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FUNAAB Senate Revises 2011/2012 Academic Calendar

Senate, at its reconvened 186th Statutory Meeting, of Thursday, February 16, 2012, approved the new Revised 2011/2012 Academic Calendar.

According to the Decision Extracts of the Meeting, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, the new Academic Calendar has accommodated a one-week period for examination preparation in the first semester.

Consequently, the 2011/2012 Academic Session will now end on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

The approved Senate-Revised 2011/2012 Academic Calendar is as follows:

 

REVISED 2011/2012 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

First Semester Lectures Resume - Thursday, 2nd February, 2012

First Semester Lectures End - Friday, 24th February, 2012

Inaugural Lecture - Wednesday, 22nd February, 2012

First Semester Examinations Begin - Monday, 5th  March, 2012

First Semester Examinations End - Friday,16th March, 2012

Second Semester Lectures Begin - Monday, 26th March, 2012

Inaugural Lecture - Wednesday, 28thMarch, 2012

Senate to Consider First Semester

Examination Results - Thursday,5th April, 2012

Inaugural Lecture - Wednesday, 25th April, 2012

 

20TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY - Saturday, 5th May, 2012

 

Second Semester Lectures End - Friday, 15th June, 2012

Second Semester Examinations Begin - Monday,25th June, 2012

Second Semester Examinations End - Friday, 6th July, 2012

Senate to Consider Second Semester

Examination Results and End of Session - Thursday, 26th July, 2012

 

KEY

First Semester

12 Weeks of Lectures

1 Week for Examinations Preparation

2 Weeks for Examinations

3 Weeks for Marking and Compilation Results

 

Second Semester

12 Weeks of Lectures

1 Week for Examinations Preparation

2 Weeks for Examinations

2 Weeks for Marking and Compilation of of Results

Prof. Akeredolu-Ale Holds Audience Spell Bound

 

Good delivery, display of emotions, cheers and pomp last Wednesday characterized the University’s 34th Inaugural Lecture, held at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.

As early as 2:00p.m, members of the University Community, family member, old school mates, especially from St. Theresa’s College, Molete, Ibadan, professional associates and senior colleagues of the Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. (Mrs.) Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale, had started arriving the sprawling JAO Lecture Theatre Complex.

As at 2:45pm, the venue had been jam-packed and filled to the brim.

An intimidating, long train of academic procession was a sight to behold comprising of members of staff, who had turned out massively from all sectors of the University.

The procession, had in its retinue, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, whose entrance to the venue was greeted with a loud ovation.

The colourful occasion was also graced by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, who led other members.

Also in attendance were the Director of the London Academy Business School for Higher Education, Dr. Larry Jones-Esan; English lecturers from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and the Federal College of Education, Osiele, and Head, Department of Biochemistry, FUNAAB, Professor (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun, among others.

The mother of the Inaugural Lecturer, Alhaja Abibat Kassali; the lecturer’s spouse, Prof. Oladehinde Akeredolu-Ale; daughter, Precious Omorinola Oreoluwa were also present.

Professor (Mrs.) Akeredolu-Ale did justice to her task, holding her audience spell-bound with her flawless and eloquent delivery of the stimulating Lecture.

 

Our Return Is Ordained By God, Says Pro-Chancellor

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, has described the return of the Council by the Visitor to the University, President Goodluck Jonathan, as “God-ordained”.

In a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, while inspecting ongoing projects alongside other Council Members, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and his Management team, Chief Osayemi said the return of the Council members was “an act of God and it is marvellous in our sight”.

Besides, the Pro-Chancellor disclosed that aside the spiritual angle, the Visitor to the University attributed their recall to their exceptional performance, revealing that out of 27 Governing Councils in the country, only 18, were returned.

According to Chief Osayemi, the Minister for Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, wrote a letter to him, informing of the reinstatement of the Council, based on its appreciable performances.

He stressed that while the Council was working round the clock with the Management to take FUNAAB to greater heights before its dissolution, the Chairman said little did he and members realize that they were being monitored from ‘above’.

Chief Osayemi pointed out that the lesson to learn from their reinstatement was that “Wherever you are, whatever you can lay your hands on, just be doing it as if there is no tomorrow, for another opportunity”.

He, on behalf of the Council, thanked the Management, staff, students and the entire members of the University Community for their support and cooperation.

The Pro-Chancellor assured the University Community and other stakeholders that the Council won’t rest on its oars, in its bid to take the University to the next level.


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

Pro-Chancellor, VC Mourn Late Folarin

 

- Laud Children for Sustaining his Legacy

(L-R) Son of the late Alhaji Lateef Folarin, Rasheed, FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (holding mic), Council member, Mrs. Obioma Ezeozue and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi (Right) commiserating with the bereaved family.


The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, had commiserated with the Folarin family over the recent death of the Chairman/CEO of Lateef Folarin and Sons Construction Company, Alhaji Lateef Folarin.

The condolence came even as Chief Osayemi and Professor Balogun commended the sons of the deceased for continuing the good works of their father.

The late Folarin was one of the University’s Building Contractors, reputed by Management for executing quality work and ensuring prompt delivery.

The Pro-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor extolled the good virtues of the deceased as they inspected the Female Hostels, part of which was contracted to the late Folarin’s company.

Chief Osayemi told the deceased son, Rasheed, who has taken-over activities at site, “I didn’t know your Daddy when he was alive but some people were saying I knew him. Even when he died, people were consoling me. The lesson to learn is that your good work will always sell you.

You are the first member of his (late Alhaji Folarin) family that I will see. We have fond memories of him, he always kept to his words when it comes to delivery of building contracts and he won’t bring the quality of the job down”, he added.

Speaking in the same vein, the Vice-Chancellor commended the sons of the late Folarin for sustaining their father’s good legacy.

According to him, “Before his death, he had done 75 per cent of the contract given to him, so we know where the job was before your father’s death. We know where it is now. You, the children have done exceptionally well by continuing your father’s good work, especially, in this Female Hostel. I have no doubt that they will hand-over by March 15”.

 

All On-going Projects Are Near-Completion

 

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (holding mic), explaining some issues to the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi (3rd Left) and other top officials of the University.

Strong indications have emerged that all things being equal, on-going projects, instituted by the present administration of the University, will be ready for commissioning before the expiration of the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun in May, this year.

 

 

Indications to this effect might not be unconnected with the fact that the contractors have improved tremendously on their performance, as compared to, when Management inspected the projects about two weeks ago.

In the same vein, the contractors have promised to deliver the projects within the next two weeks or at the latest, by the first week of May.

Situation Report:

FUNIS Access Road

According to the Director of Physical Planning Unit (PPU), Mr. Ayodele, surfacing of the road will be completed this week.

Shedding more light, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun said, “We are experimenting on surfaced-dress road. If it works, we will extend it to INHURD”.

FUNIS Staff Quarters

According to Professor Balogun, the rationale behind the project is to bring members of staff of the School closer to their working place and the pupils because of the long distance to town.

The project is made up of two flats of 2-Bedrooms, each.

FUNAAB Staff School

The School building is made up of 24 classrooms, having 12 rooms each, on the first floor and on the ground floor. It has offices, two laboratories, and musical hall, among others.

The Director, PPU informed that when completed, it is expected to accommodate a maximum of 30 students in a class adding that fencing, using barb-wires had commenced.

