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INVITATION TO TENDER: Supply of Laboratory equipments and reagents

INTRODUCTION

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), is seeking experienced and qualified bidders for the Supply of Laboratory equipments and reagents according to the following specifications:


S/N

EQUIPMENTS

1

Electric Convection Oven + Electric Baking Oven + Proofer (ELE – SO2/ELEM-80A PSM-80, Size (mm): 800 x 1050 x 1950

2

Dough Mixer (HSE – 15), Size (mm): 830 x 450 x 1100

3

pH Meter Digital (Orion Star LogR pH Meter with Stainless Steel ATC Probe, 100 / 240V 50/60Hz)

4

HM Digital Water Proof pH Meter, PH-200(Pocket)

5

HP LaserJet M1132 MFP (Print, Scan, Copy)

 

MEDIA / CONSUMABLES

6

Petri dishes (2 Carton)

7

Pipetteman multichannel

8

Pipetteman unit  (p2,p10,p100,p1000)

9

Ethanol

10

Foil Paper

11

Cotton Wool

12

Yellow tips

13

Blue tips

14

White tips

15

Tips packed

16

Gas jar packed

17

Mortal and Pestle

 

MICROBIOLOGICAL MEDIA (OXOID)

1

Manitol Egg Yolk Polymyxin Agar (CM0929)

2

Tryptone Bile X – Glucuronide (CM0945)

3

Brilliance Listeria Agar (CM1080B)

4

Salmonella Shigellae Agar  (CM0099B)

5

Saboraud Dextrose Agar (CM0041B)

6

Potatoe Dextrose Agar (CM0139B)

7

Malt Extract Agar (CM0059B)

8

Nutrient Agar (CM0309B)

9

Manitol Salt Agar (CM0085B)

10

Tyrptose soy Agar (CM0131B)

11

Baird Parker Agar (CM0961B)

12

Main Rogosa Sharpe Agar M.R.S. (CM0361B)

13

Peptone Water (CM0009B)

INVITATION

Interested bidders are hereby required to receive further instructions and specifications from the Project Coordinator, Dr. A. O. Obadina (Department of Food Science and Technology, COLFHEC, FUNAAB), on the payment of a non-refundable tender fee of Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N2,500.00) only payable to any of the following Banks: Guaranty Trust Bank, Zenith Bank and FUNAAB Micro-Finance Bank. Completed tender documents are to be returned in a wax-sealed envelope with the title clearly indicated on the envelope. i.e. “TENDER FOR SUPPLY OF LABORATORY EQUIPMENT AND REAGENTS.”

MODE OF APPLICATION
To be considered, potential bidders are required to be registered as Contractors with the University, bid according to the specifications provided and submit their bid documents not later than Thursday, 14th March, 2013 at 12noon to:

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

The Tender Opening Committee will meet at 1:00p.m on Thursday, 14th March, 2013 at the Unity Building Block Conference Room A106 with the representatives of the bidding Contractors in attendance to open the tenders.
Note: FUNAAB is neither committed nor obliged to undertake the work nor include any Company responding to this invitation. All expenses incurred in preparing a bid response and all expenses otherwise associated with the response shall be borne solely by the submitting Company.

M. O. Ayoola (JP)                                                                                               FUNAAB/REG/81/II/138
Registrar                                                                                                              27th February, 2013.

Unit to Counsel Students on Probation

The Counseling Unit of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is holding a one day group counseling for students with low C.G.P.A and on probation on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

A release signed by the Principal Assistant Registrar, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile informed that the venue is the JAO 03 Lecture Theater, beginning at 1.00p.m.

CENTS Holds Leadership Training Programme

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is organizing a leadership Training Programme for Student Union Executives and Student Representatives on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

According to the Principal Assistant Registrar (Counseling), Mrs. Modesta Ofodile, venue of the programme is Senate Chamber at 1.00p.m. prompt.

FUNAAB Students Win APM Terminals Scholarship

1. Rep. of the MD, APM Terminals, Mr. Kingsley Akhigbe presenting  the cheque to Mr. Bakare Adebayo while the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo watches with keen interest. 2. Rep. of the MD, APM Terminals, Mr. Kingsley Akhigbe presenting  the cheque to Mr. Ebere Emmanuel.

Two outstanding Students in the Department of electronics Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta have been offered Scholarship in the 2nd APM Terminals Engineering Student’s Scholarship, 2012.

The students are Messrs Bakare Koyum Adebayo and Ebere Iheanyichukwu Emmanuel.

Presenting the cheque for the scholarship, the Managing Director, Mr. Dallas Hampton who was represented by the Head of Administration and Coordinator, Corporate Social Responsibility Project, APM Terminals Apapa, Lagos, Mr. Kingsley Akhighe said his organization awards scholarships to 50 outstanding Engineering and Technology Undergraduates of some Universities and Polytechnics in the Country and provide industrial work experience to the top 10 in this category.

He pointed out that the Scholarship and Industrial Training Programme are part of his organization corporate social Responsibility (CSR) which seeks active community involvement in every location where APM Terminals operate as well as afford beneficiaries the opportunity to acquire world class training and development with APM Terminals Apapa Limited.

Mr. Akighe who commended the University for producing two students who emerge among the best 50 students as against the one student who emerged last year challenged the University to work toward having some of the students emerge in the top 10 so as to afford priviledge to do their industrial Work Experience with the Company.

The Head of Administration disclosed that aside from acquiring world class training and development with APM Terminals Apapa Limited the top 10 will be brought on board the organization.

Responding on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Toyin Arowolo expressed appreciation to APM Terminals for their worthy initiative of rewarding educational brilliancy.

He noted that the University and its students symbolic with excellence as indicated in the recent webometric ranking in which the the University emerged 2nd best in Nigeria and 29th in Africa, while assuring that next year, FUNAAB students would make it to the top 10.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye on behalf of the University and students lauded APM Terminal for promoting educational excellence while encouraging other organizations to emulate them. The students were presented with N60,000 cheque each to cover their tuition.

IFSERAR Holds Agric Fair

As part of activities marking the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) will hold an agric fair with the theme:  “Agriculture and the Future of Nigeria”.

In a release dated February 18, 2013 and signed by the Director, IFSERAR, Professor Olusegun Osiniwo stated that the fair will hold between March 25 and 28, 2013 to showcase the University’s contributions to the Agricultural Sector in Nigeria.

It also stated that a Symposium along the theme is also planned to be held concurrently and a large part of the fair will be devoted to other major stakeholders in the Agricultural sector including Multinational Companies, Farmers’ Organizations, Equipment Fabricators, Agricultural Seed Companies, Agricultural Finance Institutions, International Development Agencies and MDAs.

Participation by the University Community is free.  Interested exhibitors should pre-register with the Director, IFSERAR, by calling or sending text message to 08033187110, 08126850890 or 08104427806.  Visit www.funaab,edu.ng/ifserar for more information.

Shun Anti-Social Acts – FUNAAB Registrar

 

From right, the Registrar, Mr. Matthew Ayoola, the Director, INHURD, Prof. Babatunde Kehinde and the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Olufemi Onifade during the Orientation Programme organized for the new Part-Time Degree Students.

 

 

The Registrar, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Mr. Mathew Ayoola has called on the new students of Part-time Degree programme in the University to shun all anti-social acts while in the institution.

He made this known while delivering a Paper titled, “History/Code of Conduct, Rules and Regulations of the University during the Orientation Programme  organized for new students.

The Registrar advised the new students to make moderation their watchword, adding that involving in any unruly act may lead to sanction.

“This is a civilized environment and I urge you to comport yourselves”, he stressed.

Mr. Ayoola reeled out the History, Rules and Regulations of the University which he described as a guide to the new students.

Professor Sunday Onifade, the Dean, Student Affairs in Paper titled, “Effects of Campus Life on New intakes and Benefit of Shunning Anti-social Behaviours and Destructives Lifestyles” admonished students to live a healthy lifestyles.

He said living a healthy lifestyles will lead to better productivity, long life, goal attainment and focused life.

The Dean, Student Affairs urged the students to abstain from Cultism and other vices which can hinder them from getting to higher level adding that involving in examination malpractices will lead to rustication.

In her presentation titled, “The Challenges of Living away from Homes and Living in Heterogeneous Society/Effective Study Habit in the University” the University Guidance and Counselor, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile represented by Mr. Akinmade Adesope called on the new students to cultivate the habit of going to Library and they should create a personal timetable.

