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36th Inaugural Lecture Delivered by Engr. Professor Babatunde Adewale Adewumi

Inaugural Lecture of this great University, the 2nd Inaugural Lecture from the College of Engineering and the 1st from the Department of Agricultural Engineering titled, ‘Transformation of Field to Food Materials: Agro-food Process Engineering Approach’. I am indebted to my highly respected Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, the University Management and my Dean, Professor Samuel Adejuyigbe, for giving me the opportunity to present this lecture.

My choice of Agricultural Engineering was ordered by God through the guidance of a great academic father and grandfather, Prof. E. B. Lucas in 1981 when he encouraged me to select the course, while my choice of crop and food process engineering was guided by my academic mentor, Prof. Emeritus J. C. Igbeka, who was my academic supervisor at first and Master’s degrees. My choice of Agricultural Engineering and specializing in food process engineering has taken me into the deep ocean of knowledge in science, agriculture, technology and engineering, which has spotted me out today by the mercy of God. The ocean of knowledge is indeed too deep and cannot be completely explored but the little we are able to acquire should be made relevant and useful to mankind.

I shall echo two common Yoruba songs related to this discussion to drive home the lessons and stimulate our appetite:

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Professor (Engr.) Babatunde Adewale Adewumi.

PART-TIME DEGREE PROGRAMME (PTDP) FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION TIME TABLE 2011/2012 SESSION

Please be informed that the 2011/2012 First Semester Examinations for Part-time Students have been scheduled as shown in a timetable below. Students are to note that:

  1. Exam passes are to be collected from the programme office at Mawuko with a condition that all receipts of school fee payment, from their first year to date, are presented before collection of Exam passes.
  2. Only a minimum of 50% part payment of school fees for the current session (2011/2012) and full payment of previous sessions can qualify a student for collection of exam pass, and consequently entrance into the exam hall.
  3. Instructions to Candidates on examination conduct as given below are important.

Examination Conduct INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES

  1. Candidates must wait outside the examination room until told to enter by an invigilator.
  2. Candidates will ONLY be permitted to enter up to half an hour after the start of the examination; a candidate arriving more than half an hour after the start may be admitted at the discretion of the Chief Invigilator. Lateness to exam hall will not be tolerated.
  3. Candidates SHOULD not leave earlier than half an hour after the start of the examination nor may they leave during the last ten minutes of the examination period.
  4. At the end of the examination candidates must remain seated until the invigilators have collected all the scripts and candidates are told they may leave. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that his or her script is handed to the invigilator.
  5. Candidates must be quiet when entering or leaving the room during the examination and must not speak to anyone, other than an invigilator, between entering the room and the end of the examination. A candidate creating a disturbance may be expelled from the examination room.
  6. A candidate leaving the examination room, intending to return, must be accompanied by an invigilator.
  7. Bags, briefcases, etc. should not be taken into the examination room; candidates living off campus, who have nowhere to leave such items safely, may deposit them outside the examination room as the invigilators may direct.
  8. Candidates should not bring textbooks, notes or similar aids into the examination room unless this has been specifically authorised for the examination paper concerned.
  9. Mobile telephones must be switched off and left in bags, briefcases etc.
  10. Candidates may use only non programmable calculators in examinations, or any other model with lower functionality (i.e. non-programmable, no alphanumeric memory, no communication devices). Use of any other type of calculator will be deemed exam misconduct, and the calculator will be confiscated. Phones, IPods, Bluetooth, and Blackberry are not allowed in and within examination rooms
  11. The attention of candidates is drawn to the section on exam misconduct in the Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations. Exam misconduct includes communicating with, or copying from the script of another candidate or introducing unauthorised notes, etc. A candidate introducing an unauthorised aid or copying from another candidate may obtain a mark of zero for the paper or for the whole set of examinations.
  12. It is in a candidate's interest that answers are legible; therefore only black, blue or blue-black ink or biro should be used except where additional colours may be needed in diagrams, etc.
  13. All rough work must be carried out in the answer book(s) provided; such work should be crossed out to distinguish it from answers to questions. It is an offence to remove any part of an answer book.
  14. No food or drink is permitted in the examination room except that candidates may consume sweets and plain water, provided they do not disturb other candidates and they remove any litter at the end of the examination. Smoking is prohibited.
  15. No inscription, jotting or writing on examination pass  (front or back).
  16. Photocopy version of examination pass is not tenable at examination centre.
  17. Lost examination pass should be replaced before examination, subject to recommendation and identification by Student Affairs Units.
  18. Impersonation is serious exam misconduct, do not write exam for your friend.

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FUNAAB Will be The Best of Its Kind – Chief (Mrs.) Osayemi

L-R: The Vice-Chancllor, Prof. Balogun, wife of the Chairman, Governing Council, Chief (Mrs.) Yemisi Osayemi and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence  Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi.

 

The wife of the Chairman, Governing Council, Chief (Mrs.) Yemisi Osayemi has commended the Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun–led administration for the massive infrastructural development and captivating landscape of the University.
Chief (Mrs.) Yemisi Osayemi gave this commendation during a facility tour of the University, recently.

According to her, “when everything is finally in place, the University is going to be the best of its kind and in a world of its own’.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun appreciated her interest in the development of the University.

