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FUFASS Valedictory Graduation: VC Bags ‘Chieftaincy’ Title


L-R; Chief (Mrs.) Opral-Benson; Prof. Essien; The VC, Prof. Oluwafemi O. Balogun; Ambassador Colley and Dr. Solomon Oladiti
at the Valedictory Graduation Ceremony for FUFASS Scholars.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has been conferred with the title of “Great Man of Africa” by the graduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS).

The ‘chieftaincy’ title, was conferred on the Vice-Chancellor by the second set of beneficiaries of FUFASS, in recognition of his service to humanity and contributions to the socio-economic development of Africa.

Conferring the titles on him, at a Valedictory Luncheon held in honour of the FUFASS beneficiaries, the scholars from Liberia, Sierra-Leone and The Gambia chanted in their various local languages, “Jambarr, Tamba, and Obai”, which all translate to “Great Man of Africa”.

The Gambian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mrs. Angela B. Colley, on behalf of the benefiting countries commended the Vice-Chancellor for his efforts in human development.

Beneficiaries of the programme, Paul Bangura described FUFASS as, “A Road Map to African Agriculture” while Christopher Daylue recited a specially composed poem in honour of the Vice-Chancellor titled, “FUFASS Pacesetter, We Appreciate You”.

Speaking at the occasion, the Director, Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP), Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi lauded the Vice-Chancellor’s sterling qualities and presented him with a giant card, designed with his surname, “BALOGUN”, as acronym but rechristened as: B – Builder, A – Administrator, L –Legendary, O – Organizer of Men and Materials, G – Giant in Talks and Action, U – Unrepentant Optimist and N – Natural Giver.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor said he was humbled by the goodwill and show of love by the FUFASS beneficiaries, as he dedicated his achievements to God, saying, “Unless the Almighty builds, those who struggle do so in vain”.

Professor Balogun also appreciated the Governing Council, members of the University Community and the neighbouring African countries for believing in FUNAAB.

Expressing his gratitude for the ‘chieftaincy’ title, Prof. Balogun disclosed that it was the first he would be receiving as he had always declined earlier offers. However, he said he was now prepared to accept others, so as not to be seen as being discriminatory between the Town and Gown.

He said he will forever treasure the clothing material and poem presented to him, promising to sow and wear the materials, when next he would be visiting the President of The Gambia.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, while moving the vote of thanks said the Vice-Chancellor had achieved a lot, especially, in engendering African unity.

 

EVENT:- DelPHE Evaluation Consultants Site Visits

DAY: APRIL 2, 2012

DelPHE Programme allocated funding to 200 projects across Africa and Asia, with all funding expected to be completed by 2013.  Between now and next year, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the British Council are embarking on a wide-reaching analysis of various aspects of the DelPHE programme, and will be drawing lessons on how any potential future version of the DelPHE programme might be designed.

To this end, ACU and the British Council have recruited a number of former Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows to work as Evaluation Consultants in a selected number of focus countries, including Nigeria.  The role of the Evaluation Consultant is to meet with DelPHE Project Coordinators and to discuss various elements of DelPHE projects and Coordinators’ impressions and experiences of running a DelPHE project.  The Evaluation Consultant will also meet with project partners and other stakeholders.  The goal is to draft a summary of some of the trends between projects in Nigeria, to identify what has worked well, what can be strengthened, and how to facilitate further project support in future.

For FUNAAB/KNUST/DfID/British Council DelPHE 5 Project anchored in FUNAAB here, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo has been appointed by ACU and British Council as our Evaluation Consultant.  He is a Senior Lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and has a particular interest in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.  As a former Commonwealth Split-Site Scholar, Dr. Adebayo has valuable experience in interuniversity partnership, and has worked with a wide range of institutions across Nigeria in the past.

The project looks forward to meeting Dr. Kolawole Adebayo.