The University’s Director of Health Centre, Dr. Olusola Talabi represented by Dr. O. O. Ososanya in a paper titled, “Healthy Living Styles, Nutrition, Sex Education/Health Facilities on Campus” pointed out that students need to be taken fruits and involved in physical activities as these will enhance their brain functioning.

He stressed that they should avoid taking alcohol, excess intake of salt, carbohydrates and unprotected sex adding that moderation should be their watchword.

Other resource persons who spoke

 

Agricultural Transformation Agenda: VC Commends FG

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has commended the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration, describing it as pro-active.

Professor Oyewole gave the commendation in his Welcome Address at the 4th Nigeria International Poultry Summit held at the University’s Postgraduate School Auditorium.

Declaring the University’s support at tapping fully into the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda in all fields of Agriculture, including Poultry Production, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that FUNAAB has graduated not less than 40 PhD candidates in various fields of Poultry Science thus contributing immensely to National development.

According to him, “In the last two and half decades, our University has continued to give support to research in Poultry and Allied Sciences.  We have also provided facilities for the training of students in every aspect of Poultry Science and Production”.

Professor Oyewole stated that this drive by the University is targeted at alleviating the food insecurity and sustainability challenge which has become a world wide concern.

He pointed out that the University has established an Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) as part of its efforts to effectively find practical solutions to the problems of food insecurity while adding that research efforts invested in the development of indigenous meat, egg lines and novel feed resources by the The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has commended the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration, describing it as pro-active.

Professor Oyewole gave the commendation in his Welcome Address at the 4th Nigeria International Poultry Summit held at the University’s Postgraduate School Auditorium.

Declaring the University’s support at tapping fully into the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda in all fields of Agriculture, including Poultry Production, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that FUNAAB has graduated not less than 40 PhD candidates in various fields of Poultry Science thus contributing immensely to National development.

According to him, “In the last two and half decades, our University has continued to give support to research in Poultry and Allied Sciences.  We have also provided facilities for the training of students in every aspect of Poultry Science and Production”.

Professor Oyewole stated that this drive by the University is targeted at alleviating the food insecurity and sustainability challenge which has become a world wide concern.

He pointed out that the University has established an Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) as part of its efforts to effectively find practical solutions to the problems of food insecurity while adding that research efforts invested in the development of indigenous meat, egg lines and novel feed resources by the

WORLD POULTRY SUMMIT: Poultry Production, Panacea To Food Security

The President, Worlds Poultry Science Association, Nigeria Branch, (WPSA-NB) Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan addressing participants at the 4th Nigeria International Poultry Summit. Seated on the high table from right are the Keynote Speaker, Mr. Nnaemeka Nzekwe; the rep. of the VC, the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo and Prof. (Mrs.) Funmilayo Adebambo.

The President, Worlds Poultry Science Association, Nigeria Branch, (WPSA-NB) Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan has advocated for the advancement in Scientific knowledge and promotion of continued development of the various aspects of poultry production as panacea to food insecurity and sustainability challenge being experienced in the world.

Speaking at the 4th Nigeria International Poultry Summit (NIPS) held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Onagbesan lamented that by International Standard, Protein intake by Nigerians is low, attributing the inbalance to inavailability and affordability of sources of protein.

According to him, the easiest and quickest way to bridge the inavailability gap is through the intake of poultry meat and eggs while adding that the adoption of innovative technologies and sustainability of production will help bridge the affordability gap.

The WPSA-NB President noted that the theme of the 4th NIPS, “Food Security Through Innovative Technology in Poultry Production”, is timely as it coincides with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government, of which the Livestock sector of Agriculture is a sub committee.

“Food Security and Sustainability has become a common phrase in government pronouncements.  These cannot be achieved without scientific research.  This requires adequate funding and cooperation with industry.  Sustainability can only be ascertained through research.  Then food security can be guaranteed”.

Professor Onagbesan assured that the Summit will address issues of food security as it relates to the sustainability of meat and egg production, to enhance protein intake of the Nigerian populace.

 

 

NASU-FUNAAB Ends Crisis ...As aggrieved Members Brokered Peace …Chairman thanks Management, others

 

 

The internal crisis which rocked the University branch of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has ended as aggrieved members have brokered peace in the collective interest of the Union.

The Chairman of the Union, Comrade Isaq Odunjo disclosed the resolution and restoration of normalcy in the Union in a statement he signed and titled, “The Dawn of Peace and Progress in NASU, FUNAAB.

According to him, the immediate past chairman, Mr. I. O. A. Fadairo has handed over the “paraphernalia of leadership and properties” of the Union to him in the interest and progress of the Union.

He called on members “to let us move forward with hope and sincerity of purpose in order to move the Union forward.”

Comrade Odunjo extended his hands of fellowship to all members of the Union, assuring them of exemplary leadership that will take NASU to greater height.

The Chairman expressed appreciation to the University management “for their managerial prowess with which it handled the crisis since August 22, 2012 when the election was conducted”.

Comrade Odunjo also thanked staff and students Unions and the National Headquarters of NASU in particular for their contributions to the resolution of the crisis.

He also expressed gratitude to individuals who showed concerned for the Uni

 


NASU Chairman
Comrade Isaq Odunjo

AMREC Holds Capacity-Building Workshop

The Extension and Adaptive Research Programme of the Agricultural Medial Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) will on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 holds a Workshop on Broiler Production for Students of Selected Secondary Schools in Ogun State under its Agriculture-In-Schools Project.

A release sent to FUNAAB Bulletin and signed by the Director, AMREC, Professor (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami stated that the Workshop is meant to spur the interest of youths in Agriculture, especially in poultry (Broiler) production in order to boost animal protein supply in Nigerians’ diets.

The venue of the programme is Postgraduate Auditorium, FUNAAB and time is 10.00a .m. prompt.

 

BEWARE ! Nigerians Are Eating Bacteria, Not Food FUNAAB’s 38th Inaugural Lecturer … Professor (Mrs.) Mobolaji Bankole

Prof. (Mrs.) Mobolaji Bankole making salient points, while delivering the 38th Inaugural Lecture of the University titled, “Food on the Table:  The Microbial Contributions” at Prof. Mahmoud Yaqub Lecture Theatre.

The University’s 38th Inaugural Lecturer, Professor (Mrs.) Mobolaji Olufunmilayo Bankole has raised the alarm that most Nigerians are eating bacteria and fungi (poison) especially staphylococcus aureas thinking they are eating food.

According to her most common in their food intake is staphylococcus Aureas.

Bankole, a Professor of Food Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) alerted the nation while delivering a lecture titled, “Food on the Table:  The Microbial Contributions”.

According to Professor Bankole, “Food consumed by human beings are rarely sterile as they harbour micro-organisms which may originate from the natural microflora of the raw material, and those organisms introduced in the course of harvesting, slaughter, processing, storage and distribution of food”.

Drawing from her research contributions to the academic and society at large, the erudite scholar said most of Nigerians favourite local food and snacks are bacteria reddened.

They include Bread, Smoked Fish, Pounded Yam, “Amala-Isu”, Vegetables and even Spices that are use to garnish and preserve snacks.

 

BREAD

According to the Inaugural Lecturer, bread samples from some industries in Abeokuta “were found to harbour some pathogenic microorganisms which included the following bacterial: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, staphylococcus epidermidis, streptococcus pyogenes, Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Klebsiella pneumonia” and fungi like Aspergillus niger”, she added.

She explained that most of these microbias were contaminant from handling practices.

 

POUNDED YAM

Professor (Mrs.) Bankole informed that Pounded Yam, a special delicacy of the Yorubas in South-West Nigeria, and in particular, the Ekitis and the Ijeshas harbours the following bacteria: Bacillus sp Pseudomona sp, Streptococcoccus sp, Erwinia sp, Serratia sp, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureaus, among several others that she listed.

The University Don revealed that Pounded Yam is contaminated through soil origin, yam tuber, and human origin.

 

“AMALA ISU” (YAM FLOUR)

The Professor of Microbiology informed that another Yoruba favourite local food, Yam Flour, better known and celebrated as “Amala Isu” harboured microorganisms with white Yam Flour “Amala Lafun” harbouring more types of microorganisms”.

 

SMOKED FISH

According to the Inaugural Lecturer, cold smoked fish examined showed the presence of Bacillus sp, Micrococcus sp, Staphylococus aureaus, Staphblococcus epidermis and others which are of bacteria origin.  She disclosed that some of these bacterial floral are from the broodstock of intensive fish farming systems.

