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Let us Get to Work - VC


Members of staff and students of the University have been charged to buckle-up and face the challenge of taking the University to greater heights in the New Year. “The job has started. Let us get to work”.    This call was made by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole during the University’s Joint Prayer Session, held to appreciate the Almighty, for the year gone by and to commit the activities of FUNAAB to God in the New Year. The Christian prayer session was held at the Professor Mahmood Yakubu Auditorium, while the Muslim prayer session took place in the University Mosque.

The Vice-Chancellor said with the commencement of a brand New Year, every member of the University community is important and should be ready to contribute his/her quota to the development of the institution, as he enjoined members of academic staff to inculcate good virtues in the students alongside their classwork, to enable them stand-out and become assets to the nation, irrespective of their course of study.

“Make extra effort to put skills in the lives of our students so as to be different. Be true mentors of the students. Postgraduate students should finish promptly. They should come in and know their supervisors immediately. This would make them complete their programmes in a record time”, he stated.

The Vice-Chancellor, who made prophetic declarations on the first working day of the year, expressed optimism that the New Year would bring positive achievements to the University in terms of research breakthroughs, innovations, abundant scholarship and grants, fellowship opportunities for staff, advancement and enlargement for all.

“Staff and students would receive honours from within and outside the country... This would be one of the best years in the life of the University”, he declared.

Professor Oyewole appreciated the Governing Council, Principal Officers, Senate, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments/Units as well as students for all they had done in transforming the University, saying they were partners in progress. “Do not be afraid of change when the change is from God. For me, I have a divine assignment. I give God the glory for what He had done for us in 2013”, he stated.

The Vice-Chancellor also used the occasion to introduce to the congregation, the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed and the returning Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, while expressing gratitude to the University's Senate for the smooth selection.

Professor Oyewole commended the past Deputy Vice-Chancellors for their contributions to the development of the University, as the anointed men and ministers of God took turns to thank God for the out-gone year and prayed for peace, progress and excellent performance in 2014.

Earlier, Professor Isaac Aiyelaagbe, who delivered the sermon urged Christians to be well prepared to surmount the challenges that could prevent them from realizing their blessing through divine relationships with God.

The President, FUNAAB Students’ Union, Mr Temitope Adesipo, was full of praises to God for His mercies, as he committed the forthcoming elections of the Union into the hands of the Almighty, for a resounding success. Speaking of his expectations for the year, he hoped for accelerated development and the enabling environment, to enable students pursue their academic programmes without any hindrance.

In the same vein, the Vice-Chancellor has solicited the continued support for Management, to achieve the vision and mission of the University. The

Vice-Chancellor made this call during the Muslim prayer session, held at the University Mosque. He was represented at the occasion by the Amira of the FUNAAB Muslim Community and the University Librarian, Dr (Mrs) Mulikat Salaam.

Various prayers were offered for the Governing Council, Management, staff and students of the Universty. In his exhortation, the leader of the League of Imams in FUNAAB, Dr Idris Ayinde extolled God’s virtues for the gift of life, adding that offering prayer on the first working day of the year was very important.

According to him, “whoever desires prosperity, glory, elevation must first seek God as He is the custodian of it all. When God prospers us, we will suffer no calamity. Fear God and speak good words as well as do unto others as you want them to do to you”. He, however, admonished the Vice-Chancellor not to relent in imbibing justice, fairness and equity while dealing with members of the University community, as that should be the hallmark of a good leader, which he had always been.

New DVC Resumes, Grants Management, Academic Planning Get New Directors

The newly-appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Mufutau Adekojo Waheed, has assumed duty. Professor Felix Kolawole Salako, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development who was re-appointed, has also resumed.

Governing Council of the University recently approved the appointments of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors for the University. According to the Registrar, Mr Matthew Ayoola, the appointments, which were on the recommendations of the Senate are for a period of two years each, effective from January 1, 2014.

Until their appointments, Professor Waheed was the Director of Academic Planning, while Professor Salako was re-appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Development) of the University.

The DVC, Academic, a Professor of Thermofluids in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, is from Ogbomoso, Oyo State. He attended the Ajaawa Baptist Grammar School, between 1978 and 1983, and the University of Ilorin, where he obtained his B.Eng (Hons) and M.Eng degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and 1995, respectively.

He then proceeded to the Aachen University of Technology, Germany and bagged a Doctor of Engineering Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, in 2001.

Professor Waheed had worked in several capacities at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, from 1992, as a Graduate Assistant and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 2008, before he joined FUNAAB the same year.

Since joining the University, he had served at various levels including Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Member, Postgraduate Board; Deputy Dean, College of Engineering; member, Committee on National Institutional Ranking as well as Committee on the Preparation of Proposal for Community Radio and Internet Radio Station.

He has to his credit, over 80 publications in books/monographs, articles, conference abstracts and proceedings in reputable journals; had supervised about 50 Master’s and Doctorate Degree students and had also been an external examiner to several Universities.

The DVC, Academic, who belongs many professional bodies such as the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering Practice in Nigeria, had attended and presented papers at several local and international conferences and academic fora.

Professor Waheed had been conferred with several awards such as University Scholar as the Best Graduating Student in Mechanical Engineering, University of Ilorin (1987 – 1990), among others.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Kolawole Salako is from Ibadan in Oyo State.

A Professor of Soil Physics in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production, Professor Salako attended the Igbobi College, Lagos; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he obtained his B. Agric (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Soil Science in 1983 and 1986, respectively before proceeding to the University of Ibadan, where he bagged his PhD Degree in Soil Science, in 1997.

Professor Salako joined the services of FUNAAB in 2000 as a Senior Lecturer and moved up the academic ladder to become a Professor in 2006. He had served the University on many fronts, which include: Head of Department, Soil Science and Land Management; Director, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre; Pioneer Director, Centre for Community-Based Farming Scheme and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, from 2011 to date.
He has to his credit, over 80 publications in books/monographs, articles in learned journals, papers in referred conference proceedings and technical reports. He had supervised more than 40 students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in addition to being external examiner to several Universities.

Professor Salako belongs to a number of professional associations and learned societies such as the Soil Science Society of Nigeria; Agricultural Society of Nigeria; Soil and Water Conservation Society, United States of America and had delivered papers at many local and international conferences, seminars and workshops.

Notable academic laurels won by him include the Best Student Prize in Soil Science (1982 - 1983) Graduating Set of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Marquis' Who-is-Who in Science and Engineering (8th Edition) and Chief War Marshall, Man ‘O’ War Club of Nigeria.

Professor Salako, a Jerusalem Pilgrim, was honoured with the chieftaincy titles of the Asoludero of Iwoye-Ketu and the Bobatolu of Isaga-Orile, Ogun State, in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the two communities.

In a similar vein, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has approved the appointment of Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, Deputy Dean and Reader in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development as the new the Director of Grants Management.

Dr Adebayo, a native of Ode-Remo in Ogun State, attended the Ayodele Samuel Memorial School, Molete, Ibadan (1972 – 1978); Ode-Remo High School, Ode-Remo (1978 – 1982); Oke-‘Badan High School, Ibadan (1982 – 1983); and the University of Ife School of Agriculture, Akure (1984 – 1986).