Experts Call for More Awareness for Organic Agriculture

Prof. Phil Harris (4th from right) and WANOART Project  Coordinator, Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe (4th from left) in a group photograph with participants at the end of the Workshop

Experts have stressed the need for increase in the level of awareness on skills development and practice in Organic Agriculture as the panacea to the problems of food insecurity in Africa.
This suggestion emanated at the end of the just concluded International Workshop on Curriculum Development for Postgraduate Studies in Organic Agriculture in West Africa, organized by the West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART), held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
Delivering a Lecture on Concepts and Misconceptions of Organic Agriculture, the Project Coordinator, Centre for Agro-ecology and Food Security, Coventry University, United Kingdom, Professor Phil Harris, disclosed that the 2008 United Nations Report observed that Organic Agriculture in developing countries, had contributed to an increase in food security, through the promotion of natural environment, community cooperation and partnerships, as well as increase in education, skills and health care.
Professor Harris pointed out that the practice of Organic Agriculture transcended the use of pesticides and inorganic fertilizers but involved embarking on positive, sustainable management process through recycling of residual biomass and the use of biological fixation of atmospheric nitrogen, biological and cultural control of pest diseases.
The Project Coordinator debunked common misconceptions, desecrating Organic Agriculture as being old fashioned, but rather, “Organic Agriculture takes the best form of traditional knowledge and practice but develops new scientific approaches and specific technologies,” he noted.
He highlighted some benefits of Organic Agriculture to include being environmentally-friendly, safe and sustainable while assuring that the international commercial market for organic products is high.

On the Lecture, Promoting Organic Monogastric Livestock Production in Ghana: Prospects and Challenges, Professor Stephen A. Osei, of the University of Animal Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, decried the inadequate official attention given to the development of organic livestock in Ghana.
According to him, Ghana is a net importer of meat, milk and eggs of up to $1billion with an average intake of 30 eggs, per year.
Professor Osei, identified factors militating against the development of Organic Agriculture in Ghana to include inadequate knowledge and skills by academic institutions as well as low level understanding of the principles and practice of Organic Agriculture.
He called for the development of an effective curriculum in Organic Agriculture that will help to adequately train future farmers, teachers, policy makers, scientists and researchers.
In his Welcome Address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, commended the commitment of WANOART at bridging skills gap in Organic Agriculture in West Africa, through manpower training.
He noted that the Workshop was “strategic and important because of the need to proffer solutions to the intractable food security challenge ravaging over 300 million population of women and children in the West Africa Sub-region”.
Professor Balogun explained that “Organic Agriculture, which is the current trend in sustainable and healthy food production globally is a unique way of producing, handling food and fibres in an environmentally sustainable way, by exploiting the benefits of ecological cycles and deliberately excluding the use of agro-chemicals, which could be harmful to human health and the environments now or in the future”.
The Vice-Chancellor reiterated the University’s interest in the outcome of the meeting while assuring that its commitment to Organic Agriculture remained as strong as it was in 2004, when it inaugurated the Working Group on Organic Agriculture which eventually brought about the Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN).
“No effort will be spared in keeping the vision alive. We want to continue to take the lead in breaking new frontiers in learning and research; we shall continue to collaborate with other institutions in Africa that are also passionate about food security and sustainable development”, he added.

FUFASS Holds Valedictory Graduation Ceremony

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (arrowed) in a group photograph with Principal Officers, Diplomats and FUFASS graduates, last year .

The graduation programme for the second set of the FUNAAB Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS) will hold on Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Senate Chamber, at 10.00a.m.
According to a release, signed by the Head of FUFASS, Dr. James Daramola, the graduation ceremony will be the last to be conducted during the administration of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
The release further informed that a luncheon reception will follow immediately after the graduation at the Tony Anenih’s Building.

FUNAAB Acquires Modern Security Gadgets

Some of the security apparatus deployed to the Campus Gate being put to use by personnel of the Sheriff
Deputies.