He explained that security fencing for the School was imperative because “we realized this place is isolated”.

Speaking on the project, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun said “the idea is to completely relocate our pupils since we have been given enough time by the Anglican Communion, to vacate their property”.

He informed that the School “is being built from Internally-Generated Revenue of the University and not from Federal Government grants”.

On the benefit of the project, he stated that “Everybody is now coming back to campus. This is the time we are going to have full welfare package for staff. At least, this will prevent some of our staff from taking their children to other schools,

 

 

WANOART Fixes New Dates for Workshop

 

The West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART) has rescheduled new dates for its Workshop on Curriculum Development for Postgraduate Studies in Organic Agriculture in West Africa.

It will now hold from March 6 -13, 2012 and not February 27-March 8, 2012 as earlier scheduled.

A release issued by the Coordinator of WANOART, Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe, informed that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun is expected to chair the Opening Ceremony, which will be held on March 12, 2012 at the Senate Chamber, by 10:00am.

 

Odu’a Telecoms Eyes FUNAAB

VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun commenting on Odu’a and FUNAAB’s relationship during the occasion while from left is Chief Adebayo Jimoh, Mr. Khalil Fouaz and Mr. Ade Ayoola.

 

The Management of Odua’ Telecoms Limited (O’net), has indicated interest in deploying Information Communications Technology infrastructure and applications for the expansion of learning, research and development activities, in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Speaking when the company’s management visited the University last week, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun said the University and Odu’a Group of Companies had been partners in progress as students of FUNAAB had benefited from the scholarship programme of Odu’a Group.

Prof. Balogun stressed that Odu’a Telecoms came at the appropriate time as FUNAAB was ready to key-in into global standards adding, with an opportunity to embark on comparative analysis with other telecommunications companies that had shown interest in investing in the University.

He, however, stated that there was mutual affinity between Odu’a and FUNAAB as the University is situated on an Odu’a land, covering about 10,200 Hectares.

Earlier, the Group Managing Director of Odu’a Group of Companies, Chief Adebayo Jimoh, said O’net had re-strategized, to compete in the Nigerian Telecoms market and that Concave Communications of Canada had taken up equity in the company.

Chief Jimoh promised to explore the possibility of displaying FUNAAB research products in the proposed Odu’a Ultramodern Mall, as requested by the Vice-Chancellor.

In his presentation, the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of O’net, Mr. Ade Ayoola, said that the revived network provider could not be beaten on tariff, as O’net charges as low as N12 per minute across network and N4.80k for O’ net calls.

He indicated the willingness of his company to join hands with the University in sourcing for funds to finance its ICT infrastructure.

Demanding answers to some of the technicalities, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Segun Lagoke urged the company to fine-tune modalities for the Closed User Group (CUG) package on the network.

Prof. Lagoke tasked the Management of O’net to initiate training facilities and partnership with the University’s Information, Communications Technology Resource Centre, in the area of capacity building.

 

Don Makes Case for Organic Agriculture


Dr. Valetin Kindomihou (Left), during the presentation of his paper to the University community

 

A don from the Universite d’ Abomey – Calavi, Benin Republic, Dr. Valetin Kindomihou, has advocated for the formulation of enabling policies on Organic Agriculture as panacea to the problems of food security.

Dr. Kindomihou made this call while presenting a Paper titled “Contribution of Organic Agriculture to Food Security in Benin Republic”.

According to the Associate Professor, Republic of Benin has a population of about 9 million out of which 50 percent is less than 15 years of age with a life expectancy of 56 years.

He said farming is their predominant occupation in the country but berated its agricultural policies which tend to promote conventional practises, involving the use of synthetic chemical and pesticides with little consideration for their environmental hazards; which include decrease in vision, nervous breakdown, skin diseases, food intoxication and death.

Dr. Kindomihou pointed out that through the activities of some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Organic Agriculture started in Benin, in 1990, as an alternative to managing the consequences of conventional agriculture and that about 20 structures were currently involved in promoting the use of certified and non-certified synthetic chemical products in the country.

Dr. Kindomihou called on governments and other stakeholders to take advantage of existing opportunities to boost their economy by formulating policies which would promote the research and production of Organic Agriculture in West Africa and also explore the abundant international markets for bio-products.

He enumerated some constraints which had affected the development of Organic Agriculture to include; ignorance of the advantages of bio-products, poverty, financial incapacity of local consumers and the absence of clear policies when compared with conventional agriculture.

Others include time and energy wastage and the inability to produce the quantity of required food by end-users.

 

Change of Designation

 

Management has approved the re-designation of the Headship of the FUNAAB Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS).

According to a release by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, the Headship of the FUNAAB Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS), hitherto referred to as Coordinator, will henceforth be designated as Head, FUFASS.

The release further informed that the decision was as a result of the on-going restructuring in the University by Management.

 

2nd International Summer School holds in July

 

The University and the West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART), in conjunction with the Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, had fixed the dates for the 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture.

It is scheduled to commence from Monday, July 2 to Friday, July 13, 2012, at the University’s Senate Chamber.

According to information made available to FUNAAB Bulletin by Dr. Jonathan  Atungwu, highlights of the training programme will include a 3-day inception phase, 7-day extensive field work and a day reporting phase/stakeholders’ workshop.

Target groups for the Summer School are scientists, unemployed graduates and postgraduate students with backgrounds in Agriculture, Forestry, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Natural Sciences  and Socio-Economics.

Possession of relevant skills and the willingness to work on the farm will be added advantage during the selection process.

The official and working language during the Summer School is English. Further enquiries could be made through the Course Coordinator, Dr. Jonathan Atungwu, via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Mobile contact: +234-803-7156261.

 

Professor (Mrs.) Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale's 34th Inaugural Lecture

PRELIMINARY
I appreciate the opportunity that I have had to make my little contribution to the teaching and learning of English language in this University. Needless to say, the knowledge and perspectives to be expressed in this Lecture derived mainly from that opportunity. I have taught English for 23 years, I have been a member of different associations of teachers of English as a second and foreign language, both at home and abroad, evaluating how well we have been doing. I have played very active parts in the Communication Skills Project for Universities of Agriculture and Technology (COSKIPTECH) and the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRESL). I had kept my ears and eyes opened on questions regarding how well our students are doing. Furthermore, I have conducted studies on how the home environment affects English language acquisition.

I appreciate the opportunity that I have had to make my little contribution to the teaching and learning of English language in this University. Needless to say, the knowledge and perspectives to be expressed in this Lecture derived mainly from that opportunity. I have taught English for 23 years, I have been a member of different associations of teachers of English as a second and foreign language, both at home and abroad, evaluating how well we have been doing. I have played very active parts in the Communication Skills Project for Universities of Agriculture and Technology (COSKIPTECH) and the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRESL). I had kept my ears and eyes opened on questions regarding how well our students are doing. Furthermore, I have conducted studies on how the home environment affects English language acquisition.

The COMSKIPTECH workshops and other such meetings, in which I have participated, have examined in great detail questions relating to the impact of several factors on proficiency in the acquisition and use of English language. Foremost among such factors are learner’s motivation, pedagogy, learning environment, teaching aids and competence and training of teachers of English language, etc.

