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VC Marks 58th Birthday with Gratitude to God …Says My Relationship with FUNAAB Is Everlasting


The Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi (Left) presiding over the cutting of the Birthday Cake by the Celebrant, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (middle) and a well wisher from FUNAAB Int’L School

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, last Wednesday celebrated his 58thBirthday with gratitude to God and a testimonial that his relationship with the members of the University community (FUNAAB family), will be everlasting.

 

The birthday bash, held at the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge, was well attended by well-wishers from within and outside the University community, with praise-worship, exhortation, prayer and toasts of the celebrant, the University and the nation.

Speaking at the occasion, the celebrant, Prof. Balogun, who was celebrating his last birthday, as FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor, said his relationship with the University community will outlive his tenure, which ends next May.

“We have come, adopted and now we are a member of the community. We will continue to be part and parcel of the community”, he noted and thanked God for being his administration’s “Pillar of Support”, in the last four years.

Giving the exhortation, with quote from Proverbs, Chapter 2, the University’s Chaplain, Prof. Christian Ikeobi, enjoined people, particularly leaders, to always seek the grace of God’s wisdom and also aspire to end their tenures positively.

The Chaplain noted of the celebrant as being endowed with divine wisdom, an attribute he said had been evident in the administrative and resource management prowess of Professor Balogun, praying that his later-tenure achievements will surpass his previous records.

In his remarks, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Michael Adedotun Gbadebo congratulated the Vice-Chancellor for the grace of witnessing another glorious year in life.

The Monarch, who spoke through Jaguna of Ake, Chief Peter Sodunke, described Professor Balogun as “a true son of the soil”, who has brought progress to the University through his laudable initiatives.

Oba Gbadebo further described the Vice-Chancellor as a man of his words, not easily intimidated and discourages indiscipline.

“You have not only come to serve as the Vice-Chancellor, but you have come to enhance the economy of Egbaland”, Alake added.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the University, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi extolled the virtues of the Vice-Chancellor whom he described as “an erudite administrator of note”, urging him not to relent in upholding his trademark virtues.

The celebrant, Professor Balogun expressed his profound gratitude to the Almighty God, who he said had been supporting his administration in the last four years.

He prayed for the sustainability of the University, after leaving office. “We have come, have been adopted and now a member of the community. We will continue to be part and parcel of the community”, he added.

Encomiums were showered on the Vice-Chancellor by a cross section of guests that attended the ceremony, particularly by Professors O.B Kehinde and Chryss Onwuka, while toasting to the celebrant and the University, respectively.

High point of the occasion was the cutting of the cake, which was anchored by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the occasion, Chief Osayemi.

 

Letter to the Community By Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun Vice-Chancellor

Recent hues and misrepresentations over the Management’s application of the administrative instruments of appointment and promotion to fill staff vacancies have necessitated the need for enlightenment among staff. It is disturbing that many staff still display ignorance on the administrative differences between the two. The issue, has of late, assumed a melodramatic dimension, subjected to individual whims. Therefore, keeping quiet will only be encouraging an escalation of falsehood and unwarranted confusion. Global employment practice in both the private and public services, endorses the act of filling staff vacancies through the process of appointment or promotion. Another method is head-hunting, which is rarely employed in the civil service. While appointment involves the process of filling vacant positions or jobs through internal/external advertisement, promotion on the other hand entails ascension to a higher position or rank, exclusively for serving officers in an organisation. Appointment procedure is usually mentally tasking, challenging and competitive, on the part of prospective candidates. Such candidates, on a level playing field, are expected to jostle and distinguish themselves through aptitude, competency and ICT proficiency tests before selection for an eventual oral interview, to pick the best of the pack. Promotion is more of an annual ritual, only open to qualified internal staff that are moved to the next higher office, after having spent certain number of years on the present post or on the possession of some forms of additional academic or professional certifications. In the absence of direct challenge to academic or professional capability of eligible candidates, the exercise is arguably, more often, bedevilled by inherent human subjectivity. I have over time been inundated with myriads of petitions and text messages, while some had even been impudent to the point of filing false claims with either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), with the ruse of unfairly elevating their colleagues above them. There would have been reasonable grounds for agitations, had the process for appointment been made subjective by the authorities of the University. I therefore, challenge anybody to contest the fact that each appointment exercise conducted under my watch, had always pass though the crucible of due process. Not only had the contest been made free and fair, no eligible candidate, who responded to appointment advertisement, mandatorily placed in the national dailies and on the University’s website, had been deprived after meeting stipulated conditions, expressly specified in the extant rules and regulations of the University. As part of my avowed commitment to the promotion of excellence and reward of productivity, this administration had since inception accorded opportunities of appointment to both the academic and the non-teaching cadres, devoid of any iota of favouritism to groups or individuals. I can recall the number of staff in the Professorial, Directorship and other senior levels that I met on ground and how many others had so far been appointed or promoted to fortify the ranks since 2007. Examples abound, among these ranks, of those who by 2007 were Senior Lecturers, Senior Administrative Registrar, Senior Accountants or Senior Librarians, among others, but had in quick succession and within two years, deservedly attained the peak or the penultimate zenith of their cadres, purely on merit. I could not but wonder the reason for the cry of wolf. Why would some staff become timid to avail themselves of open opportunities of staff appointment, only to dissipate their courage, brilliance and proficiency on a tactlessly thankless exercise of petitioning against the system that promotes excellence and reward productivity? Would it then not suffice to reason that such individuals, even when qualified, deliberately refused to task their competence, simply for the fear of failing, only to turn around in deriding their courageous colleagues or the system, of unfairness? It is common knowledge that most staff would rather prefer to be elevated to higher positions through internal promotion than be made to face the hurdles of appointment, for obvious reasons. While not calling for an abolition of promotion exercises, we collectively owe the University the responsibility to honestly ponder over the strength and weakness of the two administrative instruments, against the backdrop of the desire for excellence by the institution. If we truly desire the best for the University, then, we should be ready to jettison archaic practices that had over time impeded growth. This is the time to hold firm to global standard practices. Presently, elitists’ positions in the federal civil service, up to that of the Head of Service of the Federation, are filled through competitive selection. The fact that some staff will always be lily-livered in the face of academic or proficiency challenge should not be enough to discard the part of excellence. Let the high-flyers continually brace the test and profitably so, while others await maturity for promotion, but lest they cry wolf, where there is none.