ICTREC Waxes Stronger

The University’s Information and Communication Technology Resources Centre (ICTREC), is waxing stronger by its latest achievement of registering with Cheltenham Courseware of Australia and obtaining its Site License.
According to a release, signed by the Director of the Centre, Dr. Ferdinand Oguntoye, Cheltenham had licensed ICTREC to use all its listed Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010, PC Basics Courseware and FUNAAB’s corporate logo and insignia during training.


Dr. Abayomi Oguntoye, Director of ICTREC

UNDERSTUDYING: VC –designate Starts on A Good Note He Will take FUNAAB to Greater Heights – VC

The Onisaga of Isaga-Orile, HRM Oladele Adesoji Tella welcoming the Vice-Chancellor  Designate, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole after the latter was presented by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

The Vice-Chancellor-designate, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, on Monday, formally commenced his understudy of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
Professor Oyewole was  in the entourage that accompanied the Vice-Chancellor on valedictory visit to COBFAS sites at Isaga-Orile and Iwoye-Ketu.
Clad in a light blue colour suit, Prof Bandele was noticed paying rapt attention to unfolding scenarios with keen interest at Isaga Orile and Iwoye-Ketu.
He was seen occasionally exchanging views with the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Kolawole Salako.
The Vice-Chancellor-designate exchanged warm pleasantries of deep appreciation as Royal Fathers, High Chiefs and COBFAS students congratulated him following his introduction by the Vice-Chancellor.    At a point, the Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor-designate had an open humorous exchange of banters that sent COBFAS students and those on their entourage reeling with laughter.
Prof. Balogun, while addressing COBFAS students at their farm site at Isaga Orile, stated that  being a man of God (Clergy), Prof. Oyewole will have more challenges in office than he had.
Prof. Oyewole responded stating,  “you have made it easy for me”, thus sending the gathering into laughter.
Presenting Prof. Oyewole to the people of Isaga-Orile, Iwoye Ketu and COBFAS students, Prof. Balogun exuded confidence that the Vice-Chancellor-designate will take FUNAAB to greater heights.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “one of the considerations of those who appointed Professor Oyewole as my successor was that he will be able to sustain all the programmes and legacies that our Founding Fathers and successive Vice-Chancellors, particularly this Vice-Chancellor put in place”.
The template for him is the performance of this administration. Professor Oyewole is a man of God and that added another challenge that the Lord’s name must not be brought to disrepute”, he added.
Speaking further, Prof. Balogun said, “Going by Professor Oyewole’s exposure, nobody needs to tell him where we are going. We are no longer local champion, we want to move to global recognition”.
Meanwhile, the Onisaga of Isaga, HRM, Oba Oladele Tella and the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, HRM Oba Ademola Alaye expressed confidence that the Vice-Chancellor-designate, will perform better in office.
The monarchs gave the assurance while responding to the formal presentation of Prof. Oyewole by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor.
They prayed God to grant him the grace to take the University to greater heights.

Red carpet As VC Begins Valedictory Visits -Bags 2 Chieftaincy Titles

The Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, HRM, Ademola Alaye (Left), conferring the Chieftaincy title of Bobagunwa of Iwoye-Ketu on the Vice-Chancellor, Profesor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

Valedictory activities for the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun began on a glorious note on Monday as he was treated to a red carpet, for a job well done at Isaga Orile and Iwoye-Ketu, Ogun State.
Professor Balogun, who was on a valedictory visit to the University’s Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) sites at Isaga and Iwoye-Ketu got more than he bargained for as indigenes of the towns and students came out to receive him with pomp and pageantry.
It was harvest of chieftaincy titles for the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, who was honoured with the prestigious titles of Akinfimojoye of Isagaland and Bobagunwa of Iwoye-Ketu land.
The efforts of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Kolawole Salako as pioneer Director of COBFAS also paid-off, as the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu honoured him with the chieftaincy title of Asoludero of Iwoye-Ketu.
The monarchs of the two towns predicated the honours conferred on Professors Balogun and Salako on FUNAAB’s transformation of their communities through (COBFAS).
The reception at Iwoye-Ketu evoked emotion as scores of indigenes including the Hausa-Fulani and Beninoise who co-inhabited the town turned out massively at the City Hall to receive Professor Balogun and his entourage.
Speaking at the occasion, the Adele Oba of Iwoye-Ketu, Chief Isaac Oyero declared that “development first came to Iwoye-ketu through FUNAAB”.
He commended the University and Professor  Balogun for reducing the problem of acute shortage of potable water by 70 percent through the provision of boreholes for COBFAS students in the town.
Chief Oyero said the people of Iwoye-Ketu had been fetching water from the borehole since it was sunk, adding, “FUNAAB’s intervention is a welcome relief because our major problem in Iwoye, is water”.
The Ooye of Iwoye-ketu, HRM Ademola Alaye, almost betrayed emotions while thanking FUNAAB for bettering the lots of the community, scoring its impact in the town, 97 percent.
He disclosed that  the presence of COBFAS in the town had boosted commerce, prompting hike in rent from N200.00 per month to an average of N1,000.00, per room.
Besides, he revealed that the coming of COBFAS to the area had made vegetable an all-season-yield unlike previously when its scarcity during dry season, often forced them to cook only melon (egusi) soup.
The monarch also commended the University for generating employment for his subjects through COBFAS just as  he requested for the University’s assistance  in the areas of provision of more boreholes and large scale planting of cotton.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun described the chieftaincy title conferred on him as least expected, assuring the people of the town that he will always play his part in community development ,as a title holder.