Thus, my exposure and my experience have prepared me for this occasion and empowered me to express the views presented in this Lecture. However, I must observe at this juncture the limitations that most academics in Nigeria currently experience when it comes to their access to research funds. The implication of the inadequacy of funds available for research is that one’s source of inspiration and of knowledge is not as rich as one would have wished. While it is a good habit to be thankful for whatever benefits and support one has received from one’s employers, it also seems to me appropriate to draw the employer’s attention to any shortcoming in provisions which may undermine the employee’s capacity to perform optimally.

I am sure that my colleagues in this and other universities nationwide would agree with me that it is of utmost importance that their access to research funds be enhanced substantially in the interest of more outstanding performance.

Now, let me get on to the main Lecture.

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Scientists Unfold Values of Land Snail

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Rep. of the VC, the DVC (D), Prof. Kolawole Salako (2nd Left), giving the Welcome Address at the Conference, while from left is Dr. Uduma Osonwa, Emeritus Prof. Ademola Segun and the Director (IFSERAR), Prof. Segun Osinowo.

 

The medical and economic values of the Giant African Land Snail (GALS) have been observed by scientists to be inexhaustible.
The observation was made at the just-concluded 1st International Conference on GALS, organized by the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
In a Keynote Address titled, Snail Production for Sustainable Development and Good Health, the National Project Coordinator, Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (STEP-B) Project, Professor M. U. Adikwu, who was represented by Dr. Uduma Osonwa, disclosed that pharmaceuticals utilise GALS for the treatment of whooping cough, hypertension, stretch marks and wounds.
According to him, research has also revealed that GALS is highly recommended for its protein, calcium, potassium, iron and mineral contents as well as for reduction of constipation, labour pain and blood loss and for diabetic treatment.
Delivering a Lecture on the Potential Healthcare Products from Giant African Land Snail, at the preliminary session of the Conference, the Director of the University’s Biotechnology Centre, Professor Okanlanwon Onagbesan, highlighted the medical use and research findings of GAL’s meat, mucus and fluid to include the elongation of life expectancy, increase in sperm count and size of testicles as well as being useful as anti-ageing creams.
Professor Onagbesan, who enumerated other uses of GALS in the rapid healing of wounds, however, called on researchers to explore available windows of opportunity for global development.
In a related paper, delivered on the Recent Advances in the Biology of the Giant African Land Snails, Professor (Mrs.) R. I. Egonmwan, of the Department of Zoology, University of Lagos, emphasized the need to educate Nigerians on proper procedures for snail farming, hunting and the current researches, to harness its full potentials.
Explaining the Biology of the Giant African Land Snail, Professor Egonmwan said the snail strives better in humid atmosphere and owing to the fact that they are hermaphrodites, they easily fertilize, either through the process of ‘out-crossing’ or ‘selfing’.
She pointed out that their eggs are usually buried in the soil, as she stated that in the case where they were seen above the soil, they should be carefully collected using  spoon, covered with tissue, to provide the required humidity.
Professor Egonmwan advised against the continuous hunting of GALS, warning that the practice could lead to the gradual extinction of the breed. 
research findings on GALS, formation of research network, development of research agenda and the promotion of commercial snail production and biological products’ development.  
Professor Osinowo gave credit to one of the pioneering Researchers on GALS, the guest of honour and an Honorary Awardee at the Conference, Emeritus Professor Ademola Segun of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, for his 1975 publication, which provided the platform for the research on GALS.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, commended the organizers of the Conference for their pacesetting role, adding that their initiatives and the contributions of all other sectors of the University, had contributed in the current ranking of the institution as being 2nd in Nigeria and 35th in Africa..
The Vice-Chancellor noted that IFSERAR was the only research institute in Nigeria, whose activities covered the entire range of Agriculture, Food Security, Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Conservation, Engineering and Bioscience.
He said the University was aware of the importance of GAL, as an important sub-regional resource and thus started research in it since 1997 in the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, which he said had so far produced five Ph.Ds, and Master’s Degree graduates and numerous undergraduate projects.
Professor Balogun attributed the inspiration that sparked-off the journey of the University into research on GALS to the publication by the Emeritus Professor Segun titled, “Dissection Guides of Common Tropical Animals: The Giant African Snail, Archtina (Calachatina) Marginata”.

He later presented, Emeritus Professor Segun with a Meritorious Award of Honour, as he called on participants at the Conference to use the forum to establish Nigeria as the leader in GAL’s research.

Egba High Chiefs Laud FUNAAB … Give Kudos to VC

Prominent Egba High-Chiefs have expressed gratitude and satisfaction with the global ratings of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and in particular, it’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
The High-Chiefs were full of accolades for the University for doing Egba Kingdom proud with the institution’s emergence as the second Best University in Nigeria and 35th in Africa, in the latest World Webometrics Ranking of Universities.
Speaking in separate telephone chats with FUNAAB Bulletin, the High-Chiefs described the feat as a justification for the citing of the University in Egbaland and its qualification to assume a conventional status.
Besides, they expressed joy that the feat came at a time when a “true son of the soil”, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun is the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

The High Chiefs, who spoke with our reporters are: the Elebute of Egbaland, Chief Nelson Oyesiku; the Asiwaju of Egbaland, Chief Maxwell Olawale Ayinde, Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Asipa of Owu, Chief Akin Obimakinde.
According to Chief Oyesiku, “Your (FUNAAB) success in Web Ranking is not only delightful, it is awesome and most welcoming.  It is an eloquent testimony of the genuine efforts and high level commitment of your Vice-Chancellor to excellence in the last four and half years or so.
“They have worked selflessly and tirelessly to lift FUNAAB this high. We can all see the reason why FUNAAB is in Egbaland.  The emphasis is that it gives us joy and we are hoping that whoever succeeds Professor Balogun will continue the good works”, he added.
Also reacting, the Asiwaju of Egbland, Chief Ayinla said, “Things don’t just happen except you make them happen.  Your amiable Vice-Chancellor and his able lieutenants have been making good things happen in the last five years due to his purposeful leadership.
“Your enviable ranking, which is coming at the twilight of Prof. Balogun’s administration, is as a result of good vision, hardwork and commitment to the dream of the University’s Founding Fathers.

“We are very proud of Professor Balogun’s impact on FUNAAB as a true son of Egbaland, we are proud of FUNAAB’s achievements as an institution in the Egba domain, especially, now that an independent assessment body has rated FUNAAB so high”, he added.
Speaking in the same vein, the Asipa of Owu, Chief Obimakinde said, “The news actually made my day.  May we continue to hear such.  It’s beautiful news that our University beat all those big Universities to emerge second. It is a plus to your Vice-Chancellor, his team and all of us”.


34th Inaugural Lecture Holds, Wednesday

Come Wednesday, February 22, 2012, “Queen’s English” will come under the searchlight, as the University holds its 34th Inaugural Lecture at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex, at 3.00pm.
Beaming the searchlight will be the expert in Language and Communication, from the Department of Communication and General Studies, Professor (Mrs.) Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale.
A highly revered wordsmith and seasoned Orator, Professor Akeredolu-Ale, will be delivering a Lecture titled, “Queen’s English and the March of History: Reflections on the Nigerian Case”.
The Lecture is unique and historical, being the first to be delivered from the Department, thereby paving way for a frenzy of detailed
preparations in anticipation of a top-flight delivery.
The Lecture is also expected to draw a large audience, especially, literary giants in the academia and other users of English, irrespective of varieties.
This might not be unconnected with the popularity of English Language as the most widely-used language in the world, as well as the nation’s official language.
Prof. Akeredolu-Ale, who only few months ago delivered her departmental Lecture, is fast becoming a phenomenon in the teaching of English Language.
On completion of her M. A. Linguistics in 1987, Professor Akeredolu-Ale first cut her teeth as a Journalist, working with the then Daily Times of Nigeria as a Staff Writer until December 1989 when she was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in the then General Studies Unit of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.



