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Professor Adejuyigbe Becomes CODET’s Vice-Chairman

The Dean, College of Engineering, Federal University of Agriculture, Professor Samuel Babatope Adejuyigbe, has been elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET), at the meeting of the Committee, held recently in Abuja.
Other officers elected, to steer the affairs of the body for the next one year are: Engr. (Prof.) A. M. O. Obiazi, Dean, College of Engineering, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma as the Chairman; Engr. (Prof.) Funsho A. Akeredolu, Dean, College of Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Technical Secretary; Engr. (Prof.) Hassan M. Abdusalamin, Dean, College of Engineering, Mobido Adamawa University, Yola, Financial Secretary; Engr. (Prof.) Oloche Dean, College of Engineering, University of Abuja, Abuja, Treasurer; and Engr. (Prof.) Ejezie, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, Publicity Secretary.

No Hike in Tuition Fees, Says VC

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has described as untrue, the speculation of a hike in tuition fees in the forthcoming 2012/2013 Academic Session.

Professor Oyewole made the clarification and dispelled other similar rumours as baseless and unfounded, at a luncheon, organised for the Students' Union Executive, in appreciation of their contributions to the success of the just-concluded 2011/2012 Academic Session. The event was held at the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre, penultimate Friday.

The President of the Students’ Union, Comrade Kareem Bamigbade, had in his remarks sought the Vice-Chancellor’s clarifications on the alleged plan to increase school fees; Management’s bid to take-over the Students’ Union Building and the purported moves to stop their elections.

Responding, Professor Oyewole described the rumour as mischievous imagination of mischief makers, assuring that the old fee regime, paid by the students last session would still be maintained.

Professor Oyewole made reference to an advertorial placed by the University in some  national dailies; which justified his position and corroborated that there was no plan whatsoever to effect any increase.

He equally debunked speculations that Management had resolved to take over the Students’ Union Building (SUB) from the Students’ Union Executive.

He said the ongoing renovation of SUB was not a ploy by the Management to take it over from them, assuring that it will be handed over once the face-lifting was completed.

Professor Oyewole, however, challenged the Executives and the Electoral Committee to forward the Union’s election Time-table, for approval.

He also implored the student leadership to lead by example by shunning thuggery, violence and other social vices that are inimical to peace and progress on campus.

Professor Oyewole said a situation where some students disregard decorum and behaved in unruly manner while boarding Student Bus was unbecoming of responsible FUNAAB students.

He challenged the students to evolve appropriate Vision and Mission Statements that would guide their conduct and help them to articulate a clear sense of leadership.

The Vice-Chancellor and the student leaders agreed to meet on a quarterly basis, to deliberate on important issues and to avoid a breakdown in communication.He expressed dismay over frequent robbery attacks on student residences, especially, at Camp, Isolu and Somorin areas and therefore directed the University’s Chief Security Officer to look into the matter and proffer a lasting solution.

The Vice-Chancellor gave his mobile telephone numbers to the student leaders, asking them to call him whenever the need arose.

He also directed the Chairman of MANCOT, Dr. O.S. Awokola to create additional Bus-Stops between Camp and the Campus, to save students from the stress of having to cover long distances to enjoy bus services.

Professor Oyewole said the luncheon was put together in appreciation of the students’ contributions to the success of the just-ended Academic Session, soliciting their continued support and cooperation, as he reiterated Management's commitment to their welfare.

The President, FUNAABSU, Mr. Bamgbade thanked the University for organising the luncheon which he described as befitting.

 

FUNAAB Increases Internet Bandwidth On Campus

In a bid to fulfil his pledge of boosting Internet services on campus, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has approved the increment of the University’s bandwidth from five megabytes per second (mbps) to 50 (mbps).

Professor Oyewole disclosed this achievement even as he pleaded with members of the University community to bear with the Management, on the inconveniences arising from the ongoing reconstruction of Camp-Alabata Road.

Speaking at a luncheon, penultimate Friday, held in appreciation of Students’ Leaders at the University’s International Scholars’ and Resource Centre, the Vice-Chancellor identified low bandwidth, which he put at 5 mbps as the bane of functional Internet services on campus.

He stated that as part of measures to alleviate the challenges, his administration had increased the bandwidth from five to 50 adding that the measure will improve access to Internet facility on campus.

According to him, “I will tell you that when we came in, we felt the need to improve on internet service on campus. The problem is that the bandwidth was as low as 5 mbps.

Just last week we increased it to 50mbps. What that means is that access to the Internet is now higher”, he added.

Professor Oyewole assured members of the University community that he would not relent in his efforts to increase the bandwidth to a satisfactory level that will enhance service delivery on campus.

The Vice-Chancellor also appealed to staff and students to further bear with the Management on the inconveniences being experienced as a result of the ongoing rehabilitation of Camp-Alabata Road.

His words: “The road under construction is a Federal Government road and we really appreciate this project. The Federal Government just started it and when construction is on, there will be inconveniences. I want to appeal to members of the University community to please bear with us”.

 

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No More Late Registration in FUNAAB - VC

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (standing) addressing Student Leaders on the University’s regulations.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has foreclosed late registration among students, warning that none of them will be allowed to register after two weeks of resumption, as stipulated in the University regulations.

Professor Oyewole stated this even as he disclosed that nine out of the 10 students of the College of Management Sciences that wrote the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) examinations excelled in flying colours, while over 34,000 candidates jostled for admission into the University.

Professor Oyewole noted with dismay that some students had formed the habit of abusing the privilege of late registration by not registering within the mandatory two weeks of resumption, as stipulated.

According to him, “I want to tell our dear students through their leaders that are here today that it is now mandatory for them to get registered within two weeks of resumption, because I am surprised that some students were still registering when the semester examinations were on.

“Our regulation stipulates registration within two weeks of resumption. I am not interested in your money. My interest lies in inculcating discipline and values that will ensure your progress in life”, he stated.

The Vice-Chancellor assured the students that lectures will commence immediately on resumption.

He, however, expressed joy that nine of the 10 students of the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), established only last year, had done the University proud, by passing ICAN examinations in flying colours.

He attributed the feat to the ingenuity of professionals that tutored the students, assuring that “COLMAS will soon be a subject of envy on campus”.

Professor Oyewole also disclosed that over 34,000 students sought admission into the University, revealing that only about 3,500 of them will eventually be admitted.

