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24th NUGA GAMES (OAU 2014)


FUNAAB 's Contigent (Athletes and Officials) to the just concluded Nigerian University Games held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (12th - 22nd February, 2014) has returned with its head held high.

FUNAAB came 17th out of 57 Universities that competed at the Games with 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals. This is the second best outing of the University at the Games since inception. Read more

Notice of 77th Statutory Meeting of the Governing Council

The Schedule of Meetings is as follows:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Arrival

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Visit to Traditional Rulers

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tour of the Campus – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting of the Appointments and Promotions Committee for Academic Staff (APCAS) – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Meeting of the Appointments and Promotions Committee for Non-teaching Staff (APCONTS) – 10:00 a. m.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F & GPC) –
10:00 a.m.
Staff Disciplinary Committee (SDC)
Budget Monitoring Committee
Loans Committee
Capital Development Committee

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Meeting of the Governing Council I – 10:00 a.m.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Meeting of the Governing Council II – 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Departure

COLPLANT Gets Commendation …Commissions Projects

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has commended the ingenuity of the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) at refurbishing the College’s Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, donating a Screen House, as well as equipping the College Library.


Speaking during the commissioning of the facilities, Professor Oyewole lauded the Dean of the College, Professor 'Goke Bodunde, for providing quality leadership. The Vice-Chancellor also commended the Head, Department of Crop Production and Technology, Dr. Akin Popoola, who won the grant that enabled the College obtain the Screen House and Laboratory Equipment.
According to him, “I want to appreciate Dr. Popoola; that you were able to get this through your grant, and to encourage that more of our lecturers should keep on writing proposals and looking for grants. I once mentioned that we should be strategic in the acquisition of equipment for our laboratories and in our strategy. Let’s strengthen our ability to compete for international grants and through these grants; be able to attract support for our University, to be able to purchase such equipment. But more importantly, when we write our proposals, let’s have in mind our Postgraduate students. Let us ensure all the grants we win translate into capacity building in the lives of our Postgraduate students”.
While lauding the efforts of many Academic Staff in the University that had won grants in the past, he mentioned the recent one credited to Dr. Adewale Obadina of the Department of Food Science and Technology, when he said: “Dr. Obadina is also attracting grants for equipment like these. Two different organizations have just sent in equipment to the Food Science and Technology (Department), through his projects and I believe that with this, we will keep on making our University an international University”.
“I announced at the Senate that we will put up an advert for the construction of the second phase of COLPLANT. We are building a new structure of about 150 million naira for COLPLANT. We are advertising three major structures and we have awarded 12 different projects within the last two months”, he added. The Vice-Chancellor appealed to members of staff to keep doing their best in moving the University forward, stating that “we may not get there in a single day, but we are not stagnant. We are moving forward”.
While giving a brief history of the Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, Dr. Popoola disclosed that the laboratory used to be the Anatomy Laboratory of the College of Veterinary Medicine before he, through a proposal submitted to the World Bank/STEP-B, won grants, to refurbish it. He also appreciated the contributions of Professor Omolayo Ariyo of the College, who was also the former Project Manager of World Bank/Step-B, in equipping the laboratory.


Speaking on the Screen House, the HOD explained it was a jointly-funded project by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, while the Dean, Professor Bodunde, said the College Library had the capacity of accommodating 30 students at a time with a Librarian and an Assistant Librarian, while its operational hours run between 8.00am and 4.00pm.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor challenged the Dean to consider the possibility of adding an Electronic Library, equipped with a Router in such a way that all publications (both soft and hard copies), emanating from the College in the last one year, are made available in the library.

Researcher of the Week: Prof Mufutau Adekojo Waheed

Prof. Mufutau Adekojo Waheed was appointed a Professor of Thermofluids and Fluid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in October, 2008. He has held different positions since he assumed duty including: Ag. Programme Leader, IFSERAR since November 2009, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department on 13th February to August 2010 , Deputy Dean, College of Engineering on 2nd April , 2010, Director of Academic Planning on 13th September, 2010 to 31st December, 2013 and presently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on 1st January 2014 till date. He holds a Doctor of Engineering Science Degree, (Dr. Eng. Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering, from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) Aachen; Master in Engineering M. Eng. (Mechanical Engineering), from the University of Ilorin, in July 1995 and Bachelor of Engineering, B. Eng. (Hons.) Second Class (Honours) Upper Division (Mechanical Engineering), from the University of Ilorin, in August 1990.He has earned himself so many prizes/awards including the prestigious Commonwealth Fellowship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, United Kingdom; German academic exchange service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) Scholarship for PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Aachen, Germany; University Prize as the best Graduating Student in Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Ilorin and University Scholar as the best student in Mechanical Engineering Department; University of Ilorin. He has supervised many Master’s and Doctorate students. He is a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE) and a Registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering Practice in Nigeria (COREN). . He has attended many conferences, workshops and short courses at home and abroad including: World Engineers’ Convention with the theme: “Mankind – Nature – Technology”; EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany; 18th – 21st June 2000, Working session of experts of society of process technique and chemical engineering “CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics” and “Mixing Process“ in Wernigerode, Germany 1st – 2nd March, 2001, Workshop to Develop Minimum Academic Standard for Postgraduate Diploma Students in Engineering organised by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 16th – 17th May, 2005, Short Courses on “Modelling of Multiphase Flows; Part I – Bases, Part II – Computational Modelling” Hosted by the Federal Institute of Technology, (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, March 16 - 20, 1998 and many others.

Researcher of the Week: Prof Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale

Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale has over 25 years' experience of working as a practitioner and researcher in Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English as a Second Language (TEFL/TESL). Her research interests are Second Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis and Computer-Mediated Communication. She is currently working on ICT in Language Learning and Teaching. She is very interested in the models of communicative competence and proficiency. She has done a couple of research on students’ language proficiency and competency as it relates to their performance in their course of study, some of which were reported in: Learner Factors and Performance: The Case of Students in a Science-Based University’, and ‘Communicative Competence of Science Students: An Illustration with UNAAB’. She has also studied the issue of social stratification as its affects language performance as presented in ‘Social Stratification and Second Language Acquisition among Yoruba-English Bilinguals: A Case Study of Selected Secondary Schools in Ogun State of South-Western Nigeria’. She is currently the Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD).

She started her teaching career as an assistant lecturer for Use-of-English and Literature-in-English in 1989. She was propitious to be made one of the project officers for the Communication Skills Project for Universities of Agriculture and Technology in Nigeria (COMSKIPTECH), a project sponsored by the Overseas Development Authority (ODA) of the British Government administered by the British Council and the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1992. This gave her the opportunity to go for a teacher development course that earned her a second master degree in Teaching English as a Second Language/ Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESOL) from the Centre for English Language Studies, University of Birmingham, UK in 1993.

