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2011-2012 DIRECT ENTRY ADMISSION INTO THE PART-TIME DEGREE PROGRAMME - FIRST BATCH

Announcement for Direct Entry Applicants of 2011/2012 Part-time Degree Programme
Direct Entry applicants of 2011/2012 Part time degree programme that are listed below have been offered provisional admission as shown.
Successful applicants are advised to pay an acceptance fee of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) only into INHURD account at Zenith Bank, Isale-Igbehin Abeokuta, and present their payment teller at the INHURD Bursary office in Mawuko campus within two weeks of this announcement to secure their admission.

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VC Hands-over Brand New Vehicles

Pix shows rep. of the VC, the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana, who was accompanied by the Ag. Registrar, Mrs Christiana Kuforiji, presenting keys of the new vehicles to the beneficiaries.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has handed over three brand new vehicles to the Colleges of Management Science, (COLMAS) Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and the University’s Health Centre.
Represented by the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Sam Oluwalana, the Vice-Chancellor said the vehicles are neither ‘Tokunbo’ nor refurbished, but brand new, praying that, they will serve the purpose for which they were purchased.
Professor Oluwalana while handing-over the vehicles, extolled the leadership qualities of the Vice-Chancellor, imploring members of the community to rally behind the Management in sustaining the tempo of excellence.
Professor Oluwalana prayed for the divine protection of God over the vehicles, as well as those that will make use of them.
Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin at the event, the Dean COLMAS, Professor Bayo Oyelere, exalted the uniqueness of the Professor Balogun-led Management in the area of service delivery, describing it as incomparable in all the Universities he had served.
He commended the efforts of the Management, pledging the readiness of the staff of the College to deliver on expectations, while also praying for a continuity of the leadership style.
Also, the Director, Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi, who took delivery of a brand new Ambulance, stressed that the gesture was a demonstration of due recognition of health care, expressing the delight that the Ambulance had better sitting arrangement and equipped with an Oxygen facility for patients in transit.
Dr. Talabi disclosed that the Ambulance is also equipped with Stretcher, Cabinet, First Aid Box, Drip Stand, Siren and Radio.

New Director for FUNAAB Universal Conservices Limited

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has approved the appointment of Professor Francis Abayomi Showemimo of the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), as the Director, FUNAAB UNIVERSAL CONSERVICES LIMITED.
A release, by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, informed that his appointment was with retroactive effect from September 23, 2011, for a period of two years.
Professor Showemimo takes over from Professor Akin Omotayo.

Don Express Worries Over SME’s Stunted Growth

The Country Manager of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA), Prof. Lateef Sanni, has lamented the closure of 123 Small Scale Enterprises (SME) in the last three years in Nigeria.
Prof. Sanni decried the development while welcoming Economists, Engineers, Senior Lecturers and other participants to the Cassava SME Audit Training for Nigerian Engineers and Socio-Economists held at the Royal Greens Guest House, Abeokuta.
The University Don noted with dismay that the closure of the Enterprise had serious implication on the nation’s economy, but however thanked the Federal Government for its current efforts at re-opening the SMEs, which he said would transform the country’s agricultural sector.
He explained that the training, which attracted 12 Engineers and 26 tested Economists, was in line with government efforts at revamping the ailing SMEs.
In his keynote remark, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. A. A. Adesina, who was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mrs. Olajumoke Adewolu, reeled out pro-active measures to be adopted by the Federal Government in a bid to transform SMEs in the country.
According to the Minister, this include provision of good roads for easy transportation of farm produce, zero percentage tax to cassava farmers, engaging and sensitizing the states on allocation of farms and registration of qualified people as farmers.
Also speaking, the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Engr. Ayo Olubori, stressed the need for the recognition of cassava flour by government and other stakeholders.
He further pointed out that the logistic of bringing raw materials to large plant on daily basis must be critically examined.

The Country Manger (C:AVA), Prof. Lateef Sanni.

 

FUNAAB Shines Again … Bags Best University of Agriculture Award in Africa



DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (2nd Left), Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, Director (CENIP), Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi (2nd Right) and top officials of the Le Matinal Educational Excellence Award.

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has bagged the prestigious Award of the Best University of Agriculture in Africa.
The honour, which came under the aegis of The Le Matinal Educational Excellence Award was held in conjunction with the World Education Congress and the Asian Confederation of Businesses in Mauritius.
The Award was received on behalf of the University by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun; the Acting Registrar; Mrs. Christiana Kuforifji and the Director, Centre for Internationalisation and Partnerships; Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi.
According to the Report On India Partnership Summit Le Matinal Educational Excellence Awards, forwarded to FUNAAB Bulletin, 20 institutions won various awards, while 21 others bagged awards in the business circle.
“FUNAAB alongside the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), American University of Nigeria and Adamawa State University, Mubi were the only institutions in Nigeria that made the list of awardees at the occasion”, the report stated.
The Report further informed that the vision of the organizer “was to pay tribute to temples of learning and Gurus who shaped the destiny of future creators”.

President Sirleaf Commends FUNAAB

The  President of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf  (R), and FUNAAB Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun savouring the joy of the Courtesy Visit.

 

The President of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has expressed the gratitude of the government and people of Liberia, over the support rendered by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, in rebuilding the country after the war.  
President Sirleaf gave the commendation while receiving in her office, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who paid her a courtesy visit, last Tuesday, in Liberia.
According to the President, the University’s contribution was invaluable and significant to the volume of international assistance mustered to give a new lease of life to the post-war Liberia.
Referring to the University’s Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (UFASS), which Liberia, alongside other West African nations benefit from, President Sirleaf said, “We appreciate what you are doing for us, especially, in the areas of capacity building and skills acquisition...I cannot begin to tell you what this has done for us, given our experience of war and the need to rebuild”.
She reiterated that Liberia required skilled manpower to work in its industries and ministries and as such welcomed all opportunities of training its workforce, towards the accelerated revival of its battered economy.

The President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (2nd Left), FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (3rd Left)  while from Left is Liberia’s Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Florence Chenoweth, DVC (D), Prof. Kolawole Salako, Director (INHURD), Prof. Babatunde Kehinde and Head (PR), Mr. `Lasun Somoye.

