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Osun State Governor Commends FUNAAB

Hon. Prof. (Mrs.) Olubukola Oyawoye, addressing the University Management

The Executive Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has commended the serene and well landscaped University campus of FUNAAB. Speaking through the Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Honourable Professor (Mrs.) Olubukola Oyawoye, who paid the Vice-Chancellor a Courtesy call, the Governor encouraged FUNAAB to continue to lead other Universities in the country, particularly in the area of agriculture. According to him, “FUNAAB is a practical University, we would like to be proud of anywhere in the world”.

Clarifying the incessant communication gap between the town and gown, the Governor said, “I will in no way create a gap between the academic and the town”, stating achievement of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s administration in th field of education, technology, youth empowerment, environmental sanitation, security of lives and properties,

The Governor express the  desire of his administration to initiate a collaboration between Osun State and FUNAAB in the areas of food processing and preservation.

Welcoming the Governor’s representative to FUNAAB, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Development), Professor Felix Salako admired the Commissioner’s oratory skills, adding that one could testify to the fact that she is indeed an intellectual. He said that everyone is aware of the current innovation in the education sector in Osun State, where all secondary school students were given Mini Laptops (tablets) popularly called ‘Opon Imo’ in the Yoruba language.

COLENG Presents 42nd Inaugural Lecture

A fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a Professor of Production Engineering in the College of Engineering, Engr. Professor Peter Olaitan Aiyedun, would deliver the University’s 42nd Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 . The Lecture, titled “Stainless Steels: A Versatile Metallic Material in the Service of Man”, begins at 2.00p.m at the Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole would be the Chairman and Chief Host.

All are cordially invited!

... As Former UI VC Charges Scientists

Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Bamiro, has charged Nigerian Scientists to transform knowledge into goods and services for national development. Delivering a keynote address titled “The Challenge of Deploying Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation to National Development, at the 48th Annual Conference of the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN), held in the University, Professor Bamiro said that plans for capacity building for Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI), must take cognisance of their peculiarities since the building of science capacity is fundamentally different from the building of an engineering or technological capacity. He observed that the on-going globalisation of the world economies is such that developing nations, such as ours, are ‘casualties’ in the ‘take-no-prisoner’ war of global competition for markets and resources, adding that it is obvious by our low industrial competitive indices in the various sectors.

Professor Bamiro highlighted that the development and deployment of SETI capacity is sine-qua-non to the socio-economic development of our nation while calling on all stakeholders to carry out review and take crucial steps to translate the policy initiatives into strategic plans and actions by various institutions.  While welcoming the Osun State Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, represented by the Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Honourable Professor (Mrs.) Olubukola Oyawoye, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Felix Salako, stated that FUNAAB as become the University of choice in the Federation for obvious reasons.  He said that last year, FUNAAB had about 35,000 applicants, who choose the University as their first choice at th UTME. This year, it has doubled the number. The University is therefore very conscious of its enviable position from inception, and especially, in recent times.

Catfish Pepper Soup… Why Not?

Lovers of catfish can continue to enjoy the delicacy as neither catfish, nor pepper soup is dangerous to health, Professor Sylvia Uzochukwu,  a Professor of Food Microbiology and Biotechnology and the University’s 41st Inaugural Lecturer  has clarified. She said that though cheaper deep sea fish such as salmon, sardine, mackerel and herring available as frozen fish in our markets are healthier to eat, because they contain Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for cardiovascular and brain health, as well as for a host of other body functions, there was absolutely no danger inherent in the consumption of catfish.

Corroborating this, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, a Professor of Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Management in the University explained that “though catfish contain less Omega-3 fatty acids,  it is still preferred by many, because of its low caloric value, low carbohydrate content, high protein content, low fat content and above all, its great taste. These qualities coupled with its low bone content, fine flavor, high growth rate and its ability to feed on virtually anything made this fish the bride of most fish farmers in Nigeria… In Nigeria today, no matter the quantity produced and supplied into the market, it has not been able to satisfy the ready market”, Professor Akegbejo-Samsons said. Professor Akegbejo-Samsons remarked that Professor Uzochukwu’s lecture did not portray or attach any health alarm to the consumption of catfish either in the pepper soup pot or in its dried form. He observed that catfish is responsible for a multi-billion naira industry, which is big business for the grower and the consumer.  They are raised in controlled environments that help ease the increased demand for improved, quality protein sources to feed our ever-increasing population. Farm raised catfish is consistently high in quality and is available all year round at a price unaffected by external environmental conditions, he said.