He directed that two additional boreholes with  overhead tanks and generating sets be provided for the community, not later than May 15, 2012..
Earlier, at Isaga Orile, where Prof. Balogun was honoured with the Chieftaincy title of Akinfimjoye of Isaga land, the monarch, Oba Oladele Tella, described FUNAAB students as well-behaved  adding that their presence had boosted commerce in the area.
He sought the University’s   
assistance in the  areas of provision of admission and  employment for his subjects.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor thanked the people of the town for  honouring him with a chieftaincy title saying “Isaga-Orile would not have noticed me for this honour but for the contact facilitated by my office as Vice-Chancellor”.

Prof. Balogun stated that FUNAAB was lucky to have an illustrious son of Isaga-Orile, Chief Lawrence Olakunle Osayemi as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Univeristy.
Professor Balogun stressed that under his Chairmanship, the University had grown in leaps and bounds.
The Vice-Chancellor further stated, “Today  I’m here to see Kabiyesi and I’m very confident to look at
Kabiyesi, eyeball-to-eyeball because I’ve made good my promise earlier that FUNAAB will have presence here (COBFAS) in Isaga.
On the entourage of the Vice-Chancellor was  the Vice-Chancellor-designate, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Prof. Kolawole Salako; the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi; the Chairman, Ceremonials Committee, Professor Babatunde Idowu; the Director, COBFAS, Dr. Joe Atungwu, among others.



PROFESSOR OYEWOLE IS FUNAAB’S NEW VICE-CHANCELLOR

Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has been appointed the fifth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

The appointment was approved at the 70th Statutory Meeting of the University’s Governing Council of Friday, April 20, 2012 and communicated through an official Letter of Appointment, signed by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi.
Handing-over the Letter of Appointment, the Pro-Chancellor said Professor Oyewole was unanimously chosen by the Governing Council from the final list of three appointable candidates, meticulously screened by the Senate/Council Selection Board.

In the Letter of Appointment, the University Council mandated the Vice-Chancellor-designate to “commence immediate understudy of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, towards a smooth handing over, on 24th May, 2012”. Oyewole, a Professor of Food Science and Technology of the University’s College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), is the institution’s Director of Grants Management and also the Project Officer, Research and Programmes, Association of African Universities (AAU). Professor Oyewole, 57, began his academic journey at Odo-Otin Grammar School, Okuku via Osogbo and later proceeded to the prestigious University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife where he bagged Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Microbiology in June 1981.
He had his Master of Science (M.Sc), Microbiology Degree, with specialization in Food Microbiology at the University of Ibadan (U.I) in
November, 1984 and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D), Microbiology and Bio-Technology in August, 1990.

Giving his acceptance remarks, the Vice-Chancellor-designate, gave God the glory over his appointment, reasoning that “nobody is elevated to position by his own power” and also expressed gratitude to the Governing Council and the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for all they had contributed to the growth and development of the University.
He assured the entire University community and stakeholders of his preparedness to sustain the lofty heights and global ratings of the institution, saying, “I have been here for the past 27 years. I have a vision of what the University should be. I pray to God for guidance and rely on the
cooperation of all to achieve on this mission”. Professor Oyewole reiterated his intention to follow the path of his immediate predecessor, promising to work very closely with Professor Balogun in the task of moving the University forward, drawing from his depth of immense wisdom.
Professor Oyewole’s appointment takes effect from May 24, 2012 and it is for a single term of five (5) years.
The Vice-Chancellor-designate has held several leadership positions within and outside the University and has to his credit,
numerous publications in reputable local and foreign journals.
He is married with children.


PROFESSOR OYEWOLE IS FUNAAB’S NEW VICE-CHANCELLOR

FUNAAB’s 36th Inaugural Lecture Holds, April 25

The 36th Inaugural Lecture of the University will hold on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the Julius Amiobi Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.
Professor (Engr.) Babatunde Adewale Adewumi of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG), will deliver the Lecture titled, Transformation of Food Materials: Agro-Food Process Engineering Approach.
Professor Adewumi, a Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers(NSE), was recently honoured with the Award of Excellence and Productivity by the Abeokuta Branch of the NSE.

Professor (Engr.) Babatunde Adewale Adewumi.

 

Prof. Popoola Becomes OOU Council Member

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has appointed the Dean of the University’s College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Professor Tope Popoola, as member, Governing Council of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye.
Professor Popoola’s appointment came barely a month after he was voted as Senate Representative on the Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Governor Amosun, had on Thursday, April 5, 2012 inaugurated the Council and charged members to help rebuild the ailing University.
The Council, which has Dr. Segun Oshin as Chairman, is to serve a 4-year Term, from the date of its inauguration.
Responding to his appointment, Prof. Popoola described it as an act of God and “another confirmation that the FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun is not just building structures, but he’s building people too”.
It would be recalled that Professor Popoola was member of the Governing Council, Ogun State Polytechnic between 1997 and 1999 and two-time Ogun State Commissioner for Special Duties and Agriculture, respectively.
Checks revealed that the reconstitution of the OOU Governing Council is the outcome of Government White Paper on the State Visitation Panel, headed by FUNAAB’s Director of the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Segun Osinowo.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun with other members of the University Community have been congratulating Professor Popoola for his well-deserved appointment.