The President said the first batch of Liberian scholars that benefited from the scheme had since returned home and placed in different institutions, especially, in the agricultural sector, where she said they had been contributing to the socio-economic revival of the country.
Mrs. Sirleaf commended the quality of the University’s curricula and infrastructure, which she noted was responsible for its recent Le Matinal Educational Excellence Award as the Best University of Agriculture in Africa.
The President said she looked forward to another opportunity to, once again, visit the University and express her personal gratitude to the entire community for their support and encouragement.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun, had earlier delivered a congratulatory letter from the University, felicitating with Mrs. Sirleaf on her conferment as the current Nobel Peace Prize winner, as well as for her electoral victory, for a second term tenure as President of the Republic of Liberia.
Professor Balogun assured the President of the University’s resolve to be part of the rejuvenation of Liberia, using the potency of the weapon of economic empowerment, through the human capacity development of the country’s youths and workforce.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University currently sponsors six Liberian nationals for empowerment and skills acquisition programmes under UFASS, reiterating the preparedness of the institution to explore all avenues of assistance towards a speedy socio-economic development of Liberia.
Professor Balogun said the courtesy visit to President Sirleaf was deserved, as the entire University community shares in her aspirations and also convinced of her capability to drive the socio-economic and political repositioning of Liberia.
The Vice-Chancellor observed that the award of the Nobel Peace Prize on Mrs. Sirleaf, underscored the appropriateness of the conferment of the University’s Honorary Doctorate degree on her and that the honour was also a testimony of  her passion and selflessness to humanity.
The Vice-Chancellor, later on behalf of the University community, presented a motorised, indoor water fountain to President Johnson-Sirleaf, who said she will consider the possibility of putting it in a public place for better appreciation by Liberians. 
On the entourage of the Vice-Chancellor for the presidential courtesy visit, was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, the Director of the Institute for Human Resources Development, Professor Babatunde Kehinde and the Head of Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye.

 

FG Declares Jan. 2 Public Holiday      

The Federal Government has declared Monday, January 2, 2012 as public holiday, to commemorate the New Year.
A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Alh. Sheidu Ozigis informed that the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro made the declaration on behalf of the President.
It will be recalled that Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27, were declared as public holidays, to celebrate the Christmas and Boxing Day.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has therefore wished the University Community members a prosperous and rewarding New Year.

FUNAAB Holds 3rd Night of Excellence … Sunday, January 1, 2012

The 3rd Night of Excellence of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) will hold on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
The University will at the occasion honour members of staff and students, who have distinguished themselves in various spheres as well as the First Class graduates of the institution.
The Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo will be the Chairman at the occasion, scheduled to hold at the Jubilee Multipurpose Hall, Bishop’s Court, Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Lemo will deliver the Guest Lecture, titled Agriculture: an Effective Tool for Accelerated Economic Development.
Highlight of the event is the Productivity award to deserving staff and students, who have demonstrated exemplary conducts in their various callings.
Members of the University community, including staff and students, were enjoined to attend, while guests were implored to be punctual at the event which kicks-off at 4.00pm.

Night of Excellence: FUNAAB Committee Calls for Nominations

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the constitution of a Committee on Determination of Criteria for Performance, Research Productivity and Nomination of Awardees for the Academic and Non-Teaching Staff (CODOCPREPANAAS) in 2011.

A release issued by the Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Olufemi Bamgbose requested that interested members of the University community should nominate Awardees for the best deserving Academic staff for the Research Productivity Award and the best deserving Non-Teaching staff Performance Award categories.

The release further noted that two nominees are to be selected for each category.  

In the Academic category, one is to be nominated in the senior category (Senior Lecturer and above) and one in the Junior category (Lecturer I and II) while for the Non-Teaching staff category, one is to be nominated in the Senior Non-Teaching staff category (CONTISS 6 and above) and one in the Junior Non-Teaching staff category (CONTISS 5 and below).

Nominations and Curriculum vitae of nominees which must conform with the University’s recognized format are to be forwarded to the Secretary of the Committee at the Academic Planning Unit on or before 12 noon on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

Use the Xmas Season to Share Love - FUNIS Principal

Senior Staff of FUNAAB including the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (1st Right) and wife of the VC, Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun (2nd Left) at the Carol Service.

 

The Principal of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, International School (FUNIS), Mrs. Adeola Olumide, has described the yuletide as a time for people to radiate and share the love of God.
Mrs. Olumide made this assertion while delivering her Welcome Address at the 7th Christmas Carol Service of FUNIS.
According to her, “God first expressed his love for mankind by giving his only begotten son to die for us despite our inadequacies”.
She therefore called on the students and other stakeholders present at the Carol Service to extend God-given love during the season, as a way to please the Lord.
Delivering the Message for the day, Pastor Timothy Olaniyi, admonished the congregation to “always give thanks to God, saying “it is in thanksgiving that you can experience joy”.
Pastor Olaniyi, who was represented by Dr. Matthew Anifowose of the Winners Chapel, said the secret to experience miracles in the New Year, 2012, is “to make a decision to fellowship with God, rejoice in hope and keep company with joyful people”.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development),  Professor Felix Salako, as well as Professor (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun, Professor Folake Henshaw, among others, graced the Event.
Highlights of the occasion included the recitation of Bible lessons in Hausa, Yoruba and French and the Carol renditions by the student choir.

FUNAAB Director of Health Services Takes Stock … Commends VC

Director, Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi responding to questions from FUNAAB Bulletin. Beside him is one the newly acquired medical equipment.

 

For about two hours, the Director of the University Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi, last Monday, reeled out a catalogue of achievements of the Centre in the outgoing year.

According to Dr. Talabi, who is also a Consultant Physician/Neurologist, the institution has recently procured a Suction Machine, to aid the removal of “secretion and clear the airway of auto-mobile accident victims”.

Also purchased, according to the Director, included oxygen cylinder with regulator, oxygen concentrator and linen for the couches of the Centre.

Besides, Dr. Talabi revealed that the Emergency Care Unit had also been stocked with more drugs, under the supervision of a dedicated Matron.

He also disclosed that the number of Consulting Rooms have increased from three to seven, reckoning that the issue of time wasting had been reduced considerably.
Dr. Talabi further informed that a brand new 100 KVA Generator had just been purchased for the Centre, in addition to the availability of a 24-hour Ambulance services on campus.

Speaking on the immediate goal of the Health Centre, Dr. Talabi who had just been conferred with the membership of the Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Chapter, said FUNAAB is considering having “outreach facilities since we are NHIS- compliant”.

He stressed that the facilities which will be located in the heart of Abeokuta, will boost the image of the University and also serve as revenue generator.

The Health Centre, the Director also said, is looking forward to buying its own X-Ray machine, to further improve on health service delivery to the community.

