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FUNAAB Students are the Best in Southwest – Commissioner of Police

Rep. of the Police Commissioner, the PPRO, Mr. Olumuyiwa Adejobi addressing the new students while from Left are the Director, Planning & Statistics, Min. of Agric., Mr. Oyesanwe Adekunle; rep. of the Comm. for Agric., the Perm. Sec., Min. of Agric., Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu; rep. of the VC, the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako; the Dean (COLAMRUD), Prof. Segun Apantaku and the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Olufemi Onifade.

 

The Ogun State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye has passed a Vote of Confidence on the students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), saying “They are the only students in Ogun State that doesn’t give us problem”.

 

Mr. Okoye made this known, penultimate Wednesday during the National Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS) Orientation Programme, held at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre 3.

 

Represented by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the CP said FUNAAB has a very good name and credibility.

According to him, “FUNAAB is the only University in Ogun State and even Southwest where Cultism is at the lowest ebb”.

“I love to be in the midst of FUNAABites as it is the only school in Ogun state that is not giving us problems as per security”, he noted.

He, therefore, called on other leadership of Higher Institutions in the State to visit FUNAAB and emulate her security system.

Mr. Okoye stated that the greatest challenge in our society is cultism, adding that an idle cultist will inadvertently turn into a criminal.

He, however,  warned new students against  polluting FUNAAB by joining the Cult groups, adding that it is an unlawful society that is destructive.

The top cop did not mince words as he disparaged the activities of some unscrupulous students, who engage in internet fraud, popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’, adding that it is a criminal offence punishable by law.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has declared that Agriculture still remains the flagship of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako encouraged the students to be good citizens of the country and good ambassadors of the University. In her address, titled, Agriculture: the Stronghold of an Economy, the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Shokefun stated that in most developing countries, agriculture is both the main traditional pursuit and the key to sustained growth of the modern economy.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu, she said, the growth of any economy goes hand in hand with agricultural progress, adding that it remains the most important key to successful industrialization.

The Honourable Commissioner said Agriculture used to be the mainstay of the economy, as it recorded more than 60% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings, adding that the discovery of oil in commercial quantities in the early 1970s led to the total neglect of the sector.

According to her, “the neglect of the agricultural sector, which is the highest employer of labour particularly in the rural segment of the nation began to create instability in labour market and pressure on urban population and its infrastructure”.

She described some of the roles of agriculture as meeting the basic necessities of human life which are food, shelter and clothing.

Mrs. Sokefun added that agriculture provides employment opportunities, stressing that it has several sub-sectors such as crop, livestock, forestry, fisheries, processing and marketing of agricultural products.

In a related development, the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Segun Osinowo charged the new students to consider themselves extremely lucky to be studying Agriculture, adding that “I have seen the past, the present and the future; the future belongs to you”.

According to him, “You don’t need to know many things, just pick a crop and be an expert in it”.

He decried the incessant waste of foreign exchange in the country, saying “when N80 is sent back to America on each N100 bread we buy as we don’t produce the wheat”.

“Are you not worried that imported chickens are less expensive to the ones we buy locally”?

“60 years ago, I was a kid and I experienced the best in agriculture, 60 years from now, agriculture is in your hands”, he added.

Earlier in his Welcome Address, the President of NAAS, FUNAAB Chapter, Mr. Okunlola Oladimeji expressed gratitude to the invited guests, saying that inspite of their tight schedules they were able to grace the programme.

 

Student Body Holds Seminar Series

The HOD, General Studies, MAPOLY, Mr. Bola Babalola addressing the students (Right) at the event. On the High Table from left are Dr. (Mrs.) Funmilayo Oluwalana, Pastor Femi Bankole and some other notable guests.

 

The African Liberty Students Organization (ALSO), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has held a seminar series titled: “From Poverty and Serfdom to Freedom and Prosperity”.
In his Keynote Address, Mr. Bola Taiwo Babalola, Head of Department, General Studies, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta disclosed that for an individual to move from poverty to prosperity, such person needs to make use of opportunities around him or her.
He highlighted some key principles of moving to prosperity from poverty which are: Need to live a life someone wants; Be a super saver instead of super spender; Increase market value of your time; Do less better instead of doing it all; Capitalize on the expected instead of being derailed; Own the Market; Limit your losses; and Do it now instead of later.
Mr. Babalola commended the organization for the successful outing and urged them to keep the flag flying.
Also speaking at the event, Pastor Femi Bankole of the Love of God Ministries, Abeokuta said Life is all about movement, adding that everybody needs an access to move from one level to another.
He expressed dismay that out of six billion world population about 1.4 billion still live in poverty, charging everyone to employ the vehicle of work in order to move from poverty to prosperity.
Pastor Bankole advised youths to value work as this is the only panacea to prosperity.
His words, “Whatever you know how to do, do it better and never do a mediocre job. Whatever you do, do it smarter and whatever you do, do it faster”.
The Guest Speaker described FUNAAB as a great citadel of learning which stands tall among its peers.
Earlier in his Welcome Address, the outgoing President of the organization, Mr. Adeniyi Moronfolu appreciated everyone that graced the occasion.
He said that the organization was founded in FUNAAB two years ago as the foremost chapter in Africa and had since grown to over 24 chapters in Africa.
Mr. Moronfolu disclosed that the aim of the organization is to discuss the ideas of Entrepreneurship, Liberty and self-development amongst students of Higher Institutions in Africa.
He lauded the University Management for allowing the existence of student organizations within the campus.
Mr. Morounfolu called on FUNAABITES to join the organization as it will aid their quest for knowledge.
The Seminar Series had in attendance Dr. (Mrs.) Funmi Oluwalana of the Department of Entrepreneurial Studies, FUNAAB and other members from other institutions within Ogun State.
Highpoint of the occasion was the inauguration of the new executive council, which was performed by Mr. Bayo Ogundimu, Staff Adviser of the organization and who is also the College Officer, College of Natural Sciences, FUNAAB.

