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The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFRgh

The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
President Muhammadu Buhari,?GCFR?was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura, Katsina. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.?He is a retired?Nigerian Army?Major General?and was Head of State of?Nigeria?from December 31, 1983 to? August 27, 1985.
He attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua before proceeding to the Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. He then joined the Nigerian Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began.
Buhari joined the?Nigerian Army?in 1961, when he attended the?Nigerian Military Training College, it was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy in?Kaduna. From 1962 to 1963, he underwent Officer Cadets Training at Mons Officer Cadet School?in?Aldershot, England.
In January 1963, Buhari was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in?Abeokuta,?Nigeria. From November 1963 to 1975, the Visitor attended several military courses and trainings both at home and abroad. He had also held many posts at different military installations. He was also Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters from 1978 to 1979 and member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979.
From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of Colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended the?United States Army War College?in?Carlisle, Pennsylvania and obtained a?Master

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The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
President Muhammadu Buhari,?GCFR?was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura, Katsina. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.?He is a retired?Nigerian Army?Major General?and was Head of State of?Nigeria?from December 31, 1983 to? August 27, 1985.
He attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua before proceeding to the Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. He then joined the Nigerian Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began.
Buhari joined the?Nigerian Army?in 1961, when he attended the?Nigerian Military Training College, it was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy in?Kaduna. From 1962 to 1963, he underwent Officer Cadets Training at Mons Officer Cadet School?in?Aldershot, England.
In January 1963, Buhari was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in?Abeokuta,?Nigeria. From November 1963 to 1975, the Visitor attended several military courses and trainings both at home and abroad. He had also held many posts at different military installations. He was also Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters from 1978 to 1979 and member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979.
From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of Colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended the?United States Army War College?in?Carlisle, Pennsylvania and obtained a?Master

The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFRw

The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
President Muhammadu Buhari,?GCFR?was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura, Katsina. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.?He is a retired?Nigerian Army?Major General?and was Head of State of?Nigeria?from December 31, 1983 to? August 27, 1985.
He attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua before proceeding to the Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. He then joined the Nigerian Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began.
Buhari joined the?Nigerian Army?in 1961, when he attended the?Nigerian Military Training College, it was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy in?Kaduna. From 1962 to 1963, he underwent Officer Cadets Training at Mons Officer Cadet School?in?Aldershot, England.
In January 1963, Buhari was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in?Abeokuta,?Nigeria. From November 1963 to 1975, the Visitor attended several military courses and trainings both at home and abroad. He had also held many posts at different military installations. He was also Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters from 1978 to 1979 and member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979.
From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of Colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended the?United States Army War College?in?Carlisle, Pennsylvania and obtained a?Master

The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR2

The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
President Muhammadu Buhari,?GCFR?was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura, Katsina. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.?He is a retired?Nigerian Army?Major General?and was Head of State of?Nigeria?from December 31, 1983 to? August 27, 1985.
He attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua before proceeding to the Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. He then joined the Nigerian Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began.
Buhari joined the?Nigerian Army?in 1961, when he attended the?Nigerian Military Training College, it was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy in?Kaduna. From 1962 to 1963, he underwent Officer Cadets Training at Mons Officer Cadet School?in?Aldershot, England.
In January 1963, Buhari was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in?Abeokuta,?Nigeria. From November 1963 to 1975, the Visitor attended several military courses and trainings both at home and abroad. He had also held many posts at different military installations. He was also Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters from 1978 to 1979 and member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979.
From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of Colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended the?United States Army War College?in?Carlisle, Pennsylvania and obtained a?Master

Oputu, former BoI MD, Becomes FUNAAB Ambassador

The immediate past Managing Director of the Bank of Industry (BoI), Dr. (Ms.) Evelyn Oputu has been appointed as the Ambassador for Entrepreneurship and Industrial Linkages at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). Communicating the appointment to her during a visit to the University, the-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole described her as an exemplary woman with great values, integrity and focus, who was committed to building future leaders, declaring that by virtue of the appointment, Ms. Oputu would have the opportunity to further enhance lives of the people.

Professor Oyewole gave a brief history of FUNAAB and availed her of the expectations of her role as an Ambassador, which would require that she projects the mission, vision and objectives of the various Colleges, Centres and Institutes through internationalisation, community engagement and entrepreneurial activities in the drive towards attaining a world-class status. The Vice-Chancellor added that other expectations include projecting the image of the University as well as attracting goodwill and support in the area of collaboration.

Accepting the offer, Ms. Oputu appreciated the University Management for the honour done her by being part of FUNAAB's success story as an Ambassador for Entrepreneurship and Industrial Linkages, as she commended the Vice-Chancellor for providing good leadership in the University, adding that "this is the way to go because if you add entrepreneurship to innovation, it is not just going to spur growth, it is going to change things, It is going to make us proud as Nigerians."

She noted that with the right connection and motivation, the University's entrepreneurial arm such as the farm and research institutes would become veritable income spinning ventures. The Ambassador, who is also a farmer, was conducted on a tour round the University's production factories and farms and assured the Vice-chancellor of her commitment, to use her wealth of experience and links to increase the demand for FUNAAB products. According to her, the University should be ready to increase its scale of production to meet the high demand that would soon be witnessed. She also promised to get production companies to be aware of the availability of pineapples in the University and to introduce its cashew nuts to prospective buyers.

Other places visited include the Cassava Production Unit, the Bakery, Palmwine Unit, Palm Oil Unit, Cashew Nut Unit, Pineapple Plantation, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) Cattle Production Venture Farm and the Institute of Food Security, Environment Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) Farm.

NgREN Commissioned, FUNAAB to Benefit from Project

The nation’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), a broadband video-conferencing project, initiated by the National Universities Commission (NUC). President Jonathan, who was represented at the commissioning in Abuja by the former Supervising Minister for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, stated that the project was aimed at promoting research and educational collaboration, linkages and partnership between Universities within and outside the country as well as research communities and the government. On the objectives of the project, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, disclosed that it would provide more and cheaper bandwidth for member-institutions to leverage on the technology to promote innovative ways of teaching and learning. Presently, 29 institutions in the country were selected for the pilot project, including the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

The Head, Information and Communications Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC) of FUNAAB, Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, described the platform as laudable because “as it is now, we cannot afford to be left out from what is going on in the world. This has been on in South Africa, East Africa and North Africa while West Africa is just joining and Nigeria is one of the first fronts on this platform”. He pointed out that the University would embark on sensitisation exercise to educate members of the community on the benefits of the project and in the next few months and with the approval of the University Management, expand its platform to the various Colleges so that the University can have its own intra-video conferencing facilities.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, while speaking during the live video conferencing from the University, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government and NUC, stating that the platform would be maximally utilised for the development of the educational system in the country.