She stressed that apart from Ginger and Negro-pepper, the others did not harbour staphylococcus aureaus.

Besides, the lecturer further informed that popular local drinks including “Adoyo”, “Pito”, “Nunu” carried Lactic acid bacteria and others.

She disclosed that major sources of contamination of sampled food were “probably man, water and air”.

However, Professor (Mrs.) Bankole expressed joy that the bacteria content of the foods could be decreased if:

People are aware and conscious of the presence and harmfulness of microbe,

Processors to prepare, their foods with as little contamination as possible with healthy hands, and using uncontaminated water in a clean area of preparation.

Optimization of shelf life of raw materials, Quality control, among others, are embraced

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole while presenting the Profile of the Inaugural Lecturer highlighted her track record as a tested and proven lecturer.

Present are, relations of the Inaugural Lecture, members of the University Community, especially Principal Officers, her Dean, Professor Tope Popoola and several others.

SPECIES/FOOD PRESERVATIVES

Professor (Mrs.) Bankole disclosed that though Nigerians love spices, they harbour high total viable bacteria count per gram.

BEWARE ! Nigerians Are Eating Bacteria, Not Food FUNAAB’s 38th Inaugural Lecturer … Professor (Mrs.) Mobolaji Bankole

 

The University’s 38th Inaugural Lecturer, Professor (Mrs.) Mobolaji Olufunmilayo Bankole has raised the alarm that most Nigerians are eating bacteria and fungi (poison) especially staphylococcus aureas thinking they are eating food.

According to her most common in their food intake is staphylococcus Aureas.

Bankole, a Professor of Food Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) alerted the nation while delivering a lecture titled, “Food on the Table:  The Microbial Contributions”.

According to Professor Bankole, “Food consumed by human beings are rarely sterile as they harbour micro-organisms which may originate from the natural microflora of the raw material, and those organisms introduced in the course of harvesting, slaughter, processing, storage and distribution of food”.

Drawing from her research contributions to the academic and society at large, the erudite scholar said most of Nigerians favourite local food and snacks are bacteria reddened.

They include Bread, Smoked Fish, Pounded Yam, “Amala-Isu”, Vegetables and even Spices that are use to garnish and preserve snacks.

 

BREAD

According to the Inaugural Lecturer, bread samples from some industries in Abeokuta “were found to harbour some pathogenic microorganisms which included the following bacterial: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, staphylococcus epidermidis, streptococcus pyogenes, Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Klebsiella pneumonia” and fungi like Aspergillus niger”, she added.

She explained that most of these microbias were contaminant from handling practices.

 

POUNDED YAM

Professor (Mrs.) Bankole informed that Pounded Yam, a special delicacy of the Yorubas in South-West Nigeria, and in particular, the Ekitis and the Ijeshas harbours the following bacteria: Bacillus sp Pseudomona sp, Streptococcoccus sp, Erwinia sp, Serratia sp, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureaus, among several others that she listed.

The University Don revealed that Pounded Yam is contaminated through soil origin, yam tuber, and human origin.

 

“AMALA ISU” (YAM FLOUR)

The Professor of Microbiology informed that another Yoruba favourite local food, Yam Flour, better known and celebrated as “Amala Isu” harboured microorganisms with white Yam Flour “Amala Lafun” harbouring more types of microorganisms”.

 

SMOKED FISH

According to the Inaugural Lecturer, cold smoked fish examined showed the presence of Bacillus sp, Micrococcus sp, Staphylococus aureaus, Staphblococcus epidermis and others which are of bacteria origin.  She disclosed that some of these bacterial floral are from the broodstock of intensive fish farming systems.

She stressed that apart from Ginger and Negro-pepper, the others did not harbour staphylococcus aureaus.

Besides, the lecturer further informed that popular local drinks including “Adoyo”, “Pito”, “Nunu” carried Lactic acid bacteria and others.

She disclosed that major sources of contamination of sampled food were “probably man, water and air”.

However, Professor (Mrs.) Bankole expressed joy that the bacteria content of the foods could be decreased if:

People are aware and conscious of the presence and harmfulness of microbe,

Processors to prepare, their foods with as little contamination as possible with healthy hands, and using uncontaminated water in a clean area of preparation.

Optimization of shelf life of raw materials, Quality control, among others, are embraced

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole while presenting the Profile of the Inaugural Lecturer highlighted her track record as a tested and proven lecturer.

Present are, relations of the Inaugural Lecture, members of the University Community, especially Principal Officers, her Dean, Professor Tope Popoola and several others.

SPECIES/FOOD PRESERVATIVES

Professor (Mrs.) Bankole disclosed that though Nigerians love spices, they harbour high total viable bacteria count per gram.

FUNAAB Theatre Troupe Commends Management

The Head, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Theatre Troupe, Mr. Ola Olayemi has commended the Management of the University for allowing students of the institution to showcase their talents in the area of art.

Mr. Ola Olayemi, a 500-level student of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development who gave the commendation in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin said what prompted the creation of the troupe is to educate, inform and entertain on relevant topical issues.

He said the troupe always ensure that its drama presentation conforms with a given programme, noting that since inception of Professor Oyewole-led Administration, it has performed in seven different programmes, especially during Orientation programme for new students.

On why he has passion for acting despite being an Agric student, Mr. Olayemi stressed that acting has been part of him since 100-level days when he graduated from Wale Adenuga Film Institute in Lagos where he was trained in the area of acting.

The Head, FUNAAB Theatre Troupe urged his fellow students to join the troupe, not minding the fact that they are Agriculture or Science-based students, in order to sustain the dream of the initiator, Professor (Mrs.) Bola Akeredolu-Ale who started it in 2005.

He solicited for maximum cooperation, hardwork, commitment from the members of the troupe, noting that if all hands are on deck, the existence of the troupe will lead to creation of an Institute that is Arts Oriented.

“The troupe is all encompassing which involves training in Make-Up, Directing, Comedy, Location Management/Welfarism, Stage Management, Poetry, Drumming, amongst others”, he added.

 

Leadership Academy Retreat: A Good Development - FUNAABSU President

Leadership by example: (Arrowed) the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole in the midst of the Executives of FUNAAB Student Union at the just concluded Leadership Academy Retreat for the latter.

The President, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Student Union (FUNAABSU), Comrade Tope Adesipo has described the Leadership Academy Retreat,  sponsored by the University Management in conjunction with Knewrow Resources as a good development.

Comrade Adesipo who made this known in a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin said the retreat was interesting, mind-blowing and educative.

He added that it has opened their eyes to the pros and cons of effective leadership noting that if the knowledge acquired is put into practice, it will be better for Nigeria as a nation.

The FUNAABSU President appealed to Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole led Management to extend the retreat to a large number of students.

In his presentation, Mr. Dola Adeboye of Food Science and Technology Department, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta pointed out that the process of effective leadership are: to challenge the status quo, to inspire a shared vision, to lead by examples, to inspire others to actions and to share the glory and keep the pain.

He stressed that a responsible leader must be able to inform, educate, motivate and inspire his followers in order for the group or organization to attain higher level.

The Chief Executive officer of the Knewrow Resources, Mr. Ayo Muritala in his brief Address commended the University Management for the level of infrastructural development that has taken place within the campus which he described as sign of effective leadership.

He disclosed that the motive behind the retreat is to build role models that can occupy leadership positions anywhere in the world as against a situation where people occupy office without making impact.

Other areas of Interest discussed were, Leadership and Diversity, Premises of Communication, Conflict Resolution, Team Work, Social Responsibility and Transparency/Accountability.

The retreat had in attendance Student Union Executives, Principal Officers of the Students Representative Assembly, Principal Officers of the Judicial Arm of FUNAABSU and Head, Male and Female Hall of Residences.

 

 

TENDER to supply the laboratory equipment and Reagents

The department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta hereby request for TENDER to supply the laboratory equipments and reagents listed below under the Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovative Marketplace.

