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ADVERT FOR THE POSITION OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN

The position of University Librarian of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria is vacant.  Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position.

THE UNIVERSITY

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, was established on 1st January, 1988. It has attained a position of eminence in various Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and Management Sciences. The University presently has nine (9) Colleges.

THE POSITION

The University Librarian shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the administration of the university library and the coordination of the library services in the University and its campuses, colleges, departments, institutes and other teaching or research units.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must possess a good honours Degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division, Masters and Doctorate degree in Library or Information Science or related field from a recognised University. Candidate must also have at least ten (10) years experience in an academic library as well as cataloguing and automation experience. A strong proof of continuing research with appreciable evidence of scholarly publications both in quality and quantum in reputable international and national journals is required. Candidate must be able to provide academic and administrative leadership. The candidate should not be below the rank of a Deputy University Librarian. 

SALARY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

The remuneration and other conditions of service are as applicable to the post of UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN of all Nigerian Federal Universities and as may be determined from time-to-time by the Government/Governing Council as appropriate.   Fringe benefits include a Pension in consonance with the Contributory Pension Scheme and appropriate allowances as may be approved from time-to-time by the Government/Governing Council.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Applicants are required to submit Thirty (30) copies of their applications and detailed Curriculum Vitae highlighting, among others, the following:

  1. Full Names
  2. Place  and Date of Birth
  3. State of Origin
  4. Home Address
  5. Contact Address
  6. E-Mail Address
  7. Mobile Telephone Number
  8. Nationality
  9. Marital Status
  10. Number and Ages of Children (if any)
  11. Institutions attended with dates
  12. Detailed Academic qualifications obtained, with dates and classification
  13. Working Experience
  14. Present Employment, indicating present status and salary
  15. Publications
  16. Extra Curricular Activities
  17. Referees (3)

 

Each applicant must have three (3) referees who should be requested by the applicant to forward Referee’s Reports under confidential cover by courier service directly to the Vice-Chancellor.

All applications should be submitted by Courier Service under confidential covers in sealed envelopes marked “Post of University Librarian, FUNAAB” to reach the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria, not later than six (6) weeks from the date of this publication.

Only the applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

Signed

Professor O. O. Balogun
Vice-Chancellor

ADVERT FOR THE POSITION OF REGISTRAR

The position of Registrar of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria is vacant.  Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position.

THE UNIVERSITY

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, was established on 1st January, 1988. It has attained a position of eminence in various Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and Management Sciences.  The University presently has nine (9) Colleges.

THE POSITION

The Registrar is the Chief Administrative Officer of the University and shall be responsible to the
Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day administrative work of the University except as regards academic and financial matters.  The Registrar carries an enormous responsibility.  Promotion of the welfare and discipline of a thriving workforce comprising academic and non-teaching staff relies largely on the capability and quality leadership the Registrar can provide. The Registrar is, by virtue of that office, Secretary to Council, Senate, Congregation and Convocation.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must possess a good honours Degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division in Humanities or related disciplines obtained from a recognised University and must have had not less than fifteen (15) years of relevant post-graduation experience in University administration or related institution. The candidate should not be below the rank of a Deputy Registrar or cognate senior management position.  Possession of a higher degree will be an added advantage.

THE CANDIDATE

The candidate shall be a person of rounded character and personality with excellent interpersonal relations. He/She must be able to instil confidence in others and command the loyalty and respect of people.  He/She must fully understand the complexity of a University system and be capable of bringing out the best in the subordinates. Candidates must be Information and Communication Technology (ICT) compliant and be a good team player. He/She must be of pleasant disposition, high integrity and strong moral character so as to inspire and maintain discipline among staff and students.

SALARY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

The remuneration and other conditions of service are as applicable to the post of REGISTRAR of all Nigerian Federal Universities and as may be determined from time-to-time by the Government/Governing Council as appropriate.   Fringe benefits include a Pension in consonance with the Contributory Pension Scheme and appropriate allowances as may be approved from time-to-time by the Government/Governing Council.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Applicants are required to submit Thirty (30) copies of their applications and detailed Curriculum Vitae highlighting, among others, the following:

  1. Full Names
  2. Place  and Date of Birth
  3. State of Origin
  4. Home Address
  5. Contact Address
  6. E-Mail Address
  7. Mobile Telephone Number
  8. Nationality
  9. Marital Status
  10. Number and Ages of Children (if any)
  11. Institutions attended with dates
  12. Detailed Academic qualifications obtained, with dates and classification
  13. Working Experience
  14. Present Employment, indicating present status and salary
  15. Publications
  16. Extra Curricular Activities
  17. Referees (3)

Each applicant must have three (3) referees who should be requested by the applicant to forward their Referee’s Report under confidential cover by courier service directly to the Vice-Chancellor.

All applications should be submitted by Courier Service under confidential covers in sealed envelopes marked “Post of Registrar, FUNAAB” to reach the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria, not later than six (6) weeks from the date of this publication.

Only the applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

Signed

Professor O. O. Balogun
Vice-Chancellor

2011/2012 FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION TIMETABLE

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DAY

COURSE [C SIZE]

TIME

COURSE [C SIZE]

TIME

MONDAY, 5TH  MARCH,  2012

BIO 101 [1500]
ANP 101 [1000]
AEM 201 [1000]
GNS 109 [500]

8:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M
10:15 A.M. –11:45 A.M.
11:45 A.M – 1:15 P.M
1:15 P.M. –  2:00 P.M.

 

ACC 101 [500]
FIS 309 [1400]
GNS 204 [500]

2:30 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.
3:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M
5:15 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

TUESDAY, 6TH
MARCH , 2012

CHM 101[3000]
BCH 201 [500]
ETS 101 [500]

8:00 A. M. – 12:30 P.M
12:30 P.M – 1:15 P.M
1:15 P.M. –  2:00 P.M

 

PCP 301 [1000]
SOS 211 [1000]

2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M
4:00 P.M – 5:30 P.M

WEDNESDAY, 7TH  MARCH, 2012

PHS  101 [1000] 
PHS 105 [1600]
AEM 301[1000]
ECO 101 [500]

8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M
9:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M
11:45 A.M. –1:15 P.M
1:15 P.M. –  2:00 P.M.

 

GNS 202 [500]
ABG 301 [1000]

 

2:30 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.
3:15 P.M. – 4:45 P.M

THURSDAY,  8TH  MARCH Y, 2012

MTS 101 [1100]
MTS 105 [1600]

8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M
9:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

 

ECO 103 [500]
GNS 101 [1500]

3.00PM -3.45 PM
4:45 P.M – 6:00 P.M

FRIDAY, 9TH  MARCH , 2012

PCP 101 [1000]
APH 301 [1000]
CHM 211 [500]
APH 403 [60]

8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M
9:30 A.M – 11:00 A.M
11:00 A.M – 11:45 A.M
11:45 A.M. – 12:30 P.M

 

GNS 103 [1100]
GNS 107 [500]
CALLBACK

2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
4:00 P.M – 4:45 P.M
4:45 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

MONDAY, 12TH  MARCH , 2012

BIO 103 [1500]
ANP 201 [1000]
GNS 201 [900]
PBS 401 [500]

8:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M
10:15 A.M – 11:45 A.M.
11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M
1:15 P.M. –  2:00 P.M.

