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One-Year in Office Thanksgiving Service: VC Unveils God’s Plan for Varsity, Staff, Students

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Left) praising God along with the members of the University Community during the 1st Anniversary Thanksgiving Service held at the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre.

God, the Almighty has promised to make the University great, especially, in the next four years and bless all members of the University Community abundantly.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole disclosed the divine revelation while addressing guests and members of the University Community, who massively attended a Thanksgiving Service, marking his first year in office held at the Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre.

Professor Oyewole, a Shepherd in the Lord’s Vineyard revealed that while communing with the Almighty, he told him that He (God) had made a covenant with FUNAAB for the next four years, in particular.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, God’s covenant with FUNAAB is found in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12 verses 1 to 2, which Professor Oyewole read out to the congregation:

“And I will make of thee a great University, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee; and in thee shall the families of “FUNAAB” be blessed”.

Speaking further, Professor Oyewole attributed all the accomplishments of his administration in the year to a fulfillment of the covenant the Almighty made with him on the verge of his assumption of office.

He declared that nobody, not even himself can lay claim to the success story so far, pointing out that it was God that did it using the Management, Senate, Unions, Staff, Students and other stakeholders.

His words, “God gave me a covenant and everything that has been happening (achievements) is in line with that covenant.  It is not the work of any man, God did it using all, well-meaning members of the University community”.

The Vice-Chancellor, therefore, declared that “because God is at work I cannot fail and I’m not afraid of challenges because no challenge can be greater than God”.

Professor Oyewole, who admonished those he called Sanbalat and Tobiah (Biblical characters who opposed the works of God), to have a change of heart and joined him in moving the University forward.

The Vice-Chancellor informed that he deliberately chose not to reel out his achievements to the gathering but to rather lead them in showing appreciation to the Almighty through praise and worship.

He thanked fellow Principal Officers, Senate, Staff, Students, the Unions and the entire members of the University community for their unflinching support and unalloyed cooperation in the last one year.

Professor Oyewole enjoined them to support and cooperate with him in the next four years by rededicating themselves to duties by imbibing the virtues of transparency, fairness, accountability and justice.

On his part, the Vice-Chancellor promised that he won’t relent on his oars but will re-invigorate afresh and expedite action in pursuance of his vision and mission to move the University to a greater height.

Earlier in his Exhortation, taken from the Book of Isaiah Chapter 1 Verse 19, “If ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the fruit of the land”, Professor Isaac Ayelaagbe charged members of the University to be obedient to God in their daily life in order to enjoy the divine prosperity in FUNAAB and the world at large.

He pointed out that obedience to God is not optional but rather His commandment to mankind.

Special prayers were offered for progress and protection of the University, Council, Management, Staff, Students, Unions, the Vice-Chancellor and his family.

 

Muslim Community Felicitates with the VC … Promise to Sustain Peace on Campus

Cross-section of faithfuls at the Special Jumaat Thanksgiving Service.

The University’s Muslim Community has promised to work together with other stakeholders for the sustenance of peace and overall progress of the institution even as it congratulated and commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole on a fruitful one year in office.

The Amir and Chief Imam of the community, Dr. Taofiq Salisu and Dr. Idris Ayinde, respectively made the promise while speaking at a special Jumaat Thanksgiving Service marking Professor Oyewole’s first year in office.

Welcoming the Vice-Chancellor and his entourage to the service, held at the FUNAAB Central Mosque, the Amir, Dr. Salisu said, “We are not here to eulogise but we can see that in the last one year, FUNAAB rose in ranking among others.  We pray Allah to take FUNAAB to greater heights”.

“However, the Islamic Community has done its bit in the past and we shall continue to do our bit.  We will work with other stakeholders to ensure that peace reigns in this community”, he added.

Speaking further, the Amir, who also doubles as pioneer University Librarian pointed out that “obeying the authorities, that is, obeying the Vice-Chancellor is an injunction from Allah, we shall continue to obey you because you’ve been doing justice and as such, you have started well”.

He stressed, “Allah commends justice, He hates rebellion, you should not find a Muslim where there is violence”.

Dr. Salisu, however, solicited the support of the institution in building the Community Mosque disclosing that all the while, commitment to the project had been only through efforts of the Muslim community.

In his Exhortation, the Chief Imam of the community, Dr. Ayinde noted with joy when he said “You are the second Vice-Chancellor who is not a Muslim that has demonstrated this gesture of brother hood” (Sense of belonging).

He stressed, “We thank Allah you are our home grown product and my Project Leader for six years”.

Speaking further, the Chief Imam admonished, “that you are a Vice-Chancellor now is a test on you, beware of sycophants because they will want you to overstep your bound as human beings.  Do your best according to the voice of God”.

He advised Professor Oyewole that “a wise leader benefits from constructive criticism but destructive ones you should overlook.  Guide yourself against the pitfall of success, attribute success to God”.