Kalahari Goat Delivers Twins

Indications that the University is on the path of hitting gold with its recently launched Kalahari Red Goat project emerged at the weekend as one of the goats kidded a set of female twins.
An elated Director of the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Segun Osinowo, broke the cheery news early Sunday morning, to the Vice-Chancellor.
“Good morning, Sir. One of the Kalahari Red goats kidded a set of female twins yesterday. Both are doing fine”, stated Professor Osinowo in a message to the Vice-Chancellor, early Sunday morning.
The goat was part of the 60 breeder-stocks that were air-freighted from South Africa, earlier this month.
The facilitator of the Kalahari Red Goat project and Chief Executive of Elpasso Farms, South Africa, Dr. (Ms.) Brylyne Chitsunge, had on delivering the animals, assured that they would rapidly multiply, as they kid twice and that the University should be ready to accommodate their explosion in population, even within the next six months.
The University’s Kalahari Red Goat Project Manager, Dr. (Mrs.) Bamidele Oduguwa said precautionary post-natal cares had been taken to ensure the safety and healthy well-being of the nursing goat and the kids.
Dr. Oduguwa hinted that more of the goats are expected to kid within short intervals. 

 

 

Raise UNAAB’s Banner, Keep The Flag Flying PR Head Charges Outgoing Corps Members

AD PR, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye (centre) addressing out-going Corps Members during their Send-Forth Party held at the  DPR’s Conference Room

The University’s Assistant Director and Head, Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye, has charged the out-going Corps Members to proudly raise the banner and fly the flag of the University, in their endeavours.
Mr. Somoye gave the charge while speaking at a Send-Forth Party, organized by the University for the Outgoing Batch “C” 2010/2011 Corps members, held at the Conference Room of the Directorate of Public Relations.
The Head of Public Relations, while commending the Corps members for their diligence and dedication to duty while serving in the University, enjoined them to always imbibe endearing virtues, in order to sail through the stormy waters of life.
He further admonished them to jealously nurture the associations and friendship they acquired, while serving in the University, saying such will sooner or later, yield productive dividends.
Describing the Corps members as “leaders of tomorrow”, he pointed out that since UNAAB and the nation had impacted them positively, they should find a way of ploughing back into the system.
He reiterated the University Management’s commitment to youth empowerment, wealth creation and capacity development.
Gifts were later presented to the outgoing corps members, as token of appreciation of the University Management.


VC Counsels Secretaries on Work Ethics

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has charged Secretaries and other staffers of the University, not to allow their personal challenges inhibit efficient service delivery.
Professor Balogun gave the charge while declaring opened, the fourth In-House Seminar/Workshop of the University Secretarial Staff Association (USSA), UNAAB Branch, last Wednesday at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.
Represented by the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Professor (Mrs.) Morenike Dipeolu, the Vice-Chancellor noted the possibility of naturally experiencing domestic challenges as humans, but counseled for high level of maturity by Secretaries, not to carry such to their offices.
The Vice-Chancellor said “once the challenges are imported to duty posts, there will be undue interference that will inhibit service delivery”.
Professor Balogun commended the Secretaries for contributing immensely to the realization of the proactive vision of his administration, with a reassurance that the provision of staff welfare will be paramount at all levels of service.
Speaking in the same vein, the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, enjoined Secretaries to learn how to relate with all shades of character, particularly visitors.
Represented by the Deputy-Director (Establishment, Senior Staff), Mr. Adewusi Agbotoba, the Acting Registrar said Secretaries should report perceived uncouth behaviours, instead of reacting to them.
Besides, Mrs. Kuforiji also admonished Secretaries to always be willing to learn, embrace and master the use of modern-day technology in the discharge of their duties.
Also in her Goodwill Message, the Acting University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam stressed the need for Secretaries to imbibe the culture of good human relations while discharging their duties.
Earlier in her Welcome Address, the Chairperson USSA, UNAAB Branch, Mrs. Olajumoke Arowosegbe, commended the University Management for its commitment to the capacity development of members and the staff at large.
She assured the Management of the Association’s unflinching support and cooperation.


Batch “C” Corps Members To Correct Preliminary Computer Printout

The Student Affairs Unit of the University has sent an appeal to prospective 2011 Batch “C” NYSC Corps members, to cross-check their names in the preliminary Computer Printout on display at the Unit, for likely error or omission.
The Unit would want such error or omission amended before Friday, 29th September, 2011.
A release by the Deputy Director, Students Affairs, Mr. Peter Akinlabi, warned that complaints brought after the deadline, will not be entertained. 

Nigeria Should Embrace Irrigation – Expert

The Executive Director, National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna, Dr. Olusanjo Bamgboye, has expressed concern that the country was still sustained by rain-fed agriculture rather than irrigation.
Dr. Bamgboye raised the concern in an interview with UNAAB Bulletin, during the first Management meeting of the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBN), held in the University recently.
The Executive Director said a shift to irrigation will improve on the nation’s agricultural output, with the capacity to conveniently feed the whole of West Africa.
He however lauded the current initiative of President Goodluck Jonathan for embarking on massive irrigation projects which he said was a good omen for the development of Agriculture in the country.
In the same vein, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Maiduguri, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, has described UNAAB as a peaceful citadel of learning.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who came for the NWRCBN’s meeting said his University could learn some tricks from UNAAB and as such, the University of Maiduguri will be sending a team to understudy UNAAB in the area of infrastructure.

Exec. Director, NWRCBN, Dr. Olusanjo Bamgboye

 




‘Nimbe Adedipe Library Declares Amnesty …for return of overdue books

The University Library has declared two “Weeks of Amnesty”,  beginning from 3rd to 17th October, during which registered library users could be pardoned to return overdue books in their possession.
A release by the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs) Mulikat Salaam, informed that such books, if returned within the stipulated period, will not attract overdue fines.
The Library had therefore urged staff and students, with overdue lease of library books to take advantage of the “Amnesty Week”, to return them.
The Library Management warned that it will not hesitate to publish names of defaulters, that failed to comply with the grace period and forward such to the Bursary for deduction of fines.


Clean Water Is Essential – UNAAB VC

Rep. of the VC, former DVC (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke (centre) explaining some points to the participants of the first Management meeting of the NWRCBN

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has observed that affordable, abundant and potable water is essential for the development and existence of human beings.
Professor Balogun, who was represented by the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Segun Lagoke, stated this at the first Management meeting of the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBN), last Tuesday.
The Vice-Chancellor decried the fact that almost 900 million people still do not have access to potable water, with 85% of the affected population living in rural areas.