AVAILABILITY OF TOMATO SEEDS FOR RESEARCH AND COMMERCIAL PURPOSES AT DelPHE-5 TOMATO SEEDS CENTRE, PLANT TISSUE CULTURE LABORATORY, COLPLANT, FUNAAB.

FUNAAB/ARCN/DfID/DelPHE-5 Tomato Project is happy to announce the existence of ARCN/DfID/DelPHE-5 Tomato Seeds Centre located within the Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, College of Plant Science and Crop Production, COLPLANT, FUNAAB.  The Centre has seeds of over 150 local and exotic accessions of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill), with various resistance statuses to different disease conditions.

Interested researchers, farmers and commercial producers of tomato are welcome to access the Centre.  However, only limited number of seeds per accession will be provided as the norm is for recipients to multiply the seeds themselves before embarking on the research or commercial production.  So we advice prospective recipients to build the multiplication stage (3 months) into their research and production schedule.

You may contact the Project Research Assistant – Mr. S. A. Ganiyu, Department of Crop Protection, FUNAAB (GSM: 08136392050; Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) OR the Principal Investigator – Dr. A. R. Popoola, Department of Crop Protection, FUNAAB(Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Dr. A. R. Popoola
Principal Investigator,
FUNAAB/ARCN/DfID/ DelPHE-5 Tomato Project

FUNAAB’s Prof. Wara to Chair NSE Tech Session

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), will from December 3rd to 7th, 2012 hold its Annual General Meeting and National Engineering Conference at the Government House, Banquet Hall, Ilorin, Kwara State.
A release dated November 10, 2012 and signed on behalf of the Executive Secretary by the Director, Professional Development, Engr. (Dr.) T.M Olatunji (FNSE) informed that Engr. Professor Samuel Wara (FNSE), the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has been nominated to be one of the Chairmen of the Technical Sessions during the Conference.
The release further added that the theme of the Conference is “Strategies for Promotion of Sustainable Technology-Based and Production-Driven Economy in Nigeria”.

“Face your Book”, Not FaceBook – VC charges students

Rep. of the VC, Prof. (Mrs.) Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale (Standing) addressing the Girl-Child during the Lecture. With her from left are: Dr. Kola Adebayo; Prof. (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine; Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Olufemi Onifade and Dr. (Mrs.) A.M Omemu. Inset: Mrs. Bolanle Ogunlolu-Akinyemi delivering her Lecture.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has decried the high rate at which students, especially undergraduates are concentrating efforts on the popular social network, otherwise known as FaceBook at the expense of their studies.
Speaking at a Role Modeling Lecture for the Girl-Child, sponsored by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and organized by a Ph.D student of the University and 2010 Award Fellow, Mrs. Bolanle Ogunlolu-Akinyemi, Professor Oyewole charged FUNAAB students to sustain the University legacy of excellence by doing more of studying than spending more time chatting on the FaceBook.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by one of the University Orators and former Head of Department of General Studies (GNS) and Communication, Professor (Mrs.) Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale said though internet is good for researches and updating of knowledge, students should stop spending valuable time on the FaceBook and other social network.
In her PowerPoint Presentation, Mrs. Bolanle Ogunlolu-Akinyemi emphasized the need for the female students to value time because it is greater than any currency.
She charged the students to compile a “not to do list”, adding that they should as well desist from procrastination.
“You know yourself more than anyone else, so desist from comparing yourselves with others”, she noted.
She advised the students to learn how to say NO politely and constructively, stressing that they should judge each day by the seeds sown and not by the harvest.
In her address to the female students, the University Counsellor, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile stated that students should convert some of the free periods to private study time.
According to her, such free periods could also be utilized by the students to refresh and also renew their energy.
Mrs. Ofodile asserted that it is an abomination for students not to revise the day’s notes before going to the next class, adding that serious minded students rarely gets into trouble.
She, however, advised the students to manage their time, saying that “if you waste your time thinking there is time, examinations will catch you unawares”.
In another Lecture, the Head of Department, Food Service and Tourism (FST), Dr. (Mrs.) A.M Omemu informed the students of the availability of many Scholarship opportunities beckoning on them.
She charged them to be up to date with information on these Scholarships, adding that they should acquaint themselves with the Student Affairs Notice Board as well as Internet research.

Vacancy for Indigent Students

The Indigent Students Work Study Scheme of the University is requesting written applications from bonafide students, through their respective Heads of Departments, who must be in 200 Level and above and are interested in temporary Work/Study Arrangement.

