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Accreditation Excites COLENG Dean … Commends VC

The Dean, College of Engineering (COLENG), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Samuel Babatope Adejuyigbe has expressed delight over the full accreditation of all the Engineering Programmes in his College.
The elated Dean, who could not hide his joy in an interview with FUNAAB Bulletin said, “the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) accreditation is mandatory and compulsory because if you don’t have full accreditation, your programme will not run”.
According to him, full accreditation is valid for five years and the University accreditation status is valid till 2017.
Professor Adejuyigbe pointed out that formally COREN used to issue interim accreditation but now, “it is either you pass or you fail and if you do not have full accreditation then you have failed and it shows that you can not admit any student against the next session until you have been accredited”
Professor Adejuyigbe commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole for the giant stride, which was achieved under his administration, stating that the programmes which were given full accreditation by COREN are Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering and Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

Prof. Babatope Adejuyigbe
Dean, COLENG

Food Science and Technology (FST) Dept. Organizes Food Safety Training

The Department of Food Science and Technology (FST), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has begun a two-week intensive Food Safety Programme beginning from October 29, 2012 to November 9, 2012.
A release dated October 15, 2012 and signed by Dr. A.O Obadina informed that the Programme is holding at the International Scholars and Resource Centre (IS&RC).
The release further added that Prof. Martin Lo from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, USA, who is the Resource person is developing a systematic Food Safety intervention structure that will involve the following:
Intervention via Food Safety Training programme for different stakeholders within the country.
Surveillance of risk and potential hazards associated with prevailing food production and distribution practice in the country.
Collaborative Research in the area of Food Safety with respect to the aforementioned.

VC Tasks Nigerians on Food Safety



The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole addressing participants at the Workshop. Sitting from left are Prof. (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine; Dean, COLVET, Prof. (Mrs.) Morenike Dipeolu; the Facilitator, Dr. Martin Lo; Dean, COLNAS, Prof. Tope Popoola and the HOD (FST), Prof. Lateef Sanni.

 

The University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has charged Nigerians, to be more conscious and concerned about the safety of the food that they eat.
Professor Oyewole gave the charge on Monday, while declaring opened, a Workshop on Food Safety and Risk Minimization, held at the University International Scholars and Resource Centre.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, apathy on the part of Nigerians towards the safety of the food they eat is the cause of food borne diseases that either maimed or killed some of them untimely.
Pointing out that Nigeria is a reflection of the food intake of its citizenry, Professor Oyewole enjoined Nigerians to be mindful of the safety of the food they eat at all times.
Proffering the way forward for the Workshop, the Vice-Chancellor challenged the organizers to make it an annual International Workshop.
According to him, “we hope we will be able to turn this Workshop to annual one, which should also not be restricted to Nigeria and Ghana alone, we should strive to make it an  International Workshop”.
In his Goodwill Message, the Facilitator, Dr. Y. Martin Lo of the  Department of Food Science, University of Maryland, USA said his contact with FUNAAB was facilitated by Dr. Olusegun Obadina of the Department of Food and Technology, whom he met in Brazil and a former student of the University whom he (Martin Lo) taught in Maryland.
Dr. Lo said his lecture would be based on his experience in America as a citizen, expressing his readiness to learn from participants, based on their experience in Nigeria.
Earlier in his Welcome Address, the Head of Department, Food Science and Technology, Professor Lateef Sanni described the Workshop as a product of the dream of the Vice-Chancellor, which was interpreted and actualized by Dr. Obadina.
The Workshop is organized by the University, in collaboration with University of Maryland, USA.

COLLABORATION: FUNAAB, GMI Eye New Programme

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Left) addressing the President of GMI, Dr. Joseph Shevel (2nd Left) and his team during their courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Galilee  Management Institute, Israel are fine-tuning arrangements to develop joint programmes.
The President of GMI, Dr. Joseph Shevel disclosed this in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin after his courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole.
Dr. Shevel who was accompanied by two other staff of GMI revealed that under the proposed collaboration, some Senior Academic Staff of the University will be sent to the Institute in Isreal to Lecture for a period.
According to him, “We came here because we want to develop new programmes. 
Through this programme, we will start sending some of the Professors to our Institute to teach.  This is the type of collaboration we are looking at and it will help many”.
Speaking further on the programme, Dr. Shevel stated that “in the next few weeks or days, the Council of the University is coming to the Galilee.  While there, we will sit down and design the programme”.
Receiving Dr. Shevel and his team earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole lauded the cordial relationship between the University and the Institute, which he said has been waxing stronger.
He, therefore, appealed to the Institute, to in the interest of the relationship give the University concession in the areas of tuition fee and sponsorship of staff to GMI for training.

COREN Grants FUNAAB’s Engineering Programmes Full Accreditation

Head, COREN Accreditation Team Engr. Olumuyiwa Ajibola Vice-Chancellor Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has granted full accreditation to all the four Undergraduate Engineering Programmes of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

The cheering news of the University’s feat was contained in a letter dated October 2, 2012, signed by the Registrar of COREN, Engr. Felix Atume, FNSE, mni and addressed to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole.

According to COREN, the four Undergraduate Programmes granted full accreditation are Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

The Council disclosed that approval for full accreditation was granted as a result of the accreditation team’s visitation to the Undergraduate Engineering Programmes of the University between July 29 and August 2, 2012.

COREN stated that the full accreditation is with effect from August 2, 2012 and it is valid for a period of five years.

It however informed that random visit will be paid on the University, within the period of validity, to check on the state of facilities.

 

FUNAAB Bags VON Award

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has bagged the prestigious Voice of Nigeria (VON) Award for emerging the First Runner-up in the Education Support Services (ESS) 2012 Essay Competition.

The Award came to the University through the Essay submission of an Alumnus, Mr. Adeoso Oluwasegun Ganiyu on “An Assessment of the Nigerian Universities Environment”, held at the VON Conference Room, Radio House, Abuja.

Speaking in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, Mr. Adeoso, a graduate of the Department of Chemistry disclosed that he submitted the essay, using FUNAAB as his case study while writing his project in the University in 2010.

According to him, the essay did not pose any difficulty because it was written at a time when the University was witnessing a lot of transformational development under the administration of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

Mr. Adeoso who revealed that contestants cut across the nation’s Universities, said only the top three were honoured.

“A medical student from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria came first, I emerged first runner up for FUNAAB, while a Law student from University of Benin emerged second runner up”.

The VON awardee commended the Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole led Administration for building on the legacy of his predecessor, while charging other students to be open to challenges and be ready to develop themselves in other disciplines.

 

 

FUNAAB Extends Students’ Registration

 

Due to Network failure from O’Net and the System Breakdown experienced during on-line registration by students, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has approved the extension of registration by one week.

Therefore, late registration with penalty will not start until Monday, October 29, 2012.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo wishes to assure all that the process is being monitored appropriately.

All students must ensure that they complete their registration within the period as lectures had commenced.

 

“FUNAAB Is The Centre of our Work in Nigeria” - Gates Foundation

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Middle) addressing the Programme Officer of  Gates Foundation, Mr. Orin Hasson (Arrowed) and his entourage who paid him a Courtesy Call, recently. With him are the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako and Prof. Lateef Sanni.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Middle) addressing the Programme Officer of Gates Foundation, Mr. Orin Hasson (Arrowed) and his entourage who paid him a Courtesy Call, recently. With him are the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako and Prof. Lateef Sanni.