To improve on the existing facilities in protecting lives and property on campus, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has acquired additional state-of-the-art security gadgets.
Speaking in an interview with FUNAAB Bulletin in his office, the University’s Assistant Chief Environmental Officer, Mr. Sunday Bolarinwa, disclosed that the newly procured security gadgets were necessitated by the need to reinforce the security system on campus.

According to him, the new security gadgets include Access Control Electronic Device; Walk-Through Metal Detectors; Under-Vehicle Metal Detectors and Closed-Circuit Televisions, installed in sensitive areas of the University.
He said: “Aside the strengthening of the security in the University Community, the security gadgets also adds beauty and sophistication to the University environment”.
On health hazards, that the security gadgets may likely cause, he said there was no cause for anxiety. “If the health hazard is much, they would have been condemned, because I asked the supplier and he confirmed that the machines do not possess any health risk”, he added.
Commenting on the cases of insecurity in the country and whether FUNAAB is at risk, the ex-Police Officer gave an emphatic ‘NO’ because pro-active measures were being taken to avoid security breaches.
Mr. Bolanrinwa, however, implored members of the University Community to continue to co-operate with security officers for routine checks of vehicles on campus.
He commended the efforts of the security officers for being alive to their responsibilities.

MoU with VEGEFRESH

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Vegefresh Company Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on manpower development in Agriculture.
Signing the agreement on behalf of the University was the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, who assured Vegefresh that the University had the wherewithal to fulfil its obligations under the agreement.
Professor Balgoun said the University has a land endowment of about 10,000 Hectares, with over 95 per cent of its academic staff members already having PhDs.

Shedding light on the MoU, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that FUNAAB is expected to provide Vegefresh with 100 Hectares of land, to carry out its farming activities while granting access to specific research findings and agricultural information, considered critical to the success of the programme.
According to the MoU, Vegefresh would have its seedlings tested and certified by FUNAAB before applying same to its farms for environmental and health considerations, while deploying practical agricultural knowledge in ensuring that there is adequate con--trol of pest diseases on the farms for optimal yield of the crops.
Vegefresh on its part is expected to support the University’s mandate by providing the needed infrastructure and tools for manpower development, among others.
Speaking earlier, the Operations Manager of Vegefresh, Mr. Olumide Ojo, hinted that the main objective behind the MoU was “to develop a framework for value-chain system in Agriculture”.
Mr. Ojo decried the fact that Nigeria, despite its abundance of resources in land and manpower, remained a net importer of food.
The Operations Manager however disclosed that Nigeria is rated the second largest producer of tomatoes in the world and that Vegefresh had analysed the agricultural potentials of Nigeria, with a view of taking the nation to its deserved pride of place.
Also speaking, the Chief Programme Officer, Vegefresh, Dr. Ade-mola Idowu, observed that the major constraint to developing technologies was the inadequate link between research findings and the farmers, saying Vegefresh, through the collaboration intends to tap into the wealth of experience of the University’s research, development and extension programmes, for optimal agricultural dividends to the nation.


Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, FUNAAB VC

FUNAAB holds training Workshop

FUNAAB Universal Conservices Ltd (FUCONS Ltd) has concluded arrangements to organize a two-day training workshop for newly employed Non-Teaching staff of the University.
A release made available by the Director, FUCONS Ltd, Professor Francis Showemimo, informed that the workshop, with the theme “Equipping Result-Oriented University Administrators”, would hold between March 28 and 29, 2012 at the Senate Chambers beginning at 9 a.m.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun is expected to deliver the Keynote Address at the occasion.

Olaniyi Wins TEEAL Competition

Mr. Olagoke Abayomi Olaniyi, a student in the Department of Animal Production and Health, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, has won the First Prize in the 2011 TEEAL Graduate Student Paper Competition.
The feat was achieved under the Master’s and Doctoral categories, awarded by the Albert R. Mann Library of the Cornell University, United States of America.

