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PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS 2012 ORIENTATION PROGRAMME

  • The Orientation program for 2012/2013 academic session is scheduled to commence from 24th to 28th September, 2012.
  • Clearance duly signed by the Guidance Counsellor admits students into their various Departments for registration.
  • Students without orientation clearance will be rejected from their Departments.

Reconstruction of Camp-Alabata Road: FERMA Sues for Patience

The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has appealed to members of the University community, to exercise patience as the on-going reconstruction work on the Camp-Alabata Road progresses.

Speaking in an exclusive telephone interview with FUNAAB Bulletin, the Progress Officer of FERMA, Ogun State, Engr. Monday Olaogun, said the hardship experienced by motorists on the road, last week, was due to the incessant down pour.

“You can see that before the rain started, it was motorable to an extent when we were working, but it was very unfortunate that when the rain came, there was no way one can stop it”, he stated.

According to him, raining is a natural occurrence, which could not be prevented but hoped that with more sunny days ahead, the marshy road will become motorable.

Engr. Monday, however, appealed to members of the University community to bear with them while the reconstruction exercise lasted.

Ogun IRS Demands Annual Development Levy

 

The Ogun State Internal Revenue Service, Odeda Tax Station, has requested employers of labour, under its jurisdiction, to deduct the Annual Development Levy of the sum of N100.00.

The levy is expected to be deducted as one lump sum, from the emolument of employees and remitted to the Board of Internal Revenue, not later than September 30, 2012.

A release, signed by Mrs A.O Adeofun, on behalf of the University’s Bursar, informed that deductions for 2011 and 2012 will be effected by the University in the month of August 2012.

 

VC Presents Senate with Vision, Mission …Lauds Governing Council, Past Leaders

The VC, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Standing) presenting his Vision and Mission to the Senate Members at its 189th Statutory Meeting held in the Senate Chamber, last week.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has presented a new roadmap, encompassing his Vision and Mission, for an accelerated development of the institution, tagged; “Evolution of FUNAAB into A Leading World Class University”.

Presenting the blueprint at the 189th Statutory Meeting of Senate, last Thursday, Professor Oyewole said he owed the University Senate the privilege of revealing his plans and agenda for the period of his tenure of office.

The Vice-Chancellor paid glowing tributes to the institution’s Founding Fathers and the Governing Council, as well as the past Chief Executives, whom he noted, were untiring in their selfless pursuit of the goals of the University and that he was determined “to build on the dreams of the past leaders”.

Professor Oyewole said, “I have come to thank the members of the Senate and indeed the entire staff of the University. I take cognizance of my need to provide effective leadership in order to achieve my Vision and Mission.

I have been receiving the excellent support of the Governing Council; I also need the support and cooperation of the University Senate, for the great tasks at hand. I have therefore come to share with you, not only my Vision and Mission, but also my plan of action, my agenda”, the Vice-Chancellor stressed.

Professor Oyewole then unfolded an 11-point agenda, pivoted on:

1. Visionary leadership and sustainable management of resources;

2. Quality value;

3. Sustainable funding and fund management;

4. Research;

5. Teaching for meaningful learning;

6. Community engagement;

7. Collaboration, Partnership and Internationalisation;

8. Excellent staff welfare and management;

9. Campus development and security;

10. World-class operational standard models; and

11. Strategic plans;

The Vice-Chancellor reiterated the fact that he developed the agenda, based on his conviction that universities should impact on society and take the initiative of driving the engine of development of their immediate environment.

He listed some critical issues that would be required for the advancement of the University community to include students’ welfare and empowerment, towards ensuring cordial relationship, borne out of honesty, transparency, fairness and adherence to due process.

While assuring of uninterrupted municipal services, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Curricula will be reviewed to ensure skills and competences required of the students of the 21st century”, but was quick to add that his administration “will not tolerate cultism, indiscipline and other vices”.

Professor Oyewole assured the University staff that “constant dialogue, fairness, transparency and regular consultations” will be deployed on issues affecting them, while he shall be “very proactive in the treatment of general welfare issues”.

The Vice-Chancellor further demonstrated his commitment to continue with the core strategic programmes of the University which include the Community-Based Farming Scheme; Graduate Farming Employment Scheme; Commercial Tree-Crop Plantation Programme and the Industrial Food Processing Park.

The conclusion of the Vice-Chancellor’s presentation drew a loud ovation of the Senate members, who in their individual remarks appreciated the foresight of the new Chief Executive and pledged their supports for the success of the administration as well as the sustenance of the goal of the University for global excellence.

 

 

Chief Osunkeye Restates Commitment to University Library… VC Expresses Appreciation

The former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nestle Foods Nigeria, Plc, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye has restated his commitment to developing the Osunkeye Food and Nutrition Research Library, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Towards this end, Chief Osunkeye has re-assessed the needs of the library, with a view to making it a reference point for researchers in FUNAAB and beyond.

The Industrialist has agreed to replace the non-functioning Air-conditioners with two new, 2HP Split Units.

He also proposed to install inverters to provide back-up power for the Unit, for about six hours, to extend the hours of study by library users.

Chief Osunkeye’s magnanimity has led to the installation of two Desktop Computers that will allow students search the electronic catalogue, which will in turn, extend and enrich the quality and quantity of available materials.

He decried the dearth of suitable books in the library and promised that he would supply as many books in the field of Food and Nutrition, within the available resources.

Chief Osunkeye, however, restated his commitment at supplying more books to the library, which will be supplemented with useful electronic journals, in the research of specific topics in Food and Nutrition.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has commended the generosity of Chief Osunkeye, praying for God’s continued blessing on him.

“I thank you most heartily, Sir, for the things you have promised to do with respect to the improvement of the Osunkeye Food and Nutrition Research Library. I also appreciate your promise to look at the possibility of installing Inverters to provide back-up power to the Unit, for six hours”, the Vice-Chancellor stated.

Professor Oyewole, however, said he would continue to solicit for his “fatherly advice and guidance”.

 

 

 

 

Embrace Peace - Registrar

The Registrar, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Mr. Mathew Odunlade Ayoola, has called on the Executive members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), FUNAAB Chapter, to embrace peace and dialogue with the University’s Management when engaging in issues of common interest.

He gave the advice at the SSANU Congress, held last week, at the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT).

Mr. Ayoola, who was attending the Congress for the first time, promised to ensure that he puts the interest of staff at heart, always.

The Registrar noted that it was a privilege for him to be the Chief Administrative Officer of FUNAAB, promising not to betray the confidence reposed in him.

“I see Trade Union as a relevant sector in any system and we have to recognise the essence of Unionism”, he added.

He expressed appreciation to SSANU for the honour bestowed on him, to address the Congress, as he commissioned the newly-acquired SSANU Bus.

He urged the staff Union to embark on laudable projects that will be beneficial to its members.

 

Comrade Akinbola Emerges NAAT Chairman

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), FUNAAB Chapter has elected Comrade Sunday Akinbola as its new Chairman.

Comrade Akinbola emerged Chairman with 43 votes in a keenly-contested election with two other contestants, Mr. Dolapo Awoyemi, the Out-going Vice-Chairman and Mr. E. O. Anise.

According to Comrade Akinbola, “Majority actually foresaw where the pendulum was swinging but we did not take things for granted, we worked seriously to ensure victory”.

The new Chairman, who described the peaceful transition, which was witnessed by the National Vice-President of NAAT, Comrade Musa Bawahala, as an attestation of the unity enjoyed among members of the Association, said he would ensure the sustenance of same.

Comrade Akinbola also declared that as the Chairman of the Association, he would work towards improving the welfare of his members.