The Gates Foundation has commended the University, describing it as the nerve centre of its work in Nigeria.

The Programme Officer of Gates Foundation, Orin Hasson stated this in an exclusive chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, after his courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole.

Assessing the performances of the Foundation’s pet project, “Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) in Africa and Nigeria in particular, Hasson pointed out that FUNAAB has been “the centre of our work here in Nigeria”.

He stressed that through its leading role in C:AVA, the University has helped the nation tremendously, by coordinating and managing the Nigeria component of the project.

His words, “The University has helped Nigeria pretty much. It helps to coordinate five or six different sub-contractors that need to get the work done. The University manages the component of the project C:AVA, so it is really the centre of our work here in Nigeria”.

Speaking further, Hasson disclosed that apart from Nigeria, C:AVA projects are on-going in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and in Malawi, pointing out however, that Nigeria’s cassava flour is the most advanced in quality.

According to him, “I oversee the Cassava Adding Value (C:AVA) project in Africa, which is done partly through the University here, which manages the Nigeria component of the project”.

“It is also being done in four other countries; that is Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, but Nigeria is the most advanced in terms of high quality cassava flour that we work on”, he added.

Explaining his mission to the University, Hasson disclosed that “I have come to kind of see where we are on the large flash dryer that are required for cassava processing”.

“There are a couple of companies here in Nigeria that has made advancement. Professor Sanni (Professor Lateef Sanni) and Bernard (Bernard Siwoku of C:AVA Nigeria-Secretariat) and Kola (Dr. Kola Adebayo of C:AVA Ghana) has been working with them. I am here to see the progress and understand the plan of going forward”, he added.

The Programme Manager of Gates Foundation, who disclosed that he was visiting FUNAAB for the first time, said the “University is beautiful, very large and I understand that there is a lot of new expansion going on, which is very nice”.

Asked whether he’s been eating Nigeria cassava flour moreso, that he said “it is the most advanced in terms of high quality”, Hasson bursted into laughter and declared, “I have not been eating as much cassava as I need to, so hopefully on this trip I will get some Fufu and some Garri here but not yet”.

Receiving Hasson earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole commended the Gates Foundation for contributing to the socio, economic development of Nigeria and Africa in general, through many masses oriented projects, including C:AVA.

He stated that FUNAAB and Gates Foundation shared the common goal of bettering the lot of Nigerians by tackling food insecurity.

The Country Manager of C:AVA, Prof. Lateef Sanni and his Ghanaian counterpart, Dr. Kola Adebayo joined the Vice-Chancellor to receive Hasson.

FUNAAB Releases 2012/2013 Academic Calendar for INHURD

 

Senate has approved the 2012/2013 Academic Calendar for the Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)

 

According to the Decision Extract of the 190th Statutory Meeting of Senate held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the

 

2012/2013 Academic Calendar for INHURD is as follows:

2012/2013 Proposed Academic Calendar

 

First Semester

Resumption for Fresh Students -  Monday, September 17, 2012

Resumption for Returning FSP II Students -    Tue., October 2, 2012

Registration Exercise -  Monday, September 17 – Friday, October 12, 2012

Late Registration with Penalty                        -  Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19, 2012

Orientation Programme -  Wednesday, October 3 – Friday, October 5, 2012

Commencement of Lectures -  Monday, October 8, 2012

Xmas & New Year Break -  Friday, December 21 – Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Resumption from Break -  Wednesday, January 2,  2012

CAT I -  Unannounced

CAT II -  Monday, January 14, 2013

End of Lecturers & Practicals -  Friday, January 25, 2013

Revisions for Exams, Make UP, Lectures &

Practicals -  Monday, January 28 – Friday, Feb 1, 2013

First Semester Exams -  Monday, Feb 4 – Thursday, Feb 7, 2013

Marking of scripts, compilation and

processing of results -  Monday, Feb 11 – Friday, Feb 15, 2013

14 Weeks Lectures

1 Week of Examination

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Commencement of Lectures -  Monday, February 18, 2013

End of Lecturers & Practicals -  Friday, May 24, 2013

CAT I -  Unannounced

CAT II -  Monday, May 27, - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Second Semester Exams -  Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 7, 2013

Marking of scripts, compilation and

processing of results -  Monday, June 10 – Monday, June 17, 2013

Approval of Results and End of Session -  Thursday, June 27, 2013

14 Weeks Lectures

1 Week of Examination

 

VC Lauds Agricultural Transformation Agenda

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bnadele Oyewole delivering his Keynote Address at NIFST’s 36th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting held at the UNILAG’s Conference Centre, recently.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bnadele Oyewole delivering his Keynote Address at NIFST’s 36th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting held at the UNILAG’s Conference Centre, recently.

The Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the Federal government of Nigeria has been observed to be capable of ensuring greater heights in food production, as well as restoring the nation’s lost glory in agriculture.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, made the observation last Monday, while delivering his Keynote Address at the 36th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, held at the University of Lagos Conference Centre, Akoka, Lagos.

Professor Oyewole lauded the transformation agenda, saying its proper implementation would turn Nigeria from being a food importer to a self-sufficient and food exporting country.

Further commending the initiative of the current administration, Professor Oyewole was confident that the agenda would transform the Nigerian economy, in meeting the future needs of the people as it is based on a set of priority policies and programmes.

According to him, the nation’s current profile of being a net importer of food is worrisome, observing that the country in 2010, imported over N1.2 trillion worth of wheat, rice, sugar, fish and other food items.

He said, “With ATA, Nigeria is expected to process all her agricultural produce, promote locally produced foods, make farmers prosperous and create jobs.

ATA seeks to fix value-added chains for rice, cassava, cocoa, sorghum, cotton, maize, soybean, oil-palm, aquaculture and livestock”, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor, however advised the Federal Government to work on the lapse in the transformation agenda which he observed, has failed to attribute roles and direct involvement of professional bodies, universities and other stakeholders, required to drive the mission of the agenda.

The Vice-Chancellor assured that the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, in line with its mandate, would further contribute to the goals of the transformation agenda by intensifying its activities in rural development, job creation, income generation and sustainable development.

He said the University would not relent in “investing in pro-poor impact oriented market approach through information gathering, dissemination and provision of basic technological infrastructure to small holder farmers and processors”.

The Keynote Speaker also commended the active roles of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology in ensuring sustainable food processing, but asked that it strive for the establishment of a National Innovation Platform, as a way of educating the masses on the interplay amongst food nutrition and wellness.

The Vice-Chancellor was earlier at the occasion conferred with the Professional Fellowship of the Institute for his contributions to the advancement of Food Science and Technology, while the President of FUNAAB Alumni Association and Head, Department of Food Science and Technology of the University, Professor Lateef Sanni, was decorated with the Outstanding NIFSTers’ Award.

MENTORING: A Big Vacuum in Leadership - Former Head Of Federal Civil Service

Former Head of Federal Civil Service, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi making salient points as the Chairman of the 2012/2013 Commencement Lecture, held recently.
Former Head of Federal Civil Service, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi making salient points as the Chairman of the 2012/2013 Commencement Lecture, held recently.

 

The immediate past Head of Federal Civil Service, Professor Oladapo Afolabi has described mentoring as a “big vacuum” in the country’s leadership and national life, at large.

He stated this at the University’s maiden edition of Commencement Lecture for the 2012/2013 Academic Session, held on Wednesday at Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre.

Professor Afolabi, who was the Chairman of the Lecture lamented that, “We have forgotten about mentoring almost completely”.