The Vice-Chancellor used the occasion to implore those trying to cause disharmony on campus by attempting to fan the embers of discord between students and the lecturers to have a rethink.

AGM: Co-operators Return Prof. Dipeolu, Adedo, others

 

In what could be described as a vote of confidence, members of the FUNAAB Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited have returned most of their Executive officers, to run its affairs for the next one year.

They were asked to simply “take a bow” and continue their tenure, at the 25th Annual General Meeting of the Cooperative Society, held recently.

The returnees are: Professor Adewale O. Dipeolu (President), Alhaji Kamorudeen A. Adedo (Vice-President), Mrs. T. M. Okuboye (Treasurer) and Mrs. B. A. Olusoji (Secretary).

Others are the Committee and Ex-Officio members, namely: Professor A. B. J Aina, Mr. D. D. Giwa, Mr. S. O. Obimakinde, Mrs. A. A. Labulo, with a new entrant, Mrs. T. O. Tijani.

The Society also retained the duo of Mr. I. Saba and Miss. B. O. Sobiye as Account Officers.

 

Strong Student Unionism Will Engender Great Leaders – VC

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Arrowed) with Principal Officers, Deans and Directors of the University in a group photograph with the Student Leaders immediately after the Luncheon.

 

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has stated that strong student unionism would engender  great leaders for the nation.

Professor Oyewole made this observation at a Luncheon organised in honour of Student leaders, held at the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre, FUNAAB.

He stated that the successful completion of an Academic Session did not depend only on members of the Academic and Non-Teaching staff, but also on the students.

According to him, “I want the students of this University to be the leaders of this great nation in the next few years”.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, debunked the allegation that the Students' Union activities had been proscribed in the University, saying that Management had not taken such decision as elections would hold tentatively, three weeks into the new session.

He added that the Management is open for consultation whenever the Union needed assistance in developing their Vision and Mission Statements.

Professor Oyewole, however, described the existing relationship between Management and the Union as cordial, saying they are both partners in progress.

He charged the student leaders to encourage other students to be registered with the University’s Health Centre, noting that a large proportion of students were yet to register with the Centre.

On the need to refrain from writing anonymous letters, the Vice-Chancellor encouraged students to always include their names in the letters they address to the Management, in order to get the desired attention.

“The reason for writing is not to pull anyone down but to make life better for people coming after you”, he stated.

According to him, “this is the new spirit of students’ unionism I want you to imbibe. Let’s do it for the good of our society and for the betterment of this University”.

In his response, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Students' Union (FUNAABSU), President, Comrade Bamgbade Abdulkareem, commended Management for its kind gesture to the students.

Earlier, the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor S.O Onifade said the University would not distance itself from the students because they are major stakeholders in the University.

 

 

FUNAAB VC Receives ITF Team

 

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Left) receiving the ITF Abeokuta Area manager, Mr. Abayomi Ososona who paid him a courtesy visit recently.

The Area Manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Abeokuta Area Office, Mr. Abayomi Moses Ososona, has paid a courtesy call on Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, following his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

 

 

During the visit, Mr. Osasona highlighted the mandate of the ITF which focuses on Human Capital Development and Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) administration in Nigeria.

According to the Area Manager, the Fund was established in 1971 under the enabling Act 47, as amended under the Act 19 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, in 2011.

He said that the provision includes the mandate of providing, promoting and encouraging the acquisition of skills in industry and commerce as well as generating a pool of indigenous manpower, sufficient to meet the needs of the private and public sectors of the economy.

Mr. Osasona said that in the four decades of ITF’s existence, it had not only raised training consciousness in the economy, but had also helped in generating a crop of indigenous skilled manpower in diverse sectors of the economy.

On some of the achievements of the Fund, the Area Manager said it had been able to provide training skills in Management for technical and entrepreneurial development in the public and private sectors of the economy, while it had also set training standards, monitoring adherence, as well as carrying out evaluation and certification.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole described ITF as vital to the industrial need of the nation in the area of capacity development.

 

TETFund Impact Assessment Team Lauds FUNAAB

The Team Leader, Mr. Aliyu Mustapha (3rd Right) commending FUNAAB’s judicious utilization of capital project fund while the VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Left) and the Registrar, Mr. Matthew Ayoola (2nd Left) listen. On his team are Mr. Moses Omishope and Mr. Iduma Tochukwu (Right).

 

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)’s Impact Assessment Team, has commended the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), for its judicious utilization of capital projects funds.

The team leader, Mr. Aliyu Mustapha, stated this during the team’s inspection of capital projects executed by the University as other members of his team expressed satisfaction with the prudent management of resources.

He stated that he had earlier visited FUNAAB campus years back, as a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and described the rate of development in the University as ‘rapid and massive’.

During a reception for the team, Mr. Mustapha stated that the team’s mission was basically to appraise TETFund’s intervention projects in FUNAAB and to assess how the institution had utilized the funds disbursed to it, over the years.

He further informed that the various segments of the institution, such as student enrolment from Year 2000 to date, quality and standard of education, available equipment and library facilities, gave good indication that the University was developing.

Welcoming the TETFund team members, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, appreciated TETFund, describing it as the hope of tertiary institutions in the country.

“The Fund has helped our tertiary institutions in the areas of infrastructural development, library development, research and human capacity development by funding post-graduate studies”, he stated.

 

“Keep Updating Yourselves” – Onagbesan Tells Biotechnologists

The Director, Biotechnology Centre, Prof. Okanlawon Onagbesan addressing Biotechnologists during the ‘Short Course in Practical Biotechnology’ held recently.

 

The Director, Biotechnology Centre, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan, has tasked Biotechnologists not to relent in their quest for knowledge acquisition.

He made this known during the Opening Ceremony of the Short Course in Practical Biotechnology, held recently at the Biotechnology Centre of the University.

Professor Onagbesan implored participants to keep learning as Biotechnology is dynamic, when he said, “What you do today may not be good enough for tomorrow”.

Speaking on the motive behind organising the course, Professor Onagbesan hinted that it was “to improve plants so as to have abundant yield through DNA manipulation”.

He enjoined participants to take maximum advantage of the programme to better their lots.

 

VC Commissions CTCS Shopping Complex


The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Holding mic) smiling as he commissions the COOP Shopping Complex. Watching with keen interest are the President and Vice-President of the Society, Prof. Adewale Dipeolu (Right) and  Alhaji Kamorudeen Adedo (Middle), respectively.