Speaking on his achievements while in office, the out-gone Chairman of NAAT, Comrade Adetiloye Adebukola, said he was able to foster peace and unity among members of the Association, which in turn, translated into the peaceful and successful conduct of the Association’s elections.

Comrade Adetiloye also noted that it was during his tenure that the Directorate System was introduced for the Technologists Cadre and that NAAT members were granted leave.

“The former Career Structure for NAAT has its apex at CONTISS 13 but with the new Directorate Structure, members can now get to the pinnacle of CONTISS 15, provided they hold a Master’s degree, since we are working in an academic environment”

“This has also helped Technologists to upgrade themselves since they know they can now get to the pinnacle of their careers if they possessed a Master’s Degree”.

The out-gone Chairman solicited for the assistance of Management in the training and the re-training of its members stressing that as Technologists, they work with equipment and needed to be educated on how to handle such equipment for optimal performance.

Mr. Adetiloye lauded the University’s Management for providing a congenial environment for the Union to strive while advocating that the staff strength of the Technologists in the University, be increased.

Other newly-elected NAAT Executives are Mr. M. Olanloye, Vice-Chairman; Mr. O. J. Olurinde, Secretary; Mrs. A. O. Adejimi, Treasurer; Mr. E. I. Olugbogi, Financial Secretary; Mr. T. A. Alake, Assistant Secretary and Mr. I. O. Oloye, Public Relations Officer.

 

TETFund Grant Beckons

 

Application for the 2010/2012 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for Conference Attendance Intervention, is now open to members of staff of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

A release, signed by the Director, Centre for Internationalisation and Partnerships (CENIP), Dr. Akeem Oyekanmi, called on members of staff to apply for the planned utilization of the grants, to access the fund.

The release further added that all applications are to be forwarded to the Vice-Chancellor, through the Director, CENIP, not later than eight (8) working days from Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Interested members of staff were advised to plan their trips in such a way that would allow for adequate time to receive approval for sponsorship from the TETFund Office, in Abuja.

 

Your Ideas Need to be Protected - Dr. Mrs. Taiwo

Dr. (Mrs.) Iyabo Taiwo (Right) addressing participants at the one-day workshop.

 

 

 

The University’s Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) Coordinator, Dr. (Mrs.) Iyabo Taiwo, has urged members of the academic community to be innovative, make their inventions and ideas patent, but not without protecting them.

Addressing participants at a one-day workshop on Packaging Research and Development Results and Inventions for the Market, organized by IPTTO, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), she pointed out that the process of applying for patents is not cheap and it has to be renewed yearly afterwards, to protect the patent.

She added that patenting without commercializing amounted to a waste of money, describing patent as a right, granted under the Patent Law, to prevent others from selling, making or using another person’s invention for a term of 20 years, from the date of filing.

The Coordinator observed that it is very important to do a patentee search on a new research, in order to make sure the research has not being carried out before and to also ascertain whether the research will be beneficial to the economy.

“You have to carry out a prior research and check whether nobody else has made exactly that same patentee that you are applying for,” she stated.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, who was represented at the workshop by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, acknowledged the efforts of IFSERAR in organizing the workshop and for creating awareness on intellectual property.

He further affirmed that the essence of the workshop was to be able to turn-out inventions and innovations into patent, as well as making them marketable for commercialization.

“It will be an additional source of revenue to the University and individuals and it will also place FUNAAB on the path of developing the country’s economy”, he noted.

Earlier, in his Welcome Address, the Director of IFSERAR, Professor Segun Osinowo, stated that a university is not judged, based on the number of its students but by its innovations and contributions to the economy.

 

PR Staff Win Gold Medals

Messrs Olasunkanmi Olajide and Adisa Oyewole of the University’s Directorate of Public Relations have won Gold Medals, at the just-concluded Staff Unity Games.

Playing under the Bursary Team, where they were grouped, they expressed their appreciation to the Sports’ Directorate and the Bursary Coordinating Unit, for giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Mr. Olajide urged the Sports’ Directorate not to relent in its efforts at the overall development of sports in the University while he described the initiative as a welcome development, which should be supported by all.

Mr. Olajide won the Gold Medal in Chess while Mr. Oyewole bagged his, in the Tennis Championships.

STREAMLINED MANDATES OF IFSERAR, CENIP AND DGM

1.    The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research – (IFSERAR)


a.    To conduct research related to food security, environmental and natural resources and agricultural production.

b.    To develop prototypes of improved agricultural implements and machinery to enhance productivity and reduce drudgery.

c.    To build capacity in agricultural research of public and private sector organizations and institutions.

d.    To foster collaborations between the Institute, Donor Agencies, National Agricultural Research Organizations, International Agricultural Research Centres and Agricultural Research Networks.

e.    To foster agricultural information exchange and dissemination through agricultural research seminars, workshops, conferences and publications.

These includes:

(i) To identify the agricultural problems and needs of Nigeria, and conduct appropriate research to address them within the context of overall national development;
(ii) To conduct research relevant to small scale farming and commercial agriculture;
(iii) To conduct basic, strategic and applied research in Agriculture, Science and Technology;
(iv) To develop improved varieties of crops and breeds of livestock and adaptable wildlife species;
(v) To develop improved storage and processing technologies for agricultural produce to reduce post harvest losses and for value-addition;
(vi) To improve production technologies in crop, livestock, fisheries and wildlife;
(vii) To conduct research on food security, poverty alleviation, nutritional enhancement and improvement of rural livelihoods.

2.    The Centre for Internationalisation and Partnership – (CENIP)


a.    To promote the internationalisation of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. (At Home and Abroad).

b.    To coordinate linkages and partnerships connected to the University, including those fostered by individuals and units, Colleges and Institutes in the University.

c.    To promote and coordinate the mobility of staff and students, as well as to coordinate and facilitate memorandum of understanding with Institutions in Africa and other parts of the world.

d.    To manage the facilities of the International Centre of the University, as will be directed by the Management Board.

e.    To promote and manage the FUNAAB Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS) and initiate other schemes that will promote the internationalisation of the University.

3.    Directorate of Grants Management – (DGM)


a.    To develop of Research Policy for the University and to provide regular Monitoring and Evaluation of the research activities in the University.

b.    To manage the University Internal Research Funds as well as any External Funds made available for Research, including the TETFUND, and other research grants by other National Agencies.

c.    To organize appropriate training programmes from time to time, for the University Research Community, that will enhance their research management, competitiveness, including their ability to compete for grants and meet the requirements of Funding Agencies.

d.    To monitor all research activities associated with the University and facilitate ethical conduct of research including ensuring financial accountability in the administration of grants and research – related contracts.

e.    To promote the publicity and feasibility of research activities in the University through the publication of the University Annual Research Reports and other publications that will show-case research excellence in the University.

PR Directorate Staff Weds

It was a memorable Saturday, penultimate weekend, as members of staff of the University, family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers converged on St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos, to witness the solemnization of Holy Matrimony between Mr. Emeka Oluka of the Directorate of Public Relations and Miss Esther Ajayi.
In his homily, Rev. Father Gabriel Udoh, said marriage was the only institution ordained by God, urging the new couple to keep the marital vows and be at peace with each other.
He admonished the new couple to abstain from acts that may constitute stumbling blocks for them in attaining the Kingdom of God.
While praying for the couple and their well-wishers, he noted that prayer was the key to success in life, urging the couple not to toy with the power of prayer.
Fr. Udoh used the occasion to call on the people with different faiths to live together in peace as a way of ensuring national cohesion and development.

Mr. and Mrs. Emeka Oluka, immediately after the Mass for the solemnization of Holy Matrimony.