He observed that “In the system that we are copying, the person who will become the next President of America (USA), may be in another sixty years, is being mentored right now”.

Professor Afolabi frowned that “Here (Nigeria) the situation is as occasion permits. Therefore, I’m quite happy that this is the kind of topic you have selected and you have the right person (former Speaker, Dimeji Bankole) to really come in to deliver it”.

Exploring the meaning of the occasion, “Commencement Lecture”, the former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education said “in simple English, it means starting something”.

He explained, “For those of you who are just coming into the University and even for those of you who will be ending; I see it as commencement to phase 2 of your life”.

The Chairman of the occasion expatiated, “There are three phases in life.  Phase one is when you are born.  In this Phase you play no part.  Phase three is when you die, in this Phase, you have no choice”.

“Phase two is between when you are born and when you die.   This is a major phase. This is where and when you get married.  It means you are now an adult as a man and woman”, he added.

Speaking further, Professor Afolabi admonished the students and Nigerian youths in general that “This is the time to commence your Phase two and this is time for you to be mentored.  Let me emphasize that you need to lay very solid foundation to get into Phase two”.

Professor Afolabi who used the occasion to commend Hon. Bankole for his commitment to stability of government and peace in his father’s land while in office, recalled how the former Lawmaker, while he was the Speaker of the House of Representatives worked underground with him towards amicable resolution of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) crisis, at the time.

The former Head of Service spoke before dignitaries, which include a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Ogun State and Chief of Staff to former Governor Gbenga Daniel, Mr. Kayode Samuel and the President, Nigeria Guild of Editors and Managing Director and Editor-In-Chief of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye.

 

All Librarians should be ICT Compliant – VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole addressing participants at the NLA’s Workshop, held at the International Scholars and Resource Centre (IS&RC).
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole addressing participants at the NLA’s Workshop, held at the International Scholars and Resource Centre (IS&RC).

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has declared that all Librarians should be Information and Communication Technology (ICT) compliant. Professor Oyewole made the declaration at a Dinner organised in honour of the participants at the National Workshop by the Nigerian Library Association (NLA)’s ICT section with the theme, Creating Innovative Libraries in Nigeria, held at the International Scholars and Resource Centre (IS&RC).

The Vice-Chancellor stated that the strength of the University depends on the quality of its Library adding that the Nimbe Adedipe Library, established over 24 years ago can no longer accommodate the rising student population of the University.

Professor Oyewole congratulated the participants for going through the exposure of the Workshop within the last few days, stressing that they must have learnt a lot from it.

In her Welcome Address, the Acting University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for taking out time to attend the Dinner, inspite of his tight schedule.

She however declared that the participants should unwind, wine and dine as that was the main purpose of organising the Dinner.

In one of the comments, a participant, Mrs. Raliat Onadiran from President Kennedy Library, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, said that it was a great opportunity for her and the participants to be part of this Workshop as they have acquired more knowledge.

She commended the University Management for the well kept lawn on campus, noting that the University environment is pleasing.

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of certificates to participants.

UNAAB Microfinance Bank Ltd Announces Asset Acquisition Scheme

 

Here comes a golden opportunity for FUNAAB staff, don’t miss it.

Please hurry now and visit UNAAB Microfinance Bank to make your bookings and own the underlisted assets at the prevailing market price, but through loan repayable within 3-6 months.

i. Ipad 3

ii. Computer Laptop

iii. Home appliances such as:

(A) Washing Machine

(B) Home Theatre;

(C) Gas Cooker; and

(D) Deep Freezer.

Eligibility : FUNAAB Staff only with or without account with FUNAAB Microfinance Bank.

Thank you.

Signed

Management

 

Top Notch Writers (TWO) to Hold Training Programme on November 7

The Top Notch Writers Organisation (TWO), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) will hold a Certified Training Programme on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Julius Amioba Okojie Hall 1, by 11am.

A release jointly signed by the Chief Pen, Mr. Orija Ponmile and the Pen Secretary, .

Mr. Emmanuel Kupoluyi informed that the Theme of the Programme is Unlocking, Branding and Rebranding your Potential and would cover areas like; Communication, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

The release further informed that resource people who are to grace the event are; CEO, Phembuk Communications, Mr. Femi Bolaji; Dr. (Mrs.) C.A Onifade and the Coordinator, FUNAAB Radio FM, Mr. Ayo Arowojolu.

Others are the Acting Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam and the Correspondent, Vanguard Newspaper

FUNAAB Sends-forth 2011/2012 Batch ‘C’ Corps Members

Representative of the Vice-Chancellor, the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (Standing) addressing the outgoing Corps members during their Send-forth ceremony, recently.
Representative of the Vice-Chancellor, the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (Standing) addressing the outgoing Corps members during their Send-forth ceremony, recently.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has held a Send-Forth ceremony for the 2011/2012 Batch ‘C’ Corps members.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole called on the Corps members to be focused and prayerful in life.

Professor Oyewole who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, advised the corps members not to limit themselves to the scope of their studies in the University in meeting the challenges of life adding that they should showcase their in-built talents.

Professor Oyewole commended the corps members for contributing their own quota to the development of the University while serving, stressing that any negative report was not made on them throughout their stay.

He advised them not to allow money to be their paramount desire but rather to seek more knowledge.

Stating that “We are now in a stage where knowledge can earn you money”, he stressed.

The Vice-Chancellor admonished them to maintain integrity in all their dealings in life.

Speaking at the occasion, the outgoing Internal Corpers Liaison Officer (CLO), Mr. Adeoye Samson expressed appreciation to the Management of the University for allowing them to serve in the various Departments of the University.

“I sincerely appreciate the liberal and hospitable gestures extended to us by the entire University Community”, he said.

The ICLO gave kudos to the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole for the prompt payment of their monthly allowances.

The duo of Miss. Lela Omo-Ikhiroda and Mr. Olasupo Ibrahim on behalf of their colleagues, also expressed appreciation to the University.

Reciprocating the kind gestures extended to them by the University, the Corp members presented Waste Bin Baskets and Bed Sheets for the use of Environmental Management Unit and Health Centre respectively, to the representative of the Vice-Chancellor.

VC Bags Fellowship of NIFST

The President of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Dr. John Obiora Onuora (Right), presenting the Award to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole.

The President of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Dr. John Obiora Onuora (Right), presenting the Award to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole.

 

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has been conferred with the Professional Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST).

The award was conferred on Professor Oyewole barely 24 hours ago, during the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Institute, held at the University of Lagos Conference Centre, Akoka, Lagos.

Acknowledging the tremendous contributions of the Vice-Chancellor to the advancement of Food Science and Technology, the President of the Institute, Dr. John Obiora Onuora, decorated Professor Oyewole with the award insignia, thereby conferring on him, the title, right and privileges of the Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Five other eminent Nigerians were also honoured with the Institute’s Professional Fellowship, while another three bagged the Honorary Fellowship and five others, including the President of the University’s Alumni Association and Head of Department, Food Science and Technology, FUNAAB, Professor Oladimeji Lateef Sanni, were given the Outstanding NIFSTers’ Award.

Responding on behalf of the Awardees, Professor Oyewole appreciated the Governing Council and the Executive of the Institute for the honour, with a pledge to live up to the expectation of the award and also ensure the development of the profession.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, was represented at the Opening Ceremony by the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Okon Bassey Ewa.

FUNAAB had an impressive participation at the 36th Annual Conference, with the likes of the Dean of the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor (Mrs.) F.O Henshaw and retinue of staff and students of the Department.