The newly-built Shopping Complex of the Staff Cooperative Multi-purpose Society Limited of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) was last Wednesday commissioned by the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, at its 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Vice-Chancellor said the commissioning was “an important day because the University has evolved from a small beginning”, describing the Shopping Complex as “an important contribution to the development of the University”, commending the leadership of the Society for its initiative and commitment.

Professor Oyewole seized the opportunity to reiterate his administration’s commitment to putting in place, a befitting staff housing scheme in due course.

Speaking at the occasion, the Director, Cooperative Services, Ogun State, Alhaji Kamorudeen Shokoya, called for judicious use of resources.

The President of the Cooperative Society, Professor Adewale Dipeolu; Vice-President, Alhaji Kamorudeen Adedo and other executive officers were lauded for the remarkable achievements recorded by the body.

The Director of Cooperative Services, Ogun State declared, “I am impressed and amazed at the performance of FUNAAB Cooperative Society. It is one of the societies we are proud of in Ogun State; that is why I am here, to give them a well-deserved honour”.

He described the operation and organization of FUNAAB Cooperative Society as superb, calling on others to emulate it.

Earlier, the President of FUNAAB Cooperative Society, Professor Dipeolu described the new complex as another effort at bettering the welfare of members and increasing the socio-economic activities of the University.

He explained further that the Shopping Complex was initiated as a business strategy, instituted to give members the opportunity to buy shares and get good returns on their money.

Professor Dipeolu added that the Shopping Complex was the first phase, adding that the second phase would be considered for execution.

While conducting guests round the Shopping Complex, the Vice-President, Alhaji Adedo said that there were 38 rooms with essential facilities in the Complex, with Mall ‘A’ having 12 shops while Malls ‘B’ and ‘C’ have 13 shops each.

He assured that the allocation of the second set of plots of land, recently acquired by the Society as well as the new shops, will start in a couple of weeks and commended members for their continued support and cooperation.

Meanwhile, the Society has posted a higher net surplus of N39,505,028.94, as against the N27,334,769.70 recorded in the preceding year.

 

 

Prompt Payment of Salaries: Society Commends VC

 

The leadership of the University’s Staff Cooperative Multi-purpose Society Limited has commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole for prompt payment of salaries.

The President of the Society, Professor Adewale Dipeolu gave the commendation while presenting his management report at the 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the body, held at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex.

Professor Dipeolu said the timely payment of salaries by the Management had enhanced smooth deduction of cheque-off, on timely basis.

According to him, “I have good cause to thank the University Management, as our new Vice-Chancellor has a lot to do for us in the years ahead”.

“I can only thank him now for ensuring that we get our salaries on time and our cooperative deductions almost immediately after salaries were paid”, he added.

 

Call For Recommendations On 2012 Promotion Exercise

 

The University has requested Heads of Departments and Units to forward their recommendations on staff that are due for promotion to the Registrar, for further processing to the next meeting of the Appointments and Promotion Committee for Academic Staff (APCAS) and Appointments and Promotion Committee for Non-Teaching Staff (APCONTS).

For Academic staff, the publication scores should be included in the report while a table of names, department and positions should be submitted along on a separate sheet for ease of reference.

Non-teaching Staff are to submit Twenty-five (25) copies of their Curriculum Vitae and spreadsheet while Academic staff are to submit Thirty-three (33) copies of same.

Submissions should reach the Office of the Deputy Director, Establishment Matters Unit (Senior Staff) on or before Friday, August 31, 2012.

 

 

FUNAAB Students Shine in Competition

 

Three final year students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), have emerged Second out of the 68 teams that participated in an “IN’ GENIUS PROJECT COMPETITION VERSION 1.0”, held recently in the University of Lagos.

They are Ademolu Tolulope, Ebenezer Adiyeloja Oluwatobi Ibrahim and Odubena Abiodun.

A release, signed by the Acting Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. O. S. Olokode, stated that the students’ Project titled; “Diamagnetic Levitation of Vehicles”, supervised by him, was responsible for the laudable feat.

The release further stated that the students were presented with a Trust Fund cheque of N1.5 million.

 

FUNAAB Seeks Partnership with First Bite

 

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Left) listening attentively as the Vice-Chairman, Tantalizer Nig. Plc, Chief Folu Ayeni (2nd Right) makes salient points at a roundtable meeting. With them is the Registrar, Mr. Matthew Ayoola (2nd left) and a guest.

 

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has called on private investors and entrepreneurs to assist the University in the development of its commercial activities.

Professor Oyewole made the call at a round-table business meeting with the Management team of First Bite Foods Nigeria and Tantalizer Nigeria Plc.

He said, “It is high time for Universities in the country to stop depending on Government for funding. It is high time for us to commercialize some of our activities and generate good money”.

“We are too detached from industries, I believe our current move to reach out to industries will change this mentality”, he added.

Professor Oyewole disclosed that the business meeting with First Bite Foods and Tantalizers was the outcome of his meeting with the renowned philanthropist and Management icon, Chief Olusegun Oshunkeye who stressed the need for FUNAAB’s land mass of over 10,000 hectares to be optimally utilized.

“We are looking forward to private entrepreneurs to develop our commercial activities. We have a 24 en-suite Guest House waiting for your partnership. It will also be a pleasure to have Tantalizer on campus”, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor seized the opportunity to inform the visitors of the benefits of partnering with the University in the areas of livestock and fisheries production, among others.

Responding, the leader of the delegation, Chief Folu Ayeni commended the Vice-Chancellor for his foresight and innovation as a resourceful leader.

“Sir, I am moved by your submission. I’m happy that we have academics like you who see the need for the nation to build rounded students and business-oriented institutions. If we have somebody like you as the head of an institution like this, the sky is the limit. Let us see in our own way how we can make impact”, he added.

Speaking further, Chief Ayeni declared, “I will be happy to partner with the University in Agric. We have a 16-hectare farm in Ikorodu, where 10,000 broilers are processed every week and we are going to 20,000 in the next four weeks. As for the Tantalizer aspect, that gladdens my heart. We will look into that”.

The Vice-Chancellor led his visitors on tour of business facilities on campus, including the Industrial Park, the Dam, Livestock processing Centre as well as the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre.

 

AMREC Organises Workshop on MDG Challenges

 

Three final year students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), have emerged Second out of the 68 teams that participated in an “IN’ GENIUS PROJECT COMPETITION VERSION 1.0”, held recently in the University of Lagos.