She is widely published in a number of leading peer-reviewed journals including: Changing English, ESP WORLD and English Language Teaching Today (ELTT) and has been a featured speaker at several conferences. Recently, she was invited as guest speaker to the Lagos State University – Science and Technology Education Research Group (LASU-STERG) where she presented a paper titled ‘Common Errors in Research Writing’. In preparing for the presentation, she completed another article on ‘Tips and Hints on Writing Good Journal Articles’. At the Annual International Conference of the National Association of Teachers and Researchers of English Language (NATRESL) held in 2012, she presented one of the lead papers and her paper titled ‘D Gr8 Nu Dijita Teknoloji & Englis languaj lenin’ generated a lot of interests and propelled many of the participants into the field of ICT and Language learning. She was invited to deliver a lecture titled ‘Advanced Learning: Why Has It Not Solved Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Problems?’ at the Maiden Edition of the FUNAAB Postgraduate Students’ Association’s Annual Week Celebration and Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of FUNAAB, 2013.

Professor Akeredolu-Ale is a member of the International Association of Teachers of English Foreign Language (IATEFL) and International Association of World Englishes (IAWE). She is a member of the FUNAAB Journal Management Committee, and the Editor of FUNAAB Journal of Humanities, Social Science and Creative Arts. Presently, she chairs the editorial collective of English Language Teaching Today (ELTT) the journal of NATRESL.

Research Interests

With the experienced she garnered from the various material production workshops and courses attended under the COMSKIPTECH Project, Professor Akeredolu-Ale coordinated the preparation of the series of teaching materials for the teaching of Use-of-English (GNS 101) and Writing and Literary Appreciation (GNS 201) at FUNAAB. She was a formidable facilitator in the preparation of the two task-based communicative student books produced by the Department of Communication and General Studies at FUNAAB titled Communication Skills in English for Tertiary Institutions and Communication English Practice . The two books are recommended reading textbooks in many universities across Nigeria. Professor Akeredolu-Ale is very concerned with the general large class situation of language classes in Nigerian universities. Earlier in her career, she encouraged the adoption of team teaching as the pedagogy for teaching large classes at FUNAAB. And the Department finally came up with the UNAAB Team Teaching model as reported in ‘Managing Large Classes: Team Teaching Approach’ and ‘Towards the Improvement of Team Teaching at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria’.

Currently, together with other members of the English Language Unit of the Department of Communication and General Studies, they are assessing the impact of the digital age on language learning and teaching. This research is a task-based, student-centred and participatory language learning and teaching strategy using ICT to manage large language classes. Already, a number of journal articles have been generated on this ongoing research. For examples, the paper titled ‘The Power of Student’s Involvement: Using Posters as Teaching Tools in Managing Large Classes was as a result of the assessment of students’ use of PowerPoint and posters in language class presentations, as a technique for managing large classes.

There is also a further plan to present more observations from this experiment in the paper titled ‘Impact of the Digital Age on the Teaching and Learning of English Language in Nigerian Universities: Exploratory Observations from FUNAAB’ at the 7th International Conference on ICT in Language Learning in Florence, Italy later in the year. Currently she is in the forefront of championing the use of ICT for interactive, blended and participatory lecture delivery in Nigerian Universities.

 

She is very instrumental to the commencement of the Master and Post Graduate Diploma programmes in the Department. In using drama to teach language and literature, in 2003, she brought together a couple of students to form what is now known as the FUNAAB Theatre Troupe. In 2007, as the Head of Department, she engineered the production of the University Anthem.

She presented the University 34th Inaugural Lecture titled ‘Queen’s English and the March of History: Reflections on the Nigerian Case on the 22 February, 2012. Before then, she had presented the second in the series of the COLAMRUD Seminar titled ‘Acquiring Good Education for What?: Opportunity Structures and Motivational Perspectives on the Declining Standard of Education in Nigeria’.

She is an avid enthusiast of the elearning Africa International Conference on ICT in Development, Education and Training. She also participates in a couple of online discussion groups, forums and networks notably e/merge Africa and IATEFL WEBINARS.

3,493 Varsity Students Matriculate


A total of 3,493 fresh students of the University have been matriculated in the 2013/2014 Academic Session, which was presided over by the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole.


Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor said the total number of applicants who sat for the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) in the University was 25,467, out of which 3,493 were eventually offered provisional admission. Professor Oyewole admonished the

students to consider themselves fortunate to have secured admission into FUNAAB, considering the high number of prospective students, who applied to be considered for admission, because the University had witnessed remarkable progress and development in all ramifications as espoused by

its founding fathers and that by virtue of the admission, they had become a vital stakeholder in the history of the University. He, however, warned that “the University has zero tolerance for academic indiscipline, disrespect for constituted authorities, rascality, irresponsible unionism, cultism, laziness,

truancy and vandalism, noting that FUNAAB was convinced that the pursuit of academic work flourished best in a free and peaceful environment, devoid of rancour, anti-social behaviours and other un-warranted disturbances”. “Any student found to have falsified or forged any of his/her credentials will be promptly asked to leave the University and may even be handed over to law enforcement agents for prosecution.  Hence, students who engage in examination malpractices and other-related vices will have to face severe sanctions ranging from rustication to expulsion”, he warned. While disclosing that efforts had been made by the University Administration to provide adequate facilities that would enable students maximize the opportunities of being in a University for personal growth and development, but cautioned them when he said, “cross the lawn and go back home”.


The Vice-Chancellor said concerted efforts would be made to ensure that students in the University were empowered through entrepreneurial skills, given the opportunity to showcase their talents and continuously win more laurels for the University and the country at large because “the University Administration is committed to equipping the Sports and Wellness Centre with modern gadgets to enhance peak performance, health and wellness status of staff and students a continuous demonstration of the support given to the activities of the Student Union. He lauded the outgone

Student Union Executive for being mature and having played responsible Unionism while in office. “Matriculation is not just a ceremony of merry-making and taking of photographs, but a serious business of oath-taking and signing of legal documents.  It is an agreement between you and the

University with a promise to perform your duties and obligations; to respect, defend and promote the rules and regulations and the good name of the University.  Let the Students’ Handbook be your guide.  Always endeavour to study and digest the contents to make you better students”, he advised.

Professor Oyewole, while encouraging the students to also visit the University’s website, which he noted had been greatly improved for useful information, added that in the bid to ease the transportation challenge being experienced by students, more buses will be purchased while the
University’s Management Committee on Transportation will be fully commercialized into a Bureau of Transportation, for efficient and better service delivery. He enjoined parents and guardians to have keen interest in the activities of their children and wards by visiting them in their hostels and
off-campus residences.  “Do not assume they are grown-ups.  While you pray for them, ensure that they shun bad companies and associations”, he stated.  The Vice-Chancellor described the matriculating students as the “youth that will own tomorrow” and challenged them to be focused,
truthful, visionary, hard working, committed to worthy cause and fear God in all they do.