FUNAAB is a Shining Example of Good Leadership, Mentorship - Former Speaker Bankole

The Guest Lecturer, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Sabur Bankole delivering his Lecture during the 2012/2013 Commencement lecture.

The Guest Lecturer, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Sabur Bankole delivering his Lecture during the 2012/2013 Commencement lecture.

The immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Sabur Bankole (CFR) has described the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) as a worthy example of good leadership and mentorship.

Hon. Bankole stated this, even as he called on the Federal, State, Local Government and other stakeholders to ensure that only experts, who have passed through the Universities of Agriculture are entrusted with the leadership of Ministries of Agriculture and other related agencies, in order to ensure that round peg are put in round hole, to enhance service delivery.

Besides, the former Federal Lawmaker, also charged students of the University, not only to adopt their Lecturers as mentors, but to respect them and remember them for good when they become great leaders in life.

Hon. Bankole dropped the hints aforementioned, while “speaking from the heart as a concerned Nigerian and delivering his Address titled, “Mentoring And The Challenge of Leadership in Africa”.

He was the Guest Speaker at the University’s maiden edition of “Commencement Lecture”, heralding and marking the beginning of the 2012/2013 Academic Session, while successive sessions will follow suit subsequently.

Commencement Lecture is one of the lofty and proactive initiatives of Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole’s administration, targeted at sustaining the University Community and its external stakeholders, within the ambit of the framework, envisaged for new Academic Session, with a view to also foster a robust town and gown relationship.

The Lecture, as a matter of fact, lived up to billing and the ambience evinced no less on Wednesday, as the sprawling Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre was fully occupied by staff, students, journalists, special guests and well wishers, who witnessed the intellectual discourse.

The noticeable presence of the Chairman of the occasion, the immediate past Head of Service, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, Guest Speaker, Hon. Bankole, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi (MON), Council members, Professor Oyewole led Principal Officers and students Executive added value and glamour to the Lecture.

However, the occasion peaked when Hon. Bankole mounted the podium to deliver his Lecture. FUNAAB was the highpoint of his delivery and it was commendation galore while his candid assessment of leadership and mentorship took the centre stage.

X-raying the University in the context of the theme of his Lecture, Hon. Bankole said FUNAAB is worthy of emulation in the area of good leadership and mentoring, having harnessed its tripodal mandate of teaching, research and extension services to develop the nation.

He also commended the University saying the cordial relationship between the management, staff and students is exemplary.

According to him, “The Federal University of Agriculture has in the past two decades emerged as a leading institution in a very sensitive sector of our national life.

Through its teaching, research and community outreach activities, the University has contributed in no small measure to our country’s quest for food security and national development”.

“The relationship between the Management, staff and students of this great institution remains a worthy exemple on the usefulness of mentoring, which recommends itself to other entities,” he added.

Speaking further, the nation’s former number four man lamented that Universities of Agriculture are being denied the privilege of mentoring the nation’s agricultural sector because government often looked elsewhere, while appointing top functionaries to handle the sector at all tiers of governance.

Describing the trend as abnormal, Hon. Bankole called on relevant authorities, to ensure that only experts from Universities of Agriculture in the country are offered top ranking jobs like Minister in the agricultural sector, in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

 

LIBRARY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TODAY WORKSHOP: Don Tasks Library Staff on ICT

Inset: Dr. Taofeek Salisu delivering his Keynote Address during the 6th Annual Workshop of the Nigeria Library Association, Information Technology Session held in the University, recently.

Inset: Dr. Taofeek Salisu delivering his Keynote Address during the 6th Annual Workshop of the Nigeria Library Association, Information Technology Session held in the University, recently.

Library personnel have been charged to educate and upgrade themselves in the knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in order to ensure efficiency in the discharge of their duties.

 

A Fellow of Nigeria Library Association (FNLA), Dr. Taofeek Mabolaje Salisu gave the charge in his Keynote Address at the Library Information Technology Today (LITT) 2012 Nigeria Library Association (NLA) Information Technology Session, 6th Annual Workshop held at the University’s International Scholars and Resource Centre (ISRC).

Worried by the sharp decline in the quality and productivity of Library personnel in the country, Dr. Salisu, who is the Pioneer University Librarian of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) blamed the development on the apathy of the practitioners aforementioned, towards attaining or upgrading their knowledge of ICT.

The University don who lamented that an average Library Staff is not ICT compliant fingered them as been the bane of the downward trend in the output of Library personnels in the country.

Dr. Salisu pointed out that there is a symbiotic synergy between a typical library and its staff, stressing that the former is a reflection of the latter in terms of service delivery.

According to him, “The quality of service you get in a Library depends on the quality of staff there.  If Library personnel are not ICT literate, no matter how huge the financial commitment to the Library, productivity will definitely be at the lowest ebb”.

Dr. Salisu described as shameful the fact that in this part of the world we are still talking about ICT as something new, when in oversees countries they have almost reached the zenith of ICT.

In view of the backdrop, the former member, Editorial Board of Independent Newspapers, said worst still, it is suicidal  for a Library personnel, at this ICT age, which has reduced the sprawling world to a global village, to be non compliant.

He, therefore, charged affected library personnel, to as a matter of urgency acquire or upgrade their knowledge of ICT, else they will soon be relegated into the abyss and doldrums of the recycle bin.

His words, “A Librarian that accepts ICT will shape-in but the one that remains shy will shape-out because the concept of Library has changed.  We should all engage in continuing professional education in order for us to be competent and productive.

Declaring the Workshop open, the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole said FUNAAB and in particular, its ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library is ICT driven.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Kolawole Salako, the Vice-Chancellor informed that apart from having information and Technology Resources Centre (ICTREC) as a major organ of the University, the institution library is fully computerized.

Besides, Professor Oyewole stated further that Lecture notes are readily available on the internet while lectures are delivered through the use of multimedia equipment.

“I must say that this University has been ICT compliant for many years even when many others apart from the likes of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife and University of Ibadan were still not there, we have been there”.

“We have made it a practice that our Lecture notes are readily available on the internet.  Our sound lecturers are lecturing through the use of multimedia equipment.  We are already in Information and Technology age”, he added.

Professor Oyewole continued, “Apart from our Library being computerized, we have our Information and Technology Centre”.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, declared that, “I want to say that where we are with our Library is not where we are supposed to be and this is why we are presently working round the clock to ensure that we get there”.

Earlier in her Welcome Address, the Acting University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam enjoined participants to take advantage of the workshop to improve their knowledge and horn their skills.

She thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole and other management staff for their support towards hosting the Workshop, despite the  short notice.

Dr. (Mrs.) Salaam disclosed that the Workshop was initially billed to hold elsewhere but for security consideration, it was moved to the University.

However, throwing more light on why the Workshop was moved to FUNAAB, the Chairman LIIT, Mr. Felix Azubuke informed that “we looked around not just to choose any place, we wanted a place where we have right equipment, the right tools that we need for our workshop”.

“This is because our Workshops are usually practical, of course this place, I mean FUNAAB was recommended and endorsed because we all know that you have the IT facilities we need”, he added.

 

Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW) Holds Meeting

 

The Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW) General Meeting will hold on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Room 103, by 1pm.

A release signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Association, Mrs. Olufunmilola Adenuga informed that all female staff, with a minimum of First Degree are eligible members of the Association.

The release further stated that new members are welcome to the Meeting.

