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Prof. Ikeobi Elected Into NIAS Council

The Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, Professor Christian Ikeobi, has been elected into the Council of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS).

Professor Ikeobi was elected during the Institute’s Annual General Meeting, held in Enugu, on 9th August, 2011. He is to represent the Animal Genetics and Breeding sub-discipline on the Institute.

In a release, signed by Dr. Godwin Oyediji, Registrar of the Institute, Prof. Ikeobi’s election is for three years of 2011 – 2014.

Also elected as members of Council was a former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Israel Adu, who emerged the 1st Vice-President, while Prof. (Mrs.) Olufunmilayo Adebambo is now a Fellow of the Institute.

 

Notice of Statutory Retirement from Service

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has implored University staff, who are due to retire in the next eighteen months, to visit the Registry for appropriate briefing.

According to a release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, the briefing will enlighten prospective retirees of due procedure in processing their retirement benefits.

 

UNAAB Grants Study Leave with Pay

 

The University Management has approved a Study Leave with Pay for Dr. G.A Adebayo of the Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), for a period of three months, with effect from October 2 to December 30, 2011.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, stated that the leave will enable the recipient, participate in a joint research work with Professor Harmut Loewen of the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heinreich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.

 

Olowofeso Becomes Ag. HOD

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has approved the appointment of Dr. O. Olowofeso, as the Acting Head, Department of animal Breeding and Genetics, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM).

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, informed that the appointment is for a period of two years, with effect from August 1, 2011.

 

NAAT, Dr. Sotiloye Thank UNAAB VC

 

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) has expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for sponsoring some of its members on capacity building training.

In a Letter of Appreciation, the NAAT Secretary, Mr. S. A. Rahman, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his unparalleled gesture of allowing Technologists to benefit from the 3rd Quarter of the Staff Capacity Building Training programme of the University.

According to him, “This indeed is a great opportunity for our members to have international exposure as well as develop their technical skills”.

Similarly, the Acting Head, Communication and General Studies Unit, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Dr. (Mrs.) B. S. Sotiloye, has expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, for the release of the ETF-International Grant, awarded to her, to attend the 45th Conference of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Brighton, United Kingdom, held in April 2011.

 

UNAAB Releases Post-UTME Results

...21,713 candidates wrote exam, 
as Management Sciences debut

 


Cross section of Post-UTME Candidates at the Examination Halls

 

 

Short moments after the conduct of the Post-UTME Examination of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, the Management of the institution has formally released the results of the Computer Based Texting on its website.

According to the Chairman, Post-UTME Committee, Professor Chryss Onwuka, "candidates can now go online with their PIN, which they purchased earlier to access their results"

Speaking with UNAAB Bulletin in a telephone chat on Saturday, Prof Onwuka, who is UNAAB's Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic, said the Post-UTME Committee did not rest on its oars after the completion of the examinations on Friday.

He stated that the Committee swung into action immediately after the completion and by early Saturday, the result was ready for candidates to access online.

Expatiating on the conduct of the examination, Professor Onwuka revealed that 21,713 candidates sat for it, out of “the 22,000 that had earlier  uploaded their results and bio-data on the net, for registration".

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who described the examination as "hitch-free and successful" informed that a "mercenary" who impersonated a candidate with the intention of assisting him in writing the exam was exposed by the Biometric Data Verification System and was immediately arrested, adding humorously that "he's now writing his papers in police custody"

According to Professor Onwuka, the 2011 Post-UTME was unique as it witnessed the debut of Management Sciences in the University, stressing that over 7,000 candidates wrote the papers.

Besides, he added that unlike in the previous year where 8,301 candidates wrote the exam, the number of applicants increased astronomically to about 22,000 this year, declaring that "UNAAB has carved a niche as a University of choice".

On the mode of conduct of the examination, the DVC said the candidates were divided into 16 batches while eight holding areas were created for verification and clearance.

Meanwhile, many parents and candidates alike, marvelled at the rapid physical transformation recorded by the University over a short period of time, revealing that they were pleasantly jolted at the development.

Some of the respondents that spoke with UNAAB Bulletin, many of whom were first-time visitors unanimously agreed that they met more than they bargained for, praising the University Management for the commitment which they said was very evident, even in the conduct of  the  Post-UTME.

In his comment, the Oganla of Owu Kingdom, Chief B.A Akande said, ‘’you (VC) have added another mark to your wisdom. I wish Nigerians could come and watch the orderly manner by which the multitude of aspiring students go about their exams without any hitch’’.

Meanwhile, the parents of one of the Post-UTME Candidates, Dr. Peter Olonade has commended the aesthetic and serenity of the University Campus, as well as the enviable facilities therein.

Mr. Olonade also lauded the counselling programme that the University organised for parents of the Post-UTME Candidates during the examination.

He called on the management to sustain the good work and to transform the counselling programme to “Parents and Guardians forum”

 

Paramount FM Seeks Better Ties With UNAAB

The GM, Paramount FM, Prince Adewale Adeboboye (Standing) with his management team on the left side, addressing the DVC (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke (Middle) and officials of the University (Right)

The Management of Paramount FM, Kobape, Abeokuta, has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the University to promote and sustain the institution’s celebrated excellence.
The Management of the radio station, led by the General Manager, Prince Adewale Adeboboye, disclosed this during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
According to Prince Adeboboye, the current high rating of the University was heartwarming, but called for more efforts and collaborations in projecting the University’s image further.
He expressed appreciation to the University for its patronage over the years, while soliciting for sponsorship of some agricultural programmes which he said would be of benefit to farmers, scholars and the public.
The General Manager pointed out that Paramount FM was one of the 35 radio stations, established by the Federal Government, to cater for the grassroots and as such, had a wide coverage that the University can exploit for agricultural extension services.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Segun Lagoke, commended the Radio Station for its reportage of the University’s events, describing the station as a worthy partner in progress.
He assured the Radio Station of the University’s continual patronage while stressing that the institutions had a cordial relationship with the media, through the Directorate of Public Relations.
Confirming the University’s celebrated excellence at the just-concluded Webometric Ranking, Professor Balogun said, “although we are very young, our agility is what we use to our advantage, over other older Universities”.
The Vice-Chancellor also noted that in the University’s quest for excellence, members of staff had been helpful by sacrificing their time and annual leave towards the realization of the institution’s mandates.

