from his domain to felicitate with him on his appointment and urged the community to extend similar cooperation to his successor, Dr. Joe Atungwu.

Dr. Atungwu therefore seized the opportunity to assure the Monarch and his subjects of a better working relationship, stressing that apart from the crop productions training, currently enjoyed by COBFAS communities, efforts will be made to include other levels of seminars, among others.

VC Inaugurates FUNAABSU Exco

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (Left) congratulating the SUG President, Com. Abdulkareem Bamigbade after the swearing-in  ceremony. Inset; FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun administering the oath of office on the Speaker-Elect and other Officers-Elect of the Union.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has inaugurated the 2011/2012 Executive of the University’s Students Union amid promises of goodies to the students, while recalcitrant will be sanctioned.

Addressing thousands of students, who filled the sprawling, Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex to the brim, Professor Balogun, who was pleasantly cheered by the excited students, used the occasion to unveil the welfare packages put in place for them by the Management.

Most welcomed by the students was the decision of the Management “not to increase the fees payable by our students in the current 2011/2012 academic session”, stressing that the University had resolved to explore either internal means of cushioning the effects of limited scarce resources without belaboring parents and guardians, or do anything that could jeopardize the ambitions of our cherished students”.

Others are the provision of almost completed four blocks of Female Hostel, beside the University’s Fuel Dump, in addition to the proposed hostel to be provided in partnership with an American firm, for 10,000 students.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, other gestures coming include the provision of two additional brand new luxury buses and ambulances, to cater for the increase in students’ population.

Professor Balogun assured that “despite the realities of dwindling government resources, we shall ensure that facilities in the University compare favourably, if not better, than what obtains in other Universities”.

Like the proverbial two sides of the coin and aside from dangling the carrot, the Vice-Chancellor also wielded the big stick, cautioning that any student who disobeyed  University’s rules and regulations, irrespective of status, would not be spared.

Performing the swearing-in, the Vice-Chancellor charged the Executive to be wary of their actions in office, as they affect other students and the University at large.

His warning, “Aluta should be done with the highest level of responsibilities. Don’t do anything that is capable of truncating our regularized academic calendar.

“Think about the future of over 13,000 fellow students that are now in your charge, don’t dash their hopes or give sorrows to their parents. Your predecessors worked tirelessly with other Unions, to regularize the academic calendar. Please, don’t truncate it”, he added.

Prof. Balogun, who frowned at the destructive attitudes of some students in the hostels, warned that anybody caught tampering with University’s properties will be ejected, immediately.

He also decried as shameful, the inability of some students to memorize and recite the University Anthem, stressing that such students were not fit to be members of the academic community.

Prof. Balogun, therefore, directed the Directorate of Public Relations, to publish the University Anthem in the institution’s official weekly publication, FUNAAB Bulletin, for the next two weeks, to assist the students in getting used to it and also tasked the Executive of the Students Union, to print and circulate copies of the Anthem among the students.

Prof. Balogun, however, warned that the Management will not hesitate to punish any erring student or staff, found crossing the lawn or indulged in the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on campus.

In his Acceptance Speech, the new President of FUNAABSU, Comrade Abdulkareem Bamigbade, promised to cooperate with the Management and other Unions in bettering the lots of students and the University, at large.

 

Contractor will Rectify Defects on Ceremonial Road — PPU Assures Varsity Community

Members of the University Community have been reassured that the institution’s authorities would not compromise on standard quality on the newly reconstructed Ceremonial Road.

To this effect, the Physical Planning Unit has confirmed that the contractor handling the road, Messrs Oriental Femab-Amimike Quarry and Construction Ltd. will rectify all noted defects, in line with the Defects Liability Period, before the contract is discharged.

According to a release, signed by its Director, Mr. Babatunde Ayodele, the Unit noted that though the contractor had completed the Project and handed-over to the University in June, 2011, it observed the occurrence of some defects on the Ceremonial Road and had communicated same to the Consultant for the project, Messrs. Alf & Partners.

It further stated, “the consultant has written a letter to the contractor, to return to site and rectify the defect on the road within the next seven days from the date of the letter”, adding that the contractor had promised to rectify the defects.

Observations by FUNAAB Bulletin, as at the time of going to Press, indicate the return to site and maintenance activities on the road by the contractor.

 

VC Marks 58th Birthday on Wednesday

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, will be 58 on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

The 58th birthday is unique, being the last he will be celebrating with the UNAAB family as the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

According to the Chairman of the University’s Ceremonials Committee, Professor Babatunde Idowu, Council members, senior officials, staff and students as well as other well-wishers, will converge on the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge, by 7:00am for a short interdenominational thanksgiving service with the celebrant and members of his family.