 

Awareness on Organic Agriculture is Increasing – Prof. Olowe

The Chairman, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)’s Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) Working Group, Prof. Victor Olowe, has confirmed increased awareness in Organic Agriculture in the country.
Professor Olowe disclosed this at the Closing Ceremony of the 2nd International Summer School on Organic Agriculture, held in the University.
He said a similar exercise was held in the University in 2010 with nine participants drawn from all over the country.
According to him, “there has been an improvement in the enrolment, with 14 participants for this year’s Summer School.
The Chairman disclosed that participants were from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State; University of Agriculture, Makurdi and Ghana.
He stated further that the participants were trained in organic crop, livestock production and trade, adding that Certificate of Attendance was awarded to each participant.
He, however, made case for massive advocacy on organic agriculture, noting that people should always eat foods produced without the aid of chemicals.
In a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, the Governor of the Summer Class, Mr. Forson John, from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Kpando, Volta Region, Ghana, described the University’s environment as “wonderful”.
According to him, “the summer school is outstanding and that the knowledge I garnered about organic agriculture has increased tremendously”.
He disclosed his intention to secure a plot of land in the University, as a Demonstration Secondary School (UDSS), to begin an organic farm.
He cautioned against the health hazards, resulting from long-term accumulation of consumed inorganic foods.
Miss Ohaeri Jecinta from the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Lugbe, Abuja, stated that she had procured some seeds to start with, when she gets back to her base.
“My intention is to write a proposal to request for lands in Abuja to plant these seeds to test-run Organic Agriculture”. She noted: “my coming here is not in vain as I have learnt much”.
Mr. Olayemi Wasiu, an Alumnus of FUNAAB and a Lecturer in the Agricultural Technology Department, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State, stated that the benefits of the Summer School was tremendous.
“We were taught how to raise animals without using any form of synthetics and also not to use antibiotics, unless extremely necessary”, he noted.
He said he would start practicing organic agriculture with vegetables as subsistence before proceeding on commercial scale, when he might have fully mastered the skills.
The Chief Whip of the Class, Mr. Nwoye Ibezimako, MD/CEO of Greenhouse Farms, Emene Enugu, a graduate of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said he had improved on his skills and knowledge, noting that his knowledge of organic agriculture had been simplified.
Organisers of the Summer School included Dr. Jonathan Atungwu, who is the Course Coordinator; Mrs. Joseph-Adekunle T.T, the Course Secretary with Dr. (Mrs.) Florence Olowookere and Mr. Taiwo Adedokun as members.

Prof. Victor Olowe

 

FUNAAB Student Bags Award

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Middle) in a group photograph with Aanu Morenikeji (3rd Left); Aanu’s dad, Mr. Bosun Morenikeji, the Commissioner for Youth amd Sports, Mr. Gbenga Otenuga and others after the presentation of the Awards.

 

Mr. Aanu Damola Morenikeji, a 200-Level student in the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has won the Ogun State 2012 Youth Award for Excellence in Health and Community Service.
Mr. Morenikeji, who is the State Youth Coordinator, Nigeria Red Cross Society, Ogun State Chapter was nominated for the award, under the Health and Community Service category for his enormous contributions to health-related projects and voluntary community services.
The multi-talented undergraduate is a creative writer with over five story books to his credit. He is the founder and Executive Coordinator of the Network for Talent Discovery (NETAD), an organization that is committed to talent discovery and development.
He is also a recipient of the “Life Changer’s Rising Star Award” in the United Kingdom, in November 2011; “Integrity Practitioner Award” by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), in January 2010.
Reacting to the award, Mr. Morenikeji expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bandele Oyewole and the entire University community for their support, prayers and encouragement while promising to continue to be a worthy ambassador of his family, the University and the nation at large.

FPY Students Begin Exams, August 6

The 2011/2012 Farm Practical Year (FPY) students in the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), will commence their examinations on Monday, August 6, 2012.
A release signed by the Director, COBFAS, Dr. Jonathan Atungwu, stated that the examinations are expected to start immediately after the conclusion of the FPY programme, on Friday, July 20, 2012.
The Director said the examinations will end on Saturday, August 11, 2012 and that facilities at the Information Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC) will be available and adequate for the e-examinations.

MANCOT Drivers Now to Wear Uniforms

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, last Thursday unveiled new uniforms for drivers in the employment of the University’s Management Committee on Transportation (MANCOT).
Unveiling the Uniform, Professor Oyewole described it as a sign of many good things for MANCOT and its employees, especially the drivers.
The Vice-Chancellor said unlike before when the drivers were operating without corporate identity, he stressed that the uniforms would bestow new image and identity on the drivers.
Professor Oyewole, however, pointed out that apart from provision of the official uniforms; the University was already working towards improving the operations of MANCOT as well as the welfare of its personnel.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, Management had sent a proposal to the Governing Council that will lead to the commercialization of the operations of MANCOT.
He explained that as a result of the ongoing reforms, “MANCOT should be able to offer enhanced services to the University, such that request for drivers by the University will be sourced from MANCOT”.
He described the reforms in MANCOT as a response to the Federal Government’s recent directive to outsource some services in the Universities, including driving, cleaning and security.
Responding, the Chairman of MANCOT, Dr. Samson Awokola, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for giving the Committee a new lease of life.
Dr. Awokola described the intervention of Management as a challenge to do more, assuring that MANCOT will not betray the confidence reposed in it by the University.

FUNAAB to Partner Skyline College

Arrangements have reached advanced stage for the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), to lead an Agricultural Trade Mission to California, courtesy of collaboration with the Skyline College, San Francisco, California, USA.
This is expected to spur Californian investors, into bringing-in new technologies and ideas that could boost the various agricultural programmes of the University, as the two organizations are about endorsing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The Director for International Trade and Investment, California, Mr. Richard Soyombo, who visited the University last week, disclosed that “I am here, courtesy of the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB and the President of Skyline College, to work-out the modalities of signing a Memorandum of Understanding and foster collaboration between FUNAAB and Skyline”.
He recalled that “this whole thing started way back in April this year when Professor Kayode Bamgbose, Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi and Professor Babatunde Kehinde came to Skyline to initiate the way we can collaborate”.
Disclosing the areas of collaboration, Mr. Soyombo said: “We have been able to identify Student and Faculty Exchange programmes, curriculum development and even sports and entrepreneurship”.
He stressed: “For example, hopefully, through our collaboration, an Automotive Engineering programme can start and that will benefit, not only the academic community, but the larger community, where they can come for training”.
Mr. Soyombo added: “We are also looking at other programmes such as cosmetology and early childhood education. We are equally talking in terms of FUNAAB’s mandate, as an agricultural institution that will be leading an agricultural-oriented trade mission to the State of California while Californian investors or companies can now look towards bringing new technologies and ideas to FUNAAB”.
He said the partnership will soon be yielding fruit and commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, saying, “FUNAAB is very lucky to have an amiable Vice-Chancellor that is very visionary and that has been able to continue with those established principles, laid down by previous administrators”.

FUNAAB Staff School Holds Prize-Giving Day

The 2011/2012 Prize-Giving Day of the FUNAAB Staff School will hold on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in the School Premises, beginning from 11:00 am.
Professor J.K Adewumi of the Department of Agricultural Engineering is expected as the Chairman at the Ceremony.

Dignitaries expected at the occasion include a member of the University’s Governing Council and Chairperson, FUNAAB Staff School Board, Mrs. F.O Ezeozue, while Professor and Mrs. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, would be Father and Mother of the Day, respectively.