According to Professor Akegbejo-Samsons, the demand for catfish in Nigeria is unprecedented because though many fish species are cultured in Nigeria, catfish had taken the lead because of its uniqueness.

Academic Procession led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.    Olusola Oyewole Inset: Prof. Uzochukwu... A cup of water after savouring delicious catfish pepper soup?

Professor Uzochukwu added that with genetic engineering, it is possible to modify catfish to contain Omega-3 fatty acids or to feed catfish with Omega-3 fatty acid-rich feed in order to have catfish that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. This she says, is one of the ways modern biotechnology could impact positively on fish-farming in Nigeria.

Interestingly, Professor Uzochukwu’s love for pepper soup had remained consistent as she actually served hot delicious catfish pepper soup after the delivery of her inaugural lecture.  So, need we say more? … Enjoy!

Climate Change: A Threat to GALS – Don

Some Participants at the 2nd International Conference/Workshop on the Giant African Land Snails (NETGALS).  Inset: Prof. Eruvbetine, presenting the plaque of honour to Prof. Osinowo (Left)  while Prof. Odiete watches with keen interest.

A retired Professor of Zoology and Environment, Professor William Odiete, has identified climate change as an adverse environmental threat to the population of the Giant African Land Snails (GALS).

Prof. Odiete revealed this while delivering his keynote address at the 2nd International Conference/ Workshop on the Giant African Land Snails (NETGALS), tagged “Climate Change and Sustainable Giant African land Snails (GALS) Production”,  in the University.

He pointed out that due to the climate change, deforestation, slash-and-burn agriculture, bush fires and collection of immature snails have been a major threat to the population of Giant African land Snails. To the rescue of GALS, the University don suggested an increase in the number of commercial GALS farms and formation of a National Snail Farmers Association, where members can meet and discuss problems facing the farming of snails and research development, to address various snail- related matters among others.

In her Welcome Address at the programme, the former Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, Prof. Daisy Eruvbetine, noted that the research in Giant African Land Snail had been going on for a long time in Nigeria and other part of the world, though research commenced in the early 90’s in FUNAAB with students working on their projects with snails at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also informed that aside from the consumption of snails, they are used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries in some countries like South Africa.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, called on participants to  explore the historic city of Abeokuta where FUNAAB is located, especially as the state is presently undergoing massive infrastructural development.

The highpoint of the programme was the presentation of a Special Award to Prof. Olusegun Osinowo, Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), by  NETGALS.

AMREC Trains Farmers on Cultivation of Moringa

Ag. HOD, Forestry and Wildlife Management (FWM), Dr. Adekunle Adetogun, addressing the participants at the Moringa Plantation while the Director, AMREC, Prof. (Mrs.) Carloyn Afolami (Right) listens.

Over 100 farmers in the Akintobi Village in Alabata community, Odeda local Government Area of Ogun State have been trained by the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) in the skills of processing, production and use of Moringa Oleifera plant.

The Director of AMREC, Prof. (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami, thanked the farmers for making themselves available for the training which aimed at educating farmers on the economic and nutritional potentials of Moringa. She reiterated the commitment of AMREC-FUNAAB in reaching out to the public with useful agricultural innovations, aimed at improving the socio-economic status of farmers and boosting agricultural production in Nigeria, which is in line with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture’s agenda on entrepreneurship development.

The participants, who were drawn from various villages such as Akintobi, Adao, Fami, Alabata, Abule-Oba, Ojoo, Isaga, Imala, Olorunda, Kango and Ilewo-Orile were exposed to the various methods of cultivating Moringa, its nutritional and medicinal values, uses and techniques involved in processing its leaves to powder form and other products.

Appreciating AMREC on behalf of the farmers, Mr. Michael Adelola, described the training as an eye opener, which will give the participants additional impetus to boost their nutritional and economic status.

In a related development, Nigerian peasant farmers have been encouraged to be more committed and step up their involvement from the subsistence level to full commercialisation. AMREC’s Director made this known at a capacity building training programme on Poultry Production for rural farmers at Ijemo-Fadipe. She observed that vocations in agriculture, especially in poultry production were capable of eradicating poverty, noting that it would also improve the socio-economic status of farmers, if diligently practiced.Professor Afolami enjoined farmers to demonstrate the passion for training and other programmes of the Centre because the knowledge gained would help to improve their skills and productivity. She added that this would invariably encourage the University to do more in improving the lots of rural farmers.