Mr. Olaniyi carted away the prize for his brilliant Masters Degree in Agriculture Dissertation, titled, Effect of Free Range and Deep Litter Production System on the Performance and Meat Composition of Cockerel Chicken.
A Congratulatory Message, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, charged Mr. Olaniyi to continue to distinguish himself in his quest for knowledge, for the development of the University and humanity in general.

New Dates For NSPP Conference

The Local Organising Committee of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection has rescheduled its 37th Annual Conference.
A release, jointly signed by the LOC Chairman, Prof. Yahaya Adeoti and Secretary, Dr. (Mrs.) Emily Ayo-John, informed that the Conference will now hold from May 6 -10, 2012, as against March 25 - 29, 2012, earlier scheduled.
The release said the rescheduling was as a result of the revision of the 2011/2012 academic calendar, among other reasons.

Professor Kadiri Becomes Editor

Prof. M. Kadiri of the Department of Biological Sciences has been appointed as the Editor of the Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Journal.
He will by virtue of the appointment, serve as a member of the FUNAAB Journal Management Committee.
The appointment was approved by the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
A release, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji stated that the appointment is for a period of two years, with retroactive effect from February 17, 2012 to February 16, 2014.

FUNAAB Opens-Up Investment Opportunities in Cattle Production

Beginning from March 15, 2012, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), will commence investment opportunities in Cattle Production Venture, by providing boarding facilities for Bulls, Cows and Calves.
According to information made available to FUNAAB Bulletin by the Chairman, Cattle Production Venture, Prof. (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine, operations of the Venture would involve the admission of animals for boarding until they are ready for collection or for sale.
Prospective customers for the venture, include members of the University Community, Community leaders, corporate organisations and members of the public.
Prof. (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine reiterated the benefits of the Venture to the University, to be immense in terms of opportunities for revenue generation and student training.
For further enquiries, prospective investors are to contact the Secretary, Centre for Community-Based Farming Scheme, Unity Building (Room A116) on Telephone – 0806 040 4928 or through The Secretary: Department of Animal Nutrition, FUNAAB.

Successful Tenure: UNILAG VC Prays for Prof. Balogun

DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (2nd Right), welcoming the UNILAG VC, Prof. Adetokunbo Sofoluwe (Middle), while from left is the Director (ICTREC), Dr. Ferdinand Oguntoye, Prof. H.O.D Longe of UNILAG’s Dept. of Computer Science and the Dean (COLNAS), Prof. Tope Popoola.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, has prayed that the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, will come to a successful end.

Prof. Sofoluwe, who expressed the optimism during his visit to FUNAAB as a major Supervisor for Oral Ph.D defence of Mr. F. T. Ibharahu, of the Computer Science Department, congratulated the Management and staff of the University for a smooth transmutation from UNAAB to FUNAAB.
Commending the august visitor, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Felix Salako, thanked Prof. Sofoluwe, for making out time to come to FUNAAB, as major supervisor despite his busy schedule.
Prof. Salako recalled the historical evolution of FUNAAB, which he said will not be complete without UNILAG, as a nurturing University, while he reiterated the determination of FUNAAB to be a top ranking University, in Nigeria and beyond.
Speaking earlier, the Dean, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Prof. Tope Popoola, appreciated Prof. Sofoluwe for his efforts at improving Computer Science education in Nigeria.

Prof. Popoola commended the commitment of the visiting Vice-Chancellor, whom he noted was visiting FUNAAB for the second time, on similar mission, despite his administrative commitments.


NAWU Celebrates International Women’s Day

The President of the Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW), Abeokuta Chapter, Dr. (Mrs.) Comfort Onifade, has felicitated with members of NAUW and female members of the University Community on the International Women’s Day.
The President, in a statement on her behalf, by the Financial Secretary of NAUW, Rev. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Adeyemo, said that the International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world on the 8th of March, in appreciation of Women.
The President, however, stated that this year’s celebration was low-keyed because it coincided with the first semester examination of the University, but expressed her best wishes to Management, staff and students of the University in commemoration of the celebration.

