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UNAABSU Takes Delivery of a New Bus

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun exchanging handshake with the SUG President, Comrade Taiwo Semighan during the official hand-over of the Hyundai bus

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has admonished the leadership of the University’s Students Union to be prudently above board and demonstrate impeccable conduct in learning and character.
The Vice-Chancellor gave the charge while handing-over a brand new Hyundai bus, facilitated by the erstwhile Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Joy Emodi, to the Student Union Executive of the University, last Thursday.

Cautioning that the reckless habit of handling properties, particularly vehicles, entrusted in their care must stop, the Vice-Chancellor asked the Union leaders to justify Management’s proactiveness and magnanimity on the students by jealously maintaining and preserving facilities put in place for their welfare.

Professor Balogun said, much as he loved the students as his biological children, he would not compromise on discipline.  “I  love the students, but it has a limit. Once it gets to irresponsibility, I don’t condone it. I have zero-tolerance for indiscipline”.

In his remarks, the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Samuel Oluwalana,  commended   the  relentless efforts of the Vice-Chancellor in ensuring a comprehensive development of facilities in the school, an attribute he   said to be responsible for the model status the University is assuming in the nation.

The Dean also commended Management for the enabling academic environment with a call on the students to justify the gesture by always being of good behaviour and concentrate in the attainment of academic excellence.

Professor Oluwalana said the reference to UNAAB as the most peaceful higher institution in the country was heart -warming, observing that “the peace enjoyed in a community, depends largely on the leadership quality”.

Giving his response, the President of the University’s Students’ Union, Comrade Taye Semighan, said rather than rebranding, the society should imbibe attitudinal revolution with a cardinal disposition towards best practices and due process.

Comrade Semighan commended the impeccable moral code exhibited by the University Management, particularly the Vice-Chancellor, saying the exemplary conducts had great inspirational impact on the Union and the entire Student body.

He promised to ensure a judicious use of the new bus. It will be recalled that the erstwhile Senate Committee Chairman, Senator Joy Emodi, had promised the students while delivering the last Convocation Lecture, following a plea by the immediate past Students’ Union President, Comrade Layi Ogunpayimo, to assist in securing a bus for them.


Prof. Onwuka Gives Out Daughter in Marriage

The bride, Mrs. Ifeanyin Valerie Okojie, flanked by parents, Prof. and Dr. (Mrs.) Chryss Onwuka

The grooms parents, Prof. and Chief (Mrs.) Julius Amioba Okojie and Barrister Laleye (Chief  (Mrs.) Okojie’s younger brother) .

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The bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Ehime Julius Okojie during the solemnization of the holy matrimony

 

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Christopher Onwuka, has given out his daughter, Valerie, in a wedlock to Ehimen, son of a former Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie.

Solemnization of the holy matrimony was held penultimate Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Odo-Ona, Ibadan, while the traditional Engagement Ceremony was held the previous day in Abeokuta.

While delivering the homily, the Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan, Most Rev. Felix Alaba Job, noted that there  was more to marriage than the celebration and glamour.

Archbishop Job frowned at the increasing rate of divorce, which he noted was against the wishes of God.

The prelate charged the new couple to love each other and enabled a strong bond without undue interference to be deeply rooted in the relationship.

The wedding was attended by dignitaries from all walks of life, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, leading Principal Officers and top officials of the University.

The bride’s father, Professor Chryss Onwuka leads his daughter to the alter during the solemnization mass

TURKIYE 2010

From Left: Nigerian delegate, Olowokere Akinyemi; President, Peace Child International, UK, David Woollcombe; Chukwudima Nzene,  Olatunde Oderinwale,  Olawale Faluyi, Nigerian delegate, Babalola Ogunleye and Chioma Okere  at the closing ceremony of the 5th WYC, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

The four students, sponsored by the University to participate in the 5th World Youth Congress, (Turkiye 2010) held in Istanbul, Turkey, are back, loaded with experiences from the international youth gathering.

In what was described as a lifetime experience by the students, during a chat with UNAAB BULLETIN, TURKIYE 2010, had broadened their horizons by preparing them to be worthy ambassadors of UNAAB and Nigeria at large.

