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Former VC Now NIAS President

A former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Israel Adu, has been elected as the President of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS). A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Adu was elected at the 3rd Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of NIAS and the Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), held recently at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Professor Adu was Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, from September 1, 2001 to August 31, 2006 and he's currently the Pro-Chancellor of McPherson University, Ogun State.

Also appointed as Council members of NIAS, at the Joint Annual Meeting, were three University officials, namely; the Dean of the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Christian Ikeobi, representing the Animal Breeding and Genetics Discipline; the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor Olufemi Onifade, who would represent the Pasture and Range Management Discipline; while Professor Samuel Abiola, is to represent the Livestock Products Processing and Preservation Discipline. Professor Ikeobi is of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics with research focus in the areas of animal genetics, characterisation and evaluation of Nigeria's animal resources, with special emphasis on the local chicken. He is presently a member of the University’s Governing Council. Professor Onifade is of the Department of Pasture and Range Management and a member of several international and national bodies. He was until recently, the Dean of Student Affairs, while Professor Abiola is of the Department of Animal Production and Health, with research interest in Monogastric Animal Production Meat Processing. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Meat, London and a Member, South African Society for Animal Science.

NIAS was founded in 1975 and legally established by the National Assembly Act No. 26 of 2007, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. It is the regulatory agency for Animal Science practice with powers to regulate all matters pertaining to animal husbandry in Nigeria. It is also saddled with the responsibility of regulating professional practices towards increasing profitability for improved animal husbandry and production while ASAN, on the other hand, was established in 1995 with the aim of promoting the standard of livestock production through policy formation and research in the industry. The tenure of the newly-elected Council members is for three years, with effect from 2014.

FUNAAB Scholar Wins IUFoST Award

A graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Miss Ifeoluwa Olotu, had won the prestigious International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) Food Safety without Borders Graduate Student Paper Award. Miss Olotu’s research which was titled, “Identification of Hazards and Critical Control Points for Mosa (an indigenous maize based street vended snack) Processing in South-West Nigeria”, won the award presented to her at the recently concluded IUFoST Congress in Montreal, Canada.

Miss Olotu, recently bagged her Master’s Degree, funded by the European Union GRATITUDE Project and was one of the four graduate students from developing countries that won.

Olotu is a member of several professional bodies, including the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) and the American Society of Quality and Young Professionals in Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD).

Be Relevant After Graduation - IFSERAR Director

The Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo, has tasked the 2013/2014 graduating students of the University on how to be relevant after graduating. Delivering a lecture titled, “Developing Skills Set for Excellence and How to Search for and Get Your First Job”, he challenged the students to go the extra mile, show enthusiasm and take charge of problems when they come in order to achieve excellence.

According to the Don, for one not to be caught in the web of unemployment or joblessness, Professor Omotayo charged the students to have passion for self-employment by learning and using the various skills they have; and if they seek paid employment, they should create their own curriculum vitaes or resumes and make use of social media such as LinkedIn, take part in internship as early as possible, find a mentor and join a professional development or industry group. He observed that graduating students in today’s market place required some basic skills which they should endeavour to acquire such as being computer literate, developing good written and verbal communication skills, as well as learning new languages.

The event, which was also organised to brief the graduating students on the changes in the process of mobilisation for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, afforded the NYSC team, led by Mr. Adeniran Olayide, who is the Director of Ventures Management Department, NYSC Headquarters, Abuja to inform the students that the mobilisation process would now be done online, beginning with the 2014 Batch ‘C’.. Adeniran said that for a prospective corps member to get registered, such a person would make an online payment of Four Thousand Naira (N4,000.00) only, to get his call-up letter printed, which would afford them the opportunity to re-print their call-up letters anytime, anyday and from anywhere in the case of theft or loss, which was contrary to what was obtainable before, where a corps member would have to lose the entire service year if he/she should misplaced or loses the letter. He advised that to get registered, they would have to log on to or and make use of a good cybercafé with the required facilities such a thumb-printing machine and webcam for picture capturing among others. Present at the briefing were the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons; the Principal Assistant Registrar (Counselling), Mrs. Modesta Ofodile; and the Student Affairs Officer, Mr. Olaniyi Akomolafe .

IFSERAR Organises Training on Scientific Data Analysis

The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), is leading the frontier towards ensuring that data collected during research findings are properly analysed, by organising an intensive training programme for research scientists, lecturers, postgraduate students and final year undergraduate students on data analysis. Addressing participants at the 2nd round of Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SAS/SPSS) training, the Director of IFSERAR, Professor Akin Omotayo, encouraged them to fully utilise the opportunity the training offered them in creating unlimited opportunites. Professor Omotayo disclosed that the training was designed to update and upgrade the skills of undergraduate, postgraduate students and others, who needed to learn how to analyse data.

“Some of them already have the skills but the skills are rusty because as new software are being developed, new ways are coming up. So, we are organising this training both for those who are green completely and those who have the skills but the skills are rusty”, he noted. The Director of IFSERAR added that the success recorded during the first round of the workshop earlier held in August encouraged the Institute to organise the just-concluded second round, urging interested members of the University community to utilise the opportunity of the third round which would be coming up before the end of the year or early 2015. He highlighted the enormous benefits of the training to include turning trainees into consultants, setting up of data analysis outfit, training of would-be data analysts, among others.

Reps Pass Vote of Confidence on FUNAAB

After their official visit to the University, federal legislators and members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education, have passed a vote of confidence on the way and manner the affairs of the institution was being run. The lawmakers, who recently paid a working visit to the University, as part of their oversight functions had unanimously commended FUNAAB over its detailed financial report. Speaking during the interactive meeting between the legislators with the University Management and members of staff, the Chairman of

the Committee, Honourable Aminu Suleiman, said the essence of the Committee's oversight function was not to query, witch-hunt or carry out auditing, but to better the system.According to him, "It becomes a matter of necessity for us to put an eagle eye to stimulate public officers to run institutions properly". Honourable Suleiman stated that it is one thing to provide what was needed for learning and teaching, adding that it is another thing for public officers to properly and judiciously spend government funds, noting that the Committee could not carry out its duties effectively by staying in their offices. "The National Assembly have been on recess for two months and we are here to gather information to submit on the forthcoming appropriation". He appreciated the warm hospitality the University accorded them right from the Lagos Airport to Abeokuta, saying that Nigeria had not made a mistake by creating specialised institutions like FUNAAB. According to him, "I commend the unanimity of purpose particularly seeing members of the ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) present. I congratulate the Vice-Chancellor that he has a team that can support him in his absence". He also lauded Management for doing a good job in the University.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had stated that the University was aiming to be a world-class institution, adding that this was possible because of its highly committed and dedicated members of staff. He presented the Mission and Vision statements of the University, saying that presently, FUNAAB had nine Colleges and a Postgraduate School. Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, the Vice-Chancellor said that the University also has 11,624 undergraduate students, 1,101 postgraduate students, 562 Teaching as well as 1,421 Non-teaching Staff. He added that the University was community-focused with the existence of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) which was established in 1992. The Vice-Chancellor stressed the importance of research to the University which was responsible for the establishment of its Institute for Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) and the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), where the University students go to rural areas to practice farming for one year. While presenting the University’s financial report to the Chairman of the Committee, the Vice-Chancellor stated that 40 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was usually expended on capital projects.

VC Lauds FG Over Periodic Review of Pensioners’ Wages

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has commended the efforts of the Federal Government at bringing succour to pensioners through the periodical review of pension wages. Professor Oyewole disclosed this during a 3-Day Entrepreneurship Capacity Building Training Workshop for Pensioners, organised by the Board of Trustees for Pension Administration in collaboration with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS). The Vice-Chancellor was represented at the occasion by Professor Bola Okuneye, a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management of FUNAAB.

He added, "You will agree with me that all hands must be on deck to ensure that our pensioners are not made to go through untold hardship of life of poverty and penury after retirement but rather, they should be entitled to quality living after the meritorious services they have rendered to our dear fatherland". He recalled the various workshops that the University Management had embarked upon in its drive for better life for its staff after retirement, by ensuring that pensioners lived meaningful lives after their disengagement from service. His words, "We are glad that the feedback we have been getting on the past workshops pointed to the fact that they were beneficial to those who had attended as they have put the knowledge gained at these Workshops into practice".