S/N

EQUIPMENT

1

Electric Convection Oven + Electric Baking Oven + Proofer (ELE-SO2/ELEM-80A PSM-80), Size(mm): 800x1050x1950

2

Dough Mixer (HSE-15), Size(mm): 830x450x1100

3

pH meter Digital (Orion Star LogR pH Meter with Stainless-steel ATC Probe, 100/240V 50/60Hz)

4

HM Digital Waterproof pH Meter, PH-200(Pocket)

5

Refrigerator (LG)

6

HP Laserjet M1132 MFP (Print, scan, copy)

6a

Table Type Dough Sheeter, Size (mm): 880×2080×620, Voltage: 3P/380/50

 

MEDIA/CONSUMABLES

6b

Petri dishes (2 cartons)

7

Pipetteman multichannel

8

Pipetteman  unit(p2,p10,p100,p1000)

9

Ethanol

10

Foil paper

11

Cotton wool

12

Yellow tips

13

Blue tips

14

White tips

15

Tips packed

16

Gas jar packed

17

Mortal and pestel

 

 

 

MICROBIOLOGICAL MEDIA (OXOID)

1

Manitol Egg Yolk  Polymyxin Agar (CM0929)

2

Tryptone Bile X- Glucuronide (CM0945)

3

Brilliance Listeria Agar (CM1080B)

4

Salmonella Shigellae Agar (CM0099B)

5

Saboraud Dextrose Agar (CM0041B)

6

Potatoe Dextrose Agar (CM0139B)

7

Malt Extract Agar (CM0059B)

8

Nutrient Agar (CM0309)

9

Manitol Salt Agar (CM0085B)

10

Tyrptose soy Agar (CM0131B)

11

Baird Parker Agar (CM0961B)

12

Man Rogosa Sharpe Agar M.R.S (CM0361B)

13

Peptone water (CM0009B)

The tender should be submitted within 2 weeks from the date of this advertisement to:


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

TENDER FOR HYUNDAI BUS

The department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta hereby request for TENDER to supply a Hyundai Bus under the EU sponsored Cassava Gmarkets project. The cost should include comprehensive insurance and vehicle registration.
The bus should have the following specifications:
An 8-12 Seater Bus, fully air-conditioned with seat belt in all the seats and has to be manufactured from one of the following; EU Member State, ACP and OECD countries. The donor also requested that the Nigerian supplier must provide a certificate to confirm that the vehicle was made in EU Member State, ACP and OECD countries. The tender code as PROJECT BUS should be submitted within 2 weeks from the date of this advertisement to:

The Registrar
Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta, PMB 2240,
Abeokuta

VACANCY Beckons!

Are you naturally endowed with burning passion for child care and not the type that will give babies in her care sleeping tablets, in order for the little ones “to carry their wahala go”.

If you are not a devourer that will devour babies foods on their behalf; HERE BECKONS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY.

Vacancy now exists for a matured Female Care-Giver at Nigeria Association of University  Women (NAUW) Creche.  Applicant must possess a minimum qualification of NCE in Home Economics/Childhood Education with previous working experience.

Applications and curriculum vitae should reach the President, Nigeria Association of University Women, FUNAAB Branch, Dr. (Mrs.) C. A. Onifade, CGNS Department, COLAMRUD.

Orientation Programme For Part-Time Degree Students Holds, Friday

The 2012/2013 Orientation programme for Part-Time Degree students of FUNAAB will hold on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre 3 (JAO 3).

A release signed by Mr. H. I. Ejikeme, the Head of the Programme (HOP) stated that the Orientation programme will start by 2.00p.m. prompt.

Expected at the one-day programme are the Director Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD), Professor Babatunde Kehinde, the University Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, University Guidance counselor, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile and Director, Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi

Others are, Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Sunday Onifade, University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, Chief Security Officer of the University, Mr. Sunday Bolarinwa and the Chairman, MANCOT, Engr. Awokola.

Students are expected to be seated by 1.30p.m.

NAUW, FUNAAB Warms up for International Women’s Day – Holds meeting Thursday, February 21

A Crucial General Meeting of Nigeria Association of University Women (NAUW), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) branch will hold this Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Room 203, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD).

The meeting is majorly to set machineries in motion and fine-tune arrangements for the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration, holding on March 8, 2013.

A statement signed by the General Secretary, NAUW, FUNAAB branch, Mrs. F. O. Bamgboye and made available to FUNAAB Bulletin on Thursday further informed that major decisions will be taken on that day, in respect of the forthcoming IWD celebration.

Members of the Association are enjoined, to once again show commitment to the body by attending the meeting massively and promptly too.

The leadership of NAUW, FUNAAB branch expressed appreciation to members for their unflinching support and robust cooperation so far, charging them however, to take advantage of preparations for IWD celebration to solidify and enhance service delivery that will make the International Women Day (IWD) celebration a huge success.

FUNIS Holds Inter-House Sports Competition

FUNIS Students in a 100m race during the Inter-house Sports Competition.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta International School (FUNIS) on Tuesday held her 3rd Biennial Inter-House Sports Competition.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole described Sports in a school setting as activities selected and conducted to realize educational outcomes, adding that educational outcomes are the physical, mental and social development of an individual.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Director of Sports, Mr. Bayo Oluwatoki said most Nigerian Schools emphasize the learning of art and science subjects and take sports as just an entertainment programme for the students.

He stressed that sports should not be seen as an entertainment programme but a proper co-curricular programme whose teachings form the fundamental part of growth and development of an individual noting that taking part in sporting activities is vital to education and academic achievement.

Professor Oyewole promised to give unwavering support and absolute commitment to ensure an all round development of the students via sports.

In her welcome address, the Principal of the School, Mrs. Adeola Olumide expressed appreciation to Professor Oyewole-led management team of the University for the unflinching support received by the school.

She described the biennial event as essential which cannot be toiled with adding that it will showcase the hidden talents among the students.

Mrs. Olumide enjoined all and sundry to support FUNIS in getting to higher level.

The Inter-House Sports competition featured Match past which was won by Green house, Relay Races, Invitation relay races for invited schools, Parents race, Staff race and Old Students race.

High point of the occasion was the presentation of trophies by the Chairman of the day, Chief Semiu Oganla in which Blue House came 4th with 180 points, 3rd position went to Red

SIWES is About Training & Development – Mrs. Sodunke

The Director, SIWES, Prof. Tunde Ajayi addressing the prospective interns during the Orientation Programme. On the high table from right are the Training Development Officer, Mr. Amona Emmanuel; the Head of Training, Mrs. Ayodele Shodunke; the SIWES Accountant; Mr. Gbadamosi Solomon and the PRO, Mrs. Wuraola Onaleye.

The Head of Training, Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mrs. Ayodele Sodunke has described the benefits of the Industrial Training to students as beyond just Education, but about Training, Development and Learning.

Mrs. Sodunke made this known during the 2013 Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Orientation Programme of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta held at the Oba Oyebade Lipede Multipurpose Building for intending Industrial Training (IT) students.

According to her, the IT programme is basically meant to prepare, expose and equip the students with requisite employability skills, adding that it will be in a form of on-the-job training process in which students in relevant fields are exposed to actual work setting.

On ITF relevance to the students on Industrial Training, she hinted that the Industrial Training Fund sees to how learning is engendered in the context of work and how work is influenced by learning.

Earlier speaking during the programme, the Director, SIWES, FUNAAB, Professor Tunde Ajayi admonished the students to be good ambassadors of FUNAAB, by conducting themselves positively wherever they may be carrying out their Industrial Training.

Professor Ajayi however encouraged them to tap from the experience they will be exposed to during the period of training with their various employers.

 

FUNAAB’s Student Union Exco Retreat in Progress - To end Wednesday

A Retreat for the University Student Union Executive (FUNAABSU) on leadership and mentoring is now in progress at the  International Scholar Resource Centre (ISRC)

The Retreat which began on Monday evening will end on Wednesday.

According to the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Olufemi Onifade, the aim of the Retreat is to expose the present set of student leaders to the nitty-gritty of leadership and mentorship with a view to preparing them for the challenges ahead.

The President of FUNAAB Students Union, Mr. Tope Adesipo said the retreat is a fulfillment of the promise of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole made to the Executive during their inauguration ceremony.

He described the retreat as timely, imperative and relevant to them as student leaders, noting that it will impact on the leadership positively.

According to him, the Resource persons include, Mr. Ibi Somefun, a former Special Assistant to Governor Gbenga Daniel and Mrs. Folakemi Segun Idowu.

 

 

WEB RANKING: Ogun NUJ Commends FUNAAB

Ogun State NUJ Chairman, Com. Wole Shokunbi speaking during the Courtesy Visit while the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Middle), the DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo (3rd Left), the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi (2nd Left) and the Dep. Director, PR, Mr. `Lasun Somoye listen.

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council has commended the University (FUNAAB) for emerging the Second Best University in the country and 29th in Africa, according to the latest international web ranking of institutions in the world.

The State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Wole Shokunbi gave the commendation when he led the new Executive of the Union on a courtesy visit on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole in his office.

