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FUNAAB holds its Registry lecture series, first of its kind in the history of the University…

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta will hold its first ever Registry Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

 

The Lecture which is intended to address contemporary challenges persistently confronting the Registry arm of the University has as its theme: “The Registry and its place in the Administration of Higher Institutions”, and will be delivered by Professor (Emeritus) Ayo Banjo, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

 

The venue of the Lecture scheduled to commence at 10:00 a.m. is  Professor Yakubu Mahmood Lecture Theatre located in the University Campus.

 

The Lecture not only promises to be of immense benefits to participants, but would also help to enhance capacity building, acquisition of needed information, knowledge and skills, capable of spurring greater service in all the participants.

 

The Lecture is open to Registry Staff in all Higher Institutions of learning in the country and other interested members of the Public.

 

We look forward to receiving you all.

The 4th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science & Technology (NIFST) Western Chapter

Venue: Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
Date: Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st July, 2013
Theme: Challenges of Food Entrepreneurial Development in Nigeria

Chairman: Prof. Olugbenga A. B. Ogunmoyela (FNIFST) (Dean, College of Food Sciences,
Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State and Editor, Nigerian Food
Journal (NIFOJ))

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Folake O. Henshaw (Dean, College of Food Science & Human
Ecology, FUNAAB)

Mr. R. O. Olawale (FNIFST) (Former President of  NIFST and CEO,
Feed Me Ventures Ltd., Owode Egba, Ogun State)

Chief Host: Prof. Olusola B. Oyewole (FNIFST) (Vice-Chancellor, FUNAAB)
Host: Prof. Lateef O. Sanni (FNIFST) (President of NIFST and HOD, Dept. of Food Science & Technology, FUNAAB)

Programme: Monday 29th July, 2013            Arrival and registration of participants
Pre-ConferenceWorkshop
Cocktail
Tuesday 30th July, 2013            Opening Ceremony
Technical Sessions
Annual General Meeting/Elections
Wednesday 31st July, 2013      Excursion
Closing/Departure

Registration Fees:


Categories of participants

Early Bird registration (Before 14th July, 2013)

Regular Registration (After 14th July, 2013)

Members

N5,000

N5,500

Non members

N5,500

N6,000

*Student members

N1,500

N2,000

International members/participants

$50

$60

Abstract handling charges

N500

N500

Exhibition

N10,000

N10,000

GUIDE FOR PREPARATION OF ABSTRACT, FULL PAPER AND POSTER

Preparation of Abstract

Abstract must state briefly the objective of the study; highlight the major results and the conclusion. Font style-Garamond, font size-12 points, not more than 250 words are allowed.Not more than (5) keywords should be inserted below the abstract.

Preparation of Full paper

Manuscripts written in English should be typed using MS word, single spaced on A4 paper with 2.5cm and submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. hard copyshould be submitted at the conference immediately after presentation.Submitted manuscripts must not exceed 15 A4 pages (including tables,figures and references). Only articles that conform to the recommended format shall be considered for review.
FORMAT: manuscripts should normally be divided into distinct sections as follows; the text should be uniform 11 points font size (Garamond), single line spacing.

TITLE:
Should be presented on the first page along with abstract and keyword(s) with font style Calibri 15 points bold. Author’s name and affiliation should be font style- Garamond, and size- 10 points
Running title and lead author should appear on each page of the paper.

ABSTRACT:
Abstract must state briefly the objective of the study; highlight the major results and the conclusion.Font style-Garamond, font size-11 points, not more than 250 words are allowed.

KEYWORD(S):
Not more than (5) keywords should be inserted below the abstract. Keywords(s) should reflect the content of the paper for easy retrieval of the paper.

INTRODUCTION:
Should highlight the topic, using appropriate and up-to-date references followed by a short list of the objectives clearly indicating the aim of the research performed.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:
This section should be written in a manner that enables the reader to follow in detail both the materials and methods of uncommon procedures, in order to reproduce the experiments. An additional short description is advisable if the references are not accessible or are given in unfamiliar languages. Scientific and vernacular names should be written in full at first citation and in italics. Subsequently, the genus names may be abbreviated.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION:
result should describe Tables, Figures, Schemes, formulae etc.,presented in the article. Contents of Tables and Figures should only be repeated in the text, while drawing inferences to highlight the findings of the study. Font style- Garamond, Font size-10. Experimental data should be evaluated by suitable statistical methods, where applicable.The results should be discussed with regards to current knowledge and objectives of the research.