Congregation Elects Reps for Search Team

1) Dr. Moruf Atayese being cheered by members after he was declared winner in the election. 2) Prof. Michael Ozoje

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Congregation, has elected two representatives on the Search Team for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor for the University, after the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent.
With a total of 228 votes cast and five voided, Dr. Moruf Atayese, HOD (PPCP) in the College of Plant Science (COLPLANT) and Prof. Michael Ozoje, Deputy Dean, PG School, emerged winners with 180 and 132 votes respectively while Prof. Okanlawon Onagbesan had 123 votes.
Speaking at the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun said, the Search Team is expected to assist the Community in the scanning of the environment, aside from individual responses to facilitate the emergence of the 5th Vice-Chancellor by April 28, 2012.
Prof. Balogun affirmed that the advertisement for the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor would close by April 3, 2012, adding that, the Search Team has between March 13 and 27, to submit their report to the Acting Registrar.
According to Prof. Balogun, the emergence of the 5th Vice-Chancellor by April 28, 2012 means, “I have a Vice-Chancellor to work with for four weeks before handing-over”.
He, however, commended the peaceful conduct of the exercise “right from the Senate to the Congregation”, praying that the University will never go back to the chaotic times of succession, as witnessed in the past.     Meanwhile, Senate also elected two of its members (who are not members of the Council), to join the Search Team for the appointment of the 5th Vice-Chancellor.
The elected members were Prof. B. A. Adewumi of the College of Engineering (COLENG), who raked in 54 votes and Prof. Yemi Akegbejo-Samson of the College of Environmental Resources Management, who scored 48 votes to beat Prof. Michael Ozoje with 40 votes.

Unity Building: Occupants Express Delight at Office Allocation

TA crop of senior members of staff of the University whose Directorates, Units and Centres were allocated office spaces at the new Unity Building Blocks A and B, have expressed delight at the comforting, conducive and spacious ambience of their new environment, giving kudos to the authorities of the University for making staff welfare, a priority .
Some of the beneficiaries appreciated Management in separate chats with FUNAAB Bulletin. They included the Senior Assistant Registrar/Head, Establishment Matters Unit (Junior Staff), Mr. Adewale Ojoye; the Principal Planning Officer, Academic Planning Unit, Mr. Olufemi Bamgbose; and the Principal Executive Officer (Administration), Directorate of Technology and Technical Staff, Mrs. Loretta Owobamirin.
Others were the Senior Assistant Registrar, Counselling Clinic Unit, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile; Coordinator, Tree Crop Plantation Unit, Professor Yahaya Adeoti and the Director, Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), Professor Michael Ajayi.
According to Mr. Ojoye, “We would like to express our appreciation to Management for the foresight because the relocation of offices
away from the Senate Building is part of the long-term plan of Management to decongest the Senate Building and the immediate problem that necessitated the movement to this place; inadequate office accommodation, which has now been solved. Right now, we have what we can refer to as adequate, in terms of offices for staff of this Unit and others.
However, one of the problems being faced, and which I am sure is due to the fact that the building is a new one, is lack of Internet facility which we hitherto enjoyed at the Senate Building. Another problem is the erratic power supply although, we are aware that we have been allocated a power generating set but it has not been connected. So, we are left at the mercy of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) which would affect the output of this place quite drastically. However, I commend the Management for this initiative”, he concluded.
Corroborating him, the Principal Planning Officer, Academic Planning Unit, Mr. Olufemi, Bamgbose, said moving to the Unity Building was a plus for the Unit, especially, in terms of space which hitherto was a big problem.
“We cannot but commend Management for this bold move. The offices are bigger and facilities are already on ground”, stressed Mr. Bamgbose.
Mr. Bamgbose appealed to Management to assist with the fitting of air-conditioners and internet facilities in offices, as well as provide shuttle buses within campus, for easy transportation.
On her part, the Principal Executive Officer (Administration), Directorate of Technology and Technical Staff, Mrs. Lorreta Owobamirin, said the offices were well laid-out and conducive for work efficiency and effectiveness, just as she applauded the aesthetic view of the new office complex.
She, however, implored Management to engage more hands in the maintenance of the two buildings as there were only two cleaners, currently.
“A good maintenance is essential right from the outset so that the full potentials of the building and office spaces can be fully maximized”, she added.
Also speaking, the Senior Assistant Registrar, Counselling Unit, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile, lauded Management’s initiative in allocating office spaces to the Unit.
Mrs. Ofodile, who described the new office space as an answered prayer, pointed out that one of the requirements for effective counselling is comfortable and conducive environment.
The Guidance Counsellor noted that the two offices provided for them were fully equipped while expressing confidence that Management’s magnamity would bring about positive results.
Speaking, the Coordinator, Tree Crop Plantation Unit, Professor Yahaya Adeoti expressed appreciation to Management for the building but noted that his Unit would require more than the single office space it was allocated.
The Coordinator called on Management to assist in putting other infrastructure in place, to make job execution easier.
Corroborating him, the Director, SIWES, Professor Ajayi, described the building as satisfactory and spacious. He, however, observed that the major challenge, to be the lack of internet services and a connecting door between his office and that of his Secretary.
Professor Ajayi also called for the installation of air-conditioners in the offices for better comfort.