 

ARD 301 [1000]
GNS 102 [1000]

2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M

TUESDAY,  13TH MARCH , 2012

STS 201 [3000]
WMA 403 [1000]

8:00 A. M. – 12:30 P.M
12:30 P. M. – 2:00 P. M

 

FST 201 [1500]

2:30 P.M – 4:45 PM
4:45 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, 14TH  MARCH , 2012

PRM 201 [1100]
GNS 203 [1000]
AGE 321 [1000]

8:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.
9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M – 12:30 P.M

 

CSC 201 [2500]

1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

THURSDAY, 15TH MARCH , 2012

PCP 201 [2500]
FWM 314 [800]
PHS 251 [800]

8:00 A. M. – 11:45 A.M.
11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M
1:15 P.M. –  2:45 P.M.

 

MTS 103 [600]
CALLBACK

3:00 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.
3:45 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.

FRIDAY, 16TH MARCH , 2012

ANN 303 [1500]
FWM 201 [1100]

8:00 A. M. – 10:15 A.M.
10:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M

 

CALL BACK

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE VACANT POSITIONS OF DEPUTY UNIVERSITY LIBRARIANS

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE VACANT POSITIONS OF DEPUTY UNIVERSITY LIBRARIANS

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the vacant positions of Deputy University Librarians in the Library of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

The Positions
The Deputy University Librarians will assist the University Librarian in the day-to-day running and coordination of the services of the Main University Library and also the College Libraries.

The Person
Applicants should be knowledgeable and experienced in the Management of university libraries. He/She must possess requisite skills to manage and further develop an ICT-oriented Library.

Qualifications
Candidates should possess a good honours degree and the professional Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences, with at least twelve (12) years post-qualification cognate experience, preferably in the university system. The candidates must show evidence of substantial contribution to knowledge through research and publications in local and international library science journals.

Salary
The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 06 (N2,053,124.00 – N2,684,096.00).

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Candidates should forward their applications with two (2) copies
of their Credentials and Curriculum Vitae in the order stated below:

01.        PERSONAL
(i)         Name in full:  (Surname first in Capital letters)
(ii)         Date of Birth:
(iii)        Place of Birth:
(iv)        Age:
(v)        Sex:
vi)         Marital Status:
vii)        Nationality:
viii)       State of Origin:
(ix)        Local Government:
(x)        Senatorial District:
(xi)        Contact Address:
(xii)       Phone Number:
(xiii)      E-mail Address:
(xiv)      Present Employer:
(xv)       Present Post and Salary (both level and amount):
(xvi)      Post Applied for:

02.        EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Educational Institutions Attended (with dates)
  • Academic and Professional Qualifications (with dates)
  • Prizes, Honours, National and International Recognition

03.          WORK EXPERIENCE
04.          SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE
05.          COMMENDATION
06.          MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
07.          EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
08.          PUBLICATIONS
09.          REFEREES

………………………...............................
Signature                              Date

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

These are as obtainable in the Public Service of Nigeria
and the University System.

 

Applicants should request their nominated referees to forward their reports under separate and confidential cover directly to:

THE ACTING REGISTRAR,
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE,      ABEOKUTA,
P. M. B. 2240, ABEOKUTA,
OGUN STATE.

CLOSING DATE
Application closes six (6) weeks from the date of this advertisement.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by e-mail
or through their cell phone numbers.

* Candidates from outside South-West Geo-Political Zone of the country are encouraged to apply.

(signed)

C. B. Kuforiji (Mrs.)
Acting Registrar

 

On-going Projects: VC Expresses Satisfaction


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (middle) with some Principal Officers and top officials, while leaving the magnificent VC’s Lodge during the Inspection Tour.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has expressed satisfaction at the quality of works done so far in virtually all the on-going projects in the University.

Professor Balogun gave his nod while inspecting the projects, billed for commissioning before the expiration of his tenure, in May.

Accompanied by Principal Officers and other top officials of the University, Professor Balogun, who was guided on the tour by the Director of Physical Planning Unit, Mr. Babatunde Ayodele, inspected the Zoological Garden, FUNAAB Staff School, Chancellor’s Lodge, Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge, International Scholars’ Complex, Guest House, 500-capacity Computer Laboratory and four female Hostels.

The Vice-Chancellor, who spent over three hours, conducting an on-the-spot assessment of the projects, commended most of the contractors for a job well done.

Professor Balogun did not spare the rod in chastising a few contractors for foot-dragging and failing to polish their jobs at the site.

Consequently, the Vice-Chancellor directed the Director of Physical Planning Unit, Mr. Ayodele, to give letters of warning and notices of deadline to all the affected contractors, for a speedy completion of the projects.

He pointed out that the measure became imperative, in order to ensure that all hands are on deck, to ensure the completion of the projects, as scheduled.

Prof. Balogun stated that the University had put necessary facilities and logistics in place to enhance the work of contractors on site and to guarantee timely completion of assignments.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the enabling facilities include access roads, electricity, proper funding and reliable security network.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed delight at the level of work on ground, warning however, that “everything should be done before request is made for final evaluation”.

Professor Balogun described the level of work done as high, when compared with what took place, ten days earlier, when he last visited the project, as “heart-warming”.

He charged the contractor, who promised to work midnight and even on Sundays, in order to meet completion deadline - to be “more proactive”.

The Chancellor’s Lodge, a magnificent white bungalow, is an architectural master piece to behold.

The topography and the interior of the “White House” with its glittering and alluring royal touch caught the attention of the Vice-Chancellor’s entourage, who described the finishing as perfect.

Prof. Balogun, who was elated with the high level of work done informed that “one unique feature of this building is the sprawling space that we have here. If you look at the amount of space, you don’t need to go out and be looking for space to rent when you have any social function”.

Apart from the exotic main building, adjoining it are a guest chalet and boy’s quarter, meant for domestic assistants.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge is sandwiched between the Chancellor’s and Pro-Chancellor’s lodges. It is strategically located in the University and contains a 3-bedroom guest chalet.

The topography of the Lodge is mountainous; while the structure, a state of the art duplex, is imposing and conspicuous, thus, providing an aerial view of the Senate Building, ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library and Colleges.

Adjacent to the Lodges is a 24-room Ensuite Guest House.

Prof. Balogun commended the contractor, Sir Ipinyemi, for his knack for quality job saying, “I can’t  but praise the meticulousness in your work and which nobody can beat”.

Commenting on the Guest House, Prof. Balogun described it as an income-generating venture for the University.

 

 

 

 

Sports’ Directorate Moves to New Office Complex


A panoramic view of the new Sports’ Complex. Inset: Sports’ Director, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki

The Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun-led administration has recorded another feat with the movement of the Sports’ Directorate, to a newly-constructed, ultra-modern office complex, located at the University’s Sports’ Centre.

The nine offices and a Conference Room in the new building are tastefully furnished while the Equipment Store is well fitted with cabinet and trolleys.

Commenting on the new office complex, the Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki said: “As a matter of fact, I want to thank our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for his visionary leadership.  In the history of FUNAAB, it has never happened this way for sports”.

“For 23 years, the Directorate of Sports has never had a befitting office until now, courtesy of our sports loving Vice-Chancellor”, he added.

The Directorate moved to a befitting permanent office complex, on January 3, prompting the new Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki to declare biblically that: “when God returns the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream”.

The office is a sight to behold when FUNAAB Bulletin crew arrived the imposing architectural masterpiece, which has added to the aesthetic value of the University.

Speaking further, the Sports’ Director stated: “let me confess to you, our new office is already having a positive impact on the psychology of members of staff of the Directorate because this is the first time they are having a tastefully furnished office with privacy”.