Impressed by FUNAAB’s feat in the latest ranking, Shokunbi said he was not surprised because the University is a stickler to merit in service delivery and discharge of its statutory functions.

He also attributed the success to hardwork, discipline, commitment of the Management, staff and students to realizing the Vice-Chancellor’s dream of making the University a World-class.

The NUJ Chairman, who also lauded the speedy recovery and restoration of FUNAAB from the previous 11th position to 2nd, described it as a reflection of Professor Oyewole commitment to not only sustaining the legacy and tradition of excellence that FUNAAB is known for, but better still, to improve vastly on it.

Shokunbi, who is also the former Press Officer to Governor Ibikunle Amosun and former Governor Olusegun Osoba said he was unshaken in his conviction that with the latest ranking, the University’s Journey to a World-Class institution has started.

According to him, “I want to say FUNAAB is the only University that employ or give admission to students on merit.  This University is merit based.  I’m not surprised you are the Second Best in Nigeria and now 29th in Africa.  This is well deserved”.

Speaking further, Shokunbi who cut his teeth as a journalist in the now rested Daily Sketch Newspapers thanked the Management for its cordial relationship and peaceful co-existence with the State Council and members at large.

He stressed that the new Exco of NUJ, which according to him was inaugurated on September 15, 2012 looks forward to a better relationship with the Management.

Shokunbi, who used the occasion to congratulate Professor Oyewole over his appointment as FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor, thanked him for a job well done within the short time he assumed office.

… As Vice-Chancellor Rallies Ogun NUJ’s Support for 25th Anniversary

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has beckoned on journalists, especially in Ogun State to join the University in celebrating her Silver Jubilee Anniversary.

Professor Oyewole gave the charge while addressing the Executives of the State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, who paid him a courtesy call in his office.

Extending invitation to newsmen in the state, Professor Oyewole said Journalists, apart from being stakeholders have contributed immensely to the success of the University since inception.

Consequently, the Vice-Chancellor said it is therefore expedient and imperative for them to share in the joy of FUNAAB’s success story as embedded in legacy of excellence that is research and value driven as well as tradition of infrastructural facilities.

He stressed that the best way for journalists to celebrate with FUNAAB is to publicise various activities lined-up for the celebration, spanning the whole year.

Responding to the NUJ Chairman commendation of FUNAAB’s feat in the latest ranking, the Vice-Chancellor stated that “this type of thing (web ranking) did not come without hardwork”.

Professor Oyewole said the University is more concerned about becoming a World-Class University where foreigners will be schooling and working in the University.

ICT : Better Days for Staff, Students - As Google, Microsoft Eye Partnership with FUNAAB

Information and Communication Technology Giants, Google Nigeria and Microsoft Anglophone West Africa have expressed their readiness to collaborate with the University towards enhancing ICT delivery on campus.

Google and Microsoft made their intention known during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole in his office.

Disclosing its mission, the Program Manager, Google Apps Supporting Program (GASP), Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Olotu expressed the willingness of the company to partner with the University especially in the area of extensive adoption of Google’s office suite under the Google Apps Supporting Program (GASP).

According to him, GASP is a Google initiative designed to catalyze internet usage and Google Apps adoption in sub-Saharan African Universities.

Mr. Olotu disclosed that under the program, Google will assist in strengthening existing ICT services through offering a combination of internet bandwidth or infrastructure grants, technical consulting and training, as well as Google Apps training.

He stressed that another area of collaboration is Google Student Ambassador Programme targeted at IT-savvy students.

Mr. Olotu explained that Google student Ambassador Program will avail FUNAAB’s students a golden opportunity to act as liaisons between Google and the University.

Under the program, the Ambassadors will learn about innovative Google products, programs, plans, and host fun events on campus and act as campus contacts for Google teams.

Messrs Oladele Adedoyin and Bukunmi Omidiran, Public Sector Business Manager (Microsoft Anglophone, West Africa) and Microsoft Education Lead (Microsoft Anglophone, West Africa) respectively had earlier paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor.

Speaking, the team highlighted value added benefits that Microsoft can provide to the University through strategic partnership.

According to the team the benefits include:

Faculty connection where FUNAAB’s faculties can be connected to Microsoft researchers around the world.

Office 365 (free mail and collaboration tool) from Microsoft.

Special Academic Pricing from Microsoft for FUNAAB, to allow for proper licensing of all Microsoft Software.

E-learning to be explored for the use of the University.

Microsoft IT Academy to cover ICT Curriculum solutions, certification and professional development, among others.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole stated that the importance of ICT in the socio, economic development of the world cannot be overemphasized.

He pointed out that his vision for the University is for its arms to be fully ICT driven in every aspect of teaching, research and extension service.

Professor Oyewole maintained that the focus of the University in its quest to becoming a world class is to be ICT driven.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed interest in exploring Google Office Suite for distant learning.

The meeting was attended by the Acting Head of Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi and Head, Webometric, Dr. Olusegun Folorunsho.

Disclosing the immediate action of ICTREC, the Acting Head, Dr. Ajayi stated that Postgraduate and undergraduate students will soon have customized e-mail account for their use.

 

The Vice-Chancellor,Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole

 

 

 

 

NHIS Registration Exercise

This is to inform the entire staff of the University that another round of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration exercise has been scheduled to hold Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21, 2013.

A memo dated February 18, 2013 and signed by the Coordinator, NHIS, Dr. Olusola Akinwande stated that the requirements for the registration are:  One Passport photograph each of the Principal (Self), Spouse and maximum of four children under 18 years, Date(s) of Birth and Blood Group(s).

The venue is NHIS Desk Office, Health Centre.  Time is 9.00a.m. daily.

 

Professor (Mrs.) Bankole to Deliver 38th Inaugural Lecture

The 38th Inaugural Lecture of the University will hold on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Professor Mahmoud Yaqub Lecture Theatre, at 2.00p.m.

The Lecture titled, “Food on the Table: The Microbial Contributions”, will be delivered by Professor (Mrs.) Mobolaji Olufunmilayo Bankole.

Professor (Mrs.) Bankole is a Professor of Food Microbiology in the College of Natural Sciences, Department of Microbiology.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole is the Chairman of the Lecture which is the first that will be held during the 25th Anniversary celebration of the University.

Members of the University Community are enjoined to attend en masse.


Professor (Mrs.) Mobolaji Olufunmilayo Bankole

AFCON 2013 Super Eagles Victory is a Challenge to Rebuild Our Nation - VC Charges Nigerians

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole commending the victory of the Super Eagles at the just concluded African Cup of Nations when the executives of NUJ, Ogun State Council paid him a Courtesy Call.

The University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has charged Nigerians to see the victory of the Super Eagles at the just concluded 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in South Africa as a challenge to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s efforts at transforming our dear nation to a better one.

It would be recalled that a crucial goal from the home based Sunday Mba in the 38th minute of the first half was all the Super Eagles needed to bring back the elusive cup, which the nation last won 19 years ago.

The victory rekindles the spirit of oneness, nationalism and patriotism which has been fluctuating among Nigerians.

Making reference to the victory when the new Executives of the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy call in his office, the Vice-Chancellor commended the “Big Boss”, Coach Stephen Keshi led victorious Super Eagles, describing the victory as well deserved.

Professor Oyewole, however, charged Nigerians to think beyond the euphoria and accolades that greeted the victory but to imbibe the Super Eagles spirit of oneness, team work, determination and rebirth that gave them the much needed continental trophy.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the lesson of the victory will be lost on Nigerians, if they failed to take advantage of it to team up with President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to re-build the nation for meaningful socio, economic and political development.

According to Professor Oyewole, “we thank God that our country came first in the African Cup of Nation (AFCON).  The feat is highly commendable”.

“More importantly, I think it is high time we use the lesson of oneness, teamwork, commitment and dedication that earned our Super Eagles victory, to team up with our President to rebuild our nation”, he charged.

 

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF UNIVERSAL TEXTURE ANALYZER

The department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta hereby request for TENDER to supply Universal Texture Analyzer, Model: TA.XTplus under the EU-Sponsored "cassava Gmarkets" Project. The tender should include cost of the equipment with all accessories including Operating Manual, Installation and Training Costs'.

SUBMISSION OF PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS

The Pre-qualification documents for the project arranged in the order listed above is to be submitted in five (5) copies, A4 size paged and neatly bound and sealed in two (2) envelopes with the outer envelope marked “SECRET Pre-Qualification for (Quoting the appropriate projects’ name)” boldly written on the top right hand corner of the envelope and delivered to:


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

To reach him not later than two weeks from the date of this advert.