Youth Empowerment in Renewable Energy Essential - Don

L-R, Mrs. Foluke Fatunde, Dean (COLENG), Prof. Sam Adejuyigbe, DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako and Prof. E.J Bala during the Opening Ceremony of the 5-day Training Workshop.

The Director-General, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Professor Abubakar Sambo, has observed that the training of youths in renewable energy resources is essential for the nation’s economic empowerment, self employment and rural development.
Professor Sambo, who was represented by Professor E.J Bala stated this at the joint ECN and National Youth Service Corps’ Renewable Energy Training Workshop, held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, last Monday.
Elaborating on the rationale behind the training programme, Professor Sambo said it was aimed at providing young men and women in the country with the requisite knowledge on renewable energy as impetus for self-employment.
Professor Sambo described renewable energy resources as “those amenities that when they are consumed, their rates of regeneration through natural processes ensure that what is consumed is generated back within a relatively short time”.
He added that renewable energy resources are not delectable and
available in the semi-urban and rural areas, where over 70 per cent of the nation’s population live and access modern energy at very low cost and minimal negative climate change. He highlighted the sources of renewable energy to include solar energy, wind, hydro-power, bio-mass, among others, adding that the energy sources, when exploited and utilized do not result into adverse environmental effects, when compared with the effects caused by exploitation and consumption of fossil-type of energy sources.
The Director-General pointed out that renewable energy training programme had been a collaborative effort between the ECN and NYSC, since 1999, commending the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for his generosity of allowing the programme to be held in the University, with the provision of  necessary facilities.
Earlier in his speech, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, noted that renewable energy is not only relevant to Nigeria for safeguarding energy security but also pertinent for the mitigation of negative climate change.
He, therefore, called on youth corps members, selected for the training to take advantage of the programme to develop themselves and help create a safer and healthy environment.

Governing Council Resumes, Swings into Action

 

The Governing Council of the University has resumed duties, following its reinstatement, for exceptional performance, by the Visitor to the University, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

On resumption on Monday, February 20, 2012, members in earnest commenced a week-long 69th Statutory Meeting. The meeting was chaired by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, which also had Mr. Joseph Lajuwomi, Bishop B.W Degi, Dr. Solomon Oladiti, Dr. Ben Efienemokwu, Mrs. F.O. Ezeozue and Mrs. Carol Obioha, as external members.