According to the participants, highlights of the congress included taking part in series of activities ranging from motivational talks, skills workshop, round-table discussion, inter-cultural performances and action projects which involved thousands of participants from all over the globe, that came to share their experiences with one another.

The two-week congress, was held between July 31 and August 13, and declared opened by the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was represented by the Minister of State, Faruk Nafiz Ozak.

The Prime Minister stressed the dynamism of the youth as veritable agents for global change, capable of charting a new world order on peace.

The Prime Minister expressed the need for youths around the world to come together and interact with mutual understanding, tolerance and solidarity.

The four UNAAB delegates who thanked the Management, particularly the Vice-Chancellor, for the rare opportunity, are Olatunde Akeem Oderinwale, Best Male Student, 2007/2008 Academic Session; Chioma Patricia Okere, Best Female Student, 2007/2008 Academic Session; Olawale Olaoluwa Faluyi, former Chairman, Male Hostel and  Chukwudinma Oluwatoyin Nzene, former Chairperson, Female Hostel.

The World Youth Congress is organised by the Peace Child International, a United Kingdom-registered educational charity that supports young people around the world to produce books, musicals, educational materials, lesson plans, workshops and training courses on  major generational challenges they are likely to face in the future.

The first WYC was held in Hawaii, USA in 1999 and the 6th edition is billed to take place in Brazil in 2012.


INHURD - A Blessing

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Students’ Union has inaugurated its Judicial Arm, in order to guarantee the necessary checks and balances in the running of the Union’s affairs.

Speaking at the occasion, the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye emphasized the important role of the Judiciary in any system of government, noting that it shouldered the responsibility of adherence of the rule of law and due process, which he said, was essential for equity fairness and justice.

He, therefore, tasked the Judiciary to dispense without prejudice, judgments that would sustain the existing peace in the University, declaring that “justice delayed is justice denied”.

The Acting Registrar, represented by the Senior Assistant Registrar (Junior Staff Estab. Matters), Mr. Adebayo Ogundimu,  administered the oath on  the  students’  representatives.

The Students’ Union President, Mr. Taiwo Semighan applauded the uniqueness of the spirit of unionism in the University, which he said was unparalleled to the violent political terrain in other institutions.

The Students’ Union President thanked the University Management, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for its open-door policy and encouragement of free-flow communication between the students and Management.

Semighan urged the newly-sworn in members of Judiciary, to complement the existing peace in the University, by avoiding any act of favouritism, nepotism and selfishness while dispensing justice.

The sworn-in Justices are, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Agbelejoye Mutiu and the Chief Jurist of the Students’ Court, Justice Wahab Abdul Rahman.
Oloye Suaibu reiterated that with INHURD in their domain, Mawuko/Opeji had been given befitting recognition on the map of Ogun State, noting that the development had started yielding positive results on the socio-economic lives of the people.

He, however, implored the University to help in the construction of the major road, linking Mawuko to the Abeokuta township.

Also speaking at the occasion,  the Secretary of the Association, Mr. Gbadamosi commended UNAAB for its efforts so far and solicited that indigenes of the community be considered for more appointments and patronage by the University.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke, lauded the Association for accepting the location of INHURD in their jurisdiction.

He noted that the University had already embarked on the construction of an access road that will link INHURD to the Permanent Site at Alabata Road.

The Vice-Chancellor added that the responsibility of repairing the road that linked Mawuko to Abeokuta, was that of the government, as the University had no power to construct township roads.

Professor Balogun stressed that members of the community were free to apply for jobs and other benefits from the University, but warned that such will be treated on merit.


UNAAB Judicial Arm Inaugurated

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Students’ Union has inaugurated its Judicial Arm, in order to guarantee the necessary checks and balances in the running of the Union’s affairs.

Speaking at the occasion, the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye emphasized the important role of the Judiciary in any system of government, noting that it shouldered the responsibility of adherence of the rule of law and due process, which he said, was essential for equity fairness and justice.