Addressing the Muslim Community, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole said, “I am a father to all, as Vice-Chancellor.  A father to Christians and a father to Moslems.  When it comes to religion, I’m blind.  I look at the God who is in your life, I don’t relate with people on the basis of religion”.

He stressed that “I will continue to be fair to all by sustaining the path of truth and justice.  I have made a personal commitment that I won’t steal any kobo.”

Professor Oyewole thanked the Muslim Community for contributing immensely to the success of his administration in the last one year, adding that he’s looking for a better cooperation in the years ahead.

He commended the pioneer Vice-Chancellor and a patriot of the Muslim community, Professor Nurudeen ‘Nimbe Adedipe for the great work he did.  I witnessed the travails he went through during the formation of the University, yet he kept focus”.

Professor Oyewole promised to contribute his personal resources to the building of the community mosque.

FUNAAB Can Become A World-Class Varsity …VC Re-affirms Commitment

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Right) fielding questions from the Nigerian Tribune Reporter, Mr. Kazeem Alaka.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole has restated the determination of the current administration in making the University a world-class institution.

The Vice-Chancellor stated this during an interview he granted Tribune titles, publishers of the Nigerian Tribune Newspapers.

Professor Oyewole reiterated his commitment to excellence even as he paid glowing tributes to his predecessors, pointing out that “we are building on what they have established”.

Making case for more collaboration outside the country, the Vice-Chancellor said, “We don’t want to be local champion as we can’t call ourselves University; if we can’t promote the Universality in it”.

“FUNAAB will no longer remain a local University; FUNAAB will contribute to Africa and Nigeria’s development. FUNAAB will continue to contribute to capacity building in the areas of Agriculture, in the areas of science and in the areas of technology”.

He, however, solicited for more support from the government to make the University a house of ideas in driving the nation’s development.

FUNAAB Holds 41st Inaugural Lecture

The 41st Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) holds Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre, beginning at 2.00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The Lecture titled “Biotechnology Capacity Building: The Gateway To Food Security”, would be delivered by Professor Sylvia Veronica Ajagugha Uzochukwu, a Professor of Food Microbiology and Biotechnology in the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC).

Professor Uzochukwu’s research interest covers Food Microbiology and Biotechnology.  She is a Member, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology and Biotechnology Society Nigeria.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, would be the Chairman of the occasion.

All are cordially invited

VC Commissions Four Buses

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (2nd Left) presenting the keys of the buses to the Chairman, MANCOT, Dr. Oluwafiropo Awokola. Inset: Dr. Awokola test-driving one of the buses.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole has commissioned four Ashok Leyland 2012 model buses to complement the University’s fleet.

The University’s Staff School got one while the other three were handed over to the Management Committee on Transport (MANCOT).  During the official dedication of the buses, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the bus would ease the transportation problems facing pupils of the Staff School.

In a chat with FUNAAB Bulletin, the Head Teacher of Staff School, Mrs. Florence Bukola Alade, expressed her joy and delight the University Management’s gesture.

According to her, “We thank God for the Management and the Vice-Chancellor for coming to our aid at this crucial hour. This is the third bus that will be handed-over to the staff school. It will relieve us”.

The Head Mistress recalled that Staff School had benefited immensely from the present administration. “We have benefitted from this administration tremendously. They completed our building, they gave us three buses, not only that, they gave us laptops”, she added.

FUNAAB Marks Fascination of Plants Day


Mr. Segun Akinola (Right) explaining the economic viability of Jatropha Seeds to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (2nd Right), the Chairman of the occasion and others.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has held the 2nd International Day of Fascination of Plants titled, “Plants: The Gift of Nature” at the Postgraduate Hall.

At the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole stated that the University is highly honoured for taking the lead, as the first institution to host the event in Nigeria.

Professor Oyewole said that the University had built up expertise in research, capacity building in production, as well as utilization of plants in some of its Colleges over the last 25 years because of its interest in plants.

He reiterated that plants are beneficial to mankind in the production of food, feeds, fibre, construction and beautification purposes.

The Vice-Chancellor cautioned against destroying plants as many have now been branded as ‘endangered species’, stressing that if adequate measures were not taken, they would be lost forever.

He challenged the participants to‘re-green’ Nigeria, conserve its biodiversity, mitigate the effects of climate change and safeguard the future of our beloved nation.

The Network Coordinator of the Programme, Professor Isaac Aiyelaagbe declared that the essence of the programme was to raise public awareness on the value of plants.

Professor Aiyelaagbe, Head, Department of Horticulture added that the programme  involved a stakeholders meeting comprising farmers, scientists, government officials, undergraduate/postgraduate students as well as students of FUNAAB International School (FUNIS) and FUNAAB Staff School students.

He charged the participants to put more plants on planet earth, in order to reduce the adverse effects of climate change.