The internal members who were present included Prof. (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, Dr. Sunday Olusola Akinwande and Professor Lateef Sanni.

A release signed by the Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs. C. B. Kuforiji, indicated that the week-long activities began on Monday with the presentation and consideration of the views of the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Visitation Panel report into the Affairs of FUNAAB, 2004-2010, as well as consideration of the proposed Advertisement and Time Table for the appointment of the 5th Vice-Chancellor.

On Tuesday, the Council inspected various on-going projects in the University, lasting several hours with the members, guided by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and the Director of Physical Planning Unit (PPU), Mr. B. A. Ayodele, inspected 14 on-going projects.

The inspected projects were the FUNAAB International School Access Road, FUNAAB Nursery and Primary School Staff Quarters, FUNAAB Nursery and Primary School building and Zoological Garden.

Others were the 3,000-Seater Auditorium, Administrative Building of International Scholars’ Centre, FUNAAB Guest House and Suites, Executive Lodges for Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, the 500-Seater Central Computer Laboratory, 2,000-Capacity.

 

FUNAAB Mourns Late Aina, Condoles Family

The Management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has commiserated with the family of Engr. Oluseyi Marcus Aina, a Lecturer I in the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), who died recently.

A Condolence Letter to the family, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, reads in part: “We received with deep sorrow, the news of the demise of Engr. Aina. We wish we could find words to ease your pain, however, we share in your grief and send you our love”.
The University described his death as “irreparable”, praying the Almighty to grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The campus wore a mournful look penultimate Thursday as members of staff, colleagues and students of the deceased received the news of his demise. Many of them described late Engr. Aina as ‘easy going and very friendly’.
Reacting to his death, the Dean of COLERM, Professor Kola Adedire, noted that “He was a lively person despite his ailment. He was very jovial and always happy. He was on his Ph.D in the Department of Agricultural Engineering, where he was working on Wood Products’ Engineering”.

Meanwhile, his remains were interred, last Tuesday at the Rest Park, Ologuneru, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Late Engr. Aina, 49, was survived by his wife, Bola, a Senior Confidential Secretary to the Dean of COLENG, four children, including Pelumi, who has just gained admission into FUNAAB.

Late Engr. Oluseyi Aina

 

Prof. (Mrs.) Balogun Celebrates Birthday

The Celebrant, Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun (3rd Right) with some of the Principal and top officers of the University cutting her 58th birthday cake at the thanksgiving service.

 

The unique attributes and virtues of the wife of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Elizabeth Abidemi Balogun, have been observed to be her strongest weapons, which distinguish her among contemporaries.
The naturally quiet and unassuming Professor (Mrs.) Balogun was last Friday drawn out of her cocoon, as members of the University community joined her at a thanksgiving service, in commemoration of her 58th birthday.
The short but spicy early-morning service was low-keyed and attended by select members of the University community.
The Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Samuel Oluwalana gave the exhortation, while prayers were offered by the trio of the Bursar, Deacon Olusola Ilesanmi, Pastor Samson Adeniran and Reverend Ademola Sobote. Some of the guests at the event had a rare opportunity of assessing the personality of Professor (Mrs.) Balogun, with a unanimous verdict of “simple”; “humble”; “never exerting her right”, among other encomiums, poured on her.
In her Vote of Thanks, the celebrant expressed appreciation for the love and support of all community members for her family, particularly, as demonstrated towards her husband and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
She craved the understanding of the University for the short and sparse invitation to the birthday, saying, “I don’t like bothering people and I don’t like to waste valuable time”.

Valedictory Activities For The Vice-Chancellor

Preparatory to organizing a befitting valedictory programme in honour of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, whose tenure will be coming to an end on May 23, 2012, Colleges, Unions, Units as well as other arms of the University community have been called upon to forward their plans to the Ceremonials Committee.
According to a release signed by the Secretary, Ceremonials Committee, Mr. Adebayo Ogundimu, plans of such programme(s) are to be forwarded to the Secretary, Ceremonial Committee for proper central coordination.