He, therefore, tasked the Judiciary to dispense without prejudice, judgments that would sustain the existing peace in the University, declaring that “justice delayed is justice denied”.

The Acting Registrar, represented by the Senior Assistant Registrar (Junior Staff Estab. Matters), Mr. Adebayo Ogundimu,  administered the oath on  the  students’  representatives.

The Students’ Union President, Mr. Taiwo Semighan applauded the uniqueness of the spirit of unionism in the University, which he said was unparalleled to the violent political terrain in other institutions.

The Students’ Union President thanked the University Management, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for its open-door policy and encouragement of free-flow communication between the students and Management.

Semighan urged the newly-sworn in members of Judiciary, to complement the existing peace in the University, by avoiding any act of favouritism, nepotism and selfishness while dispensing justice.

The sworn-in Justices are, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Agbelejoye Mutiu and the Chief Jurist of the Students’ Court, Justice Wahab Abdul Rahman.
Oloye Suaibu reiterated that with INHURD in their domain, Mawuko/Opeji had been given befitting recognition on the map of Ogun State, noting that the development had started yielding positive results on the socio-economic lives of the people.

He, however, implored the University to help in the construction of the major road, linking Mawuko to the Abeokuta township.

Also speaking at the occasion,  the Secretary of the Association, Mr. Gbadamosi commended UNAAB for its efforts so far and solicited that indigenes of the community be considered for more appointments and patronage by the University.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Segun Lagoke, lauded the Association for accepting the location of INHURD in their jurisdiction.

He noted that the University had already embarked on the construction of an access road that will link INHURD to the Permanent Site at Alabata Road.

The Vice-Chancellor added that the responsibility of repairing the road that linked Mawuko to Abeokuta, was that of the government, as the University had no power to construct township roads.

Professor Balogun stressed that members of the community were free to apply for jobs and other benefits from the University, but warned that such will be treated on merit.


UNAAB cultists-free

The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Ogun State is a cultist-free institution, out of all Universities in the State, Mr. Musa A. Daura, the State Commissioner of Police has said.

The police boss made this remark while playing host to members of the executive of Correspondents’ Chapel, Ogun State Council, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), who paid a courtesy visit on him, in his office at Eleweran, Abeokuta.

He noted that UNAAB was the only University, out of the nine Universities in the State that had never recorded any case of cultism, adding that other institutions should take a cue from the commendable approach by the school authorities at curbing the menace of cultism.

Aside from this, Mr. Daura also explained that his command, from January this year had succeeded in arresting 149 suspected armed robbers in their different locations and recovered 5,230 rounds of arms and ammunition.

While thanking members of the executive of the Chapel for the honour done him through the visit, he promised to assist the Chapel in all ramifications, when the need arose.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel, Mr. Kunle Idowu, said the visit was to familiarize the chapel members with the officers and men of the Command and to solicit their support for members of the Union, while discharging their duties.

Mr. Idowu pledged the Union’s support to the Command whenever the need arose.

(culled from Oodua News of
August 12 – 18, 2010)

Leadway PFA Customer Forum- Ag. Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye

The Zonal Manager, Leadway Pensure Limited, Mr. Remi Ogunlaja has allayed the fears of the company’s customers in the University that the process involved in collecting their pension after retirement was not as cumbersome and stressful as they erroneously believed.

Mr. Ogunlaja gave this assurance during the Customers’ Forum organized by Leadway Pensure Limited in the University, recently.

According to the Zonal Manager, retirees could access and begin to enjoy their pension, three months after retirement, provided that they presented their PFAs with necessary documents to facilitate payment.

He identified the documents that would be required by retirees to include official Notice of Retirement, Certified True Copy of Last Pay-Slip, proof of enrolment into the scheme, two passport photographs and bankers’ Certification of Account.

Mr. Ogunlaja pointed out that clients could withdraw voluntarily from the scheme, after attaining the age of 50 or on the completion of their length of service. He said the scheme could also be accessed pre-maturely by clients, who retired on medical grounds or sacked, as well as on the condition of death or declared missing.