Professor Tope Popoola, Dean, COLNAS.

 

Governing Council Digest … Approves Names for Buildings, New Appointment, Re-designation

The Governing Council, at its 69th Statutory Meeting approved the recommendations from Senate on the naming of “Unity Building Complex” and “Professor Mohammed Yakubu Lecture Theatre”.
Council noted that the naming of the twin buildings, “Unity Building Complex” was borne out of the present administration’s desire for a closer working relationship among the entire University Community, irrespective of tribe, religion, culture and career.
It equally noted that the allocation of offices in the buildings for the use of both academic and non-teaching staff, irrespective of cadre, would ensure full integration of the diversities in the University, for better social and community relationship.
Council approved that the University’s 2,000-capacity Lecture Theatre be named as, “Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre” in appreciation of the contributions of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND), to the infrastructural and academic development of the University.
Council further noted that the contributions of Professor Yakubu to the educational sector were highly commendable, hence, the desire of the Senate to name the befitting Complex after him, in appreciation of his contribution to the FUNAAB Project.
Council also approved the nomination of Professor F. O. Olasantan of the Department of Horticulture, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) as the new Chairman of the University’s Board of Survey.
Professor Olasantan takes over from Dr. Idris Ayinde, whose tenure as Chairman of the Board had expired, after his two-year tenure.
In another development, Council approved Management’s request for the change in nomenclature of the Coordinator, Budget, to Director, Budget and Expenditure Control.
The approval was in line with the restructuring of the Bursary Department into three Directorates, namely: Treasury; Final Accounts and College Finances; and Expenditure Control; with each Directorate, operating under a Director.
Council agreed with the reasoning that the policy was targeted at placing the Bursary Department in enhanced positions for improved operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Council, therefore, subsequently approved the change in the nomenclature of the contract appointment of Mr. E. O. Oloruntoba, from that of Coordinator of Budget, to Director of Budget and Expenditure Control.

Governing Council Digest ... Commends FUNAAB

The Governing Council has congratulated the University, for bagging the Award of the Best Educational Institute in Agriculture in Africa.
According to the Decision Extracts of the 69th Statutory Meeting of Council, signed by the Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, Council noted that the award was bestowed on the University by the Africa-India Partnership Summit/Le Matinal Educational Excellence Award, in conjunction with the World Educational Congress and the Asian Confederation of Businesses.
Council noted that, FUNAAB, alongside the National Open University of Nigeria, American University, University of Nigeria and Adamawa State University were the few institutions in Nigeria which made the list for the Award.


Pro-Chancellor FUNAAB, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi.

TRIBUTE: A RARE GEM IS GOING

Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of this great University is a rare gem in many respects. For example, on assumption of office, as Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, the first bold, rare and unexpected step he took was to take all Principal Officers of the University to Ilorin, where he came from and where he has most of his God-given assets, especially, his farm.
When they got there, they marveled at what they saw. One of them, a friend of mine, told me that, he has never seen poultry devoid of odour before, until he saw his (Prof. Balogun’s) farm. That singular action, not only proves that he is not here to steal, but also has nothing to hide.
One other action that makes him a rare gem is that Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun is the first Vice-Chancellor to build a Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge on the campus of the University.
This is a palatial, sprawling and tastefully-furnished building that he doesn’t know who will occupy it as the next Vice-Chancellor. This shows him as a large-hearted man.
As at the time of this writing, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has only forty-four (44) days to spend as the fourth Vice-Chancellor of this great University. Up till today, there has not been any known rumour of fraud against him, and neither is any act of impropriety levied against him. He is a human being and not an Angel. We also thank God for him that the result of the Federal Government’s Visitation Panel also vindicated him on all grounds.
During his prudent administration of the University by this highly detribalized Nigerian, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta is now the Second Best University in Nigeria.
Sentiments apart, there is no time I think of what the Lord has used this great, kind and large-hearted gentleman for that tears don’t start rolling down my cheeks. This is because one cannot catalogue enough, all he did, in terms of physical infrastructure, human upliftment and sound academic programmes’ development in this University. All these are just in five years!
Late Awo, once said that by the time his colleagues were busy dining and wining, he was always at his table thinking of how to solve Nigeria’s problems. The same is true of Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun. On daily basis, he is always at his table from as early as 3:00 a.m, working.
On 5th January, 2012, during the usual annual prayer, to usher-in the New Year in the University, he told everybody that he will work hard to the last day of his tenure, as Vice-Chancellor and enjoined everybody to brace up.
This is the man that will be leaving the stage as our fourth Vice-Chancellor. Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, is not an angel, however, the afore-mentioned make him stand tall among his contemporaries. He has come, has seen and has conquered.
We can only pray for him and his family for God’s guidance, and that God should compensate him with a higher position of responsibility, to prove further his God-given talent as a seasoned administrator.