He revealed that the University had successfully regularized its academic calendar, in line with the global standard practice adding that very few Universities nationwide had been able to achieve the feat.
The Vice-Chancellor, commenting on the peaceful disposition of the students said the University Management was able to maintain a clean record, due largely to its commitment to the students’ welfare.  He added that the University ensured that fees paid by the students were usually ploughed back on them.
The Vice-Chancellor then assured the Management of Paramount FM, of the University’s readiness to assist in the training of its staff at the University’s ICT Training Centre.

UNAAB To Get Professorial Building

In line with the spirit of raising the bar of excellence, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has disclosed that the University will soon complete its 120 Professorial Building units.
Professor Balogun made this known while playing host to the executive members of the National Association of University Women (NAUW), UNAAB Chapter, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Council Chamber of the University.
He said when completed, the early morning traffic-jam trauma along Abeokuta-Ibadan highway, in which staff and students are usually held-up, would have been a forgotten experience.
The University helmsman further disclosed that over 500 units of houses would also be built for the non-teaching members of staff by the end of the year, alongside the professorial building units.
Professor Balogun while appreciating the executive members of NAUW, UNAAB Chapter, for seeing to the welfare of the children of University staff at the Crèche, assured that the welfare of staff and students will always command pivotal attention of his administration.
He, thereafter, urged the association to be futuristic and proactive in order to remain focused, while aiming high.

UNAAB, OFN Sign MOU

The Management of Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Ltd (OFN), and the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), on the nation-wide testing of Oba-Marshall Broilers, newly introduced by OFN.

A release signed by the Principal Investigator, Prof. Daisy Eruvbetine, informed that UNAAB is expected to carry out performance trials on the birds across the six geo-political zones of the country, with the 1st phase of the project commencing in three states of the South-West, namely; Ogun, Oyo and Lagos.

The release further revealed that UNAAB, University of Ibadan (UI) and Lagos State Polytechnic, are to select 10 farmers within each of their respective states to carryout the on-farm trials and collect data on performance.

The Project will commence soon with a pre-experimental Workshop in Abeokuta for all farmers involved.

Schlumberger 2012/2013 FftF Fellowship

The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the future Programme is calling for application into its 2012/2013 Faculty for the Future (Fftf) Fellowship.

A release by the NGA Special Project Manager, Valerie Edozien Nwogbe, informed that the FftF Fellowships are open to women from developing and emerging economies, preparing for Ph. D or Post-doctoral studies in the Physical Sciences and Engineering related disciplines.

The Fftf offers Scholarships in the range of $25,000 to $50,000 per year which is renewable after completion of studies, subject to performance, self-evaluation and recommendations from supervisors. 

According to the Project Manager, the long-term goal of the programme is to generate conditions that result in more women pursing scientific disciplines.

The grant recipients would be selected for their leadership capabilities as well as their scientific talents and they are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their programmes to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women.

The Award session opens from September 12, 2011, while further information, including eligibility criteria and application formalities are available at http://www.fftf.scb.com and http://www.faculty.

Special Report On UNAAB Ofada Rice Project - UNAAB Sets To Make History

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (UNAAB), through its Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), is on the verge of making history, as the National Variety Release Committee (NVRC), the National Centre for Genetics Resources and Biotechnology (NAGRAB) and other relevant bodies would soon approve the release of IFSERAR’s researched Ofada varieties to the market,  come December.
Speaking after their fact-finding Field Visit to UNAAB’s Rice collaborators and experimentation sites, the representatives of NAGRAB, NVRC, National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi and the National Rice Mills Centre (NRMC) Ibadan, commended IFSERAR for a job well done, stating the possibility of  Ofada being released as varieties before the end of the year.
According to the Assistant Director, Research and Development (NAGRAB) and Assistant Registrar, National Variety Release Committee (NVRC), Dr. Sunday Oladele, “With what I’ve seen here today, it is obvious that Ofada varieties should be released at the next Committee Meeting”.
“As a matter of fact, I am challenged by what IFSERAR-UNAAB has done.  I got wind of this research work six months ago.  But surprisingly they’ve been able to go through all the conditions for varieties release and I am sure if they are not 100 per cent ready, they are 90 per cent to release the varieties”, he added.
Dr. Oladele, however, cautioned that “the only challenge for IFSERAR-UNAAB is the packaging of the presentation of the report.  If that is done perfectly, there is likelihood that the varieties won’t be rejected’’.
Corroborating him, the Senior Agricultural Superintendent, NCRI, Badeggi,

Mr. Bayo Momoh, said, “IFSERAR has done us proud and I am very happy.  By the grace of God, with what this UNAAB Institute has done, Ofada will be released as varieties by the Committee that is saddled with the mandate”.
Speaking in the same vein, the National Coordinator, National Rice Mills Centre, Ibadan, Mrs. Comfort Adedoyin Awe, stated, “I am really happy with the samples IFSERAR gave us.  They are almost getting there.