Professor Sam Oluwalana, Mr. Segun Akinola, Ms. Deni Brown and Dr. Moses Oyatogun delivered papers at the occasion.

Highpoint of the programme was the exhibition of various plants for purchase by guests.

AMREC Trains Women on Liquid Soap Making, Soybean Production

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole addressing the participants.

Women farmers from the FUNAAB extension areas and the Community Based-Farming Scheme (COBFAS) communities have been trained by the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) in the skills of production, packaging of liquid soap, processing and utilization of soybean.

Welcoming the participants to the workshop tagged, Training of Trainers (TOT), the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole lauded the women for heeding the call of the University and commended them for the support, care and motherly role they had rendered to FUNAAB students in their communities.

Prof. Oyewole, who spoke to the women in Yoruba language, urged them to pay attention to their resource persons as they stand to gain a lot from the knowledge acquired, while certificates of participation will be issued to them.

He commended the efforts of AMREC, its members of staff and charged them to bring other laudable workshops on skills acquisition to the students of the University in collaboration with Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS).

The Project Coordinator, Prof. (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya, on behalf of the Director (AMREC), Prof. (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami thanked the Vice-Chancellor as well as the resource persons for attending the programme.

She noted that the knowledge acquired from the training will enhance their economic status and enjoined them to ensure they transfer the skills acquired to others in their various communities.

The Director (Academic Planning), Prof. Adekojo Waheed, who stood in for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo said the knowledge acquired from liquid soap making could be transformed into a big business while that of soybean would enhance their nutritional education.

Highlights of the Workshop were the practical session on liquid soap production, packaging, processing and utilization of soybean.

VC Clocks One Year in Office

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, today, Friday, May 24, 2013 clocks one year in office, leaving on his trail, remarkable innovations, reforms and overall developments that are deeply rooted in sound vision and mission to succeed.

Exactly this time last year, divine providence smiled on Professor Oyewole when his predecessor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun handed over the baton of leadership to him as the fifth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Professor Oyewole assumed office bringing with him, his rich experience as an international Administrator and Researcher with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and African Union Commission in addition to his first class knowledge of the workings of the University, as a pioneer staff.

Little wonder that he left no one in doubt of his ability to move FUNAAB forward, based on his track records and pedigree which speak volume.

Lending credence, the immediate past Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi declared that, “I am always for excellence.  I can say with all sense of responsibilities that our choice, Professor, Olusola Bandele Oyewole is the right choice.  Professor Oyewole emerged as our Vice-Chancellor after a rigorous search, selection and interview.

We, in the University are quite sure that the steps Professor Balogun had taken in bringing FUNAAB from obscurity to high visibility will be sustained.  I am very sure that with Professor Oyewole’s rich experience as a Senate member, success is already on his way”.

Corroborating him, Professor Oyewole’s predecessor, Professor Balogun testified of him, “The baton (Vice-Chancellorship) is going not only to a Pastor but a Church Founder.  I don’t know what to expect other than the enhancement of growth, progress and peace, so shall it be in Jesus name”.

Speaking in the same vein, a distinguished Honorary Awardee of the University and Chairman, Boards of Directors of Nestle Plc and Lafarge Cement Company, respectively, Chief Olusegun Oshunkeye stated, “We are lucky to have an experienced man who has been in the University since its inception, as Vice-Chancellor. Professor Oyewole has the much-needed experience, not just in FUNAAB, he’s been to other countries as an international man.

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

One year in the saddle, Professor Oyewole has laid a solid foundation of achievements for FUNAAB. For the Vice-Chancellor and his Management team, it has been 365 days of promise made and promise kept.

Reforms/Innovations

· Stable Academic Calendar

· Trained 74 members of staff abroad through TETFUND Intervention.

· Utilised 10 Million Naira for the execution of 32 Research Projects, under the TETFUND-Research Project Intervention.

· Commissioned 20 brand new push-mowers and three motorized mowers in the Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM).

· Facilitated the rehabilitation of the FUNAAB-Camp Road by FERMA.

· Resuscitated the Yam Roasting Festival

· Introduced Commencement Lecture

· Enhanced the emergence of FUNAAB as 2nd Best World Universities in Nigeria/29th in Africa in the World Universities Webometrics Ranking

· Provided institutional support for COREN and NUC Accreditations of the University’s Engineering Programmes.