Lateefah Oyinlola and Adewale Obadina Selected for Geography Fellowship in West Africa

[Washington, D.C., 11-Jun-13] — The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce that Lateefah Oyinlola from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State and Adewale Obadina from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State have been selected to participate in the MyCOE / SERVIR Initiative in West Africa for a 10-month fellowship program to conduct research that addresses the theme of Women in Climate Change and Food Security using geographic technologies. A total of 18 undergraduate and graduate students and their mentors were competitively selected from among nearly 100 applications for the program based on the feasibility and quality of the proposed research/education activity. In all, 32 participants will directly benefit from the MyCOE / SERVIR Initiative in West Africa.

The MyCOE / SERVIR Initiative is a partnership between the AAG’s MyCOE program and the NASA SERVIR program to help university students living and studying in developing regions conduct long-term research or educational activities in response to sustainable development needs in their countries. Participants in the MyCOE / SERVIR Initiative will receive a modest stipend and mentoring. They also will receive geographic data and SERVIR resources to help them conduct their three- to six-month long projects. Over the life of the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with approximately 60 other teams from around the world that will be selected through MyCOE / SERVIR global initiatives.


The West Africa fellowships have begun with online networking among the participant cohort, which includes students from Benin, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. The group will meet from 21-31 July 2013 with a multi-day capacity building and GIS training workshop in Accra, Ghana. A three- to six-month research period will follow with support from fellows’ own mentors and expertise provided by the program. Lateefah
Oyinlola’s proposed project is entitled: “Assessment of vulnerabilities of fresh –cut produce to climate change in South Western Nigeria”. In 2013, fellows will prepare and conduct a local public diplomacy or outreach activity to share their results with stakeholders in their community over a course of four months.

MyCOE (My Community Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development) is a U.S. Type II Public-Private Partnership established in 2001 in conjunction with the United Nations World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It provides geographic perspectives, learning resources, and technological tools to encourage youth to engage with their local communities around global sustainability themes. Additional information is available at www.mycoe.org.

SERVIR, the Regional Visualization and Monitoring System, is a collaborative venture among the NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program, USAID, and worldwide partner institutions. It helps governments and other stakeholders use Earth observation and geospatial technologies to make decisions about disasters, ecosystems, biodiversity, weather, water, climate, health, and agriculture. Visit www.servirglobal.net for more information.

The Association of American Geographers is a scientific and educational society with a current membership of over 11,000 individuals from more than 60 countries. Its members are geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors to advance the theory, methods, and practice of geography. The AAG is a founding partner of MyCOE and has served as secretariat since its inception. Go to www.aag.org to learn more.
For more information about MyCOE / SERVIR, see www.aag.org/mycoe.servir or contact the Project Director Patricia Solís at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postgraduate Students' Association Week 2013

We request for your esteemed presence during the maiden edition of our annual week of celebration: the week has been specially packaged to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
The week has been scheduled thus:

Day 1 (June 11th, 2013):
Interactive session with the Dean, Postgraduate School, and FUNAAB Alumni Association  
Time: 12 noon – 3pm
Venue: COLPLANT AUDITORIUM

Day 2 (June 13th, 2013): Interactive session on talent management/development and exhibition, Novelty matches
Time: 11am – 3pm
Venue: Postgraduate School Hall and its surroundings, and Sports Centre, FUNAAB

Day 3 (June 13th, 2013): Commemorative Lecture and Launching of “The Chronicle”
Time: 10am – 3pm
Venue: Postgraduate School Auditorium, FUNAAB

Your presence and support will be highly appreciated.

Beware of Cat Fish Pepper Soup – Inaugural Lecturer Warns Nigerians

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Left) congratulating the Inaugural Lecturer, Prof. Uzochukwu, after delivering the Lecture.

The University’s 41st Inaugural Lecturer, Professor Sylvia Ajagugha Uzochukwu  has warned lovers of cat-fish pepper soup to be cautious of the danger inherent in taking the specie of fish. Delivering the Lecture titled, “Biotechnology Capacity Building: The Gateway to Food Security”, Professor Uzochukwu disclosed that cat-fish lacked the much needed Omega3 oil that is good for health. According to her, people should eat more of Sardine, adding that it contained omega3 oil.