Professor Okuneye, who is also the Chairman, Workshop Organising Committee, disclosed that the main purpose for the workshop was to train participants on how best to cope with retirement, adding that it would also impart some basic knowledge about businesses which are appropriate for retirees. According to him, "We will examine ways of improving the business status of those who have started their various businesses and train them on how to refinance struggling businesses". Delivering a paper titled, "Sharing Experiences of Retirement", Mr. Lateef Ladejo, a former Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU-FUNAAB), said that retirement was not a bed of roses, as he urged public servants to prepare adequately for the future. Mr. Adekunle Okanlawon admonished the retirees to personally monitor their businesses, warning against being "an absentee businessman". The second paper titled, "Coping with Stress and Health Challenges at Retirement" was delivered by Dr. Julius Adegbite, who emphasised that the way someone responds to stress would depend on how he/she would overcome stress, as he advised that growing old usually comes with health challenges. Delivering the third paper titled, "Business Ethics and Required Approach in the Present Day Nigeria", Professor Okuneye, noted the two important things a good business man must take into consideration. are: what will people buy and the trends of demand. He added that a good business man must be frank to ensure that family and friends pay for services rendered. "Put in your best in the business and don't offend customers. If you are already in business, try as much as possible to remain in business". He charged retirees to think big but start small, saying that by the time they start their business, they should make sure that customers were not disappointed. The fourth paper provided an opportunity for participants to break into groups to acquire entrepreneurship skills and was moderated by Dr. Funmilayo Braide of FUNAAB, while the fifth paper titled, "Benefits of Entrepreneurship Skills”, was delivered by the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Olufemi Onifade.

In his remarks, a member of the FUNAAB Pension Board of Trustee representing the Office of the Federal Head of Service, Mr. Edward Edohamen, said that the programme was aimed at enhancing the pensioners’ welfare as they had been taken through series of practical sessions. He appreciated the various speakers who he said, chose “carefully selected” topics of interests. According to Mr. Edohamen, “by the time the pensioners leave here, they would have something to hold on from the workshop”. Delivering the lecture on “Value Added Products”, the Dean of the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor Lateef Sanni, encouraged the pensioners to start something new, no matter how little it could appear to be at the beginning. Professor Sanni also advised them to carry along their children before embarking on any business and add value to whatever they do in a market-driven environment.

Other speakers during the workshop include the Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Christian Ikeobi; Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) FUNAAB, Dr. Festus Adeosun and the UNAAB Microfinance Bank team, which educated the pensioners on Banking Facilities. The pensioners were taken through practical classes of Bead Making, Fisheries, Dry Cleaning and Laundry, Soap Making/Vaseline and Coconut Oil, Rabbitry, Catering and Hospitality and other Value Added Products.

Dignitaries present at the occasion include the Pioneer Registrar of FUNAAB, Princess Bisi Shoboyejo and Mrs. Hamzart Abechi from the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja.

Nematodes Are Man’s Enemy – Don

A University Don and the Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Nigerian Society of Nematologists (NISON), Professor (Mrs.) Olufunke Egunjobi, has described nematodes as great enemies to the well being of man. Professor Egunjobi made this known while delivering her keynote address during the Second Biennial Conference of the Society, held recently in the University, where she stated that nematodes contribute to hunger, disease and poverty that confound humanity today. She said nematodes also caused hunger by feeding as parasites on all plants, by feeding on their roots, stems, leaves, flowers, buds and seeds and causing many diseases that could result in substantial decline in food production or total crop failure, thereby, contributing to hunger. According to her, nematodes, which are parasitic on plants are not visible to the naked eyes, while those that are parasitic on man and animals are bigger than others. Some of them are: Ascariasis (the common round worm), the Onchocerca Volvolus (River Blindness), Dracunculus Medinensis (also known as Guinea worm) and the Wucheria Bancrofti (that causes elephantiasis of the scrotum as well as the legs). “Virtually all grazing animals such as cattle, sheep and goats suffer from nematode-induced diseases such as weight loss and general reduced productivity.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed, appreciated the Nematologists, whose executive members had earlier paid him a courtesy call, noting that the University appreciated the research-oriented forum. He thanked the Keynote speaker for making herself available for the conference despite her tight schedule.

The President of the Association, Professor ‘Dele Fawole, expressed gratitude that the second edition was hosted by FUNAAB, while he commended the University Management for the rapid infrastructural development the University had witnessed over the years. The highpoint of the event was the cutting of NISON anniversary cake and the presentation of N20,000.00 conference sponsorship cheques to four students.


A postgraduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Mr. Hammed Mogaji, has been awarded the sum of $9,550 as Research and Training Grant for his MSc programme in Tropical Disease Research (TDR). Funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Research Grant would cover the full payment of his two-year tuition fee and support for learning materials, computer and preparation of his dissertation. In an interview, Hammed thanked God for the grant and described the offer as a great challenge to his academic career, which will spur him to do more.

He also commended his project supervisor, Dr. Friday Ekpo, for laying a good foundation for him and mentoring him well about the process of winning research grants, stating that he had learnt a lot from him. Hammed, an alumnus of FUNAAB, studying Parasitology, noted that the grant awarded him would take him to places and that hardwork remained his driving force.

FUNAAB Don Invents Alternative Cooking Gas

A Don in the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) and the Director of Zoological Park of the University, Dr. Moses Oyatogun, has devised an alternative cooking gas from Biodegradable waste, which is found to be economical and environmentally-friendly. Speaking at the COLERM Lecture Series titled, “Waste to Wealth, Health and Fertilizer Production in Nigeria: The Nature’s Way”, Dr. Oyatogun described Biodegradable waste as one that could be broken down within a short period of time into its base compounds by micro-organisms and other living things. Dr. Oyatogun, whose research interests cover Range Management, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Domestication and Agroforestry, added that Biodegradable waste were commonly found in municipal solid waste sometimes called Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW), which include green waste, food waste, paper waste and Biodegradable animal products. According to him, other Biodegradable wastes include human waste, manure, sewage, and slaughterhouse waste. He added that in the absence of oxygen, much of the waste items would decay into methane through a process called anaerobic digestion, adding that the main thrust of his presentation was to highlight how all Biodegradable waste products generated daily can be re-channeled into anaerobic digesters to generate methane gas and liquid organic fertilizers that can be further recycled and reused for sustainable and integrated agricultural production.

Dr. Oyatogun said that land, forests, fossil fuels and minerals were important sources of capital, adding that wealth in monetary terms, could be measured as natural, human and physical assets. His words, “wealth can be categorised into three: personal property, monetary savings and capital wealth”. He said many research had been carried out in the country without much impact, noting that until “we meet research with development, we will still remain a developing nation”, ... “if we observe nature well, we get so many things from it”. He further observed that the serious environmental problems to be addressed in the nation included deforestation and desert encroachment, as well as harnessing of the abundant natural resources.

The Don said wealth provides the type of social security that could help in protecting against unforeseen decline in man's living standard in the event of job loss or emergencies, saying that it can also be transformed into home ownership, business ownership or a college education.

Dr. Oyatogun, a member of the American Society of Range Management and the East African Wildlife Society, gave a vivid illustration of the development of low cost polyethylene tube prototype digester to utilise animal and Biodegradable biomass wastes to generate cooking gas and liquid fertilizer and noted that the prototype of the Biogas was being used at the FUNAAB Zoological Park and other places.

Earlier, the Dean of COLERM, Professor Clement Adeofun, said that the lecture was an important academic programme, adding that the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, was the first speaker to deliver the lecture, followed by Professor Jonathan Bello, a former Head of Department in the College. According to him, “it is an important event, which for over a decade; we have not had an opportunity to host”. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the occasion and the Dean, College of Engineering (COLENG), Professor Johnson Adewumi, stated that with the appropriate technology in place, it would be easy to convert waste to gas while the problem of erratic power supply in the University would be a thing of the past.

Don Identifies Ways to Secure Adequate Research Funding

The Federal Government and stakeholders of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), have been advised to ensure adequate funding of research efforts under the policy, for the benefit of Nigerians. This advice was given during the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) Lecture titled, “Framework for Inter-Governmental Relations in the implementation of Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda”, held recently.

According to the Guest Lecturer, Professor Aderibigbe Olomola, farming is a profession and business that required adequate funding to succeed and should be accorded the priority it deserved.The Senior Economist and Consultant at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), stated that research was the backbone of modern agriculture that drives productivity and competitiveness without which no agribusiness could thrive. He added that for the ATA to be sustained, there should be stability in the policy process to avoid unwarranted change.

Professor Olomola, who is a member of the Ministerial Policy Working Group on the ATA, added thatin the agricultural sector should be designed, developed and functioned in a sustainable manner, to be able to control the behaviour of individuals by making them to take decisions that would be in the best interest of the agricultural sector, as well as the Country in general. Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and representative of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bola Okuneye, described the Guest Lecturer as a ‘big fish’, adding that the lecture was held to examine the ways of establishing collaboration and workable partnership among all tiers of government in achieving the nation’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda.