He obtained a First Class Degree in Bachelor of Agriculture (1994), Master’s of Agriculture (1998) and Doctor of Philosophy (2002), in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

Dr Adebayo joined the services of FUNAAB in 1995, as a Graduate Assistant and rose steadily to become a Reader. He has to his credit, over 50 publications as journal articles, books and technical reports and had supervised about 20 undergraduate and postgraduate students to date.
The Director of Grants Management had served the University in various capacities, including the Departmental Postgraduate Coordinator; Deputy Dean, Student’ Affairs; and Chairman, Management Committee on Transportation. He was also Secretary and later, Vice-Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, FUNAAB Branch as well as the pioneer National President of the FUNAAB Alumni Association.

He has won many laurels such as the Vice-Chancellor’s Honour, Best All-Round Graduating Student Award; Federal Government Postgraduate Scholarship; and the World Bank Development Marketplace Winner.

Dr Adebayo is a member of the Nigerian Rural Sociological Association; member, International Society for Tropical Root Crops; member, Ecological Science of Nigeria and , the Project Manager, Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA), Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, he takes over from Dr Olukayode Dewumi Akinyemi, who is now the Director of Academic Planning.

FUNAAB Renovates Township Road


As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative in promoting the Town and Gown relations, the University has begun maintenance work on the Camp-Alabata Road in Abeokuta, to minimise the hardship experienced by road users.

The maintenance work, which involves the filling of potholes and patching of the road, is being jointly carried out by the Directorate of Works and Services, as well as the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, of the University.

The Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Johnson Adewumi, noted that the decision to embark on patching of the road was taken during an emergency meeting of Senate of the University, when the deplorable state of the road was raised.

Professor Adewumi disclosed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, responded positively to the issue when he approved that the
Directorate of Works and Services be mobilised to commence work with an input from the College.

The Dean stated that following the Vice-Chancellor’s directive, he quickly mobilised his team and proceeded on a site inspection of the road and did the cost analysis that would make the patching and asphalting permanent.

He assured that COLENG would monitor the project closely, to ensure that an excellent job is done, as he lauded the Pro-Chancellor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, as well as the University Management, for encouraging Engineering students to participate in field work, to gain more practical experience.

The Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Professor Bayo Olateju added that speed-breakers would also be constructed, to help reduce excessive speeding and prevent accidents on the road, when completed.

Furthermore, the Deputy Director of Works and Services, Engineer Babatunde Olukoya, said “although, the road is a government road, the University felt that as part of its CSR, even with its lean resources, it should work on the road since the University and its host community would benefit, when the road becomes motorable”.

Engineer Olukoya disclosed that even as far back as 1995, the Camp-Alabata Road had been a rural road that was surface-dressed and that most of the work done then was through the intervention of the Ogun State Government and the University.

He, however, stated that this time, the University's intervention was a major one because it entailed using asphalt, and in the process, Engineering students would be involved, to enable them gather practical knowledge, in addition to the theory taught in the classroom.

Engineer Olukoya, who is a Civil Engineer, added that the area to be covered is about 2 Km long; between the Camp Junction and the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority in Abeokuta.

To ensure that the repaired work lasts long, the Deputy Director appealed to residents not to dispense used water on the road.

2013/2014 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Final year Viva for all Departments &  Processing of Second Semester Results Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 – Wednesday Jan. 15, 2014
Senate to consider 2012/2013 Second Semester Examination Results and End of Session Thursday, January 16, 2014
Arrival of Fresh Students Monday, January 6, 2014

ICT Training for Fresh Students
Screening of Fresh Students/Registration by Exam & Records

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 - Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Orientation for Fresh Students Monday, Jan. 20 – Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
Arrival of Returning Students Sunday, January 19, 2014
Online Registration for Returning Students Monday, January 20, 2014 – Friday Feb. 7, 2014
First Semester Lectures Begin Monday, January 27, 2014
Late Registration with Penalty Begins Monday, February 10, 2014
MATRICULATION Wednesday, February 12, 2014
43rd Inaugural Lecture (COLANIM) Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Late Registration with Penalty Ends Friday, February 21, 2014
44th Inaugural Lecture (COLERM) Wednesday, March 19, 2014
45th Inaugural Lecture (COLNAS) Wednesday, April 16, 2014
First Semester Lectures End Friday, April 18, 2014
First Semester Examinations Begins Monday, April 28, 2014
First Semester Examinations End Friday, May 16, 2014
Second Semester Lectures Begin Monday, May 26, 2014
46th Inaugural Lecture (COLPLANT) Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Senate to Consider First Semester Examination Results Thursday, June 12, 2014
47th Inaugural Lecture (COLAMRUD) Wednesday, June 18, 2014
48th Inaugural Lecture (COLFHEC) Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Second Semester Lectures End Friday, August 15, 2014
Second Semester Examinations Begin Monday, August 25, 2014
Second Semester Examinations End Friday, September 12, 2014
Senate to Consider Second Semester Examination Results
and End of Session
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Key

First Semester Second Semester
12 Weeks of Lectures
1 Week for Examination Preparation
3 Weeks for Examination
3 Weeks for marking and compilation of results
12 Weeks of Lectures
1 Week for Examination Preparation
3 Weeks for Examination
3 Weeks for marking and compilation of results

Students Raise Broilers to Kill Boredom During Strike

In a bid to develop their entrepreneurial skills and to make an impact in the agricultural sector of the nation, students of the University have engaged in the rearing of poultry birds for commercial purposes.

Operating under the auspices of the Nigeria Animal Science Students Association (NASA), FUNAAB Chapter, Messrs Adesina Oluwatobi John of the Department of Animal Physiology and Azeez Fatai Adeniyi of the Department of Animal Production and Health, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), disclosed that they embarked on the exercise to keep themselves busy following the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, as well as to generate income for themselves.

Oluwatobi said they made use of the NASA farm structure at COLANIM to raise the birds, mainly broilers, from day old to maturity from their personal savings and the assistance they got from some agro-allied industries.

They expressed appreciation to the University for the opportunity and the enabling environment in realising their desire.

American Scholars Visit FUNAAB for Collaboration

Professor Emmanuel Babatunde of the Lincoln University and Dr. Kelebogile Setiloane, of the University of Delaware, in the United States of America, have visited the University, for the possibility of collaboration.

Professor Babatunde, a Nigerian-American, who hails from Imeko in Ogun State, stated that with the University’s recent designation as a Centre of Excellence by the World Bank, it is easier to go into partnership in the areas of cultivation, processing and distribution of food crops.

He disclosed that research should not be monolithic but rather multidisciplinary before it could be regarded as having been properly conducted and would, therefore, work towards making the best use of the University’s research efforts for societal development.

Dr Setiloane, who is Professor Babatunde’s spouse, said that she shared the same passion with her husband, adding that she had been teaching her students what Africa is really about, contrary to what the western media allegedly portrayed the continent to be.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, reiterated the significance of sending students of the University for the compulsory Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS). He said through the programme, students were able to feel the impact of the environment while the communities in turn, benefit from the socio-economic development associated with the Scheme.

Professor Oyewole said with the establishment of the World Bank Africa Centre for Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CADESE) in the University, the institution was now better equipped to embark on the collaboration being envisaged.

FUNAAB Celebrates Past INHURD Directors

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has commended the immense contribution of the past and present leadership of the Institute of Human Resource Development (INHURD), for the enormous success recorded by the Institute.

