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New VC Swings Into Action … Seeks Support and Cooperation of all


The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole addressing the University community.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the work has started”. With this open declaration of intent, the new Vice-chancellor of the University, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole swung into action on his first official working day, Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Professor Oyewole, who made the declaration at the prayer session, marking his irst day in office, said he would, as a matter of urgency, attend to the electricity and Internet needs of the University, which he promised to confront head-long.

“Let me mention to you that as soon as I finish up with you here, I will get hold of the Director of Works and Services, to ensure that our generators are working. I have been told that our Internet has not been working, too. We also need to ensure that Internet operates everywhere”, he added.

FUNAAB Bulletin reliably gathered that Professor Oyewole immediately met with the Director of Works and Services, Engineer (Mrs.) Omolola Banjo, directing her to put the generating sets in good shape in order to supply power to critical segments of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor also met with the Director, Information and Communications Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Abayomi Oguntoye on the need to create an Internet Hot Spot in major buildings on campus, to allow for easy access.

He pleaded with members of the University community, to bear with him as he will be away for the next one week, to attend to official duties and will not be able to commence the traditional familiarization tour, immediately.

The Vice-Chancellor called on staff and students, to give him their maximum support and prayers, to take the University to greater heights.

He also charged them to discharge their duties with discipline, justice, equity and transparency.

“One of the things that God has put in my mind to do is to ensure that things get better in this University on a daily basis”, he added.

 

 

First Working Day in Office: New VC Relies on God

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Right) extolling the exemplary leadership style of the ex-VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (2nd Left) while the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi and a retired Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at OAU, Lawrence Adeokun listen.

 

The new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, last Thursday, commenced his tenure of office, dedicating his first working day in office to prayers to the Almighty, at a soul-lifting prayer session, held at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.

Professor Oyewole, accompanied by his wife, Bolanle; Council Members; Principal Officers; Deans and Directors; Christian and Muslim clerics from the University, led members of staff and students in thanksgiving, praises and prayers to God for an “uncommon peace, favour and progressive tenure”.

While praying for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor A. M. Aduradola charged members of the University community to pray for the new Vice-Chancellor, in order to achieve accelerated development of the institution.

He observed that an average Nigerian preferred to criticize leaders rather than praying for them. He decried the practice and called for a change of disposition, as it is obligatory for followers to always pray for their leaders.

According to him, “Between 6a.m and now, I’m quite sure an average Nigerian must have criticized their Presidents, Governors and their Local Government Chairmen. Even some wives must have criticized their husbands. One of our responsibilities is to pray for our leaders. But how many of us have done so? Instead, we criticize them.

Let’s pray for our new Vice-Chancellor; that is our responsibility”, he added.

Leading the prayers for members of staff of the University, Dr. S. O. Kareem said “God has granted our request. God has given us our own Vice-Chancellor. The appointment of Professor Oyewole was a pure handiwork of God. It is beyond human manipulation. For one, Professor Oyewole didn’t lobby for the Vice-Chancellorship, he didn’t run helter-skelter; because it was ordained by God”, he added.

In his exhortation, taken from the Book of Exodus, the immediate past Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Sam Oluwalana admonished the new Vice-Chancellor to see his appointment “as a new threshold, a new horizon … May God give you the grace to see the horizon”.

He also admonished Professor Oyewole that “there are vast and limitless possibilities in your Vice-Chancellorship …when God opens the eyes of a man he will see limitless opportunities”.

Professor Oluwalana further stated that the Vice-Chancellor should build new strength to work; “a new strength to go to the mountain and to lead the people. At 80, Moses climbed the mountain. The strength of yesterday cannot carry you today, may the Lord give you a new strength”, he prayed.

Speaking further, Professor Oluwalana averred that the Vice-Chancellor should enter into partnership with God, “to deliver the package of destiny for his people. It is not your own making, don’t put everything on yourself. The destiny of the people is at stake, you can’t toil with it”, he said.

He then reminded the Vice-chancellor of the basic fact, saying “we are limited. Moses was limited and God wanted him to recognize his limitation so as to depend on him. You must recognize your limitation, Sir; in order to depend on God”.

Professor Oluwalana concluded by reflecting that “sometimes, people will talk from the background, which they know but which you don’t know. I pray God to give you more humility to lead the people, both the weak and the strong”.

“Humility will help you to tap knowledge from the weak and the strong”, he maintained.

 

AMREC Equips Students With Pig Production Skills

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has advocated for an increase in entrepreneurial skill development, as a prerequisite for economic growth and advancement.

Professor Oyewole made the recommendation at the opening ceremony of the Training Workshop on Pig Production for Secondary School Students in Ogun State, organized by the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC).

Professor Oyewole disclosed that a recent newspaper report quoted the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, on Pig Production business in Lagos State, that about $2 billion (over N300 billion) can be realized by the State through Pig Production.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Director AMREC, Professor (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami, stressed that the importance of vocational education in the life of any nation cannot be under-estimated, as it helps individuals to overcome poverty, by providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to increase their income and wealth.

He stated that the Federal Government, in its attempt to curb the alarming rate of unemployment in the country had refocused the nation’s educational system, to take care of modern day realities.

Professor Oyewole disclosed that in an effort to complement the Federal Government’s initiative, the University had established a Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), to develop entrepreneurial skills among students and non-students alike, through scheduled short-time and vocational courses, with the ultimate aim of making them self-employed.

He called on the students to make the best use of all the details that will be made available to them during the workshop, adding that, “this will definitely be the commencement of your journey to greatness and eventually, make you employers of labour”.

Earlier, in her welcome address, the Director of AMREC, who was represented by Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya, said AMREC, through its Extension and Adaptive Research Programme was poised to impact through training and practical skills, required knowledge that are relevant to agricultural activities as well as developing positive attitude towards manual labour, and encouragement of self-reliance.

Speaking on Pig production, as the choice for the capacity building training, Professor Afolami said, “Meat generally constitutes about 70 per cent of the sources of protein in Nigeria.

However, most Nigerians are not able to meet up with the required quantity of protein needed in their diet from meat because of the exorbitant price of meat, especially; beef, chicken, mutton and others”.

The Director of AMREC said Pig production is an aspect of livestock enterprise that is highly profitable, when properly managed, as it required minimum investment capital, but with a capability for multiple turnovers, within a short period.

Professor Afolami charged the students to consider the training as an opportunity to be self-employed and contribute to protein availability in the Nigerian diet.

 

I Will Sustain Balogun’s Legacies - New VC

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Right) extolling the exemplary leadership style of the ex-VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (2nd Left) while the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi and a retired Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at OAU, Lawrence Adeokun listen.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has promised to sustain the good work of his predecessor saying “we shall not destroy them”.

He made this assertion at the Valedictory Lecture and Official Handing-Over Ceremony, held last Wednesday at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.

According to the new Vice-Chancellor, “Professor Balogun is a builder of leaders, of which I am one of them”.

He described Professor Balogun as a strategic thinker and a leader to emulate, adding that his unique qualities like discipline, diligence, honesty, sincerity, dedication, excellence, transparency and integrity are worthy of emulation.

Professor Oyewole commended the transparent process employed in the selection and appointment of the Vice-Chancellor, saying that the landmark feat would be sustained.

He, however, sounded a note of warning to people expecting the programmes and initiatives of the former Vice-Chancellor to be abandoned, promising that “we shall not destroy them, but continue to build on them”.

The fifth substantive Vice-Chancellor assured the University community of better days ahead, pledging that “we shall maintain due diligence and honesty and with God on our side, we shall not fail”.

 

Professor Onifade is now Dean of Student Affairs

 

The Vice-Chancellor has approved the appointment  of Professor O.S Onifade of the Department of Pasture and Range Management, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production as the Dean, Student Affairs.

A release signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, informed that his appointment is with effect from May 23, 2012 and it’s for a period of two years.

Professor Onifade takes over from Professor Samuel Oluwalana.

 

Professor  Balogun Bows Out in Style

The immediate past VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (with mic), handing-over to the  new VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole  while the Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi (Left) and other Council members applaud cheerfully.

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 went agog as members of the University community filled the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex, to witness the official change of baton from Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun to the Fifth Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole.

The historic event, which was first of its kind in the annals of the University, was witnessed by a mammoth crowd, comprising of members of the Governing Council, Management, Staff, Students, stakeholders and invited dignitaries.

Delivering his Valedictory Lecture with the theme, Driving National Development through Higher Education – FUNAAB’s Modest Contribution, Professor Balogun said for the African continent to experience significant economic growth and release itself from the shackles of poverty, hunger and deprivation, there must be significant investment in the development of education, particularly, at the tertiary level.

He stressed the need for the continent to realize the importance of education, particularly, at the higher level, as an elixir to its socio-economic transformation.

According to him, the secret behind the success of other emerging world economies like Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, India, among others, is their abilities to link higher education to economic development.

Professor Balogun argued that tertiary education paved the way for the acquisition of relevant and qualified skills needed for the labour market, adding that the level of education of the citizenry helps for adaptation and the capability to appreciate, understand and make judicious use of global knowledge in science, technology, art, agriculture; to improve humanity and enhance standard of living.

He, however, gave a wake-up call to politicians and administrators of higher education in Africa, on the need to rise up to the challenge of the harsh realities of ravaging poverty, through opportunities offered by higher education.

The University Don recommended a review of the prevailing legislations which constituted bottlenecks to increasing higher education enrolment and improvement of teaching methods.

Professor Balogun advised that African nations should also be mindful of the fact that tertiary institutions will thrive and be more responsive when they enjoy adequate autonomy, noting that “experience had shown that a system that centralizes the process of policy making on higher education usually made it difficult for higher institutions to respond appropriately to knowledge requirements, labour market and economic diversity”.

The former Vice-Chancellor advised governments across Africa, to ensure the provision of qualitative standard of education at both public and private Universities while ensuring that curricula were designed to support the pattern of developmental initiative and skill requirements of individual nations.

He also called on the African Union to facilitate the legislation for integration and synergy across countries and continents as well as between institutions, running similar programmes, noting that the former United Nations’ Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, had observed that “the University must become a primary tool for Africa expertise; they can enhance the analysis of African problems; strengthen domestic institutions; serve as a model environment for the practice of good governance, conflict resolution and respect for human rights, and enable African academics to play an active part in the global community of scholars”.