“According to a report of Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP, 2010) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 1.1 billion people in the World currently do not have access to clean and safe drinking water sources”, stated the Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Balogun then advised for a concerted effort of all stakeholders, in order to achieve the goal of improving significant access to affordable and safe drinking water by 2015, as proposed at the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit of 2000.
He therefore advocated urgent inclusion in policy formulation, steps and strategies that could accelerate improved services in the provision and supply of good water quality standards, at levels that will be affordable and accessible to all.
Professor Balogun also urged the partnering institutions that are currently hosting the zonal networks to efficiently manage the facilities, to provide the capacity required in the water sector.
In his brief speech, the Executive Director, National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna, Dr. Olusanjo Bamgboye, expressed appreciation to the University Management for its co-operation with the Institute.
He, however, listed funding for sustainability, adaptation of network models suitable for Nigeria and other West African states, strategy for membership expansion, among others, as part of the challenges confronting the Institute.

COUNTDOWN TO RESUMPTION “We Can’t Wait To Have Students Back On Campus” ...Food Vendors, Cab & Business Centres’ Operators

Food Vendors, commercial cab operators and petty traders, operating in the University, have expressed anxiety to have the students, who have been on break since July, back on campus.
The students’ populace had gone on long break, following the regularization of the Academic Calendar by the University authorities.
However, the unfamiliar break duration, cherished by UNAABITES, has since been a source of worry for food vendors and other merchants who have been experiencing low patronage, occasioned by the thin population on campus.
As such, Business Centres’ operators have been lamenting the resultant little or no passengers to board their taxis, patronize their photocopier machines, or eat in their café, among others.
Food Vendors stressed that their plight was worsened by the recent 30-day Ramadan period, which further reduced the few patrons, but were quick to appreciate the surge they witnessed during the recent Post UTME exercises.
Checks further revealed that the experience was more felt at Camp, a satellite community, densely populated and heavily dependent on student patronage.
A cross-section of petty business operators in Camp, told UNAAB Bulletin that since the students went on break, their businesses had suffered depression.
One of them was the operator of the students’ popular eatery, OROMBOs, which had remained a shadow of its old self since the break.
Also affected are Hair Dressing Salons and Business Centres, who disclosed that since their student-customers went home for the holiday, business has been at its lowest ebb.
Impressed by the news of the impending resumption of the students, they expressed joy that normalcy will be restored to their businesses.
The business merchants said they could no longer wait to have the students back on campus, allaying fears that they would jerk-up prices of their goods and services as a result of the “October Rush”.

UNAAB Screens Prospective Students

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta has concluded its 4-day screening exercise for prospective students, offered provisional admission into the institution.
The main objective of the exercise is to ensure that shortlisted candidates are suitable and qualified to be admitted into the University.
Speaking to UNAAB Bulletin, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka, said the process had achieved the purpose for which it was designed as the essence of the exercise was to separate the ‘chaff from the wheat’.
He added that the exercise had always been thorough as security operatives, including officers of the State Security Services (SSS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Police, were engaged in assessing the prospective students.
Speaking in the same vein, Prof. Toyin Arowolo, who supervised the screening exercise at the Public Relations' Conference Room, described the thrust of the screening as the need to carefully assess prospective students so as not to admit ‘bad eggs’.
He said, “checkout our location, we cannot afford to recruit bad eggs here and that is why UNAAB made it a point that we must screen those candidates even if they had passed”.
“Though, many came from poor homes as they couldn’t afford to buy a tie but that does not necessarily mean they should dress indecently or provocatively adding that we have been educating them on the need to dress appropriately”, he added.
Prof. Steve Afolami, who headed the screening Panel in Pension Boardroom I, disclosed that his team had been working late, to enable them do a thorough job, adding that the exercise had been very impressive. He disclosed that the students were well dressed.
According to him, “there has been improvement in the manner of dressing and generally, the interview has yielded good results”.
Similarly, Prof. Francis Bamiro, who headed the Pension Office Boardroom II exercise, further stressed the importance of the exercise to include, cross-checking the students’ credentials, educating them on how to behave and counselling on avoiding bad influences while on campus. In her remarks, Prof. (Mrs.) Bola Akeredolu-Ale, who headed the COLNAS Boardroom Screening Team, disclosed that the exercise was smooth and members of her group were able to impart the necessary instructions on students’ obligations, when they eventually come in as students.
“It would also be nice if at some point in time, after the admission

that we can also conduct this exercise because it is good at the entry point and I think it is better to hold such, even when they are already our students”, she noted. At the COLPLANT Boardroom Screening Centre, Prof. Segun Osinowo, who chaired the group, described the exercise as very encouraging adding that there was the likelihood of admitting 1st Class materials because, as he put it, his team had interviewed “exceptionally brilliant students, so far”.

At the COLAMRUD Boardroom, Prof. Babatunde Otesile, explained that the exercise had helped to identify undesirable elements, who demonstrated the traits of being trouble makers.

The head of the COLANIM Group, Prof. Michael Adetunji, described the exercise as worthwhile, stating that it went smoothly.

Speaking to UNAAB Bulletin, one of the prospective students said he hoped to come out tops in his class when admitted, saying that, he was absolutely sure of an admission.

UNAAB VC, A Reference Point - SSANU

Top echelon of SSANU National Executive led by the National President, Com. Samson Ugwuoke (2nd Right), VP (West), Com. Alfred Jimoh (Right), Dep. National President (NLC), Com. Promise Adewusi (Left), Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji extolling the exemplary virtues of  UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (Middle) via a black power salute.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has been described as an exceptional Chief Executive, who has outstandingly distinguished himself among peers.
The National President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Comrade Samson Ugwuoke, led other Executive members, which included the immediate past President, Comrade Promise Adewusi, in showering encomium on the Vice-Chancellor, during a courtesy visit, recently.
The Executive members, who were in UNAAB for the 39th Quarterly Zonal Meeting of the Western Zonal Executive of the Association, took turn to extol the exemplary virtues of the Vice-Chancellor, particularly his contributions, which they described as invaluable, to the aspirations of SSANU at both local and national levels.
Comrade Samson Ugwuoke observed that it will not be out of place to send a message to the CVC (Committee of Vice-Chancellors), “to go to UNAAB and see what you are doing here”.
The President commended the Vice-Chancellor for his penchant for capacity development and also for the good vision of achieving the conventional status for the University, a situation he said would assist the nation in solving perennial University’s enrolment problem.
Comrade Ugwoke however enlisted the Vice-Chancellor’s support in the agitation by the Association to secure the Federal Government’s implementation of 65 years, as retirement age for Universities’ non-teaching staff.
In his remarks, the Association’s immediate past National President, Comrade Promise Adewusi, recounted the selflessly-painstaking efforts of Professor Balogun, which eventually culminated in the resolution of the four month-long SSANU/Federal Government Agreement’s impasse in 2009.
Comrade Adewusi said Professor Balogun’s initiatives in dousing the standoff, came at the most appropriate time, saying his intervention was able to bring the warring factions back to the dialogue table and eventually paved way for an amicable resolution.
Also, the Vice President (West), of the Association, Mr. Alfred Jimoh, observed that UNAAB was lucky to be endowed with the caliber of its incumbent Vice-Chancellor, whom he commended to be of an exceptional pedigree.
The Vice President observed that the combination of the quality mix of the integrity of the University Management with the professionally sound and dedicated workforce, must be responsible for the high rating of the institution by the National Universities Commission.