Community Soccer Ends in Grand Style

In a bid to foster better extra-curricular activities among the students, the University has introduced the first ever Community Soccer Competition. The maiden tournament tagged, “FUNAAB Community Shield Soccer Competition”, had students living around FUNAAB communities as participants. The eight communities that participated include: Male Hostels, Main Gate, Camp/Osiele and Mawuko. Others are: Isolu, Kotopo/Eleweran/Aregbe, Somorin/Odo-Eran and Alogi/Asero/Adatan Communities.

The only goal of the Match between Camp/Osiele and Mawuko was scored in the 37th minute by Mr. Johnson Olakotan, a 300-level student in the Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (WRM&A), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM).

Speaking at the Final Match/Closing Ceremony of the Games, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said that the benefit of the Soccer Competition was immense because it allowed the students to have a taste of how an organised competition looked like. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Director of Sports, Mr. ‘Bayo Oluwatoki, stated that part of the benefits of the competition had started materialising as new talents were discovered to represent the University in the subsequent Inter-University Games.

The Director, Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD), Professor Francis Sowemimo, noted the importance of sports competition, being as a catalyst for fostering cordial relationships amongst the students. He added that it also helps keep the athletes fit for University tournaments and national competitions. The Director of Sports, Mr. Oluwatoki thanked the University Management for approving the Competition, adding that plans were on the way to add other games like Chess, Table Tennis, Tennis and Badminton. He observed that sport competition was a co-curricular activity which goes hand in hand with academics, stating that the competition would be sustained by planning ahead. Meanwhile, the Kotopo team came third by beating Main Gate team 4-3 through a penalty shootout. Highpoint of the event was the distribution of medals and cash awards to winners

Internal Advertisement for Vacant Positions in the Staff School

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


A. Master Grade III
- (CONTISS 06)

Candidates should possess a Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) with a minimum of two (2) years cognate post-qualification experience. Candidate must be computer literate.

B. Senior Teaching Assistant II - (CONTISS 06)

Candidates should possess a Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) with a minimum of two (2) years cognate post-qualification experience. Candidate must be computer literate.



CONTISS 06 - (N765,112.92 – N1,129,545.00)



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



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



(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:



(i) Educational Institutions Attended (with dates)

(ii) Academic and Professional Qualifications (with dates)

(iii) Prizes, Honours, National and International Recognition










…………………………… …………………………………

Signature Date





To: The Registrar,

Federal University of Agriculture,

P. M. B. 2240,


Ogun State.


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


Closing Date

All Applications must be received not later than Two (2) weeks from the date of this publication. Only applications from candidates shortlisted for interview will be acknowledged.



M. O. Ayoola, JP


September 10, 2014



Internal and External Advertisement for Non-Teaching Staff Vacancies

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


A. Director, Directorate of Internal Audit - (CONTISS 15)

Candidates should possess a good honours degree in Accounting or its equivalent. . In addition, candidate should possess a professional qualification such as ACA, ACCA, ANAN, ACMA with a minimum of fifteen (15) years cognate post-qualification experience, seven (7) of which must be as a Deputy Director or equivalent in a government establishment, tertiary Institution will be an advantage. A higher degree from a relevant field will also be an added advantage. Candidate must be computer literate.

B. Deputy Director, Bursary - (CONTISS 14)

Candidates should possess a good honours degree in Accounting or its equivalent. . In addition, candidate should possess a professional qualification such as ACA, ACCA, ANAN, ACMA. Also, the candidate must have a minimum of fourteen (14) years cognate post-qualification experience, five (5) of which must be as a Chief Accountant in a tertiary Institution. A higher degree from a relevant field will be an added advantage. Candidate must be computer literate.



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

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



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



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



(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:



(i) Educational Institutions Attended (with dates)

(ii) Academic and Professional Qualifications (with dates)

(iii) Prizes, Honours, National and International Recognition










…………………………… …………………………………

Signature Date





To: The Registrar,

Federal University of Agriculture,

P. M. B. 2240,


Ogun State.


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


Closing Date

All Applications must be received not later than six (6) weeks from the date of this publication. Only applications from candidates shortlisted for interview will be acknowledged.



M. O. Ayoola, JP


September 1, 2014



FUNAAB Empowers Drivers

As part of the staff development initiative of the University Management, the Department of Works and Services recently facilitated a two 2-day workshop tagged, “Intensive Re-Orientation and Refresher Course for University’s Motor Drivers/Mechanics and Technical Assistants (Automobile)”.

Presenting a Paper titled, “Traffic Rules and Regulation: Right of Way”, Commander Abdulrahman Ajala of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), said accidents occur when road users violate traffic rules. He defined a driver as someone who has the knowledge of operating a motor vehicle; has adequate knowledge of the in-built functions; recognises, understands and observes all road traffic signs and signals on the road (i.e Highway Code). He appealed to the participants to always endeavour to carry out daily routine checks on their vehicles before embarking on any journey. Commander Abdulrahaman Ajala added that the essence of traffic rules and regulations was to resolve traffic conflict by bringing about orderliness, because when traffic rules and regulations are observed, there will be a reduction in traffic congestion.

The Managing Consultant of Lizzy Consult, Venerable Olurotimi Akinyele, educated the drivers on the “History of Automobile: Introduction to Motoring and Functional Parts of the Vehicle”, as he itemised the roles and responsibilities of a driver to include: ability to do routine vehicle checks and basic maintenance; practising road safety consciousness; being able to report road traffic crash to appropriate bodies; being neatly dressed, among others. Commander Nodiru Taiwo, who is the Head, Public Relations Unit, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Ogun State Sector Command, noted that, researches conducted on road traffic crashes had shown that, there were three major causes of road traffic crashes, namely: Human factor (overconfidence, speeding, lack of concentration, tiredness, driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous overtaking); mechanical and environmental factors. He appealed to the drivers to always adhere strictly to accident prevention measures and liaise with relevant bodies such as the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).

The Managing Director of Tunnel Auto Care Company, Mr. Babatunde Osunkoya, in histitled, “Ideal Servicing and “Repair Methods and Skills in Automobile Workshop on Vehicles”, implored drivers to always know the state of motor vehicles before driving them by checking the oil level and water availability in the radiator, among others. During the programme, skills in the areas of writing good quotations and safety precautions were also imparted on participants.

The Managing Consultant of Lizzy Oyinlola Consult, Venerable Olurotimi Akinyele, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, for making it possible to train the staff, which will enhance their productivity and performance. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, was represented at the occasion by Engineer Kehinde Ajiboye, of the Department of Works and Services, who expressed his gratitude to the participants for their dedication to duties, noting that the University had always recognised their contributions in moving the University forward.

AERD Holds Maiden Valedictory Lecture

The Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AERD), has held a Valedictory Lecture for its outgoing final year students, which is the first ever to be held. The maiden edition of the Lecture themed, "Becoming Employable in an Unemploying Economy", had as speakers, an alumnus of the Department and current Manager of Stanbic-IBTC, Abeokuta Main Branch, Mr. Sola Fagbuyi, as well as Dr. Adebosola Oladeinde, the Deputy Director of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa II (C:AVA II) project.

According to Mr. Fagbuyi, there is the growing incidence of unemployment among youths in the country, saying that so many people were roaming the streets without doing anything. Admonishing the students not to be among the unemployed, he disclosed that "it is the value you add to yourselves now that would give you opportunities in the future". He noted that the statistics emanating from both the Manpower Board and the Federal Bureau of Statistics, showed that Nigeria had a youth population of 80 million, representing 60 per cent of the total population of the country, out of which 64 million were unemployed, while 1.6 million were underemployed, as he described employability as the ability to obtain, maintain and switch employment over time, adding that before someone seeks for employment, it would be good to first find out if one is employable or not. He said those that were unemployed in the nation can be grouped into two categories: those that were unemployed due to retrenchment, redundancy or bankruptcy, as well as those that had never been employed.

"Employability consists of numerous components or skills, such as technical, non-technical, transferable, non-transferable, context dependent, context independent and meta-cognitive", he stated. banker said that although, unemployment was a worldwide problem, he advised students to be adequately prepared for the future in order to mitigate the challenge of unemployment by constantly practicing what they were taught in the University.

In her presentation, Dr. Adebosola Oladeinde, said that money was not everything as young graduates could engage in volunteering, mentorship and internship programmes, to attain success in life. She stated that though social media was good, employers had been known to search for candidates’ profiles on Facebook and other social media platforms before inviting them for interview, warning students to be wary of what they posted on such platform. According to her, "unless you set up your privacy settings appropriately, almost anyone can find you. If your friends write or post inappropriate things on your account, it will be seen as a representation of you". Dr. Oladeinde said that it was good to usually use the Google package to check someone’s status on the Internet, to keep track of comments made about one's personality. Earlier, the Acting Head, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Dr. Eniola Fabusoro, said that the lecture was organised in a bid to produce quality students that would be well-prepared for the employment world and to also complement their academic programmes.