Speaking on the contributions of FUNAAB to the improvement and expansion of quality teaching, research and extension service, Professor Balogun disclosed that some Colleges and Centres were restructured, while new ones, including Institutes and Directorates were established, in line with the national socio-economic needs.

He stated that the University, through its Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Management (IFESRAR), recently added two new varieties of Ofada rice to the nation’s food staple, as its contribution to the amelioration of poverty and hunger.

He added that the activities of University’s Agricultural Media Extension Centre (AMREC) had been further boosted as students under the B. Agric Programme now practice enterprise-based agriculture for one year, in rural communities including Odogbolu, Ode-Lemo, Isaga-Orile and Iwoye-Ketu, all located in Ogun State.

Other contributions highlighted by Professor Balogun included the FUNAAB Foreign African Scholarship Scheme, as well as staff capacity building initiatives, through sponsorship to national and international training programmes, virile staff and students’ welfare.

The immediate-past Vice-Chancellor highlighted his achievements while in office to include staff welfare, content and physical development, saying his five-year tenure was totally devoid of local strike action.

The former Vice-Chancellor said that the University’s extra-governmental earnings increased from a paltry N338 Million to a whopping sum of N1.05 Billion, as at close of the 2011 fiscal year.

On the results of the recentlyconcluded Institutional Accreditation, the out-gone Vice-Chancellor disclosed that FUNAAB made an ‘A’ score, which means that the University could operate in the next seven years, without bothering by the National Universities Commission.

Professor Balogun, who disclosed that the secret to the success of his administration was embedded in entrenching the core values of justice, accountability, fairness and transparency, charged his successor to always be accessible to the students and carry them along in his administration without directly influencing in any way, the administration of their Union matters.

To his successor, he charged: “Do not waver in leadership; be decisive in decision-making after carefully weighing alternative options. However, never depart from the application of the instrument of due process”.

Also, he admonished that “staff and other community members are equal partners in the quest for achieving the desired mandate and goals of the University, treat them with due respect, while firmly maintaining discipline”, he added.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi lauded Professor Balogun for his contributions to the nation’s education system, especially through FUNAAB.

He described his tenure as one in which the University rose from its position of obscurity to a place of high visibility with students’ population and Internally- Generated Revenue, rising at a geometric level.

Chief Osayemi pointed out that in terms of infrastructural development; the physical structure and the lush-green landscape of the University speak volumes of Professor Balogun’s administration.

The Pro-Chancellor charged the new Vice-Chancellor to improve on the achievements of his successor, noting that the University was yet to reach the pinnacle of its success. According to him, the vision 20:2020  Agenda of the Federal Government is determined to make agriculture the driving force of the nation’s economy while the University has a key role to play in the achievement of the goal.

The Chairman, Governing Council commended the University’s research contributions to Rice and Cassava production, adding that more could still be done, to make research findings  more visible and applicable.

He expressed satisfaction at the selection process that led to the emergence of a new Vice-Chancellor, noting that due process was adhered to, devoid of any bias or favourism.

Chief Osayemi called on members of staff and students to cooperate with Professor Oyewole, while praying that during his tenure in FUNAAB, the University will not only be the best in Africa but in the world.

The handing-over ceremony featured the public presentation and launching of the book, Mission Accomplished, which was reviewed by a retired Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

 

 

 

RIYE Honours FUNAAB’s Former VC with Multiple Titles


The immediate past VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun in different chieftaincy titles’ regalia

The four geo-political zone of Ogun State, otherwise known as RIYE literarily stood still in honour of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for two days, as major ancient cities in the area conferred on him five prestigious chieftaincy titles, in appreciation of his immense contributions to the socio-economic development of the areas.

It was a robust and historic meeting of the Town and Gown as well as high level celebration of cultural norms and academic values as the honorary train and entourage of Professor Balogun moved from Odogbolu to Ode-Lemo, negotiating Isaga-Orile, enroute Gbagura and stopping at Ake Palace, Abeokuta.

Professor Balogun and his entourage was well received by a tumultuous crowd of people of the aforementioned town who received him with yourba traditional instruments (Gangan, dundun, sekere and Ijala; Praise folk song)

At the end of the ceremony, which lasted two days, Professor Balogun enviably emerged a multiple chieftaincy title holder, spanning five major cities in four geopolitical axis of the state.

The forebears of the ancient town of Odogbolu in Ijebu axis rejoiced in their ancestral cacoon as the Alaye of Odogbolu, HRM, Adedeji Onagoruwa, his High Chiefs and subjects conferred the revered chieftaincy title of Ologben (Captain of farmers) Odogolu on Professor Balogun.

Oba Onagoruwa stated that Professor Balogun was honoured with the Chieftaincy title because of his immense contributions to the socio-economic development of the society.

According to the learned monarch, “Professor Balogun is one of the most brilliant Nigerians, to be given a Chieftaincy title”.

The ancient town of Isaga-Orile in Yewa axis of the state delved into jubilation spree when the Onisaga of Isaga-Orile, HRM, Joseph Oladele Tella honoured the immediate Vice-Chancellor with the title of Akinfimojoye of Isaga-Orile.

Ode-Lemo, a prominent town in the Ijebu-axis was also on song when the Lemo of Ode-Lemo, HRM Samuel Talibi Solesi conferred Professor Balogun with the title of Otunba Atuluse of the town.

Oba Solesi, speaking through the Otun Balogun of Ode-Lemo, High Chief T.O Saibu, described the recipient as a person with a proven pedigree of performance while at the helm of affairs at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

He, however, declared that villagers of Ode-Lemo should encourage their children to go to school, most especially, the girl-child even though they are learning trade or handwork.

The legends of Agura toasted to the progress of the sprawling city when the Agura of Gbagura, HRM (Dr.) Halidu Laloko, Sobekun II honoured the Professor Balogun with the prestigious title of Baloye of Gbagura Land.

Speaking during the Chieftaincy conferment rites, the Agura of Gbagura land, Oba (Dr.) Halidu Adedayo Laloko described the recipient as an outstanding achiever, who had made a difference in the lives of so many.

It was a grand finale and the ambience evinced no less at Ake Palace when the whole of Egbaland came alive as the Paramount Ruler and Alake, HRM (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo honoured Professor Balogun with the title of Fimogbayi of Egbaland.

Speaking at one of the occasions at the Alake’s Palace, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo (Okukenu IV) disclosed that the title, “Fimogbayi of Egbaland” was conferred on Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun as an indication of his remarkable services to the society.

Oba Gbadebo appreciated the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi for his support during the tenure of Professor Balogun as Vice-Chancellor.

Responding, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor and the recipient of the Chieftaincy titles, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun disclosed that the honours bestowed on him were great and he will not relent in his effort at sustaining the greatness.

Meanwhile, the 20th Convocation Lecturer, Professor Oladapo Abraham Afolabi and his wife Mrs. Adeola Afolabi was jointly conferred with Chieftaincy titles of “Aare Bobajiro” and “Yeye Aare Bobajiro” of Gbagura Land by the Agura of Gbagura Land, Oba (Dr.) Halid Adedayo Laloko.

They were also equally conferred with the title of “Fimotolu” and Erelu Fimotolu of Egbaland” by the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.

 

 

FUNAAB Mourns Professor Adeoti

The Management of the University has commiserated with the family of Professor Adepoju Yaya Aremu Adeoti, a Professor of Plant Pathology and Mycology in the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), who died recently.
A Condolence Letter, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, conveyed the University’s deepest sorrow and prayed that God grants the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Late Prof. Adepoju Yaya Aremu Adeoti

 

TWO to hold Inter-Collegiate Competitions

The Top-Notch Writers’ Organisation (TWO), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is holding an Inter-collegiate Debate, Quiz and Essay competition on May 30, 2012, by 1.30 pm.
A release jointly signed by the Chief-Pen and Pen-Secretary, Aliu Oluwafemi and Adams Kehinde, respectively, informed that the nine Colleges of the University are expected to nominate three representatives each, two weeks before the contest.
The release further informed that overall winners would be rewarded as competent panel of Judges had been invited. They include Professor (Mrs.) Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, Dr. (Mrs.) B. S. Sotiloye and Dr. (Mrs.) Onifade, all from FUNAAB.
Others are Professor (Mrs.) J.B Bilesanmi-Awoderu from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye and Mr. Muyiwa Ademola, a seasoned artist.
Venue of the competitions is the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre I.

Entrepreneurial Studies is Vital - Expert

Dr. (Mrs.) Funmilayo Oluwalana presenting a plaque to the Motivational Speaker, Engr. Abiodun Fijabi.

 

In five years’ time, what Universities are churning-out to the students may not be relevant to the society, unless they are channeled towards entrepreneurial skills.
This was the declaration of a Motivational Speaker, Engineer Abiodun Fijabi at the maiden exhibition of the Department of Business Enterprise Management and Entrepreneurial Studies, College of Management Sciences, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, held at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theater 3, on May 16, 2012.

Engineer Fijabi, who was the  Guest Speaker at the exhibition said Universities should ensure that they include entrepreneurial courses in their curricula.
He, however, charged the students to be innovative and gather creative skills from entrepreneurs.
Corroborating him, another Guest Speaker, Mr. Olajide Osiberu said, “What we need in this country is transformation. So also, students should be trained to be self-reliant rather than looking for employment after completing their education”. He commended FUNAAB for introducing entrepreneurial courses in its curricula.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who said entrepreneurial courses will eventually be introduced in all Departments of the University, lauded the College for growing very fast, since its inception.