SIWES Coordinators Tasked on Better Supervision

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole has stated that the achievements recorded by the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) is highly dependent on the quality of supervision given to the scheme at all levels as well as the diligent performance of the SIWES Directorate, College Representatives and Departmental Coordinators.

Making this observation at a 2-day “Step-Down Capacity-Building Training for Departmental SIWES Coordinators and College Representatives on Work-Based Learning, Job, Analysis and Career Placement”, Professor Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, called for better supervision and linkage between the University, industries and organisations where these students undergo their Industrial Training (IT) so that the ultimate goal of establishing SIWES to produce work-ready graduates would be achieved.

He added that the objectives of the scheme, which was applicable to the University include providing avenue for students in the University to acquire industrial skills and experience that are relevant to their courses of study, to provide students with an opportunity to apply acquired theoretical knowledge in real-work situations thereby bridging the gap between knowledge and practice and also to prepare students for the work situation they will be meeting during post-graduation.

Other objectives include exposing the students to work methods and techniques of handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their institutions, to make the transition from school to the world of work a lot easier and to enhance students’ contacts and networking for post-qualification job placement by enlisting and strengthening employers’ involvement in the entire educational process of preparing University graduates adequately for employment. Describing SIWES as a planned and structured scheme with specific career objectives that are geared towards developing participants’ occupational competencies, the Vice-Chancellor added that it was part of the approved Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for the SIWES-approved undergraduate degree programmes in Nigerian Universities.

Delivering a Keynote Address titled, “Institutional-Industrial Linkages: A Panacea to Acquisition of Relevant Production Skills and Quality Assurance in SIWES Supervision”, the Pioneer Director of SIWES of FUNAAB, Professor Chryss Onwuka, said proper involvement and supervision were essential for students to maximally benefit from the scheme. According to him, apart from ensuring that students get placement into industries that were relevant to their fields of study, SIWES managers were tasked to properly supervise students on industrial attachments by signing their log books, assess students’ performance and award grades in conjunction with their academic Departments.

Professor Onwuka, who was once a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of FUNAAB, advocated for institutions to have Placement Desk Officers that will be charged with the sole responsibility of searching for job placement for trainees and maintain a data base for the organisation that would be updated regularly while officials of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Departmental Heads could also be of immense assistance. He recommended that industries should be invited to establish micro-schemes of their production procedures on campuses as their contribution towards ensuring students’ training and development.

The Director of SIWES, Professor (Mrs.) Grace Sokoya, disclosed that the main mandate of the Directorate was to co-ordinate the acquisition of Relevant Production Skills by students during their IT period, in order to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom and actual practice in the industrial world. She added that the rationale behind the capacity building training was to address the challenge of untimely complication and submissions of students’ master and placement lists, reports, logbooks and corresponding forms, as well as complaints about modalities of students’ supervision.

The ITF Area Manager, Abeokuta Office, Mrs. Adesola Taiwo, commended the capacity development efforts of the Directorate and University, assuring that ITF would continue to be supportive of any initiative geared towards promoting effective management and coordination of SIWES activities.

Management Appreciates CERECOM, DPR

As a morale booster, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has organised an Appreciation Luncheon for members of the FUNAAB Ceremonials Committee and staff of the Directorate of Public Relations for their exemplary service to the University. Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole restated his vision that FUNAAB would soon become a world-class University, a dream he noted, was fast becoming a reality.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that no leader can fulfill its vision alone without the support of others, as he solicited the cooperation of all in realising the lofty goals and aspirations for the University while lauding members of the Ceremonials Committee and staff of the Directorate of Public Relations for contributing positively to the development of the institution. Commending them for a job well done during the just-concluded 21st and 22nd Convocation Ceremonies and other events in the University, he said: "We appreciate and thank you for the great work you are doing".

He said, "the Vice-Chancellor can't do the work of the Vice-Chancellor alone” bearing in mind that the strength of the University lies in the quality of its staff even though "we might not recognise all of you but God recognises you. Continue to do your best", he added. The Vice-Chancellor used the medium to appreciate other offices for contributing their own quota to the success recorded by the University, as he disclosed that the DPR would soon be relocating to the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building and would oversee the maintenance of the magnificent building.

The immediate past Managing Director of the Bank of Industry (BoI), Dr. (Ms.) Evelyn Oputu, who was just appointed as the University Ambassador, lauded the Vice-Chancellor's efforts at making FUNAAB a world-class institution, saying that the University’s serene environment was remarkable and that "the cleanliness gives an impression of the kind of people working here". She noted that there are always two categories of people, stating that there are those who believe that the world owes them something and are, therefore, out to cash-out whereas, there are also some people that believe in giving back to the system. "We have good and bad people in the country but the good people need to take ownership of the country", promising that, "as I am announced as an Ambassador of the University, I will give my all".

Responding, the Chairman of CERECOM, Professor Babatunde Idowu, appreciated God for making the last Convocation Ceremonies a huge success. He equally thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his immeasurable support in making the committee to discharge its duties effectively. Professor Idowu also commended the members of CERECOM and DPR, headed by Mrs. Emi’ Alawode, for their unity of purpose and doing the University proud.

FUNAAB Gets Cooling Van   


The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) Nigeria has donated a cooling van to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), for the implementation of the aquaculture component of the FUNAAB-WAAPP Project. The Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo, said the aquaculture component of the FUNAAB-WAAPP project was meant to produce 8 million fingerlings and at least, 10,000 brood stocks of different species of fish for farmers across the country. He said further that the funding of the project was provided by WAAPP, while the van was meant to convey fingerlings and brood stocks from the IFSERAR Research farm to various destinations.