Management to Restrict Use of Senate Chamber

The Management of the University may place a ban on the use of the Senate Chamber as venue for conferences, workshops and seminars, by Colleges, Associations and Unions.
Such programmes will now hold at the University’s International Scholars’ Centre, when such organisers must have booked and paid for the use of the Centre.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole dropped the hint while inspecting facilities at the International Scholars’ Centre.
Obviously not impressed with the non-utilization of the Centre and the adjoining en-suite Hotel, Prof. Oyewole declared: “If we keep this place idle and fail to plan towards using it, we are just wasting money”.
He said the Senate Chamber will no longer be used to host conferences and seminars and maintained that hosting of such events at the Centre would strictly be on commercial basis.
Professor Oyewole, however, mandated the Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP) to move into the building immediately, alongside other offices of the University that will co-habit the building.
The Vice-Chancellor directed that the forthcoming Appreciation Dinner should hold at the Centre.

FUNAAB Research Grants Open

The Directorate of Grants Management (DGM), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has called on Academic Staff in the University to take advantage of the FUNAAB’s Research Grants (FRG), for self development.
FRG is a University-based grant, conceived and fully sponsored by the institution, to challenge academics towards aggressive, cutting-edge research and grantsmanship.
A release issued by the Director, DGM, Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi, informed that the grant sum ranges between N1m and N1.5m, both in cash and aids, opened to all Academic Staff in the University.
According to the release, criteria for eligibility for FRG include the conviction that proposed Research will be multi-disciplinary, relevant to the mandates of the University as well as being of national focus and aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Eligible researchers are expected to submit hard and soft copies of their research proposals to the DGM, stating the title of project, brief summary of project, researchers’ results and experience, background to the research project and the problems the research aims to address.
Deadline for the submission of current application has been fixed for August 13, 2012.

Sports’ Director Predicts Successful Outing

The Director of Sports, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Mr. ‘Bayo Oluwatoki, has predicted success at the end of the Staff Unity Games.
Mr. Oluwatoki stated this after the opening football match of the Games, between the College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) and College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET).
He said it was an interesting development, seeing the University’s staff coming out en-mass for the match, noting that the turn-out was encouraging and impressive and a manifestation of the full backing of the Professor Olusola Oyewole – led Management towards the Staff Unity Games.
The Sports’ Director added that it was obvious that the Games will end on a good note because members of staff had come to understand the rationale behind it, as not a ‘do-or-die affair’.
“It is on a high side that the Games will be successful and its objectives will be achieved by identifying new talents”, he noted.
He encouraged more staff to come out and participate in the remaining matches, regardless of the level of participation by their teams.
“I encourage staff to keep the tempo high, not to relax but to strive to get to the top of the medals table, so that the primary objective of the Games will be achieved”, he said.

The Sports’ Director, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki

 

Fact File On Water Supply To FUNAAB

  • The main source of water supply to the University is from the Abeokuta Municipal Water Supply Scheme, through an 18km Pipeline from the Iberekodo Water Works.
  • UNAAB (Now FUNAAB) was guaranteed an initial period of supply for
    five years, calculated from 1991.
  • Examined 1,500 topographic maps, covering the entire ground of the University.
  • Examined various rivers and streams in the University.
  • The Arakanga/Ole/Alabata Network forms the best option.
  • Gross storage of the impounding reservoir will be more than adequate for the demand of the University.
    (Source: Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority)

 

We Go For The Best in FUNAAB – VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has reiterated the University’s strive for quality and excellence.
The Vice-Chancellor restated this while receiving the Management team of the Premier Paints Plc, which paid him a courtesy call, last Tuesday.
Professor Oyewole said over the years, the University had ensured that it maintained its structures and facilities, using high quality building materials.
He advised Nigerians to imbibe a good maintenance culture, especially, when it comes to the exterior of buildings.
The Vice-Chancellor charged the delegates from the leading paint manufacturer to make available, a list of its accredited painters, to assist the University in dealing with qualified professionals.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Premier Paints Plc, Mr. ‘Kemi Sunmola, said his organization and FUNAAB had established mutual relationship, dated several years back.
He added that the purpose of the visit was to formally congratulate the Vice-Chancellor on his appointment and to seek further patronage by the University.
Mr. Sunmola noted that his company, founded in 1984, had an array of quality paints, which the University could procure from, in enhancing the beautification of its buildings.
He promised that FUNAAB would get value for the products purchased, adding that his organization would be willing to sign an undertaking that the quality of its products supplied were of the best standard.
The Premier Paints boss commended the University for its enviable records of achievements, over the years.

FUNAAB VC, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole

 

OORBDA to Assist FUNAAB in Power Generation

The Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), has promised to assist the University in realizing its dream of having sufficient water supply, independent power base, irrigation agriculture and engineering, through the provision of a dam.
The Managing Director of OORBDA, Engineer Jimi Omoliki, gave the assurance when the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, accompanied by Principal Officers and Directors of essential services paid him a courtesy call.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor stressed the need for stronger ties and collaboration between FUNAAB and OORBDA in the areas of capacity development, power generation, irrigation, security and good road networks.
Professor Oyewole said his administration is working round the clock to tackle the challenges of erratic power supply, inadequate supply of potable water and irrigation, through the provision of a dam.
According to him, “One of the challenges facing us today is water. You can help us to solve it. We have up to 70 boreholes on campus but what we need goes beyond boreholes. I was told that Engr. Omoliki carried out a study on our campus on the issue of dam. We hope to benefit from that study.

“We want to collaborate with you (OORBDA) to get a dam, the one on campus is meant for fisheries. We may not need to build a dam but you can extend yours to us. For instance, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) bills for the University has increased to over 100 per cent. We can’t continue like that”, he added.
Speaking further, Prof. Oyewole solicited the assistance of OORBDA in exposing FUNAAB Undergraduates to irrigation agriculture during their Farm Practical’s Year (FPY) and the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS).
“There is the need for us as a nation to produce food, all-year-round. The answer is in irrigation farming. Our students stand to benefit from your irrigation programme. We need your assistance in the area.
I will tell you that you (OORBDA) are not just our neighbour. You are a forerunner, you got here before us and when we got here, you gave us a lot of support. For instance, one of our Vice-Chancellors and his Deputy, Professor Julius Okojie and Professor T.O Tayo were offered accommodation here. We’ve come a long way and we still need each other”, he added.
The Vice-Chancellor also sought OORBDA’s collaboration in the areas of security and the reconstruction of the deplorable access road along Camp - Alabata Road.
Responding, the Managing Director of OORBDA, Engr. Omoliki assured that the Authority will contribute significantly in meeting the University’s desire for a dam and also assists its students in acquiring the necessary knowledge in irrigation agriculture and fisheries.

Engr. Omoliki further assured that the two uncompleted boreholes, which OORBDA donated to FUNAAB, including the one in the front of the Unity Building Complex, will soon be ready for use.
He promised to collaborate with the University on security as well as the need to rehabilitate the Camp – Alabata Road.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole, was at the occasion decorated as a distinguished Ambassador of OORBDA. He was decorated with the official insignia of OORBDA alongside the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Registrar and the Bursar of the University.

FUNAAB VC Lauds NWRCBNet

 

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Middle) lauding the project while a Council member, Dr. Oladiti (Left) and Dr. Igali (right) listen.

 

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has thrown his weight behind the establishment of the Water Resources Capacity Building Network Centres in each region of the country.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Southwest Regional Centre of the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet), situated in the University, Professor Oyewole described the development as a step in the right direction.

The Vice-Chancellor, who led the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Ambassador Godknows Bolade Igali and his entourage to the Centre, said the establishment of NWRCBNet by the National Council on Water Resources will help solve the low human capacity development in the water sector.

He, however, charged the leadership of NCWR to use the Network Centre “to target and seek the establishment of a state-wide information data base”, which he said was lacking in the water sector.

Prof. Oyewole expressed confidence that with the recently established UNESCO’s Regional Centre Category II in Kaduna, the Centre will play the role of partnering with the UNESCO Office in conducting training, research and dissemination of information.