Professor Balogun Has Done so Well...VC, UNILAG

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe, has lauded the tenure of his colleague and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, as very successful.
Professor Sofoluwe gave a captivating assessment of the outstanding accomplishment of Professor Balogun in office, when the latter paid him a courtesy visit, last Friday.
According to the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun’s record of performance indicates that he had done very well, to the extent that people, especially his contemporaries, marvel at his ingenuity.
“Professor Balogun has done very well. He has raised the profile of the University (FUNAAB). We cannot but wonder how he does it”, exclaimed Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe.
Professor Balogun had earlier in his remarks, commended the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos as a “highly respectable member in the comity of Vice-Chancellors”.
Professor Balogun praised the commitment of his colleague to the upliftment of education in Nigeria as demonstrated in his finding time, despite the demands of his office to supervise Ph. D projects in FUNAAB.
Professor Balogun was accompanied on the visit by his deputies, Professors Toyin Arowolo and Felix Salako, as well as the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe.

 

Professor Balogun bags Southwest Most Enterprising VC Award

The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, last Thursday added another feather to his cap as the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) conferred on him, the prestigious Award of the “Most Enterprising Vice-Chancellor in Southwest, Nigeria”.
The Award ceremony took place at the King’s Hall, Yewa Plaza, Abeokuta and was graced by the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, HRM (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV; prominent Egba High Chiefs; representatives of FUNAAB community, CIIN leadership and members as well as veteran broadcaster and General Manager, Ogun State Television station, Mr. Ayinde Soaga, among others.
Explaining the rationale behind the Award, the National President and Chairman of Council (CIIN), Dr. Julius Adetimehin, said it was borne out of the genuine intention of the Institute to exclusively honour Professor Balogun for his unprecedented transformation of FUNAAB, while in office.
He particularly lauded the Vice-Chancellor for his feat in the areas of physical development, academic excellence, management of personnel and resources and judicious utilization of governmental allocations.
Presenting the Award plaque to Professor Balogun, the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, HRM, Adedotun Gbadebo said, “Professor Balogun has changed the University radically. This is one University that had no place in ranking but has now been brought to second position, under Professor Balogun”.
The Monarch stressed that “the movement of the University to its permanent site at Alabata has become a reality under Professor Balogun. In the next few days, he will move the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge from the Ibara Housing Estate to the Alabata (Road) Permanent Site”, he added.
Responding to the Award, Prof. Balogun stated: “I am humbled by this Award. It is least expected from the Institute. I never dreamt of it, neither did I have any information as to my nomination for the Award. I must say that I have rejected several awards, based on the understanding that many of such had been on cash-and-carry basis.
“I don’t believe that I should buy any award. It is my belief that to whom much is given, much is expected.
We have been given the opportunity to serve and we have served meritoriously. One does not need to bribe or coerce anybody before he’s honoured”.
Speaking further, Prof. Balogun challenged the gathering, “if you have any reason to doubt my legibility for this honour, you have the ability and right to protest and ensure the withdrawal of the Award”.
Professor Balogun, however, thanked the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo for being his strong pillar of support as Vice-Chancellor.
The Vice-Chancellor also expressed satisfaction and joy that “I have not misplaced the confidence reposed in me by the Egbas ”, praying God to grant him a successor that will perform better in office.
Professor Balogun, thereafter, donated the Award to the FUNAAB Community and Egbaland, declaring that “without them, I am nothing”.
The ceremony, which also witnessed the investiture of new CIIN Executive Council, Abeokuta Branch, was graced by the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako; the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi and the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam.
Others were the Director, Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP), Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi; Director, Physical Planning Unit, Mr. B. A. Ayodele; Director Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Prof. Kayode Bamgbose; Director, Works and Services, Engr. (Mrs.) Omolola Banjo; and the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye.

The VC, Professor Balogun displaying his Award.

 

‘Nimbe Adedipe Library to Organize Send-forth Party for VC

The ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library has concluded arrangements to organize a befitting Send-Forth Party for the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
According to a release, signed by the University’s Acting Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, the Send-Forth Party tagged, Celebration of a Conqueror, is in appreciation of the Vice-Chancellor’s fatherly role and contributions to the development and progress of the University Library.
The event, which has received the blessing of the Vice-Chancellor, will hold on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in the University Library.

Why FUNAAB Practices Prudent Fund Management - VC

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako addressing a members of ARCN/DelPHE Teams