The application must state the following;


Level of Study
Department/Course of Study
Matriculation number
Last Cumulative Grade Point Average
Mode of Study (Full-time/Part-time)
Mobile Phone No.
The release further added that the available vacancies which are on casual bases are the following;
Security Men/Women
Library Shelvers
Hostel Porters
Cleaners
Farm Hands
Labourers
Factory Hands
Service Men/Women
Ushers
All applications should be directed to the Counselling Unit, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), RM 120, Unity Building B, not later than two weeks from the date of publication.

Matriculation Ceremony Holds Wednesday

The matriculation ceremony of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) holds on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre by 9.00am prompt.
According to a statement made available to FUNAAB Bulletin by the Exams and Records Unit, over 3,000 students will be matriculated.
The matriculation ceremony will hold under the auspices of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, who is also the Chairman of the occasion.
Expected at the ceremony are Principal Officers, Deans, Directors, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff, Matriculating students and their parents.

Write Your Will Now! - Leadway Pension Advises FUNAAB Staff

Members of Staff of the University have been called upon, to as a matter of importance write their WILLs now because tomorrow might be too late.
The Relationship Manager of Leadway Pensure PFA Nigeria Ltd; Mr. Gbenga Arowosaye gave the advise at a parley with clients, who are staffers of the University.
Arowosaye noted with dismay that Nigerians and Africans in general have unbridle apathy towards the need to write their wills.
He lamented that while some are not conscious of the need to write their Wills because they felt they have little or nothing to will, others who see the need, have formed the habit of waiting till their retirement from service or private enterprise, as well as when they are well advanced in age before they do their Will.
Worst still, Mr. Arowosaye expressed worry that an average Nigerian has phobia for writing his Will because he often misconstrue it to mean signing his “death warrant”.
Describing the impression as erroneous, the Relationship Manager said death is an inevitable end that will come at anytime, no matter man’s indifference to it.
He pointed out that the best way to demystify and make mincemeat of death is to get prepared for its coming, irrespective of age and social status by writing wills.
Arowosaye attributed the fierce wrangling and unhealthy rivalry among relations of a deceased over inheritance, to failure on the part of the departed one to prepare his or her will during his or her life time.
In order to avoid such squabbles, he advised members of staff and Nigerians at large, to make writing of their will, early in life a point of duty.
Corroborating him, the Assistant Registrar, Pension Unit, Mr. Remi Adebayo said aside apathy for writing of Will, Nigerians don’t take the issue of Pension seriously until they are close to retirement.
Using the forum as a good example, Mr. Adebayo expressed disappointment over poor turnout of staff at a programme that would have afforded them opportunity to ask question on grey areas from Pension Administrators.
Mr. Adebayo stated that ordinarily, he expected massive turn out of staff despite adequate publicity of the programme in the University Weekly Bulletin because “where your treasure is, is where your heart will be”.
He advised members of staff to have a change of attitude over issues bordering on their welfare and future.
Earlier on, the University Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola (JP) charged clients to ask thought provoking questions, in order to get appropriate answers from the Administrators.
He stated that this became imperative because the aim of the Forum was to seek clarities on grey areas and keep clients abreast of information on the Contributory Pension Scheme.

Relationship Manager, Leadway Pensure PFA, Mr. Gbenga Arowosaye.

 

FUNAAB–CAMP ROAD RECONSTRUCTION:We Are On Course — FERMA

The completed portion of the road.                                   One of the  uncompleted portions of the road.

The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) on Wednesday disclosed that it has neither suspended nor completed works on the reconstruction of the six-kilometer FUNAAB-Camp Road, assuring that the project is still ongoing.
FERMA Resident Engineer for Ogun State, Engr. Alex Mazoya and Progress Officer, Engr. Monday Olaogun told FUNAAB Bulletin in a phone chat that the project is still very much on course.
Engr. Olaogun stated that FERMA is presently doing Linegram, which according to him in lay man’s language means “sideway quarter”.
He pointed out that other works on the road is deliberately postponed by FERMA in order to concentrate efforts on the Linegram.

According to him, “We are on course. We have not left the road.  We are still on it. It is important we concentrate efforts on Linegram, that is sideway quarter for now. Thereafter, we move to the road proper”.

Speaking in the same vein, the Resident Engineer for Ogun State, Engr. Mazoya said FERMA is still working on the road, adding, however, that there’s need to source for additional fund to complete the projects.
His words, “I am trying to talk to my people in Abuja to increase the allocation on the road because we need to complete it”.

It would be recalled that the duo of Engr. Mazoya and Olaogun met with the University Management mid-June, expressing the readiness of FERMA to reconstruct FUNAAB-Camp Road.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole described the reconstruction of the road as a topmost priority for the University.
He recalled that the road had witnessed series of patching over the years, pointing out that what was required was total reconstruction, which he said had been a source of nightmare to members of the University community for many years.


 

CENIP Enjoins Staff to Visit FUNAAB’s Past Events

As one of the steps to internationalise the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Staff have been enjoined to visit some of the past events of the University on the Internet and comment.

A release signed and dated November 13, 2012 by the Director, Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP), Dr. Akeem Oyekanmi informed that staff can view the existing sites through Google, YouTube or Wikipedia.

The release further added that staff can access the sites through the following steps;

Step 1:

From your Browser type “www. Youtube.com”

Type “FUNAAB” or “University of Agriculture, Abeokuta”

Click on any of the event and e-mail or inform your friends around the world.