The Director of Grants Management (DGM), Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, said he hoped that the students would have gained one or two things during the lecture that would be valuable to them in future. He added that the lecture was really not for those seeking employment alone, but for those who would be job-creators as well. He disclosed that the mission of FUNAAB, as a University, was to produce graduates that will rather be job-creators and not job-seekers. His words, "we need people to create employment because people who employ enjoy more than those who are employed". Dr. Adebayo, who is also the Project Manager of C: AVA II project, noted that despite the several fundamental problems facing the country, there was still a ray of hope, as he charged graduates to venture into areas like the recycling of 'pure water' nylon that littered everywhere, saying "you can start to collect and when it starts growing, you employ people to collect" and that there were many fantastic ideas for people to explore to becoming employers of labour.

UK Don Lauds Varsity over Organic Agriculture Initiative

The Project Coordinator, Centre for Agroecology and Food Security of the Coventry University, United Kingdom, Professor Phil Harris, has commended the University’s drive towards the development of Organic Agriculture. Professor Harris, who spoke during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, expressed delight at the zeal at which the University had been promoting Organic Agriculture, noting the Coventry University was proud of theit had with FUNAAB.

According to him, through the collaboration “there have been well-funded projects from the British Council, UK government and more recently, from the EU, which has allowed us to gather to develop the subject of Organic Agriculture to the benefits of our two institutions and countries and through the EU project to regionalise and bring in The Gambia, Senegal, Ghana, Benin and Sierra-Leone into the network".

Professor Harris reminded the Vice-Chancellor of the promise by the University, some years ago, to establish a full-fledged Centre of Organic Agriculture at its Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research Centre (IFSERAR), stating that it would further enhance the development of Organic Agriculture in the country.Responding, the Vice-Chancellor assured Professor Harris that the University would not relent in its effort at supporting activities that would advance the development of Organic Agriculture.

FUNAAB Student Shines

An undergraduate student in the Department of Microbiology, Mr. Charles Besidonne, has done the University proud by emergingone of the top three in the 1st African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) Continental Essay Competition.

The keenly-contested Essay Competition with the theme, “The Role of Standards in Promoting Sustainable Development in Africa”, attracted 112 entries from 14 African Countries, with 27 from Nigeria and opened to all African countries and youths below 35 years in approved Universities and Colleges. He came third with 82.5 per cent score while the other two winners, Mr. Toung II Peres, a Camerounian and Mr. Godswill Chijioke Olemgbe, a Nigerian came first and second with 84 per cent and 83.5 per cent scores, respectively.

In a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, the Director-General and Chief Executive, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Joseph Odumodu, stated that Besidonne’s "position in the essay competition further reaffirms that the efforts of Government at improving the quality of education in Nigeria is yielding fruits" and that SON would sponsor the students to the Award Ceremony.

According to him, ARSO is an inter-governmental body established in 1977 with its Central Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the arm of the African Union, responsible for matters of standardisation andis made up of 34 member-states of Africa, represented by National Standards Bodies (NSBs) of Africa. Nigeria is represented by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), which also holds the Office of the President.

FUNAAB, RMRDC Collaboration Yielding Fruit

The existing collaboration between the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), has recorded another remarkable dividend with the commissioning of an upgraded plant and equipment at the FUNAAB missioning of the latest equipment donated by RMRDC would usher-in the production of several varieties of cashew products on commercial basis, not only for the benefit of the University Community, but also for the entire good people of Ogun State and beyond”.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the generosity of RMRDC, saying the equipment donated would increase the University's income-generating capacity. According to him, if the University could have more of the equipment, cashew products would have been better available for exporting. He, however, pledged that any money given to the University would be used judiciously, adding that the University was one of the foremost institutions in Africa.

Earlier, while calling the attention of the RMRDC Chairman, to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen on the University Research farms, the Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, welcoming the guests, said that Nomads had been threatening staff and students of FUNAAB making it difficult for cashew farmers to perform experiments on their farmlands.

He added that the University had however, so far, been fostering peace with them. Responding, Senator Jibrin noted the symbiotic relationship existing between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers, advising the Nomads to respect the dignity of the various communities they passed through. Jibrin, who is also the Seriki Fulani of Nigeria, said that the situation was not peculiar to Abeokuta alone, as he had also been working assiduously to promote peace among the herdsmen in the country. He said that the devastation of farmlands was of high magnitude and required urgent attention.

The Deputy Director of DUFARMS and Head, FUNAAB Cashew Processing Enterprise, Dr. Akinpelu Ojo, expressed the optimism that the enterthe country. Mr. Ojo added that cashew production was a good source of employment in the agricultural value-chain, from the farmer to the supplier.

The RMRDC Chairman, Prof Jibrin, however regretted that only about 5 and 10 per cent of 594,000 tonnes of cashew nuts being produced in the country were processed locally, while the rest were exported in their raw form to India, Vietnam and Brazil, despite the huge local demand for the processed cashew. Senator Jibrin, therefore, said the donation of the Processing Plant to FUNAAB Cashew Processing Enterprise was part of efforts aimed at addressing the challenges of exporting raw cashew nuts in the country.

Learning Needs to be Student-Centered, Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has reiterated the Management’s position at improving on teaching and learning activities in the University, and the need make learning needs student-centered. Professor Oyewole made this known at the maiden training programme on “Ethics of Examination and Invigilation to Newly-Employed Academic Staff and Departmental Officers”, held recently in the University. According to him, “there is the need to make learning to be student-centred as well as promote learning outcomes, skills and competencies.” The Vice-Chancellor said the Training Manuals would be mass produced and distributed to all academic staff to aid teaching and learning.

The Chairman, Time Table and Examinations Committee (TIMTEC), Dr. Adebola Osipitan, described examination as a test of knowledge or the ability of students, adding that it allows students to concentrate on their studies by training them on various things like punctuality, writing skills, timing sense and expression of thoughts. Dr. Osipitan added that the integrity of the examination was of paramount importance to Management of the University. He also stressed the importance of invigilation, saying that it should not be undermined. “Invigilators have important roles within the examination period to ensure that examinations run effectively and are conducted in a fair and appropriate manner,” he declared. The TIMTEC Chairman stated that unless a matter was of utmost importance, students should not be interrupted during invigilation, adding that invigilators were also not expected to perform any other routine or task during an invigilation.

He added that the training programme became imperative in view of the fact that there was an influx of new academic staff into the University within the last three years. His words, “training and re-training are essential and things are fast changing. The University is known for quality examination”. The Chairman said the training was designed to draw the attention of his colleagues to what they were supposed to do under emergencies like examination malpractices be it minor or major. He, however, commended the University Management for its determination at sustaining the tradition of unrivaled conduct of examination.

In his lecture titled, “Conduct of Invigilators Before, During and After Examination and Responsibilities of HOD as Chief Examiner”, Dr. Olusegun Idowu of the Department of Animal Nutrition, described an invigilator as someone who watches candidates, to prevent cheating during examinations. The former Chairman of TIMTEC added that a Chief Examiner is a person who sets or marks an examination, as he highlighted the role of an invigilator before, during and after an examination. Dr. James Ikechukwu, also a former Chairman of TIMTEC, in his lecture titled, “Rules and Regulation Governing Examination, Handling of Examination Materials and Cases of Examination Malpractices in FUNAAB”, explained how the students and the invigilators, Chief invigilator as well as the Chief Examiner should comport themselves during examinations, nothing that sensitive materials should be handled properly. In his lecture titled, “Invigilation at the Health Centre, Special Centre and e-Examination Venues”, the former alternate Chairman of TIMTEC, Dr. Eniola Fabusoro, discussed the rudiments to take into consideration before the commencement of examinations, while Mrs. Tawakalitu Ayelotan, of the Information Communication and Technology Resources Centre (ICTREC), in her lecture titled, “Management of e-Examination and Question Authoring”, described management of e-examinations as the organisation and co-ordination of activities involved in an electronic examination.

Be A Valuable Professional - Professor Osofisan

Newly-inducted members of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria have been advised to make themselves highly valuable in the profession. Giving this piece of advice was the first Nigerian female Professor of Computer Science, Professor (Mrs.) Adenike Osofisan, at the 1st Induction Ceremony of Computer Science graduates of the University into the Council.