They are Ademolu Tolulope, Ebenezer Adiyeloja Oluwatobi Ibrahim and Odubena Abiodun.

A release, signed by the Acting Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. O. S. Olokode, stated that the students’ Project titled; “Diamagnetic Levitation of Vehicles”, supervised by him, was responsible for the laudable feat.

The release further stated that the students were presented with a Trust Fund cheque of N1.5 million.

 

AMREC Organises Workshop on MDG Challenges

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Left) addressing the women farmers during the Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Vocational Workshop in Soap Making held recently.

 

Gender segregation and poor participation of women in the rural areas in the entrepreneurial sector has been identified as a major cause of the prevailing poverty and hunger in Africa.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole made this observation while delivering his Address at the Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Vocational Workshop in Soap Making for women farmers from FUNAAB's Extension Villages.

Professor Olusola lamented the alarming rise in poverty level in the Sub-Saharan Africa, stressing that the barriers of self-empowerment and self-reliance being faced by women, especially by rural women, are critical to poverty alleviation.

According to him, “When a woman is financially independent and has the capacity to meaningfully contribute to the fulfillment of her family’s financial needs, everyone will be happy and the family’s stability will be guaranteed”.

The Vice-Chancellor described as alarming, the World Bank’s records of 1980, which indicated that one out of every ten poor people lived in the Sub-Saharan Africa, but had at 2000, declined to one out of every three poor people.

Professor Oyewole expressed the worry that the projections could be tending towards a situation of the region being one out of every two poor people, with the highest number of people living on less than a dollar a day and having the highest level of HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world.

To avert the imminent disaster, Professor Oyewole pointed out that the University, through its Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) had been promoting Vocational Skills Development as one of the key intervention strategies in the fight against poverty.

The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the ToT Workshop on Soap-Making also addressed two Millennium Development Goals of ‘Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger’ and ‘Promotion of Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women’.

Earlier, the Director of AMREC, Professor (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami, said AMREC is charged with the responsibility of implementing the extension mandate of the University; covering the Southwest part of Nigeria, viz: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States.

She disclosed that the “Training aims at equipping representatives of women farmers from our extension villages across the State with knowledge and skills in soap production, for enhancement of income-generation of the beneficiaries”.

The communities represented at the workshop included Iwoye-ketu, Boodo, Ogijan, Kofesu, Ojoo and Agbade. Others were: Ogboja, Odogbolu, Isaga, Ode-lemo, Itesi-Ajegunle, Ijemo-Fadipe and Egbeda.

 

Registration Procedures for Fresh Students

 

All newly admitted candidates into the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta are expected to follow the following procedures for registration:

 

1. Log on to the University website www.unaab.edu.ng.  Click on the link Admission Status using the Acceptance Access Code (AAC) Slip (received after payment of Acceptance Fees) to know if you are recommended after the Screening Interview Exercise, print out the Admission Status Slip.

2. Click on e-portal on the University website to select the link Acceptance and submit personal and academic data by filling the Acceptance Form.

3. Print the Acceptance Form and note the Student Code.

4. Click on e-portal to select the link School Fees Clearance Form and print out the School Fees schedule.

5. Proceed to the designated banks to pay School Fees, collect duplicate copy of deposit teller as evidence of payment and a Registration Access Code (RAC) Slip.

. The duplicate copy of deposit teller is to be converted to an Official Receipt at the College Accountant’s Office.

7. Proceed to the Examinations and Records Office for the verification of the entry qualification(s) on which the admission was based.  If credentials are found to be in order, the College Schedule Officer will issue a Clearance Slip.

8. After 24Hours access course registration form on the e-portal with the Registration Access Code (RAC) collected from bank.  Then, print out the Course Form and proceed to the Department for departmental verification and registration.

9. After the clearance and registration at the Department, return to the Examinations and Records Office with duly signed and stamped departmental clearance, receipt for payment of School Fees for the collection of Verification/Eligibility Forms and other prescribed forms.  Complete the forms and return same to the Examinations and Records Office for endorsement.    Then, the College Schedule Officer issues an Eligibility Certificate to certify student duly cleared and registered.

10. From the Examinations and Records, proceed to the Student Affairs Unit, the Library and the University Health Centre for other registration formalities.

11. Present the Eligibility Certificate and Health Center Registration Card Index Code at the College Office for signing of Matriculation Register.

 

Why Nigeria Did Not Perform Well in Olympics – Sports’ Director

The Director of Sports, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Mr. ‘Bayo Oluwatoki, has advanced reasons for Nigeria’s dismal performance at the just-concluded Olympic Games, held in the City of London, United Kingdom.

Mr. Oluwatoki, in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin noted that the major problem confronting Nigerian sport, was the lack in the capacity to adequately plan ahead.

“We have refused to learn from our past mistakes and if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”, he added.

The Sports’ Director said the technical exposure of Nigerian athletes is nothing to write home about and urgently deserving attention by sports' administrators.

He expressed dismay that the medals table showed that a country like Ethiopia was conspicuous on the table while Nigeria was nowhere to be found.

“Until we become more realistic in our approach and planning, we may not achieve our aim”, he said.

In another development, Mr. Oluwatoki has said that the University is set to participate in 13 sports events during the forthcoming Pre-NUGA qualifying games, holding at the Sports’ Complex of the University of Lagos, in September.

The competing sports include: Football, Basketball, Chess, Squash, Handball, Volleyball, Cricket, Hockey, Taekwondo, Tennis, Table-Tennis, Badminton and Athletics.

On the level of preparation for the games, he stated that before the students went on break, the Directorate had started preparing and now that they are on break, individual training is on-going, and will continue when the students resumed.

“This time around, we want to go out in all the sports so that we can compete in all games at NUGA in November and we are optimistic of qualifying in all the sports”, he added.

Mr. Oluwatoki, however, enjoined all and sundry to see sports as co-curricular activities and not just extra-curricular, explaining that most of the nation’s recognized Universities became prominent through sports.

 

FUNAAB Grants Extension of Leave to Staff

 

A staff of the University, Professor J. A. Olowofela, has been granted a year extension on his Leave of Absence.

 

A release, signed by the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, informed that the Leave of Absence will now extend from August 8, 2012 to August 7, 2013.

 

It added that the approval was to enable Professor Olowofela continue with his national assignment as the Caretaker Chairman of Ido Local Government, Oyo State.