Speaking at the Appreciation Party, held in honour of the past Directors and members of staff of the Institute, Professor Oyewole noted that the development of INHURD was as a result of the vision, hardwork and dedication of its founding fathers and members of staff.

According to him, the establishment of INHURD, formerly Centre for Human Resource Development (CENHURD), could be traced back to the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Professor 'Nimbe Adedipe, who conceived the idea; the good insight of his successor, Professor Julius Okojie, who made it a reality; the initiative of  Professor Israel Adu and Professor Ishola Adamson, when the Centre expanded phenomenally; as well as the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olaiya Balogun, under whose administration the Centre metamorphosed into an Institute and later re-located to its permanent site.

The Vice-Chancellor said since inception, the Institute had been blessed with dynamic leaders, as he re-stated his call on all to join hands in moving it forward.
He said that very soon, there would be computerized identity card for
members of staff and students, which would last for one year.

The Director of INHURD, Professor Francis Sowemimo, also appreciated the contribution of the past Directors, promising that the Institute would keep the flag flying.

He disclosed that the Institute had come of age and would soon start international programmes such as TOEFL and SAT in addition to the IJMB

A-Level, which it is currently running. Professor Sowemimo, however, appealed to the Vice-Chancellor to assist in building more lecture theatres and effect repairs on the main road leading to the Institute.

Past Directors, who were honoured at the appreciation party are: Professor Segun Lagoke, Pioneer Director (2002 - 2006), Professor Babatunde Oguntona (2006 - 2007), Dr Taofiq Salisu (2007 - 2011) and Professor Babatunde Kehinde (2011- 2013).

Other members of staff that were also rewarded for their outstanding performance are: Mr Vincent Olukayode Osidipe (Best Tutor of the Year), Mr Fatai Akinwunmi (Best Demonstrator of the Year), Mr Pius Adurodola (Best Bursary Staff), Mr Mathew Adebayo (Best Security Officer) and Mrs Mary Sodiya (Best Clerical Staff), while Professor Sowemimo was in turn, honoured by members of staff for providing excellent leadership.

Dignitaries present at the occasion include the University’s Principal
Officers, Deans, Directors, the former Rector, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Alhaji Waheed Quadri, as well as Baales of the Mawuko community.










Let your Life make an Impact on the World – VC

For Christians to live fulfilled lives and make on impact in the world, they must consciously identify the purpose for which God created them.

This was the crux of the sermon delivered by the General Overseer of Divine Heights Bible Church, Abeokuta and Vice-Chancellor, FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, at the 21st Annual Christmas Carol Service of the Chapel of Grace with the theme, "Jesus: The Author and The Finisher".
According to him, "God is a God of purpose and for every man He has created, there is a divine purpose and assignment for his life".

Professor Oyewole reminded the congregation that Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas because He submitted Himself to fulfill the purpose for which He came into the world for the salvation of souls and deliverance of men.

He further identified four steps, which can help each individual to fulfill the reason why they were created to be, “hooking your life to God, having a great vision for your destiny, becoming a friend of the Holy Ghost and being a fighter".

He admonished Christians not to despair, as God would always vindicate them. "As Christians, there can only be victors and never victims", he added.
Expressing delight at this year's Carol Service, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that it was special, as it was held on the day ASUU called off its strike and is the very first in which he as Vice-Chancellor, was ministering.

Highlights of the Carol included Drama Presentation, Choreography, and Special Numbers.

The service was attended by ministers of God from the Anglican church, Living Faith Church, Redeemed Christian Church, Chapel of Grace as well as Principal Officers and members of the University Community.

Pioneer University Librarian Extolled

The pioneer University Librarian, Dr. Taofiq Salisu, has been described as a rare gift, a dependable stakeholder and a blessing to the University.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said this at a meeting held with Dr. Salisu in his office on his last working day in the service of the University, while lauding him for his enormous contribution, which he noted, had provided endless opportunities for the University.
Describing him as one of the pioneer staff, the Vice-Chancellor noted that he joined the service of the University as the pioneer University Librarian and served in that capacity from February 4, 1991 to February 3, 2001.
Dr. Salisu also held several other pioneer positions, such as the Pioneer Amir of the University’s Muslim Community and the Pioneer Head, Office of Advancement.
Aside the pioneer Librarian’s many firsts, he has held strategic positions in the University such as pioneer Director, Institute of Human Resource Development (INHURD) and former Director, A.G. Leventis Foundation Centre.
At the national level, Dr. Salisu is a Fellow, Nigerian Library Association, and was once bestowed with the award of “Most Published Librarian”.     The Vice-Chancellor said the University would call on him in future, to tap from his wealth of experience.
In his response, Dr. Salisu expressed appreciation to the management for the trust reposed in him to have served in various capacities, pointing that he was willing to serve in any other capacity deemed fit, aside sharing his wealth of experience from time to time.

SOGREDEN Holds Maiden National Workshop

The first national workshop, organized by the Society for Grassland Research and Development in Nigeria (SOGREDEN), was held recently at the National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The workshop, which was attended by Pasture scientists from the country had as its theme: Grassland Resources: Tool for Empowerment and Food Security.

The President of SOGREDEN, Professor Olufemi Onifade, of FUNAAB’s Department of Pasture and Range Management and Director, Centre of Entrepreneurial Studies, noted that the workshop was the first of its kind to be organized by the Society, as he expressed the optimism that landmark achievements would be recorded in the area of grassland research and the elimination of perennial communal clashes between crop farmers and pastoralists in Nigeria.

“There had been attempts in the past to establish the Society, but such attempts did not achieve much success for one reason or the other until colleagues at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta organised the Stakeholders’ Meeting”, he added.

At the end of the national workshop, a 6-point communiqué was issued, which emphasized the need for the restoration of diploma courses in Range and Pasture Science in the Colleges of Agriculture and the introduction of Pasture and Range Management training at degree level in the Universities; the need for updating of the livestock populations in Nigeria through an accurate census of all relevant livestock species for effective planning and development.

 

SOGREDEN also called for the establishment of Grazing Reserve and Stock Route Commission, to sensitize stakeholders, in order to facilitate the appointment of relevant professionals to the Commission; the need for the nation’s agricultural transformation agenda to cover pasture production and management and the imperative for an aggressive programme of producing suitable pasture grass and legume seeds, to cover all the ecological zones of the country.

The Society also ratified the elections of its National Executive Council, made up members of staff of FUNAAB, namely: Professor Olufemi Onifade, President; Dr Jimoh  Olanite, National Secretary and Professor Alaba Jolaosho, National Treasurer, whose two-year tenure was with effect last month.

FUNAAB, Brightsword Technologies Poised for Collaboration

Representatives of Brightsword Technologies, Singapore and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), are now set to collaborate in areas of training and leadership development.
Speaking at a parley recently, the West Africa Consultant of Brightsword Technologies, Dr. Raphael Iluyomade, praised the collaborative efforts of both institutions, saying that the country would soon regain the pride it had many years ago. “We are bringing pride not only to FUNAAB, but to Nigeria as a whole”, he noted.
Brightsword Technologies intends to set up a training centre in FUNAAB, a prototype of the one in Singapore, to train students in environmental cleaning, logistics and transport, purchasing and supply amongst others, adding that without the necessary certification, one would not be able to practice in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
He reiterated the benefits of the collaboration, especially in the areas of revenue generation, putting FUNAAB on the global landscape, as well as opening FUNAAB to more multinational companies. He also informed that some of their equipment had arrived and more will be coming in  soon.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said the main purpose of the meeting was to discover “where we are and where we are going”, adding that the initiative was not only about ICT, but to address some basic needs in our country today.
According to him, “we need added value in the lives of our graduates, hence we must find ways to enhance their skills”... “It is in line with my vision and the University’s vision. We have a team that’s committed to this, we will be professional about it and we will definitely overcome the constraints”... “With our determination, we will make it”.