The Zonal Manager further assured that since PFAs were not directly in the custody of client’s funds, the fear of mismanagement should not be entertained, advising staffers to grab the opportunity of contributing more through the Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) package.

The Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye commended the University’s Pension Directorate and Leadway Pension for their initiative at organizing the Forum as he called on other Pension groups to emulate them.


Succour for Physically-Challenged Students —VC

The University has brought a big relief to physically-challenged students in the institution, in ensuring they enjoy equal access to facilities and services like their able-bodied counterparts.
A specially designed School Van with facility for wheel-chair was recently procured by the Management to conveniently transport physically-challenged students.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, disclosed this fact during the inauguration of the Committee on National Institutional Ranking (CONIREX), in the University’s Senate Chamber, recently.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the special needs of physically-challenged people in the University must be considered and that they should be assisted in having easy access to facilities, like their other contemporaries. 

Professor  Balogun  said,  “we now have many of them with us and as such, we must start considering their interests in all that we do, particularly in the construction of Lecture Hall and auditorium”.
The Vice-Chancellor added that he had instructed the Physical Planning Unit to “look into the possibility of restructuring existing facilities”, with a view of putting access ramps in place, for wheel-chair passage.

He has equally directed the Health Centre to provide wheel-chair shuttle service for the physically-challenged, in order to move them across Lecture Halls, to ease the hardship they experience in the exercise.

While demonstrating the features of the van to UNAAB BULLETIN, the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Samuel Oluwalana, praised the magnanimity and vision of the Vice-Chancellor in acceding to the request to cater for the needs of the physically-challenged. The Dean said the University had blazed another trail in pioneering deliberate efforts to specially cater for the plight of the physically-challenged, noting that the van will assist tremendously in reducing “the usual stress that they undergo to acquire education and measure-up with their able-bodied colleagues”.

In an interview, a 400-Level student, Mr. Soetan Abayomi, who is physically-challenged, was full of praise for the University Management, for the humane gesture, believing he would no longer be sidelined by his handicap in participating in all academic exercises.

Mr. Soetan said it was practically impossible for him to attend all lectures, despite waking up by 4.00am and getting to the Campus by 7.00am on each school day. He said, “because of my situation, I cannot rush for bus, so I have to wake early to get to school on time.

“Despite this, I strategically place myself between Lecture Halls and always sit at the back of the class, to quickly move out at the end of the lecture, before the crowd begins to surge”.

An elated Mr. Soetan advised the University to conduct a proper census of students that are physically-challenged in order to adequately cater for them.

103 utility vehicles in 3 Years

A total of 103 Utility Vehicles had been procured in the last three years of the incumbent administration of the University, it has been revealed.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun disclosed this fact while inaugurating the Committee on National Institutional Ranking Exercise (CONIREX), in the Senate Chamber of the University, recently.

Professor Balogun said the rationale to radically increase the near empty Transport Pool of the University was borne out of genuine commitment “to enhance and strengthen the productivity” of both the Academic and Administrative sectors of the University.

Giving his assessment of the chaotic transportation machinery that he met on assumption of office, the Vice-Chancellor said, “what we met on ground, when we came was pathetic, the few functional vehicles available were at best ‘coffin-on-wheels’ and were breaking down every moment”.
The Vice-Chancellor said it delighted him that transportation was no longer part of the concerns of the University Management and that there would no longer be excuses for inability to deliver on responsibilities with the level of infrastructural development in the University.

According to him, “we are delighted that it had never been witnessed in the last three years, that students will carry placards, demonstrating for buses, water or electricity”. He then promised that as a responsive Management, “we shall do more”.

He enjoined other staffers clamouring for consideration on Project Vehicles to appreciate that “no sentiments are attached to the issue of allocation of vehicles”, but that Management prioritized, based on the need assessment.

Reacting to the development in an interview, the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, said the situation could be better imagined if the current administration had not taken the radical steps it took on transportation.

Mr. Adeboye observed that it was a good managerial decision of the Vice-Chancellor to take the initiative, saying, “you know that from time to time, the University still engage the services of the Ogun State Bureau of Transport to complement our fleet for the students, but all that will stop soon, when we take delivery of seven brand new Luxury buses, already paid for”.