FG Returns Governing Council to Office

The Visitor to the University and Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has reinstated the appointment of the Governing Council of the University.
The Visitor had therefore directed that the members of the hitherto dissolved Council, should return and serve out its present term.
The Presidential approval was conveyed to the University by the National Universities’ Commission (NUC) in a letter with reference No. NUC/ES/138/Vol.59/54, dated 9th February 2011.
The letter read in part, “I am glad to convey the approval of Mr. President; Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan... Council of your University should continue and serve out its present term”.
“Please convey Mr. President’s directive to the Pro-Chancellor and other members of your Governing Council”, the letter stated.
Meanwhile, Members of the Governing Council led by the Chairman, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi had resumed duties with the commencement of the 69th statutory Meeting of the Council on Monday, February 24, 2012.
The schedule of Meetings and Activities are as follows:
Monday, February 20, 2012:
10.00 a.m GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING I
i)   Presentation and consideration of the Views of the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Visitation Panel Report into the Affairs of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta 2004-2010:
ii)   Consideration of the Proposed Advertisement and Time-table for the appointment of the 5th Vice-Chancellor.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012:
8.00 a.m   i)   Inspection of on-going Capital projects:
2.00 p.m    ii)   Meeting of the Capital Development Committee:
Wednesday, February 22, 2012:
10.00 a.m Meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC):
Thursday, February 23, 2012: Meetings of other Committees and/or Joint Council/Senate Committees as requested and approved:
Friday, February 25, 2012:
10.00 a.m  GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING II
Saturday, February 25, 2012: Departure.

Professor Balogun is Exceptional

It has been officially revealed that the Presidential Visitation Panel that visited the University last June was so overwhelmed by the level of achievements noted in the University that it could not conceal its amazement of the “energy and zeal that drives and motivates” its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
The Panel noted further that Professor Balogun was resilient in pushing the frontiers of development of the institution.
To this effect, the Panel through the official White Paper recommended thus:
a. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi O. Balogun should be given a special commendation for a very good job done in carrying the university to a new level.
b. The Panel also recommends that Professor Balogun should be given National honours to serve as an example and a motivational tool to his colleagues and Peers in academia; and
c. We therefore recommend that other VCs should be encouraged to visit highflying universities like UNAAB where remarkable strides are being made.

The Panel reported that it noted through its interactions with community members that the assumption of Professor Balogun in the University was responsible for the “absolute peace and tranquillity, safety, good behaviour, continuous infrastructural development and expansion, and cordial atmosphere”.

The Panel said prior to the assumption of Professor Balogun, the University had its own share of:
(i)   Students' cultism;
(ii) Lateness to work by staff and students, mostly arriving to Offices and Lectures, after mid-day;
(iii) Very low personal and property security;
(iv) Staff polarity affiliations;
(v)  Very difficult transportation; and
(vi) Encroachment on the vast University land by villagers, cattle-rearers, farmers, and poachers.
The Panel further informed that it was able to gather through interviews and interactions with staff and students, and “going through all relevant documents, found out that most of these problems have been solved”.

For instance, the Panel submitted that “community relationship with neighbouring settlements around the University have improved”, while the Vice-Chancellor was able to check “the incidence of encroachment, settlements and cattle rearing by independent cattle-rearers”.

In the same vein, the Panel also commended the former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Israel Adu, noting that during his tenure, “The University also had some remarkable achievements...It won the 1st and 2nd editions of a Research and Trade Fair organized by NUC; the University was adjudged the best overall University and the best Federal University, on both editions”.

It stressed: “The Panel noted that within the period, the University was able to cushion the effect of inadequate funding through Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) which rose from N49.5 million in 2001/2002 to N220 million in 2005/2006.

We also observed that in keeping pace with the development trend set by the Founding Fathers; the Vice-Chancellor, within the period initiated thirty-seven new projects, and completed thirty-two, before leaving five at various stages of completion”.

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

 

White Paper Rates FUNAAB Very High


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Visitor to the University,
Panel Chairman, Prof. Ochapa Onazi

The White Paper on the last Presidential Visitation Panel led to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is out. The official White Paper returned a verdict of outstanding excellence to the University in all the nine areas of reference, which include relationship, leadership, financial management, application of fund, staff development and security among others. It will be recalled that a Visitation Panel, led by a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Ochapa Onazi, was in the University last year June, to ascertain the state of affairs in the University and determine its adherence to the purpose of its establishment, covering the period of 2004 – 2011. The Report which also examined the University’s academic programmes, commended the standard of the institution’s academic staff, observing that “the academic staff number and quality is very high”, while it noted good compliance with the directive for all teaching staff to obtain Ph.D degrees within a specified period. The University was also commended for adhering to the average Teacher/Student ratio of 1:20 as stipulated by the National Universities’ Commission (NUC). The Report noted that “the average student ratio is generally 1:21. The NUC ratio is 1:20 for Agricultural Science except in Veterinary Medicine where it is 1:10. The ratio falls within the NUC guidelines”. Noting the quality of the University’s College of Engineering, the White Paper urged the Visitor to “financially enable the three Universities of Agriculture to establish effective and reliable Departments of Technology Transfer and Technology Acquisition”. This according to the Paper, will facilitate development of appropriate technologies for transfer to the farming communities, which it says make up of about 85% of Nigeria’s population. The White Paper was also very eloquent of the calibre of the University’s Governing council members, noting that most of the external members being highly educated citizens, “mostly with second degrees, professionals in their own rights and holding top ranking positions in their places of work”. The Paper therefore recommended to the Visitor, to consider a special fund for the University, to compensate for the take-off grant that the University did not receive at inception.

2011/2012 SECOND BATCH ADMISSION INTO THE PART-TIME DEGREE PROGRAMME

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ADVERTISMENT FOR THE POSITION OF FUNAAB VICE-CHANCELLOR

The position of Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), will be vacant with effect from 24th May, 2012.  In this regard, and in accordance with the Provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Decree No. 11 of 1993 and the Amendment Decree No. 25 of 1996, the University wishes to commence the processes for the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor.

The University was established on 1st January, 1988 with the initial mandate and mission of improving agricultural education in a scientific and practical way; coupled with applied research and such extension services as would assist in achieving self-sufficiency in food production in the minimum time, while also catalyzing and sustaining rural development.  The mandate has since expanded with the announcement by the Federal Government that specialized Universities should diversify and offer most courses for easier access of students to higher education.

The University, with a student population of close to 12,000 comprising undergraduate and graduate students and a total staff strength of about 2,000, has settled on its 10,000 hectares permanent site, situated along Alabata Road in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State.  The University offers various courses in Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences, Management Sciences, Environment, Engineering and Veterinary Medicine.

THE POSITION

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Academic and Executive Officer of the University, Chairman of Senate  and a member of Council.