Reacting to the development, a renowned Rice Farmer, Pa Bode Adenekan, who for long had been waiting for Ofada to be released as varieties, could not hide his joy, describing the development as his ‘special birthday gift’.
His words, “What is about to happen to Ofada rice as demonstrated here today is a gift for my birthday that will come up on the 23rd of this month (August).  We have been looking forward to a day like this, when Ofada will be released as varieties. We had tried and tried but failed.
If this seed is released during my life time, it will be the best thing that happened to me as a rice farmer, with special interest in Ofada’’, he added.
Pa Adenekan who is the Chairman of Ogun State Rice Farmers Association, with a sprawling 14 hectares of Ofada Rice plantation, stressed. “We have been planting Ofada Rice since the World War II, but the erroneous impression handed down to us by our foreign brothers was that Ofada was not a seed, so you can’t plant it.  They used to call it planting material.  We are happy that IFSERAR is about to correct that wrong impression”.
Also commenting, the Baale of Moloko-Asipa and the Baale-General of Igbore Land, Chief Nureni Nosiru Adesina,  expressed joy that UNAAB’s intervention in “Ofada rice happened during his tenure.
Baring his mind, the representative of the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke, who led UNAAB team on the field visit, expressed satisfaction at what he saw on ground, adding that the University was about to make history.
According to him, “UNAAB has always demonstrated unique development.  Ordinarily, many research institutes in this country will be thinking of concentrating efforts on conventional rice species like Nerica, ITT and the likes, but for UNAAB to go into ecological and socio-economic base variety, an indigenous one, makes this effort unique”.
“In UNAAB we don’t reject good things, we believe in modifying them and adapting them to boost performance and enhance production.  We are going to do everything possible to have the varieties released to the world.  UNAAB is on the verge of making history, the history of making positive impact on the nation’s food security”, he added.
Earlier on, the team had visited lowland Rice locations on UNAAB Campus, Ofada Rice Farmers’ Fields at Onipepeiye and Moloko-Ashipa Villages.
Explaining the whole essence of the Field Visit, the University Rice Mill Breeder, Professor Francis Abayomi Sowemimo, stated that “this visit is for us to showcase what we have done in the past few years as regards being able to release varieties, so we have taken specially, our indigenous Ofada rice, to promote as varieties we want to release after we have purified them.  We are promoting three varieties that have done well. We are showcasing our lowland on the campus and now we have come to the upland. At the upland, we are looking at the possibility of using it as a point of contact to so many farmers because we are operating in eight mandate states”.
He continues, “In Ogun State, we have farmers that we are working on.  In each of the remaining seven States we have two locations that we are working on.  We have distributed all the packages to them. One is RG 311, we have RW 111 and we have WR 211”.
Speaking further, Professor Sowemimo said, “We have been here at Moloko-Asipa Village for three or four reasons.  One, we want to see the large scale farming of Ofada rice, two, we are using it as our screening site and three as a breeding site, where we can pick materials than can conform to all the genetic make-ups that we want to use to advance the release of our varieties”.
Explaining the rationale behind the visit, the Director, IFSERAR, Prof. Segun Osinowo said “the visit is aimed at conveying the major stakeholders to project research sites as a prerequisite to Ofada rice variety release, scheduled to take place in December 2011”.

Pray for your Children: University Counselor Instructs Parents

The University Counselor, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile, has advised Parents and Guardians of prospective students to be prayerful, as this would help in securely establishing their children on a sound footing while pursuing their academic goals.
Speaking at an interactive session between the Parents/Guardians and the University’s Management in front of the Public Relations Office Complex, Mrs Ofodile stated that students must learn to read and pass on their own without the aid of “mercenaries”.
Enlightening the parents and guardians on the processes of UNAAB admission, she declared that, parents and guardians must ensure that their children attend the orientation programme after eventually securing admission, as this would help in acquainting them with the ‘dos and don’ts’ in the University, ranging from dress code, cultism, sexual harassment, drug abuse, examination malpractices etc.
Ofodile further disclosed that parents and guardians should pay unscheduled visits to their children on campus, noting that, this will undoubtedly help in having an undisguised appraisal of their wards dispositions and behaviours.
She called for parents’ understanding in promptly notifying the University of noticed anti-social behaviors, stressing that, reporting such acts would not make the child to be expelled but rather help to better the lot of the student through counseling.

“Don’t Retire But Re-fire” … CBN Dep. Gov Charges UNAAB Staff, Others

CBN Dep. Gov., Mr. Tunde Lemo at the event

The Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Tunde Lemo, has called for a general re-orientation and a renewed mindset on retirement from active service.
The CBN Deputy Governor therefore admonished serving Civil Servants and Retirees not to see retirement as a period of redundancy, but rather, a moment to “re-fire and re-invigorate with energized vision and drive for other rewarding endeavours’’.
Mr. Lemo gave the admonition even as he extolled the sterling qualities of the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and commended him for taking UNAAB to enviable heights.
The CBN Deputy Governor was one of the eminent personalities, who graced the Send-Off Dinner, organized by UNAAB in honour of its three former Principal Officers at the Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, last Friday.
In his Goodwill Message, Mr. Lemo, who came in company of some of his top aides, wondered why serving civil servants, in this part of the world, especially those close to retirement usually look forward to retirement with trepidation.
Quoting from the Book of Psalms, Chapter 92 Verse 12, Mr. Lemo said, retirement should be a pleasant period, for retirees to flourish and enjoy old age, noting that ‘’rest is sweet after labour’’.
Making reference to the popular saying of the late former Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Chief Bola Ige, aka the Cicero of Esa-Oke, Mr. Lemo said retirees should learn to “re-fire” and not just retire from productive activities, in retirement.
According to him, “It was the Cicero of Esa Oke, Chief Bola Ige of blessed memory that used to say that retirement should not be in the lexicon of anybody.  Therefore, as a retiree, you are not retiring but re-firing”.
He stated that even as an institution UNAAB has been “re-firing” in the areas of academic and infrastructural growth, especially under the Vice-Chancellorship of Professor Balogun.
Mr. Lemo said he did not initially value the rapid growth of UNAAB until he was acquainted with the level of decay and backwardness in one of the First Generation Universities in the North when his team was on tour of ivory towers in the country, recently.
His words, “You don’t know the value of the Vice-Chancellor that you have. I am talking of Professor Balogun’s passion for excellence and making sure the best comes out of you.  How amazing is the greatness of his achievements”.
Mr. Lemo, who described Professor Balogun as a man whose pedigree transcends the academia and cutting across all facets of life, recalled how a friend, who witnessed a Lecture delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, attested to his (Balogun) eloquent presentation and mastery of the subject matter.
He also extolled the virtues of the honorees and former Principal Officers, describing them as exceptional and exemplary.
Impressed by the presence of Mr. Lemo, who came on the invitation of one of the celebrants, the Vice-Chancellor tactically interrupted the Master of Ceremony, to reciprocate by pouring encomiums on the accomplished banker, lauding his humility, and describing him as a man of his word.
The Vice-Chancellor, who disclosed at the occasion that he got wind of the fact that Mr. Lemo was a First Class graduate for the first time, sought the permission of the gathering, comprising mostly staffers and students to invite him as the Guest Lecturer at the University’s next edition of Night of Excellence.

Pomp as UNAAB Honours Former Principal Officers … Pro-Chancellor, VC, CBN Deputy Governor Pay Glowing Tributes

(LEFT) Council Member, Dr Solomon Oladiti, presenting a Plaque of Honour to the former Librarian, Mr Abayomi Agboola. (MIDDLE) The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun and the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi presenting same to both the former Bursar, Revd. Olorunsogo Ajayi and the former Registrar, Pastor Ademola Oyerinde, resepectively.