CONCLUSION:
This should be a distinct inference drawn from the findings of the research.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
This is optional.

REFERENCES: The Harvard style of referencing should be adopted, i.e. reference should be listed in alphabetical order. The list of references should include only those publications, which are cited in the text. References to periodicals must be indicated by author’s name and year (in parenthesis) in the text. The title of the work, the volume (italicized), and number of periodical should be indicated. The beginning and end pages of the article should also be indicated, e.g. Meadows, A.B. (2007). Effect of drum drying of banana pulp on the sorption isotherm and flexible packaging requirement.Nig.Food Journal 25(2), 130-140.For textbooks, the name(s) of the author(s) and the title of the book, followed by the publisher, city of publishing and the pages referred e.g. IweM.O. (2003) the Science and technology of soybean, Rojoint publishers Enugu, p 123-230. For chapters in a book, the names of the author, date, title of the article should be given, then followed by the author(s), title of the book, publisher and place of publication and the page numbers, e.g. Ebuehi,O.A.T. and Ikanone,C.E. (2007)mineral and vitamins content of some Nigerian bread sample. In: Kirsop, B.E. and Kurtzman, C.P.(Eds) Living Resources for Biotechnology, David Livingstone, London, p141-187.
For references obtained from the internet, the authors, the author or source of the material with date should be indicated, followed by the title of the article, then the internet identification, and when it was accessed. E.g. USDA (2007) USDA National Nutrient database for standard reference. Available from http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.Accessed Feb. 23, 2007.

Illustrations and Figures:
Each figure should be given an Arabic number, e.g. Table 1. Scientific measurements should be given in SI Units. Internationally recognized abbreviations may only be used after the long form has been written and explained. Limit the numbers of illustration only to the most essential ones. Express “hours” as “h”, “minutes” as “min”, “seconds” as “sec”.

Tables:
Each table should be given an Arabic number, e.g. Table 1. The title of the tables should be indicated at the top. Each table should be on separate page. The numbers should be limited to the absolutely necessary ones. Footnotes to Tables should be typed below the Table and should be referred to by superscripts lowercase letters. No crisscross lines should be used. Only two horizontal lines should be ruled, one under the Table-heading and the other at the bottom-line of the table. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscripts (e.g. in graphs).

Preparation of Poster

Preparation of a poster: Prepare them in English. Your poster should be self-explanatory. Author(s) should explain details and discuss particular points raised by the visitor. Presentation by a poster should be visually appealing. Poster should include diagrams and charts, tables and schemes, graphs, photographs and brief written texts like: abstract, introduction, methods, results, conclusions and references. Panel materials must be very light and the poster could be of one sheet, so that it can be rolled up for easy transport and mounting. Alternatively it could be prepared in separate pieces for individual mounting, not exceeding the 90x120 cm format. Panels are available for the display of each poster.
Display: Posters must not exceed 120 cm high by 90 cm wide. The poster must be mounted vertically. The poster title should go centred in the upper part; in bold, in title case, font size of 80 to 100-points. Use a simple font like Trebuchet, Helvetica, Arial or similar (sans serif). Posters should be readable from a distance of 2 meters (6 feet). Main text should be of approximately 24 to 30 pts. Headings should be 50 to 60 pts or larger Photographs should be of a minimum of 15 by 20 cm. Caption of Tables, Figures and Photographs should be 18 pts. Names of each author and their regular mail addresses should also be included centred bellow the title. It is recommended to include also email address of the author to whom correspondence is to be directed. Electrical outlets will not be provided in the poster presentation area. The use of a computer (lap-top or similar) is discouraged. The Organizing Committee will assign a place (and a number) in a designated room in order to install each poster, according to the Session.
What to expect during the exhibition of posters Author should remain at the poster site at the time scheduled for exhibition in the Program, ready to discuss his/her work. You may prepare hand-outs related to your poster for distribution at the meeting. Hand-out should not contain any advertising. Distribution of personal cards to visitors helps to initiate a conversation as well as a future interaction/communication.