Mr. Oluwatoki described the new office as a morale booster to members of staff of the Directorate and athletes, assuring that they will justify the huge investment of the University on sports “because to whom much is given, much is expected”.

With the movement, the Directorate has joined other arms of the University, which have recently relocated to their permanent edifices.

Among these are the Postgraduate School, College of Food and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), and College of Management Sciences (COLMAS).

 

 

INEC Commissioner Lauds FUNAAB

Rep. of the VC, the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (Left) listening to the newly-appointed Ogun State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Sam Olumekun during the latter’s Courtesy Visit to FUNAAB.


The newly-appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in charge of Ogun State, Mr. Sam Olumekun has expressed the gratitude of the Commission to the University Management for its immense contributions towards the success of the 2011 general elections.

 

Mr. Olumekun gave the commendation during a courtesy visit, to the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, who formally presented copies of the INEC’s legal and constitutional framework for the 2011 Election to the Vice-Chancellor noted that Professor Balogun exhibited the excellence which the University is known for, being the first Collation and Returning Officer in the country, to submit his results for the 2011 Presidential Election.

According to him, the act confirms the fact that, “you (FUNAAB) are people of distinction. We want to assure you that you remain in the forefront for the success that is today acclaimed over last year general elections, as far as Ogun State is concerned”.

Mr. Olumekun said he looked forward to the continued support of the University to the operations of INEC.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Felix Salako, assured the Commissioner of the University’s continued support to INEC.

Professor Salako said the accolades accorded the University stemmed from the transformational leadership of Professor Balogun, who has made efficiency and productivity the policy thrust of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor lauded the integrity of the leadership of INEC, under the Chairmanship of Professor Attahiru Jega, praying that God will continue to empower and lift the Commission to greater heights.

 

GRECC Hands-Over to CENTS

 

The Graduate Records and Career Centre (GRECC), of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), has formally handed over its affairs to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), under the headship of the Director, Professor Kayode Bamgbose.

During the handing-over ceremony, the out-gone Director of GRECC, Dr. (Mrs.) Helen Bodunde expressed her delight for over-seeing the affairs of the Directorate.

Recounting her experience, she noted that the assignment had been challenging and fulfilling, as it afforded her the opportunity of moulding the lives of students, under her care.

Dr. Bodunde highlighted that the objective of counselling was aimed at empowering the students to identify and appropriately shape their objectives, talents and skills.

According to her, a lot of efforts had been made, while substantial achievements had equally been recorded by GRECC.

She added that “working in the Centre has been exciting and fulfilling, because it meets my passion and working with the Vice-Chancellor has been a shared passion for the all-round development of the students”.

Dr. (Mrs.) Bodunde assumed office as the Director of GRECC, in August, 2009.

 

Scholarship Award, a Big Surprise – Sports’ Director

The Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki has described the scholarship awarded to a 300-level student, Miss Aramide, Opeyemi Afisat by the University, for winning several medals for the institution at national and international competitions, as a “big surprise”.

Speaking during a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, the Director said: “we were already contemplating the idea of pushing the reward and honour, but unknown to us that the Vice-Chancellor had gone miles ahead”.

“The scholarship award, therefore, came to us as a surprise and this has again demonstrated the fact that our Vice-Chancellor is a visionary and sport-loving leader”, he added.

He stated that the scholarship award is a good motivator to other athletes, indicating that the University is committed to rewarding those who excelled.

Mr. Oluwatoki also disclosed that the Directorate was presently working assiduously to turn other athletes to gold medalists, in future.

Miss. Aramide, a student in the Department of Statistics, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) was awarded scholarship, covering school fees, free residential hall space and payment of N20, 000.00 as book allowance per session, until the completion of her First Degree programme, with effect from the 2011/2012 academic session.

Aramide had done the University proud by winning gold and silver medals in the Light Weight Category at the Korean Ambassador Cup and the West African Taekwondo Championship, held in Abuja.

She had earlier won gold medals at the last edition of the Nigeria Universities Games Association (NUGA), held in Benin, Edo State.

 

VC Tasks Union Bank on Virile Banking

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (Left),  listening to the Zonal Coordinator, Union Bank Plc, Mr. Adeleke Ogunde during the Bank officials’ courtesy visit to FUNAAB.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has charged authorities of the Union Bank Plc on how to sustain customers and put the financial institution on a solid footing in the nation’s banking industry.

Professor Balogun, who disclosed that he had been banking with the Union Bank Plc, since 1971 made this known when the Bank’s Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Adeleke Ogunde and Head of Operations, Mr. W. A. Olasunkanmi paid him a courtesy call, at the Council Chamber.

The Vice-Chancellor enjoined the Management of Union Bank to, as a matter of necessity and urgency, drop its conservative style of operations and embrace the modern, pro-active approach by engaging the right personnel who possess fresh and dynamic ideas that could move the Bank forward.

“I want to advise that conservatism has to be removed, not that you won’t follow the best practices but there is need to relax. When you have too conservative elements that are not allowing fresh ideas, you will be having problems. Some of your personnel have lost steam, they have lost ideas and that is why they are still doing the same thing, the same way”, he added.

Speaking further, Prof. Balogun while responding to the remarks of Mr. Ogunde, also advised the Bank’s Management to embark on  image laundering of the financial institution, using its strength in assets, as a launching pad.

He disclosed that FUNAAB had been patronizing Union Bank Plc, since 1983. He was of the opinion that what was needed for the Bank to get more patronage from tertiary institutions is for the Management to step up on its social responsibility programmes.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, warned that except the measures identified were put in place, high level patronage will continue to elude the Bank.

“When we have a meeting like this, we shouldn’t make political statements or deceive ourselves.  It is difficult for you to gather customers but it is very easy to disperse them.  Some of your customers, who watched helplessly as their money disappeared later suffered semi-paralysis as a result of sudden shock”.

“We only hope that history won’t repeat itself.  The fear of Nigerians today lies in the ugly experiences of Cadbury, Unilever and the Banking industry.  We shouldn’t deceive ourselves, once beaten, twice shy”.

Prof. Balogun, however, assured the Bank that: “morally, I will find it difficult to stop patronizing you.  Anywhere we are that affinity and morality will always count”.

Earlier in his speech, the Zonal Coordinator of the Bank, Mr. Leke Ogunde dismissed as untrue and misleading, a media report that the Bank has been put on sale.

Mr. Ogunde admitted that though the Bank had some tough times, but gave the optimism that it was already coming out of the challenge stronger, to serve customers better.

 

 

Prof. Adewumi Bags NSE Award, Students Too

Engr. (Pa) Bolu Oyebolu (Left), presenting the NSE Award of Excellence to Prof. Babatunde Adewumi, being assisted by his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Olajumoke Adewumi.

 

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), last Thursday took the centre stage of honour at the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Abeokuta Branch’s investiture of its new Chairman, induction of new members, Award Ceremony and Quarterly Lecture.

FUNAAB was the cynosure of all eyes at the event, held at the Adesba Hotel, Panseke, Abeokuta as five members of the University Community and students took turn to receive plaques and certificates as a mark of honour.

A Professor of Food Engineering, Department of Agricultural Engineering, FUNAAB, Prof.  Babatunde Adewale Adewumi led the team of honorees, who did the University proud at the event.

Prof. Adewumi, who was accompanied to the event by his wife bagged the NSE Award of Excellence, amid pomp and pageantry.

Moments after he received the Award, the Dean of College of Engineering (COLENG), Prof. Samuel Adejuyigbe and Prof. Joel Esiri, were joined by other members of the University community to felicitate with the awardees.