Commenting on the warm relationship between the University’s authorities and the local SSANU, Mr. Jimoh said, “As Union leaders, we don’t always have it lucky as UNAAB has it. It is the robust relationship with the Unions and the sterling leadership style that is responsible for the peace on campus”.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Branch Chairman of SSANU, Comrade Abdulssobur Salaam, said staff Unions in the University “have been on holiday”, as a result of the proactive administrative attitude of the Vice-Chancellor.
Comrade Salaam expressed the Union’s appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor for facilitating the acquisition of the land for the building of the SSANU Secretariat, his unrelenting stance on exposing all cadres of staff to international training, commendable welfare attitude, among others.
The Branch Chairman applauded Professor Balogun for his attributes of equity, integrity and fairness, to which Comrade Promise, during his remarks later, added as a “a man of good conscience”.

Responding, Professor Balogun reiterated that his performance record as Vice-Chancellor had always been guided by the conviction that as an administrator, he should strive to humbly contribute his quota and be fair in administering over issues of diverse interests.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the executive and members of SSANU, for displaying high level of decorum, maturity and sound experience in approach to issues.

Professor Balogun, while congratulating the newly inaugurated national executive members of the Union, for successes at the polls, asked for their understanding that issues in contention between the Union and Federal Government, were beyond what individual Universities can take decisions on.

Emission Control Team to Visit UNAAB

In line with the Ogun State Government’s regulation on emission control, the State Emission Control Team is to visit the University on September 12 and 13, 2011, to renew the expired certificates for vehicles of members of the University community, issued six months ago.
According to the University’s Works and Services' Department, eachvehicle will be certified at the rate of N800.

Venue is the Works and Services' Department, beginning at 10:00 am, daily.

NAOSS to Honour VC

The National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), is to honour the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, as one of its Life Patrons.

UNAAB Radio To Go On Air Soon

The UNAAB radio is to commence production soon, in readiness for full broadcast operations when it will hit the airwave of adjoining communities.
The station, almost fully equipped with a modern studio, is awaiting the visitation of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to assess its state of readiness, after which a recommendation will be made to the Presidency for an operating license.
The Chairman of the Implementation Committee for the establishment of the Community Radio, Professor O.B Kehinde, gave the assurance during an interaction with UNAAB Bulletin, last week.
Professor Kehinde, exuding confidence, said, “We are very hopeful of the Presidency’s nod after the NBC’s visit as all things have been done to demonstrate our seriousness to have the radio station.
We already have a mast in place and we will get the transmitter immediately we received the official approval of the Presidency to operate”, he added.
The station, a community radio will cover between 10 to 20 kilometre radius when operational, but the Chairman was quick to reiterate that, “we are going to ensure that we transmit adequately enough to cover areas of residence of our students”.
The station when fully operational, will strive to propagate activities of the Campus and academic environment to the general public as it will also demonstrate, engage and report research activities, aimed at improving agricultural production within the University’s catchment areas.

UNAAB SSANU To Host Western Zonal Meeting

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), UNAAB Branch, will be hosting the Western Zonal Meeting of the Association on Friday, September 16, 2011, at the Julius Okojie Auditorium II, by 10:00 am.

A release jointly signed by the Branch Chairman, Mr. Abdulsobbur Salaam and the Branch Secretary, Mr. Olurotimi Fasunwon, stated that there would be a courtesy visit by the association’s Western Zonal Officers to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, at 9:00am.

Excerpt of an Interview Conducted by UNAAB Bulletin with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka during the just-concluded Screening Exercise

UB: Sir, What is your general overview of the Post-UTME Screening?

DVC (A): The screening is flowing on seamlessly, achieving the aim for which we have set the process up. For instance, to have an interaction with the students or candidate to ascertain which of them you can at least zero into what they reflect as their character, how good they are by way of expression and so on, then we have security agents, who are also on ground to help us for further assessment on their character. So it’s going very well as expected.

UB: Are more students being expected?
DVC (A): Yes, those we have asked to check-back on the website are those who scored something close to the cut-off point, but were not successful in this harvest. This means, if we are going to do second batch admission, they may be fortunate to be picked. That is why we asked them to keep checking on.

UB: For those that will check back, will there still be another round of screening for the successful ones?

DVC (A): Yes, there will be. But it will be for a smaller group, we usually prefer to screen those that are coming into UNAAB so that we can harvest the best at the end of the day.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka


 


Secure Your Tallies - security supervisor admonishes community

Sheriff Deputy Security Officer, giving out a tally to a motorist entering the University Campus.

The Sheriff Deputy’s Security Supervisor, Mr. Lazarus Nyimkaan, has admonished motorists in the University, to always secure the tallies issued to them at the Ceremonial Gate, against loss.
In an exclusive chat with UNAAB Bulletin, Mr. Nyimkaan reiterated the importance of tallies as security tool, to determine the rightful vehicle owner, at the point of exit.
In case of loss of tallies, Mr. Nyimkaan said that Sheriff
Deputies, will not be left with any option, other than to impose a fine of N 1,500 on any motorist, who loses his/her tally, which would be paid into the Bursary Department, after the genuineness of vehicle ownership had been ascertained.
Expatiating on the reasons why tallies were not given out during University events like Convocation Ceremonies, Mr. Lazarus declared that the high influx of guests and their convoys always make it impossible, adding that, “you cannot stop the convoys to issue tallies when entering and you cannot stop them to collect it when they are leaving”.
Mr. Lazarus said the Sheriff Deputies had been on board since November 4, 2009 and that no incident of car theft had been recorded on Campus since then.
He also advised members of the University community to cultivate the habit of preventing the exposure of tallies to sunlight, so as to avoid damaging them.
The Ceremonial Gate Sheriff Deputy Supervisor, expressed appreciation to the Management of the University, under the leadership of Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for giving them (securitymen) the opportunity to serve the community.