Local Organizing Committee Chairmen:
Chairperson: Dr. Ganiyat O. Fetuga
Secretary: Dr. O. P. Sobukola

  1. Fund Raising & Finance         Dr. H. A. Bakare
  2. Accommodation & Welfare    Dr. M. O. Adegunwa
  3. Protocols & Logistics              Dr. O. O. Onabanjo
  4. Editorial & Publications          Dr. A. A. Adebowale
  5. Technical & ICT                     Dr. O. A. Obadina
  6. Publicity & Programmes         Mr. Dola Adeboye
  7. Advisory Team                       Dr. W. A. O. Afolabi
GUIDE FOR PREPARATION OF ABSTRACT, FULL PAPER AND POSTER
Preparation of Abstract
Abstract must state briefly the objective of the study; highlight the major results and the conclusion.Font style-Garamond, font size-12 points, not more than 250 words are allowed.Not more than (5) keywords should be inserted below the abstract.
Preparation of Full paper
Manuscripts written in English should be typed using MS word, single spaced on A4 paper with 2.5cm and submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. hard copyshould be submitted at the conference immediately after presentation.Submitted manuscripts must not exceed 15 A4 pages (including tables,figures and references). Only articles that conform to the recommended format shall be considered for review.
FORMAT: manuscripts should normally be divided into distinct sections as follows; the text should be uniform 11 points font size (Garamond), single line spacing.
TITLE: Should be presented on the first page along with abstract and keyword(s) with font style Calibri 15 points bold. Author’s name and affiliation should be font style- Garamond, and size- 10 points
Running title and lead author should appear on each page of the paper.
ABSTRACT: Abstract must state briefly the objective of the study; highlight the major results and the conclusion.Font style-Garamond, font size-11 points, not more than 250 words are allowed.
KEYWORD(S): Not more than (5) keywords should be inserted below the abstract. Keywords(s) should reflect the content of the paper for easy retrieval of the paper.
INTRODUCTION: Should highlight the topic, using appropriate and up-to-date references followed by a short list of the objectives clearly indicating the aim of the research performed.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This section should be written in a manner that enables the reader to follow in detail both the materials and methods of uncommon procedures, in order to reproduce the experiments. An additional short description is advisable if the references are not accessible or are given in unfamiliar languages. Scientific and vernacular names should be written in full at first citation and in italics. Subsequently, the genus names may be abbreviated.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: result should describe Tables, Figures, Schemes, formulae etc.,presented in the article. Contents of Tables and Figures should only be repeated in the text, while drawing inferences to highlight the findings of the study. Font style- Garamond, Font size-10. Experimental data should be evaluated by suitable statistical methods, where applicable.The results should be discussed with regards to current knowledge and objectives of the research.
CONCLUSION: This should be a distinct inference drawn from the findings of the research.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: This is optional.
REFERENCES: The Harvard style of referencing should be adopted, i.e. reference should be listed in alphabetical order. The list of references should include only those publications, which are cited in the text. References to periodicals must be indicated by author’s name and year (in parenthesis) in the text. The title of the work, the volume (italicized), and number of periodical should be indicated. The beginning and end pages of the article should also be indicated, e.g. Meadows, A.B. (2007). Effect of drum drying of banana pulp on the sorption isotherm and flexible packaging requirement.Nig.Food Journal 25(2), 130-140.For textbooks, the name(s) of the author(s) and the title of the book, followed by the publisher, city of publishing and the pages referred e.g. IweM.O. (2003) the Science and technology of soybean, Rojoint publishers Enugu, p 123-230. For chapters in a book, the names of the author, date, title of the article should be given, then followed by the author(s), title of the book, publisher and place of publication and the page numbers, e.g. Ebuehi,O.A.T. and Ikanone,C.E. (2007)mineral and vitamins content of some Nigerian bread sample. In: Kirsop, B.E. and Kurtzman, C.P.(Eds) Living Resources for Biotechnology, David Livingstone, London, p141-187.
For references obtained from the internet, the authors, the author or source of the material with date should be indicated, followed by the title of the article, then the internet identification, and when it was accessed. E.g. USDA (2007) USDA National Nutrient database for standard reference. Available from http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.Accessed Feb. 23, 2007.
Illustrations and Figures: Each figure should be given an Arabic number, e.g. Table 1. Scientific measurements should be given in SI Units. Internationally recognized abbreviations may only be used after the long form has been written and explained. Limit the numbers of illustration only to the most essential ones. Express “hours” as “h”, “minutes” as “min”, “seconds” as “sec”.
Tables: Each table should be given an Arabic number, e.g. Table 1. The title of the tables should be indicated at the top. Each table should be on separate page. The numbers should be limited to the absolutely necessary ones. Footnotes to Tables should be typed below the Table and should be referred to by superscripts lowercase letters. No crisscross lines should be used. Only two horizontal lines should be ruled, one under the Table-heading and the other at the bottom-line of the table. Tables should not duplicate results presented elsewhere in the manuscripts (e.g. in graphs).
Preparation of Poster
Preparation of a poster: Prepare them in English. Your poster should be self-explanatory. Author(s) should explain details and discuss particular points raised by the visitor. Presentation by a poster should be visually appealing. Poster should include diagrams and charts, tables and schemes, graphs, photographs and brief written texts like: abstract, introduction, methods, results, conclusions and references. Panel materials must be very light and the poster could be of one sheet, so that it can be rolled up for easy transport and mounting. Alternatively it could be prepared in separate pieces for individual mounting, not exceeding the 90x120 cm format. Panels are available for the display of each poster.
Display: Posters must not exceed 120 cm high by 90 cm wide. The poster must be mounted vertically. The poster title should go centred in the upper part; in bold, in title case, font size of 80 to 100-points. Use a simple font like Trebuchet, Helvetica, Arial or similar (sans serif). Posters should be readable from a distance of 2 meters (6 feet). Main text should be of approximately 24 to 30 pts. Headings should be 50 to 60 pts or larger Photographs should be of a minimum of 15 by 20 cm. Caption of Tables, Figures and Photographs should be 18 pts. Names of each author and their regular mail addresses should also be included centred bellow the title. It is recommended to include also email address of the author to whom correspondence is to be directed. Electrical outlets will not be provided in the poster presentation area. The use of a computer (lap-top or similar) is discouraged. The Organizing Committee will assign a place (and a number) in a designated room in order to install each poster, according to the Session.
What to expect during the exhibition of posters Author should remain at the poster site at the time scheduled for exhibition in the Program, ready to discuss his/her work. You may prepare hand-outs related to your poster for distribution at the meeting. Hand-out should not contain any advertising. Distribution of personal cards to visitors helps to initiate a conversation as well as a future interaction/communication.