 

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Universal Conservices Ltd. (FUCONS) Organises Workshop

 

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Universal Conservices Limited (FUCONS, Limited) has concluded arrangements to hold a Training Workshop on Financial Empowerment through Graphic Design for interested members of the University community.

A release signed by the Director, FUCONS Limited, Professor Francis Showemimo informed that the training will hold between Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the 200 Seater Computer Laboratory beginning at 10.00 am each day.

The workshop is expected to expose participants to the production of Bill and Sign boards, complementary Cards, Magazines, Event Packaging, Photo Cards, Standard Photo albums, Video Photo College, among others.

 

Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) Orientates FPY Students

The Director, COBFAS, Dr. Jonathan Atungwu addressing the FPY students at the event, preparatory to their departure to the various communities.

 

The Director, COBFAS, Dr. Jonathan Atungwu addressing the FPY students at the event, preparatory to their departure to the various communities.

 

The Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has held its Orientation Programme for the 2012/2013 Farm Practical Year (FPY) students of the University.

The Orientation Programme which brought about crops of experts who spoke on various advisory topics to the students, dwelled on various aspects of the FPY programme, life in the various communities where the FPY activities are going to be observed and also, the student’s academic calendar.

Blazing the trail was the Director, COBFAS, Dr. Jonathan Atungwu, who spoke extensively to the students on “Overview of the FPY Programme, Course titles, Codes, Credits Units, Enterprise and election of student coordinators.

Other topics discussed with the FPY students are: “Rules and regulations governing FPY Programme and expectations of COBFAS”, delivered by Dr. Eniola Fabusoro; “Rural Integration: Life in COBFAS Communities – Advantages and Challenges, Dos and Don’ts, Impact of COBFAS”, by Mr. D. D. Giwa.

Other topics for the day were, “FUNAAB Ambassadors: Staying away from Social Vices” by the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Olufemi Onifade; “Understanding the log book” and “ the 6 months log books, farm diary and expected allowance”, by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) representatives and the Directorate of Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), FUNAAB.

Also, talks were given on “Health Tips” and “Security and related issues” by the Director of Health Services, FUNAAB, Dr. Olusola Talabi and the Assistant Chief Environmental Officer, Mr. Peter Bolarinwa respectively.

 

Directorate of Grants Management (DGM) Holds Training Workshop

 

The Directorate of Grants Management (DGM), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta is inviting members of the University Community and the general public to a 3-Day Intensive Training Workshop on Fund Sourcing, Proposal Writing and Project Management.

According to a release signed by the Director, DGM, Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi, the training will hold between Monday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the International Scholars & Resource Centre, FUNAAB.

The Training is for Academics in all higher Institutions of learning, Researchers, Administrators, Project Managers and Post-graduate students and it’s aimed at helping participants and institutions build a successful fund raising profile, share the experience of institutions with pedigree in fund raising and provide hand-on skills on funds sourcing, proposal writing and project management among others.

Interested participants are advised to visit this website: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.grantsunaab.edu.ng or contact Steven on mobile no: 08026143268 or 07031969844 and Kazeem on: 07034572192 for registration and accommodation details.

Special consideration is being offered to all interested participants from FUNAAB.

 

Alma Mater Honours Dr. Shopeju

Dr. James Shopeju (Left) receiving the Award Plaque from the wife of an Old boy of the School, Mrs. Joseph.

An Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and General Studies, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Dr. James Oyebode Shopeju has been honoured with an award by his Alma Mater, Government College Ibadan, Old Boys Association (GCIOBA), Abeokuta Branch for his meritorious service to the Branch.

The Association honoured Dr. Shopeju alongside three others including his wife, the Special Adviser on Agriculture to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Tinuola Shopeju at the 2012 Annual Luncheon and Lecture, held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the NUT Hall 2, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The titled Lecture, Separation of Religion and State was delivered by Senator (Dr.) Tunji Adelekan under the Chairmanship of Dr. Adeoye Aina.

The award is in recognition of their active role in the activities of the Association at the national level as they continue to invest heavily to stem the tide of infrastructural decay, downturn in the academic standard and morals in the school.

Professor Apantaku Emerged As Secretary, ADAN

Prof. Olusegun Apantaku The Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Olusegun Apantaku has emerged the new Secretary of the Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigerian Universities (ADAN).
Professor Apantaku was unanimously elected at the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Association, held at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Port-Harcourt.

A release signed by the Chairman, ADAN, Professor F. A. Fashina stated that Professor Apantaku’s appointment, which is with effect from May 24, 2012 is for a period of two years.

Other elected officers are Professor F. A. Adeshina (Ekiti State University), Chairman; Professor O. Ogbohodo (UNIBEN), Vice-Chairman; Professor E. A. Ayelarin (UI), Treasurer; and Professor W. A. Hassan (Udi-Sokoto), Assistant Secretary.

Also elected were Professor F. A. Ajayi (Nasarawa State University), Financial Secretary, Professor Love Akonye (Uniport), Publicity Secretary and Professor S. A. Raheem (Nasarawa State University), Ex-Officio.

FUNAAB Staff Felicitate with Pro-chancellor

The conferment of Member of the Order of Niger (MON) on the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Chief Lawrence Olakunle Osayemi (MON), has been described as a well deserved honour.
The Deputy Director, Council Affairs of the University, Mrs. Mariam Popoola, in a brief chat with FUNAAB Bulletin in her office, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for honouring Chief Osayemi, describing him as a seasoned Administrator, Lawyer and Accountant of repute.
“It is a good thing that the Federal Government recognizes him and it is indeed a great honour to the University and Ogun State”, she said.
She attributed the honour to the leadership style of Chief Osayemi.
According to Mrs. Popoola “our Pro-Chancellor’s excellent style of administration which is second to none in the nation’s ivory towers led to FUNAAB’s emergence as the second best University in Nigeria and 35th in Africa, earlier in the year”.
The Deputy Director stressed that Chief Olakunle Osayemi led-Governing Council operates an open door policy and the Council has ensured justice and fairness in its dealings with every stakeholder in the University Community.
“He treats all mails with fairness and he even carry out oversight functions whenever the need arises”, she added.
Mrs. Popoola further described Chief Osayemi as a personality who knows his onions when it comes to Council matters and he has been able to merge the town and gown together in order to ensure that peace reigns both within and outside the University Community.
Speaking on the conferment, the Deputy Director, Internal Audit, Mrs. Yewande Baiyewu disclosed that it is a well deserved honour for Chief Olakunle Osayemi who has contributed immensely to the growth of the country in his own callings.
Mrs. Baiyewu described Chief Osayemi as a hardworking man who leaves no stone unturned in any given assignment.
She commended the Present Governing Council of the University for having unity of purpose and for being very peaceful in their dealings, which has helped the University to move forward in all ramifications.
“Since they (Council members) have been appointed, no case of financial scandal has been recorded and they have not been awarding contracts to themselves”, she noted.
Mrs. Baiyewu appreciated the Governing Council for being a goal-getter.
In the same vein, the President of the Students Union of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Comrade Abdulkareem Bamigbade has said that the conferment of the award on Chief Osayemi “is a sincere reward and motivation for his dedication to the geometric development of FUNAAB in particular and Nigeria in general”.