Present at the parley were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako; Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji; Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial studies (CENTS), Professor  Olufemi Onifade; Director, Centre for Internationalisation and Partnerships (CENIP), Dr. Akeem Oyekanmi and the Acting Head, Information and Communication Technology Resources Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi.
Others are the Head, Business Development and Operations, YI Partners, Singapore, Mrs. Lovette Ononuga; and the facilitator of the Project, Mr. Lawrence Kazeem.

VC Harps on Integrated Water Resources Management


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has challenged researchers and participants at the just-concluded regional training workshop on Climate Change and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in South-West Nigeria, to come up with far-reaching findings that could mitigate the effects of climate change and develop the water resource capabilities of the country.

The Vice-Chancellor, speaking at the workshop, which was jointly organized by the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet), in partnership with the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), stressed the need for an integrated approach to water resource management through education, training, research and information dissemination, to transform the nation’s economy.

Professor Oyewole, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), was represented at the occasion by the Dean, Postgraduate School, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin.

He noted that FUNAAB was passionate about the development of Agriculture and would, therefore, leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the impact of research findings in the University get to the common man on the streets, adding that this passion largely contributed to the institution’s chances of winning the World Bank’s Centre for Excellence in Agriculture Award.


The Co-ordinator of NWRCBNet-SW and Dean, FUNAAB’s College of Engineering, Professor Johnson Adewumi, said the Centre was committed to its mission of promoting effective partnership in the areas of education, training, research and information dissemination on water resources development and management with a view to engendering Integrated Water Resources Management and ecosystem sustainability in the nation’s south-west states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo.

He added that water, an important sector of the economy is multidisciplinary in nature and cuts across Engineering, Hydro-geology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Law, Finance Administration, Management, Soil Sciences, Meteorology, Irrigation, Hydrology, Microbiology, Sociology, among others.
The Co-ordinator said the training would cover practical sessions that would be of immense benefit to participants.

The training workshop had in attendance participants from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Ministries of Environment and Water Resources in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti and Osun States

FUNAAB, Others Embark On Cancer Awareness Campaign


The University’s Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) and the FUNAAB Heath Centre, in collaboration with the Family Resources and Youth Foundation International; the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta; and the Primary Health Centre, Osiele; recently embarked on a Cancer Awareness Campaign, to sensitize market men and women on the deadly disease.


The campaign, which was held at the Osiele Market in the Odeda Local Government Area of Abeokuta, is one of the extension services provided by AMREC, to improve the livelihood and health of men and women of the communities within and around Abeokuta, where the University is located.

Professor (Mrs) Grace Sokoya, Project Co-ordinator of the University’s Farm-Family Health Project, AMREC-FUNAAB, while addressing participants on the need for the campaign, gave an overview of what cancer is all about.

According to her, cancer develops when cells in the body begin to grow and divide in a malignant way. This abnormal growth then interferes with the body’s ability to function properly, leading to serious illness or even death, making cancer to be the second leading cause of death in the world.

She attributed the causes of cancer to include hereditary, lifestyles and environmental factors and that through regular awareness; it will be possible to detect the disease early.

In her talk titled Breast Cancer, Professor Sokoya disclosed that breast cancer affects both men and women, as she advised that regular breast examination and mammography of women above 40 years of age were necessary, for quick diagnosis.

The Project Co-ordinator identified other risk factors, which could contribute to the development of cancer, to include age (for those above 50 years), female gender, family history, genetic composition, early menstruation, timing of first pregnancy, early menopause and having obesity after menopause.

She reiterated the need for all women to prevent breast cancer by desisting from the use of contraceptives, frequent exposure to x-rays, cigarette smoking, excessive intake of alcohol and fatty foods.

Professor Sokoya enjoined the participants to cultivate the habit of consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as engaging in regular exercise.


Mrs Ibironke Olatunji of the Health Centre gave a practical demonstration of Breast Self Examination, as she encouraged women to practice the BSE by standing in front of a mirror or lie down facing-up, to examine whether any of the nipples is growing bigger than the other, and to watch out for any form of abnormality. She advised that it was always better to carry out this examination, just before or after the monthly menstruation. Mrs Olatunji charged women to seek immediate medical assistance whenever they observed an unusual growth in their bodies.

Mr Ramon Balogun of the University’s Health Centre highlighted the symptoms of Prostate Cancer to include difficulty in urinating, dripping of urine and frequent urination at night. He attributed the risk factors to include age, family history, high intake of fat, recurrent or improper treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases and having multiple sex partners. He recommended early detection and treatment, in order to give the patient high rate of recovery.

On Cervical Cancer, Mrs Olubunmi Vaughan, from the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, said the ailment is caused by persistent infection with the high risk Human Papilloma Virus, which is rarely found in women, younger than 20 years of age. She advised that every woman should start Cervical Screening, about three years whenever they began having sexual intercourse. Mrs Vaughan added that women, who were prone to the disease, were those who began copulation early in life, those with multiple sex partners, those sleeping with uncircumcised males, as well as those that are obese.

Speaking at the occasion, the Director of AMREC, Professor (Mrs) Carolyn Afolami, appreciated all for attending the awareness campaign and gave the assurance that the Centre, and the University in general was committed to enlightening the people on issues that touched their lives. The Director was represented by Dr (Mrs) Funmi Oluwalana.

Highlights of the campaign include an awareness rally, rendering of screening and check-up services to participants

Muslim Community Holds Special Juma’at for Dr. Salisu

Members of the University Muslim Community recently held a special valedictory Juma’at service in honour of the University’s Pioneer Amir, Dr. Taofiq Salisu, for his meritorious service to the University.
In his sermon at the occasion, the University Imam, Dr. Idris Ayinde, extolled the outstanding qualities and exemplary leadership traits of the outgone Amir, which he said had made the Muslim community to grow from “a handful of members” to a large family.
Responding, Dr. Salisu prayed for continued increase in the population of worshipers, as he charged the incoming executives and the congregation to emulate Prophet Muhammed.
Meanwhile, a new Amir, Professor Kehinde Okeleye, alongside other executive members have been inaugurated. They are: Dr Abdul-Akeem Agboola, Noibul-Amir;. Abdul-Rasak Adebowale, General Secretary; Alhaji Ismaila Ewedairo, Financial Secretary; and Dr. Idris Ayinde, Chief Imam.
Professor Okeleye, on behalf of the new officers promised to serve the Muslim community diligently.

FUNAAB Microfinance Bank Gets New Manager

For enhanced and better service delivery, the University has appointed a new Manager for its Microfinance Bank. He is Mr Abimbola Adewale.