Professor Osofisan, who was the Guest Speaker at the epoch-making event, said the Council was established to teach basic principles in programming languages and packages, adding that the Computer Professionals Council of Nigeria was commited to protecting the interest of members of the public in their quest for information technology services.While re-iterating that an average Computer Scientist should always be financially comfortable, she encouraged the inductees to seek knowledge that would help them build fortunes in life.

The spouse of the Guest Speaker and literary giant, Professor Femi Osofisan, urged institutions in the country to insist on professionalism while awarding contracts in the area of information technology, as nonchalance in the engagement of professionals had contributed to the decline in the quality of services being rendered in the Nigerian society today. The Council’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sikiru Shehu, berated the country for degrading itself to a consuming nation and by not exporting much.He challenged the new members of the Council to go out and showcase their worth in the industry.

While admonishing new inductees, the Acting Head, Department of Computer Science, Dr. Adesina Sodiya, said the inductees should realise that the hallmark of their chosen profession was to become chartered IT professionals, as he urged them not to rest on their oars. Also speaking at the occasion, the Acting Dean, former College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Professor Adio Akinwale, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the enabling environment granted the College, which has now metamorphosed into the College of Biosciences (COLBOS) and College of Physical Sciences (COLPHY), in successfully hosting the 1st Induction Ceremony.He appealed for a central and comprehensive curriculum on the study of IT courses in Universities, which he noted, would complement the guidelines of the National Universities Commission (NUC). Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed, said FUNAAB was in the forefront at ensuring professionalism in the IT industry and would sustain the drive in its poise to becoming a world-class institution .


The Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID), to sponsor First Class graduates of recognised and approved Universities to postgraduate studies in top Twenty-Five (25) Universities around the world.The Scheme is aimed at developing a critical mass of professionals, who would serve as catalysts for change and agents of scientific and technological advancement towards a sustainable economic development.
The Scheme, which was established in January 2012, has awarded a total of Two Hundred and Five (205) scholarships in the two editions. The third edition, for the 2015/2016 Academic Session is currently on-going. Eligibility for the Scheme requires that candidates must:

Be graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions and should have completed their National Youth Service (NYSC) programme by October 2014;

Have obtained First Class Honours Degrees from any recognised and approved University in the fields of Science, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Accounting/Actuarial Science, Economics, Engineering, Computing and Information Technology;

Not be more than Thirty (30) years of age by October 2014;

Be computer-literate; and

Be ready to be bonded and to work, preferably, as Academic Staff in any public University or Research Institute, for a minimum period of Five (5) years.

Application closes on Friday, 24th October, 2014. For further inquiries, please, contact: The Director, Academic Planning Unit, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

FUNAAB Loses Honourary Award Recipient

Professor Francis Idachaba, a Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) recipient from FUNAAB and Chairman, Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), has passed on.

The renowned scholar and a foremost Professor of Agricultural Economics, would be buried as follows:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Service of Songs at his residence at 1, F. S. Idachaba Street, New Bodija, Ibadan by 4pm.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Commendation Service at the Chapel of the Resurrection, University of Ibadan by 8am while Wake-Keep holds at his residence, Castle of God's Mercy, Ofiayi GRA, Idah, Kogi State by 7pm.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - Funeral Service at the United Evangelical Church of Nigeria
Headquarters, Idah, Kogi State by 10am while interment and reception of guests follow
immediately at his residence, Castle of God's Mercy, Ofiayi GRA, Idah, Kogi State.

Professor Idachaba is survived by his wife, Esther, children and grandchildren.

COLMAS Gives Out Correct Departmental Acronyms

For clarity and consistency, the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), has re-iterated the correct names and acronyms of Departments in the College. According to the Acting Dean, Dr. (Mrs.) Biola Philip, the Departments and their correct acronyms are: Business Administration (BAM), Entrepreneurial Studies (ETS), Banking and Finance (BFN), Accounting (ACC) and Economics (ECO).

Researcher of the week: Professor Sanni Lateef Oladimeji

Professor SANNI Lateef Oladimeji, born May 21, 1965 is the incumbent Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology, and a serving member, Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria. He graduated from FUNAAB with Second Class Upper Division in the Department of Food Science and Technology in 1990. He obtained Master and PhD degrees at the Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1993 and 1999 respectively. He joined FUNAAB in 1993 as Assistant Lecturer and became Professor (Food Science and Technology) in 2008. Sanni became the First Alumnus to bag PhD, Professor and now Dean. He has similarly served as Head of Department of Food Science and Technology, Director of A.G. Leventis Memorial Centre for Learning (LEMCEL), and Deputy Director, Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD) (formerly CENHURD), FUNAAB.

He is in the editorial board of the International Journal of Food Science and Technology since 2005. He is a Scientific and Technical Committee member of the Council of Agricultural Forum in West Africa (CORAF/WECARD). Sanni is the President, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology; President, International Society of Tropical Root Crops, African Branch, Secretary/Treasurer, World body of ISTRC and President, FUNAAB Alumni Association.

He had received academic awards and research grants (either singly or as partner) from International donors such as World Bank, International Foundation for Science, Sweden, Department for International Development, European Union and Gates Foundation. Sanni won the 2008 Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Award Regional Technology Development in Sub Saharan Africa (; Research Productivity Award (Senior Academic Category) in January 2011 and Most Outstanding International Ambassador in January 2012 of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He contributed to the emergence of World Bank Centre of Excellence in Agriculture and sustainable environment in 2013 for the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta as the Leader (Food Processing and Value Addition); World Bank Sponsored Project titled “Upscaling the Nigerian Flash Drying Experience for Sustainable Regional Trade and Income generation in West Africa” (Ghana, Benin Republic, Sierra-Leone, Nigeria) (2013-2016).

He is the Country Manager for Nigeria in a five-Country project; Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C: AVA1, & II) sponsored by Gates Foundation, from May 2008 to date. Country Coordinator, EU- Improving the livelihoods of smallholder cassava farmers through better access to growth markets (CassavaGmarkets); EU- Grants from Losses of Root and Tuber Crops (GRATITUDE); European union-African Caribbean Pacific (EU-ACP) Science Technology Capacity Building Project, Nov 2009 - October, 2012 in collaboration with the Greenwich University/Natural Resources Institute, Chatham

He was the Project Coordinator, IITA-Cassava Value Chain Development project in West Africa, covering Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Benin Republic; a three-year project, sponsored by the Common Fund for Commodities from August 2008 - March, 2012. He was also the principal Investigator, Food Developers Initiative in Nigeria, Benin and Sierra Leone (2008-2010) and Food Science and Nutrition Network in West Africa (2010- 2011) under the sponsorship of Association of African Universities/UK DFID.

He started his research career with the design, fabrication and test performance of flat bed solar dryer using okra and yam chips, later tested cassava chips with forced cabinet dryer and optimizing quality properties in cassava fufu. He later successfully established the effectiveness of solar dryers for locust bean and cat fish and proceeded to ascertain effectiveness of the use of foam-mat techniques for drying of tomato. Prediction of absorption of soybean was also investigated. Production and quality of yoghurt from melon seeds was very successful. One major research achievement of the researcher is on the upgrading of traditional wet fufu into convenience and shelf stable and acceptable instant flour for urban markets. This was achieved system design and optimization, various equations for predicting quality properties of cassava fufu at different temperatures, relative humidity and air flow have been reported. Prediction of storage properties of cassava products have been reported by the researcher. Moisture sorption characteristics at different temperatures and water activities have been used to predict best fit for cassava and fortified cassava products with the use of different statistical packages. A tool that is handy for the training of undergraduate and graduate students. Sanni also engaged in product development looking into fermentation, milling systems, texture improvers, acid modifiers, inclusion of food grade palm oil, and economic feasibility of the cassava instant fufu flour. Soy-fortification of cassava products at different levels have been investigated and reported in various publications. Microbial and nutritional qualities of street foods including fufu and gari from cassava in Abeokuta, Ogun State have been investigated and reported in reputable journals. Food safety and environmental issues especially in cassava as it affects commercialization of dried products were investigated.

He had experience in teaching, research and extension activities on processing, storage and quality handling of foods. He had published a personal book (Quality Assurance System in the Food Industry), edited a book (Research Methodology for Young Scientists), co-authored 27 Books and contributed 83 Journal articles, 8 Technical reports, and 26 conference proceedings to various National and International Journals, conferences and workshops. Prof Sanni Lateef had produced either singly or as co-supervisor over 14 PhD and 18 MSc graduates. The highlighted sponsored projects are currently supporting over 20 postgraduate students in FUNAAB.