ICAN Officials To Visit UNAAB

Officers of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Abeokuta District Society, will be paying a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, on Friday, September 16, 2011.   
A release, signed by a Deputy Director, Registry, Mr. Aniediabasi Udofia, of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, informed that the event will hold in the Council Chamber, at 10:00 am.

UNAAB Students shortlisted for Scholarship

Five UNAAB students have been shortlisted for the 2010/2011 National Merit Scholarship Award’s aptitude test, organized by NNPC/ADDAX
Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited.
The students are: Adekoya, Elizabeth Abosede; Bankole Oluwaseun Hannah; Iloanusi, Chinedum Victor; Nwaju, Henry Ketuojor and Shogelola, Abiodun Abiola.
The shortlisted students would sit for the test at the Airforce Secondary School, Sam Ethnan Airforce Base, Lagos, on Sunday, September 17, 2011.

UNAAB reviews hostel allocation policy

The University Management has approved a new hostel allocation policy for the 2011/2012 academic session, with effect from September 2011.

In a chat with UNAAB Bulletin, the Chairperson of the Student Welfare and Hostel Management Committee (SWEHOMAC), Professor Morenike Atinuke Dipeolu, said the policy was arrived at, as a way of ensuring an effective utilisation of the limited bed spaces, available for students of the University.

Consequently, hostel accommodation will only be considered for fresh students, as well as for those in the 200 Level and Final Year.

Professor Dipeolu added that other categories of students that will be accorded preference include foreign, physically-challenged and outstanding sportsmen and women.

The Chairperson said consideration for physically-challenged students and outstanding sportsmen and women will be dependent on the recommendations of the Director, Health Services and Director of Sports, respectively.

Dr. Chitsunge, a True African Daughter - VC

Dr. (Mrs) Brylyne Chitsunge

The Vice- Chancellor, Prof Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has described the facilitator and breeder of the Kalahari Red goats, Dr. (Mrs.) Brylyne Chitsunge, as a true African daughter, who is “passionate about whatever she believes in”.
Prof. Balogun stated this at the formal hand-over of the goats to the University Management, last Saturday, at the University Farm.
The Vice-Chancellor commended Dr. Chitsunge for her efforts in making the dream of the Kalahari Reds Project a reality by leaving the comfort of her home in South Africa to personally ensure the delivery of the goats, in UNAAB.
Professor Balogun also appreciated the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, for his encouragement and catalyzing the project. “I am inspired by the kind of motivation and empowerment he gives to farmers in South Africa”, he added.
The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the efforts of all University community members for their individual and corporate contributions to the success of the project.
Responding, an excited Dr. Chitsunge described the Goat Project, as a dream come true, observing that it will “clearly set out the achievement footprints of the Vice-Chancellor, not only in the University, but across continents”.
According to Dr. Chitsunge, many countries had been expressing interest in the goats and that she had been referring them to link up UNAAB. She said, “the Sudanese government said they would require about a million goats for export and I asked them to contact UNAAB”.
Earlier in a chat, Dr. Chitsunge gave insight into the attributes of the Kalahari goat saying that “they are disease resistant with more weight and very meaty” with an assurance that the goats would adapt well as they are “highly domesticated and good shrub eaters”.
Dr. (Mrs.) Brylyne Chitsunge said the breed reproduces twice in a year and as such, the University should be ready to accommodate the explosion in population of the goats, even within the next six months.


UNAAB Takes Delivery Of Kalahari Red Goats

Kalahari Red Goats. Inset: L-R, Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji; DVC (A), Prof. Chryss Onwuka; UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun and Dr. Brylyne Chitsunge, at the formal hand-over of the goats.

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, last Saturday, took delivery of 60 Kalahari Reds, a special breed of goats with unique qualities.
The goats were air-freighted into the country last Friday evening through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, from South Africa.
Speaking at the formal handover of the goats at the University’s Farm Centre, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was very elated, appreciated the facilitator and breeder of the goats, Dr. (Mrs.) Brylyne Chitsunge, for making out time to personally deliver the goats.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the University had invested more than N60 million in the Red Goat Project.
He observed that the project “has got the biggest fund ever, in the history of the University. As at today, over N60m, including the cost of the animals had been expended”, promising to accord due priority to the project.
The Vice-Chancellor opined that the project was economically viable, as an average Kalahari goat is several times bigger than a normal goat, with the formal capable of producing about five litres of milk, daily.
He further observed that an antidote to hunger and ravaging poverty in Africa could be found in the rearing of Kalahari goats by farmers, therefore, expressing the hope that the University will be able to multiply the 60 goats among the community farmers for an envisaged large scale production.
“We thank God today that our dream has been realized. Each time I travel in the air, I continually ask what will be the benefit of the risk. But today, I have a vision of many research interests in the Kalahari goat project. I see many Ph.Ds and professors springing-up as a result of this”, said Professor Balogun.
While pleading with those in charge to handle the goats with care and preserve their homogenous genes, Prof. Balogun assured that the acquisition of the goats will help in expanding the frontier of knowledge and an end to hunger and poverty.
Responding, Dr. (Mrs.) Bamidele Oduguwa, the Project Manager, described the Kalahari Red Goat Project as “a good investment made for the future”, while thanking the Vice-Chancellor, the University Management and Dr. Chitsunge for making the project a reality.
Dr. Oduguwa commended the painstaking efforts of the Vice-Chancellor, saying “It takes a spirited effort to do this”.

Vice-Chancellor Eyes 60 projects for Valedictory

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has affirmed that his administration is moving towards ensuring that about 60 capital projects were completed and commissioned at his valedictory.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed this fact while he was leading top officials of UNAAB to conduct the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on an inspection tour of completed and on-going projects in the University.

Professor Balogun said all necessary logistics would be put in place, to ensure that the contractors delivered the various projects in good time and equally ensured that neither quality nor due process was compromised.

At the site of the 2,500-Seater Auditorium, Chief Obasanjo commended the complexity and quality of work and advised the Managing Director of the construction company, Engr. Davis Olowooniran, to step up efforts, in order to finish in good time.

Chief Obasanjo said the construction company should consider the option of working round the clock to complete the project. “They will have to work at night to complete in good time”, he advised.

Responding to an enquiry from his guest, on the special emphasis for constructing more female hostels as compared to those for the male, the Vice-Chancellor said it was a deliberate move to curb some of the horrible experiences they (female students) face in town.

The Vice-Chancellor said the decision was a Management’s response to mitigate the ugly experiences the female students encounter in town, saying “what they (female students) pass through in town is horrible”.

On the rationale for scattering infrastructure and facilities across the University’s expanse land, the Vice-Chancellor said the move was to forestall possible encroachment.