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

 

Beware of Lassa Fever, Says Dr. Talabi

Director, Health Services, Dr. O Talabi

Members of the University Community have been advised to beware of the deadly viral disease, Lassa Fever.
Sounding the note of caution is the University’s Director of Health Services, Dr. O. A. Talabi.
He charged members of staff and students; both living in the hostels as well those that are off-campus, to be more conscious of the dangers posed by the killer disease, usually spread by rodents especially rats, as “the main routes to Lassa Fever”.

Dr. Talabi, has therefore stressed the need for members of staff and students to always maintain good hygiene and take proper care of their environment.

New FUNAAB Staff School Coming With a Bang

On-going construction work at the new premises of FUNAAB Staff School

The Head-Teacher of the University Staff School, Mrs. Florence Bukola Alade, has assured parents to look out for more unique opportunities and cutting edge over other primary educational institutions, as the school
relocates to its Permanent Site, at Alabata Road.
The Head-Teacher, Mrs. Alade, who gave this assurance in a chat with
FUNAAAB Bulletin recently, said some parents that were not fully convinced of the competitive standard of the school due to its current not too attractive location, should be ready for a big surprise.
Mrs. Alade however disclosed that there had of late been a sudden increase in interest and enquires about the school, which she attributed to “the new state of the art structure and facilities that the University Management is currently putting in place for the school”, at its new location.

In overcoming the challenge of distance, she assured that daily transport shuttle service will be available to convey pupils to and fro the city centre, especially Isale-Igbein.

According to her, the school will soon embark on a sensitization drive to promote awareness and intimate prospective parents, particularly within the University community, of the comparative advantages of the school over others in the area.
Giving a structural analysis of the new Staff School complex, the Deputy Director in the University’s Physical Planning Unit, Architect Babatunde Anasanwo, said the school is being constructed on a four-hectare (40, 000sqm) land, which he proclaimed to be the international standard for Montessori education.
Architect Anasanwo disclosed that the school’s land space would still be expanded to accommodate facilities for games and other extra curricula activities, in the near future, adding that the new school location is self-secured, with a well-structured landscaping for conducive environment that could facilitate learning and proper child development.

Visit by FUNAAB Bulletin to the new school site, which is some metres behind the FUNAAB International School, revealed activities by builders and artisans, labouring to ensure perfection and timely delivery of the project.

Construction had commenced on the upper deck of the storey-building structure, while a sandcrete (not barbed-wire, as erroneously reported last week) perimeter fence, capped with American barbed-wire, was being erected, for maximum security.
The new school location enjoys electricity connection to the national grid as well as a metallic-surface road network, connecting it through the University’s International School to the main University Road at Isolu. It will derive its water source from a dedicated borehole.
Exuding confidence that the school would be better by far, compared to contemporaries, Mrs. Alade however pleaded with contractors handling the project, to work to schedule, such that it can be ready for academic activities in the second term, next April.


I’m Ready For The Next Inaugural Lecture – Prof. Aina

Barely two weeks after Professor (Mrs.) Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale of the Department of Communication and General Studies, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) delivered the University’s 34th Inaugural Lecture, her “Successor”, Professor Ayobami Bukola Joseph Aina, said he is set to deliver the next Lecture, slated for Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
The next Inaugural Lecturer is a Professor of Ruminant Production in the Department of Animal Production and Health, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM).
Speaking to FUNAAB Bulletin through the telephone, Professor Aina disclosed that the title of his Lecture is, Goat: A Misunderstood Animal.
He expressed his readiness to deliver the Lecture, adding that the draft of the presentation is already with the Publications Committee, for final approval.
“The draft of the Lecture is already with the Publications Committee. I think by now, it should be going to the Publishers”, he said.

Prof. Ayobami Aina