In his own reaction, the Acting Bursar, Mr. Olusola Ilesanmi, said, the procurement of the 103 vehicles had not drained the University financially as the fund was sourced from the Extra-Governmental Earnings (EGE).

Mr. Ilesanmi stressed that the Vice-Chancellor should be commended, as “he had through personal initiative, substantially widened all revenue base of the University. According to him, “the alternative would have been for the University to be experiencing handicapped operations and incurring huge bills on repairing almost dead vehicles”.

UNAAB qualifies for ARCN Grants

The University has been chosen as one of the institutions to benefit from the Competitive Agricultural Research Grants Scheme of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN).

The ARCN Team Leader, Dr. Shuaib Madugu, disclosed this during the verification visit by members of the Council to the University, recently.

The Team Leader applauded the “meticulous and exceptional style of proposal writing of UNAAB”, an attribute he said contributed to the approval of seven proposals, already  earmarked for funding, from the University.

Dr. Madugu expressed his satisfaction with available facilities in the University, noting that they favourably meet with the stipulated criteria for benefitting in the Research Grants.

Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun said that 22 of the 23 proposals originally sent to ARCN scaled through to the second stage while seven were eventually approved.

The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Dev), Prof. Segun Lagoke, said the grant would assist the University to actualise its food security mandate for the nation.

Learn to Maintain Peace, says AASU scribe

Learn to Maintain Peace, says AASU scribe
Students of tertiary institutions, have again been advised to always maintain peace in their interest, that of their institutions and the society in general.

This call was made by the Secretary-General, Association of African Students’ Union, Ambassador Oludare Ogunlana, during the first UNAABSU Legislative Leadership Summit and Award Presentation, organized by  the  Students’  Representative Assembly
(SRA) of the University.

Ambassador Oludare challenged students to learn to obey University authorities, because peace could only reign when there is room for dialogue and strict adherence to the tenets of law and order by students and other stakeholders of higher institutions.

Ambassador Oludare, who spoke on “The Role of Student Legislators in Maintaining and Ensuring
Peace and Development of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions”, observed that development will continue to elude any society, whose students preferferred violence and confrontation to the alternative of peace.

Also at the occasion, the Head, Political Science Department, University of Ibadan, Professor Bayo Okunade, presented a paper on  “Credible Election in 2011: The Role of Student Leaders ”, with a view that it would be impossible for any nation to develop, if it does not embrace democracy, sustained through a free and fair electoral process.

The Professor, however, advised students to imbibe the principle of fairness in all they do within and outside the campus as these will help in inculcating in them, the required attributes of future leaders, thus eradicating the rot, being experienced in the corridors of power in Nigeria.

Earlier, in his welcome speech, the Speaker, UNAABSU, Rt. Hon. Adewoye Oluwaseun thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun for his immense contributions to the welfare of the students and the development of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka, bagged the “Father of Humanity” award, which he dedicated to the students, while Ambassador Oludare Ogunlana was equally decorated with the “Outstanding Leadership” award.

Mgmt tackles Staff accommodation problem

Staffers of the University will soon breathe a sigh of relief in overcoming accommodation challenges. A residential staff estate is being considered by an estate-developing firm of Property and Construction Group (PCG), Nigeria, in conjunction with the  Management.

Briefing the University Management and Union leaders on the proposed project, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Abiodun Adesina stated that the decision by his company to initiate the project was borne out of concern for the enormous challenges being encountered by members of staff in the area of accommodation.

He noted that the estate, when constructed would reduce the hardship of travelling over long distance to work, bad road networks and insecurity, as currently being experienced by the staff, on a daily basis.

The Chief Executive of PCG, said the estate will provide accommodation specifications ranging from a One-Bedroom apartment to a fully detached Four-Bedroom duplex,adding that the estate will not be lacking in basic infrastructural amenities, such as good road networks, electricity and potable water.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the  Vice-Chancellor,  Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, noted that  the proposed staff estate could not had come at a better time, considering the increase in staff strength that had skyrocketed by about 50% and the hardship faced by staff while commuting to work daily.