He shall exercise general supervision over the University and shall have general responsibility to Council for maintaining and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University, and it shall be the duty of the Vice-Chancellor to see that the provisions of the Law, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University are observed and he may exercise such powers as may be necessary and expedient for that purpose.

THE CANDIDATE

Interested candidates for the position of Vice-Chancellor, FUNAAB shall be expected to:

(i)     be distinguished scholars who are professors with a PhD and an ability to provide excellent academic leadership; 
(ii)     be of the rank of Professor for not less than ten (10) years;
(iii)    be a successful scholar who is well rooted in the finest academic tradition;
(iv)    have had a wide academic and administrative experience, and be capable of giving dynamic leadership;
(v)     should be able to engender both national and international respect, particularly in the academic world;
(vi)    exhibit entrepreneurial drive, ability to attract funds and mobilize other resources for the development of the University;
(vii)    have demonstrable ability to establish and maintain partnerships with local and international governmental and non-governmental agencies;
(viii)    possess the ability to sustain the existing harmony between staff and students , and between members of the University Community and the Host Community;
(ix)     be a person with a clear vision for the development of the University even under resource constraints;
(x)      be someone who appreciates and acts on merit and who will not give in to undue pressure;
(xi)     be of sound mental and physical health;
(xii)    be morally sound and of unassailable integrity;
(xiii)    be prepared to demonstrate commitment to the University's objectives and philosophy;
(xiv)   be computer literate.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Vice-Chancellor shall hold office for a single term of five (5) years only on such terms and conditions as may be specified in the letter of appointment.

The remuneration and other conditions of service are as applicable to the position of Vice-Chancellor in all Nigerian Federal Universities and as may be determined by the Government/Governing Council of the University as appropriate.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Applications are, therefore, invited from interested candidates who are requested to note and comply with the following conditions:

  1. each application (40 copies), should be accompanied by 40 copies of the candidate's detailed Curriculum Vitae, duly signed and dated by the candidate. The Curriculum
  2. Vitae must contain the candidate's name in full, age, marital status, educational attainment, nationality, professional and academic achievements and other relevant information;
  3. forty (40) copies of the candidate's vision (not more than 1,000 words) for the University in the 21st century;
  4. in the case of candidates identified and nominated by others, the Curriculum Vitae must be accompanied by a letter of consent, duly signed by the candidate;
  5. candidates must have three referees who are to forward references on them directly to the Registrar. Such referees should be able to attest to claims to high academic and managerial capability, as well as his/her moral uprightness.
  6. all short-listed candidates shall be required to make themselves available for interaction with the Joint Senate/Council Selection Committee.

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

Shortlisted candidates will be expected, at a short notice, to attend an interactive interview meeting with the Council and Senate Selection Board on 19th April, 2012.

Signed
C. B. Kuforiji (Mrs)
Ag. Registrar and Secretary to Council

Latest World Web Ranking of Varsities ... FUNAAB Ranks 1st in Scholar’s Chart

Director, ICTREC, Dr. Abayomi Oguntoye

More revelations have emerged on the January 2012 World Web Ranking of Universities, in which the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is ranked 2nd in the country and 35th in Africa.

Unknown to many avid watchers of the global exercise, FUNAAB came first by leading other tertiary institutions in the country in the current category of the Google Scholar, as was also the case in the July 2011 edition.

 

 

According to the latest ranking, FUNAAB topped the Nigerian Scholar’s Chart by emerging 1,271st position in the world, but came fourth in Nigeria, followed by the University of Benin, which came a distant 1,797th; Obafemi Awolowo University, 1,714th; University of Nigeria, 1,752nd and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,1756th.

To achieve the feat, FUNAAB moved from 3,048th position in January 2011 ranking to Head, Webometrics, Dr. Segun Folorunso 1,177th in July 2011 and finally topped in the Scholar’s Chart in the latest ranking.

A comparative analysis of the Scholar’s Chart indicated that the University of Ilorin topped the table in Nigeria with its 907th position in the January 2011 ranking while FUNAAB led the chart in the July 2011 ranking, emerging 1,177th in the world.

Unilorin, which topped the January 2011 scholar’s table, as the 907th in the world, emerged 2,261st in the latest ranking.

White Paper on Visitation Panel Report Out

 

The White Paper on the Visitation Panel Report into the affairs of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), for the period, 2004 – 2010, has been released.

The report was released last week by the Federal Government, to leaderships of Federal Universities in Nigeria.

The University Management is already making concerted efforts to ensure that all staff and stakeholders of the institution have copies of the White Paper for information on the recommendations and observations of the Presidential Visitation Panel.

Meanwhile, full text of the report has been posted on the University’s website: www.unaab.edu.ng and community members are therefore enjoined to access it online, pending the efforts to produce adequate hard copies for circulation.

 

Aerobic Clinic Opens in FUNAAB

 

An Aerobic Clinic has now opened for members of staff at the FUNAAB Sports’ Centre.

A unique programme, currently being promoted at the Centre is the Life Plus and Wellness programme, holding every Tuesday and Thursday, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.

According to the University’s Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki, members of staff should avail themselves of the amenities in the Clinic, by embarking on regular exercise, to stay healthy.

The Director assured that productivity at work will be enhanced when members of staff are healthy, through aerobic exercises.

 

Commendations, Celebrations Trail Feat

Barrage of commendations and celebrations have trailed last week’s feat by FUNAAB as the 2nd Best University in Nigeria and 35th in Africa, in the World Universities’ Web Ranking. The good news has elicited positive reactions from stakeholders and well-wishers of the University, especially for outshining the first, second and third generation universities. Excerpts:

Prof. Toyin Arowolo, DVC (Academic) It’s a justification of Prof. Balogun’s efforts … Prof. Toyin Arowolo, DVC (Academic): “I am extremely happy because it is a justification of the efforts, he (the Vice-Chancellor) has put in. Professor Balogun has worked tirelessly for this University. We are proud of FUNAAB becauseanywhere we go, people always asked us: How are you people doing it? Other Universities are trying to emulate us and like Prof. Balogun used to say, this feat is a testimony to the fact that hardwork does not kill and reward for hardwork is more work”. He, however, declared that, the feat is a challenge to attaining the number one position. According to him, to reach the topmost level, all hands must be on deck, as it remained an enormous task for all stakeholders that must be achieved, irrespective of odds. The DVC (A) also expressed his readiness to liaise with the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library, to ensure that useful Library resources were always posted on the net. He disclosed that academic staff will be encouraged to update their Curriculum Vitae on the Internet.

Prof. Felix Salako, DVC (Development) I am happy to be part of University staff that made it happen … Prof. Felix Salako, DVC (Development): “I am very happy about our feat in the World Universities’ Web Ranking. I am very happy to be part of the Management and more importantly, to be part of the University staff that has made it possible for us to achieve it. There is no doubt that our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has contributed greatly to this feat. He has been a transformational leader. What we are witnessing is a fall-out of his impressive management of the University for four and half years. I am also not losing sight of the University’s Webometrics Centre, ICTREC and others. Kudos to them”.

 

Prof. Femi Bamiro (Chemistry Department) This is beyond Web Ranking. It’s an international recognition for FUNAAB … Prof. Femi Bamiro (Chemistry Department): “I am not surprised. When you look around, for those of us who are quite familiar with the state of universities in oversees’ countries, FUNAAB has developed up to a point that it is now attracting universal recognition.” “What is left for us now is to continue to develop on what the outgoing Vice-Chancellor has done. I am talking of development of our laboratories, development of our lecturers, through linkages and publications, development of our first class graduates through international exposure and scholarship from the Federal Government,” he added.