The tempo of accolades for FUNAAB heightened when two undergraduates won a keenly contested Essay competition in Engineering by emerging Second and Third respectively.

They are: Ajibade, Seun of the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Okpala, Ifeanyi Udodilim of the Department of Civil Engineering.

In the same vein, two members of the University Community, Miss. Olusola Olufunke Nuga and Mr. Benedict Uche Anyanwu were also inducted as new members of NSE.

In his acceptance speech, the new and the 11th Chairman of NSE, Engr. Revd. Awotunde Adebola Awolana promised to sustain the confidence reposed in him by taking the Society to greater heights.

Engr. Awotunde, who is the Acting General Manager of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) sought the cooperation of all stakeholders towards making his tenure a huge success.

 

Change of Designation

 

Management has approved the re-designation of the headship of the University’s Webometrics Centre.

According to a release by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, the headship of the Webometrics Centre, hitherto addressed as Co-ordinator, has now been changed to Head, Webometrics Centre, with immediate effect.

The release further informed that all correspondence with the old designation remain valid.

 

INHURD Gets Deputy Director, HOPs

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the appointment of Dr. O. A. Akinloye of the Department of Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) as the Deputy Director, Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD).

Similarly, Dr. (Mrs.) I. A Kehinde of the Department of Biological Sciences, COLNAS has been re-appointed as Head of Foundation Science Programme.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji informed that the appointment and re-appointment, which were on the recommendations of the Director, INHURD, are with effect from January 2012, for a period of two years, respectively.

 

'FUNAAB FM will be a Reference Point'

 

The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC-trained personnel in the University’s FM Radio, Mr. Rufai Oseni, has predicted that the Radio Station will be a reference point among its peers, very soon.

Mr. Oseni, who made this known while fielding questions from FUNAAB Bulletin, noted that the station is ready to make impact in the University community, as a force to reckon with.

The Broadcaster, a 500-level student in the Department of Animal Physiology, added that the ethics of the media profession will be strictly adhered to by embarking on well researched, self-sustained and unbiased news and current affairs programmes.

On the quality of programming, he disclosed that state-of –the-art equipment that is already available in the studio will make the FUNAAB FM Radio to be “a nucleus of the world in our small environment”.

“Presently, 10 students are on training daily at the studio where we teach them the nitty-gritty of how to cast news and create quality programmes”, he added.

Mr. Oseni, however, called on members of staff of the University to make use of the opportunity of showcasing their talents by coming up with innovations that would help to take the Radio Station to greater heights.

 

RGGH Opens Eatery on Campus 

In its bid to provide prompt and exquisite hospitality services to members of the University community, the Royal Greens Guest House (RGGH) has opened a restaurant on campus.

In a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, the Manager of RGGH, Mr. Jacobs Olatunde revealed that the eatery, Royal Kitchen and Pastures commenced operations, last Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the Students’ Centre.

Mr. Olatunde disclosed that the outlet, which is under his direct supervision for efficiency will provide a variety of meals and assorted pastries for its customers.

He assured that the satisfaction of customers would be guaranteed as the services of experienced hands had been engaged.

Mr. Olatunde, who is newly appointed by the University, has over 24 years work experience in the hospitality industry and started his career at the Gateway Hotel, Abeokuta, in 1987.

He enjoined members of staff and students of the University to come around and have a taste of the delicious menu being offered.

FUNAAB Awards Scholarship to 300-Level Student

The University has awarded scholarship to a 300-level student in the Department Statistics, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Miss Aramide, Opeyemi Afisat, for winning several medals for the institution at national and international competitions.

According to a release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Management has noted with great delight, the various medals you have won, both at national and international competitions which have contributed in raising the bar of excellence of the University”.

“The University Management, in acknowledgement of your effort, has approved the award of a scholarship to you until the completion of your First Degree programme in this University”.

The scholarship award covers the payment of her school fees, free residential hall space and payment of N20, 000, as book allowance, per session.

The scholarship award, which takes effect from the 2011/2012 academic session, is renewable annually, subject to good academic standing, at the end of each academic session.

It would be recalled that last December, Miss Aramide won gold and silver medals in the light weight category at the Korean Ambassador Cup and the West African Taekwondo Championship, held in Abuja.

Before then, she had won gold medals at the last edition of the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA), held in Benin, Edo State.

Aramide, popularly called Alhaja by fellow students and teeming fans also won silver medal for Nigeria during the African Youth Taekwondo Championship.

She is the current Sports Secretary in the Iyalode Tinubu Hall of Residence.

 

 

We Are Happy to Resume – FUNAAB Staff

 

Members of staff of the University have expressed delight over their resumption, following the suspension of the recent six-day nationwide strike, called jointly by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), to protest the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

The Alabata Road, permanent site and the Institute for Human Resources and Development (INHURD), Mawuko campus of the University, which were deserted as a result of the strike came back to life as members of staff hurried back to work en-masse in the early hours of last Tuesday, in their bid to beat the 8.30a.m resumption deadline.

Commenting on their resumption, members of staff of the University, who spoke to our reporters said they were happy to be back at work, adding that they would have been happier if the pump price of fuel was reverted to N65.00, per litre.

According to Mr. Ayansola Samuel, a Mail Assistant with the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), “I am happy to be back at work. It is more economical to come to work than staying at home. I discovered that I spent more money staying at home than coming to work”. He added:  “My joy is not full by coming to work because the price of fuel has not been returned to the old price”.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Olanrewaju Seriki, an Executive Officer in the Directorate of Audit said: “I am very happy to be back at work because while staying at home, to keep faith with the strike, one’s body system suddenly became strange and alien to the regularity of work which it is used to.

“If care is not taken, one will start falling sick. Besides, I started feeling bored at home because movement was restricted. For me, it is a mixed reaction because I am not happy that we haven’t reverted to N65, per litre pump price of fuel”.

Also commenting, the immediate past Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), FUNAAB Branch, Mr. Ibukun Fadayiro said: “I am happy to be back at work. During the strike, I was spending money but I couldn’t make withdrawal from banks. Now that we are back, I trust Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, he will soon pay our salaries”.

The Assistant Registrar (Pension Administration), Mr. Jonathan Adebayo said: “Yes, I am happy to resume. Staying at home during the strike was boring. We were just eating and sleeping. Of course, I initially enjoyed the fact that I rested but later, I wasn’t enjoying it again”.

According to Comrade Afeez Adeleke, Higher Executive Officer, Directorate of Audit, “I am happy to be back at work. It is not good to be idle. Staying at home during the strike makes one to be someone idle. However, I am not happy because of failure to revert fuel price to N65”.

 

 

Why I Accepted To Be NANS Patron - FUNAAB VC


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (arrowed) in a cheering mood with members of the University’s Student Union and NANS, Ogun State Chapter during the New Year luncheon, held at the VC’s Lodge

It was a splendid evening, when the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, treated the Executive members of the institution’s Student Union and those of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun State Chapter, to a sumptuous New Year luncheon.

Prof. Balogun, a Patron of NANS in Ogun State, in his usual character, was observed to be relaxed with the student leaders, mingling and interacting freely with them, devoid of any officialdom, in the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge.

On hand, to receive the NANS delegation along with the Vice-Chancellor was his wife, Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun; the Deputy  Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Felix Salako; the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi and the Director, Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD), Prof. Babatunde Kehinde.

Others included the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Prof. Kayode Bamgbose and the Assistant Director/Head, Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye.

The student leaders obviously had a good moment of fun as they were treated to sumptuous meal with choice drinks and good music from a live band.