FUNAAB VC Admonishes Students on Anti-Social Behaviours

R-L: Out-going VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun; FUNAABSU President, Com. Bamigbade Abdulkareem; Dean, COLPLANT, Prof. Goke Bodunde; In-coming VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako and the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana at the Send-forth Party organised by the Student Union.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has described the past and present executives of the University’s Student Union as responsive and responsible future leaders.
Professor Balogun made this assertion at the Send-forth Party, organized by the Student Union, in his honour.
The Vice-Chancellor commended the students for their understanding and co-operation which he noted had promoted peace in the community and given Management ample time to concentrate on more productive issues.
He added that the University had been able to regularize its academic calendar, as a result of the cordial relationship among Management,  staff and students.
Professor Balogun encouraged the students to extend same co-operation to the in-coming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, charging them to uphold the legacy he was leaving behind, by being peace loving and law abiding.
He admonished the students: “shun anti-social behaviours and its vices, be disciplined and do the right thing. Preserve the facilities and buildings so that whenever I am passing by, I will be encouraged to stop over, for a visit”.
While expressing his gratitude to past Presidents of the Union, for job well done while in office, Professor Balogun said they helped laid the foundation, which is being built upon by the present administration.
The Vice-Chancellor lauded the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Samuel Oluwalana, for affecting the lives of the students positively, saying that “he is a worthy and unassuming father who had impacted on so many lives through his transformational leadership”.
In his remarks, Professor Oluwalana appreciated the Professor Balogun–led administration for giving him the opportunity to serve as the Dean, Student Affairs.
He described Professor Balogun as “a unique person, a man of the 22nd Century, a wonderful and compassionate leader, a deep thinker and integrity-personified individual”.
According to him, Professor Balogun is not just a disciplinarian but a self-disciplined man, a core Welfarist and generous giver in all ramifications.
The President of the Student Union, Comrade Abdulkareem Bamigbade, in his speech eulogized the exemplary leadership qualities of Professor Balogun, as second to none, among Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.
He made it known that the outgoing Vice-Chancellor is “a man of inestimable worth, highly cherished and hope for the masses.
Thus, our decision to organize this event is not for any dubious reasons but as a means of celebrating excellence, to serve as a motivation for every public office holders and the generality of us all”, he added.
Giving his brief remarks, the Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Segun Clement, lauded the administrative acumen of Prof. Balogun and called on him not to relent in his efforts at promoting the cause of Nigerian students.
The ceremony witnessed presentation of gifts and award plaques by physically-challenged students; Intra-Campus Joint Christian Fellowship; Man ‘O War; Junior Chamber International, FUNAAB Chapter; Kegites Club and the Student Union.

SSANU Honours Out-going VC

L-R: In-coming VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; Out-going VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun; SSANU National President, Com. Samson Ugwoke; NLC Deputy National President, Com. Promise Adewusi; DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo; Director, DEM, Mr. Emmanuel Bankole; SSANU Chairman, Com. Abdussobur Salaam and the CERECOM Chairman, Prof. Tunde Idowu during the Valedictory Congress held in honour of the out-going VC.

 

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has honoured the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun at a Valedictory Congress, held in his honour, for a successful completion of tenure.
Speaking at the Ceremony, the National President, SSANU, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, described the out-going Vice-Chancellor as a lover of equity and justice, adding that he was the first Vice-Chancellor to introduce the Directorate system in Nigerian Universities.
The Union leader noted that the Directorate system had made many University administrators to get to the peak of their careers, by eliminating problems that often arose during the appointments of Principal Officers, especially, Registrars and Bursars.
Mr. Ugwoke noted that “FUNAAB now have four Directors in the Registry Department and three in the Bursary”.
He commended the out-going Vice-Chancellor for transforming the University; physically and academically without complaining of shortage of funds, adding that if every Vice-Chancellor in the country can efficiently utilise the Federal Government’s allocations, the rot experienced in the tertiary educational sector will be reduced.
Ugwoke told the Vice-Chancellor-designate, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole that “taking over from an achiever is always challenging but God will make you to take FUNAAB to greater heights”.
The Deputy National President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Promise Adewusi stated that the Valedictory Congress was the manifestation of the goodness of an achiever. He commended the high level of rapport between Management and Staff Unions, saying that equity, fairness and justice were already institutionalized in FUNAAB.
“It is better to be celebrated at exit than to be celebrated at entry; Professor Balogun will not be in a position to dish out favours again and people are still celebrating him”, he stated.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman, SSANU-FUNAAB Branch, Comrade Abdussobur Salaam said SSANU took the initiative of being the first Union in FUNAAB to honour the out-going Vice-Chancellor, for his sterling leadership acumen.
“Unionism has gone beyond brigandage, violence, selective criticisms but cooperation and collaboration between the employer and the employees”, he noted.
He attributed the unprecedented infrastructural and manpower development to the robust relationship, existing between Management and the Union, facilitated by the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
Responding, Professor Balogun reminisced that since 1979, when he joined the University system, this was the first time he would witness any Staff Union, celebrating a Vice-Chancellor.
“What I am doing is a normal thing, if we all are doing the right thing in terms of performance. It is the outstanding person that we will be looking out for”, he stated.
He admonished the University community to sustain the existing momentum of excellence, discipline and transparency.

VC’s Send-forth Events End Glowingly - CERECOM Chairman

L-R: Out-going VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo, wife of the in-coming VC, Mrs. Oyewole, in-coming VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole and the CERECOM Chairman, Prof. Tunde Idowu during the CERECOM’s Appreciation Dinner held recently, at the Sweet Sensation Hall, Oke-Ilewo.

 

The Valedictory activities, held in honour of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun have ended gloriously, leaving on its trail indelible memories of celebration of achievements, enviable values and the communal spirit of the FUNAAB’s family.
Organized by the University’s Ceremonials Committee, the programmes, which began on Monday, March 26, 2012 with the Graduation Ceremony of FUFASS Scholars, ended successfully with an Appreciation Dinner for CERECOM members by the Vice-Chancellor, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
The Valedictory activities, witnessed series of reception for the outgoing Vice-Chancellor by stakeholders, visits and tour of offices and facilities of the University.
Highlights of the exercise included visit to the sites of the University’s Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) at Isaga-Orile, Iwoye-Ketu, Odogbolu and Ode-Lemo where Professor Balogun was honoured with chieftaincy titles of Akinfimojoye, Bobagunwa, Ologbin and Atayese, respectively.
Others were: facility tour of the University by journalists, send-forth by FUNAAB Staff School, FUNIS, Community Day of Appreciation, Valedictory Dinner and Valedictory Church Service and Reception.
On the entourage of the Vice-Chancellor to the various programmes were his wife, Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun; the In-coming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole; Principal Officers; Deans and Directors; Chairman, Ceremonials Committee, Professor Babatunde Idowu and his members.
Responding to the outcome of the programme, CERECOM’s Chairman, Professor Idowu, said: “it’s been very great and wonderful. I think Professor Balogun deserves all the accolades and the ceremonies”.
Prof. Idowu thanked member of the University community for giving the Vice-Chancellor a rousing reception at every occasion he attended.
He also commended CERECOM members and the Thanksgiving Service Anniversary Committee, for a job well done.

Prof. Oyewole Won’t Perform Below Standard – VC

Out-going VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (Right) addressing the Union members while the in-coming VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Middle) and the Ag. Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam listen with rapt attention.

 

The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has, again, re-assured members of the University community, that the incoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole will not perform below standard in office.
Professor Balogun reiterated his confidence in Professor Oyewole during a Send-forth programme, organized in his honour by the University’s branch of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), held at the Unity Building, FUNAAB.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was accompanied to the event by Professor Oyewole and some Principal Officers, said his successor is determined to take the University to greater heights.
According to him, “The baton (Vice-Chancellorship) is going not only to a Pastor but a Church Founder.  I don’t know what to expect other than the enhancement of growth, progress and peace, so shall it be in Jesus Name”.
Speaking on his achievements while in office, Professor Balogun said: “It is a position of trust. Everything we have done is a normal thing that I was employed to do. Nothing short of what we have done is expected of me, but then it is not everybody who has a desire to achieve. Except the Lord builds the house, the labourers labour in vain.
But what are His materials to build the house? They are: His grace, favour, peace and so on. These are the Civil Engineering materials that God normally uses. Remove any one, the building won’t be completed”.
Professor Balogun stressed, “But because the Lord made available materials in quantum we were able to complete the house, beautifully”.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked the leadership and members of NAAT for contributing immensely to his success in office, noting that “There had been periods that David will want to go to war with 10,000 men but the Lord will say go with 100”.
“My belief is that whether you are a cleaner or a Technologist, everybody has his or her role to play. I can be 10 Professors in one but I can’t take truck to go and carry pigs in Obasanjo Farms”, he added.
He declared that “I have no special interest in any Union; I am the father of all unions. If you are a true father, then, there will be peace and harmony in your homes, hence the sustained peace on campus”.
Professor Balogun further stated, “What we have done here, I have learnt to do it even better if given the privilege elsewhere. I have acquired more knowledge, particularly, on how to manage a complex rumour-mongering society. I have learnt that you don’t have to bother your head, but to remain focused. That, I am taking away from here”.

He called on NAAT and the entire staff of the University to take the issue of self capacity building more seriously, noting that some were still lagging behind.
He stressed: “Our capacity within needs more to be desired. We don’t align to self capacity development. We should refresh our knowledge in our area of callings, else we will continue to see outsiders, coming here to perform better and having an edge”.
Professor Balogun, however, put smiles on the faces of NAAT by approving their promotions, in line with the official practise.
He also directed that the office of the Deputy Director, Equipment Maintenance Centre, Mr. A. O. Ojo be equipped with furniture and fittings before the end of the week, in response to the earlier requests made by Mr. Ojo.
Earlier, a top member of NAAT, Mr. J. O. Amira, who reeled out Prof. Balogun’s litany of achievements said: “You made us acceptable in this community. If not for your intervention, we would have been treated like foot mats”.
According to Amira, Prof. Balogun’s contributions to NAAT include the off-setting of a seven-year-old debt, inherited from the previous administration and the appointment of a Technologist as the Director of Equipment and Maintenance Centre (EMC).
Others are the upgrading of the Technologists Salary Scale, from CONTISS 13 to 15; sponsorship to international and local conferences and trainings with Mr. Saba, Ajayi Emmanuel of the Directorate of Public Relations, being the first beneficiary; creation of the Directorate of Technologists and Technical Staff; inclusion of Technologists as Congregation members; and serving on Users’ Committees of the University.

I Won’t Fall Below Standard, Says Incoming VC

The incoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has assured members of the University community that he will not perform below expectations, on assumption of duty.
Professor Oyewole gave the assurance while responding to the remarks by the officers of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), during a light Send-forth Party, held in honour of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
A National Officer of NAAT, Mr. J. O. Amira, had set the ball rolling while articulating the intervention of Prof. Balogun in meeting the demands of the Association.
Apparently impressed by the presentation, Prof. Oyewole said: “I have made a commitment never to go below what Professor Balogun had done”.
“Your presentation was beautiful. I’m so happy. I want the details of your presentation. Please don’t summarize it. I mean details of your presentation. I want to complete it and ensure that nothing he (Professor Balogun) did will be reversed”, he stated.
Describing Prof. Oyewole as a round peg in a round hole, Mr. Amira said, “Professor Oyewole is a quality-assurance man. The quality you (Prof. Balogun) are leaving us with will not diminish us.”