The University on Friday treated its former Principal Officers to a befitting Send-Off Dinner, amid pomp and pageantry, at the Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Rest was indeed sweet after labour, as members of the University Community, associates, relations and friends of the celebrants from all walks of life converged in honour of the retirees.
The retirees include the former Registrar, Pastor Ademola Oyerinde, former Bursar, Revd. Elijah Olorunsogo Ajayi and former University Librarian, Mr. Abayomi Agboola.

Others are Deans, Directors and the Dr Siji Sowande-led Executive of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNAAB branch, who came in large member.
The Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in charge of Operations, Mr. Tunde Lemo, the Registrar of Bells University, Mrs. Toyin Gbadebo and several other prominent personalities were in attendance at the event.
Breathtaking giant gifts were presented to the former Principal Officers in appreciation of their commitment and contributions to the growth of the University.
Besides, they were honoured with avalanche of tributes, extolling their sterling qualities, which generally was described as exceptional, exemplary and honourable.
Drama sketches and cultural dance were performed in honour of the retirees and in reminiscent of their dedication to work.
Speaking at the occasion, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Osayemi said “retirement is not a curse. Having retired myself since 2005, six years ago, I am still going around standing on my feet “.
Chief Osayemi noted that “the first thing that impressed me, when we came in was that virtually all the Principal Officers were Reverends and Pastors’’. He noted that the attribute has been adding good flavor to job commitment and dedication.
Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun, recalled that he assumed office during a turbulent period that almost forced two of the Principal Officers to resign, but he expressed gratitude to God that they listened to his counsel not to leave.
Extolling the virtues of the former Principal Officers, the Vice-Chancellor declared, “We are here today to honour our former Principal Officers. They served us with the highest level of commitment and with extreme sincerity.
“Their degree of perseverance is unparalleled in my three decades of service in Universities.  Those who understand perfectly my demand, my complexity and my expectation to service”, he added.

ICT Workshop; Expert Decries Inadequate exposure of Top Personnel

Cross-section of Participants from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, at the Workshop


Lack of exposure to training on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), has been identified as the bane of human capacity development in the public service, particularly in tertiary institutions.

 

The President of Digital Bridge Institute, Professor Raymond Akwule, dropped the hint while addressing participants, which include top level staff of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) at the just concluded Workshop on Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions, held at Digital Bridge Institute, International Centre for Communications Studies, Oshodi in Lagos.

Akwule noted with dismay that the growth of the nation’s public service had been stifled and stunted by some personnel who exhibit strong disdain for ICT.

According to him, the most disturbing is the development in tertiary institutions where the need for desired academic attainment of their personnel is being hampered by poor ICT appreciation.

Akwule however expressed joy that some committed institutions like UNAAB, have been training and retraining their staff on ICT as a way to improve on capacity development of personnel.

The Workshop which drew 150 participants from tertiary institutions across Southwest, Nigeria, exposed them to various aspects of ICT, especially the effective use of Excel for Admission and Computation of Result.

 

UNESCO’s Vacancy

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization had advertised its post for the Senior Programme Specialist at its International Bureau of Education (IBE) Geneva, Switzerland.

A release signed by the Secretary-General, Mrs. M.O Anene-Maidon, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Professor Ruquayyat Rufai, said interested candidates could apply on-line at http//:www.unesco.org/employment.

The closing date for application is September 19, 2011.

Develop Tertiary Institutions In Your Constituencies

- VC Charges Public Office Holders


UNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (arrowed), stressing a point while, to his Right is Hon. Samuel Williams with his entourage and top staffers of the University (Left).

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has charged public office holders in the country, to contribute meaningfully to the overall development of tertiary institutions and education at large.

Prof. Balogun gave the charge when a national lawmaker, representing Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Hon. Samuel Segun Williams, paid the University Management a courtesy call, at the Council Chamber, recently.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed joy at the visit, pointing out that Hon. William was the only one from the State out of all the newly elected public office holders, that have so far identified with the University.

He admonished the lawmaker to step-up his relationship with the University by contributing his quota to its development.

Professor Balogun recalled with dismay that out of all the elected office holders, especially those who served in the last dispensation, only two of them identified with the University.

According to him, they included Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (Ogun Central) and the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Dimeji Bankole.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that while Senator Obasanjo-Bello offered students of the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) free Lectures, Speaker Bankole endowed the University with a magnificent Administrative and Hostel buildings.

He charged Hon. Williams and other elected office-holders in Ogun State and Nigeria at large, to be part of the development of education, especially tertiary institutions in their constituencies, by taking cues from Senator Obasanjo-Bello and Hon. Bankole.

Prof. Balogun, who also recalled that in the last dispensation, some federal lawmakers from the North, donated their Constituencies Project Allowances to the development of a First-Generation University, called on their Southern counterparts to borrow a leaf from them.

 

Governing Council Commends Management Over Staff Training

The Governing Council has commended the passion of the University Management to staff development.

The commendation was in response to the recent boost in the sponsorship of  University staff to various international training programmes such as the Galilee International Management institute, Nahalal, Israel and the Omega Centre for Management and Development, Nelspruit, South Africa.

A release signed by the Coordinator, Registry, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, informed that Council expressed delight at the present administration’s commitment to staff training, which it noted would in turn have a positive effect on the development of the University.

Meanwhile, the Governing Council has approved the release of fund for the purchase and installation of furniture items and office equipment for existing and newly completed University buildings.

The approval was granted in a bid to make the buildings fully functional and beneficial to the services of the University.

 


Chief Olakunle Ayinde Osayemi, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council

Governoring Council Approves Change of Designation

The Governing Council has approved the change in designation of some officials of the University.

The change will affect designations such as those of the Deputy Registrars and Deputy Bursars, who are expected to henceforth be referred to as Deputy Directors of their respective Departments.

The approval was part of decisions taken at the 67th Statutory Meeting of the Council, following a proposal from Management.

According to the Decision Extracts of the meeting signed by the Coordinator, Registry, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, Council noted that the positions of the Deputy Registrars and Deputy Bursars were out of tune with the Directorate system earlier approved and currently in operation in the Registry and Bursary of the University.