The Vice-Chancellor added that the Centre will assist in the provision of potable water that will be affordable and available to all.

Professor Oyewole used the opportunity to request the Permanent Secretary to use his good offices to assist in the area of provision of a mini Dam for the University, which will serve as a good source of power supply.

He assured of FUNAAB’s readiness to collaborate with the Ministry of Water Resources towards realizing President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda and the determination of the University to provide the needed personnel that will train NWRCBNet students on Water Resources Management at the Centre.

 

 

MDGs Are Realisable – FG Assures

Amb. Godknows Igali cutting the tape to declare open the NWRCBNet-SW Building while being assisted by a Council member, Mrs. Obioma Ezeozue (2nd Right) and the VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (2nd Left).

 

The Federal Government has described as erroneous, the impression in certain quarters, that the 2015 bench mark for the actualisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the country was a mirage.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Ambassador Godknows Bolade Igali, who made the observation, declared that “meeting the challenge of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 is not impossible”.

Baring government’s mind after commissioning the building of the National Water Resources’ Capacity Building Network, Southwest Centre (NWRCBNet-SW), located in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Amb.Igali affirmed that “if all actors could team up and join hands with the Federal Government, the 2015 MDGs will be a non-issue and foregone conclusion”.

On the MDGs objective of providing water, good sanitation and food security, he said it was a daunting task that must be accomplished in order to save the nation from further degradation.

Ambassador Igali pointed out that the Federal Government could not afford folding its arms, watching an unpleasant situation, whereby only 58 per cent of the 178 million Nigerians have access to clean water and over 80 million Nigerians denied of the basic need of life.

Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary said, “It is worse for sanitation. Only 32 per cent of Nigerians have access to good sanitation. There is still open defecation everywhere”.

Dr. Igali reiterated the commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan to addressing the anomalies, pointing out that government cannot do it alone, therefore soliciting the genuine and concerted efforts of all stakeholders.

“I’m not here to flatter you, the truth must be told. For us to meet the MDGs, there is the need for us to work together. President Goodluck Jonathan cannot do it alone. Meeting the challenges of MDGs is not impossible if all actors can team up; we can realize the 75 per cent target for water supply and others by 2015”, he added.

Ambassador Igali described the commissioning of NWRCBNet-SW Building as a bold step in the President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda, aimed at boosting the supply of potable water and irrigation farming in Nigeria.

Dr. Igali said government is now collaborating with relevant stakeholders like FUNAAB in the area of irrigation farming so as to make it possible to have steady food supply throughout the year.

The Permanent Secretary pointed out that with the commissioning, FUNAAB had now assumed fully, the responsibilities of a Centre of Excellence, capable of engaging in research and demand-driven training and education in Integrated Water Resources Management, while also serving as the breeding ground for the required manpower for Water Resources Development.

Ambassador Igali disclosed that in due course, the NWRCBNet-SW/FUNAAB will commence Postgraduate Diploma and M.Sc courses in Integrated Water Resources Management, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion, Water Quality Management as well as Irrigation and Drainage Technology.

According to him, other courses that will be run through the Centre include Dam and Resources Management, Hydrogeology and Drilling Technology, as well as Rural Watershed Sedimentation Hydraulics.

He revealed that FUNAAB was selected as the NWRCBNet Centre for the Southwest adding that other Centres are the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (North-West), University of Maiduguri (North-East) and University of Ilorin (North-Central).

Others are the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka (South-East) and University of Calabar (South-South).

Dr. Igali disclosed that about N15.9 million had been appropriated in 2012 for the Network, to carry out research on Drinking Water Quality Assessment in Imo State in the South-East.

The Permanent Secretary commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole and his team for a good job of high infrastructural development in the University.

Ambassador Igali was accompanied on the trip by the Executive Director, National Water Resources’ Institute (NWRI), Kaduna, Dr. Olusayo Bamgboye and the Director, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Olufemi Odumosu.

Others were the Acting Director, Training, NWRI, Mr. O. O. Ohi and Assistant Director, Human Resources, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja, Mr. Chuks Mbaike, among others.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Council Members, Principal Officers, Deans and Directors as well as the Managing Director, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), Engr. Jimi Omoliki, were some of the dignitaries present at the occasion.

 

FUNAAB Conducts Mop-Up Screening Exercise

Some of the candidates on a queue, waiting to be screened at the designated Screening Centre.

The University, last Thursday, conducted a “Mop-Up” Screening Exercise for Sixty-Two Direct Entry candidates, who missed the initial exercise.

Explaining the rationale behind the exercise, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, stated that “possibly, they (candidates) didn’t get the information on time that is why we called them back”.

He stressed: “If we didn’t invite them, then that means we are rejecting them. We realized that it was not their fault, because the list came very late, so we could only have about one day to respond to our requests. That is why, we are bringing them back”.

Professor Arowolo said further that “the list of Direct Entry candidates came late on Friday; they were supposed to have their screening on Saturday. We sent text messages to them. We discovered that some of them did not get the text messages because of poor network in some villages, that is the reason we are bringing them back”.

Meanwhile, some of the candidates have commended the measures put in place by the University, describing the Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole-led Management as friendly and pro-active.

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin after her screening, Miss Rosaline Adeola Adebimpe said, “I saw the message on Friday, 22nd of June and I came here on Monday, 25th June. On getting to the bank, they said the exercise had closed. But for our sake, they were in the bank on Friday and Saturday. By and large, the authority has been friendly. I have done the interview and it was nice”.

According to Miss Lawal Lateefat Tinuola, “I got the message late; it was on Saturday. I am very happy for the second chance. That means God answered our prayers. The Management was pro-active. FUNAAB is a very good School and it is colourful. I have been trying to get admission since 2008. Now, I want to study Microbiology”.

Prof. Otubusin Donates Water Harvester

A view of the Rain-water Harvesting Device
A view of the Rain-water Harvesting Device

Professor Samuel Olu Otubusin of the College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has donated a Rain-water Harvesting Device for the use of his research students.

The donated device is capable of harvesting rain-water from the roof of a building into reservoir tanks on the ground, which will in turn channel the water through pipes into fish aquaria in the Laboratory.

The students expressed their gratitude for the gesture by the professor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, observing that it will help in combating their search for water on campus, as well as the reduction in the mortality rate of fingerlings, used for research.

Sotonwa Marks 60th Birthday

The celebrant, Mr. Oluremi Sotonwa

Top government functionaries, media executives, scholars and scores of well-wishers, last week Wednesday converged at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ilugun, Abeokuta, to witness the 60th Birthday Celebration of Mr. Oluremi Sotonwa.

Mr. Sotonwa (aka Baba Show), an Advert Agent to the University and the Diocesan Communicator to the Egba Diocese (Anglican Communion), fondly called ‘Clinton’ in his days at the Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo, where he carved a niche for himself as a foremost sprinter.

In his sermon at the service, the Anglican Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle described Mr. Sotonwa as an exemplary Public Relations’ practitioner, who has rendered selfless service to the Diocese as Diocesan Communicator.

The Bishop said: “Mr. Sotonwa is an interface between the media and our Diocese. I want to liken him to the Minister of Information, although, he is not a propagandist. He does his work with utmost frankness, sincerity and unbridled passion.

“He always pesters me and justify why I should keep appointments with journalists. Often time, I will say, ‘Mr. Sotonwa, wahala yin ti poju’ (meaning your pressure is too much). He will always reply, ‘my Lord Bishop, let’s look at it this way’ and that is Mr. Sotonwa for you”.