Professor Idowu informed that the ceremony was deliberately scheduled for early morning, so as to allow the ‘Birthday Boy’ and other well-wishers from the University to attend to other pressing official tasks in their respective offices, on time.

He further informed that a customized, life-size birthday card, will be displayed on the Ground Floor of the Senate building, from Monday, for members of the University community, to express their birthday wishes on the celebrant.

 

COLMAS, DEM Get Brand New Vehicles

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has officially handed over two brand new vehicles to the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) and the Directorate of Environmental Management (Parks and Gardens).

The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Kolawole Salako, performed the handing-over of the vehicles to the beneficiaries.

The Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Adekojo Waheed, received the brand new Toyota Corolla 2010 model, on behalf of the Acting Dean, College of Management Sciences, Prof. Banji Oyelere, while the Deputy Director, Directorate of Environmental Management (Parks and Gardens), Mr. Babafunso Idowu, took delivery of the brand new Isuzu Pick-Up Van.

Mr. Ademola Sobote of the Teaching and Research Farms' Directorate (TREFAD), blessed the vehicles before they were handed over to the beneficiaries.

 

Council Approves Study Leave for Two

 

The University's Governing Council has approved the application for Study Leave with pay for two members of staff.

They are, Mrs. T. A. Olaifa of the Department of Communication and General Studies, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) and Dr. (Mrs.) O. O. Adebowale of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Reproduction, College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET).

During the period of the Study Leave, Mrs. Olaifa will be carrying out her Ph.D field work on International Conflict in Rwanda while Dr. Adebowale will be pursuing a Ph.D programme at the Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji informed that the Study Leave is with effect from October 2011, for a period of one and three years, respectively.

 

COBFAS Equips Students For FPY Programme

 

Dr. Joe Atungwu (Left) addressing prospective students of this Session’s FPY Programme
during their Orientation at the COLANIM Auditorium.


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, had admonished students embarking on the Farm Practical Year (FPY) programme to take advantage of the Scheme, harness the practical skills and be good ambassadors of the University, in their respective communities of posting.

 

Professor Salako gave the charge during the FPY Orientation Programme, organized by the Centre for Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS).

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who likened the farming scheme to the National Youth Service, said the programme is expected to span a duration of one year, in line with the recent directive of the Federal Government for Agricultural Science students.

Professor Salako, however, disclosed that UNAAB was a step ahead of the directive as the University had previously engaged its students on a six-month Farm Practical programme, in four off-campus locations across Ogun State.

Imploring the students to be of good character and obey rules and regulations of their host communities, Professor Salako, urged them to plough back into the communities what they had learnt from the University.

According to him, more students from the host communities had applied for admission into UNAAB as a result of the influence the past FPY students had on them.

He further added that the one year programme had been structured to pave way for the development of entrepreneurial skills in the students and thus empower them to be job-creators upon graduation.

Speaking earlier, the new Director of COBFAS, Dr. Joe Atungwu, emphasized the importance of the FPY programme as a prerequisite for graduation, by Agricultural Science students of the University.

According to Dr. Atungwu, the programme is a 36-unit course and students would have to perform exceedingly well in it, to boost their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

The programme currently operates from four locations at Odogbolu, Ode-Lemo, Ishaga-Orile and Iwoye-Ketu, all in Ogun State.

 

UFASS Begins New Session

The University's Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (UFASS) has commenced a new session, for the second edition of the programme.

The new session took-off with a remarkable increase in the admission of students, rising from 11 at debut to 34 students, in the current session.

The Scheme, which was approved by both the Senate and the Governing Council, as part of the internationalization efforts of the University, is aimed at equipping scholars from neighbouring African countries with the necessary skills needed for sustainable development and poverty reduction in their home countries.

Speaking in an exclusive chat with UNAAB Bulletin, the Coordinator of UFASS, Dr. James Daramola, disclosed that 18, out of the 22 scholars were already on ground, as at last Sunday, adding that the remaining students would soon join their colleagues.

He further revealed that, out of the 22 Students, 13 were admitted for the Skill Acquisition programme with three from Liberia, six from The Gambia and four from Sierra-Leone, while seven were admitted for Undergraduate Programme with three each, from Liberia and Sierra-Leone and one from The Gambia.

The remaining list was made up of one Postgraduate scholar each, from Liberia and Sierra-Leone.