Be Well Focused — Management Charges Freshers … Amid Massive Turn-Out

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has charged newly admitted students of the University to be well focused, in order to come out in flying colours, at the end of their academic sojourn in the University.
Professor Oyewole gave the charge on Wednesday, in his Welcome Address at the Orientation Programme for fresh students, held at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theater 3.
Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Toyin Arowolo, the Vice-Chancellor stated that it was imperative for the new intakes to be well focused because there are many things that could jeopardize the chances of completing their programmes and graduating with good grades.
He, therefore, admonished them to prepare for real hard work in order to meet the expectation of both the University and their parents.
Professor Oyewole pointed out that the essence of the orientation programme is to “welcome you (freshers) as new members of FUNAAB’s family, integrate you into the system and enlighten you on the extant rules and regulations governing your stay in this citadel of learning”.
Addressing the students on the importance of University Education to Self and Community Development, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Toyin Arowolo said that FUNAAB “awards degree to deserving students, who have been adjudged okay on the template of learning and character”.
According to him, “No matter how intelligent you are, if you do not possess good character, you will not be found worthy.  You must have strong and enviable character and sound mind.  If you do not have that now, please start building it up”.
He further informed the students that “the point of a University education is not academics alone. It is about the future of your whole personality”.
Also speaking, the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola (JP) charged the students to be good ambassadors of the University.
Besides, Mr. Ayoola enjoined them to strictly obey the rules and regulations of the University, after which he gave the students a brief history of the University.
Speaking on Library Services, the Acting University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, who was represented by Principal Librarian {Readers’ Service Librarian (RSL)}, Mr. Oyinlola Amusa said it is a must for the students to utilize the Library in order to excel.
She stated that it was expedient for them to register with the Library, among other procedures, in order to enjoy the facilities therein.
In his brief remarks, the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Olufemi Onifade urged the students to see him as a father, who they can easily approach for solution to their challenges on campus.

... Gets More Visibility – Pro-Chancellor


(Arrowed) is the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi (MON) speaking at a Dinner held in honour of Council members. Beside him (Left) is the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi (MON) has expressed joy that the University is getting more visibility and respect internationally with the successful hosting of the 16th Triennial International Symposium.
He made the disclosure on Sunday, at a dinner organised in honour of  the Council members at the International Scholars and Resource Centre Guest House.
The Pro-Chancellor stated that the immediate past President of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), Professor Andrew Westby was so impressed by the University’s outstanding hosting of the Symposium such that he commended FUNAAB profusely.
He congratulated the Vice-Chancellor for the successful hosting of the symposium, moreso that it was Professor Oyewole’s first international programme.
Chief Osayemi, however, thanked  members of the University community  for their warm wishes on the conferment of the National Award of Member of the Order of Niger (MON) on him, praying that everyone very soon would also be recognised.

In his Welcome Address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole said the dinner was organised to appreciate the Council members for their immense contributions to the physical development of the University, one of which is the IS&RC and also for them to have a feel of the great work they’ve been doing in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the successful hosting of the ISTRC Symposium at the befitting IS&RC edifice is making the University more prominent globally, adding that the National Resources Institute (NRI) of London has requested for a branch office at the Centre, among others.
Responding to the success of ISTRC, the Secretary, Professor Lateef Sanni thanked the Pro-Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and the University management for their support towards making the Symposium a huge success.
He, however, made case for the early commencement of the second phase of the building, adding that priority should be on the development of the Centre.

Rainstorm on Campus — VC Commends DEM’s Quick Response

There was a heavy rain on campus in the evening of Friday, October 05, 2012. Many of the trees lining the ceremonial road from the main gate were felled by the storm.    
However, by the early morning of Saturday, October 06, the Environmental Management Directorate, headed by Mr. Emmanuel Bankole were on campus to clear the felled trees that blocked the roads.

FUNAAB Leadership is a Collective Responsibility …It Doesn’t Depend on Me Alone - VC

(Inset) The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Top right) addressing participants at the Opening Ceremony of a 2-Day Training Workshop for Heads of Departments in the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has told the members of the University Community that the leadership of the institution does not depend on him or the top Management alone.
Rather, Professor Oyewole pointed out categorically, that FUNAAB leadership is a collective responsibility of every member of the University Community, irrespective of his or her clout and status.
Declaring open, a 2-Day Training Workshop for Heads of Departments (HODs) on Wednesday at the International Scholar and Resource Centre, the Vice-Chancellor said every staff and student has some roles to play in the onerous task of making FUNAAB a world class institution.
Professor Oyewole stated that it would be erroneous for any member of the academic community, to think that the thrust of leadership of the University is an exclusive preserve of himself, other Principal Officers, Deans and Directors, among others.
The Vice-Chancellor declared, that “The Management will succeed only if leadership at Departmental level succeeds and that is why we need your support and your cooperation”.
He further stressed that, “The strength of leadership, depends on the quality of leadership at all levels. Leadership needs those at the top hierarchy and those at the grassroots to be responsive and play their positive roles at their various levels, for the leadership to succeed.”

  1. Motivational Challenge on the Vision, Mission and Strategy of the Vice-Chancellor towards repositioning the University for greater heights;
  2. Leadership and Mentorship;
  3. Operational Rules and Regulations of the University;
  4. Command Structure and Organisation of the University;
  5. Examination Ethics, Supervision, Result Packaging and Presentation;
  6. Lecturers/Students Relationship;
  7. Winning and Managing Research Grants;
  8. Budgeting and Financial Administration and;
  9. Time and Self Management

 

IFSERAR Building is 95 Percent Completed — Director, Professor Segun Osinowo

Behold; the imposing IFSERAR’s Office Complex. Inset: The Director of the Institute, Prof. Segun Osinowo pointing to the plan of the Building on his Laptop

The Institute for Food Security, Environmental Resouces and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) building, along Mawuko Road, is 5 percent close to completion.
The Director of the Institute, Professor Segun Osinowo disclosed in an exclusive chat with FUNAAB Bulletin on Thursday that the edifice is 95 percent completed.
His words, “The only thing I will say is that the IFSERAR building is 95 percent completed. The landscaping has not been done but we are aware of the fact that it is not part of the original plan.  We also know that PPU is already doing something on the landscaping.  As far as we are concerned, the project is a major achievement for the University because for the first time, we have a fairly well completed research building that has facilities for our research programmes”, he added.
Professor Osinowo’s assessment of the project corroborated the declaration of the Deputy Director, Directorate of Physical Planning (DPP), Architect Babatunde Anasanwo, who in an earlier interview he granted and which was published in the last edition of FUNAAB Bulletin stated that “IFSERAR Building is as good as completed”.
Expatiating his assessment, the Director of IFSERAR noted that though work on the project “foot-dragged” for over two years, however, the coming of the present administration has expressly hastened the pace of work on the building.
He attributed the development to “a different approach” adopted by the Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole led administration.
According to him, “with the coming of the new administration, a different approach was adopted such that within a month, the work progressed tremendously.  Painting has been done, the ceiling has been done, the plumbing almost completed.  We still met workers on site on 17th September”, he added.