According to the Governing Council, the designations had to be reverted as they give the impression that the holders are next in rank to the Registrar and Bursar, inadvertently eroding the office of the Director that should be next in rank.

Council also recalled that the approval of the Directorate System in the University was to remove staff stagnation and however cautioned that the change in designation attracts no financial benefit.


Chief Olakunle Ayinde Osayemi, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council

Overall Best Male and Female Students to Attend Overseas Conference

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has approved the participation of Odidi Oluwaseun Love and Neye Emmanuel Oluwatobiloba with Matriculation numbers 09/0929 and 08/1498, at the International Conference on Youth Development holding in Putrajaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Odidi, the 400 Level student of the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology (EMT) is the Overall Best Female Student, with a CGPA of 4.75 while Neye is the male counterpart. Neye is in 300 Level at the Department of Mathematics with a CGPA of 4.87.

A release issued by the Director of the Centre for Internationalisation and Partnerships (CENIP), Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi, informed that, the Conference will begin on November 1st to 3rd, 2011.

 

 

Principal Officers’ Send-Forth Dinner Holds Friday

 

The Send-Forth Dinner for the former Registrar, Mr. Ademola Oyerinde; Bursar, Mr. Elijah Ajayi; and University Librarian, Mr. Abayomi Agboola, holds on Friday, August 19, 2011.

According to the Chairman, Ceremonials Committee (CERECOM), Professor Babatunde Idowu, the venue of the event is Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo, beginning by 4.00 p.m.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has requested all invitees to grace the occasion, punctually.

 

NAUW Commends UNAAB Management

NAUW President, Dr. Mrs C.A Onifade (Standing) delivering her address while the Vice-Chancellor,
Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (arowed) and other Principal Staff listen with rapt attention.

 

The Executive of the Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW), UNAAB Branch, has commended the Management of the University for the unparalleled physical and human capacity development, witnessed in the institution, in the last four years.

The President of the Association, Dr. (Mrs.) C. A. Onifade, gave the commendation during a courtesy call of the Union’s Executive on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, at the Council Chamber.

Dr. Onifade disclosed that the association was proud to be associated with the quality and great leadership style of the Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun-led administration, while assuring the Management of NAUW’s resolution to contribute its quota to the success of the University.

According to her, “the serene, aesthetic and ever inviting environment of our dear University is a scene to behold”.

The President also noted with appreciation, Management’s commitment to the welfare of staff and students while advocating for assistance towards the realization of some of the association’s objectives.

Dr. Onifade said NAUW would require an operational Office for the body on Campus and the revalidation of the allocation of a piece of land for the building of a Crèche.

Dr. Onifade also appealed for the upward review of the allowance of care-workers at the Crèche’s temporary site.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor reiterated Management’s commitment to the general welfare of staff and students of the University while lauding the association’s complimentary efforts.

According to him “we wish we have more associations like this that will complement the welfare efforts of the University”.

He assured the association that their request will be positively considered, while urging them to keep faith with their mission, vision and belief.

 

Dressing is very important in UNAAB

– GRECC Director Counsels Parents

Parents and guardians of prospective students to the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), have been admonished on the need to instil proper dressing ethics in their children so as to avoid being sent home.

 

The admonition was given by the Director of Graduate Record and Career Centre (GRECC), Dr. Helen Bodunde, at an interactive session with parents and guardians of the prospective students during the Post-UTME Examination held in the University, last week.

Emphasizing on appropriate dress sense, Dr. Bodunde stated that Parents and Guardians should be unequivocal in the responsibility of ensuring close monitoring of their children by paying them unscheduled periodic visitation while they are on campus.

She further affirmed that, provision of monthly allowance to the children would undoubtedly restrain them from waywardness, adding that, parents and guardians should, in conjunction with their children, deliberate on the modalities of their monthly stipend.

She counselled parents to be wary of their wards’ friends and associates, adding that, they should not be miserly on finances with their wards, particularly on accommodation.

According to her, “if you tell a child to pair up with another student, there is a likelihood of bad influence and there is a possibility of you spending more later, if things go wrong”.

She however noted with dismay the arbitrary discrimination by parents and guardians in ensuring proper upkeep of female Students over male students, saying that, both are supposed to be well taken care of and sought after.


GRECC Director, Dr. Helen Bodunde

UNAAB Universal Conservices Limited Get Certificate of Incorporation

UNAAB CONSULT LTD has been rebranded and incorporated as a consultancy company. It is now to be known as UNAAB Universal Conservices Limited.

The Certificate of Incorporation was signed by the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bello Mahmud in Abuja on July 13, 2011.

According to the Certificate, the Company was incorporated under the companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 and is limited by shares.

 

The new company will provide consultancy and technical services in the following areas:

  • Studies and advisory services: Baseline and Socioeconomic surveys, Impact Assessment, social protection intervention studies, Health Systems Management, HIV/AIDS, Climate Change, Feasibility studies, Farm development, Extension services in crops, livestock, fisheries, soil testing and land management, flora and fauna inventory, land capability assessment etc.
  • Capacity Building: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Health Systems Management, HIV/AIDS control counseling and management, Climate Change, Tree crop nursery establishment and management, etc.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, map development and Mapping Services.
  • Water and health system facility installation, management and maintenance.
  • ICT and Network software/hardware supply, installation, management and maintenance.

UNAAB Universal Conservices Director, Prof. Akin Omotayo

 

UNAAB TO Host Environmental Management Conference

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), will be hosting the 2011 Environmental Management Conference.
The Conference titled “Managing Coastal and Wetland Area of Nigeria”, will hold between September 12 - 15, 2011 at the University’s Senate Chamber and the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatres II and III.
A release issued by the immediate past Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), Professor Toyin Arowolo, informed that the Conference will be organized in collaboration with the Africa Geoscience Review, Paris, France, as well as Scientists from the University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and the University of Ibadan.
According to the release, professionals in the Water, Public Health, Urban Planning and Infrastructural Development sectors will review the challenges and proffer solutions to environmental management in the coastal and wetland areas of Nigeria, while discussing best practice, regulation and innovations for the provision of safe and green environment.