· Peace on Campus

Highlights of Project Inherited and Completed in One Year (Infrastructure)

· The 2000 – Capacity Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre

· The 500 – Seater Central Computer Laboratory

· Zoological Garden

· New Female Hostel, Block C

· New Female Hostel, Block D

· Interlocking Walkways for Postgraduate School, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and Biotechnology Centre

· Interlocking Walkways for College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) Phase 2 and the 500 – Capacity Computer Central Laboratory

· Central Car Park

· The Lodges Complex Road to the Health Centre Road

· FUNIS Road to Staff School Road

· Landscaping of the new Female Hostel Complex

· The Walkway, Car Park and drainage of the new Female Hostel

· The University Souvenir Shop

· The 3000 – Capacity Poultry Building

· Staff School

· IFSERAR

1 Year In Office: VC Thanks ALL ...Says I have fulfilled what God put in my mouth for one year

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole has thanked the Visitor to the University, President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Royal Fathers, especially the entire members of the University Community and other well- meaning stakeholders for the unflinching support and outstanding cooperation towards moving FUNAAB to a greater height, in his first year of office.

Professor Oyewole expressed appreciation even as he attributed the success story so far to the divine support of the Almighty, declaring that “I have fulfilled all that God put in my mind to do for the first year”.

Appraising the last 365 days, Professor Oyewole said after the Almighty, he owe the staff, students, Alumni and the entire members of the University Community a profound gratitude for their support and cooperation.

He also expressed gratitude to the Chancellor, the Asagba of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien; the Pro-Chancellor, Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe and the entire Council Members for being there for him, Chairmen of Staff and Student Unions as well as the University at large.

Professor Oyewole equally thanked prominent friends of the University including, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Olusegun Oshunkeye, Chief Kola Jamodu and Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole.

FUNAAB Students Benefit from DUFIL Scholarship Award

Eight postgraduate students in the University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics have been selected to benefit from the M.Sc (Nutrition) Scholarship Awards by DUFIL (Nig.) Limited.

A release signed by the National Coordinator of the award, Professor Babatunde Oguntona informed that the scholarship was established by DUFIL, the manufacturers of Indomie Noodles, for students studying Nutrition.

According to him, FUNAAB Students had benefited in eight out of the 12 awards, which brought the number of beneficiaries of the awards to 42, in the past four years.

The release noted that the award covers school fees, N120,000 annual stipend and N100,000 project expenses, which are paid directly to the beneficiary students.

VC Unveils New Capital Projects

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole has assured that his management led team won't relent in its efforts to better the lots of the University in the years ahead.
To this end, Management has embarked on execution of many capital projects, some of which are being sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
They are:

  1. Construction of 250-Capacity Physics Laboratory Building
  2. Construction of 250-Capacity Biology Laboratory Building
  3. Construction of 250-Capacity Chemistry Laboratory Building
  4. Construction of Reception/Office Building
  5. Construction of Entrepreneurship Centre Building
  6. Construction of 1000-Capacity Lecture Theatre
  7. Supply and installation of furniture and fittings for 250-Capacity Physics Laboratory
  8. Supply and installation of furniture and fittings for 250-Capacity Biology Laboratory
  9. Supply and installation of furniture and fittings for 250-Capacity Chemistry Laboratory
  10. Supply and installation of Office furniture for Laboratory Complex
  11. Supply and installation of Office furniture for Entrepreneurship Centre Building
  12. Supply and installation of Lecture Theatre seats (1000-Capacity)

Alumni Assure University Council of Maximum Support


The National President, FUNAAB Alumni Association, Prof. Lateef Sanni presenting a customized card to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe (Right), while other alumni watch with keen interest.

The University Alumni Association has assured the Governing Council of their cooperation and support towards promoting academic development and excellence of their Alma Mater.

The Professor Lateef Sanni-led Alumni Association made this known during a Courtesy Call on the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe at his Lagos residence.

Professor Sanni, who noted that the University was indeed lucky to have the caliber of Senator Ogunlewe and other eminent Nigerians as members of its Council expressed optimism that FUNAAB would witness sporadic and unprecedented achievements under their leadership.

He advocated for the implementation of industrial revolution and commercialization of agriculture as a means of securing a greater future for the University.

Responding, the Chairman of Council, Sir Ogunlewe lauded the Association for its commitment to the University while promising to carry them along in planning the future of the University through constant consultations.

The Pro-Chancellor stated that they were important stakeholders of the University while he is a custodian, representing the Federal Government, “this is your heritage and future, you cannot write your history without FUNAAB”.

He encouraged the Alumni to bring their children and wards to the institution since FUNAAB has a stable academic calendar and one can be sure of completion of his/her academic programme in a record time like what obtains in universities abroad.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole charged the alumni to ensure that whatever they do reflect the excellence that FUNAAB is known for.

Monarchs Pledge More Support for FUNAAB


Rep. of the VC, the DVC (A),  Prof. Toyin Arowolo (Right) addressing the students in one of the COBFAS communities at Iwoye-Ketu.

The Onisaga of Isaga-Orile, Oba Joseph Oladele Tella and the Ooye of Iwoye-Ketu, Oba Joel Ademola Alaye had pledged more support for students of the University, who are undergoing their Farm Practical Year (FPY) training in their domains.

The Monarchs said they were ready to provide more land if the 50 Hectares already provided are insufficient for the Scheme.