Cassava Flour Bread Is Feasible – Prof. Sanni Insists

HOD, Food Science and Technology (COLFHEC), Prof. Lateef Sanni displaying a sample of the Cassava Flour Bread to stakeholders

The Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), of the University, Professor Lateef Sanni, remains unrepentant of his research-proven conviction that High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) would be feasible as alternative to wheat flour.
Professor Sanni said the continued resistance by flour manufacturers to strong cassava inputs in their recipe is a death knell for the Nigerian economy as the unrelenting wasteful importation of wheat component will continue to drain the capacity of the Naira to compete with other strong currencies of the world.
He therefore posited that the push by the Federal Government for the inclusion of 40% High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) in the production of bread is achievable with the cooperation of flour manufacturers and master bakers.
Professor Sanni disclosed this during an interactive session held recently with Entrepreneurs of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and other stakeholders, drawn from all parts of the country, at  COLFHEC Boardroom.
The occasion was used to test-run samples of bread made of a preponderant quantity of cassava, the outcome of which justified the assertion that cassava can be a viable alternative to wheat.
The University don, who disclosed that the inclusion of HQCF in the production of bread was not alien to the Nigerian system, recalled that the former administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2002 championed the cassava revolution, with the inclusion of 10% HQCF in bread production.
He, however, regretted that the directive was short-lived as many of the key stakeholders failed to demonstrate due commitment.
He lauded the initiative of the present administration for revisiting the policy, saying that the nation’s economy would be better off for it, particularly with the constant surge in the price of wheat flour and climate change which has affected crop productivity.
Professor Sanni revealed that two categories of flour brands in the market-Honeywell and Golden Penny were used by his team of researchers from the University to achieve the result.
The HOD who pointed out that the country has some of the best manufacturers of flash dryers for the production of cassava flour, called for the implementation of the policy.
He stressed that the policy would encourage indigenous cassava farmers, promote local substitution and job creation as well as boost the economy of the country.

Our Relocation To COLFHEC Complex Is A Miracle - Dean

The Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Prof. (Mrs.) Folake Henshaw, has described the movement of the College to its new ultra-modern complex as a miracle.
Speaking during an exclusive chat with FUNAAB Bulletin in her new tastefully furnished office, Prof. Henshaw disclosed that about one month ago, nobody would have thought that the complex could be habitable so soon, because of many things, that were required to be put in place.
She stressed that the movement of the College to its permanent site, despite all odds, attested to the doggedness of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, as a goal-getter.
According to her, “If not that I believe that it is only God that can perform miracle, I would have said that our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun is a miracle worker.
It is a miracle that we are here, because a month ago the interior of this building was nothing to write home about and as such, no human being would have wanted to come and live here”.
She continued, “But after we came on inspection to see the possibility of moving, our Vice-Chancellor deployed all hands, to do the necessary things. They came around and within three weeks, behold, everything was done. We said, haba! this building is okay and we moved in”.
Expressing joy, while recounting the gains of the new College building, the Dean stated: “There is no doubt, of course, that this place is far better than where we were. We are happy that we have a College building. At least, unlike before when we were sandwiched in another College.
This is far better than living in a place where our College did not have its own identity. We are happy that we now have a College Building. Our College name is on the building. For example, the Dean’s office was hitherto two small rooms in COLENG Workshop as compared to what we have here”, she added.
However, Prof. Henshaw said the movement of COLFHEC facilities from the old building was strenuous and disclosed that the College was yet to move its Laboratory from COLAMRUD.
Her words: “The only thing is that moving down is always a strenuous exercise and of course, all of us, I mean the entire staff had to put our acts together because we believe it was an option far better than living in a place where we don’t have identity.
However, we have not yet moved our laboratories from COLAMRUD. As you know laboratories are not like tables and chairs that you just move. There are things in the laboratory that are delicate, such that we really have to plan the movement”, she stressed.
Prof. Henshaw, then, on behalf of staff and students thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Management, the Senate and the entire University community, for making COLFHEC’s new building a reality, assuring that the building will be put to maximum use.

Dean, COLFHEC, Prof. (Mrs.) Folake Henshaw

 

Year 2011 In Perspectives - Students, Staff Speak on How FUNAAB Fared

MR. ADESOPE AKINMADE
Admin Officer II, Graduate Records and Career Centre (GRECC)
“We have performed well. I mean the Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun-led Management team did very well. I will score FUNAAB 99 per cent in terms of performance. This is most visible in the area of academic excellence and infrastructural development.     Narrowing it down to the VC, his best achievement as far as I am concerned is ensuring peace on campus”.
MR. SULAIMON IDRIS
Secretarial Staff, Bursar’s Office
“In view of what I’ve seen on ground, I will give Management performance 90 per cent. Our Vice-Chancellor performed excellently in terms of infrastructural development on campus.
That one is a plus. Prof. Balogun has  equally done very well in the area of capacity development by sending staff on international training.
This is also a plus to what I’ve said. My 90 percent scoring also include staff welfare. When I got here it wasn’t like this but now I can count the number of vehicles on campus.     The only aspect I see to be lacking is that a University environment is supposed to have a befitting market and police station so that it will be a communal setting. That is the only place they have not included”.
MISS. EWULO OLUWAMAYOWA
500 Level Student, Crop Protection
“It’s been great really. Our Vice-Chancellor has been having a great impact on the University as a whole. The environment has been transformed. The buildings are multiplying and people are coming in to see FUNAAB in the manner of tourists’ attraction. For instance, I met someone on Saturday who said he came for sight-seeing of the campus. I asked him why and he said he had been hearing so much about FUNAAB that things are happening here. I took him round and he was surprised exclaiming ah! …ah!...ah!  and agreeing that there has been tremendous change.

In fact, as for students, Prof. Balogun has spoilt us with good welfare. He has done even better for us. For instance, I am in 500 Level now and we came in 2009.
Though we know the ongoing ASUU strike will try to draw us backward, the semester has been hastened up such that this national strike won’t affect us much. We students love him so much because he’s a caring father.”

MISS ADEOLA SUNMOLA
Bursary Staff, Assistant Executive Officer
Prof. Balogun-led Management, as a matter of fact, has performed excellently. In fact, if there is any rating that is more than excellent, that is what I will score this administration. Our Vice-Chancellor has done well in the areas of recruitment, welfare and provision of amenities. However, there is the need for improvement in the area of transportation. More buses should be provided for staff.

MR. DAVID ORHEMBA

Planning Officer I, PPU
“This is my third year anyway. What I met on ground is far below the level of transformation now in place. If I am to rate the present administration in term of percentage, I will say it has achieved 100 per cent development this year.

NUC Approves COLMAS Programmes

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) programmes in the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS).
A release by the Director, Academic Planning Unit, Professor Adekojo Waheed informed that NUC’s approval was on the heels of the just concluded Resource Verification Exercise at the College.
According to the release, the programmes granted approval to commence teaching and research activities are Accounting, Banking and Finance and Business Enterprise Management.
Others are Entrepreneurial Studies and Economics.
Professor Waheed pointed out that the approval was a giant stride, “Considering the fact that the preparation for and establishment of the College before the Resource Verification visit was done within six months”.
“When this is viewed against the experiences of some sister Universities who have to wait for up to three years for verification visit or approval for new programmes, the FUNAAB experience was no mean feat”, he said.
The Director, Academic Planning Unit congratulated the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for the laudable achievement which he said would not have been accomplished without his tireless commitment and determination.