The Conference will be declared opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

There Is Dignity in Labour - AMREC Director

 

The Director, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), Professor Carolyn Afolami, has advised students to imbibe appropriate mindset on career choices even as she declared that there is dignity in labour.

She made this declaration at the opening ceremony of the training workshop on fish farming, organized for selected secondary school students in Ogun State by the Extension and Adaptive Research Programme arm of AMREC.

According to her, food insecurity had become perennial in Nigeria, as people preferred white-collar jobs to agriculture and that UNAAB has come up with programmes to promote early interest in agriculture by the youths.

Giving a statistics on the amount Nigeria spends on importing food items, she said 630 billion naira was spent annually on importing food items into the country, stating that out of it, 106 billion naira is spent on fish importation, alone.

She decried the level of importation, despite the fact that Nigeria is blessed with good weather, climate and fertile soil for agriculture. She called on youths to have a change of mindset by venturing into agriculture, as not everybody can be absorbed into white collar jobs.

Prof. Afolami, who described agriculture as the solution to most of the problems being faced in Nigeria, admonished the students to develop interest in it as this could help to reduce poverty, unemployment and food insecurity.

She implored the students to always put into practice, all they learnt during the workshop and heard about the nation’s problem while should also contribute their quota through the practice of agriculture.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke, said the Project was put in place to assist schools in re-tracing their steps towards impacting the spirit of entrepreneurship on students, particularly at the secondary level.

He said the goal of the project was to impact through training, the practical skills and knowledge relevant to agricultural activities, develop positive attitudes toward manual labour, thus encouraging self-reliance, making education relevant to culture, equipping school leavers for job opportunities that are most likely to be available in rural areas, thereby reducing the rural-urban drift and generating income for schools.

The selected schools were, Salawu Abiola Comprehensive High School, Taidob College, Asero High School, Abeokuta, Girls Grammar School, all in Abeokuta and Yewa College, Ilaro.

 

Dr. Bolaji Laid To Rest

... UNAAB Pays Last Respect

Rep. of the VC, the DVC (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke in mourning mood
while leading the Academic Procession in honour of the deceased, Dr. Akinkunmi Bolaji.

 

Free-flow emotions and tributes were abundantly rendered last Friday, as the University community bade eternal farewell to one of its academic members, Engr (Dr.) Gbolagade Akinkunmi Bolaji.

The remains of the Oje, Ibadan, Oyo State-born Dr. Bolaji, of the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG),of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, was interred at exactly 1:20 p.m. at the Anglican Church Cemetery, Kobape Road, Abeokuta, amid rendition of hymns and supplication for the repose of his soul.

He was later laid to rest with the performance of the dust to dust rite, by the immediate members of the family that he left behind.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke, led a powerful delegation of the University community to pay the last respect to the departed colleague, at the graveside.

Notable among the delegation, was the Acting University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikatu Salaam, Deans and Directors, as well as the Chairman of UNAAB’s Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Siji Sowande.

Speaking at the funeral service, held at the late Dr. Bolaji’s Obantoko residence, the representative of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Segun Lagoke, extolled the virtues of the late Lecturer.

According to him, “We have lost a titan.  You don’t have to be a Professor to be valued. Dr. Bolaji was a motivator, father to many students, brother to many staff, and confidant to many people.  He was very dear to us in UNAAB’’.

Professor Lagoke said the deceased will be mostly remembered in the University for his invaluable contributions to the establishment of the College of Engineering.

Earlier in his sermon, the officiating Clergy, Pastor Francis Akinnehin, charged family members and sympathizers to devote their lives to the services of God, urging them to serve God in truth and in spirit, in order to make heaven.

Late Dr. Bolaji ended his life’s sojourn, on Friday, July 22, 2011 at the age of 52.

 

 

Dr. Ekhomu Tasks Varsities On Crime Reduction

The Security Consultant, Dr. Ona Ekhomu (arrowed) delivering the Lecture at the 2nd DNA Finger Printing Workshop at the Senate Chamber

A top Management and Security Consultant, Dr. Ona Ekhomu has called on Universities in the country to help in bringing to life, the identification of physical evidences which could help to reduce crime and criminality in the country.

He made this call while delivering a lecture titled, “Utilization of Forensic Science In Reducing Crime and Criminality In Nigeria” at the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd DNA Fingerprinting Workshop, organized by the Genomic Group, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,

in conjunction with the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR); the Department of Biotechnology, India; Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy; and the Centre for DNA Finger-Printing and Diagnosis, Hyderabad, India.

Describing the University as a place where information and facts, pertaining to evidences could be ascertained, he beckoned on Universities to help in bringing to life, the identification of physical evidences and also help in organizing programmes that could reduce crime and criminality in the country.

Dr. Ekhomu, who defined Forensic Science, as the use of science to enhance the probative value of evidence said it could be useful in criminal prosecution, civil litigation, wrongful discharge matters, establishing innocence, among others.

The Consultant therefore cautioned that professionals only, should be engaged in Forensic Science and that people should not use it to implicate other citizens.

He also admonished Police detectives to desist from confession-led policing, but embrace the evidence standard method, in order to reduce crime and criminality.

Giving some tips on how to reduce crime, Forensic culture should be created for Police agencies; new crime scene procedures should be established; judges should be made to appreciate Forensic Science; citizens should not disturb crime scenes, among others, he stated.

In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, expressed satisfaction with the workshop, declaring, “you will agree with me that organizing this workshop is in fulfillment of the mandates of the University, particularly, taking the “gown to town”.

“It is expected that through this medium, the University will be assisting government, not only in providing awareness and educating the people on the various applications and benefits of DNA analysis and its likely effects in crime prevention, the Workshop will also pro-actively look into some likely problems of DNA finger-printing applications.”, he added.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke, the Vice-Chancellor described Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA) Finger-printing as a technique which can be applied to virtually every aspect of human activities.

In her remarks, the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Prof. Elizabeth Balogun, disclosed that the workshop was organized, in order to adequately train manpower that will domesticate and indigenize the technology and make sure that the benefits of genetic finger-printing reached the society.

The ceremony also had in attendance, resource persons from the All Indians Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India; Dr. Anupuma Raina; the Director of the Biotechnology Centre, UNAAB, Prof. Okanlawon Onagbesan and the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Prof. Segun Osinowo.