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has restated the commitment of the University to prudent management of fund.
Professor Balogun disclosed this while receiving delegates from the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development ( DelPHE Project) which visited the University, to monitor and evaluate the various ongoing projects, sponsored by their organisations.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, expressed appreciation of the University to the funding partners while assuring them that FUNAAB practices prudent management of fund, with a zero tolerance for financial recklessness.
He disclosed that two years ago, when the University received the ARCN grants, it did not have a Grants’ Management office, but now, the Institution has a full-fledged Directorate, saddled with the responsibility of securing and managing grants.
The Vice-Chancellor said the present administration operates due process strictly, as the visiting team must have realized such claim through its current Evaluation Exercise, proclaiming that “in this University, everything passes through the appropriate channel”.
In his remarks, the Team Leader of the DelPHE Project, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, highlighted areas of the concentration of Evaluation Exercise to include, “accessing how the partnership between Universities in the South has fared as well as advise the Association of Commonwealth Universities, British Council and the Management of DelPHE on how to extend grants to developing countries’ institutions, in future”.
According to him, the current partnership is between FUNAAB and the University of Science and Technology, Ghana, as he pointed out that another aspect of the evaluation was to determine if DelPHE’s association with FUNAAB had resulted into positive contributions from other funding agencies.
The ARCN Team Leader, Mr. Gabriel Malomo said the Evaluation Exercise, embarked upon by ARCN would include assessing the level of work done and challenges facing the seven projects, being funded by the Council.
The University’s Director of Grants Management, Professor O.B. Oyewole and the Principal Investigator for the DfID/DelPHE Project, Dr. A. R. Popoola, were on ground to receive the delegates.

FUNAAB Alumni Convention Records High Attendance

A cross section of Alunmi at the recently held  Convention

It was a happy re-union for old schoolmates during the 15th Annual Convention and 14th Annual Lecture Series of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Alumni Association, held penultimate Friday and Saturday in the University.
This year’s Convention witnessed an unprecedented turn-out of members as virtually all branches of the Association, including the United Kingdom and Abuja chapters were adequately represented.
Members of the Association, who spoke to FUNAAB Bulletin, could not hide their excitement because they had an interesting time, replete with pomp, pageantry and exchange of camaraderie.
The presence of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi; the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and the Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, Professor Yemi Idowu, with the Director, Institute of Food Security Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Segun Osinowo added glamour to the event.
Speaking at the occasion, the Alumni President, Professor Lateef Sanni, catalogued the achievements of the present Executive Council to include: increase in membership, empowerment of alma mater and sustained peace and stability.

Dr. Badmus Emerges FUNAAB ASUU Chairman

A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Dr. Biodun Surajudeen Badmus, has emerged as the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), FUNAAB Branch.
Prior to his election as Chairman, Dr. Badmus, who has carved a niche as a seasoned Unionist, had served in various capacities as Executive member of ASUU, in the last ten years, serving as the Vice-Chairman in the last Executive Council, led by Dr. Olusiji Sowande.
He was the pioneer Coordinator of the University’s Webometrics Centre. He holds a B.Sc Degree in Physics from the University of Ibadan, an M.Sc in Solid Earth Geophysics, from the same University and a Ph.D in Applied Geophysics from the University of Lagos.
In his Inaugural Speech, Dr. Badmus commended the immediate past Chairman and Executive members for a job well done and promised that the new officers will faithfully pursue the cause of ASUU.
He thanked members of the Union for reposing confidence in him and the entire executive, promising that the new officers will not betray the confidence reposed in them.
Other elected officers are: Dr. Festus Adeosun (Vice-Chairman), Dr. Adebayo Oni (General Secretary), Dr. A.W Shittu (Treasurer), Dr I.O Abiala (Financial Secretary), Dr. A. W. Salawu (Internal Auditor) and Dr. (Mrs.) O.E Fapojuwo (Investment Officer).
Also ratified were: Dr. (Mrs.) C.N Okorie (Assistant General-Secretary) and Dr. Olusiji Sowande, immediate past Chairman.


Dr. Biodun Surajudeen Badmus,  ASUU Chairman.

FUNAAB Ready For Intercollegiate Sports

All is now set for the 2012 Intercollegiate Sports' Championship and Vice-Chancellor’s Cup, scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, May 17, 2012.
A release, signed by the Director of Sports, Mr. ‘Bayo Oluwatoki, informed that the annual sporting event among students of the various Colleges and Institutes in the University would involve 11 sporting activities, namely: Football, Chess, Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Hockey, Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Squash and Athletics.
Mr. Oluwatoki further noted that the competition was put together as an attempt at promoting psychomotor development, redirecting innate emotional insurgencies toward worthwhile, out-of-classroom activities.
The competition also aimed at creating a conducive forum for healthy g social aggregation, engender ethical balance through adherence to competition rules and regulations.
According to the Director, the College teams that will compete are: the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) and College of Engineering (COLENG).
Others are: the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) and the College of Management Science (COLMAS).
The College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) and the Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD) will also be participating in the competition.
The proposed time table for the Inter-Collegiate Sports' Competition/Vice-Chancellor’s Cup is as follows:
Monday, 2nd April, 2012: Games publicity begins on Campus
Tuesday, 3rd April, 2012: Memorandum goes to Colleges along with Athletes registration forms.
Wednesday, 4th April, 2012: Screening/Selection of Athletes begins in Colleges.
Wednesday, 11th April, 2012: Drawing of games fixtures,
* Venue: Board room, Directorate of Sports at the Sports Centre
* Time: 2.00pm prompt.
All Colleges Sports’ Representatives are expected to attend.
Friday, 20th April, 2012 is the Mandatory date of returning registration Forms to the Sports Centre
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012: Opening Ceremony and First Round Matches
Saturday, 28th April, 2012: Quarter finals Matches of Ball games/elimination in other Sports
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012 FINAL, COLFABBS GAMES (FPY)
9am-11am;11am-1pm: Semifinal of Ball game/ Continuation of other Sports-
1pm-3pm: 3pm-5pm
Wednesday, 9th May, 2012 Finals of other Sports except the Vice Chancellor’s Cup
Saturday, 12th May, 2012:
Hosting of all Track and Field Athletics Events
Venue: Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta
Time: From 8.00am prompt

Thursday, 17th May, 2012:
Third Place/Final match of the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup Event and Closing Ceremony


Director of Sports, Mr. ‘Bayo Oluwatoki.