According to Dr. Daramola, the Federal Scholarship Board, through the Federal Government’s Nigeria Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, is also partnering with the University, in sponsoring 12 additional scholars on UFASS, for a four to five-year Undergraduate course, beginning from the 2011/2012 session.

UNAAB’s Interview is Transparent but Tough - Applicants

A cross-section of applicants who sat for the employment’s Aptitude Test in the University have described the exercise as transparent, but tough.
They however admitted that they did not expect less, given the national rating and pedigree of UNAAB.
In a chat with UNAAB Bulletin, an applicant, who simply gave his name as Segun, said there was no evidence of malpractices, in the way the University conducted the Aptitude Test.
Narrating his experience, Segun, who applied for the post of Executive Officer, stated “For instance, the test was computer-based. It was ‘one man-one computer’ and the questions were set in such a way that it doesn’t tally or rhyme with those of the person sitting next to you.

Speaking further, the 35-year old applicant, who disclosed that he presently runs a GSM Call Centre, to eke out a living, said “the questions were tough”.
According to him, “the questions were so tough. Some of us are not Science students while we were in school but, we were asked science-related questions”.
Another applicant, who gave her name as Tope, however disagreed, describing the impression that the interview was tough as defensive.
She averred, “The questions were not tough but technical and whenever you are going for interview, you are supposed to prepare hard by studying GMATs, Dictionary and the likes”.
“I have heard a lot about UNAAB. They told me it is business-unusual here. I prayed to God and burnt midnight candles. I didn’t find the questions difficult, but highly technical”, she added.
Others, who spoke with UNAAB Bulletin, also commended the conduct of the interview which they said was transparent adding that, it was tough.

TRIBUTE TO OUR VC @ 58

TRIBUTE TO OUR VC @ 58

You came along to UNAAB
In flowing unknown garb
Although you were not welcome
All around remained just dumb

You met together us all
And broke the rocky wall
With your glorious mission
And your mighty vision

It took but a short time
To see the obvious sign
That UNAAB will soon fly
In the skies high high high

Everywhere is green
Everywhere is serene
Like the glorious eden
There lurks a serpent hidden

Everywhere there is progress
Everywhere there is success
The serpents battle so gory
Can never take away the glory
Happier students never ever seen
As father to them you have been
Cries of Aluta have been dimmed
By shouts of praises loud voiced

Duty skills and excellence
Have brought in rewards immense
Everybody filled with pride
Continue the tasking ride

Elizabeth our first lady
By his side ever ready
Through thick and thin she has stood
A pride to all womanhood

Many monuments now in place
Send out messages of praise
To the man whose blood and sweat
Has set this citadel alight

 

 

- By Prof. Daisy Eruvbetine

Arowojolu Now Coordinator UNAAB Radio FM

A seasoned media practitioner, Mr Ayo Arowojolu has come on board the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta following his appointment last week as the Coordinator, UNAAB Radio FM.
Mr Arowojolu brings to the institution a wealth of media and corporate experience, garnered over the last 21 years, to drive, add value and make meaningful inputs towards the successful take-off and sustenance of an efficient broadcasting service for the University and its many stakeholders.
Prior to his appointment, which took effect from Wednesday, October 5, 2011, he was formerly the Ogun State Bureau Chief of The Western Publishing Company Limited, owners of The Westerner Magazine and Compass Newspapers.
His multi-varied work experience cutting across the media, insurance and banking industries included Omegabank Plc (now Enterprise Bank Plc) where he was Acting Head, Corporate Affairs Department of the bank. He had also previously worked at the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA Channel 7, Tejuosho, Lagos and the Ondo State Radio Vision Corporation, Akure .
Mr Arowojolu holds a Master of Communication Arts (MCA) degree from the University of Ibadan, which he obtained in 2001. Before then, he had bagged a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication from the then Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta in 1990.
With the new development, the coast is now clearer for the successful actualization of the University’s dream of full broadcast transmission of information and relevant research activities to the diverse stakeholders of the university through the establishment of the community radio.

Why We Chose UNAAB - Fresh Students

Various developmental indices, all revolving round academic and moral uprightness, have been cited by the freshly-admitted students of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, as motivation behind their choice of the institution.
Tolu, one of the pioneering students of the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), put it this way, “I opted for UNAAB because they don’t go on strike. My elder brother, who graduated from UNAAB graduated on schedule”.
A Lagos-based, newly admitted Engineering student, Henrietta, said, “As for me, I chose UNAAB because they said UNAAB Students are “Efikos” (Book-worms) and as a Christian, I believe in studying hard. I like reading and since UNAAB rewards commitment to studies and that there is no back-door to excellence here, I picked UNAAB”.
A cross-section of others who spoke with UNAAB Bulletin, penultimate week attributed reasons behind their choice of UNAAB to academic excellence, zero cult activities and stable academic calendar.