Step 2:

From your Browser type “www.google.com”

Type “FUNAAB + Wikipedia”

Then click on “University of Agriculture, Abeokuta-Wikipedia”, you can read, edit and modify in order to contribute to the process of putting the University on the world map.

For further enquiry, contact the Director, CENIP on e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the website of the International Scholars’ Resource Centre.

Introduction of JAMB e-Exam, A Welcome Development – FUNAABSU President

 

The new President of the University Students’ Union (FUNAABSU), Mr. Tope Adesipo has described the introduction of Electronic Examination by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as a welcome development.

Mr. Adesipo who made this known in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin stressed that the introduction of e-Exam by the board will curb malpractices of any kind.

He appealed to stakeholders in the education sector, especially the government, to look into ways of upgrading the internet facilities of the board, in order to guard against incessant network problem.

The FUNAABSU President highlighted his focus as including provision of quality and efficient representation of the students, to bring innovations that will help them in various ways and to bring transparency and accountability into the Union’s dealings as Students Leaders.

According to him, “I intend to be known as President who is accountable to the students, who empowers students in various ways, by imbibing entrepreneurial skills. Also, to be known as President who give fellow students the needed voice they need and to make sure that students feel like a major stakeholder in the University”.

On the issue of cultism and other social vices in the nation’s Ivory Towers, Mr. Adesipo noted that poverty and unemployment are the major contributory factors, which requires government’s urgent attention.

He stressed that about 70% of Nigerians are living in poverty according to the latest report of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), charging his fellow colleagues not to be involved in any social vices.

The FUNAABSU President called on government, other well meaning Nigerians and stakeholders in the education sector to organize sensitization and re-orientation programme, as well as public lectures for the students populace from time to time, in order to let them know the dangers associated with social vices.

He gave kudos to the Executives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for organizing a public lecture during the 31st Anniversary of the Association, during which Professor (Mrs.) Elizabeth Balogun, wife of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwafemi Balogun spoke about prostitution and the way out.

In the area of Sports, Mr. Adesipo said his administration will ensure that students are more involved in sporting activities which will arouse their interests.

 

Indigent Students Work Study Scheme Vacancy

VACANCY!  VACANCY!! VACANCY!!!
Applications are hereby invited from bonafide student of the University who are interested in Work Study arrangement. The available vacancies on casual bases, are in the following areas:

•    Security men/women

•    Library shelvers

•    Hostel Porter

•    Cleaners

•    Farm hands

•    Labourers

•    Factory hands

•    Service men/women

•    Ushers


Method of Application
Interested students who must be in 200 Level and above should apply in writing through their respective Heads of Departments, stating the following:

  • Level of study
  • Department/ Course of study
  • Matriculation number
  • Last Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Mode of study (Full-time/Part-time)
  • Mobile Phone No.

All applications should be directed to the:

Counseling Unit,
Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies,
RM 120, Unity Building B

Closing Date: 2 weeks from the date of advertisement

Leadway Pensure Holds CRM Session on Wednesday

The Leadway Pensure Pension Fund Administrator will be holding a Customer Relationship Management Session on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Julius Amioba okojie (JAO) Lecture Theatre 1.
A release dated November 6, 2012 and signed on behalf of the Registrar by the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mrs. Christianah Kuforiji informed that the Session starts by 2PM.

Tomato Seeds Beckon for Research and Commercial Purposes

The FUNAAB/ARCN/DFID/DelPHE-5 Tomato Project Team is announcing the existence of ARCN/De/PHE-5 Tomato seeds centre located within the Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
A release dated November 2, 2012 and signed by the Principal Investigator of the Project, Dr. A. R. Popoola informed that the Centre has seeds of over 150 local and exotic accessions of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) with various resistance statuses to different disease conditions.
The release further added that only limited number of seeds per accession will be provided, as the norm is for recipients to multiply the seeds themselves before embarking on the research or commercial production.
Interested researchers, farmers and commercial producers of tomato are to contact the Project Research Assistant – Mr. S. A. Ganiyu, Department of Crop Production, FUNAAB on GSM: 08136392050; e-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Principal Investigator – Dr. A. R. Popoola, Department of Crop Protection, FUNAAB on e-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Why Students Avoid Engineering Courses - Dean COLENG

The Dean of the University College of Engineering (COLENG), Professor Samuel Adejuyigbe has described the palpable fear of having to pass Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry as a major reason why young school leavers don’t study Engineering courses in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
Fielding questions from FUNAAB Bulletin after the visit of the Accreditation Team of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to COLENG, Prof. Adejuyigbe said female students are worst hit by the development.
According to him, “I think the problem is that when you are coming for Engineering, you have to know Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry”.
“Our young school leavers, especially young ladies see these subjects as very difficult to pass, and as such, they run away from it”, he added.
The Dean however pointed out that, “we have encouraging them and some of them are coming into Engineering profession”.
Commenting on the outcome of the visit of NUC Accreditation Team to COLENG, Professor Adejuyigbe said, “I think it is a good one. It keeps the universities on their toes”.