The reception, which was informal, was not only for wining and dining as the Vice-Chancellor used the forum to showcase his cordial relationship with NANS.

Explaining why he accepted to be the Patron of Ogun NANS, Prof. Balogun stated that “it is based on agreement that we will do things in the best global practice”.

“It is also based on agreement that you will be responsible student leaders, who as a matter of principle, will pursue your grievances with civility and maturity and this is actually what you have been doing. This is why wherever you find NANS, Ogun State Chapter, you can be rest-assured I will be there”, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed that his acceptance to be a Patron was informed by the cordial relationship and peaceful co-existing between him, FUNAAB Students Union Executive and NANS generally.

He explained further: “what we have now (the luncheon) is not just starting now, it’s been on for four years and it is based on your request to pay homage to your Vice-Chancellor and Patron”.

Prof. Balogun assured the student leaders that “whatever is within our means, we will do to really support FUNAABSU and the parent branch of their Union” and prayed God to make the student leaders successful in life.

 

FUNAAB VC Bags OGTV Excellence Award

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has added to his haul of accolades, following his investiture into the Ogun state Television Hall of Fame, penultimate Friday.

Professor Balogun prominently featured as one of the distinguished indigenes of Ogun State accorded honours, in recognition of his selfless contribution to broadcasting, the government and people of Ogun State, with particular reference to information, education, entertainment and industrialisation. Professor Balogun emerged as the sole awardee in the education category.

At the award ceremony, the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former Ogun State Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba and the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, bagged Life Time Achievement Awards.

The Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Lemo and industrialists in the garb of Otunba Subomi Balogun, Otunba Mike Adenuga, Chief Kesington Adebutu, Chief Olatunde Abudu, among others, were given Special Recognition Award.

Hon. Justice Demola Bakre, Mrs. Tinu Dawodu and Mr. Fabio Lanipekun, as well as Chief Kasimawo Laloko, Chief Segun Odegbami and Mrs. Falilat Ogunkoya, were honoured for their individual contributions to sports development.

Reading his citation, Professor Balogun was reckoned to have through his phenomenal development of FUNAAB, impacted in the socio-economic and educational development of Ogun State and Nigeria at large.

In the citation, the Vice-Chancellor was reputed to have demonstrated “awesome capacity for prudent resource management and fund utilization”, an attribute noted to have turned the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, into a model for comparative analysis and benchmarking.


FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (Right) receiving the award from the Ogun State Comm. for Information, Alh. Yusuph Olaniyonu 

WANOART Waxes Stronger

Rep. of the Head, PR, the PPRO (M&E), Mr. Kola Adepoju (Left) presenting a copy of the VC’s MidTerm Review, “My Word, My Bond” to Miss Koura Tatiana while WANOART Coordinator, Prof. Isaac Ayelagbe watches with keen interest.

A Postgraduate student from the Université d’ Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin, Koura Windktépé Tatiana, has arrived the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta for an intensive exchange programme, under the West African Network for Organic Agriculture, Research and Training (WANOART).

 

Miss Koura was received on behalf of the University by the Co-ordinator of the Network, which has its secretariat in FUNAAB, Professor Isaac Ayelagbe, who also led her to the Directorate of Public Relations, for a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin.

Prof. Ayelagbe said Miss Koura, “will be here for eight weeks to research into the intensification of the use of indigenous vegetables, with the purpose of rescuing our local vegetables from extinction”.

“She’s doing a study on how to grow the indigenous vegetables and to manage them, to become productive. She will be my guest and that of the University because the Secretariat of the Network is in FUNAAB”, the Coordinator added.

Prof. Ayelagbe disclosed that just as the University was receiving Miss Koura from Universities d’ Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic, “we are also sending students to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and Njala University, Sierra Leone, under the exchange programme”.

Providing insight into the activities of the Network, the former Director of FUNAAB’s Research and Development Centre (RESDEC), now Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), said it is a regional initiative that involved five Universities in West Africa and one European institution, that are project partners.

The Universities are the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB); Université d’ Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic; University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana; Njala University, Sierra Leone and Coventry University, United Kingdom.

According to the Coordinator, the overall aim of the project is to increase the level of expertise and synergy in all aspects of Organic Agriculture in West Africa, to make the region less dependent on developed countries.

Prof. Ayelagbe informed that the participation of Sub-Saharan African nations in organic agriculture was relatively recent, adding that countries like Kenya, South Africa and Uganda had made rapid progress in entering the international market, while many West African countries were still lacking the relevant expertise.

The University don said WANOART was established, to address the observed deficiencies by training graduates, farmers, extension officers and civil society organisations in Organic Agriculture.

He explained that “the strategy is to work within the universities, because they are the institutions that generate manpower for policy transformation, interpretation and implementation”.

Prof. Ayelagbe pointed out that “there is a big international business from which partner countries can benefit and use to address unemployment, improve livelihood, food security and environmental protection”.

Miss Koura, while commenting on her coming to FUNAAB, said she looked forward to a pleasant stay because Nigerians are hospitable.

She lauded the aesthetics of FUNAAB campus, promising that as a good mixer, she would make friends among students and members of staff.

 

DPR Shines at Night of Excellence

The Alake  of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okunkenu IV (Left) presenting the Award to the Asst. Dir. and Head, PR, Mr. `Lasun Somoye at the just-concluded FUNAAB’s 3rd Night of Excellence .

The Directorate of Public Relations (DPR), FUNAAB, shone like a galaxy of stars, carting away two awards at the just-concluded University’s 3rd Night of Excellence, held penultimate Sunday, at the Jubilee Multi-Purpose Hall, Bishop’s Court, Onikolobo, Abeokuta.

 

Eminent personalities, guests and well-wishers at the colourful event were thrilled as two members of staff of the Directorate won awards in two different categories.

The Assistant Director and Head, Public Relations, Mr. Peter Olasunkanmi Somoye, blazed the trail by winning the prestigious award of Outstanding Peace Ambassador.

‘Lasun, as the spokesman of the University is fondly called, was cheered and commended by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okunkenu IV, while handing over his Award to him, said: “I was wondering, hoping and expecting if you too will be deserving of an award when you praised one of your subordinates, who was a recipient while you were anchoring”.

Also honoured from the PR Directorate was Mr. James Olusogo Oyelakin, fondly called ‘Sogo the Captain’ and ‘Baba Yemisi’ , by fellow colleagues in the office.

Oyelakin, a Senior Clerical Officer, who doubles as the operator of the University’s Public Address System at official functions, won the Productivity Performance Award (Junior Non-Teaching Staff), and was described as a hardworking staff.

Also winning the Outstanding Peace Ambassador Award, alongside Mr. Somoye, was the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke and the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana.

 

Registry Calls for Pension’s PIN Registration

 

The University has called on members of staff who are yet to register their Personal Identification Numbers, as obtained from their Pension Fund Administrators, in respect of Retirement Savings Account (RSA), with the Pension Administration Unit of FUNAAB, to do so, without delay.

A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, said the registration of their PINs became imperative because the National Pension Commission (PenCom), required the new Nominal Roll format from the University, to aid the remittance of pension contributions of each staff to the Pension Fund Administrators.

The provision of PINs would also facilitate easy remittance of pension contributions to the PFAs.

For further enquiries, the Acting Registrar had enjoined affected staff to contact the Assistant Registrar (Pension), Mr. J. A. Adebayo, in the Pension Administration Unit, Pension House, FUNAAB.