Incoming VC, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole

 

History, As Balogun Hands-Over to Oyewole on Wednesday

Out-going VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

Incoming VC, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole

History will be made on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 as Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, a Professor of Food Science and Technology takes over the baton of leadership as the 5th Vice-Chancellor of the University.
The tenure of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun will formally end on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
Reliable sources informed that Professor Balogun had been clearing his table, preparatory to his final handing-over, few weeks ago.
Checks revealed that part of hand-over at the appropriate time is the culmination of a successful selection and emergence of the new Vice-Chancellor, as well as the latter’s understudying of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor.
A peaceful transition is therefore expected on Wednesday, when Professor Balogun will hand-over to Professor Oyewole.
Established in 1988, four substantive Vice-Chancellors have so far administered the affairs of the University. They are: Professor ‘Nimbe Adedipe, Professor Julius Amioba Okojie, Professor Israel Adu and the outgoing Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

UNESCO Vacancy Announcement

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has advertised for the post of Head, Information and Communication Technology Section at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).
A release by the Secretary-General, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. M. O. Anene-Maidoh, informed that interested applicants are required to possess advanced University degree (equivalent to Master’s), 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience of which preferably three to five years, was acquired at an international level, with strong managerial skills.
Interested applicants are advised to apply on-line at http://www.ictp.it/about-ictp/job-opportunites.aspx.on.

Dr. Atanda Gets PACA Appointment

The Acting Head of Department, Food Service and Tourism, Dr. Olusegun Atanda, has been appointed as Lead Consultant for the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control Programme in Africa (PACA).
PACA was launched in 2011 and reports to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
The programme is a collaboration effort with the Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria, of which Dr. Atanda is the President.
The Society is jointly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development (DFID).

IAU Offer Opens

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has enjoined the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, to take advantage of the additional service it offered on the International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB) to access abstracts and receive results of HEDBIB thematic or keyword searches by e-mail.
A release signed by the Director, Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP) informed that for interested members of the University to benefit from the services, they are to access HEDBIB on the IAU website www.iau.aiu.net or directly at: http://hedbib.lau-aiu.netl.
Interested applicants are click on “Member login” in the upper left corner of the page and enter the following access details:
Login: INS0379, Password: z85pn90e and select submit.
For further details and instructions on carrying out research using HEDBIB, interested member are advised to click on the “Guide” button, located under the search form.

Inter-Collegiate: COLAMRUD Beats COLENG

A line-up of COLENG team in yellow jersey and COLAMRUD team in blue jersey before the commencement of the final. Inset: Rep of the VC, DVC(D), Prof. Felix Salako taking the kick-off to start the match.

 

The College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) defeated the College of Engineering (COLENG) by 8-7, in a penalty shoot-out in the finals of the male category of the 2012 Inter-Collegiate Sports, played at the main bowl of the University’s Sports’ Centre.
Dotun Odukoya of the COLENG team had earlier netted the first goal in the 58thminute into the match, to put his team ahead while the COLAMRUD team fought to redeem the situation before Shola Oladeji was able to equalise, barely five minutes into the end of the second half.
The match was tension soaked as it ended 1-1 in regulated time; which made the winner to be decided through a penalty shootout.
Still at tie after five shots each apiece, in the first instance, the teams were subjected to ‘sudden death’ penalty session, of which Femi Fashina of COLENG, with Jersey no. 16 missed the net while Segun Jolagbade of COLAMRUD scored to arouse wide jubilation of fans at the pitch.
Speaking in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin after the match, the Secretary-General of Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA), Mr. Bayo Orodele described FUNAAB’s sporting facilities as fantastic.
On whether FUNAAB is fit to host NUGA, he said, “I have gone around; checking your facilities and there is need to put finishing touches, to be eligible to host NUGA Competitions”.
According to Biodun Alabi of Ogun State Broadcasting Television (OGTV), “This is what a complete University should look like. FUNAAB has done a lot in the aspect of taking University sports to the next level”, he added.
However, a retired Controller of Sports in FUNAAB, Mr. K.A Ladipo, was very elated to see the rapid transformation that sports had witnessed under the Vice-Chancellorship of Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
“I feel happy and gratifying to see the progress of sports developments in this great University”, he noted.
The Chairman, Sports’ Committee, Dr. Sam Wobo attributed the success recorded at the competition to the facilities that were put in place by the sport-loving Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
He noted that new games like Cricket and Hockey were introduced into the competition, adding that when ‘our Grandstand is finished, we will go for NUGA proper’.
The Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki, said, “To whom much is given, much is expected. The Vice-Chancellor had made us proud by bringing out inherent talents from this competition”.

Alumnus Commends Professor Balogun

An Alumnus of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Mr. Arowolo Thomas, has expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for his purposeful leadership quality, which has made the University to be the pride among its contemporaries.
Mr. Thomas, in a text message to Prof. Balogun, showered accolades on him for maintaining a crisis-free administration and for his transformational efforts in all facets of the University.
Excerpt of the text reads: “Out of a million Vice-Chancellors, you became the most appreciated one, in five years of crisis-free administration; you gave our school a befitting look.
Sir, you created a good image for us and everybody wishes to be a student of FUNAAB. I am one of the numerous that graduated under your leadership and am proud to tell you that my friends, Comrades and family that came to rejoice with me did pray for you for your wonderful performance in the school and I’m sure millions of families did the same on that day.
You are our hero and mentor. Await our simple book written in your honour.
Thank you for being the best.

Arowolo Thomas

NSPP Holds 37th Annual Conference

A cross-section of Participants at the 37th Annual Conference

The Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP) held its 37th Annual Conference at the College of Plant Science (COLPLANT) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Speaking at the Conference, the National President of NSPP, Professor D.B. Olufolaji, disclosed that the event was historical in the sense that a similar Conference was held in the University, nine years ago.
Prof. Olufolaji declared that NSPP was inaugurated in 1971 at the University of Ibadan with late Prof. O.F Esuruoso, elected as its first President.
He stated that the Conference had been hosted by various institutions across the six geo-political zones of the country, adding that the poise of FUNAAB’s Management for academic and research excellence played the deciding factor in conferring the hosting rights on the University for second time within nine years.
He highlighted the importance of Plant Protection to agriculture and biological sciences in the provision of food and for industrial uses.
“For our society, we shall continue as experts in the field to make recommendations to government on the various ways to ensure that these plants are really protected as the eventual panacea to the national food crisis,” he declared.
Earlier, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of NSPP, Professor A.Y.A Adeoti, appreciated the unflinching support by the Management of FUNAAB, under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, in making the Conference a reality.
Professor Adeoti equally paid glowing tributes to the Founding Fathers of the Society, whom he noted, ensured the advancement in the science of plant protection.
The Conference, which was declared open by the Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, had its theme as “Plant Protection and Public Health”, to highlight the current trends on food security and global environmental challenges.

Prof. Balogun Appreciates FUNAAB Community

The VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun appreciating the Community during the Jumat service held in his honour at the University’s mosque. R-L: The VC-designate, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; VC, Crescent University, Prof. Kehinde Okeleye; Dr. Sarafadeen, Ag. Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, DVC(A), Prof. Toyin Arowola and a Council member, Prof. Lateef Sanni.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has expressed appreciation to the entire University community for their support and understanding in the last five years.
Professor Balogun gave his appreciation during the Jumat Service and Send-forth Ceremony, held in his honour by the University’s Muslim community.
Professor Balogun noted with joy that every member of the University had played a vital role in the success story being told of the University, as he assured that FUNAAB would remain dear to his heart even after his sojourn from the University.
According to him, “FUNAAB has become an integral part of my family and whatever opportunity I have in future, the interest of FUNAAB will be uppermost in my mind and I assure you that your faith in me will not be misplaced”.
The Vice-Chancellor also commended the Muslim community for their tolerance during times of religious tension in the University while pleading with them to extend the same disposition and support to the incoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole.
Professor Balogun called on the Vice-Chancellor-designate not to be biased or segregate among religions, noting that the secret to the unity experienced in the University lies in the wisdom of operating without religious favouritism.

The Amir, FUNAAB Muslim community, Dr. Taofiq Salisu, gave thanks to God for answering the University’s prayers on Professor Balogun and also for endowing him to transform the University.

The Amir noted that the Muslim community was proud to be part of the success story of the University in the last five years because they were years when FUNAAB knew peace and detractors did not prevail over the Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Salisu lauded the supports of the Vice-Chancellor at ensuring that the Mosque at Isale-Igbein was renamed while praying that God granted him favour in all his endeavours.
The Vice-Chancellor, Crescent University and former Director, Academic Planning, FUNAAB, Professor Okeleye, were among dignitaries that graced the occasion while Principal Officers of the University were equally present.

BEM Holds Entrepreneurial Exhibition

The Department of Business Enterprise Management/Entrepreneurial Studies of the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), is set to organize its first exhibition on “Entrepreneurial and Business Management Education in Tertiary Institutions”.
The programme, which is specifically organized for FUNAAB students and members of staff, is aimed at sensitizing participants on the importance Management Sciences Education in Tertiary Institutions, while it will also demonstrate the objectives for introducing College of Management Sciences into FUNAAB.
The Exhibition is scheduled to hold on May 16, 2012, at JAO 3 by 10:00 a.m. prompt.

Health Services Honours Out-Going VC

The Director, Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi (Left) chronicling a catalogue of achievements witnessed in the health sector during Prof. Balogun’s administration. R-L: The VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako and the Ag. Librarian,  Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam at the Send-Forth held in honour of the out-going VC.

 

Members of staff of the University’s Health Services, have also honoured the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, with a befitting Send-forth Ceremony.
At the event organised at the Health Centre, the Director, Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi described the out-going Vice-Chancellor as a goal-getter, dynamic and courageous personality.
“I stand before God and man to say Prof. Balogun has done well and has left an indelible mark on the sand of time. He is transparent, hardworking and a trustworthy person”, he noted.
He chronicled a catalogue of achievements witnessed during Prof. Balogun’s administration in the health sector, to include the renovation of the University Health, procurement of a brand new ambulance, steady water supply and the creation of three additional consulting and emergency rooms.
Responding to the gesture, the out-going Vice-Chancellor described the day as memorable, with a prayer for an unquantifiable honour from God, for the staff, having specially planned to honour him, adorning brightly coloured ceremonial apparels.
Referring to the colour of the apparels, Professor Balogun said, “Purple represents royalty and as you have honoured me, honour will never depart you”.
“I will continue to remember this day for good and my life history will not be complete without remembering this day”, he noted.