 

 

UNESCO offers Job Opportunity

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) requires the services of a Coordinator for its Addis Ababa, International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA).
A release signed by the Secretary-General, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, Mrs. Magdalene Anene-Maidoh, stated that interested candidates can apply on-line at http//:unesco.org/employment.
The closing date for application is August 16, 2011.

INHURD Begins Sale Of Forms

The Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD) has commenced sale of forms into its Pre-degree, Foundation Science and Part-Time degree programme.

In a release by the Institute, candidates for these programmes should possess at least 5 ‘O’ level Credit passes in WASC, SSCE, NECO, GCE or its equivalent in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science at not more than 2 sittings.  Pass in Physics may be acceptable for candidates who intend to apply to Agriculture programme.

Candidates who possess NCE/OND or HND Certificate in related courses from Institutions recognized by the University Senate may apply for Direct Entry into the Part-Time degree programme.

Application forms could be obtained on payment of a non-refundable fee of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00)  through Union Bank, Panseke, Abeokuta. The bank Teller is expected to be presented at any of the following Centres: INHURD, Mawuko Village, Abeokuta Room C202; Senate Building UNAAB; UNAAB Staff School, Isale Igbein, Abeokuta or Union Bank, Panseke, Abeokuta.

Candidates awaiting May/June 2011 SSCE and/or NECO results may also apply and submit the results to INHURD Office as soon as they are released.

For further enquiry or assistance please call 08038574291 or 080231906657.

 

UNAAB Sponsors Nurses Training

Fifteen Nurses of the University’s Health Centre, have benefited from sponsorship to a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun gave the approval in view of the fact that the affected Nurses needed to undergo the programme, to pave way for the renewal of their professional license.
The Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Mrs. T. M. Okuboye, while appreciating Management for the gesture, said the programme would improve the Nurses’ skills and also enhance the quality of nursing care to the University community.

UNAAB Picked for 16th Int’l Symposium on Roots and Crops ..as Prof. Lateef Sanni becomes Vice President, ISTRC

It was a moment of double honour for the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), as the International Society for Tuber & Root Crops (ISTRC), granted her the hosting right of its 16th International Symposium, just as the University’s Director of Leventis Memorial Centre for Learning (LEMCEL), Professor Lateef Oladimeji Sanni, was appointed the Society’ First Vice President.
Consequent of the decision, the University will play host to the 16th edition of the Society’s symposium where participants are expected from at least 54 countries, across continents.
The news was broken by the President of ISTRC, Professor Andrew Westby, who added that the Symposium is slated for September 23 – 28, 2012 with the proposed theme, The Roots and Tuber of Global Development.
Participants will also look at policies favourable to enhancing the contribution of roots and tubers to development, the global scenario on production as well as the application of new scientific and technical knowledge on roots and tubers.
The new Vice President, Professor Sanni will double as the Chairman of the Symposium’s Local Organising Committee, with the responsibility of ensuring that necessary logistics were put in place for a hitch-free and successful hosting.
Sanni, a professor of Food Science and Technology is the current President, University Alumni and the Country Manager for Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA),  a Bill and Melinda Gate initiative.
In a swift reaction, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has congratulated Professor Sanni for the achievements as well as for his relentlessness in constantly putting the University in global reckoning.
Professor Balogun has therefore assured that the Management will put its full weight behind the Local Organizing Committee, in making sure that nothing was left undone to achieve a landmark hosting, noting that if well-managed, the Symposium, aside from other positive attributes it portends, will impact positively on the local economy, particularly that of the University.


WEB RANKING: UNAAB Emerges 7th Position

 

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) has again raised the bar of excellence in the latest World Universities Web Ranking by emerging 7th position in Nigeria.

The University competed favourably with other first generation Universities and took a step forward as it ranked 7th as against the 8th position released in the last Web ranking of World Universities in July, 2011.

According to the result of the ranking, University of Jos, University of Nigeria , Nsukka and Covenant University trailed UNAAB from behind with 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively.

The results further revealed Institutions on the list, to include Auchi Polytechnic; 11th position, National Open University of Nigeria; 12th Position and the University of Portharcourt; 13th position.

 

 

 

 

World Ranking: Fact Misrepresentation on Nigerian Varsities

It is not the usual management practice of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), to resort to rejoinder in correcting media misrepresentation. This tradition is precipitated against several denominators, one of which is the fact that the institution enjoys a leading and mutually healthy relationship with the media, among contemporaries and also the appreciation of the Herculean task of practicing crisp journalism against the realities of our peculiar socio-cultural setting.
The University was almost constrained to shift on this tradition when a national daily erroneously reported, through a feature titled World Ranking: Same Old Story for Nigerian Universities, where it was reported that UNAAB was rated 8th in Nigeria and 7,617th in the world.
It initially looked cynical as the report was credited to an authentic source, therefore raising question as to the genuine intention of the article. The error started with the paper attributing the best ranked University in Nigeria to the University of Ilorin, followed by the University of Jos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Lagos, for 2nd to 4th, in that order. The report also allocated 5th to 7th positions to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the National Open University, respectively.
We were about informing our media friends of this gaffe, when two others, came out with other diverging versions of the world ranking. Gladly though, one was able to get an accurate bearing (but for a slight hitch in the global placement of University of Ibadan).
The initial reaction of UNAAB was to correct the misrepresentation and place the records in proper perspective as to the impressive strides of UNAAB regarding this issue. Afterall, nobody relishes being denied its due recognition, particularly, where energies were sapped to achieve uncommon feat. The University, however, felt a stronger responsibility in helping Nigerians to appreciate the accurate representation of the web ranking, particularly our stakeholders, who toil endlessly to achieve excellence. UNAAB might not be occupying the first position presently, but those that carefully follow our exploits reserve no doubt as to our doggedness in taking steady strides to stardom.
Not a few of our associates were embarrassed by the myriad of wrongful reportage of the ranking exercise. Hence, it was imperative that the facts of the global ranking, at least on the part of the nation’s Universities be appropriately expressed in order to check likely bandwagon effects of quoting from wrong sources.
Going back to the issue at hand, the world universities webometrics ranking is a periodic exercise that can be accessed on www.webometrics.info. It is   coordinated by Cybermetrics Lab, a research group affiliated to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain. The latest study indicated that 12,010 out of over 20,000 world universities were rated, with their performances further expressed along continent and country’s strength.