 

Why I Accepted To Be NANS Patron

 

Explaining why he accepted to be the Patron of Ogun NANS, Prof. Balogun stated that “it is based on agreement that we will do things in the best global practice”.

“It is also based on agreement that you will be responsible student leaders, who as a matter of principle, will pursue your grievances with civility and maturity and this is actually what you have been doing. This is why wherever you find NANS, Ogun State Chapter, you can be rest-assured I will be there”, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed that his acceptance to be a Patron was informed by the cordial relationship and peaceful co-existing between him, FUNAAB Students Union Executive and NANS generally.

He explained further: “what we have now (the luncheon) is not just starting now, it’s been on for four years and it is based on your request to pay homage to your Vice-Chancellor and Patron”.

Prof. Balogun assured the student leaders that “whatever is within our means, we will do to really support FUNAABSU and the parent branch of their Union” and prayed God to make the student leaders successful in life.

 

MANCOT Gets Brand New Buses

The Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana handing over  keys of the new buses to the Chairman, MANCOT, Dr. Samson Awokola (middle). With them are the Director (CENIP), Dr. Kayode Akinyemi (1st Right), the Asst. Chief Environmental Officer, Mr. Sunday Bolarinwa (3rd Right) and other FUNAAB Staffers.

 

The University’s Management Committee on Transport (MANCOT), has taken delivery of three brand new 60-Seater TATA buses, to complement the existing transportation fleet for the students.

Speaking at the handing-over of the buses, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who committed the buses into the hands of God, disclosed that the buses were purchased through revenue generated from the Acceptance Fees paid by the newly-admitted students.

Represented by the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Sam Oluwalana, the Vice-Chancellor appealed to the drivers to take proper care of the buses, adding that the buses must be driven with outmost care.

Professor Oluwalana said it would amount to irresponsibility and recklessness on the part of the drivers if any of the buses record unwarranted dents, saying, “Apart from human lives in the buses that you can’t quantify, all other things in it are quantifiable, so take proper care of it to avoid damages”, he cautioned.

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin at the hand-over, the Chairman, MANCOT, who also doubles as the Deputy Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. Samson Awokola, said he was highly elated by the presentation.

Dr. Awokola said the University’s gesture would go a long way at ameliorating the demands of passengers along the Somoorin axis, as the three buses put together has the capacity to convey 300 students at once, whereby 60 of them will be seating and another 40 standing, in each of the buses.

He commended the ingenuity of the Vice-Chancellor for approving regular, monthly servicing agreement with the Offshore Integrated Company Limited (OICL), for the buses, with a revelation that MANCOT would soon be transformed into a full-fledged Bureau of Transportation.

 

 

FUNAABITE Wins Laurels at International Competitions … To Get Scholarship

Petit and Resilient medallist, Miss Aramide, Opeyemi Afisat, has, again done the University proud by winning laurels at international championships.

Her insatiable appetite for medals prodded her at the recently concluded Korean Ambassador Cup and the West African Taekwondo Championship, held in Abuja, where she won Gold and Silver medals, respectively in the Fin Weight Category.

According to a release from the University’s Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki, the 300-level student of Statistics in the College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), made FUNAAB the cynosure of all eyes at the championships.

Never tired of excelling, Aramide had earlier hauled Gold medals at the last edition of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA), held in Benin, Edo State.

Aramide, popularly called Alhaja was also relentless in Morocco, where she won Silver medal for Nigeria during the African Youth Taekwondo Championship.

Impressed by her performances, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has directed that a Congratulatory Letter be sent to Aramide, with a Scholarship Award, for the remaining period of her course in the University.

Miss Aramide is the current Sports Secretary in the Iyalode Tinubu Hall of residence.


Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki

FUNAAB Gets Grant Management Directorate … Appoints Prof. Oyewole As Director

An impetus has been added to the research profile of the University as it has established a Directorate that will facilitate research efforts, by assisting with application for grants and fellowships, negotiation of research contracts and the administration of external funds.
Designated as FUNAAB Grants Management Directorate, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has already approved the appointment of Professor O. B. Oyewole as its Director.
A statement by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji informed that the appointment of Professor Oyewole of the Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) is with effect from January 1, 2012, and it is for a period of two years.
According to the blueprint for the Directorate, its goals include meeting global standards and expectations of donors for accountability, transparency and effective management of research funding, for maximum outputs.
It will also strive to facilitate international research in the University by seeking and providing information to upcoming research schemes and facilitate research management, associated with externally-funded research work in the University.
The overall goal will be to make FUNAAB more competitive in international research and strengthen the administrative base for research grants management.
The Directorate’s principal functions also include the development of research policy for the University and provision of regular Monitoring and Evaluation of the research activities in the University.
It will also ensure that the University’s interests are protected in the negotiation of grants and contracts as it relates to research in the University.
For effective performance, the Directorate will operate through five basic Units.
They are; Research and Development; Training and Policy Unit; Finance Unit; Legal Unit; Research Linkages and Ethics Unit; and FUNAAB Central Laboratory Unit.

Prof. O.B Oyewole

 

Health Centre Marks End-of-the-Year in Grand Style

Cross-section of Health Centre staff members at the End-of-the-Year get-together

 

It was fanfare at the University’s Health Centre as members of staff gathered to hold the End-of-the-Year get-together.
The Director of the Centre, Dr. T.O. Talabi, said the event was held to show gratitude to God for His faithfulness and to appreciate all staff for their dedication to duties in the out-gone year.
Dr. Talabi gave a thumb-up for the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for transforming the Health Centre into a ‘London Hospital’, by equipping it with modern medical facilities.
Speaking at the occasion, the Assistant Director (Nursing), Mrs. T. M. Okuboye, remarked that “We have all worked from January to this day, it is God who has been keeping us and sustaining us and we thank Him for this. We also thank the leadership of the Centre, ably led by Dr. T. O. Talabi, who has been piloting affairs very well.
We may be small in number at the Health Centre, but we have been contributing our quota to the University, because if the staff were not healthy and fit, none of them will be winning awards and laurels,” she added.
The get-together, which was held on the Boxing Day, was used by members of staff to exchange gifts among themselves.

FUNAAB Honours Retiring DPO

The  Ag. Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, presenting a giant Refrigerator on behalf of the University, to the retiring DPO, Obantoko Station, Mrs. Medinat Lawal.

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has lauded the immediate past Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Obantoko Police Station, Mrs. Medinat Lawal, for her selfless service to the University and the public in general.
The Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, gave the commendation, while presenting a giant refrigerator, on behalf of the University to the retiring DPO.
According to the Acting Registrar, “whenever she is called upon by the Vice-Chancellor or the University Management, her response is always very prompt, immediate and instant. In fact, she handles FUNAAB assignments as if she owns the University”.

The Acting Registrar noted that there was no gift that could be commensurate with the selfless service and the level of dedication demonstrated by Mrs. Lawal, as she disclosed that the University had assisted in roofing the uncompleted Obantoko Police building, as a mark of honour for the DPO.
The University wished her a happy retirement and hoped she would not hesitate to honour a call to higher service and responsibility, in future.