Executive Secretary, NUC,
Prof. Julius Okojie

 

FUNAAB Sets for Night of Excellence

Preparations had already commenced in earnest for the celebration of the traditional Night of Excellence, by the University community on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
At a meeting convened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, with selected officials, cutting across all strata of the University, last Thursday evening, at the Royal Greens Guest House, Ibara, Abeokuta, several logistics and inputs, were considered to ensure maximum success of the programme.
The Vice-Chancellor observed that the University had since the commencement of the programme in 2008 been recording unparalleled upsurge of development.
Professor Balogun was therefore of the opinion that it will amount to a disservice, if individuals and groups responsible for the remarkable successes of the institution were not recognised and rewarded for their exemplary conducts and patriotism.
Professor Balogun humbly remarked that, “All (successes) that were being attributed to the Vice-Chancellor, could not have been, without the support and cooperation of people who share in the same vision with me.
Even in the private sector, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) could only succeed when Unit leaders work in tandem and are efficient in their individual beats. Achieving targets and recording successes is a collective responsibility”, the Vice-Chancellor stressed.
According to him, the University must always improve on its reward mechanism to ginger better performance and increased productivity, saying that, “the 2012 edition of the Night of Excellence must be unique and if people agree with me, I don’t think anything is too much to handsomely reward excellence, resilience and productivity.    
Many staff and students have sticked-out their necks and brazed all odds, including intimidation, to ensure that the University’s acclaim of excellence was not dimmed”
Professor Balogun then philosophically admonished that nominations and recommendations for reward for the 2012 edition must be treated with utmost fairness
and objectivity by individuals and selection committees, in order not to incur the wrath of God, whom he said will not support mediocrity and unmerited favouritism.
The Night of Excellence has in the last four years been set aside for January 1, every year, in commemoration of the University’s Founder’s Day, to appreciate outstanding performance, extra-ordinary qualities, courage and unflinching patriotism by individuals and bodies that have selflessly contributed to the institution’s heights of excellence.
Past and aspiring First Class graduates of the University are usually distinguished and honoured at such event.
Efforts are at top gear by the University’s Ceremonials Committee under the Chairmanship of Professor Babatunde Idowu, to ensure large turn-out of guests and dignitaries, with eminent personalities, including paramount rulers of the four major geo-political divisions of Ogun State, expected to be present and add royal glamour, by personally handing over prizes to award recipients in twenty different categories.

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year in Advance – VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has expressed his felicitations and good wishes on the occasion of the yuletide to the entire members of the University Community.
In the message made available to FUNAAB Bulletin, Professor Balogun urged community members to celebrate with moderation while taking time to reflect on the essence of the season.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the society will be better off, if people could imbibe the humble and selfless virtues of Jesus Christ in all their official and private dealings.
The Vice-Chancellor also reminded community members of the need to extend love to others, with a resolve to offer support to the less-privileged members of the society.
While expressing gratitude to staff and students, as well as other stakeholders, for their support and cooperation in the outgoing year, Professor Balogun enjoined them to approach Year 2012 with a renewed determination of personal commitment towards raising the bar of excellence of the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor then prayed that the New Year will usher in a vista of unparalleled prosperity to both the institution and community members.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

 

 

FUNAAB Engulfed in Xmas Ecstasy …It’s a medley of colours all the way

Behold! A kaleidoscope of Christmas lightings and colour at FUNAAB Campus

 

A kaleidoscope of colours has enveloped the Alabata Permanent Site of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) as excitement and palpable euphoria of Christmas and End of Year festivities rent the air.
FUNAAB Bulletin crew which went round the campus last Monday observed that the Senate Building and several Colleges and Centres were already wearing festive look, decked with combination of colours and designs to herald the yuletide.
Besides, staffers in some of the places visited were seen fine-tuning arrangements to stage Xmas parties, except in few Colleges where such had been cancelled as a result of the on-going national strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Front Office of the Senate Building as well as the main entrances of the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), College of Plant  Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and the University Health Centre, were observed to be beautifully decorated with Xmas trees and lightings.
When FUNNAB Bulletin visited the Front Office of the Senate Building at 9:42am on Monday, the Xmas decoration was graphic and alluring, complementing the recent retouching and face-lift of the complex.
At COLVET, it was more of a serious business as the College even constituted a Christmas Planning Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. (Mrs.) Ibironke Oyewusi.
The duo of Dr. (Mrs.) Oyewusi and Dr. (Mrs.) Olubanke Shogebi, were seen adding more decorations to the existing ones.
They told our crew: “For us at COLVET, Xmas decoration is a must every year, but we are not sure of holding Xmas party this year because of the ongoing ASUU strike. We are also on strike, what we are doing here is just freelance, as you can see that we are casual”.
The story was not different at COLPLANT, COLFHEC and the Health Centre, where the entrances were resplendently adorned.

New Appointments

S/N

Name

Appointment

Department/College

1.

Mrs. Adeniji, Elizabeth  Aderonke

Senior Lecturer

Plant Physiology and Crop Production COLPLANT

2.

Dr. D. O. Moronkola

Senior Lecturer

Chemistry, COLNAS

3.

Dr. F. O. Olufemi

Senior Lecturer

COLVET

4.

Dr. D. A. Agunbiade

Senior Lecturer

Statistics, COLNAS

5.

Dr. I. A. Osinuga

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics, COLNAS

6.

Dr. A. P. Adewuyi

Senior Lecturer

Civil Engineering, COLENG

7.

Dr. T. O. Sunmonu

Senior Lecturer

Biochemistry, COLNAS

8.

Dr. L. A. Durotoye

Senior Lecturer

Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, COLVET

9.

Dr. O. A. Ojesanmi

Senior Lecturer

Computer Science, COLNAS

10.

Dr. R. Bello

Lecturer I

Physics, COLNAS

11.

Dr. E. A. Akintona

Lecturer I

Communication and General Studies, COLAMRUD

12.

Dr. Z. O. Ojekunle

Lecturer I

Environmental Management and Toxicology, COLERM

13.

Dr. O. M. Olayiwola

Lecturer I

Statistics, COLNAS

14.

Dr. J. F. Adediji

Lecturer I

Chemistry, COLNAS

15.

Dr. (Mrs.) F. O. Olayinka

Lecturer I

Environmental Management and Toxicology, COLERM

16.

Dr. (Mrs.) O. R. Aderibigbe

Lecturer I

Nutrition and Dietetics, COLFHEC

17.

Mr. A. A. Alabi

Lecturer II

Physics, COLNAS

18.

Dr. E. P. Inyang

Lecturer II

Physics, COLNAS

19.