Graduate Fellow Wins IIFET Award

A Graduate Fellow in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, Mr. Deji Adeoye has bagged the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) 2012 Award.
The First Class graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta won the Best Student paper from the African University Award category, for his paper titled, “Challenges and Investment opportunities for Large-scale Aquaculture Farmers in Nigeria”, co-authored by his Project Supervisor and Mentor, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samson.
A release, signed by Professor Akegbejo-Samson informed that the presentation of the award will hold in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, between July 16 to 20, 2012.
Meanwhile, the University’s representatives in the Tuning Pilot Project for Africa, Professor Akegbejo-Samson will be joining 60 other African Universities in Cape Town, South Africa to participate in the second series meeting on African Strategy for Harmonization in Higher Education and the realization of the objectives of the revised ARUSHA declaration.
The meeting will be held at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, from May 14 to 18, 2012.

VC Passes Vote of Confidence on PR Directorate

The VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (holding mic) addressing journalists at the dinner while from left is Ogun NUJ Chairman, Mr. Tunde Sodeke, DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo, DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako, wife of the VC-designate, Mrs. Oyewole, VC-designate, Prof. Olusola Oyewole and the Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel, Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has passed a vote of confidence on the University’s Directorate of Public Relations for a job well done, as well as for its contributions towards the success of his administration.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed the appreciation at the Media Appreciation Dinner, held in honour of journalists in Ogun State.
The Vice-Chancellor said the Directorate of Public Relations has proven its mettle, as it is doing well, with a crop of professionals any University would be proud of.

He described the relationship between FUNAAB’s Management and the media as cordial hoping that the warmness will wax stronger, with the incoming administration.
“This is the second social gathering of both the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Correspondents’ Chapel with the FUNAAB community in the last one year,” he noted.

At the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor expressed the optimism that FUNAAB’s VC-designate, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole would record greater success in office.
Speaking on behalf of the Ogun State chapters of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Correspondents’ Chapel, Mr. Tunde Sodeke and Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi, respectively, extolled the virtues of the Vice-Chancellor as an outstanding administrator, who has taken the University to greater heights.
The journalists lauded the good rapport existing between FUNAAB and the media.

 

FUNAAB Community Honours Out-going VC

The  VC and his wife, Prof. and Prof. (Mrs.) Oluwafemi Balogun with other Principal Officers being entertained by the “Igedes’ during the Send-Forth organised by the University Community.

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Community members last Friday honoured the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun at a Ceremony, to mark his tenure completion.
Speaking at the Ceremony, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor   (Academic), Professor Toyin Arowolo described the event as the first in the history of the University, adding that “we are here to celebrate an achiever”.
“In the last four years, 11 months and two weeks, he exhibited good leadership skills”, he noted.
Professor Arowolo described the out-going VC as a multi-talented individual with overwhelming innate skills in accounting and administration which he put to maximum use in transforming the University to higher pedestal.
The Chairman of the Ceremonials Committee, Professor Tunde Idowu, described the out-going Vice-Chancellor as a great manager of resources.
Also, one of the beneficiaries of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS), Mr. Paul Bangura, from Sierra Leone did not mince words as he paid glowing tributes to the out-going Vice-Chancellor.
The Director, Directorate of Grants Management, Dr. Kayode Akinyemi and his predecessor, who is currently the incoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, spoke of the out-going Vice-Chancellor as a “founder of structures and builders of people”, as evident in the creation of the new Directorate.
Similarly, the Director, Technical and Technology Staff Directorate, Engr. Abdulahi Baba Tahir, extolled the virtues of Professor Balogun as being trustworthy, honest and humble.
In the same manner, the Deputy Dean, Students Affairs and Chairman, Management Committee on Transport (MANCOT), Dr. O. S. Awokola, declared that before the advent of Prof. Balogun, MANCOT had only eight buses, which he noted rose to 29 in 2012.
In his own comment, the Dean, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Professor B.A Oyelere stated that the young College will soon outshine others, as he observed that Professor Balogun gave the College a good start.
However, the President of the Student Union, Comrade Bamigbade Abdulkareem, highlighted the performance of the out-going Vice-Chancellor since inception in 2007 to include rapid increase from 1,000 to 3,000 bed-spaces in the Hostels.
Others include renovation of the SUG Building and payment of school fees of indigent students with the provision of special buses for physically-challenged students.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, disclosed that he was “humbled and physiologically touched by the expression of love” to him, by the different segments of the University community.
“The co-operation and understanding is unbelievable, in spite of initial resentment, you have assisted us to prove our potentials”, he stated.
Prof. Balogun also admonished the Community to improve on maintenance culture as a way of preserving infrastructures, painstakingly provided through judicious prioritisation of meagre resources.
He noted that, “It is difficult to build but very easy to destroy”, saying in strong terms that “I will not condone people messing up government property”.
Giving the Vote of Thanks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Felix Salako described the Vice-Chancellor as a “defender of the weak and a very compassionate individual”.

Out-going VC has done Well... Pro-Chancellor

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi launching the book on Prof. Balogun at the Valedictory Dinner.

 

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi has scored the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun a pass mark for a job well done. Chief Osayemi made this disclosure at the Valedictory Dinner, held in honour of the out-going Vice-Chancellor at the Jubilee Multi-Purpose Hall (Bishop’s Court), Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
According to the Pro-Chancellor, “even the most ardent critic of Prof. Balogun will agree with him that he has done well. “This is my Vice-Chancellor in whom I am very much pleased”, he enthused.
He described Prof. Balogun as a success in University education, stating that it needs peculiar wisdom to be a successful University Administrator.
The out-going Vice-Chancellor later appreciated the University Community for keeping faith, saying “you have allowed me heal the wounds usually generated by the problems of succession of the Vice-Chancellor”.
Meanwhile, a book titled “Testament of Transformational Leadership: A Celebration of Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun” was presented and reviewed by the Secretary-General, Committee of Vice-Chancellors, Prof. Mike Faborode, in commemoration of the exemplary leadership traits of Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

Prof. Balogun Thanks God at Valedictory Service

The VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun and wife, Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun thanking God for a successful tenure as VC at the Valedictory Thanksgiving Service. Service

 

A Valedictory Thanksgiving Service, in honour of Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, was held last Sunday with admonition to the outgoing Vice-Chancellor to aspire for higher accomplishments despite his impressive performance in office.
Praises and thanksgiving to the Almighty rented the air as scores of relations, friends, associates, societal bigwigs, members of the University Community joined Prof. Balogun and his immediate family to thank God for his benevolence on Professor Balogun.
Julius Amioba Lecture Theatre Complex, which hosted the service, organised by the University’s Chapel of Grace and the Vice-Chancellor’s Anniversary Committee was filled by well-wishers.
Special prayers were offered for the outgoing Vice-Chancellor and his family; incoming Vice-Chancellor; Staff; Students and the Governing Council by clerics from within and outside the University community.
Various individuals and the Anniversary Committee in particular took turn to present quality gifts to the Vice-Chancellor and his wife.
Prof. and Prof. (Mrs.) Balogun were all smiles throughout the service along with their children.
The same was the story with the incoming Vice-Chancellor and his wife, Prof. and Mrs. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, who apart from exchanging banters also extended their warmness to the outgoing Vice-Chancellor and his wife.
The occasion peaked when the renowned motivational speaker, Engineer Abiodun Fijabi, mounted the podium to deliver his Exhortation.
He captivated his audience and held them spell bound with his message titled, “The Dawn of the Twilight”.
Engr. Fijabi said: “Whatever we have achieved is nothing compared to what we can achieve again and again. Therefore, my dear Professor Balogun, FUNAAB where you have made a landmark is not your bus stop, you can achieve, achieve and achieve again!!!
He stressed, “God’s purpose is not to achieve outstanding success one time and fizzle out (Romans: 2 verse 1).
Engr. Fijabi, who lent credence to his message with Power Point presentation slide advised Professor Balogun: “Don’t burn out, keep yourself fuelled and aflame, for he who stops being better, stops being good”.
He advised further, “There should be no regret, Sir. Professor Balogun. I mean no regret. Review the past five years? Yes! We need to reflect? Yes! But no regret. Do we need to repent? Yes! Repent but no regret”.
Make it a rule of life never to regret, never to look back. “Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can’t build on it”, he added.
Speaking at the service, Prof. Balogun disclosed that God was the secret of his success in office.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that immediately he assumed office, he made a biblical submission, “Oh God let your presence makes the difference here “(FUNAAB)”, his watchword.
He pointed out that the biblical submission, which is engraved in a banner that is conspicuously displayed in his office is the bedrock of the University’s exceptional success in the last five years.
Professor Balogun thanked the Council, Senate, Staff, Students, Unions and the host community for standing by him.
The service was graced by the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Halidu Laloko; the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, Oba Ademola, Alaye of Odogbolu; Oba Onagoruwa, the Chief Medical Directors of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba and the Provost of Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta.
Others in attendance were the Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State, Professor Adeyemi Idowu and the representative of the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Essien.

Farewell Message to the Vice-Chancellor Presented by the Director of Internal Audit F. T. Aroyeun (Mrs.)

Song: what shall we say unto the Lord, all we have to say is thank you Lord (2x). Thank you Lord thank you Lord all we have to say is thank you Lord (Repeat).
We members of staff of the Directorate of Internal Audit want to thank God, for making it possible for you sir, to fulfill destiny, for making you a shining star, and for using you to lift and bring FUNAAB from death to life.

(TESTIMONY)
We also want to thank our amiable; honest, benevolent, hard-working transparent and disciplined Vice-Chancellor for his wisdom and courage to ensure full transparency, accountability, punctuality, discipline and probity in FUNAAB.

The Directorate of Internal Audit believe so much in you and your policies for change, efficient monitoring of advances and the establishment of price intelligence Unit. As the Control of the University, we have tried to implement most of your policies for proper accountability, which has assisted in taking FUNAAB to an enviable position in terms of prudence, effectiveness, efficiency and accountability even though it has not been easy, we have stepped on toes we have been called names, there have been lots of misconceptions misunderstandings and misrepresentations but the job had to be done and some people had to do it for the betterment of the system according to the recommendation of the visitation panel, on page 23 of the white paper. “it is pleasing to note that no instances of financial malpractice was noted during the period under review, this is due to the existence of the Internal Audit Department and its constant review keeping all persons under check”. Now we are happy and proud to be part of the success story today.