They passed a vote of confidence on the conduct of the students, saying that they are of good behaviour and “we have accepted them as our children”.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended the royal fathers for their unflinching support for the University.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Toyin Arowolo, the Vice-Chancellor was accompanied on the tour by the Heads of Departments of Agricultural-related courses. A major objective of the tour was to get first hand information on the welfare and activities of the students in the communities.

Speaking separately to the students at Isaga-Orile and Iwoye-Ketu, the Vice-Chancellor said he was delighted to be in their midst, adding that he acknowledged the good works they had been doing in the past few months.

Professor Oyewole said there were bound to be difficulties when a programme like this is in its early stages, declaring that over time, it would get better.

He, however, encouraged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the University as he told them not to see the training as a punishment.

Speaking, the Head of Department, Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Professor Adewale Dipeolu stated that the nation needs them, adding that the country actually depends on the rural communities.

According to him, “you are here because you want to know how the other side is, as those who feed us, feed Nigeria”.

He advised the students that for someone to be successful in life, there must be sacrifices, noting that “no pain, no gain”.

In the same vein, Professor Abayomi Aina enjoined the students to take the training very serious as they may become employers of labour in future.

Similarly, the Head, Horticulture, Professor Isaac Aiyelaagbe charged the students to work harder to see the opportunities inherent in the Scheme, noting that they had once went through the process.

Coordinators of the Farm Practical Year in both communities commended the Vice-Chancellor and the team for the visit.

The Departments whose Heads accompanied the Vice-Chancellor on the tour are, Animal Production and Health (APH); Animal Breeding and Genetics (ABG); Animal Nutrition (ANN); Pasture and Range Management (PRM); Animal Physiology (ANP) from the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM).

Others are Soil Science and Land Management (SSLM); Crop Protection (CPT); Horticulture (HORT), Plant Breeding and Seed Technology (PBST); Plant Protection and Crop Production (PPCP) from the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT).

Five Minus One: VC Gives Account of Stewardship


The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, displaying a copy of the 2011/2012 Annual Report at the meeting. Inset: Prof. Sam Otubusin addressing members of the Congregation during the meeting.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has given account of his stewardship since assumption of office, about 12 months ago.

Reiterating his commitment towards making FUNAAB a world class University in a short presentation titled, Moving FUNAAB forward to become a World-class University, the Vice-Chancellor, at the first Congregation Meeting, since the beginning of his administration, said that he had been guided by the vision to promote the advancement of FUNAAB towards a World Class Citadel of learning, provide visionary leadership, empower the workforce, promote quality and excellence in the University’s focus areas and ensure that the University makes an impact on the society.

To this end, Professor Oyewole noted that through the collective contribution by the University Community, the current administration had provided focused, transparent, disciplined leadership which had aided the entrenchment of a stable university calendar.

Emphasising the importance of staff capacity building in achieving the vision and mission of the University, he disclosed that over 71 members of staff had attended conferences and workshops all over the globe in the academic and non-teaching staff cadres.

He added that capacity building was not limited to staff alone, and that the current student leaders had also undergone a special leadership programme.

In addition, he hinted that Management was also working towards ensuring that academic staff without PhDs are given the opportunity to acquire the degrees.

Professor Oyewole stated that during the period under review, the University’s College of Engineering had received full accreditation from the National Universities Council (NUC) as well as the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN).

In a bid to realise the University’s dream, the Directorate of Academic Affairs had produced the University’s Annual Report for 2012, he added.

On financial matters, Professor Oyewole dismissed the insinuation making the rounds that the University lacked funds as ‘a cheap blackmail’, when he said “the only thing that we are doing is that we are being

prudent with the way we are spending our money.  I want to appreciate that our government funding for personnel has been consistently timely in the past 12 months and that is why you all receive your salaries on or as at when due”.

He said the Tertiary Education Trust Fund capital grant was inaccessible because the University had two outstanding projects and that by the time the projects were completed; the University will have about 600 million naira to spend on capital projects.

The Vice-Chancellor also noted that the Commencement Lecture, which was designed to begin a new academic session, was introduced recently and the Office of Advancement was established, while the University increased its Inaugural Lectures from three to six.

Professor Oyewole said the University was also working towards producing a new Academic Brief and Calendar, as he solicited for the support of the entire members of the University Community and other stakeholders, stressing that moving the University to a world-class status demanded the collective contribution of all.

 

Panacea to Food Insecurity - Professor Michael Ajayi


Prof. Michael Tunde Ajayi

For Nigeria and other African countries to surmount the global challenge of food insecurity and socio-economic problems, there is the need to prioritise human resource development in Agriculture. This was the submission of Professor Michael ‘Tunde Ajayi, a Professor of Agricultural Administration, while delivering the 40th Inaugural Lecture of the University titled,

Human Resources Management in Agriculture: A Neglect Component of Agricultural Development.