2014 Job Advertisement

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following vacant positions in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

ACADEMIC STAFF

A.        College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD)

1.         Department of Agricultural Economics & Farm Management

(i)         Lecturer II

 

2.         Department of Agricultural Extension & Rural Development

(i)         Lecturer II

(ii)        Assistant Lecturer

3.         Department of Agricultural Administration

Areas of Specialization: Extension Psychology / Human Resource Development

(i)         Assistant Lecturer

 

4.         Department of Communication and General Studies

Areas of Specialization: Political Science / History / French or French/English

(i)         Assistant Lecturer

B.        College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM)

1.         Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics

(i)         Lecturer II

2.         Department of Animal Nutrition

(i)         Lecturer II

3.         Department of Animal Physiology

(i)         Lecturer II

4.         Department of Pasture and Range Management

(i)         Lecturer II

C.        College of Engineering (COLENG)

1.         Department of Civil Engineering

Areas of Specialization: Geotechnical Engineering / Water and Environmental Engineering / Structural Engineering

(i)         Professor

2.         Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering

Areas of Specialization: Telecommunication / Electrical Machine / Power and Machine / Power System / Electronic

(i)         Professor

(ii)        Senior Lecturer

(iii)       Lecturer I

(iv)       Lecturer II

3.         Department of Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Specialization: Materials and Metallurgy / Mechatronics / Mechanic and Machine / Thermodynamics / Mechanical

(i)         Senior Lecturer

(ii)        Lecturer I

(iii)       Lecturer II

 

4.         Department of Agricultural Engineering

Areas of Specialization: Farm Power / Processing and Storage / Farm Building and Structures / Soil and Water Engineering

(i)         Assistant Lecturer

5.         Department of Mechatronics Engineering

Areas of Specialization: Mechanical Engineering / Computer Engineering / Computer Science / Computer Aided Engineering and Manufacturing / Electronics or Communications

(i)         Lecturer I

(ii)        Lecturer II

D.        College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM)

1.         Department of Water Resources Management & Agrometeorology

Areas of Specialization: Water Resources Management and Hydrology (Water Resources Engineering, Water Resources Modeling, Irrigation & Drainage) / Agrometeorology with Meteorologist or Agrometeorologist

(i)         Lecturer I

(ii)        Lecturer II

2.         Department of Environmental Management & Toxicology

Areas of Specialization: Environmental Sciences / Physical Sciences / Biochemistry

(i)         Lecturer I

(ii)        Lecturer II

(iii)       Assistant Lecturer

E.         College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC)

1.         Department of Hospitality and Tourism

(i)         Assistant Lecturer

(ii)        Graduate Assistant

2.         Department of Home Science and Management

Areas of Specialization: Clothing and Textile Option / Home Science and Management (Extension Option) / Child Development and Family Relations Option

(i)         Lecturer II

3.         Department of Food Science and Technology

Areas of Specialization: Food Microbiology & Biotechnology / Food Processing and Storage Technology / Food Quality Control and Assurance

(i)         Lecturer II

4.         Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

(i)         Lecturer I

F.         College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS)

1.         Department of Biochemistry

(i)         Lecturer II

 

2.         Department of Biological Sciences

Areas of Specialization: Zoology (Parasitology / Entomology / Animal Physiology / Animal Ecology), Botany (Plant Pathology / Plant Ecology / Plant Biosystematics / Plant Genetics)

(i)         Lecturer II

(ii)        Assistant Lecturer

3.         Department of Chemistry

Areas of Specialization: Physical / Analytical / Industrial / Organic)

(i)        Senior Lecturer

(ii)        Lecturer I

(iii)       Lecturer II

4.         Department of Mathematics

(i)         Professor

(ii)        Senior Lecturer

(iii)       Lecturer II

5.         Department of Microbiology

Areas of Specialization: Medical Microbiology / Environmental Microbiology / Food Microbiology

(i)         Lecturer II

6.         Department of Physics

Areas of Specialization: Physics Electronics / Theoretical Physics

(i)         Senior Lecturer

7.         Department of Statistics

Areas of Specialization: Distribution Theory / Demography & Survey / Biometrics

(i)         Lecturer I

(ii)        Lecturer II

 

G.        College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT)

1.         Department of Crop Protection

Areas of Specialization: Bacterial Plant Pathology / Plant Virology / Vertebrate Pests / Nematology

(i)         Lecturer II

2.         Department of Plant Physiology & Crop Production

Areas of Specialization: Weed Science / Plant Physiology / Crop Production

(i)         Lecturer II

3.         Department of Horticulture

Areas of Specialization: Landscape Horticulture / Floriculture

(i)         Lecturer II

4.         Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology

Areas of Specialization: Seed Science / Plant Breeding

(i)         Lecturer II

 

5.         Department of Soil Science and Land Management

Areas of Specialization: Soil Chemistry / Soil Fertility / Soil Microbiology or Biochemistry

(i)         Assistant Lecturer

H.        College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET)

1.         Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology

Areas of Specialization: Biochemistry / Physiology

(i)         Senior Lecturer

2.         Department of Veterinary Anatomy

(i)         Senior Lecturer

3.         Department of Veterinary Microbiology & Parasitology

Areas of Specialization: Microbiology / Parasitology

(i)         Senior Lecturer

4.         Department of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

Area of Specialization: Veterinary Surgery / Equine Medicine

(i)         Lecturer II

5.         Department of Veterinary Pathology

Area of Specialization: Pathology

(i)         Lecturer II

I.          College of Management Sciences (COLMAS)

1.         Department of Accounting

Area of Specialization: Auditing & Assurance Service / Taxation and Tax Management / Public Sector Accounting

(i)         Reader

(ii)        Senior Lecturer

2.         Department of Banking and Finance

(i)         Reader

(ii)        Senior Lecturer

(iii)       Lecturer I

(iv)       Lecturer II

3.         Department of Business Enterprises Management

Areas of Specialization: Marketing / Human Resource Management / General Management

(i)         Senior Lecturer

4.         Department of Economics

(i)         Senior Lecturer

(ii)        Lecturer I

(iii)       Lecturer II

5.         Department of Entrepreneurial Studies

Areas of Specialization: Entrepreneurial / Business Administration / General Management

(i)         Reader

(ii)        Senior Lecturer

(iii)       Lecturer I

(iv)       Lecturer II

J.         ’Nimbe Adedipe Library

(i)         Librarian I

(ii)        Librarian II

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ACADEMIC POSITIONS

(i)         Professor

Candidate should have Ph.D. in any of the areas of specialization where vacancy exists for the position as listed above, in addition to a good Bachelor and Masters degrees in the same discipline. He/she must have sufficient and relevant publications in reputable journals and referred conference proceedings with at least twelve (12) years post-qualification cognate experience in a University or related Institutions. In addition, the candidate must be registered with relevant professional body and be ready to provide evidence of academic leadership.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 07 (N2,485,098.00 – N3,128,691.00)