Sanni’ stint at IITA as a Post Harvest Specialist for the Integrated Cassava project and NRI UK value added projects launched him as a major postharvest technical hub of the Presidential Initiative and Transformation Agenda on cassava in Nigeria since 2004 to date. He is a star mentor to African Women in Agricultural Research and Development [ He is surely an erudite scholar, passionate innovator, a team player, dedicated researcher and role model in sustainable development.

Reviewed Senior and Junior Staff Career Structure



The review of the career structure was based on the following broad criteria.

  1. Promotion of Administrative, Technical and Professional staff shall normally be based on at least a minimum of three (3) years on a grade.
  2. All Officers with same basic requisite qualifications shall normally be elevated on the same progression and terminate at the same salary level except where additional qualifications or government directives provide otherwise.
  3. Promotion to CONTISS 14 shall require additional qualification of a master’s degree and/or possession of professional certificate and a maturity of five (5) years in the preceding grade level (CONTISS 13) except otherwise specified in this career structure.
  4. Position on CONTISS 15 shall be by appointment subject to vacancy, except otherwise specified in this Career Structure.
  5. By FGN-NAAT Agreement of 2009, Technologists Cadre shall normally be promoted to CONTISS 15 with an additional qualification of a Master’s Degree or its equivalent.
  6. All holders of ND or its equivalent qualifications without additional professional/academic qualification shall terminate on CONTISS 11 except otherwise specified in this career structure.
  7. Where additional professional/academic qualification is required for progression in any cadre, the onus is on the staff member to acquire the additional qualification.
  8. Without prejudice to (6) above, where additional professional/academic qualification is required for progression in any cadre, a time frame of minimum of 3 years shall normally be granted as moratorium before the requirement shall be invoked.
  9. Every conversion shall be by appointment subject to possession of a minimum requisite qualification and established vacancy.
  10. All vacancies shall be advertised internally and/or externally.
  11. All officers with recognized additional professional qualifications shall normally be upgraded accordingly, after submission of the certificate(s) to the Registrar.



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FUNAAB gets New Student Union Leaders

<p style="text-align: justify;">The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Student Union (FUNAABSU) at its election conducted by FUNAABSU Independent Electoral Committee on Thursday, 21st August, 2014 returned the following student as winners into various positions in the Student Union for the 2014/2015 session:</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">1.       Olajumoke Olawale                 -        President Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">2.       Olaleye Oluwafunmilayo           -        Vice President Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">3.       Opaleye Samuel                     -        General Secretary Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">4.       Oyedokun Ebunoluwa             -        Assistant General Secretary Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">5.       Okaigbu Oluwatobi                 -        Social Director Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">6.       Tijani Habeeb                        -        Welfare Secretary Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">7.       Akosile Ayomide                     -        P.R.O. Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">8.       Kayode Oluseun                     -        Director of Finance Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">9.       Shoge Anjola                         -        Treasurer Elect</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">10.     Director of Sports                   -        Vacant</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">We wish to place on record that <strong>the election was conducted through E-voting</strong>, the first time in the history of the Student Union election.</p>

Ethics of Examination and Invigilation

Examination simply put is a test of knowledge or ability of students. It allows students to concentrate on their studies and further train them on various things like punctuality, writing skills, timing sense, expression of thought and opinion among others and equally motivate them in their studies.

Assessment of students and the integrity of the examination are of paramount importance to the management of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. The management has entrusted the actualization of this important roles to Timetable and Examination Committee (TIMTEC), FUNAAB. The Committee is quite aware of this enormous trust and responsibilities and will always strive to ensure that examination in FUNAAB is not compromised at any level.

Invigilation of examination is an important task that must not be undermined in conduct of examination. Invigilators have important roles within the examination period to ensure that examination runs effectively and is conducted in a fair and appropriate manner. For instance unless a matter is of extreme importance, students should not be interrupted during an examination. Invigilators are not expected to perform any other task during invigilation nor talk to each other unnecessarily. Therefore, routine training to invigilators and examination officers on “Ethics of Examination and Invigilation” is essential.

Training on conduct of examination and invigilation among other things allows invigilators to:

(i) Have a clearer understanding of their roles and tasks when invigilating

(ii) Feel confident in dealing with unexpected circumstances

(iii) Do their job more effectively

I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the University management for their determination to sustain the tradition of unrivalled examination that FUNAAB is known for by approving this training and provided the required support needed by TIMTEC to organise efficient examination. I also want to express my appreciation to Dean of Colleges, Directors and HODs, academic staff, TIMTEC members and staff from other units who are partners in the conduct of examination for their support and steadfastness.

I welcome participants to this training programme and encourage them to maximise the opportunity of the training. It is my hope that the management will grant other academic staff in the university the opportunity to undergo refresher training on “Ethics of Examination and invigilation”. Finally, I welcome our resource persons and thank them for their consistent support to TIMTEC.

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Amid Eulogies, Late Adeboye, Shopeju Buried

The remains of the late Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, former University Acting Registrar and Professor James Shopeju of the Department of Communication and General Studies, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), have been committed to mother earth.

Delivering a sermon at the funeral service for late Mr. Adeboye, Bishop Olu Oke of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), admonished mortals to leave a good name for their children and the unborn generation because this will stand the test of time. Titled; “Put it Behind You”, Bishop Oke, in the sermon said death was the only way to Heaven, which cannot be re-scheduled or cancelled.He, therefore, urged the congregation to stop mourning because it cannot bring back the dead. The cleric extolled the virtues of the deceased and urged his family and friends to give thanks to God as he met Christ, lived a good life and affected people positively while on earth. Tributes were also delivered at the service by the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administration (ANUPA), FUNAAB Chapter; the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), FUNAAB Chapter; the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and the Committee of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (CORNU). Dignitaries present at the occasion include the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole and his wife; Omobolanle, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed; Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola; Pioneer Registrar, Omooba Bisi Soboyejo; former Bursar, Mr. Elijah Ajayi; Ogun State Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle and her husband. His remains were later interred at the Anglican Church Cemetery, Kobape Road, Abeokuta.

In the same vein, the General Overseer of the Jubilee Christian Church International, Rev. Kunle Adesina, in his sermon, has disclosed that life was full of mysteries as everybody would die one day. According to him, this fact was not an evil premonition but a reality in the sense that everything in life has got an expiry date, adding that man’s expiry date was the day he/she departs the earth. Rev. Adesina described Professor Shopeju as a good leader in all ramifications. Earlier, at the Commendation Service held in his honour by ASUU-UNAAB, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, stated that he was grateful to God that the Management had promoted the deceased as a Professor before his demise. According to him, “if we have failed to do this, we would have allowed this relentless advocate for excellence in teaching to pass away without recognition of the great works that he did while he was with us”.

The Vice-Chancellor said the deceased was a brilliant academic, who was highly committed to his work and the students, noting that he would also be remembered for his sterling leadership qualities as the pioneer Chairman of ASUU-UNAAB. In his ministration at the service, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, Deputy Chaplain, Chapel of Grace, FUNAAB, said the deceased was his senior at the Government College, Ibadan, a colleague in the University and a comrade as an ASUU member. He paid glowing tributes to him, saying that he was outspoken, forthright, amiable and very friendly. Tributes also came in from the Chairman, ASUU-UNAAB, Dr. Festus Adeosun; the President, Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association 1965-71 Set, Dr. Olusegun Oshinyimika; Dr. Adesola Nassir from the ASUU Zonal Office; Professor Biodun Ogunyemi from the ASUU National Office; the Dean of COLAMRUD, Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale; the Acting Head of Communication and General Studies Department, Dr. Helen Bodunde as well as family and friends. Meanwhile, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had stated that “we are celebrating the lives and times of our brother and one of our own”. The Governor, who said that the deceased’s wife, Mrs. Tinuola Shopeju, was his classmate while at the African Church Grammar School, Ita-Eko, Abeokuta, disclosed that Professor Shopeju was one of their teachers, as he commended the exemplary lifestyle of the deceased.

IFSERAR Appreciates Past Directors at Farmers’ Field Day

The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), recently organised the Farmers’ Field Day as part of the programmes lined-up to appreciate former Directors of the Institute, formerly known as the Research and Development Centre (RESDEC).