Fascination of Plants Day 2013

The second international "Fascination of Plants Day" will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.

  • Exhibit plants
  • See plants,
  • Learn more about rare plants
  • Buy plants

If you also like to join this initiative, contact your national coordinator
epso
AustraliaProf. Isaac O.O. Aiyelaagbe
Department of Horticulture,
College of Plant Sciences (COPLANT),
University of Agriculture
PMB 2240,Abeokuta. Ogun State, Nigeria.
Tel: +234-803 381 5606
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.unaab.edu.ng/colplant.html
epso
Please contact us to become a sponsor of the Fascination of Plants Day:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Date: Monday 20th May, 2013
Venue: Postgraduate School, FUNAAB.
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Note: Participation is free!!!!!!!!

ATA Will Restore Nigeria’s Lost Glory - Agric Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (CON) represented by his Technical Assistant, Dr. Mathew Fregene delivering the former’s speech while eminent personalities listen attentively.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (CON) represented by his Technical Assistant, Dr. Mathew Fregene delivering the former’s speech while eminent personalities listen attentively.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (CON) has assured that the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration will restore the nation’s lost glory, through maximum utilisation of the socio, economic potentials of Root and Tuber crops in the
country.

structural development, market infrastructures and political will, to rebuild the nation’s agriculture and achieve drastic reductions in poverty like it happened in China, Brazil, Thailand and Malaysia.

According to him, the corrective measure is imperative because the nation, “with an excellent climate for crop production and with only 42 percent of its 79 million of hectares of arable land under cultivation”, can no longer be expending a whooping sum of N1.2 trillion on importation of wheat, rice, sugar, fish and others.

Consequently, Dr. Adesina said the Federal Government remained committed to the exploration of the socio, economic potentials of root and tuber crops, in stemming the tide of food crisis in the country.

Besides, the Minister further informed that Government’s intervention through ATA include the launch of 20 percent High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) in Cassava bread and 30 to 40 percent HQCF of other confectionaries, 50 percent support for two bags of fertilizer and 100 percent support for seeds to farmers through Government Growth Enhancement Support (GES).

Also speaking, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun said his administration is definite in its approach to agriculture.

Senator Amosun who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Segun Adesegun said the State Government was committed to ensuring that the people of the State can feed themselves through Agriculture.

He expressed confidence, that in the next four years, the State Government will start exporting Garri (Cassava Flakes) and other local produce, so as to boost foreign earnings.