Dr. O. A. Akinkuotu

Lecturer II

Veterinary Pathology, COLVET

20.

Dr. (Mrs.) E. T. Babalola

Lecturer II

Veterinary Microbiology, COLVET

21.

Dr. A. O. Egbetade

Lecturer II

Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, COLVET

22.

Dr. E.O. Omoshaba

Lecturer II

Veterinary Microbiology, COLVET

23.

Dr. F. M. Mshelbwala

Lecturer II

Veterinary Pathology, COLVET

24.

Mr. A. A. Abayomi

Lecturer II

Computer Science, COLNAS

25.

Mrs. O. O. Onadipe

Lecturer II

Nutrition and Dietetics, COLFHEC

26.

Dr. (Mrs.) B. G. Abiona

Lecturer II

Agricultural Administration, COLAMRUD

27.

Dr. A. A. Aladesida

Lecturer II

Biological Science, COLNAS

28.

Mr. P. O. Achimugu

Lecturer II

Computer Science, COLNAS

29.

Dr. A. A. Adebiyi

Lecturer II

Veterinary Pathology, COLVET

30.

Dr. L. A. Abayomi

Research Fellow I

IFSERAR

31.

Dr. A. A. Adeola

Research Fellow I

Food and Nutrition IFSERAR

32.

Dr. A. O. Akinro

Research Fellow I

IFSERAR

33.

Dr. Davide Minervini

Research Fellow II

IFSERAR

34.

Dr. (Mrs.) T. O. Oyekale

Research Fellow II

IFSERAR

35.

Mr. B. O. Akintola

Principal Librarian

‘Nimbe Adedipe Library

36.

Mr. W. O. Lawal

Principal Librarian

‘Nimbe Adedipe Library

37.

Mr. O. I. Amusa

Principal Librarian

‘Nimbe Adedipe Library

38.

Miss. O. O. Nuga

Assistant Lecturer

Electrical/Electronic Engineering, COLENG

39.

Mr. D.O. Aborisade

Assistant Lecturer

Computer Science, COLNAS

FUNAAB Appoints Demonstrators

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the appointments of four Demonstrators, to assist in the effective management of large practical classes, for the 2011/2012 Academic Session.
The appointees are: O.A Omikunle, M.O Olayiwola, A. O Egbontan and A. O Akinyemi.
A release, signed by the Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior Staff), Mr. Omowon Agbotoba, urged the Demonstrators, to report to the Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor Goke Bodunde, for further briefing.

New Requirement for Maternity Leave

Female members of staff of the University, applying for Maternity Leave, had been advised to ensure that information on their Expected Date of Delivery (EDD) is stated on their Maternity Certificates.
A release signed by the Director, Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi, stated that the EDD is an important administrative requirement before the issuance of Maternity Leave.

 

University Librarian Formally Retires

The University’s Governing Council, at its 66th Statutory Meeting had considered and accepted the notice of statutory retirement from the services of the University of the immediate past University Librarian, Mr. Abayomi Agboola.
A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. C.B Kuforiji, said Council commended the retiree for his positive contributions to the development of the University Library and the University in general while wishing him best of luck in his future endeavours.
The release further informed that Mr. Agboola’s retirement was with effect from May 24, 2011.

Institutional Accreditation Exercise: What the VC Said

The University played host to members of the Institution Accreditation, from the Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, who conducted the Institution Accreditation Exercise, between December 5 and 9. 2011.
Excerpts:
On the Importance of the Exercise:
“The importance of this exercise is not lost on us at all. We are aware of the importance of the objective of this exercise. It is not all about the issue of the Accreditation Team going round the Universities, but another ample opportunity to tell the government the basic truth.
Being ranked as one of the best universities is not by wishful thinking but by putting in all the needed resources actually enables us to achieve the goal”.
On FUNAAB’s Level of Preparedness for the Exercise:
“Institutional accreditation is not something you can prepare for in one or two months. It’s about a month ago we got wind of it during an interaction with NUC. We will give this team the maximum co-operation that it deserves. Do we even have any choice? After all, it is in our own interest”.
On Submission of Relevant Documents to the NUC Team:
“Do not be scared by the volume of papers and document on display.
They are meant to fast-track your job. They are relevant laws and regulations, guiding the condition of service of staff. It also includes our calendar from 2005 to 2012, information on financial activities of the University, especially, financial manual, minutes of all meetings of Council, Management, Senate, Colleges and Departments in the last five years. I have 87 of such here”.


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

PenCom Advises Staff on RSA Accounts

A call has gone to members of staff of the University, having zero Account Balances or experiencing under-remittance of their pension contributions in their respective Retirement Savings Account, to forward letters of complaint to the National Pension Commission
A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, asked that such complaints should be routed through the institution’s Assistant Registrar (Pension), Mr. J. A Adebayo.
The complaint would also be required to be accompanied with the underlisted documents:
1) Birth Certificate or Declaration of Age;
2) Letter of First Appointment;
3) Payslip, showing Grade Level/Step, as at June 2004;
4) Evidence of promotion(s) if any, between July 2004 and December 2006, as well as payslip(s) of the effective month(s) of promotion;
5) Payslips, showing Grade Level/Step as at January 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and January 2011, respectively;
6) Current payslip, showing Grade Level/Step; and
7) Evidence of registration with Pension Fund Administrator (PFA).
The release added that the letters should be addressed to:
The Director-General, National Pension Commission, Plot 174,
Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse, Abuja.

FUNAAB Students Pay Colleagues’ School Fees ... ‘We Got Our Inspiration from Our VC’

L-R; NAAS Vice-President, Ladejobi Kikelomo; the President, Titilola Munkail presenting the tuition fees to the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana and Deputy Director, Mr. Peter Akinlabi.

 

Members of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS), FUNAAB Branch, have demonstrated rare sense of philanthropy, by paying the tuition fees of three of their colleagues.
The President of NAAS, Mr.Titilola Munkail, disclosed this fact, in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin.
According to the President, the Association released the sum of N45,000.00, which was disbursed to three students at N15,000.00 each, to enable them pay their school fees.
Munkail stated that the gesture was in recognition of the poor financial state of the beneficiaries and the need by the Association to mitigate their challenges.
His words: “we are aware of the economic downturn in the country. We are also aware of the fact that some fellow students are living in abject poverty, such that payment of school fees is a teething problem.
This may be as a result of their parents’ or guardians’ poor financial standing. Some are products of broken homes. We felt the need to assist in our own little way by paying their school fees and this we did to the glory of God”, he stressed.
Speaking further, the soft-spoken Munkail revealed that the gesture had been on for years, adding that arrangements had been worked-out, to ensure sustenance by successive NAAS executive councils.
Munkail hinted that NAAS actually got its inspiration from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, whom he said is unrivalled in the payment of school fees of indigent students and for his soft spot for the physically-challenged.
Responding to NAAS gesture, the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana, described it as a welcome development that should be emulated by similar Associations on campus.
Prof. Oluwalana stressed that NAAS had also been engaged in mediatory roles in ending the rift between landlords and tenants who are fellow students, adding that members of the Association often accompanied him to Police Stations whenever students have issues, prompting urgent action.