Meanwhile, students with exemplary performance in the 2013/2014 admissions exercise were also recognized. They are: Ezeokeke, Daniel Tochukwu (Mechanical Engineering); Udoh, Patience Anietie (Banking and Finance); Akinsanya, Oluseyi Adesegun (Animal Nutrition); Falasinnu, Victor Oluwaseun (Electrical /Electronics Engineering) and Abibu, Ibrahim Ayinla (Accounting).

Researcher of the Week: Prof Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale

Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale has over 25 years' experience of working as a practitioner and researcher in Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English as a Second Language (TEFL/TESL). Her research interests are Second Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis and Computer-Mediated Communication. She is currently working on ICT in Language Learning and Teaching. She is very interested in the models of communicative competence and proficiency. She has done a couple of research on students’ language proficiency and competency as it relates to their performance in their course of study, some of which were reported in: Learner Factors and Performance: The Case of Students in a Science-Based University’, and ‘Communicative Competence of Science Students: An Illustration with UNAAB’. She has also studied the issue of social stratification as its affects language performance as presented in ‘Social Stratification and Second Language Acquisition among Yoruba-English Bilinguals: A Case Study of Selected Secondary Schools in Ogun State of South-Western Nigeria’. She is currently the Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD).

She started her teaching career as an assistant lecturer for Use-of-English and Literature-in-English in 1989. She was propitious to be made one of the project officers for the Communication Skills Project for Universities of Agriculture and Technology in Nigeria (COMSKIPTECH), a project sponsored by the Overseas Development Authority (ODA) of the British Government administered by the British Council and the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1992. This gave her the opportunity to go for a teacher development course that earned her a second master degree in Teaching English as a Second Language/ Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESOL) from the Centre for English Language Studies, University of Birmingham, UK in 1993.

She is widely published in a number of leading peer-reviewed journals including: Changing English, ESP WORLD and English Language Teaching Today (ELTT) and has been a featured speaker at several conferences.  Recently, she was invited as guest speaker to the Lagos State University – Science and Technology Education Research Group (LASU-STERG) where she presented a paper titled ‘Common Errors in Research Writing’. In preparing for the presentation, she completed another article on ‘Tips and Hints on Writing Good Journal Articles’. At the Annual International Conference of the National Association of Teachers and Researchers of English Language (NATRESL) held in 2012, she presented one of the lead papers and her paper titled ‘D Gr8 Nu Dijita Teknoloji & Englis languaj lenin’  generated a lot of interests and propelled many of the participants into the field of ICT and Language learning. She was invited to deliver a lecture titled ‘Advanced Learning: Why Has It Not Solved Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Problems?’ at the  Maiden Edition of the FUNAAB Postgraduate Students’ Association’s Annual Week Celebration and Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of FUNAAB, 2013.

Professor Akeredolu-Ale is a member of the International Association of Teachers of English Foreign Language (IATEFL) and International Association of World Englishes (IAWE). She is a member of the FUNAAB Journal Management Committee, and the Editor of FUNAAB Journal of Humanities, Social Science and Creative Arts. Presently, she chairs the editorial collective of English Language Teaching Today (ELTT) the journal of NATRESL.

Research Interests

With the experienced she garnered from the various material production workshops and courses attended under the COMSKIPTECH Project, Professor Akeredolu-Ale coordinated the preparation of the series of teaching materials for the teaching of Use-of-English (GNS 101) and Writing and Literary Appreciation (GNS 201) at FUNAAB. She was a formidable facilitator in the preparation of the two task-based communicative student books produced by the Department of Communication and General Studies at FUNAAB titled Communication Skills in English for Tertiary Institutions and Communication English Practice . The two books are recommended reading textbooks in many universities across Nigeria. Professor Akeredolu-Ale is very concerned with the general large class situation of language classes in Nigerian universities. Earlier in her career, she encouraged the adoption of team teaching as the pedagogy for teaching large classes at FUNAAB. And the Department finally came up with the UNAAB Team Teaching model as reported in ‘Managing Large Classes: Team Teaching Approach’ and ‘Towards the Improvement of Team Teaching at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria’.

Currently, together with other members of the English Language Unit of the Department of Communication and General Studies, they are assessing the impact of the digital age on language learning and teaching. This research is a task-based, student-centred and participatory language learning and teaching strategy using ICT to manage large language classes. Already, a number of journal articles have been generated on this ongoing research. For examples, the paper titled ‘The Power of Student’s Involvement: Using Posters as Teaching Tools in Managing Large Classes was as a result of the assessment of students’ use of PowerPoint and posters in language class presentations, as a technique for managing large classes.

There is also a further plan to present more observations from this experiment in the paper titled ‘Impact of the Digital Age on the Teaching and Learning of English Language in Nigerian Universities: Exploratory Observations from FUNAAB’ at the 7th International Conference on ICT in Language Learning in Florence, Italy later in the year. Currently she is in the forefront of championing the use of ICT for interactive, blended and participatory lecture delivery in Nigerian Universities.

 

She is very instrumental to the commencement of the Master and Post Graduate Diploma programmes in the Department. In using drama to teach language and literature, in 2003, she brought together a couple of students to form what is now known as the FUNAAB Theatre Troupe. In 2007, as the Head of Department, she engineered the production of the University Anthem.

She presented the University 34th Inaugural Lecture titled ‘Queen’s English and the March of History: Reflections on the Nigerian Case on the 22 February, 2012. Before then, she had presented the second in the series of the COLAMRUD Seminar titled ‘Acquiring Good Education for What?: Opportunity Structures and Motivational Perspectives on the Declining Standard of Education in Nigeria’.

She is an avid enthusiast of the elearning Africa International Conference on ICT in Development, Education and Training. She also participates in a couple of online discussion groups, forums and networks notably e/merge Africa and IATEFL WEBINARS.

Be Environmentally-friendly - Prof. Odukoya


The need for man to be friendly to the environment has again been stressed. Making this call was Professor Olusegun Odukoya, a Professor of Analytical Chemistry from the College of Natural Sciences, when he delivered the 43rd Inaugural Lecture of the University.
Professor Odukoya’s lecture, which was titled, Pollution-Free Environment:  A Mirage or an Attainable Reality? , solicited for proper care of the environment so that the environment would in turn, take care of man.