The new manager holds a Higher National Diploma in Accounting, Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management and Master of Business Administration, from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Mr. Adewale is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, SME Club of the Enterprise Development Centre, Certified Microfinance Practitioner of the Central Bank of Nigeria/CIBN 2012 edition, Microfinance Association of the United Kingdom and the 2013 Central Bank of Nigeria’s Post-Examination Monitoring Scheme.

The manager has over 15 years banking experience spanning operations, foreign exchange, relationship management, non-interest banking, credit, retail banking, micro credit as well as small and medium scale enterprise segment management, having worked in various banks, including Habib, Oceanic, Unity and GTI Microfinance.

He has attended several courses; locally and internationally in reputable firms like Deutsche Bank Training in Alternative Finance, Trade Finance and LC Course for Managers, Facility Rating Model Workshop for SMEs, Advance Credit for Managers, Branch Banking Course for Managers and Risk Management Training for Microfinance Banks. The well-groomed strategist, business development and relationship management expert and the current Vice-President of Onward Club of Igbogila, Yewa North of Ogun State, has promised to serve the bank diligently by unfolding mouth-watering packages for the existing and would-be customers. He has since assumed duty.

FUNAAB Graduate Wins NUDTAS Awards

A Doctorate Degree graduate in the Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta(FUNAAB), Ayoni Surajudeen Ogunbayo has won the Nigerian Universities Doctoral Thesis Award Scheme (NUDTAS), instituted by the National Universities Commission.

The NUC, in a letter signed by Dr (Mrs) Ruqqayat Gurin, and addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, said “I am pleased to inform the Vice-Chancellor that sequel to our earlier request for nominations and following submissions from your University, in consideration for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 awards under the Nigerian Universities Doctoral Theses Award Scheme [NUDTAS], the following thesis from your University, emerged winner for the award in its respective discipline and year”.

Dr Ogunbayo’s doctoral thesis that won him the award is titled, “Genetic Variation Correlation Studies and Multilocational Performance of Lowland NERICA Rice (Oryza species L)”, which was supervised by Professor David Ojo, Head of the recipient’s Department.

There are 17 combined winners of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 NUDTAS awards, alongside Dr Ogunbayo that will be honoured, as part of activities lined up for the 50+1 celebration of the NUC.

The National Universities Commission introduced the Scheme, to encourage academic research, promote best practices among Universities and to encourage postgraduate scholarship by creating a culture whereby Universities and individuals will invest their intellect and time in research, given its critical role in nation building.

FUNDING

In compliance with directives from the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment (FMTI) Budget Office, with effect from 2nd January, 2013, SIWES Allowances are now paid directly through electronic payment system to students who have been verified and found eligible.

Supervisory Allowances are also paid directly by ITF into the University’s SIWES Bank Account.

Environmental Unit Sends-forth Staff


The University’s Environmental Unit has been described as essential and strategic to the development and smooth running of the system.

The former Chairman, Security Committee, Professor Babatunde Kehinde, disclosed this at the send-forth party, organised in honour of retired security officers attached to the Environmental Unit of FUNAAB. According to him, safety and peace, which form ntegral parts of the official responsibilities of the Unit, constitute the bedrock for development, in moving the University forward.

“Your job is not the one which allows you sit is an air-conditioned  office, but requires that you to be at your various beats - morning, afternoon and night -ensuring that the University has the right atmosphere, to move it forward”.
Professor Kehinde lauded them for their selfless service to the University, as he charged other serving officers to build on the foundation left behind by the retirees.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Office of Advancement, Mr Obafemi Oginni, said their job was unique in the sense that they were always at alert and awake when others were busy sleeping.

Earlier, Mr Adedigba Elegbede said the occasion was organized to appreciate members of staff that had demonstrated high level of commitment to their work, by contributing immensely to the development of the University, in terms of security.

The Assistant Chief Environmental Officer, Mr Sunday Bolarinwa commended the retired officers for the foundation which they had laid down, stressing that their efforts had paved the way for the Unit to be appreciated in the University. He, however, stated that the Unit would still be calling on them from time-to-time, to tap from their wealth of experience.

Officers that were honoured at the occasion included two former Chief Security Officers, Capt Sikiru Babatunde (Rtd.) and Mr Olukayode Ogunbanwo, Principal Environmental Officer, Mr Abubakar Osaya; Environmental Officer, Mr Aliu Adedokun; Assistant Environmental Officer, Mr Temilade Sanusi; Asst Environmental Officer, Mr Steven Folarin; Environmental Supervisor and Mr Waheed Sowunmi.




College Seeks Partnership with FUNAAB


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uthorities of the Ifo College of Management and Technology, recently paid a working visit to the University to explore the possibility of collaboration, by providing Direct Entry admission for students of the College.

According to the Rector, Dr Bola Dawodu, the College desires that its graduates with good results should be given Direct Entry admission.
“We learnt that FUNAAB is now a conventional University and will admit students into management and other-related courses. We deemed it necessary to seek assistance in the area of getting admission for our students, he said.

The Rector said the College was established on February 8, 2008 and that virtually all its courses had been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, restated that the three basic requirements for computing admission or eligibility into the University are Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination scores, O’level results and the  Post-UTME Evaluation, and welcomed them very warmly to FUNAAB as long as their students met its entry requirements.


 

NITDA to Assist FUNAAB in Building Staff Web Portal

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ith its drive towards attaining the status of a world class institution, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is ready to partner the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in developing its Project Team on Staff Web Portal.

This was disclosed at an interactive session on the project between officials of the University, which included members of staff of the Information and Communication Technology Resources Centre.

FUNAAB is one of the pilot universities in the southwest geo-political zone of the country, earmarked for the Human Resource Management Information System and Staff Web Portal for Nigerian Universities, which is supported by NITDA.

The Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior Staff), Mrs Toyin Dawodu, who represented the Registrar, Mr Mathew Ayoola, at the occasion, disclosed that the project was in a bid to take the University to greater heights.

The Human Resource Management Information System and Staff Web Portal provide for timely and efficient staff-record keeping update and retrieval.

The Acting Head, ICTREC, Dr Olutayo Ajayi, said the project would go a long way at providing solutions to the challenges being experienced on staff and student matters such as official leave, annual promotions, hostel school fees, among others.


OAPTIN Picks National Coordinator

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has been appointed as the National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN).

According to the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Dr Jonathan Atungwu, the Vice-Chancellor was chosen because of the University’s immense support for OAPTIN and for providing an enabling environment for human and technological development of organic agriculture in Nigeria.

Dr Atungwu disclosed that Dr (Mrs) Florence Olowokere of the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, Dr  Olalekan Sakariyawo of the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production and Mrs Tunrayo Joseph-Adekunle of the Department of Horticulture were elected as National Coordinating Scientists, National Secretary and National Treasurer respectively.




 

UDESWA Holds Inaugural Project Workshop  

The World Bank-sponsored project, under the auspices of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), in conjunction with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, recently held its maiden Project Workshop, in Accra, Ghana. It which was aimed at promoting efficient and proven drying technologies for sustainable food security and poverty alleviation in West Africa. According to the Regional Coordinator of the Project, Upscaling the Nigerian Flash Drying for Sustainable Regional Trade and Income Generation in West Africa (UDESWA), Dr Abdul-Rasak Adebowale, the project would pay particular attention to issues bordering on livelihood change, with special focus on opportunities and constraints to its adoption, as well as gender matters and poverty elimination.