In his Welcome Address, the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole said “FUNAAB has invested heavily on result oriented pro-poor impact oriented market approach through information gathering, dissemination and provision of basic technological infrastructure to small-holder farmers and processors”.

Besides, the Vice-Chancellor stressed that the University has demonstrated innovative approaches to value addition on agricultural commodities, most especially cassava.

Professor Oyewole further disclosed that FUNAAB in partnership with various institutions has developed appropriate post harvest technologies for the processing of root and tuber crops, adding that this was attested to by Calestrus Fuma in her book, The New Harvest Agricultural Innovation in Africa.

According to him, FUNAAB’s partnership with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) produced two (2) major landmarks research efforts, namely the soyabean research and the cassava flash-dryer development.

He revealed that as a result of the achievements aforementioned, FUNAAB and IITA jointly won the 2008 CGIAR Regional Award for Outstanding Agricultural Technology in the Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

Professor Oyewole also disclosed that the University in conjunction with the Office of the President on Food Security, IITA, National Institutes, Universities, Cassava Growers, Cassava Processors Associations, Equipment Fabricators, Flour Millers Association and Regulatory Agencies has ensured the implementation of the ten percent (10%) high quality cassava inclusion in wheat flour programme.

Professor Oyewole, however, solicited for partnership with the University in the areas that will not only provide food-sufficiently but will also create employment opportunities and poverty reduction.

According to him, the programmes and schemes of the University that are seeking for partnership include the Graduate Farming Employment Scheme (GRADFES) and Community Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS).

In his Welcome Address, the President of ISTRC, Professor Andrew Westby said “Food Security is no longer a term associated with the developing world” adding that “the United Kingdom’s Research Council now have Food Security Programme”

He informed that great progress is being made in cassava biotechnology with the modern molecular biology sequencing techniques, which according to him, has enabled the sequencing of many cassava genotypes.

In his short remark, the President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Chief Kola Jamodu (OFR), said apart from meeting the food, health and nutritional needs of the people, the economic importance of the crops cannot be over-emphasized.

He expressed joy that the “backward integration policy” of the Government is yielding some positive results, as some manufacturing companies are already utilising root and tuber as raw materials for their products.

In his Goodwill Message, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola said Crescent University, which he founded now has 148 hectares of land, cultivated for Cassava, to boost the Institution’s internally generated revenue and food production in the State.

NAME OF LOCAL/FOREIGN PARTNERS

 

URL ADDRESS

ILRL

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

C:AVA

http://cava.nri.org/

ICGEB/Summer course on BIOTECH

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

junior post-graduate fellowship training grant in neglected tropical diseases

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

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

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

eu - acp science capacity building project

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

corell university ithaca, usa

http://www.cornell.edu/

The ohio university, colombus, usa

www.osu.edu/

indian institute of energy management chennai, india

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

nutricea research foundation

www.nutricia-research-foundation.org

dfid/propcom, abuja. university of tokyo japan

www.fundsforafrica.org

Cassava sme project natural resources institution university of greenwic. uk

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

mendel university of agriculture & forestry brno, cech

http://www.princeton.edu

moi university eldoret, kenya

www.mu.ac.ke/en

funaab foreign african scholarship scheme (fufass)

 

the national water research institute, kaduna

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

biotechnology trust africa, kenya

http://www.yellowpageskenya.com/

tuskegee university alabama, usa

www.tuskegee.edu

university of development studies accra ghana

www.uds.edu.gh

international institute of tropical agriculture (iita)

www.iita.org

 

 

THE ROOTS [AND TUBERS] INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: FUNAAB Hosts the World

Behold a sprawling group photograph of eminent guests and scores of participants from all over the world at the Symposium. Arrowed from Left to Right are the President ISTRC, Prof. Andrew Westby; FUNAAB VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; President, Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN), Chief (Dr.) Kola Jamodu, OFR and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi.

Behold a sprawling group photograph of eminent guests and scores of participants from all over the world at the Symposium. Arrowed from Left to Right are the President ISTRC, Prof. Andrew Westby; FUNAAB VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole; President, Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN), Chief (Dr.) Kola Jamodu, OFR and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi.

 

 

200 Scientists from over 33 countries, cutting across all the continents of the world, on Monday converged at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), as the much talked-about 16th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC) began earnestly on a very good note.

Better still, the incisive, thought provoking and forward looking international discuss took place at the newly constructed Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre, FUNAAB.