The don, an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, noted that the abuse of chlorofluorocarbons, bromoflorocarbons and other Ozone-depleting chemicals, which are still being used in Nigeria for air conditioners and refrigerators, a practice which he said should now be discouraged. According him, the depletion of the Ozone layer, can lead to a number of serious health issues like skin cancer, cataract of the eye with children being more vulnerable and remarkable reduction in the levels of plankton in the oceans, causing the death of several animals.


The Inaugural Lecturer highlighted the main forms of environmental pollutants to include organic, inorganic and metal pollutants. According to him, the organic pollutants result from the uncontrolled use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, which are gaseous emissions that pollute the atmosphere. The Professor of Analytical Chemistry, however, made far-reaching recommendations that could assist in militating against the pollution of the environment, which include the channeling of acid-producing gaseous emissions into lime water, collection of effluents into concrete holding tanks through treatment with water hyacinth and drastic control of the massive emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, to avoid global warming. “With all the toxicological problems caused to the human body by metal pollutants, it becomes appropriate to identify the sources of these pollutants and the quantity each source introduces into the various segments of the environment. This is with a view to reducing the amount of pollution from each source and if possible, prevent the introduction”, he stated.

Professor Odukoya said he chose the topic of his lecture, based on the fact that every Nigerian is a stakeholder in environmental matters, which would invariably contribute largely to the state of health of the people through his research contributions in the area of minimizing environmental pollution. Professor Olusegun Odukoya is a member of learned societies such as the Science Association of Nigeria and Chemical Society of Nigeria and had produced seven Doctorate degree graduates, many Master’s degree graduates and had supervised research projects for several First degree graduates. The Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who chaired the occasion, stated that the lecture was the fourth from the Department of Chemistry, seventh from COLNAS and also the seventh to be presided over by him as Vice-Chancellor.

Beware of Plagiarism – Don Cautions Academics

A Professor in the University’s College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) and the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo, has challenged academics in the nation’s ivory towers to desist from laying claims to intellectual properties of others, but rather embark on original, result-oriented researches that are capable of engendering development.

Delivering a lecture titled, Intellectual Property Rights Protection And How To Avoid The Trap of Plagiarism, at the Third Lecture Series of the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development, Professor Omotayo condemned the practice by some academics, who are too lazy to carry out genuine researches that would alleviate the sufferings of the masses but preferred to plagiarize other peoples’ works.

"Plagiarism, simply put, is stealing or illegally appropriating another man's intellectual property. It means using another person's protected work without due permission or authorization", he said. Professor Omotayo pointed out that plagiarism had become a trap in the country because it has been downplayed so much by academic institutions, as many academics now take many things for granted due to the abundance of materials on the Internet.

Describing the act as criminal, the one-time Commissioner in the Ekiti State, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Professor Omotayo called for the institutionalizing of Intellectual Property Rights Protection Policy in Nigerian Research Institutes and Universities, particularly in the agricultural sector, to eradicate piracy and plagiarism and to encourage creative, innovative and competitive research.

Highlighting ways of avoiding the trap of plagiarism, Professor Omotayo said "writing your ideas as they come in your own language or expression and support or strengthen with corroborated evidence from other people's work. Academics and lecturers should be careful not to trust their postgraduate students to the extent of not cross-checking their work before using portions of it or appending their stamp of confidence. It is completely unethical to assume lead authorship of a work done by your student".

He commended FUNAAB for using only licensed softwares and recommended that other government agencies and Universities should follow suit and stop using pirated software in their Information and Communication Technology outfits.

Professor Omotayo also advocated for the establishment of an Intellectual Protection Office at IFSERAR, to assist scientists and lecturers to process IPR protection and educate staff appropriately, as he advised academics to imbibe the culture of regular publishing, to boost their career rather than publishing for mere promotion.

He also called on the University to develop guidelines for undergraduate and postgraduate students to follow when preparing Term Papers and final year projects, in order to avoid IPR protection violations and plagiarism, adding that there is a software called ‘turn-it-in’, which can help determine if a work is plagiarized or not. Speaking on the benefits of the adoption of the IPR protection policy, the Director said it entailed the prevention of piracy and plagiarism of academic works and technological designs, provides an opportunity for investors and owners to define and claim ownership rights, encourage further inventions as scientist are motivated and more focused towards research development.

Other advantages include stimulating investments in the commercialization of research products, creating opportunities by attracting international organization for research support and technological development, promoting the culture of originality and professionalism and providing appropriate rewards and incentives for inventors and innovators.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, disclosed that for some time now, academics in Nigeria had been concerned about the issue of plagiarism in the nation's ivory towers, adding that FUNAAB had already subscribed to the ‘turn-it-in’ software, to guide against plagiarism. He challenged academics to go back to the academic culture they are known for, when he said "in the past, University academics serve as the conscience of the people, the defenceless and downtrodden and spoke out at important times to direct the nation on where they should go because they were guided by the values of integrity and excellence”.

Professor Oyewole noted the fact that the University had a lecture on Intellectual Property Rights Protection was an indication that it is committed to doing things rightly and working towards attaining a world-class status. The Dean of COLAMRUD, Professor (Mrs) Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale giving her remarks, said that the College was committed to leading by example and graduating students based on merit, who would be good ambassadors of the University.

 

 

Veterinary Doctors Tasked on Professionalism

… As FUNAAB Swears in Fresh Graduates


The President of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), Professor Garba Sharubutu has charged newly-inducted Veterinary doctors to see their induction as a call to greater service, professionalism and unalloyed commitment to the practice of Veterinary Medicine. The VCN President gave this charge at the Sixth Induction and Swearing-in Ceremony of graduates of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Professor Sharubutu, who was represented at the occasion by his Vice-President, Dr.  Allswell Emejuru, said that by virtue of the induction oath, the new doctors had accepted "to give unalloyed loyalty to the practice of the profession with diligence and precision in line with best practices". Commending the University for its commitment to applying best practices in all its dealings, the President said the law establishing the Veterinary Council of Nigeria provided that only graduates from recognized Veterinary schools, who satisfied the training conditions of the Council were qualified to be registered to practice Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria,  adding that "the swearing-in of the graduates today is subsequent to the positive report received from the VCN Examinations Observation Sub-committee, which visited the Institution and observed its examination".



He admonished the new doctors to be good ambassadors and strive to constantly update their knowledge, stressing that the Veterinary profession is a highly respected profession the world over. Professor Sharubutu pointed out that professional activities, which would be expected of them include carrying out diagnosis and performing laboratory test on sick animals, treatment of diseased animals including the performance of surgical operations, advising the owners of the sick animals based on diagnosis and prevention of disease outbreak, among others.

The Chairman, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), Professor Oyewale Tomori, who was represented by Dr. Kunle Abiade, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Petcare Nigeria Ltd,  welcomed the new doctors into the Association and promised that their rights would not be infringed upon and would be entitled to the services of an employment bureau within its Secretariat, where employers and potential employees are linked together.

The Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), Professor Reuben Arowolo, lauded the contributions of the University Management and other stakeholders to the development of Veterinary Medicine in FUNAAB saying that the College was proud to have moved from the old Veterinary Teaching Hospital, situated at Isale Igbehin to a magnificent edifice on campus; “the newly-completed Veterinary Teaching Hospital of FUNAAB, which is about the largest in Nigeria", he added. Professor Arowolo said the College had produced 136 Veterinary Doctors of six sets for the country, as he appreciated both the National Universities Commission and the Veterinary Council of Nigeria for their contributions to the College. The Dean also appreciated the immense contributions of Senator (Dr.) Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, Dr. Musa Alasa of Adamore Nigeria Limited  who were conferred with awards of excellence.



While appreciating COLVET, on behalf of other awardees, Dr Alasa, an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School, United States of America and recipient of several Veterinary awards, enjoined the new graduates to have a clear focus on what they intend to achieve in life and to always remember their parents, teachers and all those that had played active roles in their journey to success.

In his Keynote Address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, disclosed that the University was committed to improving on the training facilities in the College, in order to maintain the high standards the University is known for by producing sound Veterinary doctors. He charged the graduating students to become great leaders for the country. He also stressed the importance of role modeling and mentoring in the life of young people. He congratulated the awardees at the occasion and appreciated them for their contributions and investment in the College.

High point of the event was the administration of the oath by the VCN Registrar, who was represented by the Deputy Registrar, Dr Josiah Kantiyo; donation by friends of the College and FUNAAB; and presentation of certificates to the newly-inducted doctors. Dignitaries present at the occasion included Chief (Mrs) Oluremi Obasanjo, wife of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Dr Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye, younger sister to one of the awardees, Dr Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, former Chairman, Senate Committee on Health; Rev Dr Wilson Badejo, former General Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church; and Dr Dotun Sorunke, Director of Veterinary Services, Ogun State and President, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Ogun State.

Invitation for Tender for Drilling of Boreholes and Constructions

INTRODUCTION

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), wishes to invite reputable Companies with good and track record of performance and experience to bid for the following projects:

SCOPE OF WORK


A.

DRILLING OF BOREHOLES

Lot 1

2Nos. for  the Kalahari Goat Project

Lot 2

1No. Booster Station

Lot 3

1No. New Female Hostel

Lot 4

1No. FUNAAB Nursery and Primary School

B.

CONSTRUCTIONS

Lot 1

Construction of Security Tower at the University Third Gate

Lot 2

Construction of Interlocking Paved Car Park at FUNAAB Staff Nursery & Primary School

Lot 3

Construction of Interlocking Paved Car Park for 2500 Capacity Lecture Theatre

TENDER DOCUMENTS:

Interested Companies should obtain tender/specification document from the Head, Procurement Unit, FUNAAB, upon the payment of the tender fee of N10,000.00 only for each LOT to the University IGR Accounts and obtain receipts at the cash office of the Bursary Department.

CONDITIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY

All bids must be accompanied with the following:

  • Evidence of  Company Registration with Corporate Affairs Commission;
  • Corporate profile, to include list, CVs, and copies of Credentials of Company professional and technical staff, indicating qualifications and year(s) of cognate experience and registration with necessary professional bodies;
  • Evidence of payment of Tax for the last three (3) years duly stamped;
  • Evidence of  VAT registration and past remittances;
  • Current Company’s Audited Statement of Accounts duly stamped by a registered Auditor, (2010,2011, and 2012);
  • Evidence of Compliance with Pension Commission (PENCOM) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Amended Act. 2011;
  • Original Bank Statement for the past Twelve Months;
  • Bank reference from reputable Bank with evidence of availability of overdraft facilities of at least Fifty Million Naira;
  • Verifiable evidence of similar jobs successfully executed or being executed within the last five (5) years, indicating type, cost, location, and evidence of award and completions;
  • List of equipment to be used for the projects, listed as owned, hired or leased, with evidence ;
  • Company’s registered address, functional contact address, GSM phone number (s) and e-mail addresses;
  • Reference Letters from Three (3) previous clients of similar projects, satisfactorily completed;
  • The completed projects must consist of a minimum of 50 access points during the period;
  • Original copies of documents would be requested to be made available for sighting whenever  required;
  • A sworn affidavit certifying that:
  • the documents submitted  are not only genuine but correct;
  • the Director(s) of the Company had never been convicted by any Court of law;
  • the Company is not bankrupt or in receivership;
  • none of the officers of FUNAAB or BPP is a former or present Director of the Company.

 

SUBMISSION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS:
Intending Contractors are to submit four (4) copies of Technical documents and One (1) copy of Tender document in A4 size paged and neatly bound separate envelopes. The two documents are to be in one big wax sealed envelope marked “SECRET Tender for ……” (Quoting the appropriate projects’ name boldly written on the top right hand corner of the envelope) and deposited in the Tender Box at the office of:

The Head, Procurement Unit,
A136, Unity Building Block ‘A’,
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,
P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

On or before Tuesday, 18th March, 2014 at 12.00noon.

OPENING OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

The Tender documents will be opened on Tuesday 18th March, 2014 at 12.00noonat the Senate Chamber of the University. Representatives of Companies, Professional bodies, NGOs and interested members of the general public are hereby invited.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • This information is meant for tendering for the projects.
  • Failure to comply with the above requirements would automatically result in disqualification.
  • The University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of any claim made on the  documents submitted by Companies. 
  • The University reserves the right toreject any document and is neither committed to give reasons for the rejection of any of the Companies responding to this invitation.
  • Only the tenders of the Contractors who met the eligible criteria for the project would be opened.

 

Signed

M. O. Ayoola, JP FUNAAB/REG/81/II/138
Registrar                                                                               Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Get Involved in Direct Labour – Pro-Chancellor Admonishes Students

A call has gone to students in Nigerian Universities to contribute pro-actively to the development of their Universities by engaging in direct labour exercise, in order to gain practical experience, as well as augment their finances for self reliance.  The call was made by a former Federal Minister of Works, now the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB ), Sir/Senator (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, while leading a team with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, on an inspection tour of facilities within the University campus.

On-going projects inspected included the Information and Communication Technology Building, the link road from the Unity Building and the fence along Alabata Road and College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), the 2,500-Seater Auditorium, Centre for Entrepreneurship Building and the 1,000-Seater Auditorium. Others were the reception and Office Buildings for the Laboratory Complex, the 250-Capacity Biology, Physics and Chemistry laboratories.