Speaking at the occasion, the Director of IFSERAR, Professor Akin Omotayo, thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, for his immense support for the Institute. The Director appreciated the pioneer Director of IFSERAR, Professor Olusegun Osinowo, who was one of the awardees, for laying a solid foundation for the Institute. Professor Omotayo said that with the huge challenge of bad roads and shortage of vehicles to meet the desired transportation needs, a base farm was developed to solve this problem. This would also assist in moving IFSERAR activities closer to beneficiaries by reducing the cost of operation, help in the monitoring of experiments more closely and minimise the menace and destructive activities of Pastoralists Fulani groups, who constantly invade and destroy research farms at the Opeji Area.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole, lauded IFSERAR for its contributions to the development of the University, as he expressed delight that farmers from different villages were witness to this feat. He also appreciated the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), for not only funding the programmes of the Institute but also providing vehicles to ease transportation problems. The Vice-Chancellor commended the Physical Planning Unit for clearly mapping-out the correct boundary for the University’s land that was formerly encroached on but had been reclaimed. He added that a replica of the Songhai Model Farm in Benin Republic had been initiated, in order to expand the scope of Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS) in the University. Professor Oyewole used the medium to express his deep appreciation for the award conferred on him as a former Director of RESDEC. The Vice-Chancellor also launched the new IFSERAR Bulletin, which would be circulated on a monthly basis.

Past Directors that received awards are: Professor Gabriel Obigbesan (Pioneer Director of RESDEC), Prof. Francis Bamiro, late Prof. Matthew Fawusi, Prof. Victor Olowe, Prof. Segun Lagoke, Prof. Ishola Adamson and Prof. Isaac Ayelaagbe. Other activities for the day include a lecture titled; “Health Talk on Ebola Virus Disease” by Dr. Abiodun Amusan; Commissioning of Early Warning System Equipment for Weather Forecast by Professor Felix Salako (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development); and Farm Walk, in which farmers from villages such as Oowe, Faami, Ojoo and Kango were taken round on demonstration and experimental plots, where various crops were planted for weeds management through effective modern farming techniques. There was also the crossbreeding of the Kalahari Red Goat with the West Africa Dwarf, to improve their productivity as well as the raising of different species of fish fingerlings in a bid to increase protein intake by the people and to boost the country's economy.

FUNAAB Splits College into Two

The University Governing Council, at its 80th meeting held recently, has approved the splitting of the institution's College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), into the College of Biosciences (COLBIOS) and College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS). The emergence of the new Colleges would revatilise academic activities for better and efficient service delivery, allow for the evolution of other courses in line with modern trends and give room for the introduction of other demand-driven programmes, as obtainable in international academic communities, as well as prepare the University for the desired future expansion.

The four Departments under COLBIOS are: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pure and Applied Botany, and Pure and Applied Zoology while the five Departments under COLPHYS are: Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.

This brings the total number of Colleges in the University to nine, in addition to the Postgraduate School. The Colleges are: College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), College of Engineering (COLENG), College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), College of Biosciences (COLBIOS), and College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS).

We Are Striving Towards Attaining A World-Class Status, Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has reiterated the Management's determination to make the University a world-class institution. Professor Oyewole disclosed this recently during a 3-Day Intensive Training Workshop, organized by the Directorate of Grants Management (DGM). Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the University's strive for world-class status was being achieved by developing the capacities of staff; both Academic and Non-Teaching while admitting academically-sound students. According to him, "we want to be at par with our colleagues worldwide”.

He added that "your contribution, my contribution as well as our contributions" would make FUNAAB to be at par with the best Universities in the world. In his presentation, the Guest Speaker at the occasion, who is also the Secretary-General, Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU/CVC), Professor Michael Faborode, said research was pivotal to economic growth, adding that it also addressed societal challenges. He noted that being a good teacher entailed being a good researcher. Professor Faborode, whose presentation was titled, "Grant Management/Administration Conflict or Compliments?", stated that researchers should not conduct research just for the fun of it but for development, adding that before conducting a research, the core competencies should be identified. He advised that Universities should take advantage of NgREN, an innovation of the Federal Government, which FUNAAB was already connected to through networking with other Nigerian Universities and the rest of the world.

Earlier, the Director of DGM, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, stated that five African countries were represented at the workshop, as he expressed his gratitude to Management for making the workshop a reality. Dr. Adebayo, a FUNAAB Scholar, chronicled the past leadership at the DGM since its inception to date, noting that in just two years, the Directorate had been able to increase the grants that accrued to it from about $3million to $20million. He said the Vice-Chancellor had already mandated the Directorate to train newly-appointed Academic Staff, adding that it does not really matter where one gathers knowledge but what was more important is the benefit of acquired knowledge to mankind. His words: "the academic is one big family as you can be in Ilorin today and Swaziland tomorrow".

Education is the Best Legacy - Commissioner

The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olusegun Odubela, has observed that education was essential for national development and remained the best legacy any government can bequeath to its people. Barrister Odubela made this disclosure while delivering the Keynote Address at the Professor Ebenezer Otesile Annual Debate and Quiz Competition for Selected Secondary Schools in Ogun State, held recently at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). In the Keynote Address titled, "Qualitative and Affordable Education: Essential for National Development", the commissioner noted that the quality of education given to the people would determine the level of development of the nation as well as the behaviour of the people.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Director, Education Inspectorate Service and Teachers Development in his ministry, Mr. Johnson Odeyemi, lauded the initiative of the Association of Veterinary Medicine Students (AVMS), College of Veterinary Medicine of FUNAAB, and the Pioneer Dean of COLVET for organising such an interesting programme, which he said was in tandem with the State Government’s vision for primary, secondary and Technical education, to completely overhaul its curriculum to empower pupils not only in the cognitive but also in the affective and psychomotor domains. The Pioneer Dean of COLVET and initiator of the Annual Debate and Quiz Competition, Professor Otesile, stated that the aim of the competition was to educate secondary school students about the Veterinary profession, familiarise them with the University system and motivate them to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

He charged the students when he said: "believe in yourselves, work hard, pray and God will bless your endeavours". The schools that participated in the competition were Sacred Heart College, Ibara, which emerged 1st position; Adeline Ogunlade Memorial School, Obantoko, 2nd Position while Focus International School, Sagamu, won the 3rd position.

Public Officers Can Only Engage in Farming - CCB

The State Director, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Ogun State, Mr. Elisha Rabiu, has disclosed that the only legitimate business a Public Officer could engage in aside his/her official work was farming because engaging in any other business was Illegal. Mr. Rabiu made this known at an interactive meeting between members of staff of the University and officials of the Bureau, held recently.

The State Director said the main purpose of visiting FUNAAB was to enlighten staff on how to complete the Assets Declaration Form, saying that as a Public Officer, there are things that were not being done properly, as he reeled out provisions of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers under the Nigerian Constitution. According to him, there is conflict of interest when a Public Officer's personal affairs interfered with his/her official duties. The Director added that acceptance of gifts was illegal, noting that members of Tenders Committee were prohibited by law to receive gifts or gratification from contractors who work in their establishments. He added that the only legitimate loans that could be obtained by public officers are those from co-operatives, unions, banks and financial institutions recognised by the government. He added that in the event of an allegation of breach of the code of conduct, a petition could be addressed to CCB while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should be copied. "If you want to write petition as a result of breach of the code of conduct, please, copy EFCC because we are working together", he added.

Mr. Rabiu stated further that there was no opportunity for prerogative of mercy when the Code of Conduct Tribunal had already convicted someone, adding that there is, however, an opportunity for appeal. He said that an officer could declare his/her liabilities on a sheet of paper and attach it to the Assets Form, which he/she would be required to fill in another four years. The forms are expected to be filled and attested to by the Court before being submitted to the CCB Office. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed.

NHIS Awareness in FUNAAB

Officials from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Abeokuta, recently visited the University Management, to create awareness on the Tertiary Institutions Social Health Insurance Programme (TISHIP). Leading the team, the State Coordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Boore, stated that NHIS was a Federal Government Agency, established to promote, regulate and facilitate effective implementation of Social Health Insurance programmes to enhance easy access to affordable and qualitative healthcare for all Nigerians. He noted that in pursuance of this objective, TISHIP was designed to provide healthcare coverage to all students of tertiary institutions nationwide.

Mr. Boore availed the University on the benefits of TISHIP and its operational guidelines. Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, expressed appreciation to the team and informed its members that TISHIP was already operational in the University. He also assured them of the University's adherence to official rules and regulations, adding that FUNAAB had a very formidable NHIS Unit, while the Coordinator of NHIS in FUNAAB, Dr. Olusola Akinwande provided the delegates with information on the operations of his Unit.


Following the deaths of two Ebola Virus victims in Nigeria, and the confirmation of another nine cases within Lagos in the past two weeks, the Federal Government has declared a State of Emergency on this disease in the country. According to a release by the Deputy Director, Health Services, Dr. Abiodun Amusan, on behalf of the Director, Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi, as a University Community, there is need to take proactive measures to protect the lives of humans and animal population on campus by taking note of the following:


  • There is need to increase level of hygiene in all areas of our daily activities by

developing regular hand washing culture anytime there are contacts with people, objects and animals.