Prof. Segun Osinowo (Director, IFSERAR) “The outcome of Professor Balogun’s effort is manifesting while he’s still around”… Prof. Segun Osinowo (Director, IFSERAR): “It is a major achievement. It cannot really be overstated. Of course, we have to give credit to the current Vice-Chancellor because while he’s still around, the outcome of all his efforts is already manifesting in all facets of the University. It is a credit to him because his due honour is coming to him while he’s still around with us. FUNAAB was ranked No.1 many years ago, during the tenure of Professor Okojie but the foundation had been laid by Professor N.O Adedipe when he was Vice-Chancellor but the credit came when Professor Okojie was around. Fortunately, this time around, Professor Balogun is around to reap the fruits of his labour”.

 

 

Mr. Abdulsobbur Salaam, SSANU, FUNAAB Branch Chairman I’m happy to be part of the success story… Mr. Abdulsobbur Salaam, SSANU, FUNAAB Branch Chairman: “I am happy. I feel very happy, being part of the success, having contributed my own little quota, I feel great and I am proud of this great University.

 

Dr. Biodun Badmus, former Coordinator, Webometrics Centre We have laid a solid foundation … Dr. Biodun Badmus, former Coordinator, Webometrics Centre: “I am happy with our latest ranking. We laid a solid foundation when I was there as the pioneer Coordinator. Then, we used to have departmental ranking within the University. We encouraged our colleagues to submit data. If the content of the web is empty, you have no place in the ranking. One is happy for pioneering and laying the foundation for today’s success story”. Commenting on the way forward, he charged the University’s Webometrics Centre and ICTREC to under-study the websites of the ten best-ranked universities in the world and Africa and use it as yardstick to improve on FUNAAB’s website. Prof. Segun Apantaku, Dean, COLAMRUD

This is unprecedented … Prof. Segun Apantaku, Dean, COLAMRUD: “Dear Professor Balogun, on behalf of all staff and students of the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development, I congratulate you as the Vice-Chancellor on the saddle of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, who lifted the University to an enviable heights as the 2nd amongst Nigerian Universities in Webometric Ranking and 35th in Africa. This is unprecedented”.

We are Eyeing the 1st Position now - ICTREC Director

 

“Now that the World Universities’ Web Ranking is over, we will emerge first next time, because we have discovered our lapses”, says the University’s Director of Information, Communications and Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Abayomi Oguntoye.

Speaking in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, Dr. Oguntoye disclosed that ICTREC immediately went back to the drawing board after the University was ranked second.

He stated that in the process of self-appraisal, the Centre discovered a significant factor, which could have deprived the University of the first position adding that he won’t disclose it for ‘security’ reasons.

However, Dr. Oguntoye identified the challenges which might hinder FUNAAB from topping web ranking, if not properly addressed.

According to him, “the challenge is to score three digits in the web ranking. Painfully and shamefully, not a single Nigerian University has three digits”.

Dr. Oguntoye, who thanked God for the feat commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun-led Management for its vision and purposeful leadership, especially in the area of ICT.

He also gave kudos to the trio of members of staff of the Centre, Messrs Abayomi Babatola, Oluseyi Babarinde and Temitope Soretire, for their superlative performances in the field of ICT.

According to him, while Oluseyi Babarinde created the Community Page, the duo of Babatola and Soretire created the Content Management Website, which contributed significantly to the University’s latest ranking.

 

How FUNAAB Came 2nd - Head, Webometics Centre

 

The Head, Webometric Centre, Dr. Olusegun Folorunso, has explained how FUNAAB came second in the latest Webometric Ranking of World Universities, as well as the challenges lying ahead

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, Dr. Folorunso, who gave thanks and glory to the Almighty for the great feat said: “we have been able to study the requirements. It is a global ranking and the organizer meant business. We dutifully studied the requirement and the result is now success”.

Speaking further, he attributed the feat to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun’s love and deep knowledge of Web Ranking, saying, “unknown to many, our Vice-Chancellor is an expert in this area”.

Dr. Folorunso, however, informed that the Webometrics Centre was no longer basking in the euphoria of the success of the University in the latest ranking exercise as it is already looking forward to another exercise.

According to him, “we have started working towards another ranking. This one, where we came second is gone. We have a table; more of a league table. I am going to start comparing our web status with the best in the world and in Africa. That is just minor, but the major strategy, I won’t reveal, for security reasons”.

He, however, stressed the need for the University to revise its web policy, urging members of the University “to take the issue of ranking seriously because some members of the University Community have this lackadaisical attitude towards Webometrics”.

 

Students Get Extension for Late Registration

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the extension of late registration for three days, for undergraduate students, who are yet to register for the 2011/2012 Academic Session.

A release signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji informed that the late registration begins today, Monday, February 13, 2012 and ends on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

The release further directed that affected students are to comply and register within the three days, as there will be no more extension for late registration of students.

 

Nestle Endows FUNAAB with Books

Nestle’s Mrs. Chioma Emma-Nwachukwu (3rd Right), presenting one of the books to the Rep. of the VC, the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (3rd Left), while the Ag. Librarian, Dr. (Mrs) Mulikat Salaam (2nd Left) and other senior staff of the University with Nestle’s team look on.

 

Nestle Nutrition Institute has added value to the University by donating books to the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library, for capacity building and empowerment.

The Scientific and External Affairs Manager, Mrs. Chioma Emma-Nwachukwu, who led the Nestle team, said the donation was meant to provide enlightenment on new research findings on Nutrition as well as to help update old publications in the University library.

Mrs. Emma-Nwachukwu disclosed that the Nestle Nutrition Institute is a forum where scientists come together to carry out research and brain storm on nutritional issues while the mother organisation, Nestle Nigeria Plc provided assistance in the area funding.

She noted that Nestle had a long-lasting relationship with FUNAAB and was willing to strengthen the existing relationship.

The Scientific and External Affairs Manager also expressed delight at the tremendous infrastructural development in the University saying, “although, this is my third time in FUNAAB, but my first time in the ‘new’ FUNAAB”.

Appreciating Nestle for its generous donation, the University’s Acting Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam noted that the company had been a worthy partner of the University and the Library, in particular.

Dr. Salaam disclosed that the Library has a Unit, dedicated to the former Managing Director and Chief Executive of Nestle Foods Nigeria Plc, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, for his endowment to the Library.

She, however, observed that not much had been done after the endowment as the University had been solely responsible for its maintenance.

She therefore called for the replacement of the air-conditioners, computers as well as the upgrading of publications in the Unit.

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, pointed out that the ‘new’ FUNAAB and all the achievements recorded was as a result of the visionary leadership qualities of the Vice-Chancellor.

He informed that at the just-concluded World Universities’ Webometric Ranking, the University leaped to the 2nd Best University in Nigeria and the 35th in Africa, while assuring that the University would not rest on its oars until it can compete favourably with other international institutions.

Professor Salako enjoined Nestle not to relent on its capacity building efforts, stressing that it remained the way to organizational success.