In his words, Professor Balogun said, “We discovered that the best approach to safeguard the entire land irrespective of its vastness, was to strategically site new development across it”.

 

 

Pass Mark For UNAAB VC, Staff

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (3rd Left) with his wife, Chief Bola Obasanjo (2nd Right), UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (2nd Left) and Director, Physical Planning, Mr. Babatunde Ayodele (1st Left) at the new Female Hostel construction site.

 

Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has been given a pass mark for excellent performance as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

 

Nigerian former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, gave the Vice-Chancellor a big pat on the back, after his completion of the tour of project sites in the University.

Chief Obasanjo, accompanied by his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Bola Obasanjo, said “what you have done in this short period is commendable and you have distinguished yourself as an achiever”.

The former President could not hide his admiration, as he admitted that he was overwhelmed by the massive infrastructural development the University had witnessed in the last four years.

“What I have seen has conquered me and I am really overwhelmed. Not only that, it has vindicated me. If I can put it that way, I was tremendously impressed with what I have seen.  Over less than 4½ years, the Vice-Chancellor has done great work in the University.

Great work in physical development, great work in academic development, great work in relationship within the community, great work in harmony within the University itself. Between the academic staff and non-academic staff, between the staff and the student”.

Commending the foresight of the Vice-Chancellor, Chief Obasanjo said, “He has brought a lot of innovations which one can see on the ground and I will put it this way, the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, is particularly fortunate to have this Vice-Chancellor to manage the affairs of the University at this point in time and at this point in the development of the University”.

Chief Obasanjo said he was delighted that the confidence he reposed in Professor Balogun while appointing him in 2007, was not misplaced.

The former Commander of the Nigerian Armed Forces then expressed the hope that successors of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor would keep up the tempo and also ensure proper maintenance of the facilities.

Chief Obasanjo said, “I hope what you have put in here will not go to waste. I hope that those who will be taking the baton from you will not only maintain the height, but take it further.

I appreciate the staff as well, because regardless of the quality and determination of the leadership, you need the people to drive the vision. I can see that the staff had been cooperative and committed”.

Continuing, he said “Truth is, you (Professor Balogun) are too young to retire. I believe that at the appropriate time, the system will put you where you can be recycled” for greater service to the nation.

In his response, Professor Balogun thanked Chief Obasanjo for sparing the time to embark on the inspection and commended his continuous support of the cause of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor added, “I hope you (Chief Obasanjo) will feel fulfilled and vindicated of your choice of Vice-Chancellors,  as has been demonstrated in the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and in the University of Ibadan (UI).

 

 

Reconstruction of UNAAB Ring Road Commences -  As Works and Service patches others

The development initiative of the University witnessed a major boost with the commencement of the reconstruction of its Ring Road.
The 2.8Km Ring Road is centrally pivotal to the University community as it is the utility road connecting virtually all offices and facilities in the institution.
The University’s Governing Council accented the approval for the reconstruction of the road at its statutory meeting, with the award of the project to OAA Nig. Ltd, which had since moved to site, on Thursday, 18th August.
Many community members including staff and students, who spoke with UNAAB Bulletin, expressed delight at the reconstruction, saying they were taken by surprise as they were just expecting an ordinary rehabilitation and not a full-scale reconstruction.

The respondents said the road, when completed will complement the Ceremonial Road that was also reconstructed, earlier in the year, for a smooth motoring experience.
According to the Resident Engineer for ALF & Partners, the Consultant for the project, Engr. Ibacrumho Omoh, in a chat with UNAAB Bulletin, said “the progress of work on the road is encouraging as the asphalt is already being laid on some portions. We ascertained to ensure a minimum of 100 percent insitu density of earth work compaction”.
Engr. Omoh, expressed confidence that the project would be completed before its 12 weeks schedule as he said, “The contractor has got his logistics and management well wrapped-up and as such, there cannot be any delay”.
In the same vein, the Works and Services Department of the University had embarked on the patching of the bad portions of the Camp-UNAAB road, to make it more motorable for commuters.
The road, which many claimed to be Trunk A (Federal) road, has for a long time been in a deplorable condition, thereby warranting frequent superficial maintenance by the Management of the University.
The Head of the Civil Unit of the Department of Works and Services, Engr. Kehinde Ajiboye and Supervisor of the maintenance team, said the material being used for the repairs, was sourced from excavated asphalt from the on-going Ring Road reconstruction.
Engr. Ajiboye said the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Samuel Oluwalana, was instrumental in negotiating with the contractor handling the Ring Road, whom he said, cooperated in releasing the excavated asphalt, free of charge for the repair works.
The Supervisor added that the maintenance work could have been concluded within two weeks, but for the shortage of adequate labour required for a speedy exercise, but however, assured that the road would be put in good shape before the school re-opens for the new academic session.
Engr. Ajiboye, pleaded with the Federal Government or whoever has responsibility over the road,  to consider the plight of communities, including the University, using the road to carry out its complete overhaul.
“Standard drainage system will have to be channelled along the roads, so that it will not go bad too soon”, the Engineer, advised.


OBJ Visits UNAAB ...what I have seen, conquered me

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (in cap), appreciating the on-going construction work at the 2,500-capacity Auditorium.

The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, paid a surprise inspection visit to the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, last Thursday.

At the end of the exercise, Chief Obasanjo summed-up his impression with an admission that he was highly impressed by what he saw during the inspection.

“What I have seen here today has conquered me. Not only that, it has vindicated me”, said Chief Obasanjo.

The former President, accompanied by his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Bola Obasanjo, was for about four hours conducted round project sites, located across the expanse of the University’s land, by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
The inspection which commenced from the UNAAB International School saw the special guest with a large retinue of University officials, visiting projects in the Zoological Garden, Sports and International Scholars Centres as well as auditoria, hostels and administrative buildings. Other places visited included the Executive Lodges of the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor, the Farm Centre and the Institute for Human Resource Development.
A relaxed-looking Chief Obasanjo could be seen nodding admiration all through the exercise, while he was caught at a particular interval betraying emotions, when he muted, “This is great”.

Excerpt of an interview conducted by UNAAB Bulletin, with the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, while on a facility inspection visit to UNAAB.

Former Nigeria’s President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (Right), responding to questions from UNAAB Bulletin Crew

UB: We are very glad that you are here, with us and we consider this as an assessment of a personal initiative. You appointed the Vice-Chancellor, he came in, almost through a turbulent situation when part of the community was almost saying, you can’t be our Vice-Chancellor and now he had done this. You’ve come back Sir, to assess what the situation is. What is your impression, Sir?