Outgoing Corps Members Thumb-up for VC

Outgoing ICLO, Mr. Abayomi Fashina thanking UNAAB’s Management during the Send-Forth Party for Batch “C” 2010/2011 Corps Members at the PR Boardroom. Inset; Rep. of AD PR, Mr. Kola Adepoju presenting gift to Mr. Abayomi Fashina, assisted by a Protocol Officer, Mrs. Rosemary Egbuonu.

Outgoing Corps members have commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for giving the University a total turn-around in academic excellence, infrastructure and social development.

 

They gave Professor Balogun a pat on the back during the Send-Forth Party, organized for them and held at the Directorate of Public Relations.

Baring the minds of the Batch “C” 2010/2011 Corps members, their Internal Liaison Officer (ICLO), Mr. Taiwo Fashina, described the Vice-Chancellor and his team performances as impressive and awesome.

Fashina, who served in the Directorate of Public Relations, stated that during their service, Professor Balogun was almost on weekly basis, literarily “feeding our (corps members) eyes and ears with successive monumental transformations and landmark achievements”.

He averred that little surprise, that UNAAB’s rating nationally and globally had risen rapidly in the last four years, with the latest being her ranking as the seventh best University in the country.

Fashina, who is popularly called “Fash” by his fellow corps members pin-pointed Prof. Balogun‘s achievements as being deeply rooted and firmly established in academic excellence and infrastructures.

The outgoing ICLO identified the Directorate of Public Relations as an ingenuity of Professor Balogun, describing the Directorate as all embracing, where people like him have been thoroughly exposed to the nitty-gritty and rudiments of Public Relations, Journalism, Protocol and Passages services.

Fashina thanked the Management for providing a conducive atmosphere for the operations of Corps members, with a plea however, to further improve the lots of subsequent colleagues that will serve in the University.

 

Our Appointments, Act of God - New DVCs

 

The University’s newly appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Professor Toyin Ayodele Arowolo (Academic) and Professor Felix Kolawole Salako (Development), have described their appointments as “act of God”.

Speaking exclusively with UNAAB Bulletin, the duo of Professor Arowolo and Professor Salako, attributed their appointments to the divine will of God.

They both affirmed that the appointments were ordained by God as all the professors in the University are qualified to be Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

They however thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and members of the University Senate for giving them the opportunity to serve.

The DVCs assured the University community and other stakeholders that they will not betray the confidence reposed in them.

They solicited the support and cooperation of the staff and students at large, towards using their appointments to better the lots of the University.

They promised to align themselves with the vision and mission of the University under the headship of Professor Balogun, in moving the institution to greater heights.

 

Council Approves Appointments of DVCs

 

The Governing Council has approved the appointment of the University’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

They are Professor Toyin Ayodele Arowolo (Academic) and Professor Felix Kolawole Salako (Development).

A release signed by the Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, revealed that Council, at its meeting on Friday, 23rd September, 2011, approved the appointments of the DVCs.

According to her, the appointments took retroactive effect from 19th September, 2011, for a period of two years, each.

The release reiterated that the DVC (Academic) will be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for all academic matters, in the area of policy, development, administration, review, among others.

It would be recalled that the Senate of the University, had at a special meeting, held penultimate Thursday, September 15, 2011, elected the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors, while it also recommended their elections for Council’s approval.

In the same vein, the release articulated that the DVC (Development) will also be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor in development related matters, such as Exchange and Linkage programmes, fund raising through aids, endowments, grants and revenue generation drives, among several others.

The DVC (Academic), Professor Arowolo, 60, is the immediate past Dean, College of Environmental Resource Management (COLERM).

An erudite scholar and professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, he is a member of several academic and professional bodies, including the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN).

He has over 47 publications to his credit, both in local and international journals.

On the other hand, Professor Salako, 50, until his appointment was the Director, Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS).

A professor of Soil Physics, with membership of several learned and professorial associations, including the Soil Science Society of Nigeria and has over 60 publications in international Journals to his credit.

 

 

Dr. Sodiya Becomes NCS’ Executive member

 

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), had elected Dr. Adesina Sodiya as its Chairman, Publications, Standards, Research & Development Committee.

The election took place during the Society’s 44th Annual General Meeting, held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Friday, July 29, 2011.

A release signed by the representative of the Executive Secretary of NCS, Mr. Goke Akinpelu, informed that Dr. Sodiya is to serve in the capacity for two years.