The cleric likened Public Relations’ duties to the job of a forerunner, which he said Holy Mary, as well as John the Baptist did for Jesus Christ. He described the calling as priestly, urging the celebrant to consider the possibility of going into priesthood.

According to him, “whether he is ready to wear the collar or not, he should be sent to the Seminary because he is already doing the work of a priest as the Diocesan Communicator”.

Bishop Adekunle, however, charged Public Relations’ practitioners and Christians in general to emulate the celebrant in his poise of building the church of God, as he congratulated him for attaining 60 years of age.

The celebrant retired from the services of the Punch Newspapers as Advert Manager and the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, as a Lecturer.

AVCNU Honours Professor Balogun, other Former VCs too

Prof. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun (Left) receiving the honour from Prof. A.S Bala on behalf of her husband, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja

 

The Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), last Thursday at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, honoured the University’s immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

The honour which was in recognition of the former Vice-Chancellor’s accomplishment and meritorious service as the academic and administrative leader of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, between 2007 and 2012, was accorded alongside 13 others including a post humus.

In her remarks at the occasion, the Minister of Education, Professor (Mrs.) Ruquayyat Ahmed Rufai admonished serving Universities’ Chief Executives to make the best of their tenure while in office, such that they could leave befitting legacies.

The Minister noted the fact that the Vice-Chancellors were usually operating under excessive pressures, but however urged them to ensure that they maintain cordial relationship with their predecessors in office.

Professor Ruquayyat Rufai said the transformational agenda of the Federal Government in the education sector would in due course address issues and challenges faced by the nation’s higher institutions.

Giving his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, expressed delight over the rapid expansion being witnessed in the university education sector, a development he noted was due to government’s renewed interest for increased access.

Earlier, the Chairman of the AVCNU, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Is-haq Oloyede said the honour for the former members was designed to further entrench the process of knowledge sharing in the nation’s Universities.

The spouse of the former FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun, stood-in to receive the honour on his behalf.

The incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele, the Director of the Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD), Professor Babatunde Kehinde and the Deputy Director, Public Relations, ‘Lasun Somoye, witnessed the event.

The occasion later swayed a little on emotions as the former Vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Professor C.O.E Onwuliri, who died in the ill-fated Dana aircraft crash, was given a post humus honour, while a minute silence was also observed in his memory.

The honourees list is as follows:

 

Prof. Ikenna Onyido - Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

Prof. S. G. Tyoden - University of Jos

Prof. Akase Paul Sorkaa - Benue State University, Makurdi

Prof. M. O. Faborode - Obafemi Awolowo, University, Ile-Ife

Prof. A. M. Balogun - Federal University of Technology, Akure

Prof. Babatunde Alabi - Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurum

Prof. O. O. Balogun - Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Prof. Ezzeldin M. Abdurahman - Kaduna State University

Prof. Nancy Agbe - University of Makurdi

Prof. P. I. Oriajaka - Anambra State University, Uli

Prof. Oyewale Tomori - Redeemer’s University

Prof. C. O. Oshun - Joseph Ayo Babalola University

Prof. M.T Ige - Crawford University, Igbesa

Late Prof. C. O. E.  Onwuliri - Federal University of Technology, Owerri

 

Avoid Artificial Food - Prof. Oluwalana Cautions Staff

Prof. Sam Oluwalana

 

 

 

The immediate past Dean, Student Affairs of the University, Professor Sam Oluwalana has cautioned members of the academic community to beware of their consumption of some staple foods, as they could be poisonous.

Delivering a Keynote Address at the 2nd International Summer  School on Organic Agriculture, Professor Oluwalana warned that some Nigerian foods are deadly and as such serve as causative agents for various diseases.

He pointed out that some helpless Nigerians, who consumed them suffer from what he termed, “Hidden Hunger Syndrome”.

According to him, Hidden Hunger Syndrome is as a result of the deficiency in some nutrients in the body, making the world to “move away from chemical/medicinal healing to healing by eating healthy foods”.

Professor Oluwalana disclosed that the best medicinal and healthy foods are those that have nutriceutical values.

He described nutriceutical foods as organic foods, which prevent chronic diseases, improving health, while they delay the ageing process and increase life expectancy, among others.

He revealed that organic foods contain more nutrients like iodine, vitamins and minerals, as against food cultivated using fertilizer, which lack the vital nutrients.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Toyin Arowolo, implored the participants to gather useful information during the 11-day intensive training programme and educate the people on the benefits of organic agriculture.

The Chairman of the FUNAAB’s Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN)’s Working Group, Professor V. I. O. Olowe, stated that at the end of the programme, participants will be better positioned, as good ambassadors, to advocate for the advantages of organic agriculture.

 

 

Make Organic Agriculture Competitive, Says Professor Osinowo

 

Prof. Segun Osinowo (Standing) addressing the participants of the Summer School while the rep. of the VC, the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (Left) and Prof. V.I.O Olowe listen with rapt attention.

 

The University’s Director of the Institute for Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Segun Osinowo, has tasked Organic Agriculturists on the need to make the discipline competitive and compare favourably with other forms of Agriculture, in terms of yield.

Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd International Summer School on Organic Agriculture, Professor Osinowo noted that organic agriculture should be well-tailored and adapted to mitigate the socio-economic challenges of the nation.

Professor Osinowo observed that the use of organic agriculture will continue to be out of the reach of ordinary Nigerians unless it is made competitive.

According to him, “What should be of primary interest to organic agriculture is producing cheap food. The Europeans that are talking of organic agriculture are overfed. Here in Nigeria, we don’t even have enough to eat. Therefore, we should find ways of making organic agriculture to compete favourably with other forms of Agriculture in terms of yields”, he added.

The Director decried the continued exportation of farm produce into the country, noting that such practice should be curbed as it is not in the nation’s interest.

He, therefore, challenged Organic Agriculturists to cultivate the habit of growing their products basically for the consumption of the people rather than for the purpose of exportation.

“If the target of the produce of organic agriculture is for Europe, I am not for it but if the target is to produce healthy food for our own people at affordable price, I am for it”, he stated.

Professor Osinowo pointed out that organic agriculture could not be said to be totally alien to the average Nigerian farmer.

“Most of our farmers are organic farmers because they don’t have access to all these chemicals, as most of the foods we consume are organic, he declared.

 

Dr. Atanda Re-elected as MSN President

The Acting Head of Department, Food Science and Tourism, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Dr. Olusegun Atanda, has been re-elected as the President of Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria.

Dr. Atanda, a Lead Consultant, Country – Wide Assessment of Aflatoxins was re-elected as the President during the 7th Annual Conference and Workshop of the Society, held between June 27 and 29, 2012, in Lagos.

 

NWRCBNet-SW Building for Commissioning

 

The newly-completed Administrative Building of the National Water Resources’ Capacity Building Network for South-West Regional Centre (NWRCBNet-SW) in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is to be commissioned on Monday, July 9, 2012, by 10am.

A release, signed by the Coordinator, (NWRCBNet-SW), Professor J.K Adewumi informed that the Minister for Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe is expected to perform the official commissioning of the building.

The release further said the event will herald the full execution of the cardinal objectives of the NWRCBNet, as directed by the National Council on Water Resources, on July 13, 2006.

 

Unity Games, A Welcome Development – FUNAAB Staff

 

Preparatory to the hosting of the maiden edition of the Staff Unity Games, some members of staff of the University have described the initiative as a welcome development.

In a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, Dr. Israel Abiala, a Lecturer in the Mathematics Department, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) and Mr. Bayo Ogundimu, College Officer of COLNAS, described the initiative of the games as “a good thing in the life of the University”.

Speaking during one of the training sessions, Dr. Abiala noted that the games will boost the morale of staff towards sports' development and the promotion of their well-being and physical fitness.