During the tour, it was decided that the present location of the main bus-stop shoull be moved. Presenting the proposal to the Pro-Chancellor and Principal Officers of the University, Professor Oyewole said an alternative location

would be allotted to the park, while a gigantic, 3-storey building would be constructed on the current site.

According to him, “on getting to a University, the type of structure you first see will give you a good impression of the place. So, let’s relocate this bus-stop to the other end … and put one of the very big, beautiful 3-storey structure into this place”, adding that when the construction is completed, it would portray the University as a true Centre for Excellence. Giving an update on the ICT Building, the Deputy Director, Physical Planning Unit, Arch Babatunde Anasanwo, disclosed that the overall progress of the building was about 70 per cent.  He said almost all the offices on the ground floor, the upper floor and the Directorate section had been tiled, adding that what was outstanding now were the electrical, mechanical installations and fittings, painting work, as well as the ceiling works.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the erection of the building was “to coordinate ICT in the whole of the campus and also to provide 24 hours ICT access to students who would like to use the café”.

The Pro-Chancellor added that the building be given a name that would reflect its purpose, such as ‘ICT Centre’. He also advised that students should be made to pay a stipend for Internet services being provided such that the income generated could be used for continuous upgrading of the facility. The project is expected to be completed by mid-March. Appraising the road linking the Unity Building and the fence along the Alabata Road and the College of Management Sciences, the Director of PPU, Mr Babatunde Ayodele, said that the road was originally meant to be about three kilometres, but because of redesigning, the University was able to save some funds. He said part of the savings would be channeled towards the construction of an access road to the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS).

Mr Ayodele further informed that the University had proposed that a portion along the Alabata fence be opened-up, to decongest the main gate and serve as the major access road to COLMAS. The Director disclosed that the University’s main gate would link the road from Camp. In his assessment of the 2,500-Seater Auditorium, the Pro-Chancellor said “the auditorium is rather complex but a fairly good work has been done; design is also very complex but could be simplified. At least, it is good and if the exterior part is properly completed, it would give us a very proper out-look”. He recommended the use of interlocking stones at the exteriors to keep the property in good shape and also for taking advantage of the large expanse of land beside the auditorium for the construction of a golf course. The contractor promised to hand-over the completed building on or before the end of February, 2014.

Appraising the College of Management Sciences building, Senator Ogunlewe expressed his satisfaction with the quality of the job being done and recommended that the University should replicate similar designs in other projects. He also acknowledged the importance of having an auditorium attached to the building, in order to accommodate the many students, who applied for Management Science courses. The Chief Planning Officer, PPU, Mrs. Odun Akinsola, had earlier informed the team that the College building was originally designed to be accompanied by an auditorium. She said the tiling work was still on-going on the upper floor.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor had stated that it had concluded arrangement with the Association of  National Accountants of Nigeria, to build a one-storey secretariat, as a donation to the University. Professor Oyewole stated that the structure will be located beside COLMAS and would serve as the Association’s regional centre, to ease the stress of having its members travel to Jos, to write their examinations. At the Entrepreneurship Centre building site, the Deputy Director, PPU, Arch  Babatunde Anasanwo, pointed out that the building was a one-storey block, having offices, exhibition halls and workshops rooms on the ground floor, while the upper floor would host the office of the Director, senior officers, conference room and a large lecture hall. He added that the building is a Tertiary Education Trust Fund-supported project, which has a completion period of 24 weeks. Commenting on the 1,000-Seater Auditorium, Dr Ogunlewe rated the layout as very high, while commending the PPU for a good design.

It was disclosed that TETFund specifically allocated funds for the construction of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Building. “They allocated only 75 million while the University is adding the balance, which is N 25 million, to be able to have a befitting edifice for the Entrepreneurship Building including its furniture and air-conditioners”.

Meanwhile, Professor Oyewole had said that the University had decided that it would start making use of its Professors in the College of Engineering as Consultants in the University projects. The Inspection team also commended the construction work going on at the 250-capacity Biology, Physics and Chemistry laboratories.

He further disclosed that the incumbent administration inherited about 22 uncompleted projects but had put in place the necessary machinery, which had yielded fruits, as all the projects had either been completed or at an advanced stage of completion.

These include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital; the Box and Pipe Culverts on the 12km Laterite Road from the University Bus-Stop via Farm Centre to INHURD (Lot B); the road from the University fence to the end of the Works and Services Department; the FUNAAB Souvenir Shop; the 2,500-Capacity Auditorium and the ICTREC Building. Others are the Staff School; the University Mini-Mart; and the link road from the Health Centre to the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre, up to Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge.

The Director lauded the Governing Council, led by Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe as well as the University Management for their immense contributions in transforming FUNAAB in terms of physical and infrastructural development, which he noted would greatly assist the University in attaining the world-class status.

Always Respect Host Communities – Varsity Don

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) of the University, Professor Felix Salako, has advised students of the institution, undergoing the Farm Practical Year (FPY), to respect the host communities, to avoid creating unnecessary hostilities that may adversely affect their participation in the programme.

Professor Salako gave this piece of advice during the orientation programme, organised for FPY students for the 2013/2014 Academic Session, as he also enjoined them to put in more efforts in their studies, in order to have good results at the end of the day. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) disclosed that the University was already thinking of how to increase the number of host communities, to make the scheme more impactful.

The Director of the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), Professor Emmanuel Fakoya, noted that the FPY programme was established in December 2010, to expose Bachelor of Agriculture students to the practical aspect of agriculture. Other objectives include fostering the Town and the Gown relationship as well as sustaining interest in engaging in agriculture.

Professor Fakoya appealed to students from the various Colleges that will be participating in the programme to be law abiding and obedient in their respective communities, namely: Ishaga-Orile, Iwoye-Ketu, Odogbolu and Ode-Lemo.

Prior to the movement of the students, COBFAS had organised an orientation programme with specific instructions in the areas of pre-departure instructions, departure and living in communities, among others.

During the presentations given at the orientation programme, the Director, Health Services, Dr Olusola Talabi, cautioned the students to refrain from self-medication, wear proper kits, eat balanced diet and maintain good personal hygiene while the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons charged the students to be good ambassadors of FUNAAB in their respective communities, by refraining from any activity that may constitute a threat to their well-being.

The Deputy Director of COBFAS, Dr Olusiji Smith, highlighted the rules and regulations governing the FPY programme, to include punctuality at work, according respect to constituted authorities and shunning any act of impersonation. Dr Sakiru Akinbode of the Department of Economics advised the students to study their environment, always look-out for opportunities and never be afraid to face challenges in life. During the programme, four student co-ordinators were appointed for the COBFAS zones. They are: Olusegun Babatunde, Ishaga-Orile; Fadairo Tolani,   Odogbolu; Akanmu Habeeb, Iwoye-Ketu and Ogundero Ayodele,  Ode-Lemo.