We the Internal Auditors say a big thank you, Sir, the Directorate is one of the best in all Federal Universities in terms of our quality contributions to the Committee of Heads of Internal Auditors in Nigeria, other Auditors always come around to ask questions and copy most of our works and principles.

We appreciate your effort towards capacity building of staff, bringing our staff together from Senate and Abudu buildings and putting us in one of the best buildings on campus (Audit & Public Relations Building) also, the recent approval of the computerization of Internal Audit all these have brought about unity of purpose, quality professionalism and dedication. Being a Vice-Chancellor that believes so much in career progression and because of the tremendous growth in the activities of the University, we have on ground two Deputy Directors who are to assist the Director for more result oriented and effective performance of the Directorate (all these landmark achievements in the Directorate, are to the credit of our Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun).
We thank you for your immense fatherly love and care towards us all, we shall continue to remember your good works in FUNAAB.
PRAYER:
We pray that, God in his infinite mercies, will go with you, His presence will not depart from you. He will take you to a new level that is greater and Higher than FUNAAB. God will protect you and your family, peace and joy shall be yours, you will reap the fruits of your labour and you will see your desires in the life of your children, you will live long in good health to see your children’s, children’s and children’s in Jesus name. Thank you, and God bless.

Remarks made by the Bursar, Mr. M. O. Ilesanmi at the Send-Forth Ceremony, organized by Bursary Department, in honour of Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for the successful completion of his tenure as the 4th Vice-Chancellor of the FUNAAB

The Vice-Chancellor and Special Guest of Honour of today,
Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun
Profession (Mrs.) Elizabeth Abidemi Balogun,
Other Principal Officers,
The Vice-Chancellor Designate,
Professor O. B. Oyewole
Invited Guests,
The Enitre Wonderful Bursary Staff,

Ladies and Gentlemen
I consider it a great privilege to welcome you all here this morning. We are here to:
-    Acknowledge and celebrate, as a way to:
-    Show and commend, in order to:
-    Appreciate and honour our Vice-Chancellor – Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for the lofty heights and enviable position he has led us to attain as an Institution, a Department or as Individuals, during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta from May 24, 2007 to May 23, 2012.

The Vice-Chancellor, Sir, we are extremely delighted to have you in our midst today and also for having the opportunity to express our appreciation for your valuable contribution towards the overall development of the Bursary Department and the University at large.
By sheer demonstration of experience, knowledge, intelligence, love commitment and passion for the job, you have removed the stigma of incompetence labeled the Bursary Department.
The Bursary, in the eyes of many, was seen as inefficient and ineffective. It was a Department, everybody, both reasonable and unreasonable, was offering all manners of ‘specialist’ advices for improvement.
“E sowo” became the unprofessional identity for portraying the uncoordinated and unregulated financial administration of the University. Merit and sound professional judgment were ignored for self-serving and deceptive conducts. The Bursary was at best, reduced to a Department for raising mere payment vouchers.

People were playing unreasonable politics with the financial fortune of the University; no conscious effort for sincere and genuine development through fund utilization. And there was no tangible thing to justify the utilization of the internally generated revenue of the University. Name it, appointment, promotion, deployment, training etc., were crudely determined and made without purpose. Staff were demoralized and frustrated. Cerebration of who you know, and not what you know and not what you can do, was the order of the day.

To God be the glory, you have reorganized and restructured the Bursary for good. An action you took on the directive of Mr. Visitor, as contained in the Visitation Report of the administration before you assumed office.

The Bursary can now pride itself in:
-    Proper staffing with qualitative personnel equipped by continuing local and foreign training,
-    Full computerization of all operations,
-    Effective decentralization into collegiate accounting structure,
-    Proper reorganization into Directorate system for efficiency,
-    Responsiveness to responsibilities.
For all these, we are grateful and we celebrate you, Sir. Your life is a gospel for people to read and emulate.
Sir, as you are aware of the enormity of the Bursary responsibility, both within and outside the University, we appeal for the replacement of the bus we have in the Department.
As you prepare to hand over the mantle of leadership to your successor, we wish you the best in your future undertakings.
We sincerely thank you, Sir, for giving us the opportunity to interact with you.

LIST OF 2011/2012 FRESH PART-TIME STUDENTS AND MATRICULATION NUMBERS

SN

NAME

DEPT

COLLEGE

LEVEL

MATRIC NO

1

AKINYEFA, OYELEKE JOSEPH

AEFM

COLAMRUD

100

PT/11/0001

2

COKER, ANUOLUWAPO T.

AEFM

COLAMRUD

100

PT/11/0002

3

EDWIN, OKOH O.

AEFM

COLAMRUD

100

PT/11/0003

4

YUSUF, KAMORUDEEN O.

AEFM

COLAMRUD

100

PT/11/0004

5

ADEKUNLE, TEMITOPE I.

AEFM

COLAMRUD

200

PT/11/0005

6

FABANWO, JAMES O.

AEFM

COLAMRUD

300

PT/11/0006

7

AKINWANDE, TOLULOPE

AERD

COLAMRUD

100

PT/11/0007

8

IDOWU, ELIZABETH

AERD

COLAMRUD

100

PT/11/0008

9

HASSAN, ORIYOMI B.

AERD

COLAMRUD

200

PT/11/0009

10

KRAPEH, ANTHONY YEDENU

AERD

COLAMRUD

200

PT/11/0010

11

OGUNFUNWA, OLUSEGUN EZEKIEL

ABG

COLANIM

200

PT/11/0011

12

ADEBARI, ADEDOYIN O.

ANN

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0012

13

ADEOYE, MARY DUROJAIYE

ANN

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0013

14

AGBOTOGUNMASA, AZIZ OLATUNJI

ANN

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0014

15

OLUWATOSIN, ADESOLA T.

ANN

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0015

16

FAGBENRO, TEMITOPE O.

ANP

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0016

17

OLAGUNJU, OLAITAN EMMANUEL

ANP

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0017

18

UGWOKE, JULIUS ILOZURUIKE

ANP

COLANIM

200

PT/11/0018

19

OLOKO, ABDULAHI B.

ANP

COLANIM

300

PT/11/0019

20

ADEBISI, OLABODE S.

APH

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0020

21

ANAELE, OKECHUKWU BENJAMIN

APH

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0021

22

ODUNTAN, ADEDEJI JOHN

APH

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0022

23

ADEDOKUN, ADEOLU A.

APH

COLANIM

200

PT/11/0023

24

BABATUNDE, SEYI A.

APH

COLANIM

200

PT/11/0024

25

ELEGBEDE, OLUJIMI HAFIZ

APH

COLANIM

200

PT/11/0025

26

AKANDE, ADEYEMI MATHEW

PRM

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0026

27

BABAJIDE, TIMOTHY T.

PRM

COLANIM

100

PT/11/0027

28

ADEWUSI, SUNDAY

AQFM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0028

29

ISHOLA, KAREEM I.

AQFM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0029

30

SABA, BABATUNDE I.

AQFM

COLERM

300

PT/11/0030

31

ADEYINKA, OLUFEMI A.

EMT

COLERM

100

PT/11/0031

32

EGBEBI, SUNDAY A.

EMT

COLERM

100

PT/11/0032

33

JONES, SOREMI A.

EMT

COLERM

100

PT/11/0033

34

SHOBULO, MONSURAT T.

EMT

COLERM

100

PT/11/0034

35

SOSANYA, PETER A.

EMT

COLERM

100

PT/11/0035

36

OLADELE, ADEMOLA O.

EMT

COLERM

200

PT/11/0036

37

AWOS, ALABA A.

EMT

COLERM

300

PT/11/0037

38

OJOIFO, JIMOH K.

EMT

COLERM

300

PT/11/0038

39

OLANIGAN, OLUBUNMI A.

EMT

COLERM

300

PT/11/0039

40

ADETOKUN, OLUWASEYI

FWM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0040

41

AJIBADE, YUSUFF A.

FWM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0041

42

AKOLADE, AMINAT A.

FWM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0042

43

OYEWUNMI, NATHANIEL O.

FWM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0043

44

SMITH-SONUBI, A.

FWM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0044

45

LAWAL, WALIU O.

FWM

COLERM

200

PT/11/0045

46

OLOKEOGUN, OLUWAYEMISI S.

FWM

COLERM

300

PT/11/0046

47

ABOFARIN, DAVID OLUWASEGUN

WRM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0047

48

BABALOLA, GABRIEL O.

WRM

COLERM

100

PT/11/0048

49

ABDULRASHEED, M.

WRM

COLERM

200

PT/11/0049

50

ADEYEMI, OLUWATOYIN

FST

COLFHEC

200

PT/11/0050

51

JACKSON, OSIOFU M.

FST

COLFHEC

200

PT/11/0051

52

MAHMUM, NARS A.

FST

COLFHEC

200

PT/11/0052

53

ADELEKAN, EBENEZER O.

FST

COLFHEC

300

PT/11/0053

54

ADEBISI, BASHIRAT O.

HSM

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0054

55

HASSAN, SOLAKANMI B.

HSM

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0055

56

OKUSANYA, OLUFUNSO S.

HSM

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0056

57

OKUSANYA, MARIAM O.

HSM

COLFHEC

300

PT/11/0057

58

AYANTUBO, OLAMIDE E.

NUD

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0058

59

FADIPE, OPEYEMI O.

NUD

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0059

60

MABOGUNJE, OLUWASEUN D.

NUD

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0060

61

OKOKO, JOY O.

NUD

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0061

62

OLUWADARE, TOLULOPE O.

NUD

COLFHEC

100

PT/11/0062

63

ADENMOSUN, ADERONKE OMOLADE

NUD

COLFHEC

200

PT/11/0063

64

OKE, OLAJUMOKE OLUWASEYI

NUD

COLFHEC

200

PT/11/0064

65

ONI, VICTORIA SEKINAT

NUD

COLFHEC

200

PT/11/0065

66

AZEEZ, HABIBAT DAMILOLA

BCH

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0066

67

OYENIRAN, MULIKAT OYINLOLA

BCH

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0067

68

FAKAYODE, TOYIN

BCH

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0068

69

AJANI, RICHARD R.

BCH

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0069

70

BRODIE-MENDS, A. T.

BCH

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0070

71

OLORODE, S. K.