According to him, “the rapid population growth in the country demands for increased food production through proper management of human resources in the agricultural sector, which is the bane of any nation’s economy”. He noted that what was needed for rapid development, even more than natural resources and man-made physical capital, was human resource, because it was the crux of any enterprise.

“This is the thinking that if the right people are involved, they will probably do it right to the benefit of all”, he added. Professor Ajayi expressed dissatisfaction that stakeholders in agriculture concentrated only on farmers, to produce enough food in order to prevent food insecurity and reduce poverty, while the main actors - the human resource component (educator, trainers, researchers, extension personnel, technicians, among others) - were neglected and marginalised.

The Professor of Agricultural Administration recommended the mainstreaming of Human Resources Management into the agricultural curriculum of Universities, research on management of people in the agricultural sector and developing agriculture as a profession. The don also advocated for the motivation of employees working in agricultural organisations, public-private partnerships and encouraged agriculturists to enroll for postgraduate programmes.

Professor Ajayi commended FUNAAB for being the first University in the country to establish a full Department of Agricultural Management, while calling on other private and public agricultural organisations to pay more attention to the human resource element in agriculture.

The Inaugural Lecturer maintained that Human Resources Management covered recruitment, training, motivation, reward system, incentives, performance appraisal and other managerial activities that enhanced productivity in agriculture.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, noted that the Inaugural Lecture was a forum where University scholars shared their research findings and proffered solutions on topical issues with a view to impacting on the society and community.

The occasion was graced by dignitaries from within and outside the University community, including Dr. Anthonio Gomes and Dr. Marco Fonseca from Embrapa, Brazil; the Vice-Chancellor, Reedemer’s University, Professor Debo Adeyewa; former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Professor Bisi Balogun; Provost, Aro Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Adegboyega Ogunlesi and former Pro-Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Professor Biyi Afonja among others.

 

I am on a Mission to Rebuild FUNAAB – VC tells Staff … As SSANU Holds 1st Women Seminar


Some dignitaries at the occasion. Inset: SSANU Women Leader, Mrs. Bolanle Adebesin, giving her Welcome Address.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has informed all members of staff of the University that the current administration is on a “mission to rebuild” .

Professor Oyewole made this known at the maiden edition of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), FUNAAB Branch, held at the Postgraduate School Hall of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that FUNAAB could not continue to compare itself with local institutions, adding that the current administration would right the wrongs of the past, for the University to move forward.

He however, commended some women in the University who had made landmark achievements in raising the University’s bar of excellence, one of which was the University’s Pioneer Registrar and an awardee, Princess Adebisi Soboyejo, among others. The Vice-Chancellor lauded Princess Soboyejo for her discreetness in the course of discharging her duties as well as her immense contributions towards laying a solid foundation for the University.

Earlier in her Welcome Address, the Women Leader of the SSANU, Comrade Bolanle Adebesin declared that women are special, important and indispensable.

Alluding to James Howell’s quote that says “women were created for the comfort of men”, she noted that both men and women are partners in progress in the development of the society.

Comrade Adebesin was happy to be the Women Leader, while this important seminar was being held in the annals of the Union and the University.

The Union’s Chairman, Comrade Abdussobur Salaam, in his Goodwill Message reemphasised the women’s vital role in peace building and conflict resolution in the society.

He added that the occasion was memorable because “we are celebrating womanhood and motherhood”. Comrade Salaam, therefore, called on other Sister Unions in the University to emulate SSANU by organizing such events for their women members.

Buttressing the importance of women in the advancement of the society, the Registrar, Bells University of Technology, Ota and Chairman of the Occasion, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Gbadebo recalled the famous quote of the late British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher that says, “If you want anything said, ask a man but, if you want anything done, ask a woman”. Mrs. Gbadebo disclosed that “I am a FUNAAB-made Registrar” because she did not receive any inferior training while in FUNAAB. The former University’s image maker paid glowing tributes to the Pioneer Registrar, Princess Soboyejo, whom she described as worthy of emulation.

The Guest Speaker and the Chief Judge of Ogun State, Honourable Justice Olatokunbo Olapade, stressed the important role of women in nation building, saying that every viable and progressive institution should evolve policies on equity and gender that will ensure that God-given potentials of women are adequately utilised for societal development.

Represented by Justice Tokunbo Majekodunmi, the Chief Judge said the success of Nigeria’s objective to be among the top 20 world economies by year 2020 rested, to a large extent, on the ability to harness the potentials of its womenfolk, noting that this should be able to propel them for sustainable development.

She solicited for enormous support and empowerment for the womenfolk, to enable them contribute their quota optimally, to ensure that Nigeria do not lag behind among comity of nations.

Embrapa, FUNAAB Poised to Sign MOU


The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Middle), with the Research Team.

As part of contributions to the Socio-economic development of the country through agricultural findings, the Management of Embrapa, Brazil and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), are finalising arrangements to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Staff and Students exchange.