Dean, COLENG, Engr. (Prof.) Samuel Adejuyigbe

TWO Holds Training Programme

The Top-Notch Writers Organization of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has held a Certified Training Programme (CTP), titled “Unlocking, Branding and Rebranding your potentials”.
In his Keynote Address, Adegboyega Ogunwale, a Psychiatrist from the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta who spoke on the topic “Communication: Public Speaking Unveiled”, disclosed that without communication nothing can be done.
He highlighted six key principles of effective communication which are: Defining your message; Attract attention and keep it; Select your tools: Use persuasive messages; Keep an eye on your delivery; Focus carefully on your audience; and plan your content in line with time limit.
Dr. Ogunwale commended the organizers of the programme and urged them to keep the flag flying.
Speaking also at the event was Mr. Bolaji Femi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Phembuk Communications, who charged the participants to think of being an entrepreneur rather than searching for white-collar jobs.
He noted that being an entrepreneur requires time and patience, adding that they should be prepared to take risk.
According to him, “Look for a mentor that has succeeded in business and not those in business”, adding that there are opportunities everywhere and it takes a visionary eye to find one.
In a separate submission, the Coordinator, FUNAAB Radio FM, Mr. Ayo Arowojolu noted that anyone who desires to be great in life must possess a golden asset, called Public Speaking Skills.
The Coordinator called on the participants to develop their oratory skill as this asset will fetch an additional income.
He urged the participants to be innovative as well as develop a reputation for themselves.
Earlier in her Welcome Speech, the Chief-Pen of the organization, Miss. Orija, Oluwaponmile said that, the aim of the training programme is to develop, improve skills in leadership, communication, writing, entrepreneurship, reporting and interviewing.
She added that the organization is divided into four clubs which are: Literary and Debating Club, Press Club, Book Review Club and Arts and Crafts Club.
Miss. Orija called on FUNAABITES to join the Club as it will aid their quest for knowledge.
Highpoint of the Training Programme was the presentation of certificates to participants.

FUNAAB Excites NUC Team - Calls for Improvement

The Team Leader, Engr. (Prof.) Joseph Afolayan (Standing) explaining the mission of the Accreditation Team, while the  DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (Left) and other members of the Team listen with rapt attention.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Team to the University’s College of Engineering (COLENG) has commended the Management for maintaining stipulated quota, in terms of students’ population in the College.
The Head of the team, Engr. (Prof.) Joseph Afolayan gave the commendation in his remarks at a wrap-up session with the University Management, on Wednesday.
The Team Leader noted that unlike most Engineering Faculties and Colleges in the nation’s tertiary institutions, FUNAAB has uniquely and enviably complied with the stipulated quota of having very few students in its College of Engineering.
According to him, “The population of students you have in your College of Engineering is a plus to this University. How you‘ve been able to do that we don’t know. How you have been able to pin down the students’ population you have annually is very amazing”.
“This is simply because in other Engineering Faculties we visited, the population per level is a minimum of 100 but you have been working 40, this is excellent”, he added.
He pointed out that this has not only engendered conducive atmosphere for learning, better still, it has fostered a cordial relationship between students of the College and their Lecturers, as well as the entire staff, at large.
Engr. (Prof.) Afolayan also lauded the operation of the University ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library stating, “We were at the University Library and what we saw there, especially the e-Library session is quite interesting”.
The University Don also disclosed that his team was highly impressed with the aesthetic and serenity of the University.
According to him, “your environment is very glittering and welcoming, right from the gate to the College, the landscape is beautiful, alluring and inviting”.
Engr. (Prof.) Afolayan attributed the feat to the “dynamic leadership” of the Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole led Management; “The leadership here is a very dynamic one and this has reflected on the atmosphere on the campus. The leadership here is progressive, proactive and dynamic”.
Engr. (Prof.) Afolayan, however, challenged the Management on the urgent need to improve the lots of the College of Engineering (COLENG) in the area of staffing, capacity building, provision of equipments, books and journals among others.
According to him, “the exercise is for improvements, no matter how much you have done, there is always room for improvement”.
He pointed out that accreditation of programmes in the Nation’s Ivory Towers is not to witch-hunt any institution, adding that it is a peer review exercise, geared towards enhancing service delivery.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole commended the team for it doggedness saying, “we know how strenuous accreditation can be and for you to arrive on Sunday and being able to complete the assignment in such a short time, it means you have put in a lot of efforts. I want to commend you for the good job you have done”.
Responding to issues raised by the team, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo expressed joy that the University is already addressing most of them.
Commenting on the issue of office accommodation for staff, Prof. Oyewole said, “As for staff office, we are aware of it, and of course, I know the drawing for College of Engineering is ready.  The University is going to focus in the next three years on building the College of Engineering”.
“The Vice-Chancellor has already assured of that. He has even directed the Dean of College of Engineering to meet with the Director of Physical Planning, so as to expedite action on it”, he added.
On student population, Prof. Oyewole said “what we are told is that COREN insists that Engineering students should not be more than 30 and we have been complying with COREN directive.
“We all know the advantages of having a small class of students. For one, you will be able to communicate effectively; you will be able to monitor your students. You can even know the names of all the students here in FUNAAB, we don’t joke with Engineering we train and train our students properly. With the spate of collapsed buildings now in the country, we don’t want our products to be involved in that mess.