(ii)       Reader

Candidate should have Ph.D. in any of the areas of specialization where vacancy exists for the position as listed above, in addition to a good Bachelor and Masters degrees in the same discipline. He/she must have sufficient and relevant publications in reputable journals and referred conference proceedings with at least ten (10) years post-qualification cognate experience in a University or related Institutions. In addition, the candidate must be registered with relevant professional body and be ready to provide evidence of academic leadership.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 06 (N2,053,124.00 - N2,684,096.00)

(iii)       Senior Lecturer

Candidate should have Ph.D. in any of the areas of specialization where vacancy exists for the position as listed above, in addition to a good Bachelor and Masters degrees in the same discipline. He/she must have sufficient and relevant publications in reputable journals and referred conference proceedings with at least seven (7) years post-qualification cognate experience in a University or related Institutions. In addition, the candidate must be registered with relevant professional body and be ready to provide evidence of academic leadership.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 05 (N1,653,414.96 - N2,348,298.96)

(iv)       Lecturer I

Candidate should have Ph.D. in any of the areas of specialization where vacancy exists for the position as listed above, in addition to a good Bachelor and Masters degrees in the same discipline. He/she must have sufficient and relevant publications in reputable journals and referred conference proceedings with at least three (3) years post-qualification cognate experience in a University or related Institutions.  In addition, the candidate must be registered with relevant professional body.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 04 (N1,122,750.96 - N1,444,535.04)

(v)        Lecturer II

Candidate should have Ph.D. in any of the areas of specialization where vacancy exists for the position as listed above, in addition to a good Bachelor and Masters degrees in the relevant field.  In addition, the candidate must be registered with relevant professional body.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 03 (N897,504.00 - N1,074,314.00)

(vi)       Assistant Lecturer

Candidate should have a good Bachelor and Masters degrees in the relevant field where vacancy exists for the position as listed above.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 02 (N794,260.00 – N957,402.00)

(vii)      Graduate Assistant

Candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Second Class Upper Division in the relevant field where vacancy exists for the position as listed above, with evidence of commencement of Masters degree programme in the relevant field.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 01 (N694,992.00 – N794,247.00)

(viii)     Librarian I

Candidate should possess a good honours Degree and the professional Masters Degree in Library and Information Science, with at least (3) years post-qualification cognate experience as a Librarian.  The candidate must show evidence of substantial contribution to knowledge through research and publications in local and international library science journals.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 03 (N897,504.00 - N1,074,314.00)

(ix)       Librarian II

Candidate should possess a good honours Degree and Masters in Library and Information Science from a recognized University.

The Salary attached to this position is CONUASS 02 (N794,260.00 – N957,402.00)

Note:

For all positions in Departments of Accounting and Banking & Finance, professional qualifications in recognised professional bodies are essential.  However, consideration may be given to these qualifications in lieu of Ph.D. in cognate disciplines.

NON-TEACHING STAFF

A.        Director, Physical Planning (Contract of 5 Years) - (CONTISS 15)

Candidates should possess a good University degree in Architecture, Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Estate Management, Building Technology, Town Planning, Land Surveying and must be registered with relevant professional body such as NSE, COREN, ARCON, etc.  Candidate should have at least fifteen (15) years post-qualification experience with a minimum of five (5) years as Deputy Director in tertiary institution or other reputable organisation(s) or industry.

B.        Director, ICTREC - (CONTISS 15)

Candidates should possess a good University degree in Computer Science, Informatics or related discipline and must be registered with relevant professional body such as CPN, ITAN, NCS, etc. Candidate should have at least fifteen (15) years post-qualification experience with a minimum of seven (7) years as Deputy Director in tertiary institution or other reputable organisation(s) or industry.

C.        Director, Bursary - (CONTISS 15)

Candidates should possess a good honours degree in Accounting or its equivalent.   A higher degree will be an added advantage.  In addition, candidates should possess a professional qualification such as ACA, ACCA, CPA, ICAN, ACMA, ACNA and ANAN with a minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant post-qualification experience, seven (7) of which must be as a Deputy Bursar/Deputy Director or equivalent post in a Tertiary Institution.  Candidate must be computer literate.

D.        Deputy Director (Registry) - (CONTISS 14)

Candidates should possess a good honours degree in Humanities/Social Sciences with at least twelve (12) years relevant post-qualification experience, five (5) of which must be as a Principal Assistant Registrar in a Federal University Tertiary Institution Administration.  Candidate should also be registered with relevant professional bodies.  A higher degree will be an added advantage. Candidate must be computer literate.

E.         Deputy Director (Academic Planning) - (CONTISS 14)

Candidates should possess a good honours degree in Mathematics/Statistics/Economics or related discipline with at least twelve (12) years relevant post-qualification experience, five (5) of which must be as a Chief Planning Officer in a Federal University Tertiary Institution Administration.  Candidate should also be registered with relevant professional bodies.  A higher degree will be an added advantage. Candidate must be computer literate.

F.         College of Agricultural Management, Rural Development (COLAMRUD)

1.         Department of Agricultural Economics & Farm Management

(i)         Laboratory Assistant - (CONTISS 03)

Senior School Certificate/ NABTEB with credit passes in five (5) subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Agricultural Science).

 


G.        College of Engineering (COLENG)

1.         Central Workshop

(i)         Laboratory Technologist II - (CONTISS 07)

HND/B.Sc. in the relevant field from a recognised institution plus registration with COREN.

2.         Department of Mechatronics Engineering

(i)         Technologist II - (CONTISS 07)

HND/B.Sc. in the relevant field from a recognised institution plus registration with COREN.

H.        College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET)

1.         Department of Veterinary Anatomy

(i)         Laboratory Technologist II - (CONTISS 07)

HND/B.Sc. in the relevant field from a recognised institution plus registration with COREN.

2.         Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology

(i)         Laboratory Technologist II - (CONTISS 07)

HND in the relevant field from a recognized institution.

3.         Department of Veterinary Pathology

(i)         Laboratory Assistant - (CONTISS 03)

Senior School Certificate/ NABTEB with credit passes in five (5) subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Agricultural Science).