OBJ: I have abiding interest in the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Coming into existence of University of Agriculture was not without my knowledge and direct involvement, for that reason, I have abiding interest.  And as you rightly said, this particular Vice-Chancellor was one of those Vice-Chancellors appointed under my watch as the President of Nigeria.  He has been keeping me posted about the goings-on in the University itself and has been involved in what I am doing in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL). And so, there is mutual interest, if you like, the University is interested in the progress we are making and I am interested in the progress the University is making. If I can put it that way, I was tremendously impressed with what I have seen.  Over less than 4½ years, the Vice-Chancellor has done great work in the University. Great work in physical development, great work in academic development, great work in relationship within the community, great work in harmony within the University itself. Between the academic staff and non-academic staff, between the staff and the student.  He has brought a lot of innovations which one can see on the ground and I will put it this way, the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, is particularly fortunate to have this Vice-Chancellor to manage the affairs of the University at this point in time and at this point in the development of the University.  I like what I saw and I can only wish the University success and the Vice-Chancellor, success, in all his endeavours, both as a Vice-Chancellor of UNAAB and whatever else he may undertake after that.

UB: It’s like human resource is that major  thing that we really have problems with in the country and with what we have seen today, it’s like we have some few of these ones, like you exemplified when you were in office, how do we get over this situation, Sir?

OBJ: Human Resource is one thing, I will say that we are probably not doing too badly in, human resources development and at this point in time,  we need to intensify our efforts is in job creation because it is one thing to have human resources trained, have your developing human capacity but human capacity without job, it is futility and it can also lead to frustration and a frustrated person is an angry person and an angry person could become a bitter person and you cannot be sure of what a bitter person can do.

UB: To groom leaders and Chief Executives like Professor Balogun, how do we motivate them further, such that they are of better services to the nation?

OBJ: I have said that Prof. Balogun is still young and I believe he is a sort of man that the country will still need his services. I was particularly delighted recently when I found that the Federal government was going to create more Universities, they made use of those that can be regarded as successful University Vice-Chancellors in the past and I believe that when Prof. Balogun leaves his job as Vice-Chancellor, UNAAB, the nation will still require his services, he will be one of those that I will call ‘ready to be recycled’.

UB: And as a person, are you now fulfilled for his appointment, for sticking out your neck then, Sir?

OBJ: If you like, this should be one of the crimes that I committed when I was in office, but you know with this appointment, you can never be too sure. People are recommended, you, read about them, you read their CVs and you make enquires about them and you make appointment.  In his own case, it wasn’t smooth sailing, there were other factors, that some other people would have wanted to capitalize on.  But in the final analysis, I saw him as a good material and I say ‘let me put my bet on him’ and my bet has not been misplaced.

UB : Thank you so much sir.

UNAAB Picks Sept 7-10 For Freshers Interview

 

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has fixed dates for oral interview for successful candidates in the last admission exercise of the University into the 100 Level (UTME) as well as into the 200 and 300 Levels (Direct Entry), for the 2011/2012 Academic Session.

A release issued by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, said successful candidates were expected to pay the Acceptance and ICT Training Fees, to be eligible for the Oral Interview / Screening at the University Main Campus, Alabata Road, Abeokuta, from 7th to 10th September, 2011.

The release added that details of the specific interview schedule with date, venue and group, for each successful candidate can be found on the University’s website url: www.admission.unaab.edu.ng

Candidates have therefore been advised to be FORMALY dressed for the interview and also required to bring along, the following items:

i.  Original copies of their credentials;

ii. Evidence of payment of Acceptance Fee;

iii. Evidence of payment of Computer Training Fee;

iv. Downloaded slip, printed from UNAAB website, containing the record of Credentials provided by the candidate for admission; and

v.  Original copy of Birth Certificate.

Candidates were further implored to adhere strictly to the instructions on the website in registering for screening, while they should endeavour to call any of the following help-lines for assistance and enquiry.

The help-line GSM numbers are: 0803 576 3159, 0803 713 5107 and 0803 302 2477.

 

UNAAB’S New Sports Director Unveils Action Plan

The University’s newly appointed Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki, has unveiled an all-embracing action plan that will radically change the face of sports in the University.

Also embedded in his programme of action is the marketing of sports programmes of the University, with a view to generating income for the institution.

Speaking in an exclusive chat with UNAAB Bulletin, Mr. Oluwatoki, who is the Secretary-General of Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Southwest Zone, disclosed that he had developed and submitted a Sport Policy to the University.

According to the former Sports’ Director of the Federal Polytechnic, Kano and Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, his vision is to operate a “sports for all policy”, that will keep members of the University Community fit and healthy, as well as sustain and improve on existing facilities.

To achieve this, Oluwatoki revealed that the Sports Policy he is proposing is centred on four distinct areas of development, which are, Life Plus and Wellness, Intramural Sports Programmes, Community/Campus Recreation and Elite/Competition Sports.

According to the Physical/Health Education and Sports Management graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Life Plus and Wellness focuses on the promotion and maintenance of a good health for UNAAB staffers and students, through a programme that matches their personal needs, from time to time.

Intramural Sports Programme on the other hand, seeks to encourage staff and students to participate in organized sports and recreational activities, while Community/Campus Recreation aims at refreshing participants through novelty matches, exhibition games, cheer leading and aerobics.

The Sports Director, a Grade 1 Coaching Certificate holder with specialization in football from the Nigeria Institute of Sports (NIS), explained that under the Elite/Sports Competition, “the avenue of Sports shall be explored to grow elite athletes that will do the University and the nation proud, through a “catch them young programme”.

He also informed that the policy would seek to provide new infrastructure, improve on existing facilities and market the University’s sports programmes to make them commercially viable.

The Director, who disclosed that he fell in love with the University and longed to work with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, after reading the 2010 edition of UNAAB News, described his appointment as a divine fulfilment.

He thanked the Prof. Balogun-led Management for according him the opportunity to serve, as he solicited the support and co-operation of members of the University Community in making his tenure successful.

 

 

New Coordinator for Veterinary Public Health and Reproduction

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the appointment of Dr. O. O. Kehinde, as the Coordinator of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Reproduction in the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), of the University.

According to a release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, the appointment which took effect from August 23, 2011 is until further notice.

Dr. Kehinde’s appointment was said to be in recognition of his capability to provide academic leadership and positive contributions to the development of the University.

The release further informed that the new coordinator is expected to liaise with the Dean, COLVET, Professor (Mrs.) Morenike Dipeolu, for a proper taking-over of the Department.