The Vice-Chancellor said the challenges have overbearing significance on productivity, noting that recreation, comfort and good health of the staff could only be properly planned and enhanced when they
cohabit.

Professor Balogun lamented that the ordeal daily faced by the staff was agonizing and that “no responsible Management will fold its arms, in the face of such ordeal”. He was of the opinion that Management should concurrently address the accommodation problem of the staff alongside the provision of hostels for the students.

The Vice-Chancellor said “though the University was planned to be non-residential, but that did not factor-in the present realities, vehicular problem has heightened, while the accommodation problem has been more compounded”.

Several staff and Union leaders present at the presentation expressed delight in the project, calling for its speedy execution while also advising the developer to be considerate on rents and other tenancy issues.



UNAAB to Host WEB 2.0 Training Programme

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has assured the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Netherlands, of the University’s readiness to host the Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity Programme, scheduled for September 18 – 22, 2010 and 25 – 29, 2010 in UNAAB and Ibadan, respectively.
Professor Balogun gave this assurance during an interaction with the CTA’s Training Programme Manager, Dr. Rodger Obubo, who came on a courtesy visit, to officially inform that the University won the hosting right.

The Vice-Chancellor who disclosed that the University had set the necessary machinery in motion to ensure the success of the training programme, added that electricity would not be a hindrance during the programme.

According to him, “the University is noted for its commitment to duty and reputed for making a success of any responsibility it embarks upon”. He assured that the facilities in the University were “capable of hosting the entire West African countries on similar training”.

In his presentation, Dr. Obubo said the vision of CTA, is focused on agricultural and rural development with farmers and the rural populace as the main beneficiaries. 

Highlighting the advantages of the training, the Manager said the Web 2.0 Application will improve the networking and management of agricultural information amongst development actors, by enhancing information retrieval and collaborative generation of content. Other advantages  according to him include improved information sharing with an effective 
and cost-efficient communication.

Meanwhile, interested participants for the Web 2.0 Tools for National Learning Opportunities are enjoined to take note of the following schedule for the training programmes in UNAAB and Ibadan, respectively:

UNAAB
Date:  September 18 – 22, 2010
For on-line application, visit:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/unaabsep2010.

Ibadan
Date: September 25 – 29, 2010
For on-line application, visit:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ibadansep2010.

VC Challenges Committee on National Institution Ranking

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has challenged the University’s Committee on National Institutional Ranking Exercise (CONIREX), to deplore the potentials of the youthful dynamism of UNAAB to ensure a good rating at local and international levels. 
The Vice-Chancellor gave the charge while inaugurating the Committee, headed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka, in the Senate Chamber of the University, last Monday.

Professor Balogun admonished the Committee to work assiduously, with a clear understanding that “ranking is not in age; youthful dynamism could be used to wrestle recognition from older Universities. We must be proactive enough to ensure that we emerge as one of the top best”.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the fact that “UNAAB is a University of choice by teeming candidates, is because of our present status and reputation”, therefore calling for the Committee to design good strategies of attaining favourable ranking during the national exercise.

Noting that one of the attributes that University administrators must imbibe, given the present economic realities, is the art of prudency in the utilization of funds, the Vice - Chancellor called on Community members, particularly, administrative heads, to “think of a period in time, when the available resources will not be able to sustain us”.

Professor Balogun also cautioned Community members to consider the possibility of “if eventually there is drought of fund, let us be confident that the University will still be in good stead, for having not squandered opportunities”. 

The Vice-Chancellor therefore called on CONIREX to be scientific in its assignment, which could help the University to make an accurate and genuine assessment of its readiness for the national institutional ranking, urging the members not to lose sight of the impending pilot ranking of African Universities.

In his response, CONIREX Chairman and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka, lauded the Vice-Chancellor for his pro-activeness, will and conviction to place UNAAB on the global scale, with a promise to deliver on the assignment.

Professor Onwuka said the members were aware of the importance of the exercise to the University and pledged their total commitment to ensure that they justified the confidence reposed in them.