4.         Veterinary Teaching Hospital

(i)         Veterinary Officer - (CONTISS 08)

Possession of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree with registration as Veterinary Surgeon

(ii)        Laboratory Scientist II - (CONTISS 07)

B.Sc., (Professional degree), registerable with the relevant institute (IMLS)

 

CONSOLIDATED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS SALARY STRUCTURE (CONTISS)

CONTISS 15 - (N4,372,827.00 – N5,631,083.00)

CONTISS 14  - (N3,637,919.00 – N4,737,055.00)

CONTISS 08  - (N718,359.00 – N1,044,634.00)

CONTISS 07  - (N619,093.00 – N897,007.00)

CONTISS 03  - (N174,743.00 – N263,755.00)

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

These are as obtainable in the Public Service of Nigeria and the University System.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Candidates should address their applications with twenty-five (25) copies of their Credentials and Curriculum Vitae in the order stated below:

 

01.       PERSONAL

(i)         Name in Full:  (Surname First in Capital Letters)

(ii)        Date of Birth:

(iii)       Place of Birth:

(iv)       Age:

(v)        Sex:

vi)        Marital Status:

vii)       Nationality:

viii)       Town and State of Origin:

(ix)       Local Government:

(x)        Senatorial District:

(xi)       Contact Address:

(xii)      Phone Number:

(xiii)     E-mail Address:

(xiv)     Present Employer:

(xv)      Present Post and Salary (both level and amount):

(xvi)     Post Applied for:

02.       EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

(i)         Educational Institutions Attended (with dates)

(ii)        Academic and Professional Qualifications (with dates)

(iii)       Prizes, Honours, National and International Recognition

03.       WORK EXPERIENCE

04.       SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE

05.       COMMENDATION

06.       MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

07.       EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES

08.       PUBLICATIONS

09.       REFEREES

 

……………………………                                                                               …………………………………

Signature                                                                                                          Date

 

 

To:      The Registrar,

Federal University of Agriculture,

P. M. B. 2240,

Abeokuta,

Ogun State.

Applicants should request their three nominated referees to forward their reports under separate and confidential cover.

Closing Date

Application closes in six (6) weeks from the date of this advertisement.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by e-mail or through their cell phone numbers.

 

(Signed)

M. O. Ayoola, JP

Registrar

July 10, 2014

Invitation to Tender: FUNAAB Data Centre Infrastructure

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 creation of FUNAAB Data Centre Infrastructure as follows:

SPECIFICATIONS:

1.

A modern raised floor covering 45m2;

2.

Partitioning with overview glass of 9×5m dimension room into 2 halves;

3.

Procurement of 30 nos. Inverter Batteries and Installation of 30KVA Inverter;

4.

Fire Suppression Systems;

5.

Biometric Access control (1 door);

6.

Security surveillance Camera and Monitor;

7.

Surge and lightening systems;

8.

High powered Cooling systems (4nos.);

9.

Procurement and Installation of 42U standard Racks (5nos.);

10.

Lightening Arrestor;

11.

Mikrotik Cloud Core controller;

12.

Radius Server plus Radius Backup for Authentication;

13.

Deployment of Cable Management System;

14.

Migration and Installation of existing indoor and outdoor devices to the new location

15.

Remote IP PBX Machine; R220 Rack Server, Pre-installed IP PBX Solution.

TENDER DOCUMENTS:

Interested Companies should obtain specifications from the Head, ICTREC, FUNAAB, upon the payment of the tender fee of N5,000.00 only 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:
1. Evidence of Company Registration with Corporate Affairs Commission;
2. 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;
3. Evidence of payment of Tax for the last three (3) years duly stamped;
4. Evidence of  VAT registration and past remittances;
5. Current Company’s Audited Statement of Accounts duly stamped by a registered Auditor, (2011,2012, and 2013);
6. Evidence of Compliance with Pension Commission (PENCOM) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Amended Act. 2011;
7. Original Bank Statement for the past Twelve Months;
8. Bank reference from reputable Bank;
9. 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 completion;
10. List of equipment to be used for the projects, listed as owned, hired or leased, with evidence;
11. Company’s registered address, functional contact address, GSM phone number (s) and e-mail addresses;
12. Reference Letters from Three (3) previous clients of similar projects, satisfactorily completed;
13. The completed projects must consist of a minimum of 50 access points during the period;
14. Original copies of documents would be requested to be made available for sighting whenever required;
15. 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 bidders are to submit four (4) copies of Technical documents and One (1) copy of Tender document in A4 size paged and neatly bound in separate envelopes. The two documents are to be in one big wax sealed envelope marked “SECRET Tender for “creation of FUNAAB Data Centre Infrastructure” 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 Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12.00noon.

 

OPENING OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

The Tender documents will be opened on Thursday,  August 28, 2014 by 12.00noon at Room A106, Unity Building Block A’, FUNAAB.  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 to reject 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 Companies who met the eligible criteria for the project would be opened.

 

(Signed)

M. O. Ayoola, JP FUNAAB/REG/81/II/138

Registrar                                                                               Monday, July 14, 2014

FUNAAB Scholar among the Best 28 in the World


A released by the Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management, Professor Clement Olabinjo Adeofun revealed that a FUNAAB Scholar, Mr. AYANTOBO, Olusola Olaitan of Department of Water Resources Management and Agricultural-Meteorology has won a highly competitive Full Chinese Government Scholarship together with 27 other Scholars around the world. This award will  cover his PhD programme at the College of Water Resources and Architectural Engineering Conservation in Hydrology and Water Resources at Northwest A & F University for the period of 4 years.

PART-TIME DEGREE PROGRAMME. PROPOSED ACADEMIC CALENDER FOR 2013/2014 SESSION

Arrival and Registration                                                   Friday 18th July, 2014

On line registration   (Returning Students)                        Friday 18th July, 2014

First Semester Lectures begins                                         Friday 1st August, 2014

Continuous Assessment Test (CAT)                                  Fri. 3rd –Sun. 17th October, 2014

Late Registration with Penalty Begins                                Friday 17th October, 2014

Late Registration with Penalty Ends                                  Friday 31st October, 2014

First Semester Lectures ends                                           Sunday 9th November, 2014

First Semester Examinations Begins                                   Friday 22nd November, 2014

First Semester Examinations Ends                                      Sunday 14th December, 2014

Christmas and New Year Break                                         Fri.26th Dec. 2014 - Sun 4th Jan, 2015

Second Semester Lectures begins                                     Friday 9th January, 2015

Senate to Consider First Semester Results                        Thursday 22nd January, 2015

Continuous Assessment Test (CAT)                                    Friday 27th Feb– Sunday 15th March, 2015

Second Semester Lectures ends                                          Sunday 19th April, 2015