Mr. Bayo Ogundimu commended the initiatives of the Sports’ Directorate for coming up with the idea, which he said will improve staff interaction and make “unknown staff” to be known to their colleagues.

He described the games as a unifying factor and called on all staff members to come out en-mass and take active part.

Trainees from COLNAS, Bursary Department, Audit and Public Relations’ Directorates as well as IFSERAR, among several units of the University were seen at the Sports’ Centre, preparing for the games, scheduled to kick-start on Monday, July 16, 2012.

 

FUNAAB to Collaborate with FCE

 

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has reiterated the need for the intensification of formal collaboration with the Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta, in the areas of security, staff exchange, linkages, and academic development.

The Vice-Chancellor stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Provost of the College, Dr. Adetayo Ajayi.

Professor Oyewole had declared that “Nigeria is at a point now where leadership should be responsive to the needs of our time

and I believe that we (himself and the Provost) have that same great vision, to move our institutions forward”.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that “our students live in the same community. We have many things to do together such that if we have to develop our people, and our community, we need to collaborate”.

Buttressing the need for collaboration, especially in the area of security, Professor Oyewole stated that “we share the same security challenges. We need to collaborate on that and this is the more reason why I invited our Chief Security Officer (CSO), to interact with your CSO”.

anvassing for patronage for the just-completed University’s International Scholars’ Centre, the Vice-Chancellor added: “whenever you have external examiners and seminars, you don’t need to go to town. We have a 24 room en-suite Hotel, which will comfortably accommodate them”.

Responding, the Provost, Dr. Ajayi expressed the readiness of FCE to collaborate with FUNAAB in the areas of academic and administrative endeavours.

“We have serious challenges, following the withdrawal of our security personnel as a result of Federal Government’s policy on outsourcing of some services. I want to assure you that we are ready for collaboration on the issue of security”, he stated.

The Provost The Provost assured that FCE will “continue to sustain and even improve on our tradition of excellence”.

Professor Oyewole noted that FUNAAB had grown in leaps and bounds in the area of academic and infrastructural development.

He attributed the rapid development to the contributions of his predecessors, especially, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, whom he described as the initiator of the University’s recent profile.

According to him, “I can’t but appreciate my predecessors, most especially, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for a wonderful job. I want to appreciate Professor Balogun’s great work. His vision and great work … we too are committed to”, he stated.

Prof. Oyewole expressed the readiness of FUNAAB to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FCE on the latter’s ownership of a piece of land in the Camp area, which the University’s Management Committee on Transport (MANCOT) presently use as the students’ bus park.

 

FUNAAB, CEGESD to Promote Entrepreneurial Development

The University and Centre for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Development (CEGESD), Indiana University, Purdue, Indianapolis, USA are set to form a partnership towards promoting Entrepreneurial development in the nation and in Africa.

The Director of CEGESD, Professor (Mrs.) Bessie–House Soremekun dropped the hint while delivering the 4th International Lecture of the University titled, “African-American Entrepreneurship Throughout History: Implications For Africa”, held at the Senate Chamber.

Soremekun, a Professor of Political and African Study at the Indiana University, Purdue, Indianapolis, USA disclosed that America “has become home to 25 million entrepreneurs” adding that “African-American accounted for a significant part of increase in entrepreneurship, with more than 1.2 million owned by African American in United States”.

Professor Soremekun lamented that entrepreneurship in Africa and Nigeria in particular had remained at its lowest ebb due to socio, economic and political challenges.

The University Don, identified lack of formal education as one of the factors militating against the growth of entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

 

Sports’ Directorate Releases Fixtures

 

The Sports’ Directorate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has released fixtures for the 2012 FUNAAB Staff Unity Games.

In a release, signed by the Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki, the competition is expected to commence on Monday, July 16 and will end on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the University’s Sports’ Centre.

The release further informed that the Coordinating Units/Offices of participating teams are expected to supervise the mobilization and selection of their teams from all Units and Departments in their groups, in preparation for the competition.

Sports’ coaches in the Directorate will also be on ground to offer technical assistance.

 

Relationships Building Crucial to Entrepreneurship – US Don

 

Prof. (Mrs.) House-Soremekun (Standing) delivering the Lecture while the Alake, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Gbadebo (Left),
the VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole and Dr. Maurice Soremekun (Right) listen with rapt attention.


The Visiting Professor from the Indiana University, Indianapolis, United States of America, Mrs. Bessie House-Soremekun has said that building relationships and bridges are germane to the development of virile entrepreneurship.

 

The US-based Don disclosed this at the 4th International Lecture Series titled “African-American Entrepreneurship throughout History: Implications for Africa”, held at the University’s Senate Chamber, last Friday.

Professor House-Soremekun gave the reasons why many businesses fail; adding that success and failure are universal phenomena, noting that what constituted success in the Western nations are same in the developing world.

She stressed the need for entrepreneurs to possess sound education, skills, confidence, as well as role models.

The Don who is also the Erelu Bada Asiwaju of Egbaland affirmed that it is a positive thing to be an entrepreneur as “you will be responsible for your well being and that of your employees”.

She advised that “Nobody ventures into a business and expect a total failure”, adding that entrepreneurs are captains of their ships and so, must sail such ships through both troubled and calm waters.

“Businesses no doubt will experience ups and downs and being an entrepreneur entails rising and falling, based on one’s actions”, she stated.

The Founder and Director of the Centre for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development (CEGESD), said cultural traditions, economic necessity, desire for economic independence and struggle for self-sufficiency spurred people to venture into entrepreneurship.

She observed that the massive migration from the Southern America to the Northern America, at the beginning of the 20th Century was due to the fact that people were looking for better opportunities.

According to her, this period brought about great entrepreneurs like Garrett Augustus Morgan, who invented the Traffic Signal, Hair Straighter and the Gas Mask.

“He’s my role model; I wish I met him; this was a man that anything he touched, turned to gold”, she noted.

At the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole said that the Nigerian Higher Education sector is one of the rapidly expanding higher education systems in Africa, adding that over the years, efforts had been made to improve the quality of higher education systems in Nigeria, through the activities of the various regulatory agencies.

noted that “We used to screen our candidates but we are going to resuscitate it now”.

He, however, appealed that graduates of the College should be accorded special consideration for Direct Entry Admissions into the University as well as improving on the opportunities of members of staff of the College enjoying Sabbatical Leave in FUNAAB.

Dr. Ajayi described the visit as “the beginning of many good things to come for both institutions recalling that FCE was the first tertiary institution, to be established in the state.

“We have been striving for excellence and we believe we have not disappointed all the tiers of government because if you go to public and private schools today, 70 per cent of the teachers are from FCE, Osiele”, he added.

Professor Oyewole stated the challenges before the Universities bordered on how to make the staff and students to be up-to-date with innovative teaching tools, through international collaborations by attracting partnership, in order to motivate, mentor and promote the next generation of scientists.

He declared that a serious entrepreneur will always search for change, respond to it and exploit such, as an opportunity to create wealth and add value to life.

“We all know that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change and the most challenging task is to teach people how to learn in the midst of ever-present distractions posed by advances in life-support systems”, he added.

In his address, the Chairman at the occasion, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, observed the indolent nature of people, saying that “if you are jobless and you are educated, then you are not educated”.

Oba Gbadebo observed that there are endless ways, whereby people can be meaningfully engage and make a living for themselves, by being entrepreneurs.

 

PR Directorate Sends-forth Two Staff

 

Members of staff of the PR Directorate with the out-gone secretaries, Mrs. Modupe Abiala (3rd Left)
and Mrs. Lydia Ayooluwa (5th Left) after the Send-forth Party, recently.

 

The Directorate of Public Relations has organized a Send-forth Party for two of its staff, recently re-deployed to other departments in the University.

