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Professor Akegbejo-Samsons Becomes CODESANU Secretary-General

The Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, has been unanimously elected as the Secretary-General of the Committee of Deans of Student Affairs in Nigerian Universities (CODESANU). Professor Akegbejo-Samsons was elected at the 10th Conference of CODESANU, held recently at the University of Abuja. A Professor in the Department of Aquaculture and Fish Management of the University, the new Secretary-General is expected to occupy the position for two years. CODESANU was established in 1998 with the primary aim of promoting students' welfare and the effective management of students affairs in Nigerian Universities.

In a communiqué, issued by CODESANU and signed by its National Chairman, Professor Armstrong Adejo, Universities were charged to strengthen the capability and infrastructure of the Student Affairs Division, to be able to carry out its enormous responsibilities, while Deans of Student Affairs should be carried along at all times on matters that relate to the students. It also proposed that Universities should put in place various strategies to ensure adequate security on campus through proper manning of gates, wearing of identity cards by staff and students and the sensitisation of students on security issues. CODESANU advised that there should be no use of the word, ‘government’, to describe the student union body in any Nigerian Universities, while the students’ work-study scheme should be established with the aim of assisting financially-distressed students and that Universities should admit students based on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) quota, to avoid over-stretching their carrying capacities.

The Committee further appealed to students in all tertiary institutions not to allow themselves to be used by politicians in the race towards the 2015 elections, while Universities should prevent holding of political rallies on their campuses. In order to reduce unnecessary tension with regard to student union leadership, only students with a Cummulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 and above should be allowed to contest in any student union election. Universities were also encouraged to participate in public and private partnership, to provide more hostels, to reduce the accommodation challenges being experienced in most Universities while the data of expelled students should be shared among the Dean of Student Affairs, National Universities Commission and CODESANU. The communiqué added that payment of annual institutional dues to CODESANU should be mandatory, as it charged Vice-Chancellors to assist in remitting such payments, as at when due.

FUNAAB Organises Ebola Disease Enlightenment Workshop


To promote healthy living in the society, the Gender Issues and Youth Development (GIYD) Programme, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) recently organised a Capacity Building Training titled, "Entrepreneur and His Health", in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) of the University. Speaking on the topic, "Awareness, Stigmatisation and Management of Transmission of Ebola Virus",

Dr. Oluwole Olufemi, Acting Head, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology of COLVET, took the participants through the historical background to the Ebola Virus Disease in terms of its outbreak, biology, transmission, infection, laboratory diagnosis and treatment. According to Dr. Olufemi, the first outbreak of Ebola was recorded in 1967, when there was a simultaneous outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever in Marburg, Frankfurt, Germany, Belgrade and Yugoslavia among laboratory workers engaged in the processing of kidneys for cell culture production of Polio vaccine from African green monkeys, which was imported from Uganda.

He added that the virus disappeared from the news until 1975 when three cases were reported in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980 and when an index case died in Nairobi, Kenya in 1989. He said presently, there were about five identified subspecies of Ebola virus namely: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola Ivory Coast, Bundibugyo virus and Bundibugyo ebola virus. He said the natural reservoir of EVDs has not yet been proven and no appropriate treatment was certain, as he advised participants to avoid contacts with the fluid of an infected person or animal.

Corroborating Dr. Olufemi, the Programme Leader of GIYD, Dr. Elizabeth Oluwalana, while presenting her paper titled, "Wellness and Wealth Creation through Herbal Remedies: A Panacea For Management of Ebola Virus among the Entrepreneurs", charged the participants to always maintain good hygiene wherever they find themselves, adding that as entrepreneurs, they should make themselves available for continuous training because knowledge is power. She also advised them to be wary of travelling to Ebola endemic areas. Dr. (Mrs.) Oluwalana called on stakeholders to make adequate provision for health infrastructure and ensuring rapid diagnosis of infections, effective quarantine measures, control and prevention of further spread of the virus. Present at the training were the Director of CENTS, Prof. Femi Onifade; President, Rotary Club of Sagamu Central District, Rotarian
Bisola Asaye, among other dignitaries.