BCH

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0071

72

OLURINDE, O. JOSEPH

BCH

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0072

73

TIJANI, OLANREWAJU R.

BCH

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0073

74

TIJANI, RACHEAL A.

BCH

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0074

75

EMIR, MERCY C.

CHM

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0075

76

FAWOLE, TIRIMIYU A.

CHM

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0076

77

RASHIDI, WILLIAMS K.

CHM

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0077

78

DARODOLA, SOLOMON S.

CHM

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0078

79

KOLAGBADE, OLUYINKA F.

CHM

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0079

80

MENSAH, K. PETER

CHM

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0080

81

MUSTAPHA, TAIWO O.

CHM

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0081

82

ODUBANWO, OLUBUKOLA Y.

CHM

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0082

83

OKOCHA, PATRICK A.

CHM

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0083

84

SOLAGBADE, OLUYINKA F.

CHM

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0084

85

OGUNSAKIN, BABATUNDE A.

CSC

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0085

86

OLANREWAJU, OLORUNTOBI

CSC

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0086

87

ABASS, OLUWASEUN M.

CSC

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0087

88

ATERE, AHMED O.

CSC

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0088

89

JOHN, NICHOLAS FRIDAY

CSC

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0089

90

OGUNSEYE, OLUWALEKE

CSC

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0090

91

ONILEOWO, SUNDAY K.

CSC

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0091

92

ONIMISI, JEREMIAH HARUNA

CSC

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0092

93

OGUNYINKA, BABATUNDE

CSC

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0093

94

ONASANYA, OPEYEMI A.

CSC

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0094

95

AJAYI, KHADIJAH P.

CSC

COLNAS

200/300

PT/11/0095

96

ADEDIGBA, OLUWAJOBA M.

MCB

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0096

97

BANKOLE, EZEKIEL

MCB

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0097

98

DAUDA, NURUDEEN O.

MCB

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0098

99

JACOB, JULIANAH M.

MCB

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0099

100

ONI, OLAJUMOKE O.

MCB

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0100

101

HASSAN, FAUSAT AJOKE

MCB

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0101

102

ODEWALE, FESTUS B.

MCB

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0102

103

ADEGBITE, ADETOUN FUNMILAYO

MCB

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0103

104

AJAYI, GRACE JADESOLA

MCB

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0104

105

OGUNKANMI, JOSEPHINE OLUSOLA

MCB

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0105

106

OJESOLA, CECILIA OLUBUNMI

MCB

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0106

107

TAIWO, OLUGBENGA S.

MCB

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0107

108

ADEKANBI, BOLANLE B.

MCB/ANN

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0108

109

OGUNDIPE, OLUYEMI AYOMIDE

MTS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0109

110

ADIGUN, VICTORIA IYABODE

MTS

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0110

111

SEGUN-DABO, OMOLAJIKE

PHS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0111

112

AWOFODU, JEREMIAH

PHS

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0112

113

LAWAL, SAHEED O.

PHS

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0113

114

OPATOYINBO, VICTORIA O.

PHS

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0114

115

OYEWUSI, OLATUBOSUN D.

PHS

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0115

116

ADETUNJI, MICHAEL M.

PHS

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0116

117

MESHIOYE, SEBEEL OLANREWAJU

PHS

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0117

118

ADEBESIN, ADEYINKA S.

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0118

119

AYOOLA, OLAJIDE O.

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0119

120

BUSARI, IBRAHEEM O.

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0120

121

OBANIYI, TAIWO S.

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0121

122

OGUNDELE, AYOOLA O.

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0122

123

OLADOJA, MICHAEL

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0123

124

OLUMESE, DAVID O.

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0124

125

ORIGUN, LIVINUS N.

STS

COLNAS

100

PT/11/0125

126

ADEKOYA, ABIOLA S

STS

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0126

127

SALAMI, RUKAYAT M.

STS

COLNAS

200

PT/11/0127

128

OKEJI, OLUSEGUN O.

STS

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0128

129

OYELAJA, OLUFUNMILAYO

STS

COLNAS

300

PT/11/0129

130

ADEYEMI, SEYE GBENGA

CPT

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0130

131

LAMIDI, OLUWABUNMI FELICIA

CPT

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0131

132

OKHICHAMEN, EGBOGHION

CPT

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0132

133

OLABOWALE, JESULOLUWAMI O.

HRT

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0133

134

OSHINUGA, ABOSEDE AGNES

HRT

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0134

135

ADEJARE, ADEBAYO S.

PBST

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0135

136

AKINTOYE, ADETUTU O.

PBST

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0136

137

AMODU, BOLATITO WULAIMOT

PBST

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0137

138

OGUNBOWALE, DAMILOLA E.

PBST

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0138

139

OPEODU, NOSIRAT A.

PPCP

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0139

140

ADESANYA, ADEBOWALE JOHNSON

SSLM

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0140

141

AJILO, JULIANA BUKOLA

SSLM

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0141

142

AJOSE, OLUWAGBEMILEKE E.

SSLM

COLPLANT

100

PT/11/0142

 

NAAS Commends Out-going VC

The VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, waving to the cheering students during the send-forth programme, held in his honour by NAAS, flanked by the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (Left), VC-designate, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole and the Dean, COLPLANT, Prof. Goke Bodunde.

 

The National Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS) has applauded the University’s out-going Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
The ovation was given at a send-forth programme, recently held in honour of the Vice-Chancellor, at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre 3.
The President of the Association, Mr. Titilola Munkail, extolled the exemplary leadership style of Prof. Balogun, saying that the Vice-Chancellor is a worthy Ambassador that would forever be celebrated.
According to him, “Prof. Balogun has lit the beacon of development in FUNAAB and God will continue to shine His light upon him as he soars higher”.
Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Balogun noted that it was the first time in five years when the event’s venue, would be filled with students, for any programme.
“This is a confirmation of a vote of confidence on what we have done in the last five years”, he added.

He commended the efforts of the Association and assured them of his Valedictory gratitude, noting that they constitute 65 per cent of FUNAAB’s student population.

Launching of Transformational Leadership: A celebration of Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

"The background from which I came is such that nobody would ever have expected that this man would even pass through the front of the palace of the Alake of Egba land not to talk of entering the palace and at the end of the day being handed a plaque of award as one of the 'Distinguised Sons' that this city(Abeokuta) has been blessed with."

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Date: Saturday 12th May, 2012.
Time: 5pm
Venue: Bishop's Court, Onikolobo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

 

 

Prof. Balogun is Bowing-out Gracefully – Dr. Mrs. Salaam

The Ag. University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam (1st Right), making a point during the Send-Forth programme, held in honour of the VC. Seated are VC’s wife, Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun; VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun; Pro-Chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi; VC-designate, Prof. Olusola Oyewole and DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo.

 

It has been noted that the out-going Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, who is reputed to have provided focused, effective and transparent leadership in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), deserves to bow-out gracefully, having brought about unprecedented reforms to the University.
The Acting University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam stated this, while giving her commendation on Prof. Balogun, at a Send-Forth programme, organised by the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library, in honour of the out-going Vice-Chancellor.
According to the Acting University Librarian, “in the last five years, FUNAAB has witnessed unprecedented development in the area of physical and human resources; never experienced since the inception of this great University.”
She catalogued an array of the achievements of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, beginning with the “upgrading of the Glass House in the University Library, from a mere free space to an e-library”.
Dr. (Mrs.) Salaam disclosed that over 30,000 volumes of books were acquired, either through direct purchase, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) assistance or from private donations, since 2007 till date.
She said before the advent of the current administration, the main library provided its services centrally to the entire University community, adding that the services had now been decentralized, making some Colleges, namely; COLENG, COLMAS, COLNAS and COLVET proud owners of standard libraries.
“We also have the ultra-modern INHURD library, built with a seating capacity for about 150 users and 50,000 volumes of books; tastefully furnished, to serve the academic community of INHURD,” she added.
Others achievements include the creation of a Unit within the main library, to house the personal collections of the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nurudeen Olorun-nimbe Adedipe and the provision of a 200-KVA generator, to ameliorate the problems of incessant power outage which made the library to successfully operate a 24-hour service during examinations.
She enthused that during Prof. Balogun’s tenure, the number of 
library staff, both in the senior and junior categories increased geometrically, recalling an unprecedented development of recruiting 11 staff on Librarian II cadre at once, in 2010, thereby boosting total figure to 65.

“This is a feat which has never happened before in the history of any University library in this country,” she added.
Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, described the event as an epoch, saying that available records indicated that it was the first time in the  history of the University that an outgoing Vice-Chancellor will be spending almost a month in office together with the successor, before the official hand-over.
The Chairman equally observed that “it’s the first time we recorded a rancour-free succession plan,” he added.
He revealed that Prof. Balogun had left his mark on the sands of time in FUNAAB, disclosing that he will remain a reference point for a long period of time.
The Vice-Chancellor-designate, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, described the outgoing Vice-Chancellor as a role model, a visionary and an achiever, adding that he had set a standard that future Vice-Chancellors would try hard to surpass.
Responding, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun said FUNAAB had risen to an enviable pedestal and will never fall.

FUNAAB VC Calls for Consistency in Education Policy

The VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun, addressing journalists during the Press Conference: From left is the Correspondents’ Chapel’s Chairman, Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi; DD(PR), Mr. `Lasun Somoye; VC-designate, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; CERECOM Chairman, Prof. Tunde Idowu and the Ogun NUJ Chairman, Mr. Tunde Sodeke.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has traced the problems facing the education sector to policy inconsistencies, occasioned by incessant changes of ministers.
Professor Balogun gave this insight while fielding questions from journalists during a press conference, heralding the 20th Convocation Ceremony and his Valedictory programme as Vice-Chancellor.
He noted that the bane of the nation’s education sector was more of external than internal, saying the country had no long-term plan for creating access into the University system.
He disclosed that with the right policies and adequate funding, Universities would be better equipped to expand their scope and admit more students.
Highlighting the FUNAAB experience, he said the National Universities Commission (NUC) approved the creation of the College of Management Sciences in the University during the last academic session without any financial support from the government.
The new College had started academic activities with its first set of students in the Departments of Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Enterprise Management, Entrepreneurial Studies and Economics.
On the feasibility of the University having a Zoological Garden, the Vice-Chancellor said the project, which was funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) was near completion and would soon be commissioned.
Professor Balogun disclosed that the University graduated a total of 1,349 first degree  graduands  from eight Colleges, while 349 bagged various higher degrees of Ph. Ds, Masters and Postgraduate Diplomas.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, out of the 1,349 graduands in the undergraduate level, 39 made First Class, 472 were in the Second Class (Upper Division), 607 Second Class (Lower Division), 187 in the Third Class Division, while 44 had Pass Degrees.
Speaking on behalf of the Ogun State chapters of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Correspondents’ Chapel, Mr. Tunde Sodeke and Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi, respectively, lauded the Vice-Chancellor for his contributions to the development of the Fourth Estate of the Realm and the education sector in general.
The Correspondents’ Chapel later presented the Vice-Chancellor with a Letter of Award as a “Distinguished Public Administrator”, in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in office.