Second Semester Examinations Begins                              Saturday 2nd May, 2015

Second Semester Examinations Ends                                 Sunday 24th May, 2015

Senate to Consider Second Semester Results                   Thursday 25th June, 2015

Summary

First Semester Second Semester

15 weeks of Lecture                                                                        15 Weeks of Lecture

1 Week for Examination Preparation                                 1 Week for Examination Preparation

4 Weekends for Examination                                              4 Weekends for Examination

4 Weeks for marking and compilation                               4 Weeks for marking and compilation

of results                                                                                of results

Post-Harvest Losses, Threat to Food Security - Professor (Mrs.) Henshaw

The 46th Inaugural Lecturer of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB),(Mrs.) Folake Henshaw has identified Post-Harvest Losses as the major contributing factor to global food insecurity. Delivering the lecture titled, Food Processing for Profit: Panacea for Post Harvest Losses, the Inaugural Lecturer, who is also the Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and Chairperson, Committee of Deans and Directors of the University, noted that concerted efforts by the nation at increasing agricultural productivity required equal provision and effort at ensuring that what was produced get consumed and utilized.

According to her, a large proportion never get to the consumption stage in developing countries as a result of ineffective or inappropriate processing technologies, poor or non-existent infrastructure, poor post-harvest handling and lack of efficient value-addition chain. The Professor of Food Technology advocated for effective food processing, which is the application of scientific principles to preservation and transformation of food materials into affordable, safe products and by-products.

She defined food security as the availability of enough food, which is affordable and accessible at all times, for people to maintain an active and healthy life but that comtemporary realities had shown that food insecurity was still a global challenge. The University don disclosed that the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) had in 2013, gave an estimate of 842 million people in the world that do not have enough to eat and go to bed hungry each night, out of which one-third of this number was found in Africa, adding that hungry man is an angry man. She said the anger of 842 million hungry people could constitute a huge threat to global peace and security, as she recommended the need to promote expanded utilization of the country's food raw materials through the establishment of Community-Value Addition Chain which would eventually lead to the setting up of several Small and Medium Enterprises in food processing with the attendant gains of job creation, reduction in rural-urban migration, improved incomes and better livelihoods in many communities.

Professor (Mrs.) Henshaw,  a product of the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University; the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and the University of Ibadan, called for the launch of a Post-harvest Technology Transformation Agenda as an essential compliment to the government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda, stating that with an efficient Post-Harvest System and improvement of existing infrastructure such as road, transportation and electricity that would make Nigeria to be able to feed herself and have surplus to sell to the world and become a net exporter of food.


The Inaugural Lecturer re-iterated the need for better funding of Food Research Agenda, maintaining that a well-articulated and funded research agenda would deliver the necessary capacities for knowledge-based development having Universities and research institutes designated as centres of excellence in food processing and product development to provide technical support on improved processing methods, food safety and quality including traceability. She also called for a change in the food habit and choices so as to ensure sustainable food security and economic growth, adding that a nation must love to eat what it grows or grow what it loves to eat.

The CODAD Chairman and Dean of COLFHEC concluded that though Nigeria was the largest importer of food in the world, in spite of a high capacity for agricultural productivity, noted that there was need for transformation of the post-harvest technology through the processing and preservation of food commodities as this would bring about viable strategy in ensuring sustainable livelihood and food secured populations. It was “not enough to merely increase agricultural production, equal provisions and efforts are required to ensure that what is produced get consumed and utilized. In order to guarantee sustainable food security, therefore, post-harvest losses must be attacked by developing an integral post-harvest system that incorporates processing and preservation. This will lead not only to enhanced incomes and profit for producers but also to better accessibility and affordability, accruing as profit for consumers”, she stated.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), said the 46th Inaugural Lecturer was the fourth from her Department, second from COLFHEC and the tenth that he would preside over as the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB.

He said the Inaugural Lecturer was one of the longest serving academic staff in the University, a passionate advocate for gender equity and inclusiveness for the advancement of good quality of life. Professor Oyewole noted that with the dedication of thorough-bred academics like Professor (Mrs.) Henshaw, the University, which is fast attaining a world-class status, would be better positioned to produce graduates that would compete favourably with their counterparts from any part of the world.

Plagiarism is Academic Fraud, Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Oyewole, has lent his voice against plagiarism, describing the practice as academic fraud. The Vice-Chancellor stated this during the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) Seminar held recently. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, described plagiarism as an ugly development in academics, which is both ethically and morally wrong. According to him, plagiarism erodes originality of ideas and is punishable by either suspension or expulsion and that the determination of the University to fight plagiarism led it to subscribe to Turnitin, a software developed to check plagiarism.

Delivering the lecture titled, Mitigating the Practice and Peril of Plagiarism: Turnitin Before Turning Out, Professor Isaac Daniel of the Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology of COLPLANT, said plagiarism had several definitions,  quoting Wikipedia as "wrongful appropriation, stealing and publication of another author's language, thought, ideas or expression and the representation of them as ones own original work". According to him, in the many definitions that exist, one thing that runs through all the definition is 'not attributing or giving credit to the original work'.

Emphasizing the gravity of the offence, he said plagiarism is both an ethical and civil offence because it bordered on false claim, as made on authorship of a material due to the fact that the audience and owner of the original work were losing something. The Don also identified another form of plagiarism that is commonly referred to as self-plagiarism or recycling fraud, which is awhereby
researchers rephrase or republish their own work without acknowledging that he/she was doing so.

He classified self-plagiarism into four types namely: duplicate publication, partitioning of one’s study into multiple publication, text recycling and copyright infringement. Professor Daniel said in a bid to mitigate against the dangers of plagiarism, many software tools had been developed; to detect and help institutions formulate policies to fight the evil of plagiarism. According to him, Turnitin, which the University had been subscribed to, is a cloud-based software that offers 24/7 online service by comparing text to a large capital base of digital content which helps in generating originality report to guide the judgment on plagiarism. It has over 11,000 institutions subscribing to it from 126 countries.

He recommended that in the process of forming of FUNAAB's plagiarism policy, every research document should be subjected to Turnitin while a Senate committee should be made to design and implement the policy with membership drawn from the academia, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Intellectual Property Right (IPR) and the legal units, as he called for regular trainings on plagiarism. The Dean of COLPLANT, Professor ‘Goke Bodunde said that the Seminar was organised to sensitize, educate and inform members of the academic community of thedanger of plagiarism with a view to curbing the ugly trend such that publications of academics in the University would be respected and the institution's integrity would be preserved.