AAU President Calls for Quality Assurance in African Varsities

The President, Association of African Universities (AAU) and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Oyewole, has joined other educational administrators to support quality assurance practice in tertiary institutions across Africa. Brainstorming on the progress in quality assurance in African higher education at the 6th International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Professor Oyewole and other stakeholders in the education sector noted that the quality of African higher education remained under severe pressure. The conference stressed the need for quality assurance agencies in Africa to become more acceptable as the number of national quality assurance agencies rose from mere six in 2006 to 23 today, while new initiatives were also being launched to promote further developments. The conference, which was co-hosted by the African branch of the Global University Network for Innovation; GUNi-Africa and the African Quality Assurance Network; AfriQAN and co-funded by the European Union, drew 150 participants to Bujumbura, discussed issues that bordered on internationalisation, improving the quality of African degrees and the need to embrace quality assurance as part and parcel of modern higher education.

Stakeholders agreed that an official conference statement should be published within the next few weeks, urging African countries and institutions without quality assurance agencies to establish one as a matter of priority. It will also recommend that a Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework be instituted. The AAU President, Professor Oyewole, who was delighted at the increase in awareness quality assurance in higher institutions in Africa since the Tuning meeting held in Libreville, Gabon, which preceded the 2013 General Assembly of the Association of African Universities, where many voiced their doubts that small African countries needed national quality assurance agencies, had requested that political support from the countries should now be secured in the interest of African development.

According to him, "we may not need all countries at the same time. We can start with those that are ready. Then we need the Arusha Convention to be ratified so as to increase awareness of the need for mobility of staff and students, and the need for comparability of diplomas and certificates. When that is in place, I think the national quality assurance agencies will pick up the need to work together", the AAU President said. Therefore, it is expected that from next year, the European Union's new Pan-African Programme will be used to expand and extend the coverage of its Tuning Africa project to more broadly support quality assurance and accreditation in Africa and the development of a harmonised quality assurance and accreditation system that is aimed at nurturing institutional cultures of quality by supporting the implementation of the Pan-African Quality Assurance Framework.

FUNAAB BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTRE TRAINING PROGRAMMES 2014

The Federal University of Agriculture Biotechnology Centre will hold Practical Training Programmes comprising:

  • Molecular Cloning and Plant Genetic Transformation and Micro propagation
  • Principle and Applications of Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) in Detection of Pathogen and Toxins
  • Analytical Methods using: (a) High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

(b) Gas Chromatography

(ii) (a) Principles and Application of Atomic Absorption Spectrohotometer

(b) Determination of Proximate and total Protein in Food and Agricultural Products

will be running concurrently from 26th to 31st October, 2014.

Intending participants are to send their letter/SMS of intention to participate to any of the following addresses.

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Molecular Techniques in Finger Printing and Forensics has been postponed Indefinitely

Internal and External Advertisement for Non-Teaching Staff Vacancy

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the vacant position in the International Centre for Professional Development Board of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

 

Position:

Tutor

Qualification:

A good first degree from a recognized University in Computer Science or Electrical Electronics or Physics. Candidate must possess an excellent grade at O' Level and must be fluent in English Language.

Interested candidates must be able to teach Professional IT courses with good background in Cisco,Oracle,Microsoft,CWNP,Linxus, CompTiA, Juniper, Mobile Technologies and Certified Internet Webmaster

 

SALARY

The salary attached to this position is attractive.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

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

 

01. PERSONAL

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

(ii) Date of Birth:

(iii) Place of Birth:

(iv) Age:

(v) Sex:

vi) Marital Status:

vii) Nationality:

viii) Town and State of Origin:

(ix) Local Government:

(x) Senatorial District:

(xi) Contact Address:

(xii) Phone Number:

(xiii) E-mail Address:

(xiv) Present Employer:

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

(xvi) Post Applied for:

 

02. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

(i) Educational Institutions Attended (with dates)

(ii) Academic and Professional Qualifications (with dates)

(iii) Prizes, Honours, National and International Recognition

 

03. WORK EXPERIENCE

04. SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE

05. COMMENDATION

06. MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

07. EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES

08. PUBLICATIONS

09. REFEREES

 

…………………………… …………………………………

Signature Date

 

 

 

 

To: The Registrar,

Federal University of Agriculture,

P. M. B. 2240,

Abeokuta,

Ogun State.