ISTRC in Focus Agric is the Mainstay of Nigeria’s Economy – Pro-Chancellor

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, MON, has described agriculture as the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy.
He made the declaration last week, at a dinner organised for the 16th Triennial International Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) participants, at the Pro-Chancellor’s Lodge.
The Pro-Chancellor stated that this year’s theme is apt as it relates to climate change which is evident, adding that the representatives of about 33 countries of the world can bear witness to the fact.
He said that part of the problems of the Northern part of the country “was desertification but now it is flood which has made the Nation’s Senate to ratify a supplementary budget to combat the menace”.
Chief Osayemi said that Nigeria is working towards becoming one of the 20 biggest economies of the world, come year 2020, adding that agricultural opportunities would be harnessed for the benefit of its citizens.
According to him, “it is achievable because Nigeria has a comparative advantage in agriculture.
“We will increase our irrigational facilities so we can plant throughout the year to improve on productivity”, he noted.
He however charged the participants not to depart with their research findings but to leave it behind for continuity purposes.
In his Welcome Address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole said that the University community is delighted to have the participants in their midst, charging them to avail themselves of the opportunity to relate and unwind.
Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the participants should wine and dine as the dinner’s main purpose is to relax.
Highpoint of the programme was the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to Professor Felix Nweke, a Nigerian from the Michigan State University, USA and Professor G.W Otim-Nape, an Ugandan from the African Innovations Institute, Kampala, Uganda.

ISTRC SYMPOSIUM FUNAAB Bulletin Reports, Pictures Excite Participants --- As French Scientist, Jean-Louis PHAM Celebrates Appearance

FUNAAB Bulletin, a weekly publication of the University, packaged by the Directorate of Public Relations became the toast of participants at the just concluded 16th Triennial Symposium of International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) hosted by the University.
Scores of participants, especially from overseas countries, jostled for copies of the Bulletin at the International Scholars and Resource Centre, venue of the plenary sessions, immediately they sighted the report of the opening ceremony and their photographs, barely 24 hours after the event.
Several others rushed to the information arena where the Bulletin was conspicuously pasted and displayed to read the report of the symposium.
One of the participants who was fascinated by his picture, which appeared in the inside page of the edition was highly impressed, such that he caused a “stir”.
On seeing his picture on page 3 of the FUNAAB Bulletin, Jean-Louis PHAM who is the Project Leader of Agropolis Resource Centre for Crop Conservation, Adaptation and Diversity (ARCAD) started inviting his colleagues to come and see his picture saying, “ unbelievable folks, this is me”, pointing to his picture in the Bulletin.
Apparently unsatisfied with mere pointing to his picture, Jean-Louis PHAM, brought out his portable photo camera and within an express spate of five minutes, he took several shots of his picture, which stood imposing and erect in the Bulletin.
The lenses of our eagle-eyed, ace photographer, Gbolahan Sheriff a.k.a Global captured Jean-Louis PHAM while celebrating his appearance on the University Bulletin.
As a matter of fact, Pham’s joy knew no bound when told that FUNAAB Bulletin is already on the internet for the whole world to see.
Consequently, he requested for the University website, which was given to him immediately by FUNAAB Bulletin crew.
Thereafter, he brought out his laptop and began to access the University website for the week’s edition of FUNAAB Bulletin.
Incidentally, Pham’s search for the Bulletin on the University Website was aborted by Dr. Abdulrasaq Adebowale, a member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), who announced to the participants that buses are waiting to take them on a tour of the University’s Farm.
In response to the announcement, PHAM muttered, “the web is not going anywhere, I will come back for it but as for the buses, they are on motion”.
He , thereafter shut down his laptop, pick his conference bag and headed straight to a waiting bus, thus denying our reporter an interview on why he responded elatedly to his picture, on the University Bulletin.
Apart from Jean-Louis Pham, the President of ISTRC (as at Press time), Professor Andrew Westby could not hide his admiration and endorsement of FUNAAB Bulletin.
Professor Westby took the Bulletin along with him everywhere he went at the International Scholars and Resource Centre on Wednesday and even posed for a photograph with it.


Jean-Louis PHAM first pointing to his
picture in FUNAAB Bulletin.


Can’t hold it; Jean-Louis PHAM now taking his picture on the Bulletin.

 

ISTRC SYMPOSIUM Attendance Exceeds our Projection By 50% Increase --- Professor Sanni

Contrary to expectations, the impressive turn-out of participants at the just concluded 16th Triennial Symposium of International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) has widely beaten the projection of the organizer.
Checks by FUNAAB Bulletin revealed that attendance at the symposium over-shot a benchmark of 200 Scientists from 32 countries, hitherto projected.
According to findings, as at press time on Wednesday afternoon, the organizer had registered 317 participants from 42 countries, which is a sharp increase and excess of 117 participants from ten additional countries.
The Chairman, Local Organising Committee of ISTRC Symposium, Professor Lateef Sanni, confirmed the figure in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin.
According to him, “By projection we were expecting 200 Scientists from 32 Countries but as at yesterday (last Wednesday) evening, we had 317 registered participants from 42 countries”.
Professor Sanni attributed the development to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole’s initiative, who prior to the commencement of the symposium directed that activities therein must be relayed live on the website.
His words, “Don’t forget that before we started, we had a security threat.  Most of the participants did not arrive on time. They were sending signals,“Have you arrived”? However, immediately people started sending E-mails and that is another commendation for the Vice-Chancellor”.
“Immediately they arrived, they started asking us, “are you sure there is internet?  We said yes.  They couldn’t believe it.  Two, we had our opening activities live on the website and people were monitoring what we were doing all over the world.  That was why people started buying flight tickets and coming down”, he added.

Prof. Lateef Sanni

 

ISTRC SYMPOSIUM FUNAAB Counts Blessing

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has gained tremendously from the hosting of the 16th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC).
Baring his mind on the International event in an exclusive chat with FUNAAB Bulletin at the University International Scholar Resource Centre, which hosted Plenary sessions, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Professor Sanni brazenly declared, “Hosting the 16th World Symposium of Tropical Roots Crops is an investment.  It’s a potent way of exposing the visibility of the University (FUNAAB)”.
Expatiating on the “investment” in concrete term, the LOC Chairman disclosed that hosting the ISTRC International Symposium has boosted the capital base of the University, as revenue were internally generated into the institution’s coffer.
According to him, “ quite a number of participants were accommodated at International Scholars and Resource Centre and Girls Hostels. In essence, the hosting of the International symposium has generated internal revenue for the University.
Speaking further, Professor Sanni said if the gains aforementioned, are spur of the moments’ stuff, of more importance, are future benefits that will stand the test of time and even outlive the administration of Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole.
He pin-pointed the future benefits, “In terms of research opportunities and partnership, you can’t  quantify the immediate future benefits that will come to this University.  For one, if we look at 10 years down the line, you will see that some of the research collaborations that we have in this University also emanated from the people that are coming in now”.
Besides, Professor Sanni described the hosting as an image booster for the University at global level.
His words, “It also has a global implication on the image of the University.  For one, there are transferred fund.  Now they are monitoring how we have spent it.  They have seen the transparency, they have seen the focus, they have seen the leadership.  What this means is that FUNAAB is ripe to actually host bigger projects in the nearest future”.
Responding to the acceptability and success of the hosting by the University, the LOC Chairman attributed it to the credibility and commitment of the Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole led management.
“I am of the strong view that any activity that will be carried out should be within the ambit and control of the University management.  That is when you will gain the credibility that people really want”.
“The era of individuality have gone.  We must do it collectively and together we can achieve a lot” he added.
Professor Sanni extolled the leadership quality of Professor Oyewole, which according to him contributed largely to the success of the symposium.
“I don’t praise sing but in this case, I will bluntly give the Vice-Chancellor a well deserved commendation.  Professor Oyewole is a focused leader.  He is highly committed to what he wants to achieve.  He doesn’t want any failure”
“Whatever you can do that will give the University development, the Vice-Chancellor will support you and you will see in him transparency and utmost commitment” he added.