2011: FUNAAB’s Magical Year

For the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), the just-ended Year 2011 left on its trail, indelible and fond memories of remarkable impacts, crystallizing the institution into a haven of achievements.
Investigations by FUNAAB Bulletin revealed that the previous year signaled the commencement of the intention of the Federal Government for specialized universities in the country to go conventional, thus creating more opportunities of access to higher education.
The Visitor to the University, President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by the Education Minister, Prof. (Mrs.) Ruquayyatu Rufa’i, at the institution’s last Convocation Ceremony, had tasked FUNAAB to ‘take the bull by the horn’ and diversify its curricula.
With a good hindsight of the inherent challenge in the pronouncement of Mr. President, the proactive Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun-led Management was not caught napping as it immediately set machineries in motion for the realization of the fresh mandate.
Within just two months, a special Committee, set up to midwife the University’s conventional status was able to deliver the operational blueprint and academic brief for the establishment of the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), thus paving way for a smooth take-off, through the construction of befitting infrastructure, recruitment and deployment of qualified Academic and Non-Teaching staff, allocation of official vehicles and the admission of eligible students.
A few weeks ago, the National Universities Commission (NUC) granted approval to the programmes of the College, namely; Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Enterprise Management, Entrepreneurial Studies and Economics.
Checks also revealed that FUNAAB took another giant stride in 2011, by regularizing its Academic Calendar to the admiration of all stakeholders.
The University’s success story will certainly not be complete without making reference to her emergence as the 7th Best University in Nigeria, based on a World Webometrics Ranking of Universities.
This was a no mean feat for FUNAAB, taking cognizance of the fact that the institution beat some first and second generation universities, all of its peers in the third generation category and the hordes of mega-rich private universities, to breast the tape of honour.
Also worthy of note is the reconstruction of roads such as the Ceremonial and Ring Roads, opening-up and tarring of new ones, completion of edifices such as the Postgraduate School, College of Food Science and Human Ecology building.
The year witnessed an unprecedented influx of staff, both Academic and Non-Teaching, quarterly sponsored to various overseas’ capacity building programmes, in Israel, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, India, United Kingdom, among others, totaling 78 beneficiaries; with 31 from academic, 44 non-teaching and three students
The University was also in the year, honoured for being one of the foremost research-focused institutions in Africa by the SCimago Institutions Ranking (SIR), 2011 World Reports.
In December, the University was awarded the best University of Agriculture in Africa by the Le Matinal Educational Excellence Award in conjunction with the World Education Congress and the Asian Confederation of Businesses in Mauritius.
The improvement in the area of teaching standard received a major boost when the University was picked amongst 12 others for the pilot scheme of the Nigerian Universities Electronic Teaching and Learning Platform (NUELP) whereby ICT-enabled teaching and learning platforms were deployed by the NUC, including a number of interactive whiteboards TPS-8120, audio-visual teaching aids and clipart resources, among others.
All these strings of achievements and the enduring peace on campus, could not have been accidental, recalling that FUNAAB staff and students led by the Vice-Chancellor, had on the first working day of 2011, as has now become the norm, prayed God for a successful year.
Professor Balogun, had in his speech at the prayer altar, assured the community of his conviction that the “Glory of the latter shall be greater than the former”.



FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun

 

Lemo Canvasses Reasons For Nigeria’s Woes In Agriculture

It has been observed that most developed economies of the world achieved the feat by anchoring their transformational efforts on agricultural development, thus profiting maximally from the gains of the virile sector and
attaining food security.
In the same vein, the inability of Nigeria to catch-up with the developed nations was adduced to the nation’s failure to benefit from its vast agricultural resources.
Erudite economist and Deputy Governor (Operations), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Babatunde Lemo, faulted the approach deployed by past governments in Nigeria and said despite the efforts by successive administrations in the country to jump-start the economy using agriculture as the lynch-pin, not much had been recorded, thus leaving the nation in dire-straits and in a fragile situation as measurable by all development indices.
Mr. Lemo spoke while delivering a lecture as Guest Speaker at the 3rd Night of Excellence and Productivity Awards of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, an occasion which coincided with the 24th Anniversary of the institution, which was established on January 1, 1988 following a pronouncement by the then President, retired General Ibrahim Babangida.
Delivering the Lecture titled: Agriculture: An Effective Tool For
Accelerated Economic Growth, Mr. Lemo contended that the pervading stunted growth in agriculture and food production in the country was occasioned by a faulty value chain-based approach to development, which he noted had been segmental rather than strategic, at reforming the agricultural sector.
Unlike in the past, the CBN boss said the current economic template being adopted by government was capable of reclaiming lost grounds because it evolves a holistic approach of the agricultural business in areas of comparative advantage across the range of activities; input
supplies, farming processing, storage, distribution and marketing,
agro processing, industrial manufacturing and trade exports.
According to him, the country had suffered many setbacks from its
wavering and lip-service focus on agriculture, saying that the boom in petro-dollar earnings into the nation’s coffers had made Nigerians complacent about agriculture and its capacity for economic rejuvenation.
He noted further that notwithstanding attempts aimed at mechanized agriculture, the performance of the sector had continued to decline in
terms of growth, export revenue and contribution to Gross Domestic
Product (GDP).

Mr. Lemo also posited that the introduction of the controversial Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), during the military era, led Nigerians to the consciousness that the neglect of agriculture had weakened the ability to absorb the oil price decline of the 1980s, thereby promoting diversification that gave agriculture an edge, eliminating issues of price control and commodity boards.

However, the CBN Deputy Governor said SAP was not much of a success as it failed to address vital issues of coordination, public goods peculiarities and the information asymmetry of commodity pricing thereby subjecting farmers income to market vagaries and discouraging farming activities and businesses.
As a way out of the economic doldrums, Mr. Lemo canvassed, “Agriculture is the golden bullet to effectively diversify the economy, address inflation, unemployment, food insecurity while equally strengthening our reserve
position. It is therefore time we commenced concerted discourse aimed
at reinforcing government’s new agenda for effective implementation.”

He stated that the new strategy to transform the country’s economy should place agriculture in the front burner of opportunities for creating jobs as it had a multiplier effect on other sectors by fostering linkages with markets and industries.

The Guest Lecturer also said the impact of a boost in agricultural productivity, profitability and food security, would help to fast-track growth in other sectors of the economy and would have far-reaching impact on enhanced education, improved healthcare system, adequate security, development of infrastructure and conducive business environment.

Speaking earlier, Vice-Chancellor, FUNAAB, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun disclosed that the award event symbolizes the celebration of courage, hardwork, diligence, initiative and industry among all segments of the University community.
Professor Balogun opined that the reward for hardwork and dedication would not only help in sustaining, but could increase the tempo of productivity by both academic and non-teaching staff members.


CBN Dep. Gov., Mr. Tunde Lemo

 

FUNAAB Alumni Hold Annual Convention, Jan. 14

The University’s Alumni Association will hold its 15th Annual Convention and 14th Annual Lecture Series on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Tony Anenih Multipurpose Hall, at 11:00am.
According to a statement, issued by the Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Mrs. Olufunmilola Adenuga, the theme of the convention is Transformational Leadership in the 21stCentury University: A Clarion Call to Nigerians.
The Lecture will be delivered by the Dean, Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Prof. ’Lasun Gbadamosi.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Engr. Ayo Olubori, is expected to Chair the occasion while the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, will be the Chief Host. The President of the Alumni Association, Prof. Lateef Sanni is the Host.