 

 

FUNAAB Sends-off Batch A Corps Members ... Welcomes Batch C

Cross-section of the out-going Batch ‘C’ Corps Members during their send-forth party at the PR Boardroom. Inset; Rep. of the DD, Estab. Matters (Snr Staff), Mrs. Olufunke Makanjuola (Right), presenting gifts to the outgoing ICLO, Mr. Ubong Oko (Left)  while being assisted by a Protocol Officer, Mrs. Rosemary Egbuonu

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has held a send-forth party for the 2011/2012 Batch A corps members that served in the University.

Speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior Staff), Mr. Omowon Agbotoba, noted that the occasion was worthwhile as the outgoing corps members had served their fatherland, diligently.

Represented by Mrs. Olufunke Makanjuola, he charged the out-going corps members to be of good behaviour at all times.

Commenting on their experiences, one of them, Mr. Oriloye Emmanuel, described his posting to FUNAAB as God-ordained.

He thanked the leadership of the University, under Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for giving them the opportunity to serve.

Mr. Jang Ishaya, from Plateau State, who served in the College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), revealed that the experience was his first time, to travel down to the Southwest, adding that this part of the country is more peaceful when compared to where he came from.

However, one of the in-coming Batch C corps members, Mr. Paul Adedoyin, who is presently serving with the FUNAAB Radio FM, observed that the University is well-structured, compared to many universities he had visited. “I have learnt work ethics, discipline and comportment”, Paul stated.

Also, Miss. Lela Omo-Ikirodah, currently serving with the Directorate of Public Relations, declared that FUNAAB members of staff had made her feel at home, adding that she is happy serving in the institution.

The outgoing Internal Corper Liaison Officer (ICLO), Mr. Ubong Oko, appreciated the steadfastness of the Vice-Chancellor in making FUNAAB a model University in Nigeria.

Making reference to the great philosopher, John Maxwell, who said, “Leadership is influence and positive leadership is positive influence”, he noted that, the Vice-Chancellor had impacted positively in the life of the University as it is evident in the day-to-day activities of members of staff and students.

He, however, gave some challenges being faced by corps members, in the course of discharging their duties, notably, transportation problems. He said it had been difficult for his colleagues to move down to Odeda Local Government Secretariat, whenever they were observing their Community Development Service (CDS).

He solicited for an increment in the stipends paid to corps members, as this would go a long way in cushioning the effects of the hike in prices of commodities and transportation.

 

Scholar, PG Student Commend FUNAAB

DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (2nd Right) receiving Dr. Missiako Kindomihou (Standing), Miss Koura Tatiana (Left) and the Coordinator (WANOART), Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe in his office.

 

Participants at the Exchange Programme, under the West African Network for Organic Agriculture, Research and Training (WANOART), Dr. Missiako Valentine Kindomihou and Miss Koura Windktepe Tatiana have commended the contributions of the University to research and development in the area of Organic Agriculture, in Africa.

The Exchange Scholar and postgraduate student, both from the Universite d’Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin expressed their appreciation to the University Management and WANOART project, during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

Speaking on her eight-week research experience on the Intensification of the Use of Indigenous Vegetables for the purposes of rescuing local vegetables from extinction, Miss Koura said she learnt to work very hard because Nigerians take their work seriously.

The PG student lauded members of the University Community for their warm reception and assistance during her stay, noting that she would take lessons from the rich culture of Nigeria, back with her.

Speaking in the same vein, Dr. Kindomihou described the programme as a blessing to Africa, while thanking the Vice-Chancellor for his commitment to the project.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, said the University was well disposed to the WANOART project because its thrust tallies with the mandate of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that FUNAAB was actively involved in capacity building and skills acquisition activities through staff training; nationally and internationally, as well as offering scholarships through the University’s Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (UFASS).

Professor Balogun assured participants of the programme of the University’s continued commitment to WANOART.

Speaking earlier, the Coordinator of WANOART, Professor Isaac Aiyelaagbe, said the project would help to expand the frontiers of knowledge in Organic Agriculture among West African countries, to enable them compete favourably in the global economy.

 

 

Web Ranking – VC Thanks All

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has attributed the ground breaking performance of the University in the last World Web Ranking released last week, to the doggedness and cooperation of the entire workforce and students of the institution.

Professor Balogun said he was most elated by the performance of the institution, coming all the way from its 7th position to emerge second in Nigeria and 35th from its former 60th continental ranking of July, 2011.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “I can only just attribute the success to the efforts and cooperation of all staff and students, in driving the good vision that the current administration has for the University.

There is no denying the fact that this feat can only be described as an icing on the cake for an administration that is winding-down, to achieve such monumental leap, even above most other first and second generation universities in the country.

You will recall that we were not even rated at all at a stage and it was appearing as if we were inferior to others, but to the glory of God and the strong determination of all stakeholders, we are today considered as second in the country and 35th out of 695 Universities from 48 different countries of Africa”, the Vice-Chancellor added.

Professor Balogun reiterated that his administration would not let-off steam, regardless of the few months it had in the saddle before the expiration of the tenure, assuring community members and general public that other outstanding performances should be expected from the University.

Professor Balogun said the ranking would further boost the University’s internationalization drive and that the institution’s strength in youthful dynamism would be fully explored to bring the University into good reckoning on the global stage.

 

WANOART to Host Exchange Programme

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), through the West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART) will be hosting an Exchange Scholar from the Universite d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic, Dr. Missiako Valentine Kindomihou.

A release by the Coordinator of WANOART, Professor Isaac Ayelaagbe, said Dr. Kindomihou would spend three weeks in the University during which time, he would be co-supervising his postgraduate student from the Universite d’Abomey-Calavi, Mrs. Koura Windktepe, who is currently researching on the Intesification of Indigenous Vegetables.

The release further stated that Dr. Kindomihou would be working on translating some Network documents into the French language while interacting with members of staff in the Departments of Horticulture, Pasture and Range Management as well as other Units in the University, to explore the possibilities of fostering inter-institutional collaborations.

Dr. Kindomihou, whose research focus is Carbon Sequestration and Biodiversity in Organic Crops-livestock Production Systems, is also expected deliver a Seminar, during the visit.

 

LABS Director Visits FUNAAB LABS Director Visits FUNAAB LABS Director Visits FUNAAB

Dr. Larry Jones-Esan (middle) with a cross-section of some of the “Alumnus” of LABS

It was a memorable re-union for an amiable lecturer and his students, penultimate Tuesday as the Director of The London Academy Business School, Dr. Larry Jones-Esan, re-united with some members of the University staff, who had gone through his tutelage in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and London.

 

The brief meeting point was held at the Front Desk, Information Office of the Senate Chamber, as the “Alumnus of The London Academy Business School, FUNAAB Branch” (so to say), came to welcome and behold their lecturer, who was held in high esteem for his “captivating style of lecturing”.

Though, they could not spend more than ten minutes with their lecturer, due to the pressure of work, Dr. Larry could not hide his joy for the warm, unofficial reception accorded him, as he appraised them on the impact and usefulness of their training at The London Academy Business School.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Toyin Arowolo and the Director of Internationalization and Partnerships, Dr. Kayode Akinyemi, had earlier received Dr. Larry, in their offices.

 

FUNAAB is Nigeria’s 2nd and Africa’s 35th

… Beats OAU, UNN, Unilag, Unilorin, Others

In what could be described as a stunning and giant stride, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), recorded a landmark leap, emerging second in Nigeria and 35th in Africa.