Chancellor Extols VC’s Sterling Qualities

Asagba of Asaba and the Chancellor of FUNAAB, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien (Right) cutting the tape, to declare open, the newly-constructed Asagba Joseph Edozien Road, and assisted by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Gbadebo during the just-concluded 20th Convocation Ceremony.

 

The Asagba of Asaba and the Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien, did not mince words in commending the purposeful leadership qualities of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
The Asagba gave his commendation while commissioning the Asagba Joseph Edozien Road, one of the newly-constructed roads, named after him by the University Management.
The 1.5km road spans the junction of the Post-graduate School to the Farm Centre, providing access to several facilities of the University.
“I congratulate the construction firm for completing the road on schedule and the University Management for using the funds properly,” the Asagba noted as he unveiled the commemorative plaque.
The Royal Father who also commissioned the ultra-modern Chancellor’s Lodge, could not hide his admiration for the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for his giant strides.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Gbadebo, at the occasion also commissioned another road, leading from Isolu (second University Gate) to the Farm Centre, named after him by the University.

Former Head of Service Decries Nigeria’s Stunted Growth

The 20th Convocation Lecturer, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi

 

The immediate past Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Pro-Chancellor, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Professor Oladapo Abraham Afolabi, has decried the alarming rate of poverty and underdevelopment in Nigeria despite the country’s rich endowment in human and natural resources.
Professor Afolabi said this while delivering the 20th Convocation Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta titled; “Nigeria Still Crawling After Fifty Years of Independence? Is Leadership Deficit the Issue?
The Lecturer, while analyzing the historical development of the nation, observed that its contemporaries, like Singapore and Malaysia, which were developing at the same pace with Nigeria in the 1960s, had greatly surpassed the latter and can hardly be referred to as developing countries.
The former Head of Service called for a change in the orientation of the nation’s leadership, stressing that a transformational leader, who is ready to face reality and make sacrifices, is what Nigeria need, to get out of her present predicament.
Professor Afolabi also called for a review of the country’s constitution and policies, noting that key areas to be addressed include democracy, education, industrialisation and mentoring.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Occasion, Chief (Dr.) Kola Jamodu, pointed out that the way forward for the country is to support the engendering of good leadership that believes strongly in integrity, discipline and transparency.
Chief Jamodu commended the outgoing Vice-Chancellor for being one of such leaders while commending the University for the smooth process instituted in appointing its new Vice-Chancellor.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun said the Convocation Lecture was part of the University’s social responsibilities to its immediate and external community in setting agenda, sharing quality opinions and proffering solutions to important national and global issues.
Professor Balogun said, “As a responsive institution, I wish to assure the nation that the University will not shirk her responsibilities of generating and propagating knowledge that will bolster our societies”.

President Jonathan Pledges to Restore Agriculture to its Pride of Place

A cross-section of graduands at the 20th Convocation Ceremony. Inset: Rep. of the Visitor to the University, the Minister of Education, Prof. (Mrs.) Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i delivering the Visitor’s address

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has expressed the determination of his administration to restore agriculture to its pride of place, as a major export-earner for the country.
President Jonathan disclosed this through his speech, delivered at the 20th Convocation Ceremony of the University.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Prof. (Mrs.) Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, said government plans to increase incentives to farmers and the private sector operators, as about 3.5 million jobs in the agricultural sector alone would be created, by 2015.
The move, according to the Visitor, forms part of the holistic efforts of government at diversifying the nation’s revenue base from over-dependence on oil and gas to the labour-intensive sectors, principal of which is agriculture.
President Jonathan pointed out that, “The present global reality demands that Nigeria continues to diversify her economy with agriculture as the core driver”.
He revealed that the Federal Government was putting in place an initiative to enable the three existing Universities of Agriculture in the country to establish Departments of Technology Transfer and Acquisition, in their curricula.
The President said, when established, the Departments would be expected to facilitate the development of appropriate technologies for eventual transfer to the nation’s farming communities, which accounted for about 85 per cent of the nation’s population.
Dr. Jonathan commended the initiative of FUNAAB at diversifying its curricula, while retaining agriculture as its flagship programme, noting that it was in line with the Federal Government’s plan to re-engineer the nation’s education sector towards ensuring unrestricted access to education and thereby repositioning it as a potent tool for national development.
Delivering his address at the occasion, the University’s Chancellor and Asagba of Asaba, HRM, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozie, lauded the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, whose tenure formally comes to an end on May 23, 2012 for the monumental achievements recorded under his leadership.
The Chancellor reiterated some of such achievements to include the transformation of the University into a Poly-academic Institution, the University’s stable academic calendar as well as its ranking as the Second Best University in Nigeria and 35th in Africa.
The Asagba,who lamented the fact that no Nigerian   University was on the list of the best 1,000 Universities in the world, called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to do everything possible to ensure that Universities in Nigeria can compete favourably with their counterparts in the world.

FUNAAB Mourns Staff

The Management of the University has commiserated with the family of Professor Inyang Akpan, a Professor of Industrial Microbiology, in the Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences, who died last Thursday.
A Letter of Condolence, signed by the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, conveyed the University’s deepest sorrow over his death and prayed that God grants the family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, the Dean of COLNAS, Professor Tope Popoola, has described Professor Akpan as a pioneer staff of the University, who made tremendous contributions to the development of the Microbiology Department and the University as a whole, describing his demise at this time as an “unquantifiable loss to the Nigerian academic community”.
Professor Popoola urged the family to take solace in the fact that he lived a very productive life and made invaluable contributions to mankind.
Late Professor Akpan joined FUNAAB in 1984 as a Graduate Assistant and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Industrial Microbiology in 2007. He was Head of Microbiology Department, between 2005 and 2009.
Professor Akpan, 55, was until his death, President of the Nigerian Society for Microbiology.

Late Prof. Inyang Akpan

 

NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel to Host VC

The Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council is to host the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun in appreciation of his sustained relationship with the body.
Tagged, “Correspondents’ Dialogue”, the programme is slated for Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the Chapel’s Secretariat, by 10.00am.
The “Correspondents’ Dialogue” is a monthly programme, designed for high ranking public and private sector chieftains, to interact with about 50 members of the Chapel, representing various national newspapers.

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

 

FUNAAB VC Speaks Live On FUNAAB Radio

As part of activities marking the glorious tenure completion of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, FUNAAB Radio FM will on Thursday, May 3, 2012 play host to the transformational leader, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for a historic one-hour current affairs’ interview.
Venue is the Production Studio of FUNAAB Radio FM and holds shortly after the Press Conference, earlier scheduled for the day.

NUC ES Congratulates VC-designate

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, has congratulated the Management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) on the appointment of Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole as the 5th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University.

The Executive Secretary’s congratulatory letter, addressed to the Vice-Chancellor-designate, expressed confidence that his wealth of experience will take the University to greater heights by upholding the excellence the University is noted for.

Exec. Sec., NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie

 

FUNAAB VC Honoured as Chief Executive of the Year

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has bagged another honour.
The Diocese of Egba West (Anglican Communion) has conferred on him, the Chief Executive of the Year Award during the thanksgiving service for the 5th Anniversary celebration of the Diocese, held recently at the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oke-Igbore, Abeokuta.
Justifying the rationale for the award, the church said it was in appreciation of Professor Balogun’s contributions to the growth and development of the Diocese.
The Head of Service, Ogun State, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle was also honoured alongside the Vice-Chancellor.
The Chairman of the University’s Board of Survey, Professor F. O. Olasantan, represented the Vice-Chancellor at the occasion.

FUNAAB Gets New Registrar

The Governing Council has approved the appointment of Mr. Mathew Odunlade Ayoola as the new Registrar, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
According to a release, signed by .the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, Council ratified Mr. Ayoola’s appointment at its 70th Statutory Meeting, held on April 20, 2012.
The appointment is for a term of five (5) years, with effect from April 20, 2012.
Mr. Ayoola was until his appointment, Deputy Registrar in the Examination and Records Division, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State.
A seasoned administrator, Mr. Ayoola holds two Master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Managerial Psychology (MMP) from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife and the University of Ibadan, respectively.
He belongs to several professional bodies, which include the Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA), Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (IPM) and the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).
Mr. Mathew Odunlade Ayoola is happily married with children.

The New Registrar, Mr. Mathew Odunlade Ayoola

 

Alake Rates Professor Balogun High

The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, has described the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, as a visionary leader and an administrator par excellence.
Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin in his palace, Oba Gbadebo observed that the University had grown in leap and bounds over the past five years because it has been blessed with a focused Chief Executive Officer; “a goal-getter, who has the best interest of the University, dear to his heart”.
The monarch, who is a Honorary Awardee of the University, lauded the administrative acumen of Professor Balogun which he noted had won the University, various international recognitions and grants. Oba Gbadebo commended the dedication and commitment of Professor Balogun, as an illustrious son of Egba, praising him for piloting the University
to the second position amongst Universities in Nigeria.
According to him, “Professor Balogun has done us proud as an Egba son. Because for the first time, an Egba son was made the Vice-Chancellor of the University and we are very proud of his achievements”.
He added that “the ambience of the University, as a citadel of learning is unparalleled while the rapport amongst members of staff is exemplary”.
The Alake of Egbaland revealed that the Egba Kingdom had decided to honour the Vice-Chancellor with a chieftaincy title, in recognition of his contributions to knowledge and the development of the agricultural sector.
Oba Gbadebo acknowledged the transformational achievements recorded during the tenure of Professor Balogun as he urged his successor, Professor Olusola Oyewole to build on his legacy.
“It is good to lay a good foundation, which is what Professor Balogun has done. Whoever is coming should just oil the system, add few initiatives here and there and the University will be the best, not 2nd best again, in this country”, he added.

Alake of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Gbadebo