 

M.O. Ayoola

FUNAAB AT TWENTY FIVE A POEM

FUNAAB!  FUNAAB!! FUNAAB!!!  MY GREAT INSTITUTION

OH! HOW I LOVE CALLING YOUR NAME “FUNAAB”

I COULD NOT WAIT TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS

MY HEART LEAPED WITH JOY

THAT MY FABULOUS FUNAAB

THIS YEAR CLOCKS TWENTY FIVE

OH! HOW YOU HAVE PASSED THROUGH THICK AND THIN

MANY WATERS HAVE REALLY PASSED UNDER THE BRIDGE

BUT TAKING A LOOK A BACK

WE REALLY HAVE ALL CAUSE TO GIVE THANKS TO THE ALMIGHTY

THANKING GOD FOR REALLY TAKEN UP YOUR

REAL NAME AS ” FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE ABEOKUTA”

HOW DO WE COUNT THE BLESSINGS

OH!  HOW UNCOUNTABLE

IS IT TALKING ABOUT THE PEACE THAT PASSES

ALL UNDERSTANDING THAT ENVELOPS OUR LIVES

THE SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCY UPON US AND OUR STUDENTS

YOUR ENDURING AND UNENDING LOVE

SHOWER ON US AND OUR LOVED ONES

THIS TWENTY FIVE YEARS

OH! WE CANNOT WAIT TO KEEP ON

APPRECIATING OUR GOD CONTINOUSLY

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD

AND HOW GREAT HE HAS LIFTED US UP

PROPELLING US TO A GREATER HEIGHT

YOU ARE OUR GOD IN AGES PAST

AND YOU WILL CONTINUALLY BE

OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME

OUR SHELTER FROM THE STORMY BLAST

AND OUR DEFENCE IS SURE IN YOU

I WISH ALL AND SUNDRY

 

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY

 

SOLANKE G.M (MRS)

PGS

Community Residents Laud FERMA, FUNAAB As Road Reconstruction Booms Businesses

A stretch of the newly-reconstructed road

 

 

The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), has put smiles on the faces of the residents of the communities along the University and camp road by reconstructing it.

The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), has reconstructed a larger portion of the road.

Petty Traders and residents of Isolu Community, Camp and others have expressed joy over the reconstruction, thanking FERMA for a job well done.

Mrs. Agbaje, a cement dealer along the road during a chat with FUNAAB correspondent joyfully confirmed that since reconstruction of the road, business has been booming.

According to Mrs. Agbaje, “Before the reconstruction of the road, we always face difficulties getting to this place, many commuters don’t want to come here.  Since the reconstruction of the road, we have been enjoying free movement to and fro.  Even it has boomed our business.  We thank FUNAAB administration for coming to our rescue”,.

Mr. Shaibu Amuda, a commercial driver praised the University Management and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency for the reconstruction of the road.  Mr. Amuda stated that the hazard and difficulties encountered by the drivers have been reduced.

 

Time Management, Panacea to High Productivity – Dep. Director, DUFARMS

 

The Deputy Director, Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Mr. Michael Ayo Jaiyeola has described time management as a panacea, which enhances high productivity level of workers in an organization.

Mr. Jaiyeola made this known while delivering a Paper titled, “Work Ethics and Time Management in Research and Commercial Farming Systems” at the 2013 Pre-season Training Workshop for Senior Staff of DUFARMS, held recently.

The Deputy Director pointed out that Time is an important tool which controls the productivity tempo of individuals, organizations and the society in general.

“The use of time has brought about successes and failure in the achievements of set goals.  It is often disturbing that this very important resource is not taken seriously by students, staff and the community in general”, he added.

Mr. Jaiyeola identified the major time wasters, which are found in poor planning, poor organization, paper work, meetings and interruptions.

The Deputy Director, DUFARMS enjoined the Non-Teaching Staff in the University to obey the laws and regulations of the University, maintain honesty, integrity, fairness, adhering to the official resumption/closing time and doing nothing to tarnish the image of the University.

 

FUNAAB Donates Boreholes to COBFAS Communities

Rep. of the VC, Prof. (Mrs.) Morenike Dipeolu commissioning the Borehole donated by the University.

Pix - Courtesy of COBFAS.

The University has donated a Borehole to each of the four (4) communities hosting its Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS).

The beneficiaries are Odo-Aloro quarters (Odogbolu), Isaga Orile, Dake-Araromi Ode-lemo and Iwoye-Ketu.

The Boreholes, which were commissioned by the representative of the Vice Chancellor and Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD), Professor (Mrs.) Morenike Dipeolu was the climax of the Committee visits.

According to a release signed and issued by the Director, COBFAS, Dr. Jonathan Atungwu, the Vice-Chancellor, while commissioning the boreholes said it will boost water supply for irrigation purposes, especially the dry season farming.

CODAD had earlier visited FUNAAB’S students undergoing Farm Practical Year at COBFAS Communities, where it also had an interface with the undergraduates, in order to see for themselves the prospects and challenges of the programme and how it could be improved upon.

The Committee also paid homage to monarchs of COBFAS host communities and also interacted with members of the communities, to assess the impact of the scheme since its inception in 2010.

The Community Heads, in their separate messages commended FUNAAB’S Students for their good behaviour and harmonious relationship, describing it as a reflection of the University’s positive leadership values.

They also thanked the University Management for bringing COBFAS to their domains, requesting for concession in the areas of admission and employment of their youths, as well as citing of faculties and institutes in their areas.

Responding, the representative of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Dipeolu expressed appreciation to the royal fathers, Chiefs of the communities for creating enabling environment for the success of the scheme.

SECOND SEMESTER 2012/2013 ACADEMIC SESSION: FUNAAB Resumes Monday, 25th February

Academic activities for the 2012/2013 second semester will commence on Monday, 25th February, 2013.

A release signed by the Registrar, Mr. Mattew Ayoola, JP. informed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has approved the date on behalf of Senate.

It further stated that the commencement date has already taken care of the slight disruption of the 2012/2013 First Semester Examinations by Eid-El-Maulud celebration public holiday and other unforeseen circumstances.


DVC (A), Prof. Toyin Arowolo

FUNAAB To Host Nigeria International Poultry Summit

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) will be playing host to over 200 participants at the 4th Nigeria International Poultry Summit holding from February 17 to 21, 2013.

According to a release signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Toyin Arowolo, the Summit will be held at Postgraduate School Auditorium.

The release further stated that the Summit will also feature Exhibition after the opening ceremony.

ON-GOING PROJECTS Pro-Chancellor Tasks Contractors on Speedy Completion

Arrowed, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, some Council Members and a contractor during the Council tour of ongoing projects.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi has charged contractors handling ongoing University’s projects, to as a matter of urgency fast track completion, as soon as possible.

Chief Osayemi gave the charge during the Governing Council inspection tour of ongoing projects on Thursday.

The Pro-Chancellor said the contractors have no justification for not completing the projects on record time because the University is neither owing them nor depriving them of the needed support that will enhance projects delivery.

Chief Osayemi, who commended the Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole led Management commitment to completion of project its inherited from its predecessor, stressed the need for the contractors to follow suit by completing the contracts on time.

Projects inspected include Veterinary Teaching Hospital Complex, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) Building Complex, 2,500 Seater Auditorium, FUNAAB Staff School and Ancilliary Building at International Scholars and Resource Centre.

 

FUNAAB Alumni Honours Prof. Wale Dipeolu – Donates Quality Books to COLAMRUD

 

 

Arrowed, the donors and FUNAAB Alumni, Mrs. Bolanle Ogbodu and Mr. Ayokunle Awosika with the Dean (COLAMRUD), Prof. Segun Apantaku, Prof. (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami, Prof. Wale Dipeolu (Holding Mic), an executive of FUNAAB Alumni Association, Dr. Sam Wobo and Prof. Siaka Momoh.

A confirmation that Lecturers rewards are no longer in heaven played out on Friday as two Alumni of the University donated 20 valuable books, which they purchased abroad to the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD).

The donors, Mrs. Bolanle Ogbodu and Mr. Ayokunle Awosika, who graduated from the Department of Agric Economic and Farm Management (1993 set), at the then Isale Igbein Campus, said the gesture was in honour of their beloved Lecturer, Professor Wale Depeolu, who they still fondly called “Uncle Wale”, in memory of his days as a young lecturer.