The aim of the programme is to make students closer to the realities and practice of agriculture through first-hand training and experience in communities where Nigerian farmers reside and practice farming within the same socio-economic system where the farmers operate.  This affords the students’ trainees the opportunity to live and work on the farms in rural communities by stimulating the students’ interest in agriculture and motivating them to take up agriculture as a career.

Meanwhile, about 1,240 FPY students have moved to their respective locations.

 

FUNAAB Dons Win WAPP Grants

Professor Akin Omotayo, Director and Dr. Abiodun Adeola, Research Fellow in the University’s Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research, have won Competitive Agricultural Research Scheme Grants, as awarded by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme.

According to the Project Co-ordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria, Professor Damian Chikwendu, while Professor Omotayo’s project proposal entitled Adaptation and Promotion of Extra -Early Maize (Zea mays L) Varieties to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change in South Western Nigeria was tentatively approved for funding with a total budget of N12,800,000.00, that of Dr. Adeola with the project proposal entitled Improving Child Nutrition in Nigeria Using Yellow Fleshed Cassava/Sorghum-based Complementary Food  has been tentatively approved for funding with a total budget of N10,214,050.00.

Meet the New Internal Members of Council

Christian Ikeobi, a registered Animal Scientist is a Professor of Animal Breeding who attended the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife for his Bachelor’s and obtained his Masters and Ph.d degrees from the University of Ibadan.

He is a member of numerous professional bodies one of which include the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS).

He is presently the Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM).

 

Wilfred Alegbeleye, a Professor of Fish Nutrition attended the premier University, the University of Ibadan and the Stirling University, Scotland. He is a member of the Multi-disciplinary Aquatic Studies Team (MAST) and several other professional bodies.

He is the current Deputy Dean of the Postgraduate School.

 

Clement Adeofun, a Professor of Environmental Remote Sensing also attended the premier University, the University of Ibadan where he obtained his Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.d degrees from 1982-1991.

He is a member of several professional bodies, one of which is the Environmental Behaviour Association of Nigeria (EBAN).

He is the current Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM).

 


Olusiji Sowande, the immediate past ASUU Chairman is an Associate Professor of Ruminant Animal who attended the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) from 1994 to 2005. He is a member of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production and several other professional bodies.

He is at present the Deputy Dean of the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM).

Intellectual Property Rights Protection and the Challenge of Avioding the Trap of Plagiarism


Let me begin this discussion by telling you this strange but true story.  Mr. B started the construction of a building in a sub-urban area of Lagos over twenty years ago.   He spent over twelve years trying to complete the building. Unfortunately he could not because he is just a poor civil servant. A rich neighbor, Mr. Y, who had been watching his struggle these past years decided to take over the building and complete it for himself. He mobilized workmen and all the necessary resources to complete the building.  Read More

Explore Your Environment for Opportunities – Tantalizers Vice-Chairman

Students and fresh graduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta have been advised to scan and explore their immediate academic environment for possible opportunities that could make them self-reliant, rather than look for scarce white-collar jobs after graduation.

The call was made by the Co-founder/Vice-Chairman, Tantalizers Nigeria Plc, Mr. Folu Ayeni, while delivering the 2nd Commencement Lecture of the University titled, Making Sparrows and Hammers Out of FUNAAB Students and Graduates.

He described the sparrow as a small plump, brown-grey bird with short tails and stubby powerful steaks, a bird that can eat seeds and insects; can bathe either with dust or water, difficult to control or raise as pets, possess free spirit and can cover long distances. On the other hand, the snail is a slow and confined animal that easily becomes prey to other animals.  The Commencement lecturer described a nail as an object that lacks initiative, but can be tossed about by the hammer, which is a tool meant to deliver impact to a subject by being an enforcer.

“Which would you rather be?” This was the question posed to students and other members of the University Community at the occasion. According to Mr. Ayeni and majority of the students, being a Sparrow and a Hammer, is the perfect combination and inspiration recommended for the young people. His analogy encouraged the students to be bold, creative, read wide, try something new, explore their God-given talents, look for practical applications of acquired knowledge and never be afraid to ask questions.

During the well-attended lecture, the Guest Lecturer shared his life philosophies by enjoining the students to always redeem the time as “time is money” and that you can always work for what you get and don’t be a taker without giving back.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Middle,) with the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator/Sir (Dr) Adeseye Ogunlewe (Left) and Mr. Folu Ayeni, who delivered the 2nd Commencement Lecture at the event.

“It is better to be a big fish in a small pond and expand the pond, rather, than be a small fish in a big pond and get eaten. Don’t bury your talent, but then don’t make too much noise. Let your work speak for you. It is true about empty vessels”, he counselled.

Using the Tantalizers success story of humble beginning, the Vice-Chairman of the nation’s leading fast-food industry, encouraged the students to look for practical applications of available knowledge for self-development. He commended the peaceful and beautiful academic environment of the University and charged FUNAAB students to catch their balls by doing what they were supposed to do even if others failed to do so.

Mr. Ayeni graduated with a First Class degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and obtained his Masters in Business Administration degree from the MacGill University, Canada.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had canvassed for a generational change, to enable the country achieve meaningful development. He commended the Guest Speaker for delivering a highly motivational talk, which he noted will help the students to aspire to greatness. He added that in the course of achieving infrastructural development, members of staff and students in the University’s College of Engineering were being engaged as consultants in the course of project implementation, to expose them to real life practical experiences that would make them sound professionals.

Earlier, the Otunba Fiwagboye of Ikorodu and a former Federal Works and Services Minister who is FUNAAB’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator/Sir (Dr) Adeseye Ogunlewe, charged the students to remain focused, prayerful and obedient to their parents and lecturers, to be successful in life, as he expressed the determination of the present Council of FUNAAB to ensure that the challenge of funding is tackled, to enable the University execute its developmental projects.

Meanwhile, the Commencement Lecture is designed to inspire and challenge students of the University by the exemplary life and times of achievers in their generation, to spur them into greatness. The maiden edition of the Commencement Lecture was held to usher-in the last academic session, during which the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Dimeji Sabur Bankole, delivered a lecture titled, Mentoring and the Challenge of Leadership in Africa.

VC Advocates Industrial Harmony with Staff Unions

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has advocated peaceful co-existence, industrial harmony and mutual relationship between the Management of Universities and Staff Unions.

The Vice-Chancellor made the remark when national officers of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), led by its General Secretary, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, paid him a courtesy call.        The NASU national officers were in the University to commission the new FUNAAB Branch Union secretariat, Official Vehicle, as well as the foundation laying of the Shopping Mall.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the FUNAAB Executives, for their co-operation and support towards making the institution a world-class University, as he called for increased co-operation, commitment and quality of service by members of staff.