Others are environmental impacts, market development and sustainability of the drying systems within the project communities, as well as the scaling-up of such systems beyond their catchment areas.

Dignitaries present at the occasion include the President, Association of African Universities and the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who formally declared open the commencement of the project; the Acting Chairman, CORAF/WECARD Governing Board, Dr. Alfred Dixon; Professor Lateef Sanni, Resource Person; Professor Keith Tomlins, Project Director, GRATITUDE; Dr. Nanam Dziedzoave, Director, CSIR-FRI/Country Manager UDESWA, Ghana; Dr. Sahr Fomba, Director, SLARI; Professor Alexandra Dansi, Country Manager of UDESWA, Benin Republic, among others

Lagos Business School Rates FUNAAB High

The Lagos Business School (LBS), has lauded the business initiatives of FUNAAB at augmenting funds received from the Federal Government, stressing that with the right synergy with LBS, the University would become a leading institution in driving agricultural businesses in the country.

The team leader from LBS, Mr. Ikechukwu Kelikume gave the commendation after a facility tour of the various fund-generating units of the University.

Obviously impressed by what the team saw on ground, he described the visit as an eye-opener to the great work the University was doing and the abundant opportunities that still lies ahead.

According to him, “when we were contacted that the University was planning for capacity building on investment of fund and returns on investment, we decided to come here to see what the University was doing business-wise. Coming here has been an eye-opener. However, I see gold, diamond and lots of resources that are yet to be tapped”.

Kelikume predicted a long lasting synergy with the University saying “my school is a business school and FUNAAB is like a practical arm of what we do. So, I think the synergy is not something that we would say is a one-off thing. It is something that would be long lasting”.

Describing the University’s Guest House as ‘very good’, he said it was of a very high standard.

Kelikume said FUNAAB is not an institution that merely runs only theory-based programmes but rather, students of the University are properly equipped with the practical skills that could turn-around the nation.

He, however, advised the University to sustain its strong Alumni relations because experience had shown that the Alumni of any institution are capable of propelling its advancement and development.

He also admonished the University Management to ensure the continuous maintenance of its facilities and especially provide ultra-modern equipment for the Industrial Park Unit (IPU).

Entrench Organic Agriculture in the Nation’s Curricula - Varsity Don

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, recently challenged researchers and participants at a conference to brainstorm on the strategies to entrench the use of organic agriculture in the nation’s agricultural production system and education curricula.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Kolawole Salako, at the 9th National Conference on Organic Agriculture, the Vice-Chancellor said that it is no longer news that organic agriculture in the last decade, had become a money spinning enterprise, particularly, in North America and Europe, adding that these two continents currently accounted for about US$65 billion per annum of certified organic goods and products. Therefore, he opined that it was the time for Africa and Nigeria to key into the global organic trade.

Professor Oyewole disclosed that after its recent Review of Academic Brief, FUNAAB had identified Bachelor of Science Degree in Organic Agriculture as one of the new academic programmes, being proposed for approval by the National Universities Commission and if approved, FUNAAB would become the first University in West Africa to run such a programme.

The Vice-Chancellor added that FUNAAB would continue to carve a niche for itself as a pace-setter in agricultural development, having been designated by the World Bank as an African Centre of Excellence in Agriculture. He pointed out that the conference organizers, Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN), took-off from the University in 2004 and still has to date, its national secretariat, domiciled in the University.

Reeling out some of the major achievements of OAPTIN, the Vice-Chancellor said the project had successfully trained 23 agriculture graduates under the Work, Earn and Learn Project (WELP), held eight successful national conferences, held the 1st and 2nd International Summer School programmes, and two International Workshops on Curriculum Development for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in West Africa, under the auspices of the European Union-sponsored West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and Training (WANOART), based in the University.

Worried by the  increasing reported cases of food poisoning, environmental hazard, soil and water pollutions caused by synthetic chemicals, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin,  later called for the development of organic agriculture because it remained the only way out, if the world is to be immuned from the effects of such harmful chemicals associated with conventional agricultural practices.

Delivering his keynote address at the occasion titled, Organic Agriculture for National Food Security, Conservation of Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation, Professor Gbadegesin, who was represented by the Head of Department, Crop and Environmental Protection of LAUTECH, Dr Iheme Olabiyi, said organic agriculture promotes soil enrichment, ecosystem, biodiversity and people’s health.

The Vice-Chancellor said only LAUTECH could boast of certified organic agriculture farms, for the production of spice crops such as ginger, turmeric, lemon grass and cashew and noted that there is a lot to be benefited by Nigeria, if organic agriculture was well developed.

According to him, organic agriculture would promote food security, job security, sustainable environment, and increased Gross Domestic Product (GDP) earnings of the country. The Don added that organic agriculture performed better than the conventional agriculture practice on a per-hectare scale, as he debunked the claim that organic agriculture cannot meet the world’s food demand.

Similarly, the Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, while delivering his speech at conference titled Organic Agriculture and Climate Change, observed that organic agriculture, if well developed could meet the country’s food demand, safe guard its natural resources and promote a healthy environment.

Professor Tenebe, who was represented by his Special Research Assistant, Dr Epetu Ibikunle, pointed out those conventional agriculture practices, which involve the use of fertilizers, pesticides and bush burning methods often lead to harmful effects on man and the environment.

He advocated for the adoption of organic agriculture in Nigeria, stressing that it would significantly reduce the depletion of limited natural resources.

Dignitaries present at the occasion included the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Entrepreneurship Development, Mrs. Lauretta Anchor; the ‘father’ of organic agriculture in Nigeria, Professor Jire Adeoye; and the project’s Zonal Co-ordinators from the six-geopolitical zones of the country.

FUNAAB Signs MoU with Arewa Cotton

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (middle), signing the MoU, while the  Regional Manager, Arewa Cotton, Mr. Bayo Olayemi (2nd Left) does same. With the Vice-Chancellor are the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (2nd Right) and the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi (Right).
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (middle), signing the MoU, while the Regional Manager, Arewa Cotton, Mr. Bayo Olayemi (2nd Left) does same. With the Vice-Chancellor are the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako (2nd Right) and the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi (Right).

As a fall-out of the several meetings held in the past, to foster partnership between the University and Arewa Cotton and Allied Company Limited, the Management of the two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), heralding a formal collaboration in areas of research and cultivation of cotton in commercial scale in the Southwest states of Nigeria.

Speaking during the formal signing of documents, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, reiterated the importance of training young farmers in rural areas as the University’s Community-Based Farming Scheme had been of tremendous benefit to their host communities, the students and the University in this regard.

The Vice-Chancellor added that the University would be willing to expand its scope of operations in the southwest states, if any intending host community could donate 50 Hectares of land for the implementation of the scheme.

The Director of COBFAS, Professor Emmanuel Fakoya, said the collaboration was expected to stimulate cotton production in the country, adding that the staff of Arewa Cotton had earlier inspected Iwoye-Ketu with a view to cultivating cotton on a commercial scale.

The Regional Manager of Arewa Cotton, Mr. Bayo Olayemi commended the University Management on the MoU, stating that in most developed countries, farmers were usually rich people but regretted that in nations like Nigeria, farmers were poor and hoped that his company would change the trend. “We are ready to ensure that our farmers are well equipped with the right knowledge and skills”, he stated.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Right), presenting copies of the MoU to the representative of Arewa Cotton, Mr. Bayo Olayemi.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Right), presenting copies of the MoU to the representative of Arewa Cotton, Mr. Bayo Olayemi.