Incidentally, Professor Dipeolu is the current Head of Department (H.O.D), Agric. Economics and Farm Management (AEFM).

Explaining the rationale behind the donation at a light presentation ceremony held in AE&FM, Mrs. Ogbudu, who during her students days was known as Bolanle Akande said it was triggered by Professor Dipeolu leadership of the Department.

According to her, “when we heard that Uncle Wale (Professor Dipeolu) is the HOD, we felt the urge to support our former beloved lecturer.  As a young lecturer then, Uncle Wale was a cane and carrot lecturer”.

He was very friendly with us as students and at the same time very punitive if you fail to do what is expected of you.  We always enjoy his lecture because he is such a brilliant lecturer”, Bolanle who works in oil company added.

Corroborating her, Mr. Ayokunle Awosika who is Ogbodu course and classmate stressed that the gesture was part of their genuine intention to plough back into their Alma Mater, adding that it was at the instance of their “amiable” lecturer, Professor Dipeolu.

Awosika, a big time maize farmer and contractor stated that the gesture was a token in appreciation of Professor Dipeolu, COLAMRUD and the University at large, assuring that they hope to do better in future.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, the Dean of COLAMRUD, Professor Segun Apantaku described the donors as exemplary and emulatable, urging others Alumni to take a cue from them.

Speaking in the same vein, veteran Senior Lecturer of the College, Professor (Mrs.) Carolyne Afolami and Professor Siaka Momoh, among others commended the gesture and prayed God to reward their labour of love.

Responding, Professor Wale Dipeolu gave glory to God for the life of Alumni and undergraduates of the Department, COLAMRUD and the University at large.

He described the gesture in his honour as a challenge to do more for the betterment of students, the College and the University at large.

Meanwhile, another old student, Mr. Henry Ndiulo, according to Professor Dipleolu has fulfilled his promise by sending a sum of money to AEFM to purchase books.

WORLD WEBOMETRIC RANKING OF INSTITUTIONS: - FUNAAB Bounces Back Stronger … Emerges 2nd Best Institution in Nigeria from Previous 11th Position … Moved from 35th to 29th in Africa

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has again emerged the 2nd Best University in Nigeria and 29th in Africa, according to the January, 2013 edition of Webometric Ranking of World Universities.

FUNAAB, in the latest ranking, conducted by Cybermetrics Lab., a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de investigacoues (CSIC), Spain, came 2nd out of 120 tertiary institutions in Nigeria and 29th out of 814 higher educational institutions that were ranked in Africa.

In comparison with last year, when FUNAAB came 2nd but was 35th in Africa, this time around, it is not only second, but rose six points higher to clinch 29th in Africa, translating to an impressive improvement.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, topped the latest ranking in Nigeria and it was followed by FUNAAB, University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), University of Ibadan (UI), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, in that order.

Other institutions which made the list of the first ten in Nigeria are, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, University of Benin, Benin and Covenant University, Ota.

The Head of the University’s Webometric Centre, Dr. Olusegun Folorunso, attributed the feat to the ingenuity and commitment of Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole- led Management, the dedication of the University Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), his staff as well as the cooperation of the entire staff and students.

Dr. Folorunso assured that the University would not relent in its efforts to be the best in Nigeria.


Head, Webometric, Dr. Olusegun folorunso

Governing Council 75th Statutory Meeting In Progress

The 75th Statutory Meeting of the Governing Council is in progress. It will end on Friday, February 8, 2013.

A release signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Mathew Ayoola informed that highlights of the meeting are Meeting of Appointments and Promotions Committee for Academic Staff (APCAS), Meeting of Appointments and Promotions Committee for Non-Teaching Staff (APCONTS) and Meeting of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Chairman Governing Council
Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi

Japanese Institute Seeks Collaboration with FUNAAB

The Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) has indicated a possible collaboration with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in the area of Research and Development.

The collaboration was hinted in a memo by Dr. G. A. Adebayo of the Physics Department, which informed of the interest from Dr. Ryo Maezono of the JAIST School of Information Science.

In the memo, Dr. Adebayo stated that Dr. Maezono and his team of two scientists have shown interest in visiting FUNAAB to interact with staff and postgraduate students of the Department of Physics.

With a view of initiating research collaboration, Dr. Maezono has also agreed to give a seminar on opportunities and grants available through various JAIST programmes and activities.

According to Dr. Adebayo, Dr. Maezono and his team’s visit is hoped to result in development of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between JAIST and FUNAAB. The visit has tentatively been fixed for March or April, 2013.

Be Research Focused – Prof. Aiyelaagbe

The Coordinator (WANOART), Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe addressing participants during the 2013 Pre-Season Training Workshop for senior staff of DUFARMS, held recently.

Farm Officers in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) have been charged to focus on research by seeking partnerships with established Scientists in the University, in order to enhance service delivery.

Professor Isaac Aiyelaagbe, the Coordinator, West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART),  Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), gave the charge while delivering a Paper titled “Initiating and Undertaking Research” at the 2013 Pre-Season Training Workshop for Senior Staff of the Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS).

In his Paper, he highlighted various types of Research which including Explorative, Demand driven, Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Undergraduate students researches.

Professor Aiyelaagbe further informed that, in undertaking research, the researcher must prepare a budget which will serve as a guide in carrying out research.
He enjoined the Directorate to continue to organize this type of training from time to time, stressing that the leadership of DUFARMS should always look for donors outside the University in order to reduce its level of reliance on the Management.
The Director of Internal Audit, FUNAAB, Mrs. Francisca Aroyeun in her Paper titled, “Budgeting as a Tool in Resource Allocation and Eliminating Wastes, Leakages and Determination of Improvement Solutions” described budgeting as the planned allocation of available funds/resources to each department within an institution/organization in a given period while resource allocation is an approach at assigning the available resources of an organization in an economic way among various projects, departments and units within the (organization) system.
She stressed that the success of an Institution is highly dependent on the resource allocation, noting that in resource allocation, the budgeting of a department or an Institution plays an important role in deciding the maximum fund that an Institution can afford.
Baring her mind on the ways of eliminating wastes and leakages, Mrs. Aroyeun said one of the approaches is to focus on  the Price, Quantity and Standards of the goods and services to be delivered by suppliers, adding that Units and Directorates heads should collaborate with the Bursary to check and ensure from time to time that vote books are updated for all expenditure in accordance with the approved annual budget.
Professor Akin Omotayo of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, FUNAAB, in his Paper titled, “Managing People, Team Building and Delegation” said, if people are properly managed, the team work together cooperatively, quickly and rationally, deadlines and objectives will be met and achieved respectively.
He stressed that in farming, a break in the production chain as a result of poor people’s management can spell disaster for the entire production efforts.
Professor Omotayo urged every manager to delegate duties to their subordinates and by this the manager is known as a person who develops people, who create opportunities for himself and others.
“The more you delegate, the more your team members are motivated because they see you as someone who trust them and their abilities to get things accomplished”, he added.
The Deputy Director, Final Account and College Finance, FUNAAB, Mr. A. J. Olusanwo while delivering his paper on the topic “Assessing Budgeted Funds for Commercial Projects and Research activities” disclosed that whichever goals an institution set out to achieve, there is need to plan ahead before embarking on any project so that the available resources will be judiciously utilized.
He noted that the need for an effective and meaningful budgeting implementation and performance evaluation system that will aid the University in enhancing performance cannot be over-emphasized.
Other papers were presented at the workshop by the Deputy Director, DUFARMS, Mr. Michael Jaiyeola on “Work Ethics and Time Management in Research and Commercial Farming Systems” and also Dr. (Mrs.) Biola Phillip’s paper centred on Assessment of short-term profitability of enterprise combinations in large scale farming systems respectively.

The Untold Genesis of FUNAAB By Pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nurudeen`Nimbe Adedipe

 

 

FLASH BACK: Erstwhile Visitor to the University, former Military President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (now rtd), accompanied by the Pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nurudeen `Nimbe Adedipe at the University function in the early years of the establishment of the Institution. Behind them are the then Governors of Ogun and Lagos States, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Sir Michael Otedola, respectively.

Professor Nurudeen Olorun-Nimbe Adedipe midwifed the establishment of the University as its Pioneer Vice-Chancellor. As the Chairman of Nigerian University Commission (NUC) that recommended the demerging of the Federal Universities of Technology and their conversion to specialized Universities of Agriculture, he witnessed the conception of the old UNAAB in the belly of the then General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Military Government; he nurtured the pregnancy, saw the travailing and took delivery of the University in the cool morning of January 1, 1988.