The staff members are, Mrs. Lydia Ayooluwa, a Senior Confidential Secretary, now redeployed to the Office of the Registrar and Mrs. Modupe Abiala, a Secretarial Assistant II, who is now with the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS).

Speaking at the occasion the Deputy Director/Head, Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye, commended the out-gone staff for their contributions to the Directorate, as he charged them to see their transfer as a challenge to higher responsibilities.

He, however, noted that they will be greatly missed by their colleagues in the Directorate.

Responding, the two out-gone staff expressed their appreciation to the Directorate for the befitting Send-forth Party.

 

Prof. Soremekun Speaks Yoruba on FUNAAB FM Radio

It was fun all the way for the visiting American Scholar and Entrepreneurship crusader, Professor (Mrs.) Bessie House-Soremekun as she took time out for a live chat as guest on a current affairs programme on FUNAAB FM Radio, where she displayed her inclination for the Yoruba language by trying frantically to pronounce: “E se pupo pupo”, meaning thank you so much.

Professor Soremekun, with her husband, Dr. Maurice Soremekun, a U.S-based Physician in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, were thrilled beyond imagination at the state-of-the-art Production Studio of FUNAAB FM Radio, where the duo of Mr. Ayo Arowojolu and Rufai Oseni fired questions bothering on all aspects of life including their personal matrimonial experience.

The 45-minute interview, which started off on the home front x-rayed the challenges faced by the couple as people of black colour in far away America.

Dr. Soremekun said: “My first experience in black discrimination was actually at the college level. I remember very well that my Professor in Biology did not think that a black man in Nigeria can get honours in any of his courses and then we were given both essay and objective questions. In Nigeria, we are not attuned to objective questions but essays. And so, when he gave essay questions and he saw how brilliantly I did, he never gave us anymore essay questions.

“I remember in my final exams in Biochemistry, I got 100 per cent. Then, the other Professor, who believed a black man can’t get an ‘A’, came to me with his hands in his pocket because I also got the highest scores in Microbiology and said: “would you mind being the Laboratory Demonstrator? And, I said why not? One thing I had to learn is to grow thick skin to discrimination. One thing that is obvious is that we, Africans that go to America are the minority of the minorities. So we have nobody to fight for us and therefore we had no choice than to work hard and study hard.”

How is it like at home front?, the couple was asked, in response to which the wife said: “We have a wonderful marriage. My husband is a very quiet man, a very humble man and he likes people, helping with humanity. He is a great man”.

For his part, Dr. Soremekun said: “She is superb in all aspects of life that you think about. I am always impressed by her demeanour all the time, work ethics and her interest in helping people in terms of business. At home, it’s a pleasant home. We don’t get back home to talk about academics. For example, we can talk about tennis and all that.”

Prof. Soremekun also spoke extensively on the upcoming partnership between FUNAAB and Indiana University, highlighting the benefits which would include exchange programmes and other linkages opportunities.

Meanwhile, Mr. Arowojolu enjoined those interested in having a copy of the Compact Disc of the interview with the Soremekuns to contact the Production Studio of FUNAAB Radio FM, at the Senate Building.

 

 

INVITATION TO TENDER: IMPORTED OFFICE FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT

INTRODUCTION

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is seeking experienced and qualified bidders for the Supply of the following items:

(1) IMPORTED OFFICE FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT

S/No

Description

Quantity

1

Customized Conference  Tables to seat 35 person (PG School)

1

2

Medium Back Executive Chair

2

3

C-Leg Conference Chair

34

4

Padded Arm Chair for 2Nos Thesis Defence Rooms

110

5

Lecturer’s Table

1

6

2.0 mtr. Executive Table with Extension

1

7

C-Leg Visitor’s Chair

2

8

Centre Table with Stools

1

9

Secretary Table with Extension

1

10

Secretary Swivel Chair

2

11

3-Seater Settee and 2 Singles

2

12

High Back Executive Chair

1

13

4ft Office Table

9

14

5ft Office Table

10

15

4-Seater Partitioned Reading Table

9

16

Metal Frame Chair with Arm

36

17

Open Double Sided Metal Library Shelf

4

18

Supply and Installation of Lecture Theatre Desk/Seat (COLFHEC)

320

(2) OFFICE EQUIPMENT

S/No

Description

Quantity

1

“21” LG Television

1

2

DSTV Plus 1 year Subscription

1

3

Thermocool T200 Refrigerator

1

4

Deep Freezer (Thermo cool)

1

5

Refrigerator (Thermo cool)

1

(3) COMPUTER EQUIPMENT(SEE DIRECTOR, TREASURY FOR SPECIFICATIONS)

S/No

Description

Quantity

1

Desktop Computer – HP 3130MT

11

2

Computer Printer – HP 2055D

8

3

Computer UPS (1.5KVA)

11

4

HP Scan Jet Scanner

2

5

Spiral Binding Machine (A3 Ibico Combo)

1

INVITATION

Interested bidders are hereby required to receive further instructions from the Directorate of Expenditure Control and Budgeting on the payment of a non-refundable tender fee of Two Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N2,500)only, payable to the University Bursary.  Completed tender documents are to be returned in a wax-sealed envelope with the title of the project tendered for clearly indicated on the envelope SUPPLY OF OFFICE FURNITURE/ OFFICE EQUIPMENT / COMPUTER EQUIPMENT. Interested Bidders are to note that quotations should be inclusive of 5% VAT.

MODE OF APPLICATION

To be considered, potential bidders are required to be registered as Contractors with the University, bid according to the specifications provided and submit their bid documents not later than Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 12.00 noon to:

The Registrar
Federal University of Agriculture
P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The Tender Opening Committee will meet at 1:00pm on Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at the Pension House Conference Room with the representatives of the bidding Contractors in attendance to open the tenders.

Note:   FUNAAB is neither committed nor obliged to undertake the work nor include any Company responding to this invitation.  All expenses incurred in preparing a bid response and all expenses otherwise associated with the response shall be borne solely by the submitting Company.

 

M.O.Ayoola JP                                                      FUNAAB/REG/81/II/138
Registrar                                                               July 4, 2012.

 

NAME OF LOCAL/FOREIGN PARTNERS

 

URL ADDRESS

ILRL

http://www.ilri.org, http://www.ilri.org/home

C:AVA

http://cava.nri.org/

ICGEB/Summer course on BIOTECH

http://www.icgeb.org/home.html

junior post-graduate fellowship training grant in neglected tropical diseases

http://www.scidev.net/global/,   http://www.who.int/tdr/en/index.html

association of africa university (West Africa Food Science & Nutrition Network)

http://www.worldfoodscience.org/cms/?pid=0

eu - acp science capacity building project

http://www.acp-st.eu/

corell university ithaca, usa

http://www.cornell.edu/

The ohio university, colombus, usa

www.osu.edu/

indian institute of energy management chennai, india

http://justcall.in/search/index.php

nutricea research foundation

www.nutricia-research-foundation.org

dfid/propcom, abuja. university of tokyo japan

www.fundsforafrica.org

Cassava sme project natural resources institution university of greenwic. uk

http://researchintouse.com/nrk/RIUinfo/index.htm

mendel university of agriculture & forestry brno, cech

http://www.princeton.edu

moi university eldoret, kenya

www.mu.ac.ke/en

funaab foreign african scholarship scheme (fufass)

 

the national water research institute, kaduna

http://www.nwri.gov.ng/index.asp

biotechnology trust africa, kenya

http://www.yellowpageskenya.com/

tuskegee university alabama, usa

www.tuskegee.edu

university of development studies accra ghana

www.uds.edu.gh

international institute of tropical agriculture (iita)

www.iita.org