FUNAAB is a “Super Host” --- ISTRC Outgone and New President

At exactly 1.28 pm, the 16th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Roots Crops (ISTRC) ended gloriously, amid commendation galore for the University, for being a “Super Host”
The Closing Ceremony witnessed the emergence of Professor Keith Tomlins, a Professor  of Food Science, Food and Markets Department, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich as the new President of ISTRC.
He took over from Professor Andrew Westby, who disclosed at the ceremony that he had served as President of ISTRC for 9 years.

The Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the Symposium, and Deputy Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), FUNAAB, Professor Lateef Sanni emerged the Secretary of the body, among other executives.
However, FUNAAB  became the toast of the leadership of ISTRC, who commended the institution profusely for being a good host.
The new President of ISTRC, Professor Tomlins actually set the pace.   He did not only described FUNAAB’s hosting of the symposium as “Superb”, the Professor of Food Science expressed confidence that the University has the wherewithal to host bigger international events.

According to him, “I cannot but thank this University for the superb way you have hosted this symposium.  The support we received here was from the top, that is from the Vice-Chancellor and willingly down to the LOC and other staff”.

Professor Tomlins evoked emotions when he declared that “ I am sad that this is the end of the Symposium but I am happy because it has afforded me the opportunity, not only to make new friends from my country but worldwide”.
He added that “More importantly it has afforded ISTRC the opportunity to review its activities, plan for the next stage and forge ahead.”
Speaking earlier, the immediate past President of ISTRC, Professor Westby also commended the commitment of the University to the success of the Symposium.
His words, “I want to reiterate my thanks to this University, great amount of work, FUNAAB has put into this meeting”.
Like Professor Tomlins, Professor Westby also betrayed emotions, saying  “we have reached the end of our meeting but I’m really sad.  I’m really sad because we’ve shared a lot, we have shared passion and  we’ve met old friends.  I am sad because I enjoyed being President for the past nine years”.
He expressed confidence that the new leadership of ISTRC will take the Society to the next level.
Award for meritorious service was presented to the University and outstanding individuals for their brilliant research.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole led Principal Officers and other members of the University Community to the closing ceremony.

Nigeria’s Future Doesn’t Depend on Oil But … --- VC

The VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole addressing participants at the Closing Ceremony of the ISTRC. With him are Ag. Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam (2nd left); ISTRC new President, Prof. Keith Tomlins (4th Left); Immediate Past President, ISTRC, Prof. Andrew Westby (5th Left); LOC Chairman, Prof. Lateef Sanni (4th right); DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (2nd Right) and the Registrar, Mr. Matthew Ayoola (1st Right).

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole on Friday closed the 16th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) with a declaration that “the future of this country (Nigeria) does not depend on oil but on what we can do with our knowledge and vocational skills.
He stated that the success of any country now lies on the knowledge base and skills of its citizenry.
Professor Oyewole pointed out that the focus of the University is to produce graduates that will be wealth creators and not job seekers, in order to become a world class institution.
According to him, “many would have been wondering what a typical African University looks like; this is what we are and our dream is to make it world class”
Professor Oyewole expressed joy over the University’s privilege to host scientists from all over the world for five days.
He admonished ISTRC and other body of scientists at the symposium to always consider FUNAAB for the hosting of their International Conferences, as they have seen that it  has the  needed facilities on ground.
Professor Oyewole thanked the leadership of ISTRC, the Local Organizing Committee and more importantly, the staff and students of the University whom he said “this conference wouldn’t have been held without their support”.

Management Completes 15 Out of 25 Inherited Projects --- Others Nearing Completion

Clockwise: Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre; Zoo Park; 500-Seater Central Computer Laboratory; Souvenir Shop; Interlocking Walkways at the entrance of PG School; Newly-Constructed Road from FUNIS Male and Female Hostel to IS&RC; Newly-Constructed Road from Health Centre through the Creche to IS&RC and the Perimeter Fencing of the yet to be completed FUNAAB Staff School.

 

Barely five months in office, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has started making good his promise to complete the 25 Projects he inherited from his predecessor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.
According to the Directorate of Physical Planning (DPP), the Professor Oyewole-led Administration has completed about 15 out of the 25 projects he met on ground.
Speaking on behalf of his Director, the Deputy Director, Directorate of Physical Planning (DPP), Architect Babatunde Anasanwo listed the completed projects as follows:
1.    The 2000-Capacity Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre
2.    The 500-Seater Central Computer Laboratory
3.    Zoological Garden
New Female Hostel, Block C
New Female Hostel, Block D
6.    Interlocking Walkways for Postgraduate School, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and Biotechnology Centre
7.    Interlocking Walkways for College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) Phase 2 and 500-Capacity Computer Central Laboratory
8.    Central Car Park
9.    The Lodges Complex Road to Health Centre Road
10.    FUNIS Road to Staff School Road
11.    The fencing of Staff School Building
12.    Landscaping of the new Female Hostel Complex
13.    The Walkway, Car Park and drainage of the new Female Hostel
14.    The University Souvenir Centre
15.    3000-Capacity Poultry Building
Architect Anasanwo further disclosed that the Institute for Food Security Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) is as good as completed “because they are working only on the finishes adding that the on-going projects are:
-    Staff School
-    2,500 Capacity Auditorium
-    Veterinary Teaching Hospital
-    Auxiliary Buildings at International Scholars Resource Centre
-    International Scholars Resource Centre Swimming Pool
-    Works and Services Road
-    Sports Complex Grand Stand
-    Construction of Concrete Culvert from Farm Centre to INHURD

He stressed that about 15 of the projects have been completed pointing out that “this is an indication that very soon all the other projects would soon be completed, given the speed at which the Vice-Chancellor is going”.
It would be recalled that the Vice-Chancellor inherited 25 projects from his predecessor.

Professor Oyewole during his tour of Colleges and Departments assured the University Community that he wont embark on any fresh project until he completes those he met on ground.

Commencement Lecture To Usher-in the 2012/2013 Academic Session of the University

The Vice-Chancellor
PROFESSOR OLUSOLA BANDELE OYEWOLE

On behalf of the Governing Council and Senate

Cordially invites

To the

Commencement Lecture To Usher-in the 2012/2013 Academic Session of the University
Title: Mentoring and the Challenge of Leadership in Africa
Guest Speaker
: Rt. Hon. Dimeji Sabur Bankole (Former Speaker, House of Representatives)
Chairman: Professor Oladapo A. Afolabi (Former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation)
Date:
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Venue: Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre
Time: 2:00pm

RSVP: Prof. A.B. Idowu – Chairman, Ceremonials Committee (08053080184), ‘Lasun Somoye – Head, Public Relations (08033446044)

Student Union Election Schedule Activities


ACTIVITIES

DAY

DATE

Awareness and Campaign

Monday

8/10/2012

Awareness and Campaign Continues

Tuesday

9/10/2012

 

 

 

SRA

 

 

Submission of forms and UNIEC screening

Wednesday

10/10/2012

S.R.A. Election

Thursday

11/10/2012

 

 

 

SSRC

 

 

Submission of forms closed

Friday

12/10/2012

Presidential Debate

Monday

15/10/2012

Security Screening

Tuesday

16/10/2012

Manifesto

Wednesday

17/10/2012

Election

Thursday

18/10/2012

 

 

 

HALL OF RESIDENCE

 

 

Submission of forms closed

Monday

22/10/2012

UNIEC screening

Tuesday

23/10/2012

Manifesto

Wednesday

24/10/2012

Election

Thursday

25/10/2012

 

 

 

Proposed Date for swearing-in

Wednesday

31/10/2012