FUNAAB Staff School Set to Relocate

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Staff School has launched an awareness rally, to sensitize members of the community on its preparedness to relocate to its permanent site.
Speaking to FUNAAB Bulletin during the rally, the Chairperson for the Awareness Committee, Mrs. David Olaleye, informed that the school was notifying members of the public of its preparedness to move to its permanent site, by the next session, which begins in September 2012.
On the effects that the relocation could have on the students, teachers and parents, Mrs. Olaleye noted that such anxiety had been addressed with the provision of a transit bus, to convey pupils from the town, especially, Isale-Igbein, to the new site.

Appointment of New VC: FUNAAB Staff Go Spiritual

Some members of staff have now resorted to seeking the face of God, in choosing the next Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Checks by FUNAAB Bulletin revealed that the affected staff had embarked on prayer and fasting in their bid to ensure that a divinely “anointed” candidate emerges as the next Vice-Chancellor.
According to a reasonable number of staff, who spoke in confidence with FUNAAB Bulletin, the prayers became necessary, to ensure that the selection process is peaceful, culminating into the emergence of a welfare-oriented Vice-Chancellor that would sustain the existing legacies, laid by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

FUNAAB’s Governing Council Meeting Begins, April 16

The 70th Statutory Meeting of the University’s Governing Council will hold between Monday, April 16 and Friday, April 20, 2012.
According to a release, signed by the Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, highlights of activities include the Meeting of Finance and General Purposes Committee, Meeting of Capital Development Committee and the Inaugural Meeting of Human Development Committee.
Others are the Meetings of Appointments and Promotions Committee for Academic Staff (APCAS); Appointments and Promotions Committee for Non-Teaching Staff (APCONTS) as well as Meetings of the Governing Council, Statutory Council and Senate Committee.

Prof. Balogun Is A Transformational Leader - Prof. Gbadamosi

The Guest Lecturer, Professor ‘Lasun Gbadamosi (1st Left), the Alunmi President, Prof. Lateef  Sanni (1st Right) and other Alunmi of the University.`

The Dean, Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Professor ‘Lasun Gbadamosi has described the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Uinversity of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun as a “transformational leader par excellence”.
The University Don observed that if half of the number of serving Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities could replicate Professor Balogun’s transformational leadership initiatives in their various institutions, the nation’s Ivory Towers will never remain the same.
Professor Gbadamosi lauded the outstanding prowess of Professor Balogun, while delivering the 14th Annual Lecture Series, commemorating the 15th Annual Convention of the FUNAAB Alumni Association, held recently at the Tony Anenih Building of the University.
The theme of his Lecture was, “Transformational Leadership in the 21st Century University: A Clarion Call to Nigerians”.
According to him, “Professor Balogun is almost a perfect example of a transformational leader while FUNAAB presents the true picture of a beneficiary of transformational leadership”.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I must say that I started perceiving the pleasant scent of transformational leader and leadership as I was approaching the entrance of the University. The lines and rows of palm trees that led me to the entrance were beautiful and symbolic of a University of Agriculture”, he said.
Speaking further, “On getting to the campus, I marveled at the high level of transformation of the University, under Professor Balogun. I said the transformation of FUNAAB is a complete lecture on its own.
Some mischievous elements may say that after all, FUNAAB is better funded by the Federal Government and donor agencies. What such people don’t know is that if you are given the whole money in the world, if you are not a transformational leader, you won’t spend it judiciously”, he added.
Professor Gbadamosi observed that, “In the case of Professor Balogun, I reliably gathered that he’s a prudent manager of men and resources. I was reliably told that his drive for internally-generated revenue is radical and more importantly, he does the right thing with the money. No wonder, he’s a transformational leader par excellence”.
The Dean identified vision, determination, hard work and team spirit as some of the attributes of a transformational leader, which he said were all embedded in Professor Balogun.

FUNAAB 35TH INAUGURAL LECTURE Man is Ungrateful to Goat, Says Don

Prof. Ayobami Aina, the 35th Inaugural Lecturer, making salient points

A Professor of Ruminant Production, Ayobami Bukola Joseph Aina, has called on man to stop giving and calling goat bad names in the interest of justice and equity.

He pointed out that having carried out successful studies on Goat Production in the last 24 years; he had found out that man had been eternally ungrateful to goats despite the latter’s usefulness.

Professor Aina said human beings should rather be thankful to goat for contributing immensely to the world’s socio-economic development.

Professor Aina canvassed better life and treatment for goat while delivering the 35th Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) titled, “Goat: A Misunderstood Animal”, held at the Julius Amioba Okojie(JAO) Lecture Theatre Complex.