 

Call for List of Vacant Positions

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has directed Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Units and Co-ordinators to provide information on all vacant positions in their establishments.

A release, signed by the Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior Staff), Mr. Omowon Agbotoba, informed that details of the vacant positions should include areas of specialisation and the required qualifications for such positions.

The submission is expected to reach the Registrar, not later than Friday, August 17, 2012.

 

Management Commends Prof. Afolami

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has on behalf of the Management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) commended the excellent performance and selfless service of Professor Steve Afolami, during his tenure as the Dean, Postgraduate School.

A release, signed by the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, conveyed Management’s appreciation to Prof. Afolami for his dedication to duty, dynamism and effective leadership, during his tenure.

 

Zoo Park Calls for Tender

 

The Zoo Park, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) calls on reputable firms who can offer qualitative and efficient service in the Zoo Park, to apply as vendors.

A release signed by the Director, Zoo Park, Professor Samuel Onadeko informed that services to be rendered include catering in snacks and foods of quality standards to members of staff and visitors to the Zoo Park.

 

FG Declares 2-day Public Holiday for Eid-el-Fitri

 

The Federal Government has declared Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

In his festival message, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole wished all Muslim faithfuls a successful and spiritually rewarding celebration.

 

FUNAAB Constitutes Committee on Review of Academic Calendar

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has approved the constitution of the Committee on the Review of the University Calendar (CORUC) for the period, 2013 to 2015.

 

A release, signed by the Secretary of CORUC, Mr. Obafemi Oginni, specified the Committee’s Terms of Reference as follows:

1) To review in all its ramifications, the 2009 to 2012  University Calendar to meet the current needs of the University;

2) To ensure that new Colleges, Departments and Centres, etc, are included in the revised edition for 2013 to 2015; and

3) To make other recommendations on the revised University Calendar to Management.

 

The release further stated that the Committee is expected to submit its report to Management before Tuesday, August 28, 2012.

 

Deans and Heads of Departments of Centres and Units have been requested to forward their inputs to the Secretary, CORUC, Academic Planning Unit or Mrs. W.A Badmus of the Senate and Admissions Office, before Monday, August 13, 2012.

 

The Committee is headed by  Professor Chryss Onwuka of the Animal Nutrition Department, College  of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM).

FUNAAB Constitutes Committee on Review of Academic Calendar

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has approved the constitution of the Committee on the Review of the University Calendar (CORUC) for the period, 2013 to 2015.

A release, signed by the Secretary of CORUC, Mr. Obafemi Oginni, specified the Committee’s Terms of Reference as follows:

1) To review in all its ramifications, the 2009 to 2012  University Calendar to meet the current needs of the University;

2) To ensure that new Colleges, Departments and Centres, etc, are included in the revised edition for 2013 to 2015; and

3) To make other recommendations on the revised University Calendar to Management.

The release further stated that the Committee is expected to submit its report to Management before Tuesday, August 28, 2012.

Deans and Heads of Departments of Centres and Units have been requested to forward their inputs to the Secretary, CORUC, Academic Planning Unit or Mrs. W.A Badmus of the Senate and Admissions Office, before Monday, August 13, 2012.

The Committee is headed by  Professor Chryss Onwuka of the Animal Nutrition Department, College  of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM).

 

16th Summer Course Begins

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is holding its 16th Summer Biotechnology Training Course 2012 at the Biotechnology Centre, beginning from Monday, August 13, 2012.

According to the Director, Biotechnology Centre, Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan, the Course starts by 10.00am each day and will end on Friday, August 17, 2012.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole is expected to chair the Opening Ceremony.

 

NOTICE TO WITHDRAWAL (P) STUDENTS: COLLECTION OF PLACEMENT FORMS

This is to inform all students who have been advised to withdraw from their present departments due to poor academic performance, after the release of the 2011/2012 Second Semester examination results, to obtain Placement Forms from the Senate and Admissions Office.

The affected Students are to follow the following procedures:

1.    pay a sum of Five Hundred Naira (N500.00) only at the Bursary Cash Office
2.    use receipt of payment to collect the form at the Senate and Admissions Office
3.    fill the form and indicate Department of interest
4.    submit the completed form at the Senate and Admissions Office not later than Friday, 31st August, 2012.

Thank you

A. O. Salaam
Principal assistant Registrar
Senate and Admissions

FPY e-Exam …TIMTEC, COBFAS, TEFAMC commend Oyewole

 

The Vice-Chancellor has been commended for using the internal mechanism of the University’s facilities and personnel to conduct the 2011/2012 Farm Practical Year (FPY) e-Examination.

The Director of the University’s Time Table Committee (TIMTEC), Dr. Ikechukwu James; the Director, Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), Dr. Joe Atungwu, his Deputy, Dr. Eniola Fabusoro and the Director, Teaching Farm Management Committe (TEFAMAC), Dr. Moruf Adebisi, gave the commendation in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin after the e-Exam on Thursday.

Speaking in separate interviews, the respondents described the FPY e-Exam as unique, as it was the first time that the University’s facilities and personnel of ICTREC were engaged to conduct the examination.

They pointed out that the exercise had hitherto been contracted to an external ICT-based firm to conduct the exam for the University.

Dr. Adebisi stated that with the successful conduct of the FPY e-Exam, Professor Oyewole has saved the University from what ordinarily would have cost it a fortune.

Besides, they described it as an indication that the University has the wherewithal to internally conduct larger e-Exams sessions without contracting it to external firms.

 

 

 

FUNAAB Is Lucky to Have Professor Oyewole - Chief Oshunkeye …Charts Fresh Partnership

The VC, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Left) in a warm handshake with Chief Olusegun Oshunkeye OON, OFR during his courtesy call on the latter.

 

Renowned corporate Administrator and Chairman, Board of Directors, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Chief Olusegun Oshunkeye, has assured stakeholders that the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has the wherewithal to take the institution to unprecedented heights.

Chief Oshunkeye, an Honorary Graduand of the University (Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, 1998), gave the assurance when Professor Oyewole paid him a courtesy call in his Office, in recognition of his contributions to the development and progress of FUNAAB.

Congratulating Professor Oyewole on what he described as a well deserved appointment, Chief Oshunkeye, who was the University’s 1998 Convocation Lecturer, said FUNAAB is lucky to have him as Vice-Chancellor, assuring that his rich experience of the University system and virile international exposure will progress the institution to the next level.