'Part-Time Programme Will Not Be Scrapped' … Resumption Date, July 18

Authorities of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) have stated that there was no plan to scrap the part-time programme being run by the University. This clarification was made by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, recently at an interactive meeting with students and officials of the programme. Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed, he said there were no plans to cancel part-time courses. "Your programme is valid. We admitted you and we can't leave you mid-way. Our Vice-Chancellor has your interest in his mind. We pray that all of you excel in life to become governors, ministers, captains of industries, among others”, he stated.

The Vice-Chancellor said at the moment, the programme was being re-organised for better results in line with the official regulations by the National Universities Commission (NUC). According to him, "We are running in line with the guidelines of NUC as we already got approval to continue to run the part-time programme. We are not running illegally". He further disclosed that the part-time programme had now been placed under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for better supervision. The Vice-Chancellor also debunked the rumour that the University had taken a decision to increase tuition fees, assuring the students that there was no cause for worry. He added that as approved by the Senate of the University, the 2013/2014 Academic Session for the part-time degree programme would commence on Friday, July 18, 2014, beginning with the registration of students.

The well-attended interactive meeting afforded the part-time students an ample opportunity to ask several questions that were comprehensively answered by the Vice-Chancellor. One of them, Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Agemo, a 500-level student in the Department of Food Science and Technology, commended the University for deeming it fit to address them as well as making concerted efforts at improving the quality of the programme. The outgoing Coordinator of the Part-Time Programme, Dr. Samsudeen Iposu lauded the maturity displayed by the students and expressed his confidence that the programme will continue to run normally without any hindrance. Also present at the interactive meeting were the Director, Academic Planning, Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi;  and the new Coordinator for the Programme, Dr. Israel Osunsina.

SS&LM Shines

The Department of Soil Science and Land Management (SS&LM), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), has won the just-concluded and maiden edition of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Students’ Union (FUNAABSU) Inter-departmental Football Championship.

The Final match between SS&LM and the Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometereorology (WRM&A), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) ended 1-0 with Tola Shonubi, on Jersey No. 9, scoring the winning goal at the 46th minute. Speaking at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole stated that the game of football was a powerful and unifying force all over the world as it was being witnessed with the current FIFA World Cup holding in Brazil, adding that it brings about friendship and sportsmanship.

Represented by the Assistant Registrar, Vice-Chancellor's Office, Mr. Bamidele Akindele, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the Management was committed to providing necessary support in building the students not only academically but in their all-round total well being. The Football Championship featured 37 teams from Colleges  with the Department of Microbiology (MCB), College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), taking the 3rd position.

Meanwhile, the FUNAABSU Intercollegiate Female Football Competition has also ended with the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) winning the tournament. The College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) came second, while the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) took the third position. The winners were presented with trophies and medals at the occasion.

Researcher of the Week: Professor Akinwumi Moses Omotayo

Akinwumi Moses Omotayo is a Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development with a professional career spanning over a period of twenty years. A considerable proportion of this period of his career was devoted to research, teaching and designing process-oriented interventions in the agriculture sector of the Nigerian economy.

Professor Omotayo started his academic career at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He later moved to the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta where he served as Head, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and later as Director of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC). He served as the Director of the Consultancy Services Unit, (UNAAB CONSULT LTD) between September 2009 and December 2011. Between January 2011 and March 2013,Professor Omotayo served as the pioneer Dean (on sabbatical leave), of the Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University Oye-Ekiti. He returned to the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta where he is currently the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR).

In these positions he provided outstanding academic leadership and development of training/capacity strengthening schemes, formulating instruments of networking and partnerships among stakeholder organizations, employing proactive and strategic fund raising mechanisms to support implementation of programmes of the institutions and centres.

Professor Omotayo served as a member of the Presidential Committee on Development of Successor Generation of Farmers in Nigeria between April and August 2006, representing the Vice Chancellor Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Between February 2008 and March 2009, he served as Commissioner in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ekiti State. He designed and introduced the Millennium Farmers Project which is essentially premised on mobilizing youths/Farmer Organizations as pivot for securing the interest of young people in farming.

Professor Omotayo has had a rich and diverse research experience both at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta. He won several international research grants. These include grants from the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom, PropCom/DFID, and the Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Market Place project among many others. Some of these research grants afforded him the opportunity to develop mechanisms for mobilizing and empowering Farmers Organizations through direct informal education, leadership development, mentoring and promoting self-actualization of individuals within these farmers’ organizations through learning by doing. Among the beneficiaries of these interventions are Settled Fulani Pastoralists in south western Nigeria and a host of women and young Farmers Organizations.

At the International level, apart from his school days at Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia USA, he studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing at the Natural Resources Institute, (NRI) University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. He also attended a short course on Development of Organic Agriculture Certification and Trade in Africa, sponsored by the United States Agency for |international Development (USAID), facilitated by Washington State University, Pullman Washington, USA. He has also served as a consultant to many international organizations and agencies such as the World Bank, Food and Agricultural organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Southern Africa Regional Forum for Higher Agricultural Education (RUFORUM).

Professor Omotayo was a Visiting Fellow at the African Studies Centre Leiden, the Netherlands between April and July, 2002. Between August and December 2009, he served as a member of a panel of experts collaborating with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the review of the Agricultural Strategy Plan for Nigeria. Recently he served on the committee reviewing the National Seed Policy.

Education is Strategic to Transformation Agenda - President Jonathan

The President and Visitor to the University, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has affirmed that education would continue to remain a focal point in his administration’s drive for national development. Speaking at the just-concluded 21st and 22nd Convocation Ceremonies of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Dr. Jonathan noted that “development cannot be possible without good education. Hence, this year’s budgetary allocation of 426 billion naira to education out of the total national budget of about 5 trillion is a clear determination of a deliberate and sustained effort by our administration to turn things around for the better”.

The President, who was represented at the occasion by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, noted that government was not unmindful of the many challenges troubling our citadels of learning such as funding and disruption in the academic calendar, as he called on stakeholders in the education sector to support and cooperate with the Federal Government to deal with these issues and find a lasting solution.

He commended the Governing Council and Management of the University for establishing the Office of Advancement, as well as its internationalization drive; stating that that FUNAAB had impacted positively on the nation’s socio-economic and political life through its tripodal mandate of teaching, research and extension services. He also congratulated the University for its current World Webometrics Rating as 2nd Best in Nigeria and 29th in Africa.