According to him, “Goat does not in any way deserve being called bad name for the reasons of its great contributions to food security, human health, promotion of social values and economic development, especially, that of rural communities”.

In the Lecture, the Professor dwelt extensively on the economic and health importance of goat to man when he noted that “Goat owners in rural areas do not usually have access to banking facilities, especially, the women. They have, therefore, come to rely on investment in their stocks, with goat serving as the current account while cattle and camel serve as the savings account”.

“If the final destiny of the goat is meat production in Asia and Africa, then the goat is essentially a banking system. If you ask Indonesian and Vietnamese small farmers when they will sell their goats, it is never when the goat is at a certain age or weight, but it is always when they need money to buy medicines or school uniforms for children”, he stated.

On the health values of goat to man, Professor Aina said, “Goat serum extract has been reported to prevent the HIV virus from entering human cell. Goat milk is used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders, liver dieases as well as infantile pylorie stenosis”.

Goat milk has been recommended for the relief of ulcers since goat milk is alkaline in nature. Goat milk is valued for the elderly, the sick, babies, children with new milk allergies”, he added.

Besides, Professor Aina also described as erroneous and superstitious, the belief that goat is demonic because of the common medieval depiction of the Devil as that of a goat-like face and small beard.

Correcting the impression, the erudite scholar stated that “A goat is considered a “clean” animal by Jewish dietary laws and was slaughtered for an honoured guest. One such animal that was created on the same day with man and that has contributed enormously to both the acquisition of knowledge is the goat”.

“Since goat was created the same day with human beings, it may be reasonable to suggest that goat acquired a bit of intellect of man to excel over other animals. In the Acts of Apostles (10:9-15), Apostle Peter called goat, among other animals a common, or unclean animal, but a voice came from heaven telling him: “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common”.

He declared, “From this moment on, I recommend that goat should be seen with appreciation and compassion and should not be called any bad name. Therefore, goat is now a cleansed animal by God. As such, as from today, this moment in particular, nobody should give goat any bad name again”.

Professor Aina said the much popular prejudice against goats arose from the special difficulty involved in keeping the animal under control and that if the value of goats is to be fully exploited, then, there must be need for adequate fencing, tethering and other measures of grazing control, which are not presently applied to all countries.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, had earlier in his address extolled the virtues of the Inaugural Lecturer.

 

COUNTDOWN TO VICE-CHANCELLOR’S GLORIOUS EXIT

Prof. Balogun Has Set A Benchmark - Dr.Ogunlesi

The Provost and Chief Medical Director, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Dr. Adegboyega Oyekanmi Ogunlesi, has given his assessment of the tenure of Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun as Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

His verdict; “Certainly, Professor Balogun has set a monumental and unimpeachable benchmark. That benchmark is outstanding and it is highly commendable. Professor Balogun has laid a solid foundation, which makes the job quite easier for his successor”.

Dr. Ogunlesi, who only two weeks ago became a Fellow of the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom, spoke in an exclusive chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, in his office.

Apparently impressed by the catalogue of Professor Balogun’s achievements in office, the Provost could not hold back his showers of commendations, while extolling the sterling leadership qualities of the Vice-Chancellor, who is about to complete his tenure of office.

Dr. Ogunlesi continued, “Save for bureaucracy and fairness, I wonder why a good man, an astounding achiever like Professor Balogun should leave an establishment that he nurtured to unprecedented heights. One good term should deserve another”, he added.

“The Vice-Chancellor’s achievements are something that will outlast him. They are legacies that will endure; which is unimpeachable. His tenure will stand out in bright colour”, he added.

Speaking further, the Chief Medical Director said he was not surprised that Professor Balogun was highly successful, noting that he is God-fearing and was really prepared for leadership.

According to him, “Before he became, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun had been groomed for leadership. He had worked with giants in the academia.

Professor Balogun had sat on the shoulders of giants and as such, was programmed to see far better than the giants as FUNAAB Vice-Chancellor. Besides, he also has the fear of God in him”.

He described the Vice-Chancellor’s success in office as a challenge to those of them coming behind him to succeed.

He urged professor Balogun to package his leadership experiences into a memoir, in order to serve as reference point and guide for upcoming Chief Executives and Administrators.

His words: “To some of us that are still coming behind, it is a challenge to us. If Professor Balogun can do well, we also can do better. We hope he will write a memoir on his giant strides as Vice-Chancellor, so as to serve as guide to upcoming Administrators”.

Baring his mind on the challenges before the in-coming Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Dr. Ogunlesi gave some hints: “Professor Balogun’s successor must have to combine some of the attributes that stood him out. He or she must have the ability to synergize with every stakeholder of FUNAAB”.

He also said the next Vice-Chancellor “must identify the appropriate mode of interacting with Abuja (the government), in such a way that the University’s funding profile will not go down but rather appreciate”.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ogunlesi has called on the Federal Government to take advantage of Professor Balogun’s sterling qualities and wealth of experience by engaging him for more services, at the national level.

He stated that Prof. Balogun had a lot to offer the nation, saying, “It is imperative for concerned authorities to find a way of bringing Professor Balogun to national relevance. With all his achievements and sterling qualities, he should not just go back and be wasting away in the classroom. He has a lot to offer this nation. I pray God to spare his life”.