Quite a number of guests, participants and members of the University Community openly marvelled at the architectural touch and congeniality of the venue, which was tastefully adorned, in line with global standard.

The Symposium, with the theme “The Roots (And Tubers) of Development And Climate Change”, which will end on Friday, September 28 did not fall short of eminent personalities, especially top government functionaries and Elder Statesmen, most of whom graced the Opening Ceremony.

They include the Chairman of the occasion, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (CON) who was represented by his Technical Assistance, Dr. Mathew Fregene, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Segun Adesegun and the Commissioner for Agriculture, Engr. Ayo Olubori.

The President of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), Professor Andrew Westby led his members wordwide to the symposium.

Also in attendance are the Paramount Ruler and Alake of Egbaland, HRM (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo who was represented by the Regent of Egbaland, Chief Alani Bankole, the former Judge of International Court, Hague, Netherlands, His Excellency, Prince Bola Ajibola, former Minister of Agriculture and President, Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN), Chief Kola Jamodu, OFR, among others.

The turn-out of the leadership of the University was quite impressive. They include the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi; the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole; other Principal Officers, Deans and Directors.

For some of the participants, who were armed with portable camera, it was a symposium mixed with adventure, as they spent time taking shots of the University’s beautiful landscape with utmost sense of satisfaction.

 

 

Why We Put in Place Commencement Lecture - Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole delivering his Welcome Address at the maiden edition of the Commencement Lecture held, recently.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole delivering his Welcome Address at the maiden edition of the Commencement Lecture held, recently.

 

The University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole on Wednesday dug beneath the surface of his Administration’s latest successful effort –“Commencement Lecture” by explaining the rationale behind it.

Professor Oyewole unveiled the idea behind the Lecture just as he declared that FUNAAB has commenced the “great journey” to become a World-Class University.

Delivering his Opening Speech at the maiden Commencement Lecture for the 2012/2013 Session, held at Professor Yakubu Mahmood Lecture Theatre, Professor Oyewole said it is typical of World-Class Universities to signal and sign-post the beginning of a new Academic Session by tapping, inspiration and insight from the wealth of knowledge and experience of a great leader as the Guest Lecturer.

According to him, “One of the traditions of World-Class Universities is that of commencing their academic year, by giving opportunities to their communities to be challenged by a great leader of their time and generation”.

“This is exactly the idea behind this first Commencement Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, which will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee next year, having been founded in 1988”, he added.

Justifying the choice of the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Sabur Bankole (CFR), as the Guest Lecturer of the first edition of Commencement Lecture, the Vice-Chancellor said “he has significantly contributed to the growth and success of this University”.

He pin-pointed Hon. Bankole’s immense contributions to include his endowment of the University with Female and Male Hostels, as well as one of the twin, imposing, magnificent building, otherwise known as Unity Building.

Narrowing down to his vision and mission for the University, Prof. Oyewole boldly declared, “I came with a commitment to lead the evolution of this Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), founded in 1988 into a leading World-Class University”.

He informed, “Our current focus is not to be a local champion, but to be a World-Class University, offering excellent courses, producing leaders of excellence and doing research that promotes development and positively impact our society and generation. This is one of my reasons for taking up the challenge”.

Fixing his gaze on eminent personalities on the “High Table”, which include the Chairman of the Lecture, the immediate past Head of Federal Civil Service, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, the University’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi and of course, the Guest Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bankole, the Vice-Chancellor brazenly articulated his personal commitment to the University thus:

  • Provide an honest, sincere, visionary, committed, transparent and discipline leadership;
  • Direct the affairs of the University in such a way that it would be a research-leader in Africa and a national model in University Community engagement;
  • Promote an aggressive international collaboration and partnership programmes;
  • Make the students of this University to be equipped with knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them for life in an ever-changing world;
  • Make FUNAAB to become a world leader in knowledge mobilization, founded on research excellent, inter-disciplinary and reciprocal community engagement;
  • Lead FUNAAB to be a model to our nation on how a University can impact the society and the people for greatness;
  • Promote a world-class environment and vicinity, offices and classrooms that will enhance excellence in the outputs of the human capacity.

Having set machineries in motion for the actualization of the set objectives aforementioned, Professor Oyewole expressed joy that “I am happy to note that we have commenced this great journey (to be a World-Class University)”.

He, however, solicited the support of members of the University Community, stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians, at large, in order to achieve the vision of making FUNAAB a model.