London Academy Don Commends FUNAAB VC

The Director of Studies of the London Academy for Higher Education, Dr. Larry Jones-Esan, has commended the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for his contribution towards staff capacity building.
Dr. Jones-Esan, gave the commendation in an exclusive chat with FUNAAB Bulletin at the Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), recently.
The Director identified inadequate exposure of public servants to international trainings, especially, in the nation’s ivory towers as a militating factor to University development.
He, however, expressed his delight that the University Management had set the pace by sending members of staff for overseas training, at regular intervals, irrespective of status.
He called on Chief Executives of both public and private organisations to take a cue from the sterling leadership qualities of Prof. Balogun, which he described as “exemplary and worthy of emulation”.
Dr. Jones-Esan therefore called on beneficiaries to see the attendance of the training programmes as an investment that would yield dividends for them and the University, at large.

Dr. Larry Jones-Esan

 

Letter of Appreciation to the University Community by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

I feel greatly delighted to extend warm gratitude to my distinguished colleagues, as well as the entire staff and students of the University, over the success recorded, during the just concluded National Universities Commission’s Institutional Accreditation exercise.
I therefore wish to place on record, my unreserved appreciation of your unalloyed support, painstaking determination, fervour and rugged team spirit, brazenly demonstrated, before and during the exercise.
While not surprised, I must admit that I was pleasantly overwhelmed and felt proud of our collective and individual tenacity in upholding, as usual, the tenets of our traditional value of excellence, the determination to surmount challenges and absolute faith and trust in God in accomplishing our set goals.
I cannot thank you enough for the exemplary demonstration of patriotism and loyalty to the aspiration and binding interest of the University, I can only pray that God in His infinite mercy, shall gloriously reward your labour of love, collectively and individually.
I also particularly wish to appreciate your families, for their understanding when the challenges of the exercise deprived them of your physical attention, when needed during the hectic period.
It is my prayer that the Almighty God would continue to guide and sustain the growth and development of the University.
Kindly accept once again, my heartfelt and esteemed appreciation, with the assurance of my warm regards, always.
I wish you merry Christmas and a robustly prosperous and fulfilling New Year in advance.
Yours sincerely,
Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun
Vice-Chancellor

FUNAAB VC,
Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

 

NSN Holds 2011 Annual Symposium

The Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Ogun State Chapter, recently held its annual Symposium with the theme “Sport Nutrition” at the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) Auditorium, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
In his Welcome Address, the Chairman, Dr. W.A.O Afolabi, disclosed that NSN, as the official body of nutrition professionals in Nigeria  was committed to advancing the course of nutrition in the country’s national development.
According to him, the association also influence policies that will bring about improvement in the nutrition content of Nigerians, especially women and children being most vulnerable.
Dr. Afolabi said the Symposium was auspicious adding that, Nigeria has been recording less than satisfactory performance at the local, continental and international scene, on issues bordering on nutrition.
Dr. Afolabi reiterated the role of nutrition in the performance of athletes, stating that it must be taken seriously by sport administrators in Nigeria if the country must regain its rightful place in sports.
In his speech, the former National President of NSN, Professor Babatunde Oguntona, said it was regrettable that while other countries of the world pay serious attention to the nutrition of their athletes, the Nigerian government has not been able to factor it into its sports development.
Delivering her Keynote Address, the Dean, College of Food Sciences and Human Ecology(COLFHEC), Prof. (Mrs.) Olufunke  Henshaw, disclosed that NSN has been a pride to the College adding that, sports as physical exercises require adequate energy.
Professor Henshaw emphasized on the essential nutrients of the body, which makes water to be the most important and cautioned that “lack of water kills faster than lack of food”.
She said sport nutrition could improve the overall health of athletes and enhance their performances and spoke of the need by athletes to increase muscle and decrease the fat body content.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun said he was proud of NSN, Ogun State chapter, saying its members have been contributing to their immediate society and the nation in general.

Represented by the Director, Academic Planning, Prof. Adekojo Waheed, he described the Symposium as being a knowledge gathering and sharing programme.

According to him, “FUNAAB encourages students to participate actively in sports” stating that, provision of sporting facilities which is visible on the campus, have also aided participation.





FUNAAB is Research-focussed - Ranks 9th in Nigeria, 56th in Africa

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has been ranked among the top research-focussed institutions in the world.
According to the latest edition of the SCimago Institutions Ranking (SIR), 2011 World Reports, the name of the University was listed among nine institutions in Nigeria and 56th position among 62 recognized research-focussed institutions in Africa, that made the list.
The ranking was the outcome of an exercise conducted at the SCimago Laboratory, Spain, released through its website www.scimagoir.com.
South Africa led other African nations with 20 of its institutions listed, followed by Nigeria with nine and Tunisia with eight.
Recognised research-focused institutions in Nigeria alongside FUNAAB, included the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos and University of Benin.
Others were, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University College Hospital, Ibadan and the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
The release which is the 3rd edition of the SCimago Institutions Rankings (SIR), is one of the most comprehensive Research Ranking of Worldwide Universities with over 3,042 institutions from all over the world grouped into five institutional sectors.
The ranking was based on six selected indicators seeking to reveal main aspects of research size, performance, impact and internalization at Worldwide Research Institutions.
The SIR World Reports include institutions whose number of scholars published in reputable international journal, exceed certain thresholds and cited in Elsevier-Scopus database.
The report according to the University’s Coordinator of Webometrics, Dr. O. Folorunso, is expected to form part of the criteria to be used in the next January 2012 World Webometrics Ranking of Universities which attracts 10% of the total scores.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, expressed his delight at the development with a further assurance that the University would not relent in its pursuit of global excellence.
Professor Balogun congratulated the University community, particularly the academic, for the feat, imploring them to ensure they publish in reputable international journals, recognised by SCimago Institutions Ranking which is powered by Scopus Elsevier to adequately showcase the quality of the University’s research outputs.


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

NUC Accreditation Committee Arrives Campus - Swings Into Action

The National University Commission (NUC) team on Institutional Accreditation of the University (FUNAAB) arrived campus on  Monday amid poise and resolution to discharge its duties without fear or favour.