 

UNAAB to Host NWRCBN Coordinators Meeting

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), is to host the first Management meeting of the National Water Resources' Capacity Building Network (NWRCBN) for Coordinators, on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at the Pension House Board Room, at 10:00a.m.
A release, signed by Dr. J. K. Adewumi, South-West Coordinator of the Network, stated that representatives from five regional Centres and the NWRCBN Network Coordinators are expected at the meeting.

Visitation Panels: Gov. Amosun Appoints UNAAB Dons

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has appointed four Professors from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, as chairmen and members of Visitation Panels to some state-owned tertiary institutions.
The Moment newspaper of Tuesday, September 13, 2011 revealed that Professor Olusegun Osinowo, the University's Director of the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) was appointed Chairman, for the College of Education, Omu, while Professor Francis Bamiro of the Department of Chemistry heads the Panel for the College of Health Technology, Ilese.
Others are, Professor Caroline Afolami, Director, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) and Professor Tope Popoola, Dean, College of Natural Sciences, who were appointed as members of the Panel for the Tai Solarin University of Education, and the Ogun State ICT Polytechnics, in Ijebu-Igbo, Saapade, Igbesa and Itori, respectively.
The Panels are expected to assist in ascertaining the state of affairs of the institutions, for efficiency and better service delivery.

UNAAB VC Commends ICAN

UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun addressing ICAN officials during their courtesy visit to the University. Inset: VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (Right) in a handshake with the ICAN President, Prof. Francis Ojaide after the event.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has commended the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), for its members’ efforts in preparing a standard Academic Brief for the newly-created College of Management Sciences of the University.
Professor Balogun gave the commendation while playing host to the ICAN President, Professor Francis Ojaide, who paid him a courtesy visit along with other executive members of the Institute, last Friday.
The Vice-Chancellor, who expressed Management’s appreciation for the quality of the Academic Brief, said ICAN members in the services of the University had proven outstanding diligence in the conduct of their official tasks.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the ICAN members had contributed immensely and creditably to the financial administration of the University, without blemish.
“Without the efforts of your members, I don’t know what would have been the fate of financial administration in the University. We have not had cause to accuse any of them of professional misconduct or financial recklessness”, stated the Vice-Chancellor.
On the newly-created College of Management Sciences, Professor Balogun assured the ICAN President that the University will not leave any stone unturned in conforming to global academic standard, with the confidence that graduates of the College would be of world-class.
The Vice-Chancellor reiterated that the teaching staff of the College will reflect a good mix of academic and professional quality to achieve the desired standard, while noting that seven ICAN members had already been offered appointments, in preparation for the take-off of the College.
Earlier in his speech, the ICAN President, Professor Francis Ojaide, said the purpose of his visit was to further nurture the symbiotic relationship between the University and the Institute.
The ICAN boss assured that the Institute would always be ready to offer assistance to the University in areas of financial administration, as well as in the realization of its dreams on the establishment of the College of Management sciences.
Professor Ojaide then appealed to Vice-Chancellors to consider the issue of raising the minimum entry point for ICAN members, in the Nigerian Universities. While thanking the Vice-Chancellor for the support extended to ICAN members in UNAAB.
Prof. Ojaide appealed to the Vice-Chancellor to ensure that only competent professionals were appointed into leadership positions of the University.



VC Calls For Sustainable Environmental Policies

UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, addressing participants at the Conference while from left, is the Outgoing DVC (D), Prof. Segun Lagoke, Outgoing DVC (A), Prof. Chryss Onwuka, the Conference Facilitator, Prof. Christopher Kogbe and the LOC Chairman, Prof. Olasunbo Martins.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has enjoined environmentalists to be prognostic in formulating realistic and workable environmental management blueprints.
The Vice-Chancellor gave this advice while declaring open, the 2011 Environmental Management Conference, held in the Senate Chamber of the University, last Wednesday.
The Conference theme was focused on Environmental Management in Coastal and Wetland Areas of Nigeria: The Gold and Challenges.
Professor Balogun said “Globally, the issue of the environment has been brought to the fore as countries struggle to enhance environmental sustainability and Nigeria, being part of the global community is no exception”.

He expressed worry over incidents of flooding in Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan and other parts of the country, which he attributed to result of man’s interface with the environment, through uncontrolled reclamation of coastal areas, dumping of solid waste into water channels, among others.

“Starring us in the face are problems of industrial and domestic pollutions of surface and ground water, land degradation, loss of bio-diversity, air and noise pollutions, which are all very detrimental to our environment”, he stated.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Dean of the University’s College of Environmental Resources Management, Professor Oladepo Adedire, said a lot of the environmental problems experienced by the coastal zone were caused primarily by land-based activities which include over-exploitation of fisheries, coastal and marine pollution, oil spills, coastal erosion and flooding.
The University don, however, charged scientists to proffer solutions on how to reverse the trend of the colossal loss on environmental resources.
Later in his keynote address, Professor Bola Okuneye of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, UNAAB,  said Nigeria is blessed with coastal and wetland areas which have tremendous resources and high economic potentials, derivable from non-oil and oil resources endowments.
Professor Okuneye, said Nigerian agricultural sector has an abundance of potentials of which different region is notably endowed with.
Analysing the potentials of the coastal and wetland areas of Nigeria, Professor Okuneye established that the nation has abundant resource endowment that could adequately support food security, employment generation and the promotion of viable agricultural exports.
Professor Okuneye, however, pointed out that the nation must urgently address the challenges associated with the management of its coastal and wetland areas, as well as the associated environmental problems, if it desired to optimally benefit from the endowed resources.




New DVCs for UNAAB

Two new Deputy Vice-Chancellors have emerged for the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
Senate of the University, at a Special Meeting, last Thursday, September 15, 2011, elected the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors for the University.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellors–elect are Professor Toyin Ayodele Arowolo (Academic) and Professor Felix Kolawole Salako (Development).
Professor Arowolo, 60, is the immediate past Dean, College of Environmental Resources and Management (COLERM).
Professor Arowolo is a member of several academic and professional bodies, such as the Chemical Society of Nigeria. He has over 47 publications to his credit, both local and international journals and has attended several international training and conferences, including Management of Higher Education Institutions, in Israel.
Professor Felix Kolawole Salako, 50, is currently the University’s Director, Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS). He joined the services of the University on July 18, 2000, as Senior Lecturer and later became Reader in Soil Physics, on October 1, 2003.
Professor Salako belongs to several learned and professional associations, including the Soil Science Society of Nigeria and has over 60 publications, with 46 in international journals. He has also been associated with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, through the Associateship Scheme and Training Programs.
They are both married and blessed with children.
Meanwhile, the elections of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors-elect, is expected to be approved at the 68th Statutory Meeting of the Governing Council of the University, later this week.