 

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

 

Closing Date

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.

 

(Signed)

M. O. Ayoola, JP

Registrar

September 30, 2014

 

 

Former VC Now NIAS President

<p style="text-align: justify;">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.<br /><img src="/images/stories/profadu.jpg" border="0" /></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">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.<br /><img src="/images/stories/profadu2.jpg" border="0" /></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">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.</p>

We'll Work with Management, Says FUNAABSU President-elect

The President-elect of the FUNAAB Student Union, Comrade Olajumoke Olawale, has attributed his victory at the polls to the grace of Almighty God, as he promised to work closely with the University Management, to better the lot of his fellow students. According to Olawale: "People thought I won the election by the virtue of fame or because I had once contested. No, this is far from it. With what happened and what I saw myself, I know it is the Almighty God that placed me there. So, anything I am going to do must be things that will glorify God", he said.

Comrade Olajumoke, who assured of a robust and cordial relationship between Management and the students, noted that appropriate channels of communication would be deployed to ensure that harmonious and peaceful co-existence reigned on campus during his tenure. While calling for a pragmatic and systematic approach to matters that concern students, the 400-level Animal Physiology student stated that the FUNAABSU would fully support the Management to become a world-class institution where its graduates can compete favourably with others across the globe.

The President-elect appealed to the newly-elected Legislative and Judicial arms of FUNAABSU to cooperate with the Executive, to achieve the vision of ensuring that every student counts, by adopting participatory government. He commended the process that brought him into office, saying the Electronic Voting System saved time, was stress-free and minimised cost. He promised to work with students with good ideas that could uplift FUNAABSU. He also advised young people to stay focused and live their dreams because "if there is any good thing you desire, continue and pursue it, if you know it is going to give you joy", he stated.

Comrade Olajumoke Olawale is to takes over from Kehinde Awosanya A.k.a P.kenny, a final year student of the department of Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology(Hydrology Option), whose tenure is just ending.

US-Based Firm, Novus, Ready to Partner FUNAAB

Officials of Novus International and their representatives in the country, Norgem (Nigeria) Limited recently visited the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), to explore the possibility of establishing a technical co-operation with the University.

The Director of Novus International for Latin American and Africa, Dr. Luis Azevedo, while expressing the intention of his firm to venture into official relationship with the University, said they are world leaders in providing Animal Nutrition and Health and were interested in exploring the possibility of coming to FUNAAB, just like what they did in 2006, when they sponsored graduate students from some leading Universities in China. According to him, “we see ourselves more as a company that is interested in innovation and technology in the field of Animal Nutrition and Health and plans to be a key player in the growth of animal production in Africa; with Nigeria being the key market needed to broaden the establishment".

In actualizing these plans, the Director pointed out that it was very important to have a very close relationship with Universities, not only in terms of validating the technologies that were developed, but also in developing the people by adapting these technologies to market needs. Dr. Azevedo stressed that Novus International was looking forward to reforming its relationship with the academia so that “we can do a trial together that can evolve in terms of knowledge transfer, evolve in developing the faculty, developing the students, better preparing the students for the market and bridging the gap that exist between academia and the industry".He pointed out through the relationship; students in Animal Agriculture would be encouraged to develop strong research programmes, while international perspective opportunities would be open to students to do internship at the Novus International headquarters in the United States of America.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole assured the delegates of the University's willingness to partner with them, adding that researches in FUNAAB were usually tailored towards addressing industrial needs. According to him, the University's College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) had the largest concentration of Professors of Animal Science in any Nigerian University. He added that the University would assist the company in any area of interest as well allow the officials of Novus, to teach the students.

The Dean of COLANIM, Professor Christian Ikeobi, who was represented at the occasion by the Head, Department of Animal Nutrition, Professor Oluseyi Oduguwa, disclosed that the activities of Novus was not unfamiliar to the University because a Doctorate student of FUNAAB was already making use of its product for her research work and promised to give the required co-operation for the smooth take-off of the technical co-operation.