In addition, the University don called for improved food security through biotechnology particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, which accounted for almost 90 per cent of the undernourished peoples of the world.

The Inaugural Lecturer also lamented Africa’s failure to join the green revolution, as well as the new gene revolution, as she revealed that spending on agricultural research and innovation was one of the most effective means of investment and sustainable poverty reduction.

Professor Uzochukwu noted that presently, 29 countries in the world have adopted the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and stressed that this is acceptable because it offered significant and multiple benefits such as higher yields, less chemicals and labour input, soil conservation and more nutritious food, resulting in increased wealth, cheaper food, cleaner and safer environment and a healthier population.

The Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology stressed the need for Nigeria to embrace available emerging technologies in agriculture, to produce enough food for her teeming populace, noting that “to do this, Nigeria needs to build up a critical mass of scientists with competence in modern agricultural Biotechnology to drive its various agricultural transformation strategies. Our agriculture cannot be rebuilt for the long term without massive agricultural biotechnology as well as Research and Development (R&D) capacity building.

The don corrected the misconception that genetically modified-foods were not safe, saying that they have been available and consumed for over 16 years with no single report of adverse effects, traceable to any genetically-engineered food. She added that GM foods were more economical and faster to prepare.

Other advantages include helping to increase the levels and availability of desirable disease-resisting and health promoting constituents in food, High Omega3 fatty acid foods, high Oleic acid oils, improve the sensory and nutritional qualities of food, reduce pesticide and herbicide usage among other benefits.

The Professor of Biotechnology advocated that agricultural students should be practically exposed to mechanised farming while leaders of Universities in Nigeria should ensure that grants were properly managed and intellectual property patented. According to her, “knife and hoe farming cannot feed any nation today”.

At the occasion, Professor Uzochukwu offered a Subject Prize for the best undergraduate student in Food Biotechnology in the Department of Food Science and Technology, especially as she described the Lecture a valedictory one for her.

Prof. Uzochukwu is also the “mother of FUNAAB Palm wine, a drink that is always in demand because of the high quality of production, long shelf life and attractive packaging.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole said that she was the first Inaugural Lecturer from the College, adding that the Lecture was the fifth he would be presiding over as the Vice-Chancellor.

Former DVC Becomes DG, NMC

The President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, recently approved the appointment of a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Adewale Solarin as the substantive Director-General of National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja.

A Professor of Mathematics with specialty in Algebra, Professor Solarin obtained all his academic degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He was appointed Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, FUNAAB on September 1, 1997 and served as the Head of Department, from September 1997 to February 2000.

Professor Solarin was a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2004 to 2006 and member of the University’s Governing Council from 2000 to 2006.

The Director-General, who has a background in Statistics, has taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science within and outside the country.  He has also published over 30 papers in Statistics and Mathematics in internationally-reputable journals and written more than 20 papers on Total Quality Management (TQM) and related topics for journals, seminars, workshops and conferences.

The scholar was involved in the development and implementation of not less than 10 academic curricula, two of which were in FUNAAB.

He delivered the University’s 9th Inaugural Lecture titled “Total Quality: A Mathematical Panacea For National Productivity Improvement” and was one of the prime movers for the inauguration of the Quality Control Society of Nigeria (QCSON) in 1990.

Until his appointment, Professor Solarin was the Acting Director-General of the Centre. Little wonder all roads led to Abeokuta last weekend, for a Thanksgiving Service in his honour put together by his family. The occasion was graced by dignitaries within and outside the University community.

Don Identifies Valuable Earth Natural Resources

An Associate Professor in Applied Geophysics at the College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Dr. Biodun Badmus, has identified some Earth Natural Treasures which could catalyse the nation into rapid development.

Dr. Badmus made this known recently  while delivering the 12th Leadership Lecture Series of the College titled “Applied Geophysics: The Secret of Natural Earth Treasures”.

He said that Applied Geophysics, as a profession had contributed immensely to the nation’s growth. The don, who is also the Chairman, ASUU-FUNAAB Chapter, stressed that oil and gas, which controlled about 70 percent of Nigeria’s natural wealth, should not be seen as the only sources of the nation’s resources, but that better options should be tapped from other valuable  Earth Treasures. He said “there were numerous other sources that were not famous or popular, which Nigeria as a nation could explore for her economic growth.  Amongst these were: Solid minerals, Precious/Gem Stones, etc., some exposed and some buried beneath the Earth’s surface. Not only that, water as a natural resource is “life” and there is this adage in Yoruba Language “Apon mi ta kin padanu” meaning “whoever does water business never runs at loss”.  This, he described, as another very important treasure of the Earth, either surface or groundwater”. He proposed that research should be geared towards the exploration of more Earth treasures and that many of the nation’s numerous solid minerals were still under explored.