The collaborative projects between both institutions tagged Africa-Brazil Innovative Market Place, is expected to reduce the nation’s expense on wheat importation through the utilisation of millet in baking bread and the use of sourdough technique to improve the baking potential of non-wheat flour.

According to the researchers from Embrapa Brazil, Marcos Jose O. Fonseca and DSC Antonio Gomes Soares and FUNAAB Researchers, Adewale Obadina and  Abdulrasaq Adebowale of the Department of Food Science Technology, the objectives of the Project titled “Nutritional Properties and Health Functionality of Wholegrain Millet Sourdough (Millet adding value)”, includes to “increase the utilisation of indigenous substrates like millets in baked products especially bread by up to 100 per cent for improved livelihoods among flour millers and bakers and increase in productivity and millet farmers’ income by up to 40 per cent as demand for millet increases”. Others are to improve the nutrition of average Nigerians at lower costs through the popularisation of whole grain bread and to transform the Nigerian baking industry from a wheat importation-dependent one to a self-sustaining industry, with up to 65 per cent increase in earnings for bakeries and improved livelihoods for millet farmers. Also on the Nigerian team is Mojisola Edema, an Associate Professor of Food Microbiology and former staff of the University, now at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA ).

The project, which is for a period of 24 months, would engage methodologies such as collection, processing and analysis of wholegrain millet flours; preparation of millet sourdough; sourdough characterization; sourdough bread making; detailed nutritional analysis of sourdough bread samples, amongst others.

 

Invitation to COLNAS Leadership Seminar

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
College of Natural Sciences

Invitation To College Seminar

This is to invite you to the 12th College Leadership Seminar Scheduled as below:

Date: Wednesday, 22nd May, 2003

Time: 2.00p.m

Title:
Applied Geophysics: The Secret of Natural Earth Treasures

Lecturer: Dr. B.S. Badmus

Former Pro-Chancellor Hands-Over to Successor -- Expresses Confidence in the New Council

The immediate past Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi, has handed over the baton of leadership to his successor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, expressing confidence that the new Council will take the University to greater heights.  Chief Lawrence Osayemi, visited the University with a former member of the Council, Dr. Solomon Oladiti.   Their mission was to intimate the new Governing Council with how far they had gone to consolidate the giant strides they had collectively made in the University.  His words “Without being immodest, I must admit being proud to say that the Council, of which I was the Chairman, was blessed with a rich mix of seasoned professionals with competent individuals who gave good accounts of themselves.  We employed diligence and discretion that were well grounded in equity, fairness and justice in dealing with the complexity of Unions’ intrigues and myriads of conflicting interests by staff, students and the general community.  This without doubt, culminated in a large measure in the unprecedented growth, development and peace, in the annals of the University”.

Handed over to Senator Ogunlewe were vital official documents which included Cash Book balances, Reports of ongoing capital projects, Public Procurement Act, Financial report on monies collected from government and internally generated revenue, Soft copy of staff list and the Visitation Panel Report from 2004 to 2010.  “I will not only enjoin the newly-constituted Council to sustain inherited records, but surpass them, as members should appreciate their reckoning by the Federal Government to be a

challenge of assisting universities to provide maximum access to higher education while at the same time, ensuring commensurate growth in infrastructural and academic development.”

He charged the new Council to sustain the University’s legacy of academic excellence and tradition of infrastructural development.  The former Pro-Chancellor identified the need to expand the University through establishment of conventionally-oriented colleges, to admit more admissions seekers, while retaining agriculture as its flagship, as a major challenge before the new Council.  Chief Osayemi commended the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Balogun, for a job well done and his successor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, for completing the projects he inherited from the former.  He also expressed gratitude to friends of FUNAAB who had contributed immensely to the development of the University.

Commenting on the process of constituting a new Governing Council, the former Pro-Chancellor said he was convinced that the Federal Government had appointed members of the new Council because they possessed the criteria for the task ahead, adding that their individual acceptance to serve was an evidence of their patriotism.  “Given your profiles of rich antecedents and deep professional dexterity, the University could not had asked for a better team and as such, should consider itself extremely lucky once again, to have been bestowed with patriotic Nigerians of impeccable conduct and integrity”.  He also prayed that God would grant them the grace to achieve great results.

Responding, the new Pro-Chancellor, Senator Ogunlewe, said the richness of Chief Osayemi’s speech and the quality of the documents handed over, attested to the commitment of the Council, to the progress of the University.  He assured his predecessor that the new Council would take the University to a level of success that was beyond imagination.

Also speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, described Chief Osayemi as a man of his words who stuck to his promise to assist him to succeed immediately he assumed office as Vice-Chancellor.  Professor Oyewole said he would continue to tap from the wisdom of Chief Osayemi from time to time and that the current administration was committed to putting FUNAAB on the world education map.  He was also elated that this was the first time in the history of FUNAAB that an outgoing Pro–Chancellor was available to handover to a new one.