ADMISSION LIST AND REGISTRATION GUIDELINES FOR PART-TIME DEGREE FRESH STUDENTS 2012/2013 SESSION

  1. COLLECT YOUR LETTER OF ADMISSION FROM THE REGISTRY OFFICE, INHURD, MAWUKO.
  2. PAY YOUR ACCEPTANCE (N10,000)/SCHOOL FEES (N88,500) INTO FUNAAB INHURD REVENUE ACCOUNT AT ZENITH BANK, ACCOUNT NO: 1012850544.
  3. GO TO BURSARY UNIT AT MAWUKO CAMPUS TO CONVERT YOUR TELLER TO RECEIPT.
  4. WITH YOUR ORIGINAL RECEIPT COLLECT YOUR REGISTRATION FILE (WITH REGISTRATION FORMS AT PART-TIME DEGREE OFFICE) INHURD, MAWUKO.
  5. GO FOR VERIFICATION OF YOUR RESULT, REGISTRATION AND DOCUMENTATION AT PART-TIME DEGREE OFFICE, MAWUKO.
  6. AFTER VERIFICATION SUBMIT YOUR FILE TO YOUR HEAD OF DEPARTMENT AT YOUR DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE.
  7. AFTER SIGNING BY YOUR HEAD OF DEPARTMENT SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COURSE FORM TO PART-TIME OFFICE, MAWUKO.

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NOMINATION FOR EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has directed that the Committee on the Determination of Criteria for Performance, Research Productivity and Nomination of Awardees for Performance (CODOCPREPNAP) nominate awardees for the 2012 Awards.
Consequently, the above named Committee requests interested members of the University Community to nominate Awardees in the following categories:
The best deserving Academic Staff for the Research Productivity Award: Please nominate two (2) Academic Staff each, one in the Senior Category (Senior Lecturer and above) and one in the Junior Category (Lecturer I and II) considered to deserve Research Productivity Award and attach the current Curriculum Vitae of such nominees. (CVs must conform to the attached University recognised APCAS format).

The best deserving Non-Teaching Staff Performance Award:
Please nominate two (2) Non-Teaching Staff each, one in the Senior Non-Teaching Staff Category (CONTISS 6 and above) and one in the Junior Non-Teaching Staff Category (CONTISS 5 and below) considered to deserving Performance Award and attach the current Curriculum Vitae of such nominees. (CVs must conform to the University recognized APCONS format).

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations should be submitted through the following channels:
All Academic Staff nominations should be submitted to the various Deans of Colleges the nominees belong. Nominations of staff from other Academic Centres like Biotechnology Centre, AMREC and IFSERAR should be submitted to the Directors of the respective Centre/Institute.
Nominations for non-teaching staff should be submitted as follows:
Nominations for Registry staff should be submitted to the Registrar
Nominations for Bursary staff should be submitted to the Bursar
Nominations for Library staff should be submitted to the Librarian
Nominations for staff in other Directorates should be submitted to the Directors of the concerned Directorates.
The Registrar, Bursar, Librarian, Deans and Directors should please recommend 2 nominees each for each of the above categories and forward ALL nominations received to the Award Committee.
Please note that nominations are to reach The Secretary of the Committee at Academic Planning Unit by 12 noon on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
Thank you.
Professor O. Onagbesan

FORMAT FOR CURRICULUM VITAE OF AWARDEES

1.    PERSONAL
(i)    Name in full:            (Surname First in Capital Letters) –
(ii)    Date of Birth:   
(iii)    Age:
(iv)    Sex:
(v)    Marital Status:
(vi)    Nationality:
(vii)    Contact Address:
(viii)    Phone Number:
(ix)    E-Mail Address:
(x)    Present Post and Salary (both Level & Amount):
(xi)    College/Department/Unit:
(xii)    Date Employed at FUNAAB:


2.    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
(i)    Educational Background Attended (with dates)
(ii)    Academic Qualifications
(iii)    Prizes, Honours, National & International Recognition   

3.    WORK EXPERIENCE
4.    JOB DESCRIPTION
5.    TEACHING AND SUPERVISION
6.    ADOPTABLE/ADOPTED TECHNOLOGIES
7.    SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE
8.    COMMENDATION
9.    ACHIEVEMENTS
10.    MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
11.    EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
12.    FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS
13.    PUBLICATIONS (follow prescribed format – Name, Year, Title of Paper, Title of Journal, Volum/Page etc)

14.    REFEREES

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Signature                                                                                Date

Disaster Management: Minister, VC charge Stakeholders

Rep. of the Vice-Chancellor, the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo making a speech at the occasion while from left are the Guest Speaker, Prof. Lekan Oyebande, Rep. of the Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Patrick Nlekwa, Rep. of Ogun State Governor, Engnr. (Mrs.) Monsurat Agboola,  and the President, NAHS, Engnr. (Prof) Constantine Mbajiorgu listen attentively.