The feat is in the World Universities’ Web Ranking, released last Friday, for the January 2012 edition of the exercise.

The impressive performance is significant, coming barely three months to the expiration of the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, as the next ranking exercise will be published in July.

A unique feature and high-point of the latest ranking is that FUNAAB recorded history by breaking the barriers of an underdog status, to outshine the combined hordes of the nation’s first, second and third generation Universities.

According to the ranking, conducted by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigacious Cientificas (CSIC), Spain, the University of Benin, emerged the best in Nigeria and 22nd in Africa.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), moved up the ladder from the 7th position it occupied last year to 2nd in Nigeria and from being the continent’s 60th, to 35th, in the latest ranking.

The latest ranking revealed that the University of Ibadan came 3rd, followed by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and University of Lagos, respectively.

Other front runners include, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Ilorin and University of Jos, while Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, on 10th position, equally emerged as the best Polytechnic in Nigeria.

The only private University that made the list of the first 19 tertiary institutions in the country is Covenant University, Ota, which came a distant 13th position.

Commenting on the ranking, the Head of the University’s Webometric Centre, Dr. Olusegun Folorunso attributed the feat to “the courage and the good foresight of the Vice-Chancellor in establishing a Webometrics Centre for the University”.

As the University community basks in the glory of the glad tidings, it would be recalled that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun, had almost prophetically, at the joint Thanksgiving Prayer Session, held on the first working day of the year, declared that “the glory of the latter shall be greater than the former”, adding also that “God will do a new thing, this year!!!”.

 

Prof. Arowolo Gives Out Daughter in Marriage

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo, has given out his daughter in marriage.

The ceremony, which attracted the crème-de-la-crème of the University Community was held at the Bato Events Centre, Km 3, Eruwon Road, GRA, Ijebu-Ode, last Saturday.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was also the Chairman at the wedding advised the couple on religious tolerance, admonishing the them to remain united inspite of their religious diversity.

He charged the newly-wedded couple to regularly imbibe in their daily routines, the “3cs” which means; Cooperation, Consolidation and Compromise.

Prof. Balogun congratulated the DVC (A), Prof. Arowolo, for not being rigid in giving his daughter in marriage to a Christian family.

Mr. Olasunkanmi Oduwole and former Miss Olayinka Arowolo are both Alumni of FUNAAB.

1500-Seater Grand Stand Takes Shape … Better Days ahead for Sports' Lovers


A panoramic view of the on-going construction work on the 1,500-Seater Grand Stand

Football fans and lovers of Track and Field events, in the University Community, will soon enjoy maximum comfort, following their passion, as work has reached advanced stages on the construction of a 1,500-Seater Grand Stand, at the Sports' Centre.

These facts emerged when the Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki, accompanied by the Chief Coach, Mr. Victor Oshuntolu, led FUNAAB Bulletin crew on an inspection tour of the imposing Grand Stand at the Sports' Centre.

Given the features of the Grand Stand, Messrs Oluwatoki and Oshuntolu disclosed that the facility has three floors with a basement which is to serve as the Gymnasium.

According to them, the Grand Stand, on completion will provide facilities for Conference Room, Press Gallery (small and big), VIP Lounge, Offices, Reception and Medical Rooms.

Other facilities include Wellness Centre, Car Parks, Shops and Lavatories for spectators, as well as Changing Rooms.

Management Commends Engineering Students

 

The University Management has commended the three students in the College of Engineering, who participated in the Nigerian Society of Engineers’ (NSE) Essay Competition, for their outstanding performances.

Management, in a congratulatory letter to the students noted that by their enviable feat, they had made the University proud, improving its image and reputation.

The students are: Messrs Okpala, Ifeanyi of the Department of Civil Engineering; Ajibade, A. Seun and Olukayode Idowu, who are both of the Department of Agricultural Engineering.

The statement further urged them to continue to contribute their quota towards the advancement and improvement of the University, while wishing them success in their future endeavours.

 

Why we called-off Strike: FUNAAB ASUU Branch Chair … Students React

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Branch, Dr. Olusiji Sowande, last week explained the rationale behind the recent nationwide strike embarked upon by the Union and why it was called off.

Dr. Sowande bared the minds of his colleagues as students, landlords, food vendors, beauticians, operators of business centres and commercial cabs, heaved sigh of relief from the abysmally low patronage, experienced while the strike lasted.

Speaking exclusively with FUNAAB Bulletin, in a telephone chat, the ASUU Branch Chairman, described the suspension of the two-month old strike as “another way of showing patriotism and commitment to revitalizing the University system”.

He explained that contrary to erroneous impressions in certain quarters that ASUU was selfishly fighting for its exclusive interest, especially, increase in remuneration, ASUU had been in the forefront of championing, for all Nigerians, the urgent need for government to better the lots of the nation’s ivory towers.

According to him, ASUU had consistently been at the vanguard of the struggle by tasking government to be alive to its responsibilities to the universities through dialogue, negotiations and embarking on strike, as last resort.

He pointed out that the Union went on strike on December 4, 2011, to press home its demand for the implementation of the 2009 agreements which, in the opinion of ASUU, had been abandoned by government.

Dr. Sowande stated that ASUU called off the strike last Wednesday to, “among other things, give government the benefit of the doubt; that it will implement the aspects of the 2009 agreements that was begging for actualization, before we start talking of re-negotiation come July, this year”.

The ASUU Chairman, who expressed strong confidence in his members, said that with the calling-off of the strike, “they (Lecturers) are already on ground for resumption”.

Meanwhile, FUNAAB students have started arriving at their rented off-campus apartments in Abeokuta, barely 24 hours after the strike was called off.

Checks by FUNAAB Bulletin revealed that social life is now gradually taking shape at areas, densely populated by the students, following their return.

The areas are: Camp, Isolu Community, Gbonangun, ‘Aso Rock’, Somorin, Alogi, Fajol, all within the ancient capital city of Abeokuta.

At Somorin, Fajol and Alogi, motorbike (Okada) operators confirmed to our reporter that students, who form the bulk of their customers, have started returning, thereby boosting patronage, which had been extremely low, due to their absence.

Some of the students, who spoke to FUNAAB Bulletin included an Ibadan-based 200-level Crop Protection student, Sulaimon, Kadyjat Ololade, and 200-level Plant Physiology and Crop Production student; Adewuyi, Imole-Ayo David.

Others are: Adebola, Tolulope Elizabeth, a 100-level Biological Sciences’ student and Ogundero, Bolanle, a 400-level Microbiology student.

According to them, their quick return was largely informed by the boredom of staying at home and the need to resume early and commence their studies.

IFSERAR Holds Conference

The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), had concluded arrangements to hold its 1st International Conference on Giant African Land Snails.

A release, signed by the Director, IFSERAR, Professor Segun Osinowo, informed that the Conference, which has as its theme, Snail Production for Sustainable Development and Good Health, would hold between Sunday, 12th February and Wednesday, 15th February, 2012, at the Institute.

Microbiology Gets New Acting HOD

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has approved the appointment of Dr. D. A Ojo as the Acting Head of the Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS).

Dr. Ojo’s appointment came on the heels of the revocation of Dr. (Mrs.) O. R. Afolabi’s appointment as the Acting Head of the Department.

According to a statement, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. C. B. Kuforiji, Dr. Ojo’s appointment is for a period of two (2) years, with effect from January 30, 2012.