  • Protective gowns, gloves and face masks would now be worn by all staff of the University Health Services, Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Animal Farms, as preventive measures, to curtail infections and transmission of EVD.


  • Staff and students with relations in Lagos area, where Ebola Virus Disease victims have been confirmed are advised to avoid non essential travel to Lagos and environs, as much as possible.


  • All cases of abnormal bleeding, diarrhea and vomiting among staff and students should be promptly reported to the University Health Services.



2014 FUNAAB Student Union Election Through E-Voting

A release by the Dean Student Affairs, Professor Y. Akegbejo-Samsons stated that the 2014 FUNAABSU elections of the Supreme Student Ruling Cabinet (SSRC) has been scheduled to hold on Thursday August 21, 2014 by the FUNAABSU Independent Electoral Committee (FUNAABSUIEC).

For the very first time in history of the University, all eligible students (voters) are required to exercise their voting right through E-Voting.

The voting exercise shall take place at the ICT Computer Laboratories, while eligible voter shall be accredited on sight and thereafter given log-in codes to complete action on the voting exercise.

Researcher of the Week: Dr OLUJIMI, Olusoji Olanrewaju

Dr OLUJIMI, Olusoji Olanrewaju is a Lecturer II in the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, College of Environmental Resources Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He started his career with Ogun State Government of Nigeria on secondment to the Department of Science Laboratory Technology, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere, Abeokuta before joining the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in April, 2008. Dr. Olujimi holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Management and Toxicology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Masters degree in Environmental Sciences from The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom and Doctor of Technology (D.Tech) in Environmental Health from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Olujimi is a recipient of several awards, fellowships and grants including: Federal University of Agriculture undergraduate scholarship award for winning for the University the first Gold Medal at Nigeria University Games (UNILAG 1998), the developing solution scholarship of the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, Ogun State Government Scholarship for Overseas Training, South Africa National Research Foundation Award for Postgraduate studies, Cape Peninsula University Postgraduate Bursaries, A.G. Leventis (Switzerland) Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships. He was a finalist of the 2012 ENI Award in Italy for his work on environmental protection. Dr. Olujimi was one of the two representatives of Nigeria to the 2013 Nobel Laureates Meeting in Lindau, Germany on Green Chemistry and Environment. Also, He was one of the Africa representatives at the Summer School on Global Food Challenges at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2013. He is a grantee of International Foundation for Science (IFS), Coimbra Europe Scholarship for Emerging African Researchers and Blacksmith Institutes. He has worked as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Graz, Austria and as assistant researcher at the Nano and Environmental Research Group, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Olujimi research interest is basically on emerging endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in different environmental matrices, pollution monitoring and control, health risk assessment, greenhouse gases removal and synthesis of nanoporous materials from waste materials. Since the completion of his PhD programme in 2012, he has trained 4 undergraduate and 4 professional masters on monitoring and risk assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals and metals. He currently co-supervised 4 PhD students with senior researchers in the department and abroad. Dr. Olujimi as an emerging researcher developed for the first times an analytical protocol for simultaneous determination of some selected EDCs in water and also using a novel method synthesized nanoporous materials for possible sequestration of greenhouse gases. Dr. Olujimi has presented his research finding in different countries namely United States of America, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Germany, Austria, Kenya, and United Kingdom to mention few. He is a prolific writer and has to his credit 1 technical report, 3 contributions to books (book chapter), 2 conference proceedings, 3 posters and 19 articles in highly reputable local and international journals. Dr. Olujimi has leadership quality required of an upcoming academic giant. Currently, Dr. Olujimi is the co-ordinator of Part-Time Degree Programme for the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology. He is a lover of God.

Professor Adio Akinwale Becomes COLNAS Acting Dean

Professor Adio Taofik Akinwale is the first Professor of Computer Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He was formerly the Deputy Dean of College of Natural Sciences before his new appointment as Acting Dean College of Natural Sciences with effect from 1st August, 2014.

FUNAAB Introduces Innovation into POST-UTME

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has introduced a new dimension into the just-concluded Post University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The innovation, covers the writing of the examination in one day and an essay submitted by each prospective student, making it the first University in Nigeria to introduce essay writing as part of requirements for admission.

Fielding questions from journalists during the tour of the test centres, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, stated that the University’s level of preparedness regarding facilities and venues was far higher than average. He noted that the University had a carrying capacity of 3,500 fresh students, adding that almost 7,000 students were shortlisted for the examination from over 31,000 that applied to the University. Professor Oyewole added that the main reason for the essay writing was to understand why the prospective students wanted to attend the University and also to help them to have a clear vision of what they hoped to actualise when eventually admitted. The Vice-Chancellor noted that although the opportunity to get hostel accommodation was highly competitive, he promised that a reasonable percentage would be given to fresh students, as he assured the parents that the off-campus accommodation was also safe, as the University maintained cordial relationship with the landlords of students.

Corroborating the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed, said the University had introduced the novel idea to improve on what was on ground before. He stated that, “In FUNAAB, we are very pro-active”, adding that the University is assured of 100 per cent success. The whole essence is to attract quality students and to produce good products. To get good products, there must be good raw materials”, he noted. Professor Waheed stated that FUNAAB was the first University in Nigeria to introduce essay writing as part of requirements for admission. Earlier, the Acting Head of the Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, disclosed that the University secured 700 functional computer systems for the examination, adding that three additional servers were provided to forestall any inter-connectivity problems during the examination. According to him, "the systems were configured with the software for the e-examination and to tackle the challenge of electricity, the test centres were put on dedicated power generating sets, while backup power sources were put in place as alternative measures".

Meanwhile, the results of the Post-UTME test have since been released on the University’s website.

FUNAAB to Host Climate Research Programme, Receives NUC Team

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), has shortlisted the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) as a hosting institution for the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), Sub-Saharan African Programme. The shortlisting was communicated to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole by the Acting Head, Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometerology, Dr. Gideon Ufoegbune.

Dr. Ufoegbune said the objectives of the programme include strengthening research capacity in Sub-saharan African research institutions to support early career researchers by developing coordinated and strategic approach to climate change research; strengthening the capacity of African researchers to undertake research on climate change as well as strengthening the capacity of African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to set and implement research programmes based on credible peer-review processes.

In another development, the University has received delegates from the National Universities Commission (NUC) Board on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), who paid an inspection visit to the University, to ascertain its level of compliance with the directive on use of ICT in classrooms and lecture theatre in the University.

Receiving the team, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole appreciated NUC for its interest and for supporting the University with ICT facilities to make its classrooms up-to-date to meet the world-class standard. He assured the team that the Special Board that was awarded to it by the NUC had been put to good use. He informed delegates that the University had been enjoying the support of the Nigerian Communications Commission, with a donation of 109 laptops last year and another donation of 110 this year. , the NUC Board's Chairman, Engr. John Ayere, stressed the importance of ICT in education saying it is "a central engine to drive Nigeria's transformation to a knowledge-based economy".

He pointed out that a robust ICT was capable of creating wealth, jobs and entrepreneurs and assured the University of the Board's willingness to support the growth of ICT in the University.

Microfinance Bank Poised to Serve You Better, Says MD

The Managing Director of the UNAAB Microfinance Bank Limited, Mr. Abimbola Adewale, has disclosed that the bank was fully prepared to offer interesting services and products to its existing and intending customers. The MD gave the assurance recently, saying the vision of the bank was to be a first class microfinance bank in Nigeria, delivering quality service towards poverty alleviation and wealth creation and that the introduction of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was one of the innovations in the bank.

He highlighted other mouth-watering customer packages to include Future Leaders Account, Special Purpose Target Account, Growing Business Account, Instant Salary Advance, Microlease, Group Loan Account and Blue Chip Account. Mr. Adewale advised interested and prospective members of the University community to walk freely into the bank to pick a form for any of the packages, promising that customers would be attended to promptly and timely. He appreciated the existing customers of the bank and called on new customers to open an account while account re-activation fee, which used to be N2,500, is now free. The Managing Director noted that the bank was planning to establish additional branches outside the University campus, as part of its 2014-2018 Strategic Business Plan, as he assured all customers that better financial services would be provided for them by their seasoned and committed staff.

He attributed the success recorded by the bank to the ingenuity and vision-driven Board of Directors, as he commended the board for supporting the bank’s management to effect necessary changes, which had paid-off with the bank achieving 61 per cent of the set profit target as at May, this year. “The current Management has come to agree with the vision of the Board of Directors and we have agreed to work together that we must make that change now. That change is what you observed as improved services, which is the function of the support received from the Board”, he said.


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