Beaming  with smiles and exuding noticeable confidence, the team, which comprises of Legal luminary, erudite scholars, tested and proven University Administrators alighted from a white Bus at the Senate Car Park at 10:25 am.
Leading the Team of the eminent personalities is the Chairman, Professor Ilochi Okafor, who has carved a niche as the former Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, former Board Member, Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) and as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

The Team was accompanied to the Vice-Chancellor’s office by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, his Development counterpart, Professor Felix Salako, the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, the Director, Institute for Human Resources and Development (INHURD), Professor Babatunde Kehinde, Director, Academic Planning, Professor Waheed Kadiri, among others.

The Team was warmly welcomed to the University by the Vice-Chancellor,Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who as usual had been on ground earlier  to receive the visitors.
After the traditional exchange of pleasantries and extension of courtesies, the Vice-Chancellor led the Team to the Council Chamber where he presented relevant documents and papers to the members.
Thereafter, the Vice-Chancellor led the team to the Senate Chamber for the formal maiden meeting with all stakeholders in the University.

Don Advocates Proper Lifestyle

The Dean, Student  Affairs, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Samuel Oluwalana, has said the only way to defeat HIV/AIDS by Nigerians, is to live a proper lifestyle.
Professor Oluwalana disclosed this while giving his Opening Address at a Lecture organized by the Youth Future Savers Initiative (YFSI) in conjunction with the Student Union of FUNAAB, to commemorate the World AIDS Day with the theme “Getting to Zero: A Campus Free of New HIV Infection.
The Dean cautioned that people should avoid excessive consumption of  junk foods but rather vegetables and fruits to strengthen human immune system.
While urging Nigerians to be morally upright, Professor Oluwalana gave kudos to the organizer of the Lecture and called on the Student Union executive to keep the flag flying.
In his Lecture, an alumnus and Programme Director of YFSI, Mr. Akintayo Akinpelu, enumerated ways by which HIV/AIDS can be avoided to include, appropriate blood transfusion, sterilization of sharp instruments before usage and the use of condom, for safe sex.
Mr. Akinpelu called on the public to stop discriminating against people living with HIV/AIDS in the community.

Expect Due Diligence in Accreditation Report, Says Team

NUC Team leader, Prof. Ilochi Okafor (centre), top officials of FUNAAB (left) and members of the team during the welcome reception. Inset; FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (left) in a warm handshake with the Team Leader, Prof. Ilochi Okafor.

The Team for the Institutional Accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC), currently on visit to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has assured the Institution of its preparedness for due diligence in the accreditation of the University.
The Leader of the Team and former Vice-Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Prof. Ilochi Okafor, who stated this, stressed that the Team was also in the University to ascertain possible areas of intervention by the Federal Government, towards improving higher education standard in Nigeria.
Prof. Okafor, stated this during the Team’s Courtesy Visit to the Vice-Chancellor in the Council Chamber, before the commencement of the Accreditation Exercise.
According to the Team Leader, accreditation is of best interest not only to the University but to the education system of the nation at large, adding that “the exercise is coming at a very auspicious time when we are talking of sovereign wealth and fuel subsidy, then this exercise should be an opportunity to make case for infusion of more fund into the University system and the nation’s education sector at large.
Let us have what the University need to enhance positive international ranking. These are what we need and a good reason for why we are here”, Prof. Okafor enlightened.
Commending the University community, the Team Leader said, “your Campus is a beautiful sight to behold. On seeing the plantation before your gate, we knew that we are truly in a University of Agriculture”.
Later at the maiden meeting with the University community, in the Senate Chamber, the Team lauded the quality of infrastructural development and congenial ambience of the campus, coupled with the pace of its expansion, cooperation of the entire workforce, and the astute leadership qualities of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
Articulating the views of the eight-man Team, a member, Professor Julius Ikhatua, who spoke on behalf of the Chairman, said that FUNAAB, with all the facilities on ground within its short span of existence, is deserving of its local and international ratings.
Driving home his point, Prof. Ikhatua observed thus, “Your University is okay and our assignment here is to get the very best. We are here to do the work… and so, we want to live by the truth because it is the truth that sets free. Already, we have seen physically the great things that you have and we want to authenticate what you have put on paper, to verify what you have projected…
Mr. Vice-Chancellor is a hard-worker, a hard working man surrounded by very hard and thorough people cannot achieve anything less. And, I dare say looking at your rapid pace of development across all spheres, FUNAAB should be the standard to be given to excellence. And combine that with the power of faith, if you have faith you can achieve anything”.
Professor Ikhatua lauded the academic and non-teaching staff of the institution for their commitment and cooperation with the Management in making the university a worthwhile enterprise.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun, disclosed that the institution had already done everything humanly possible to justify its present rating, while vigorously pushing ahead for the sustenance of excellence.
Professor Balogun, stated that the state of facilities and infrastructure in the University were not put on ground to hoodwink or for window dressing, but result of a deliberate and progressive effort of developing the University.  

FUNAAB Consult Ltd To Hold Workshop on GIS

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Conservices Limited, in collaboration with Integrated Media Concepts Ltd (IMC), will be organizing a 3-day Training Workshop on the Application of GIS in Crime Control, Health Services Delivery and Agricultural Development.
A release signed by the Higher Executive Officer (Administration), FUNAAB Consult Ltd, Mr. E. K. Akinyelu, informed that the Workshop will hold between Wednesday, December 7 and Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Julius Okojie Hall, beginning at 9:00a.m. daily.

AMREC Holds Training on Pre-Marital Counselling

Mrs. M.S Bandipo (holding microphone) lecturing participants at the Programme while Mrs. Modesta Ofodile (middle) and Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya listen.

 

The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), recently held a Pilot Capacity Building Training on Grooming and Pre-Marital Counselling.

The training was organised by the Gender Issues and Youth Development (GIYD) Programme, an arm of the Centre, where vital Issues pertaining to Pre-Marital Counselling and Grooming were discussed.

Delivering her Opening Address, the Director, AMREC, Prof. (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami, described the responsibilities of GIYD as improving the participatory capabilities of women and youths in the University mandate area with a view to assisting them in developing themselves, families, communities and the nation at large.

Represented by Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya, she said the GIYD programme usually focus on Women Specific Issues, Gender Issues (Gender Specific and Gender-Sensitive Projects for farm-families) and Youth Development Issues (UNAAB Y-D Project).
Prof. Afolami stressed that the GIYD programme had in the past restricted its activities and outreaches to the farm-families and youths in the University’s mandate area, to the exclusion of families within the University community.
Alluding to an adage that says “charity begins at home”, Prof. Afolami asserted that, AMREC had a re-think on the need to include the University community in its catchment area and give men, women and youths in the community the opportunity to benefit first-hand, from some of the family-development activities of GIYD-AMREC.
She however disclosed that the objective of the training was to discuss vital issues pertaining to Grooming and Pre-Marital Counselling for FUNAAB students, with a view to enhancing participants’ capacities of being well-groomed and making informed marital choices.