Olayemi lamented what he described as an undue stress in the course of interaction between his company and the Zaria-based Agricultural Research Company, as a result of the long distance between the two companies but expressed joy that with the latest collaboration with FUNAAB, Arewa Cotton will be better-off.

Don Makes Waves in Research

Dr. Uwemedimo Ekpo

Dr. Uwemedimo Ekpo, the Head, Department of Biological Sciences of the University, is making a breakthrough in his research activities to the admiration of the international community.

Dr. Ekpo’s research interest, led to the development of a Geostatistical Model on all the available data on Schistosomiasis, a disease which causes enormous human suffering as it makes its victims show symptoms of blood in the urine, chronic tiredness and lethargy.

The detailed study of Schistosomiasis, known as Bilharzias in Ogun State, was the topic of his Doctoral Dissertation, submitted to the Biological Sciences Department of the University that won him international awards such as the European Foundation Initiative for African Research into Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD), a collaborative effort supported by five (5) European foundations.

Dr. Ekpo, however, told the Crossing Borders  magazine, a magazine of the Volkswagen Foundation and its International Focus, that his “research findings are also of great interest to the Nigerian Ministry of Health, and hopes that the situation in our Universities will be influenced for the better, so that scientists like himself  will be able to keep up with colleagues in other parts of the world”.

Prof. Decries the Nation’s Performance in Agriculture 

The Keynote Address Speaker and the Director (IFSERAR), Prof. Akin Omotayo, addressing the participants
The Keynote Address Speaker and the Director (IFSERAR), Prof. Akin Omotayo, addressing the participants

The Director of the  University’s Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo, has decried that nation’s low rate of agricultural growth and its resultant poor contributions to development.

Chairman of Board, Sliden Africa,  Dr. Kola Adebayo

Chairman of Board, Sliden Africa, Dr. Kola Adebayo

Professor Omotayo stated this recently while delivering a paper titled Rethinking Institution Capacity and Governance, at the National Symposium of the Sustainable Livelihoods and Development Network for Africa (SLIDEN Africa). The Don said the agricultural challenge facing Africa was enormous and accountable for why many people are hungry and cannot afford the basic things of life. He berated the series of wars, epidemics and disasters ravaging several parts of the continent, as well as their negative effects on Africa’s development, as he observed that agriculture represented merely 35 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) earnings of Nigeria.

Professor Omotayo, however, called for adequate investment in acquiring knowledge because it is capable of driving development, competitiveness and good governance.

Participants at the occasion
Participants at the occasion

The Board Chairman of SLIDEN Africa, Dr Kolawole Adebayo, urged participants to interact freely and learn from the vast knowledge of the various speakers and guest lecturers that were invited to the symposium, which had as its main theme Sustainable Institutions for Agricultural and Rural Development in Nigeria.

The Programme was attended by member of the academia and policy makers from all over the country.

Eat Cassava Bread – VC

[caption id="attachment_3608" align="alignnone" width="508" caption=""]The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, at the Conference with some Fellows of NIFST
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, at the Conference with some Fellows of NIFST

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has encouraged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of eating cassava bread, which he noted is safe, delicious and nutritious.

Professor Oyewole made this call at the 37th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), held recently at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, which had as its theme Food Safety: Critical Pathway to Sustainable Global Competitiveness and Public Health.

The Vice-Chancellor, in his Welcome Address during the National Stakeholders’ Forum on Safety of Bakery and Confectionery Cassava Products, said discussing the safety of cassava bread and confectionery products, derivable from High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF), inclusive of composite flour will leverage on using cassava for the economic development of the nation through the creation of employment opportunities, increased Gross Domestic Product earnings, income generation and sustainable development.

NIFST President, Prof. Lateef Sanni, giving his Presidential Address while the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (4th Right); Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha (3rd Left); FUNAAB VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Far right) and a host of other eminent personalities listen.
NIFST President, Prof. Lateef Sanni, giving his Presidential Address while the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (4th Right); Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha (3rd Left); FUNAAB VC, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Far right) and a host of other eminent personalities listen.

The Vice-Chancellor said that, what had been presented to Nigerians as cassava bread is safe, noting that already, Master bakers across the country were trained in the six geo-political zones on how to make the product easily available to the people.

“The adoption of cassava bread and the utilization of HQCF will assist in the attainment of the national policy on food security, as well as poverty alleviation. Be ready to derive more benefits from our national commodities like cassava, yam and sorghum. Be an ambassador of positive thinkers in Nigeria”, he stated.

He lauded the Federal Government on its 20 per cent Cassava Bread Inclusion Initiative and the Cassava Bread Fund, under the Cassava Transformation Agenda Programme (CTAP), adding that prompt disbursement and proper utilisation of the funds should be guaranteed.

Earlier, the President of the Institute and the immediate past Head, Department of Food Science and Technology, FUNAAB, Professor Lateef Sanni, had described NIFST as the body of Food Scientists and Technologists as well as Allied Professionals in Nigeria, established in 1976 as a non-profit organisation, which currently has over 10,000 members working in management and technical cadres across the country.

He said that the Institute was committed to attaining its vision of providing good and abundant food for all using the abundant talents, knowledge and skills endowed its members.

Prof. Adewale Dipeolu (Arrowed), savouring the delicious taste of cassava bread.
Prof. Adewale Dipeolu (Arrowed), savouring the delicious taste of cassava bread.

According to him, “Our Institute is a strong affiliate of international and regional bodies such as the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), South African Association of Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) and the West African Association of Food Science and Technology (WAAFoST)”.

He declared that one of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes of the Institute involve providing the enabling platforms for stakeholders to identify, discuss and offer solutions to the problem of food insecurity by proffering solutions on how to curb hunger.

FUNAAB Goes Live on Google Map

Google Ambassador, Mr. Mosopefoluwa Adefuyi

Google Ambassador, Mr. Mosopefoluwa Adefuyi

The Google Ambassador of the University, Mr. Mosopefoluwa Adefuyi, has hinted that FUNAAB on Google map would enhance the visibility of the University and help achieve its vision of going global.

Adefuyi made this disclosure during a training programme held recently for students on Google mapping in the University. According to the 300 level student of Electrical/Electronics, “what we are doing today is putting all locations like our lecture theatres and colleges in the school on the Google map such that anybody from anywhere in the world can actually have access to the campus and see where the classrooms and colleges are located from the map”.

Explaining further, Adefuyi said that with the Google map, a visitor on campus can easily locate his/her way round, without the fear of getting missing. The Google Ambassador, who disclosed that he has enjoyed maximum support from the University Management, described the experience of students as life changing and very encouraging.

Some of the students at the Training Programme held on Campus
Some of the students at the Training Programme held on Campus

He said that aside the training for students, there are also scholarship opportunities available for students to write certification examination online after an online training to be done via the Google site. Adefuyi charged Nigerian youths and particularly students of the University to explore the world of unlimited possibilities by taking advantage of the numerous Google applications to enhance their productivity as students and the society at large.

The Google Ambassador advised his colleagues to leverage on Google apps to make themselves more productive, while stressing that “the internet is more than going to Facebook or watching films. It is actually meant for you to enhance and equip yourself. The internet is an open door of opportunities in front of you, it now depends on how you want to maximise it”, he said.