The Chancellor and Asagba of Asaba, HRM Obi (Professor) Chike Edozien, expressed his appreciation to the Federal Government for releasing the merged 2011/2012 TETFund allocation and other special interventions to FUNAAB, which had helped the University in no small measure in developing its infrastructure. “We hope that these gestures of the government will be sustained in future as the only catalyst for ensuring that the University remained focused in its mandates of teaching, research and extension services and to further enhance our own mission of building great future leaders and generate knowledge through research and intellectually-stimulating environment for teaching, learning and community outreach, towards sustainable development”, he added.

He used the occasion to remind the Visitor of his directive for specialized Universities to transmute into multi-disciplinary institutions and appealed for approval for FUNAAB to establish the Colleges of Medicine and Law, so that more young Nigerians will be given opportunity to have access to University education.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, in his address titled, “Need To Grant Autonomy and Self-financing Status to All Federal Universities and Parastatals”, said Senate and Council of the University were fully aware of the problems of admission of students, who are qualified  but could not gain admission into Federal Universities. He solicited for the establishment of additional Colleges namely; the College of Medicine, College of Law and the College of Social Sciences without necessarily requesting for any take-off capital funds from the Federal Government, to meet the yearning of the citizens of Ogun State and Nigeria, assuring that the good people of Ogun were ready to raise the necessary take-off funds to finance the establishment of the new Colleges.

He advocated for a symbiotic relationship between Nigerian Universities and the Federal Government’s Office of the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), adding that Industrial Revolution cannot be achieved, without the involvement of researchers in the Universities and Polytechnics. Senator Ogunlewe called on the federal and state governments, to as a matter of policy, make annual budgetary provisions for specific research innovations that are assigned to Universities while soliciting that members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Nigerian Academy of Engineering should be included in the formation and execution of policies on national development.

The  Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, whose address was titled, “We Shall Reach Our Goals”, said since the inception of the University about 26 years ago, it had worked assiduously to realise its vision, mission and mandate as enunciated by the Founding Fathers and in line with the statutes establishing the institution. He pointed out that FUNAAB had never relented in its efforts at maintaining high academic standards, made possible by the immense contributions of its ever-dedicated members of staff, conducive, peaceful teaching and learning environment within the available resources.

Professor Oyewole, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), disclosed that he assumed office about 25 months ago, with a personal vision, “to promote the advancement of FUNAAB towards a World-Class Status by providing a visionary leadership, empowering the human capacity, promoting equality and excellence in teaching, research for development and community engagement for societal impact”.

He said this tradition of excellence had assisted FUNAAB immensely in producing well-behaved graduates that are making waves in all facets of life and that the University had continued to witness remarkable progress and development.

While congratulating the graduating students for toiling very hard and making a huge success out of their several years of dedication, hardwork, perseverance and determination, the Vice-Chancellor said, “As you go into the world, remember to be good Ambassadors of FUNAAB wherever you find yourselves. Always keep the flag flying and avoid any act that could tarnish the hard-earned image of yourselves, your family and indeed, the University. Remember to be honest, humble and disciplined”. He added that by virtue of the training that they had acquired in the University, becoming an entrepreneur should not be a Herculean task for them.

A breakdown of the statistics of the recent graduate and postgraduate students of FUNAAB for the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 Academic Session, is as follows: 1681 First Degree Graduates and 197 Postgraduates for the 2011/2012 Academic Session and 1874 Graduates and 107 Postgraduates for the 2012/2013 Academic Session.

Ghana Varsity, FUNAAB to Collaborate

The Food Safety and Nutrition Centre, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon has indicated interest in partnering the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), in the areas of Food Safety and Nutrition Training.

Speaking in a meeting with the Dean of COLFHEC, Professor Folake Henshaw, the  Professor in charge of the Centre, Professor Kwaku Tano-Debra, disclosed that the Food Safety and Nutrition Centre was sponsored by the  Industry Development Council (IDC), a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisation, to address the challenges of food safety through the promotion of food safety trainings.
Professor Tano-Debra stated that the visit of the team to the University was meant to explore the possibility of collaboration with COLFHEC in hosting a similar centre, which would enhance and ensure food safety, expand the centre's regional network, develop database for food safety issues and collectively reduce the problem of food safety, which has been responsible for many health hazards and deaths in many West African countries. On the choice of the University and College for the proposed collaboration, Professor Tano-Debra said research findings made on the College and interactions with the Dean indicated that the College had the required departments, workforce and facilities needed to host the training. The Professor of Food Science also disclosed that he was impressed by the very clean and beautiful environment of FUNAAB, as a first time visitor to Nigeria.

Responding, the Dean of COLFHEC, Professor Henshaw, said that one thing that was very unique about the centre was that it addressed not only food safety, but also proffered solutions to nutritional problems associated with food safety. According to her, in COLFHEC, there were at least three departments that could work with the Centre namely; the Departments of Food Science and Technology; Nutrition and Dietetics and Hospitality and Tourism. She added that the College was willing to partner with the proposed Centre of its regional network and integration, adding that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had granted approval for the smooth take-off of the collaboration.

FMC Set to Become FUNAAB’s Medical Teaching Hospital

The management of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, has expressed its readiness to become the Teaching Hospital of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), by the time it attains its desired conventional status.

The Chief Medical Director of FMC, Abeokuta, Dr. Dapo Sotiloye, recalled the history of the establishment of the University College, which was initially meant to be sited in Abeokuta, but was relocated to Ibadan. He said he received the proposal of FUNAAB going conventional with joy, noting that with the personnel and equipment of FMC; it was easy for the University to run a standard Teaching Hospital, promising that "whatever is demanded of us within our powers, we would not hesitate to do it".


While welcoming the FMC team, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said the University has had the vision of going conventional for years, adding that merely going conventional was not enough but having the capability to create better access to higher education.

"Our vision is to contribute to the development of our people and one of the various ways that we want to do that is by ensuring that while agriculture remains the flagship of our University, we go into other areas of life that would promote development of our people", Prof. Oyewole added. The University had already received a letter of support from Royal Fathers in Egbaland, adding that the Academic Planning Directorate of FUNAAB had also been directed to ensure the effective take-off of the conventional programmes to be run by University.

Present at the parley were Professor Waheed Adekojo, FUNAAB’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Dr. Dolapo Akisanya, Head, Clinical Services, FMC, Abeokuta.