In her Lecture, titled Good Grooming, Mrs. M.S Bandipo described Grooming to include personal hygiene, adding that looking good starts with feeling good, being properly dressed up, healthy, energetic and looking beautiful.

Guidelines for  Preparation/Presentation of Inaugural Lectures

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved guidelines for the preparation and presentation of Inaugural Lectures in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
A release signed by the Chairman, Publications Committee, Professor Olasumbo Martins, informed that the culture of Inaugural Lecture, is part of the tradition of the University system intended to focus on the research activities of Professors in their areas of specialization.
Such Lectures are therefore expected to highlight the individual’s contribution to knowledge, emphasizing the depth of research, knowledge gaps and showing the way to further research.
The guidelines include:
Preparation of Inaugural Lecture scripts
The script should be produced in DIN A4 format, font 12 in Times New Roman and in double spacing.  The Maximum number of pages is 60, inclusive of figures tables, and plates.  Except the photograph of the Inaugural Lecturer, printing of the document shall be in black and white.
Submission of Lecture script to the Publications Committee
The prepared script should be submitted to the Chairman Publications Committee, not later than eight weeks to the date of the Lecture.  The submission should include 15 hard copies and an e-copy.
The Lecture proper
The Lecture shall be delivered using the multi-media projector.
Duration of the lecture is 45 minutes. The Vice-Chancellor or his nominee shall read the citation of the Lecturer in the first 10 minutes.
The Lecture shall be devoid of issues capable of dividing the
audience; matters relating to religion, ethnic bias, gender discrimination, political and Union inclinations should be avoided.
The Procession
The Inaugural Lecturer shall be led into the Hall in a procession that
shall be led by the Vice-Chancellor or his nominee, the Principal Officers of the University and members of the academic community.
The procession shall leave the Lecture Hall in reverse order,
immediately the Lecture ends and the Lecture script handed over to the
Vice-Chancellor.

Experts Charge FG To Re-invigorate Agricultural Production

Agricultural Economists in Nigeria have harped on the need by the Federal Government to re-invigorate agricultural production by providing  avenue for commercial agricultural production, backed by improved and efficient marketing system.
The Experts made the call through a Communiqué at the just concluded 12th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (NAAE), held at the Banquet Hall of the University of Benin, Edo State, with the theme “From Farm to Table: Whither Nigeria?”
According to the Experts, food will be conveniently and cheaply provided on the tables of Nigerians if agriculture was re-invigorated and backed by improved and efficient marketing system.
Participants, according to the    Communiqué signed by the newly elected President of the Association, Professor Peter Okuneye of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), charged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to declare a state of emergency on food crop production in order to improve the nutrient intake and human capital capacity of Nigerians.
The communiqué also recommended that a revolutionary approach should be adopted towards re-energising the agro-processing sub-sector with the introduction of intermediate technology which should be made available at the farm level and enhance a value chain model.


The communiqué further urged government to provide an environment for profitable career in agricultural production for graduates of agriculture who are turned out yearly by the Nigerian Universities and engender overall development of the agricultural sub-sector, through appropriate policy on the creation of enabling environment.
The experts advocated for formulation and implementation of a policy on public/private partnership (PPP) involvement in food storage, while they enjoined both national and international governments and agencies in calling on the Nigerian government to take up the challenge of effectively curbing the issue of policy inconsistencies as related to agriculture.
They, in addition, want government to put in place appropriate programmes and facilities for farmers and agro-processors to access intermediate credit at reduced interest rate, even as they also harped on the need for restoration of subsidy for agricultural inputs and outputs in order to provide a level playing ground between Nigerian farmers vis-à-vis their foreign counterparts.
Noting the wide gap in Nigeria’s laudable policy formulation and appropriate implementation, a situation that has led Nigeria to still remain a net food importer, the experts called on the government to
provide an avenue for agricultural economists.
A new  Executive Council was elected and inaugurated, with Prof. Peter Okuneye emerging as President, while Dr. Idris Ayinde was re-elected as the Business Manager.
The Obafemi Awolwo University (O.A.U), Ile-Ife, Osun State was approved  to host the 13th Annual Conference of the Association.

Embrace Opportunities To Develop Professionally, NAUW Tasks Women

Prof. Daisy Eruvbetine addressing delegates at the Seminar on International Opportunities for Women

 

Women working in Nigerian Universities have been charged to take advantage of international funding opportunities available, to develop professionally.

The Guest Speaker, Professor (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine, gave this charge at the Seminar on International Opportunities for Women, organized by the Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW), Abeokuta Chapter.

Professor (Mrs.) Eruvbetine who pointed out that women have proven to be good Managers and Administrators of their homes and families noted that it has become imperative for them to showcase the God-given potentials in their careers, for their personal growth and the development of their immediate communities.
Speaking on career development opportunities available for NAUW members, Professor Eruvbetine disclosed that several international grant awarding agencies provide fundings for research study or other activities such as educational programmes, service programmes, demonstration or research projects.

According to her, some of their financial support covers Postgraduate, Masters, Ph.D. or training fellowship as well as research and capacity building, Conference travel or collaborative projects.
Highlighting key points to consider when looking for donor, she advised the participants to identify funder focus, funding patterns, proposal requirement as well as proposal deadlines.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo commended the ingenuity of the Association for organizing the Seminar which he noted would add value to members and the University.
He admonished the women to continue to improve themselves by seeking knowledge while stressing that knowledge acquisition has no limit.
Professor Balogun who also lauded the Association for its good works with the crèche, expressed joy at the proactiveness of the in-coming executive of the association whom he noted have not yet taken over the baton of leadership but has been relentless  in its efforts.
The in-coming President of NAUW, Dr. Mrs. Comfort Onifade, in a brief history of the association said the Association is affiliated with the International Federation of University Women with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with committment to the Girl Child education.

FUNAAB at the Top Again!

Dr. (Mrs.) Janet Bamgbose (2nd Left), Dr. Dare Enock, (2nd Right), Prof. Harold Kroto (Right) and the Rep. of EU during the Summit

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has again proved its mettle in the international scene by emerging as the only Nigerian University that provided two out of the four selected candidates from Africa at the just concluded Inaugural Students Congress hosted by the 2011 World Materials Summit.
The Summit which took place at the Keck Centre of the National Academic and L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington D.C. from October 7-12, 2011, was a programme for active graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in fields related to energy, environmental science, medicine, engineering and policy.

Among the 50 participants, two of them were from FUNAAB, while the University was the only institution that produced two candidates in the whole world, with two among the four African representatives.

According to the report by a FUNAAB representative, Dr. (Mrs.) Janet Bamgbose, 50 participants were selected from around the world, cutting
across eminent next generation Scientists, Engineers and leaders, to work alongside today’s energy experts.