The Dream Project


Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi

A programme, tagged The DREAM Project, is now available for students in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, as well as staff members to undertake a mobility period, or full degree, in some of the best universities in Europe. Scholarships are available for Master and Doctorate students and also for staff members (Academic and Administrative) and it includes a monthly allowance, travel, insurance and tuition fees. According to the Director, Grants Management, Dr Olukayode Akinyemi, the available scholarships are:

For ACP candidates:

• Master: students from the ACP countries willing to develop their activity in an European Partner University. The duration of a Master mobility flow can be between 10 (one academic year) and 24 (two academic years) months, depending on the duration of studies and corresponding to a monthly scholarship of 1,000 €.

• Doctorate: students from the ACP countries willing to develop their activity in an European Partner University. The duration of a PhD mobility flow is 10 months and full PhD is 36 months and corresponds to a monthly scholarship of 1,500 €.

• Academic and Administrative Staff from an ACP partner institution who wish to develop their activity in an European Partner University. The total duration of the mobility is one month, corresponding to a 2,500 € scholarship.

PRIORITY AREAS FOR NIGERIAN APPLICANTS:

  1. Agriculture Sciences
  2. Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning
  3. Art and Design
  4. Business Studies, Management Science
  5. Education, Teacher Training
  6. Engineering, Technology
  7. Geography, Geology
  8. Social Sciences

Other Areas of Study For further information, please visit: http://dream.up.pt/

Leaders Tasked on Nation Building

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Arrowed), at the National Prayer Breakfast in Abuja, recently

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Arrowed), at the National Prayer Breakfast in Abuja, recently.

Leaders and those in positions of authorities have been charged not to forsake the gathering of the righteous, but to always come together in prayers and supplication for the unity and development of the country.

This was the main crux of the message at the 4th National Prayer Breakfast, held recently at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. In his exhortation, the Executive Director, Apostles in the Market Place, Nigeria, said the country needed God-fearing leaders that will drive it to development and advised them never to despair in heeding divine call.

Dignitaries present at the occasion included the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole; the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H E (Dr) Ramrat Layne Admassu; who gave the goodwill message and the Executive Director, Apostles in the Market Place, Nigeria, Pastor John Enelamah, who delivered the Keynote Address. The Senate President, Senator David Mark was the Chief Host. He also represented the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who was the Special Guest of Honour. Ofcourse most members of the National Assembly were also present.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a platform to promote lasting relationships for national development, irrespective of political opinions, persuasions or affiliations.

“Beware of Drug Abuse” - ICCON

Some Principal Officers discussing with ICCON delegates after the parley
Some Principal Officers discussing with ICCON delegates after the parley

The Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON), has called on the University to join its crusade in sensitising members of the public on the dangers associated with the abuse of drugs.

The Institute made this request during a courtesy call on the Management, where it restated its mission, mandate, activities, as well as the possible areas of cooperation between ICCON and the University.

The Acting Registrar of ICCON, Dr (Mrs) Taiwo Bammodu, said it had been observed that Nigerians, through their activities continually endangered their lives due to ignorance and poor knowledge on the usage of drugs and chemicals.

She said this was what informed the sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns being carried by the Institute; which is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Health that is charged with the responsibility of regulating the professional practice of Chemists in Nigeria.

The Acting Registrar noted that Abeokuta, which is noted for Adire making; which involves the use of dyes, lamented that many artisans in the trade were still not well informed of the hazards of such chemicals.

In view of this, she said ICCON was organising an enlightenment seminar in Abeokuta on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and Drug Reduction Demand, which are aimed at providing information on the hazards of chemicals.

The Acting Registrar stated that once the people, particularly, those at the grassroots level knew about the ills of drug abuse, it will be easy to curb it, as she called on the University to support ICCON in its campaign.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, commended ICCON for its activities while assuring the Institute of University’s support.

He disclosed that FUNAAB has its flagship in agriculture and as such, all the departments, except the College of Management Sciences had Chemistry components in their curricula.

The Acting Registrar of ICCON, Dr (Mrs) Taiwo Bammodu (Right), presenting a gift to the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako, who represented the Vice-Chancellor at the occasion.
The Acting Registrar of ICCON, Dr (Mrs) Taiwo Bammodu (Right), presenting a gift to the DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako, who represented the Vice-Chancellor at the occasion.

The Vice-Chancellor added that the University is blessed with very active researchers in the field of Chemistry as well as students, who have distinguished themselves in learning and in character and promised that the clarion call by ICCON would be communicated appropriately.

Steer Clear of FUNAAB, VC Warns Admission Touts

Cross-section of candidates at INHURD gate
Cross-section of candidates at INHURD gate

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has cautioned admission touts to steer clear of the institution as it has zero tolerance for cheating and examination malpractices.

The Vice-Chancellor gave the warning while monitoring the entrance examination into the Pre-Degree Programmes of the University’s Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD), in which over 6,000 candidates wrote the examination.

Meanwhile, the Director, Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD), Professor Francis Sowemimo, while conducting the Vice-Chancellor round examination centres, thanked Management for creating the enabling environment, as he described the exercise as successful and hitch-free. He also expressed optimism that subsequent examinations would be computer-based, to fit the current global trend.

Cross-section of candidates writing the examination
Cross-section of candidates writing the examination

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, a candidate, Timilehin Bamgbose, said she would be very happy if admitted into the University because of its proven track records of discipline and academic excellence.  Olufowobi Sulaimon, on his part commended the University for putting the necessary things in place at ensuring the success of the exercise.  He said the University had carved-out a niche for itself in the areas of Science, Agriculture and lately, Management Sciences.

The Vice-Chancellor, Pro. Olusola Oyewole addressing, the prospective INHURD students with their parents, to the admiration of the Director (INHURD), Prof. Francis Sowemimo
The Vice-Chancellor, Pro. Olusola Oyewole addressing, the prospective INHURD students with their parents, to the admiration of the Director (INHURD), Prof. Francis Sowemimo

Parents were not left out as those interviewed lauded the University for conducting the examination under a very conducive environment. To ease transportation problems, Management Committee on Transportation (MANCOT) buses were provided by the University, to convey candidates, their parents and guardians to and from the Mawuko campus of INHURD. The maiden Pre-degree entrance examination was conducted in sustenance of the University’s tradition of academic excellence.

FUNAAB Becomes World Bank Centre of Excellence

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is  now one of the World Bank’s Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) in  Agriculture.

The University was chosen after a rigorous desk evaluation exercise, which was followed by a site evaluation by the ACE Project Steering Committee, which held its final selection meeting in Dakar, Senegal recently.

A breakdown of the result shows that FUNAAB is one of the seven (7) ACE’s in Nigeria and the only one (1) for Agriculture in the country.

The project won by FUNAAB, would be implemented through the Centre for Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CADESE), having scored 75.2% in the overall evaluation score in Agriculture.

The World Bank, in collaboration with West and Central African Countries, launched the African Centre of Excellence Project, among other objectives, to promote regional specialisation among participating Universities in areas that address specific common regional challenges, strengthening the capacity of these Universities to deliver quality training and applied research, as well as meet demand for skills required for African development.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, congratulates and appreciates all members of staff for collectively achieving this laudable feat!