Take Advantage of On-going Reforms, CBN Dep. Gov. Tasks Varsities

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and other tertiary institutions in the country have been charged to take advantage of the Federal Government’s on-going reforms in the agricultural sector “to transform their revenue profile as well as build their reputations”.
The Deputy Governor, Operations, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Tunde Lemo, gave the charge while delivering a Lecture titled, Agriculture As An Effective Tool for Accelerated Economic Growth at the University’s 3rd Night of Excellence and Productivity Award Ceremony, held at the Bishop’s Court, Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
According to him, the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan had embarked on radical transformation of the ailing agricultural sector by partnering with the CBN, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), state governments, private sector and other relevant agencies.
He expressed confidence that the on-going reforms will succeed because it embraced “a strategic end to end, value chain-based approach to development” unlike the previous attempt which failed because the reformation of the agricultural sector was “segmentally targeted”.
According to the Guest Lecturer, one of the reform programmes, is the collaboration between the CBN and AGRA at developing agriculture through “a strategy that is focused on unlocking finance to agriculture, addressing logistics and infrastructural constraint towards enhancing agricultural productivity, profitability and food security”.
Mr. Lemo further informed that the Federal Ministry of Finance had put in place, a mechanism to share risks with the banking sector by ensuring the guaranteeing of 70 per cent of the principal of all loans made for the supply of seeds and fertilizers by the private sector.
He stressed that in order to get the inputs across to farmers at affordable cost, CBN is subsidizing the interest rate, from 15 to 7 per cent, per annum.
Mr. Lemo disclosed that government, having realized that only 11 per cent of its subsidized fertiliser reached the intended farmers under its support programme, had checked the inefficiency by opting for a private sector-led fertilizer distribution system which utilizes input vouchers to distribute directly to farmers.
The CBN Deputy Governor, who articulated several on-going reforms, charged FUNAAB Management and nation’s Ivory Towers to key into the reforms and take advantage of it, to boost their revenue profile and enhance their corporate reputation.
Mr. Lemo said “production of high quality seed varieties is an area where the Universities are strategic to the programme, as research institutions.  It could serve





FUNAAB, A Testimony of Answered Prayers, Says VC

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun addressing members of the University community during the Joint Prayer Session.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has declared that the institution, in the last four years and seven months of his administration is “a testimony of God’s answered prayers”.
Prof. Balogun made the declaration at a Joint Prayer Session, heralding the University into the New Year, held at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.
The Vice-Chancellor, who traced the genesis of the annual Joint Prayer Session to January 2008, said God had been faithful to every of his Biblical declarations into the life and operations of the University, such that testimonies of answered prayers usually abound at the end of each year.
Prof. Balogun said, for instance, during the 2010 Joint Prayer Session where he read from 2nd Kings, Chapter 2 Verses 1 to 10, he declared that the University will enjoy double portion in all ramifications.
He said God kept to His word because, thereafter, the University got a N2.4b grant, even though, not all was released by the Federal Government but the University had since recorded an unprecedented harvest of projects.
Announcing God’s divine promise for FUNAAB in 2012, Prof. Balogun declared, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it.  I will even make way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43: 9).
He pointed out that since God had promised to do new things, even though his tenure of office remained barely four months, he had taken a cue from God’s promise to work like never before, in the remaining days of his tenure.
He, therefore, enjoined members of staff whom he described as the best in the nation’s Ivory Towers, to bear with him by re-dedicating themselves to work.
According to him, “I want to plead that the last four months and twenty-two days will be as if we have just started.  We have been flying all this while, we are about to land now, kindly fasten your seat belts because the pace (speed) of finishing will be so fast-tracked that the enormity of work in the next four months and twenty-two days will even be more than what you witnessed in the last four years and seven months”.
“But as you are working, you won’t work in vain.  God will crown your efforts with success.  In spite of subsidy you will never lack anything good.  God will provide an enabling environment that will make people to wonder why you are so different”, he prayed.
The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that it was imperative for his administration to work harder till its last day, “because we can’t afford to fall beyond our standard. Therefore, kindly endure with us till the end”.      At the behest of the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana, the Vice-Chancellor approved the extension of students’ registration exercise, which had earlier been closed, till when members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will call-off their nationwide strike.
The Vice-Chancellor also pardoned the President of the Student Union, Mr. Abdulkadir Bamigbade for his alleged misconduct but added that he was not in any position to lift the suspension placed on him because it was strictly an internal affair of the Student Union Executive.
Professor Balogun thanked members of the University community for their co-operation and unflinching support since he has assumed office and “for believing that this is your Jerusalem”.

Night of Excellence: FUNAAB Honours Deserving Staff, Students

L-R: The Agura of Gbagura, HRM Halidu Laloko; the Alake of Egbaland, HRM Adedotun Gbadebo; the Osile of Oke-Ona, Egba, HRM Adedapo Tejuoso; FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun and his wife, Prof. Elizabeth Balogun at FUNAAB’s 3rd  Night of Excellence.

 

Commitment and dedication were celebrated on Sunday, January 1, 2012 as the University presented meritorious Award of Excellence to its First Class graduates and students, as well as Productivity Awards to deserving members of staff.
Tagged 2011/2012 FUNAAB’s Third Night of Excellence, the event was held at the Jubilee Multi-purpose Hall, Bishop’s Court, Onikolobo, where Awardees took turn to receive their cash prizes and prizes from eminent personalities, who graced the occasion.
The Awardees in the staff category were Professor Oduguwa, Olutosin Oluseyi (Research Productivity Award, Senior Academic Staff Category), Dr. Mewomo, Oluwatosin Tope (Research Productivity Award, Junior Academic Staff Category).
The who-is-who in FUNAAB temporarily shifted base to the venue as Principal Officers, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments/Units, Coordinators among others graced the occasion, with their spouse.
Also in attendance were some past Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Bursar and University Librarian.  
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun expressed optimism that FUNAAB would continue to “raise the bar” of excellence, for which it has now become synonymous with.
Professor Balogun, who pointed out that the 2011/2012 Night of Excellence would be the last he would organize as the Vice-Chancellor of the University charged members of staff, students and alumni not to be contented with their present level of success.
According to him, “I urge all stakeholders to join forces in ensuring that FUNAAB continues to stand out and distinguish itself in all areas of academic, administrative and social endeavours”.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed appreciation to the entire University community for their contributions, which he stated, had materialized in the improved rating and ranking of FUNAAB at national and international levels, while declaring that “the Night of Excellence has come to symbolize the celebration of courage, hardwork, diligence, initiative and industry, among all segments of the University community”.
Professor Balogun disclosed that just recently, the University bagged the prestigious Lé Matinal Education Excellence Award as the Best University of Agriculture in Africa, in the Mauritius Island while the last World Universities Webometrics Ranking rated FUNAAB as seventh in Nigeria and 60th in Africa.
The Vice-Chancellor, however, expressed gratitude to the guests present at the occasion for their consistent support of the University’s goals and aspirations for excellence and most especially, for gracing the occasion, which was scheduled for the first day of January, to mark the Foundation Day and the Twenty-Fourth anniversary of the establishment of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony included the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV; the Osile of Oke-Ona, Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso; the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Halidu Laloko and the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosumu, who was represented by Chief Olufemi Sodeinde.
Also present was the immediate past Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Professor Oladapo Afolabi, the Head of Service, Ogun State, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle, the Catholic Bishop of  Abeokuta Diocese, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins; the Bishop of Egba Anglican Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle; the Vice-Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Prof. Wale Are-Olaitan; former Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Deacon Poju Adeyemi; the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, Dr. Dapo Sotiloye, among others.
Plaques, cash prizes and gifts were presented to the Awardees, which included an outstanding, Physically-Challenged Student, Mr. Dagunro Emmanuel (With CGPA of 4.32), Outstanding FUNIS Student, Miss Adeleke, Oluwafisayo Temiloluwa, outstanding FUNAAB Staff School Pupil, Miss Adeosun, Tunmise Ayodele and several others.