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Nobody chronicles FUNAAB’s Birth better than the midwife himself, Professor Nurudeen Olorun-Nimbe Adedipe; Happy reading.

 

Inceptional Activities

Having established the University with effect from January 1, the immediate challenge was the assumption of duty by the Vice-Chancellor to set the machinery in motion for restructuring the original FUT, which transited through a College of Science and Technology, into University of Agriculture with the new vision, structure, programmes, activities and services commencing on October 1, 1988

So, here comes the challenge – the University of Agriculture as a reality-what nature? The nature of the university was, indeed, a knotty and nutty one because I had not given thought to it beyond the universally acknowledged responsibilities of Agricultural Universities to be those of teaching, research and extension. Since I was, then, faced with the realities, I had to start serious thoughts.

 

Rationalization of Programmes and Choice of Permanent Site

The first task towards the evolution and establishment of a befitting University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), was to rationalize the various courses of the Federal University of Technology, Abeokuta (FUTAB), into a new structure under the University of Lagos, and answerable to its Governing Council during the transition period of 9 months. The new structure comprised the School of Technology (with Departments of Agricultural Management; Agricultural Technology and Food Technology); and a School of Applied and Natural Sciences (with Department of Geology and Mineral Sciences; Hydrology and Water Resources Management, and Natural Sciences).

This task was accompanied in

the physical development sector by the immediate choice of one of the three alternative sites proposed as the permanent site of the university. The three were:

(i)   The Ilaro road axis (from near Ita Osin);

(ii)  The Ayetoro road axis (from near Ibara Orile); and

(iii) The Ibadan road axis, off Osiele.

The Ilaro road axis was eliminated for the reasons of high density of population and structures that would lead to the displacement of many people, and the demolition of many structures with high monetary compensation; while the Ayetoro road axis was bedeviled with the location of the Sokoto Highway which would have gone through the campus, and inherent dangers of periodic hazards that might be caused by the breaking of Ogun-Osun dam.

As I write this part of the book came the news that water discharged from this Oyan dam which recked havoc in Ogun and Lagos States. In the latter, the foremost high density Lagos-Ikorodu road became flooded for over two weeks soaking the Ketu, Mile 12, Owode and Ajegunle communities with considerable loss of properties. Thank God, for our God-guided choice.

The Ibadan road axis, off Osiele with Alabata as the dominant village, had everything going for it, including size (close to 10,000 ha and 41.5 kilometer perimeter, topography, hydrology, rurality, access from Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Eruwa and the entire Oyo North); and distinctly suitable for agricultural purposes as determined by a University of Ibadan Consultancy Team of Soil Pediologists, and being in the ecological transition of the rainforest and the savanna. As Vice-Chancellor, therefore, I confirmed earlier work by the University of Lagos, and formally recommended the site for the approval of the NUC, which was promptly granted. The burning and contentiously sensitive matter of the choice of permanent site was, thereby, quickly laid to rest.

Meanwhile, on the academic front, the NUC directed the two UOAs to submit their proposal for academic programme and physical development of their permanent sites. For Makurdi, the later was not a problem because it had, since 1985/86, begun the development of its permanent site with some structures and infrastructures already in place, under the precursor FUT Makurdi and the fostering University of Jos. That facilitating element was glaringly missing in the University of Lagos/Abeokuta case.

 

Academic Programmes

The NUC arranged visits of the Executive Secretary (Prof. Idris Abdulkadir) with the two Vice-Chancellors (Profs. Adedipe and Idachaba), to USA (the founding home of Land-Grant Universities dating back to the Morrill Act signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862); the Netherlands (for its world renown Waageningen Agricultural University); and India with then 26 Agricultural Universities (for the resounding achievements since they were variously established in the early 1960s). As might be expected, the details of their individual nature deferred, but the concept was similar to the effect that the UOAs do engage in  teaching/training, research and extension; what we in UNAAB named TRIPODAL MANDATE for the overall mission of agricultural and rural development, towards sustainable national development. Arising from the lessons of experience garnered, coupled with the personal exposures of the Executive Secretary and the two Vice-Chancellors as students, in related systems, we took the bull by the horn.

In UNAAB, the VC worked on a draft proposal, which was considered by the then Committee of Deans, on May 29, 1988. Present at this meeting held on Sunday noon, after most Church services (our pioneering work was generally no respect of time of day/night, or day of the week!), were Prof. N. O. Adedipe, VC (Chairman), Ms C. A. Gbadebo (Deputy Registrar), Dr. P. A. Okuneye (Ag. Dean, School of Technology) and Dr. O. O. Oguntade (Ag. Dean, School of Applied and Natural Sciences). In attendance were Mr. A.W O. Attoye (PAR Academic), Mr. F. O.E. Idehen (SPO, Academic), Mrs. I. A. Salaam (SAR, Gen. Admin.), Mr. S. A. Ilori (AR, VCO) and Miss O. O. Lawore (AO Protocol). The meeting considered my draft blueprint. It is worth mentioning that in a dream, there was an open book in which the institutional components were revealed to me; and I woke up immediately to transcribe as much as I could recollect. I later worked it to fine-tuning completion. That became the draft. The objectives, according to the VC, were the:

(a.) Determination of the rationale for University of Agriculture vis-à-vis roles of Universities of agriculture in other parts of the world;

(b.) Definition of concept and philosophy of a University of agriculture;

(c.) Determination of the goals of the University of agriculture in the Nigerian context; and

(d.) Determination of the strategy and machinery for achieving the goals.

UNAAB would have to maximize the limited available resources to build a basic structure that would stand the text of time, while focusing on the central missions of agricultural production, teaching, research, and extension services. Furthermore, units to be created in the University of Agriculture should contain unique elements which would be distinct from existing faculties of agriculture in conventional universities.

The draft proposal made provisions for 9 Colleges constituting the primary unit and 50 Departments as secondary unit (at maturity).

The details are contained in the book That UNAAB May Excel by Adedipe, 1995, pages 21-27. The draft proposal was substantially adopted and represented to the NUC tripartite meeting (NUC, UNIAGRIC, Makurdi and UNAAB) on May 31, 1988. The proposal was preliminary rationalized into 6 colleges, 2 Academic Centres (for research and extension, respectively) and 35 Departments, as first phase.
The Vice-Chancellor, thereafter set up a 40-person Panel to consider the Academic proposal and transform it into a Draft Academic Brief, July 3-8, 1988. The panel comprised Prof. S. K. T. Williams (UI Ibadan), as Chairman; and the following from Ibadan; Profs. G. M. Babatunde, C.T.I. Odu, G.B. Ogunmola, L. C. Nwobushi, S. S. Ajayi, Tomi Adekanye (Mrs.), J. A. Ekpere, M. O. Adeniji, O. Akinyele, O. Oduye, F. O. Aboaba and Dr. T. O. Tayo; from OAU, Ife- Profs. A. A. Adegbola (late), C. A. Adebona, I. A. Akinbode (late), A. A. Ademosun; from ABU Zaria – Prof. L. B. Olugbemi (late); Prof. C.O.G. Obah (FUT Owerri); Prof. O. A. Famoriyo (late); (FUT Akure); Prof. B. A. Adenuga (late), Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye; Prof. O. Ogunfowora (Peat Marwick Ani and Ogunde), Lagos; Mrs. B. A. Oni (FMARDWR, Abuja); Dr. T. O. Coker, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Lagos.
The following were unavoidably absent; from Ibadan, Dr. J. C. Igbeka and Prof. A. Youdeowei; from OAU Prof. Niyi Oshuntogun, Mrs. P. A. Ladipo; from ABU, Prof. J. A. Ogunronbi, Prof. Y.O. Aliu, Prof. O.I. Leleji (late), Prof. L.G. Lombin, Dr. L. L. Odigie and Dr. N. B. Mijindadi (late); from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. F.O.C. Ezendinma (late), Prof. P.O. Ngoddy and Prof. W.O. Enwezor; from the University of Calabar, Prof. U. K. Enyinihi. During the meeting, the panel undertook a tour of the proposed permanent campus site. The panel was graciously invited to the expansive, mixed and automated Obasanjo Farms, Otta, where it assessed the facilities there, followed by national development discussion session, which turned out to be most enlightening and entertaining, with the added hospitality of General Olusegun Obasanjo (Rtd). The panel submitted its report on July 8, 1988.    
Prof 'Nimbe Adedipe
First Vice Chancellor, FUNAAB