Chief Oshunkeye, who is a Fellow, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, London and Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), described Professor Oyewole as a man of vision and driven by genuine passion to work the vision.

According to him, “We are lucky to have an experienced man who has been in the University since its inception, as Vice-Chancellor.  Professor Oyewole has the much-needed experience, not just in FUNAAB, he’s been to other countries as an international man”

“Given the experience he has gathered, there is an opportunity to move the University forward.  I have really seen that he’s a man of vision and he’s driven by genuine passion to actualize that dream”, he added.

Chief Oshunkeye promised to deploy his wealth of experience and contacts towards the success of the administration of Professor Oyewole and the University at large.

He called on members of the University Community and other stakeholders to cooperate with the Vice-Chancellor and

support his vision, which he said is in line with the dreams of the University’s Founding Fathers, in order to make the University a model among its peers.

His words, “from what I have heard about him ditto our discussion this morning, I’m convinced that he’s indeed a man of vision.  I want to say that I’m already part of his vision and I will assist to help actualize the vision”

“Based on this, Professor Oyewole deserves the support of members of the University community and other stakeholders”, he added.

Disclosing the essence and outcome of the meeting, Chief Oshunkeye said, “We are thinking of having a University venture, which will impact positively on the University and the host communities at large”.

The Venture is to go commercial within the University setting, but it will be  tied to research, which is the strength of the University, such that the output will be highly useful to industries and profitable to the University”, he stated.

Speaking further, he said, “We want to have a symbiotic relationship with the University which he (Professor Oyewole) represents and I, represent the industrial sector, by virtue of my background in the industry for 40 years”

“We want to see how the needs of industries are met by the knowledge and competencies of the University for the benefit of the populace and the University. I’m happy that our discussion today has been very positive”, he declared.

Also baring his mind on the visit, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole said, “The discussion is about how our University can be more relevant to our society.  It is about how FUNAAB can be at the forefront of development.  It is all about how our University can make our community know that we are really there for their socio-economic needs”

Speaking further, Professor Oyewole who lauded Chief Oshunkeye’s professional acumen as a renowned Chartered Accountant, Management Specialist and a reference point in leadership, stressed that “we discussed a lot together and I’ve learnt from his wealth of knowledge and I’ m sure that you will be seeing the impact on our University and the Community as a whole”.

It would be recalled that FUNAAB and Nestlé Nigeria Plc have been enjoying collaboration over a period of time. For instance, Nestle Nigeria embarked on an On-the-Farm adaptive research with FUNAAB in 1995, aimed at ensuring massive production of Soyabean, to meet the need of Nigerians.

Similarly, the first Project on field screening of Soyabean Cultivars, which was sponsored by Nestlé for the collection of high-yielding adaptable pest and disease resistant initiatives for the South-West, was carried out by FUNAAB in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.

This was later followed in 1999 by the pilot popularisation of Soyabean production in three of the FUNAAB’s Model Extension Villages.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESUMPTION FOR THE 2012/2013 ACADEMIC SESSION

FUNAAB Resumption for the 2012/2013 Academic Session as follows:
Arrival of Fresh Students Sunday, 9th September, 2012 Arrival of Returning Students Sunday, 7th October, 2012
ICT Training for Fresh Students  and Registration by Exams & Records 10th - 28th   September, 2012 First Semester Lectures begin Monday, 8th  October, 2012
Late Registration with penalty begins Monday, 22nd October, 2012
Orientation for Fresh Students 2nd  - 5th  October, 2012

Late Registration with penalty ends

Monday, 5th November, 2012

Fresh Candidates are to check the FUNAAB website - www.admission.unaab.edu.ng for details on their admission status

Parents, Guardians and Students are to please note the Charges payable by Students for the 2012/2013 Academic Session.

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FUNIS Celebrates Speech, Prize-giving Day

A Cross-section of the graduands being inducted into the FUNIS Alumni Association.

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, International School (FUNIS), penultimate Thursday, held its 7th Speech and Prize-giving Day, as well as its 3rd Valedictory Ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, said prizes were awarded to deserving students, based on merit and sound academic evaluation.
According to him, “I want you to know that the prizes awarded today are based on fairness and sound academic evaluation of the performance of these young students”.
Represented by the Chairman, FUNAAB’s Ceremonials Committee (CERECOM), Professor Babatunde Idowu, the Vice-Chancellor assured parents of the graduating students that the foundation that had been laid in FUNIS is sound, in terms of academic and moral excellence, as he charged them to maintain the high standard.
He enjoined the graduating students to avoid mixing with bad gangs. “Be cautious, not to join the mixed multitudes namely; miscreants, pretenders, cultists, among others, who have other reasons in life besides good names”, he said.
In her lecture titled: “The Nigerian Child as an Agent of Change in National Development”, the Guest Speaker, Mrs. Angela Olurin, maintained that the Nigerian child is the nation’s heritage and future hope.
According to the former Principal General, Yewa/Awori division, “you (children) must be diligent, accept all the training given at home and in school. Be obedient at home, be hard working, cooperative, supportive and be considerate”.
She also charged them to shun bad friends, make their parents happy and be more productive at their places of work.
The Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji (Engr.) Isaq Asamu, lauded the school for instilling discipline and quality academic feats while advising parents to support the school, for the betterment of their children.
The Principal, FUNIS, Mrs Adeola Olumide, stated that the ceremony was a way of recognising excellence and diligence in the students, adding that it will serve as a source of encouragement to them as well as those coming behind.

She restated the commitment of FUNIS in giving the students the best with the support of the University Management.
The Principal implored parents to send their children/wards to FUNIS as they would be better-off for it, noting that a large chunk of the graduating students had secured admission into several federal universities, on merit.

AMREC Sends-forth Staff

Dr. (Mrs.) Funmilayo Oluwalana (Standing) responding on behalf of other honorees, while from left is the Chairperson, Welfare Committee, Mrs. Mary Bandipo; the Outgone corper, Mrs. Ife Olootu; former Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Sam Oluwalana and Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya.