He highlighted some of the projects embarked upon by the University Management to include the  construction of 1,000-Seater Lecture Theatre, Science Laboratories, Entrepreneurship Centre, ICT Building and the newly-completed 2,500-Seater Auditorium for University’s ceremonies.


Delivering a lecture titled, NASU: Its Vision, Mission and Tradition, the Union’s General Secretary, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, commended and appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, for mediating and resolving the internal wranglings of the Union and expressed hope for a continued and sustained cordial relationship between the Union and Management.

The FUNAAB-NASU Chairman, Comrade Olajide Odunjo, showered encomiums on the University Management, as he highlighted some of his achievements to include computerisation of financial records of the Union, printing of annual calendar for the first time, construction of Union secretariat and purchase of Union official vehicle.


Highlight of the ceremony was the commissioning of the Comrade Peters Adeyemi NASU Secretariat, Official Vehicle and foundation laying of a shopping mall. Dignitaries present at the event included FUNAAB’s Principal Officers; Principal Officers of Ogun State NASU; Chairman, Comrade Femi Soetan; Deputy National President, Comrade Adenekan and State Secretary, Comrade Alafiatayo, among others.[

 

 

Students Donate Books To Varsity 

The African Liberty Students’ Organization (ALSO), FUNAAB Branch, has endowed the University with a collection of books on Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Morals.

During the presentation, the pioneer President of ALSO in Africa and the current Outreach Assistant of the organization in Africa, Mr. Moronfolu Adeniyi, a 500-level student in the Department of Home Science Management, said the books were donated to advance the academic pursuits of students of the University.

While the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed, appreciated the gesture, the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, promised to ensure that the books were made available to students to enhance their knowledge.

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, the President of ALSO, FUNAAB Branch, Mr. Raji Lateef, a 500-level student in the Department of Agricultural Administration, said the organisation offered an avenue for African students to express their rights to freedom.

Meanwhile, ALSO exists in nine African countries and FUNAAB chapter is the first to be established in Africa.

 

Endowment: FUNAAB is N.5m Richer

The University’s endowment drive has paid off with a donation of the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira by two generous donors. While the late Chief Abayomi Kehinde Akamo Foundation donated the sum of N400,000 for the Best Graduating Student in the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering at the launching of the Family Foundation held recently, Professor Peter Aiyedun of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, FUNAAB has released the sum of N100,000, for the Best Graduating Student in the College of Engineering for the next 10 years.

Reverend (Mrs.) Elizabeth Adeyemo, daughter of the late Chief Akamo, who is a Chief Accountant in the University Bursary, said FUNAAB was one of the three higher educational institutions endowed with the Trust, others being the University of Ibadan and the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, which got N300,000 and N250,000.

 

 

Invitation for Tender for the Printing of Answer Booklets


INTRODUCTION

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), wishes to invite reputable and qualified Printers with good track record of performance and experience to bid for the printing of ANSWER BOOKLETS as follow:

SCOPE OF WORK


S/N

COLLEGE

QUANTITY OF BOOKLETS IN PACKS OF  200

SPECIFICATIONS

1.  Each Booklet should contain:
a. Twenty (20) pages
including the
covering
page.

2.  Security logos
specific to each

College and the
PG School must

be imprinted into
the pages of the

booklets.

3.Serial Numbers
of each booklet

must be imprinted
on each sheet.

Lot 1

COLAMRUD

100

Lot 2

COLANIM

100

Lot 3

COLPLANT

150

Lot 4

COLENG

120

Lot 5

COLERM

200

Lot 6

COLFHEC

150

Lot 7

COLNAS

400

Lot  8

COLMAS

130

Lot 9

COLVET

50

Lot 10

Post Graduate School

500

CONDITIONS FOR ELIGILIBILITY
All bids must be accompanied with the following:

  • Evidence of  Company Registration with Corporate Affairs Commission;
  • Evidence of payment of Tax for the last three (3) years duly stamped;
  • Evidence of  VAT registration and past remittances;
  • Evidence of Compliance with Pension Commission (PENCOM) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Amended Act. 2011;

5.     A sworn affidavit certifying that:

  • the documents submitted  are not only genuine but correct;
  • the Director(s) of the Company had never been convicted by any Court of law;
  • the Company is not bankrupt or in receivership;
  • none of the officers of FUNAAB or BPP is a former or present Director of the Company

SUBMISSION OF TENDERS
Interested Printers are hereby required to receive further instructions and specifications from the Director,  Academic Planning, FUNAAB on the payment of a non-refundable tender fee of Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N2,500.00) only payable to any of the following University IGR Accounts at Guaranty Trust Bank, Zenith Bank and FUNAAB Micro-Finance Bank. Completed quotations are to be returned in a wax-sealed envelope with the title clearly indicated on the envelope. i.e. “TENDER FOR THE PRINTING OF ANSWER BOOKLETS FOR”   “NAME OF COLLEGE”

MODE OF APPLICATION
To be considered, potential bidders are required to bid according to the specifications provided by the Director, Academic Planning, FUNAAB and submit their quotations not later than Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12noon to:
The Head, Procurement Unit,
Room A136, Unity Building Block ‘A’
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta,
P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The Tender Opening Committee will meet at 12noon on Thursday, February 27, 2014 with the representatives of the Printing Companies and the general public in attendance.

Note: FUNAAB is neither committed nor obliged to undertake the work nor include any company responding to this invitation. All expenses incurred in preparing a bid response and all expenses otherwise associated with the response shall be borne solely by the submitting company.

Signed   
M. O. Ayoola, JP FUNAAB/REG/81/II/138
Registrar                                                                                                             Thursday, January 30, 2014

DUFARMS Holds In-house Workshop

The Management of FUNAAB, has commended the Directorate of University Farms, for holding its second In-House Workshop Programme, to review its activities for last year.

At the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, appreciated the staff of DUFARMS and challenged them to develop a strategic plan on how to successfully run the various arms of the farm on a full commercial scale. The Vice-Chancellor revealed that the University’s vision was to float the FUNAAB Fish Company and FUNAAB Pineapple Company which he said DUFARMS has showed commitments to key-into.

Delivering the keynote address at the event titled, Managing People, Team Work and Delegation, the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo, noted that human beings were the most important resources of any organization and that when people are properly managed, teams would easily work together for common goals.

The Acting Head, DUFARMS, Mr Michael Jaiyeola, thereafter thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his passion for DUFARMS and for his vision to ensure that the Farm was transformed into a full-fledged commercial farm in the nearest future. He said the main reason for hosting the workshop was to evaluate what DUFARMS had been able to achieve in terms of revenue generation.