Pro-Chancellor Congratulates FUFASS Graduates


Some FUFASS Graduating students

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has congratulated the third graduating set of the FUNAAB Foreign African Scholarship Scheme (FUFASS).

At the graduation ceremony held recently, Senator Ogunlewe acknowledged the effort of the University in training students from West African countries, calling on the graduands to invite more people from their countries to study in FUNAAB. “Let’s invite more people from around the world to see what we can offer in FUNAAB; when you get back, tell them at home, we need more of you”, he stated.

Speaking further, “there is nothing Harvard University has that we don’t have here. We want Managing Directors of the best companies in the world to come here and study”. The astute politician said that the Transformation Agenda of the President was very clear because it laid much emphasis on access to education, thus FUNAAB was therefore on the right track.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, solicited the support of the University to expand the horizon of the scheme, saying that “FUFASS is not stopping and not ending but expanding”.

Though the scheme had its scope of admitting students from Sierra-Leone, The Gambia and Liberia, it would henceforth extend to the whole of Africa. The Vice-Chancellor promised that the University would continue to give scholarships to deserving students, though other students would have to start paying. He admonished the graduands to be good ambassadors of the University, stating that “we might be starting small now but, the future is great”.

Egba Monarchs Back Conventional Status for FUNAAB

Four out of the five royal fathers in Egbaland in Abeokuta, Ogun State have thrown their weight behind the immediate transition of the University into a full-fledged conventional University to admit students for Medicine, Law, Education and other courses.

Responding to the delegation of the new Governing Council, led by its Chairman, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, the Osile of Oke-Ona, Egba, Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, stated that all infrastructure to make the transition smooth were already in place, adding that with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, the Medical School was already a reality.

The Oba recalled the lost struggle to have the first university in Nigeria situated in Egbaland which, however, went to Ibadan in 1948. His words, “when FUNAAB becomes University of Abeokuta, you would have succeeded in bringing back the lost glory”.

The Agura of Gbagura, Oba (Dr.) Halidu Adedayo Laloko, at his own palace, reiterated his support for the execution of the Council’s plans to improve on the existing infrastructure in the University. The Monarch claime

d that Gbagura owned 95 per cent of the land on which the University was situated, adding that he would be elated to see the expansion of the University. According to him, “We are ready to be your partner and we will always be at your service”.

The Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba (Dr.) Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, noted the significance of collaborating with the University in realising its conventional status. The form


er Producer and Director of the popular soap opera, “Village Headmaster”, said that nowadays, it was difficult for wards to gain admission into the University as the number of those admittable was limited. He, however, asserted that with the conventional status of the University, more Nigerians would gain admission as at when due.

Furthermore, the Olubara of Ibara, Oba Jacob Olufemi Omolade, affirmed the Yoruba people’s appreciation of good education, assuring the Council of his maximum support to transform the University into a conventional one. “Whatever thing you want us to do to ensure the success of the institution, we shall surely do it”, he promised.

All the Monarchs express

ed their confidence that the new Governing Council will achieve even greater heights than the past Councils because the members were experienced

and highly intelligent.

The Pro-Chancellor reiterated the rationale for the visit to all the palaces, stating that since “education for all” was on the front burner of the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda of having one Federal University in each state, it would be unfair for Ogun State not to have a conventional University for its indigenes.

In addition, Senator Ogunlewe said the visit was also to solicit the support of the Monarchs and the people of their kingdoms to contribute to the growth of the University in terms of endowment, stating that an Office of Advancement had been inaugurated in the University, such that any donation of infrastructure would immortalize either the name of the donor or the donor’s kingdom.

Highpoint of the Courtesy Visit included the presentation of copies of the University’s 2011/2012 Annual Report to the Monarchs.

The delegation was led by the new

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe. Other external members of the Council included the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba; a renowned politician, Chief Olukayode Akindele; an educationist and Political Scientist, Professor Femi Otubanjo and an industrialist, Alhaji Khadir Abba Dasuki. Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment were also present with Principal Officers and internal members of Council. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, was the Chief Host.

 

 

76th Council Meeting Begins May 6....… As Pro-Chancellor Meets with Staff May 7


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, is Chief Host. The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe,  will meet with members of Staff of the University on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 12.00noon. Venue is the Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre. Members of staff are all expected to attend this very important Inaugural meeting.  Other members of the Governing Council expected to be at the meeting are: Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba; A renowned Industrialist, Alhaji Khadir Abba Dasuki; an educationist and Political Scientist of note, Professor Femi Otubanjo and a versatile Politician, Chief Kayode Akindele, alongside internal and other external members of Council.The 76th Statutory Meeting of the Governing Council of the University will begin on Monday, May 6, 2013 with a tour of the Campus from 9.00 am.