The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has organised a Send-forth Party for three of its members of staff, recently deployed to other Units in the University, as a serving corps member in the Centre also completed their service year.
The members of staff were Dr. (Mrs.) Funmilayo Oluwalana, Mrs. Sakirat Giwa and a youth corps member, Miss Ifeoluwa Olootu.
Speaking at the occasion, the immediate past Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Sam Oluwalana described AMREC as a pathway to agricultural revolution.
He stated that the fufu (Cassava flour), produced in the University is safer for consumption, cautioning people to be wary of what they eat, as some producers of fufu outside the University allegedly use detergent for its fermentation.
According to him, the practice could be detrimental to people’s health, as he commended the efforts of the Centre in educating the people in the rural areas, noting that AMREC had been a wonderful link between the scholars and the villagers.
He further admonished all to maintain exemplary conduct that could benefit others, stating that the lesson learnt from the Send-forth party is that “whatever anyone does today, determines the future”.
The Chairperson, Welfare Committee, Mrs. Mary Bandipo, said the party was organized to honour the staff that had worked diligently.
The redeployed staff were described by their colleagues as loving, cheerful, versatile and knowledgeable, while the youth Corp member, Mrs. Ife Olootu, was described as “a wonderful, hardworking, dedicated and jovial person”.
Responding, the redeployed staff expressed their appreciation to the Centre for the befitting Send-forth Party.

 

FUNAAB Sheds Light on Operational Mandates

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has enlightened members of the University community on the operational mandates of some of its Institutes, Centres and Directorates.
According to a release, signed by the Director, Grants Management, Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi, the streamlined mandates of the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR); the Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP); and the Directorate of Grants Management (DGM), are as follows:
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; and
e.       To foster agricultural information exchange and dissemination through agricultural research seminars, workshops, conferences and publications.
2.       The Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP)
a.       To promote the internationalization 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; and
e.       To promote and manage the FUNAAB Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS), and initiate other schemes that will promote the internationalization 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; and
e.       To promote the publicity and feasibility of research activities in the University through the publication of the University’s Annual Research Reports and other publications that will show-case research excellence in the University.

BoI to Collaborate with FUNAAB

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Arrowed), Principal Officers of FUNAAB, Director and the management team of BOI, led by Mr. Shuaib Ottan (2nd Right) at the meeting.

The Management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and the Bank of Industry (BoI) have set machineries in motion for collaboration in the areas of youth empowerment and poverty eradication.
Speaking at the end of a meeting, where the decision was taken, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, disclosed that the University was committed to the empowerment of its young graduates, as this will help reduce the problem of unemployment in the society.
Professor Oyewole said there was an immediate need to empower the institution’s graduates, moreso that they are entitled to a provision of N200,000 loan, in addition to free farmland in the University, under a Graduate Farming Employment Scheme.
The Vice-Chancellor added that the graduates are expected to pay back the interest-free loan, charging them to explore the possibilities of embarking on large scale agriculture.

Professor Oyewole informed of the decision of Management to invite a reputable company to manage the Industrial Park Unit and other commercial ventures of the University. “We want another company entirely to run the business and make money”, he said.
Earlier, the leader of the team from BoI, Mr. Shuaib Ottan, restated his company’s commitment to pooling resources together with the University in alleviating poverty among young graduates through youth empowerment.
He advised young graduates to join Co-operative Societies, to enable them have access to the loans.

COREN Concludes Accreditation Assignment in FUNAAB

The Head, COREN Accreditation Team, Engr. Olumuyiwa Ajibola (Right) briefing the VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole on the concluding aspect of the Accreditation Exercise, at the VC’s Conference Room.

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering (COREN) Accreditation Team to the College of Engineering (COLENG) of the University, has concluded its assignment.
While briefing the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole and Principal Officers of the University on the exercise, the Chairman of the COREN Accreditation Committee, Engineer Olumuyiwa Ajibola, said the final report had been prepared but will first go to COREN for approval before it can be presented to the public.
He added, “Some had thought we are not friendly whereas we are only being objective. On the whole, I will say we have done our work on equitable manner and in a way that will enhance the performance of the University, especially, COLENG”.
The Chairman, who is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) said, “First of all, it is commendation for FUNAAB for maintaining a beautiful landscape; well laid-out, which is conducive for learning”.
He also said: “we noticed that very high percentage of Technical Staff have registered with COREN. This is commendable. I am sure the Management is enjoying some of their contributions to the development of the University”.
Among others, the Accreditation Team’s Chairman stated that “the University will also be commended for strictly committing itself to adherence to standard academic calendar”.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, expressed the commitment of the University to academic excellence while the Dean of COLENG, Professor Samuel Adejuyigbe disclosed that, “the Accreditation Team actually dug deep into our records, going into areas, looking into offices.
I can say that they have done a thorough job, we are happy working with them. I think they are happy working with us too”, he added.

Prof. Enikuomehin Resumes at PG School

The Outgoing Dean, PG School, Prof. Steve Afolami (Left) handing-over formally to the Incoming Dean, Prof. Ololade Enikuomehin at the PG School.

The new Dean of Postgraduate School, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, last Wednesday assumed duty, as members of staff commended his predecessor, Professor Steve Afolami, who they said will be greatly missed by all.
The Handing-over ceremony took place at the Dean’s Office and was well attended by most of the members of staff.
Professor Afolami, spoke passionately about the love and affection, bestowed him by the staff of the School.
Responding, the new Dean, Professor Enikuomehin stated that “I would have been taken by surprise if you didn’t end the way you have ended, because I’ve known you since 2004. It is emotional but not painful. You will go through this more and more”.
Professor Afolami, in his Handing-over speech, disclosed that “we have been like a family over the years, in spite of the differences among us in terms of character, gender, ability and temperament. I thank God we all worked harmoniously”.
“Tell all the old staff that are not here that the memories we shared are still very fresh in my mind”, he added.
“Of course, I drove you hard. I heard your protest but I behaved as if I did not, but the conclusion is that everything that has been labeled success has been the beautiful contributions of you all”, Professor Afolami said.
“Those who misunderstood me must have formed a mindset about my attitude. If I’ve tried not to hurt you but I ended hurting you, you just have to take it like that because discipline demands that from me, else we would have failed”, he noted.
Speaking further, Professor Afolami stated that “in the process of administration, there is no way we won’t bite each other. I pray God to give you the spirit to forgive me and overcome your grudges if I have offended you”.
He added that “it is my wish to hear good news about PG School and to be happy that the family I left behind is thriving”.
Professor Afolami, however, called on Management to increase the funding of the Postgraduate School and ensure that only staff of the University that had earlier worked in the College is appointed Dean because of its peculiarity, as a service provider for the University.
His words, “The funding deserves more than what we have received in the last five years. I used my money for five years to run the PG School. I mean I abused my family resources to run the PG School that is not named after me”.
Professor Afolami also expressed confidence in the ability of his successor, Prof. Enikuomehin to take the PG School to greater heights.
Extolling his sterling qualities, Professor Afolami said “I like to say, he’s a highly articulate and logically reasoning person. When he was ASUU Chairman, he provided a leadership that everybody could identify with, even with a lot of firmness, when it was required”.
“Therefore, you should expect that he will be firm. He’s reasonable and he’s not a rash person and with what I’ve seen of you in the last five years, I don’t see you denying him of your much-needed support. It is my wish that you give him maximum cooperation”, he stated.
Professor Afolami admonished the staff to “treat the new Dean like a father, treat him like a boss but much More, love him from your heart and by so doing, you will be able to tell him what is right”.
“Don’t back-bite each other and don’t poison the mind of the new Dean against fellow staff because by so doing, you will be sowing the seed of discord. As I’m leaving you, it’s going to hurt me that I won’t see you always”, he declared.
Responding, Professor Enikuomehin declared, “You (Prof. Afolami) have always made me feel I can do it. To everyone present, “Oga” has helped to prepare the ground. I’m looking forward to work harmoniously with you. On my part, I will do my best”.
“I will be fair to everyone. I don’t believe in playing double game. If you want to tell me anything that you don’t want others to hear don’t come to me because we must bring the virtues of the good Lord we serve to bear largely on our service here”, he added.
Prof. Enikuomehin spoke further, “There is a template to work as a family, I’m committed to doing that. Please, let’s work together. Take it that I’m new, come and tell me things I don’t know about in this School. I promise you, I won’t be a green horn for long. I will learn fast. Please, feel free to tell me ideas”.