Earlier, the Dean of the College, Professor Tope Popoola, stated that the 12th Lecture Series was the fourth to be presented from the Department of Physics. He added that Dr. Badmus had carved a niche for himself in the academia because he is the first Ph.D graduate of Applied Geophysics from the University of Lagos.

FUNAAB Hosts NUC Resource Verification Team

Prof. Anthony Ndukwe of the NUC (Standing) addressing the University’s Management Team.

A team from the National Universities Commission (NUC) has visited the University to assess the level of the University’s preparedness to start its proposed programme in Mechatronic Engineering.

Members of the Resource Verification team were Mr. Abraham Chendersu, Professor Abraham Odukwe and Professor T. Ibiyemi.

In his welcome remarks, the Director, Academic Planning, Professor Adekojo Waheed expressed appreciation to the NUC team for the visit, which he said would help put the University on the right track for the take-off of the Department in the College of Engineering.

He revealed that the University had worked towards beginning the programme about two years ago but as it was the usual practice in the FUNAAB to follow due process, it was yet to admit any student into the Department.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, disclosed that not many Universities in the world offered Mechatronic Engineering and that the University was prepared to be one of the few to do so with a view to repackaging the youths for the future.

Professor Oyewole disclosed that the University had engaged experts in the field and had put in place, academic resources and teaching facilities, promising that the advice and suggestions from the NUC team would be useful.

On behalf of the NUC team, Professor Anthony Odukwe, commended the University for its beautiful landscape, conducive environment and for the initiative in developing the new programme which he said is very appropriate for an agricultural University.

... Gets 110 Laptops from NCC

Hon. Osoba (Arrowed) and the Ag. Head ICTREC, Dr. Olutayo Ajayi test-running one of the Laptops. Inset: Hon. Osoba (Middle) cutting the tape to commission the Laptops.

The son of a former Governor of Ogun State, who is now a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing the Abeokuta North, Odeda and Obafemi Owode Federal Constituency, Honourable Olumide Osoba, had commissioned a total of 110 Laptops donated to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as part of NCC’s Advanced Digital Access Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI), under the Schools’ Support Project, which is designed to provide support flexibility and mobility in the use and application of ICT in teaching, learning and research.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo, thanked Honourable Osoba for remembering ‘home’ within the little time he had spent in office.

He however, requested for more of such gesture from Hon. Osoba, promising that the University will put the laptops into good use. Responding, Hon. Osoba thanked the Vice-Chancellor and the Management of the University for the opportunity given to him to commission the laptops, especially as he facilitated the donation.

He noted that FUNAAB was like an alma mater to him.

CORAF-WECARD, FUNAAB Sign Grant Agreement

The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) has signed a grant agreement with the University to execute a project titled Up scaling the Nigerian Flash Drying Experience for Sustainable Regional Trade and Income generation in West Africa (UDESWA).

According to the Project Coordinator, Dr. A. A. Adebowale, of the Department of Food Science and Technology, the objective of the project is to promote the use of efficient and proven drying technologies for sustainable food security and poverty alleviation in West Africa.

The project would pay particular attention to issues of livelihood change, gender impact, poverty elimination, environmental impacts, market development and sustainability of the project within the project communities and beyond the catchment areas.

The project, led by FUNAAB is to be executed in four West African Countries namely; Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Benin Republic and is expected to reduce and remove drudgery and post harvest losses being experienced by small holder farmers while, promoting social dynamics of proven commercialized drying technologies.

Other partners in the project are the Sierra-Leone Agricultural Research Institute, Sierra-Leone; Njala University, Sierra-Leone (SIR – Food Research Institute, Accra, Ghana) and University d’ Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic.

The Project Coordinator disclosed that the total budget for the project is One Million Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($1,400,000); out of which One Million Two Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand US Dollars ($1,260,000) is to be released by CORAF/WECARD while partner Institutions will provide One Hundred and Forty Thousand US Dollars ($140,000) as counterpart contributions.

Dr. Adebowale on behalf of the project team, expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole and the University Management for their support and encouragement.