 

The Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe has called on stakeholders in disaster management, to adopt a more scientific based approach to mitigation, managing and predicting the occurrence of disasters.
The Minister who was represented by Mr. Patrick Nlekwa, a Director in the Ministry, made this known while delivering her keynote address at the Conference of the Nigeria Association of Hydrological Sciences (NAHS), held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), titled “Hydrology for Disaster Management”.
Mrs. Ochekpe in her speech described disaster as an unexpected event that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage, noting that water-related disasters such as flood, drought and desertification, occasioned by climate variability and climate change have inflicted untold hardship on the Nigerian populace, with its concomitant consequences on water resources, agriculture and environment, in recent times.
According to her, “the country is being affected by the two Hydrological Extremes (Flood and Drought).  As a result of drought, northern parts of the country, especially the far north-eastern part of Borno and Yobe States have been adversely affected such that there is scarcity of both surface and ground water in the region”.
She expressed displeasure that the southern part of the country and indeed some northern parts of the country have experienced heavy flooding, resulting in excessive run off, causing severe damages to water and sanitation infrastructures, stressing that it has created pollution problems with the attendant incidences of out-break of water- borne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, fever, amongst others.
In combating the menace of disaster in the country, Mrs. Ochekpe said since assumption of office as Minister of Water Resources, her ministry through Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has evolved contingency plan, by providing information on the effects of climate change in the country through the establishment of some hydrometric stations equipped with Telemetric Data Collection Platforms (DCPs) on the River Niger and Benue Systems, as well as generating real-time data and information.
“Furthermore, my Ministry has through NIHSA, established a Pan-African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) reception network, supported by the African Union and European Union which involved application of satellite data to monitor water bodies, vegetation growth and environment, for the purpose of informed decision-making at different levels on disaster management”, she added.
Mrs. Ochekpe, sought the cooperation of the  Association for effective and efficient management of the nation’s water resources, adding that the Association in collaboration with relevant Agencies of Government should pay prompt attention to providing the best solutions to the problems of floods in Nigeria.
Earlier in his speech, the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole lamented Nigerians apathy towards prevention and management of disaster.
Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, the Vice-Chancellor declared that it is high time for the nation’s leadership and followership to work collectively towards checking the menace of disaster.
He assured that the University on its path will continue to offer courses that are corrective of environmental lapses and degradations.
The Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the conference, Professor Olasunbo Martins of FUNAAB spear headed the formal launching of the Association In- House Journal.

VC Tasks New Student Leaders on Good Leadership

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole addressing scores of students during the Swearing-In Ceremony last week. Inset:  Mr. Adesipo, Tope Abiodun (FUNAABSU President) taking the oath of office being administered by the University Legal Officer, Mrs. Oluyemisi Daramola.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has charged the new Executive of the Student Union to seize the advantage of being called to lead, as an ample opportunity to groom themselves for the leadership of the country in future. Professor Oyewole gave the charge at the Swearing-In Ceremony of FUNAAB new Exco, held at Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre 3. Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor told the new leaders to see leadership as a responsibility, which can only be achieved through purposeful vision and determination to succeed against all odds. He stressed that, “I am therefore looking forward to this Executive to bring in true leadership, that is truly committed to moving fellow students and other young people forward”. The Vice-Chancellor tasked them “to believe and know that people will be looking at you. They want to see how you behave and what you do”. He warned that “gone are the days when our young leaders were used as thugs for political parties. Gone are those days when our young people were lured into cultism and other vices that destroyed our society”. Professor Oyewole observed that “there is a trend that I have seen in student Unionism and which I want us to guide against. I have seen a trend in the past where immediately you become the President, Speaker or any executive of the Student Union, you will not be attending lectures”. Please let this leadership not be like that. Let this leadership be committed to academic work. I will not allow Unionism to interfere with your studies because first and foremost, the reason why you are here is to study”, he added. Professor Oyewole, however, expressed joy “that based on my interaction with some of you (student exco), within me, I feel that the future of the country is great” “Also, listening to the speech of the new President this afternoon, I feel within me that I am listening to the future Obama of this country. I’m quite happy that he has made a commitment to a new spirit of student Unionism”, he added. He called on the entire students to give their new leaders necessary support and cooperation, in order to succeed in office. The Vice-Chancellor assured the new leaders “that this Administration will give you all necessary support for you to achieve your vision and your goal”. He stressed that, “it is because of this that we have planned a special Leadership retreats for all the Student Union Leaders of the University, shortly after this swearing-in ceremony.” Earlier in his Inauguration Speech, the new President of FUNAABSU, Mr. Adesipo, Tope Abiodun promised that “this leadership shall strive to employ the service of our good moral, social and political judgment to remove the rot and rust of excesses and arbitraries, so that neither right nor power shall be abused or basterdised beyond tolerance”. Immediately after the Swearing-In Ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, accompanied by the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola (JP); the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Olufemi Onifade; the Deputy Dean, Students Affairs; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, led the student exco on inspection tour of the renovated Student Union Building. The Vice-Chancellor directed that FUNAABSU Secretariat therein be furnished for the comfort of the users.

Everybody Contributes to Decay in Education System – Pro-Chancellor

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Chief Lawrence Olakunle Osayemi has said that every Nigerian has contributed to the decay in the nation’s education system.
Chief Osayemi made this known while giving his remark at the 5th Lecture Series of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), FUNAAB Chapter, titled, ”Leadership and the Challenges of Higher Education in Nigeria”, delivered by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, a foremost Journalist and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He added that every Nigerian, irrespective of status has contributed to the set-back in the system, stressing that the elites want their wards to get University education outside the country and work there, rather than allowing them to study in Nigeria, in order to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.
He lauded SSANU for organizing the lecture, noting that the choice of the Guest Lecturer is not a mistake.
The Pro-Chancellor expressed appreciation to both Academic and Non-Teaching Staff of the University for living up to expectation, stating that all of them are important.

University’s Strength Depends on its Staff - VC



The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Left) addressing SSANU members during the 5th Lecture Series of the Union.