FUNAAB VC Visits Chief Obasanjo

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Standing) addressing the nation’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (Right) while the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo and the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako listen with rapt attention.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, last Friday paid a Courtesy Call on the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at his Hill-Top, Oke-Mosan private residence in Abeokuta.
It was the maiden visit of Professor Oyewole to Chief Obasanjo, in his official capacity as FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Oyewole was accompanied on the visit by Principal Officers and top officials of the University.
Speaking moments after he was received by the former President, the Vice-Chancellor said he came to say, thank you, to Chief Obasanjo for his immense contributions to the growth and development of the University, since its inception.
Professor Oyewole said his visit was to also express his commitment to the dreams of the University’s Founding Fathers, sustain and improve on the legacies of former Vice-Chancellors of the institution, especially, his predecessor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that his ultimate goal while in office will be to ensure that FUNAAB impacted more on the community and the world at large.
Professor Oyewole said as part of efforts to attain the goal: “We shall be coming to seek your fatherly advice because you are our own father”.
Responding, Chief Obasanjo said universities are centres for economic, social and moral education for the nation.
He expressed joy that FUNAAB had strictly been committed to the realization of the dreams of its Founding Fathers, charging the Management to focus more attention on venturing into agricultural business by commercializing its farm produce.
The Vice-Chancellor responded by thanking Chief Obasanjo, saying “I want to appreciate you for the great wisdom that you just shared with us”.
He disclosed that Management was already looking into commercializing the business segments of the University for better performance, as necessary machineries are in motion for collaboration with reputable institutions and farms including the Obasanjo Farms.

FUNAAB fetes Staff at Senate Luncheon

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole addressing members of staff at the Senate Luncheon held recently.

A Senate Luncheon, commemorating the end of the 2011/2012 Academic Session at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) took place at the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole declaring that it was another successful academic year that deserved celebration.
Explaining the rationale behind the Luncheon, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole articulated a catalogue of achievements that made it a well-deserved celebration.
According to Professor Oyewole, these include the ’A’ rating accreditation of the University, movement of the Postgraduate School and the College of Food Science and Ecology (COLFHEC) to their permanent buildings, stable academic calendar and “more importantly, we enjoy the peace of God”.
Professor Oyewole described the peaceful transition of the Vice-Chancellorship from Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun to him as symbolic.
He disclosed that having inherited 25 ongoing projects from his predecessor, the priority of his administration is to complete them within a record time, adding that until he completed the inherited projects, he would not embark on new ones.
According to him, the ongoing projects are the 3,000-capacity Auditorium, which will now be used for University’s Convocation Ceremonies and other major events, the 2,500 Computer Laboratory, 2,000 Lecture Theatre Auditorium behind the Postgraduate School, the Institute for Food Security Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) Building and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-endowed College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) Building.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed his happiness on the commencement of the use of the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre, for University functions, as well as the relocation of the Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships into the premises.
He noted that the Senate Luncheon, which in the past had taken place outside the campus, is now being hosted at the Centre.
He called on members of the Senate and the University community at large to patronize the events Centre for their programme of activities.
Professor Oyewole disclosed that the management of the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre will be advertised in the national dailies to inform members of the public on the new Hotel, and to get capable managers, to run the place.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked members of Senate, Principal Officers, Deans, Directors and members of the University community, for contributing immensely to the success of the Academic Session.

Professor Oyewole Will Succeed in Office – Former President

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (Right) making a point when the VC of FUNAAB, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Left) paid him a visit recently.

A former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has expressed his confidence in the ability of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, to record a resounding success in office.
Receiving the Vice-Chancellor, at his Hill-Top private residence, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Chief Obasanjo, said Professor Oyewole had the wherewithal to take FUNAAB to an unprecedented level, having been part of the institution’s success story since its inception.
“Let me congratulate you, our Vice-Chancellor, on your appointment. Let me also express my joy that somebody who knows the University journey so far had taken over the leadership of the institution”, he said.
Clad in native Adire attire, Chief Obasanjo, who looked trim and fit did not hide his deep passion for the University, reiterating, “Let me say that I have abiding interest and faith in what you are doing. You have essentially kept fate with your mandate”, he said.
Meanwhile, the National Secretariat of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has given assurance that Professor Oyewole will excel in office, based on his antecedents.
NIPR, in a Congratulatory Letter to the Vice-Chancellor and signed by the Registrar, Dr. Stephen Adebayo, said, “We are very convinced that you will excel in this new position, given your competence, capacity to work diligently, enviable record of sound performance, qualifications and experiences, as well as your amiable and humble personality”.
The Institute said it “hopes that this appointment will go a long way to rekindle your (Prof. Oyewole’s) enthusiasm in your resolve for ultimate goals of service to humanity and to take your institution to greater heights”.