The University of Ibadan led the nation’s pack, polling 3,499th in the world and 41st in Africa. UI is closely followed by the University of llorin, ABU and OAU, rated 42nd to 44th, respectively.

Not too distant away is UNAAB, globally rated 4,833rd and not 7,617th as inadvertently claimed.  The institution is 60th in the whole of Africa and 7th, not 8th, in Nigeria.
As a friend of mine would jokingly retort on friendly enquiry of his well-being, ‘’It is okay, but can be better’’. Likewise, the Universities might not be too boisterous of their present ratings, but it will amount to a disservice to just casually wave them away like a pack of under-achievers. I thought it is still a common parlance that Rome was not built in a day. Therefore, some measures of appreciation would not be too much, considering the fact that Nigerian varsities alone were able to grab ten slots of the total figure of 100 healthy higher institutions across Africa.
Such feat had, at least in our experience, far and few between times that Nigerian varsities had mustered the strength to break into the global league. If current stimuli appear to be achieving previously elusive exploits, who then say such could not do with some massaging?

Prof. Apantaku To Represent UNAAB at ADAN

The Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Segun Apantaku, has been appointed to represent the University at the Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigeria (ADAN).
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, gave his approval following Professor Apantaku's unanimous election at the meeting of the University's Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD).
The appointment took effect from August 1, 2011.


Professor Segun Apantaku

 

 

SSANU Delegate Conference Bankole, Salaam Step-Up …Emerged Deputy National President, Zonal Secretary respectively …As members Fete Them

Former National Chairman SSANU, Com. Promise Adewusi, pointing to a thing of interest to UNAAB SSANU Chairman, Com. Abdulsobbur Salaam, (2nd rigtht),  Former UNAAB SSANU Chairman, Com. Emmanuel Bankole, (1st right) and UNAAB SSANU Secretary, Com. Olurotimi Fasuwon.

 

The Acting Director, Environmental Management Unit, Mr. Emmanuel Bankole and a Senior Assistant Registrar, Senate and Admission, Mr. Abdulsobbur Salaam, have done the University proud.
Comrade Bankole, a former Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), UNAAB branch and Vice-Chairman, Ogun State Council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), emerged the Deputy National President of SSANU, while Comrade Salaam, who is the incumbent Branch Chairman of the Union was re-elected as the Secretary for the Western Zone.
According to a release, signed by SSANU’s image-maker, Mr. A.A Olafimihan, Com. Bankole was outstanding in the election, trouncing his opponent with an  overwhelming vote of 213 as against 102 polled by his challenger, at the just concluded SSANU Second Triennial National Delegate Conference, held at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Com. Salaam was also on song as he was returned unopposed for a second term of office, based on his enviable performance record in his first tenure.
With his return, Com. Salaam has made history as the first Secretary of SSANU, Western zone, to be re-elected.
The duo of Bankole and Salaam hoisted the University flag higher before eminent personalities, including the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Mukhtar Yaro, a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Professor Sheikh Abdulahi, who graced the Conference.
Also in attendance at the Conference, was the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Abdulahi Mustapha and the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Abdullwaheed Omar.
Meanwhile, Comrade Samson Chikioke Ugwoke has emerged SSANU National President.
He took over from Com. Promise Adewusi who is the incumbent Deputy President of NLC.
In the meantime, a reception has been held in honour of the newly elected officers at the Auditorium of the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) of UNAAB.
Speaking at the Reception, the Branch Chairman, Comrade Salaam, in reference to the victories at the polls said “What we witnessed on Friday was an overwhelming support for UNAAB SSANU at the national level’’.
He disclosed that Comrade Bankole “did not put himself up “for election, rather he received an overwhelming support from the majority.

UNAAB Appoints Coordinator of Registry


Mrs. Kuforiju

The Management has appointed Mrs. Christiana Bisola Kuforiji as Co-ordinator of the University’s Registry.
According to a release signed by the Deputy Registrar, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mr. Aniediabasi D. Udofia, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the appointment of Mrs. Kuforiji took effect from Monday, August 1, 2011.
It states that the appointment of Mrs. Kuforiju, who is currently the Director,
Executive Affairs, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, is in recognition of her capability to give administrative leadership and make positive contribution to the overall development of the University.

CBN Endows UNAAB with Management Sciences Complex ...project to be completed this year

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (arrowed) stressing a point to the visiting CBN team on the need to complete the project on schedule

The nation’s apex financial institution, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has finalized arrangements to endow the University with a building complex that will house the proposed College of Management Sciences.
The development came just as the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun disclosed that the University will commence courses in Management Sciences in two months time.
Speaking at a parley with the University Management, the leader of the CBN team and Senior Project Manager, Mr. Gabriel Eluma, assured that the edifice will be completed “towards the end of the year”.
The Vice-Chancellor had set the ball rolling when he asked Mr. Eluma rhetorically, “should we expect the completion of the building by March next year”?
Responding swiftly, Mr. Eluma declared, “we are looking towards the end of the year as the fund is already budgeted and the Consultant is working on schedule”.
Speaking further, Eluma, said the project Consultant, who incidentally was on the entourage had been directed, to as usual, “work on strict schedules”, in order to meet the end of the year deadline for the completion of the project.
He stated that the building will be constructed in line with CBN’s quality standard.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was obviously elated at the development, disclosed that the proposed complex will accommodate the College of Management Sciences, expected to take-off with four Departments.
They are the Departments of Banking and Finance, Accounting, Economics and Business Enterprise Management with two options; Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies.
He further disclosed that the edifice will contain other facilities, such as the Lecture Theatre, College Library, ICT Hall, among others.
Professor Balogun told the CBN team that the University had concluded preparations for the smooth take-off of the project, stating that “the site has been cleared and the roads are motorable.  We have also taken into consideration labour, electricity and security”.
Reinforcing the need to adhere strictly to completion deadline, Prof. Balogun appealed to the CBN team, “I want to plead that the element of time should be considered. We should not spend much time talking about the preliminary drawings, let’s swing into action”.
He promised the visitors that the University will be willing to offer any assistance to facilitate early completion, as he assured, “let us know what is expected of us, if there is any, apart from what we have done, so that we don’t slow you down”.