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has stated that the strength of the University depends on the orientation of people working there. Professor Oyewole disclosed this on Wednesday, at the 5th Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Lecture Series, held at Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre. Making reference to the third stanza, line five of the Solidarity Song of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) titled, ‘Solidarity Forever’ that was rendered by the members of the Union and part of which says, “We can bring to birth a new world”, the Vice-Chancellor said that FUNAAB too must bring to birth a new world. Professor Oyewole, however, described leadership as one with a great grip and causing other people to hold the grip, adding that leaders also make road where there is no road and make other people to pass through, so as to make life better. Reiterating his commitment to transparent leadership and to make FUNAAB a world-class University, the Vice-Chancellor declared that “Great SSANU” should equate to” Greater FUNAAB”. Professor Oyewole expressed gratitude to SSANU for its “great work” in the University, calling on the Association not to relent in assisting FUNAAB to become a model. Earlier in his Welcome Address, the Chairman of the Union, Comrade Abdussobur Olayiwola Salaam described the Lecture as one of the Union’s little contributions to knowledge building and development. According to him, “We have attempted to use the lecture series as a sounding board to addressing contemporary social and political issues, health, work ethics and even death.” He, however, reminisced on the past Lecturers who had addressed various aspects of life; they were: Barrister Bimbo Atilola, Chief Afe Babalola SAN, Chief (Mrs.) Mojisola Ladipo, mni and Professor Charles Alebiosu.

5th SSANU Lecture: Bad Leadership is the Bane of Nigeria’s Higher Education System - Senator Babafemi Ojudu

Senator Babafemi Ojudu (Ekiti Central) responding to questions from SSANU members during the Lecture. With him from Right are: the Pro-chancellor, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi MON, the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako, Chairman, FUNAAB-SSANU, Com. Abdussobbur Salaam and the Deputy National President, SSANU, Mr. Emmanuel Bankole.

 

Bad Leadership  and festering political  crisis, which rocked the nation under the military era and still stifling it in the ongoing democratic dispensation has been identified as the cause of the downward trend and the all time low, in the country’s Ivory Towers and education sector at large.
Veteran Journalist and one of the champions of democratic struggle for return to civil rule, Senator Babafemi Ojudu dropped the hint on Wednesday while delivering the 5th Annual Lecture Series of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Branch, held at Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre.
Speaking on the theme, “Leadership and the Challenges of Higher Education in Nigeria”, the Lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Senatorial in the Upper House lamented that the incursion of the military into politics in 1966 “destroyed” higher education in the country with the support of successive civilian government.
According to him, “with higher education destroyed by the military, aided and abetted by their civilians cronies, it was no surprise that virtually every other institution of our society was virtually wiped out”.
“Thirteen  years after, we still face many of the old challenges in the area of higher education in Nigeria as illustrated in the capital flight and brain drain, which attended the outflow of students from Nigerian to foreign Universities”, he added.
Senator Ojudu, however, expressed joy that inspite of the falling standard of higher education, there is still a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel provided “we have a  leadership that is committed to strategic vision, a vision that is capable of leading to the building of new skill in the 21st century for economic growth and competitiveness”, among others.

FUNAAB Produces Another Registrar … As Rufus Giwa Poly ‘Snatches’ Mr. Akinlabi

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has produced another Registrar; this time around for Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State. He is Mr. Akinlabi, Peter Tale.
Until his appointment, he was the Secretary, Post Graduate School, of the University.
With his appointment, the University has now produced and “donated” six veteran and seasoned top echelon of its vibrant and virile Registry staff to other tertiary institutions as Registrars.
They are: Mr. E. A. Lawale, Registrar, Bowen University; Mr. E. O. Okoro, Registrar, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State; Mrs. Oluwayemisi Gbadebo, Registrar, Bells University, Ota, Ogun State; Dr. (Mrs.) L. O. Onwuka, immediate past Registrar, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, Registrar, Samuel Adegboyega University, Edo State and the latest, Mr. P. T. Akinlabi, Registrar, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State.
News of the appointment of Mr. Akinlabi came through a Public Service announcements, on Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation (Radio and Television Stations) and it rented the airwaves for 48 hours, prompting many well wishers to storm the mobile phone line of the appointee with congratulatory messages.
FUNAAB Bulletin reliably gathered that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole was among the first set of well wishers to congratulate Mr. Akinlabi, while several other members of the University Community followed suit.
It is expected that the Management will formally felicitate with Mr. Akinlabi soon.
Born in Owo, Ondo State in 22nd February, 1957; Mr. Akinlabi attended the famous Imade College, Owo and St. John/Mary’s Teachers Training College, also in Owo.
His academic foray witnessed a progression in 1984 when he graduated with 2nd Class Upper Division, B.Sc (Hons.) Sociology, University of Calabar and thereafter obtained a Master Degree in Population Studies from University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana in 1986.
He started his career in the civil service from his home town, Owo where he rose from Administrative Officer II/Assistant Student Affairs Officer to Senior Administrative Assistant to the Rector.
Coming to UNAAB now FUNAAB, the soft spoken Mr. Akinlabi progressed from Senior Assistant Registrar in 1997 to Deputy Registrar and Secretary to the University Postgraduate School, until his appointment.
A member of many professional bodies, including Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (IPMN); Mr. Akinlabi is happily married and blessed with children.


Mr. Peter Tale Akinlabi