We Need Rapid Industrialisation - 47th Inaugural Lecturer

The 47th Inaugural Lecturer of the University, Professor Carolyn Afolami, has called on the government to focus its attention on rapid industrialisation for sustainable national development. This could be achieved by according agriculture its pride of place by engendering good policies, particularly, those that would make agriculture attractive to the teeming unemployed youths in the country. Delivering her lecture titled, “Multidimensional Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria and National Development: The Inseparable Siamese Twins”, Professor Afolami, lamented that despite the efforts made at the national and international levels to eradicate poverty and hunger in line with the Millennium Development Goals, about 1.2 billion people, which constitute about one-eighth of the world population, still live in extreme poverty around the world.

The Don described poverty as “synonymous to not having a job or a means of livelihood, creating the fear of the future and having to live from hand to mouth as a result. Poverty is losing a child to a curable and preventable illness brought about by unclean water or inability to afford medications. Poverty is powerless: it is the lack of representation and freedom”. She said poverty was widespread in Nigeria based on the available statistics, which shows that about half (48 per cent) of the people in the Sub-Saharan Africa, out of which 68 per cent of the people, live in Nigeria. Consequently, as much as about 842.2 million people around the world were chronically undernourished between 2011 and 2013, out of which Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for about 243 million and Nigeria 12.1 million. She described as quite disturbing the recent recruitment exercise in which about 450,000 people scrambled for available spaces of only 4,500. This was a bitter reminder of the critical unemployment situation in the country. The Professor of Agricultural Economics noted that as a way out, agriculture remained the key to industrialization and national development and, therefore, could liberate the country from its precarious situation in that Nigeria was yet to tap fully into the benefits accruable from agriculture, as those who engaged in agriculture still remain very low, contributing less than 10 per cent to the nation’s economic output.

Professor Afolami added that the drudgery in agriculture had also led to unnecessary risks and uncertainties of production, weak value addition value chain and the large disparity between the income derivable from agricultural enterprises and those of workers in telecommunications, petroleum, politics and banking. She noted that the interrelationship of poverty and development was that of cause and effect, in the sense that poverty was one of the various determinants of economic development of any country. The 47th Inaugural Lecturer identified some underlying factors of encouraging economic growth without development to include: inequitable distribution of wealth, mono-economy and over-dependence on oil, corruption, traffic congestion, environmental problems, insecurity, unnecessary military spending and political instability, among others.

She enumerated some present and past poverty alleviation programmes that had been adopted in the country, but observed that they could not make the desired impact because “most of these strategies/programmes are fraught with tricky challenges arising from the perceived materialist orientation of human agencies charged with its implementation, bad leadership, lack of modernisation programmes, physical limitations, bureaucratic stifling, dependency on third world countries and exploitation by the elite”. She, however, warned that the recent rebasing of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which placed Nigeria’s economy as the largest in Africa, “should not be seen as a basis for celebration, as it gives a wrong view on the poverty status of most Nigerians”.

Professor Afolami’s research work which covered understanding the farming household decision making/behavioural patterns to production, usage of resources and the pricing of commodities to the examination of the markets, gave far-reaching recommendations that could turn around the economy of the country for the better. These include calling on the government to desist from increasing the retirement age in both the civil and public service, which she said would stop mortgaging the future of our youths and reduce unemployment. The Don also suggested that salary restructuring and equitable income distribution should be a priority, while there is also the urgent need to curb corruption, improve electricity supply and embark on massive industrialisation through sustainable agricultural development.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB and President of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, called for sanity in the Nation’s personal are corporate operations. He said “one of the ‘barricades’ that we need to clear as a nation towards our National Development is corruption. We need to remove corruption from our national identity. Our country needs to promote the values of honesty, integrity and truth for us to promote our National Development”.

However, he was glad to note that Professor Carolyn Afolami had carved a niche for herself as a lecturer with integrity, a woman whose conscience cannot be bought with money, a defender of truth; no matter whose horse is goaded. She has been called several times in the University to head committees where truth and integrity are required.

A member of many University committees, Prof. Afolami was the General Manager, Ogun State Agricultural and Multi-purpose Credit Agency, Abeokuta between 2003-2007, aside several other responsibilities. She has to her credit over fifty scholarly articles in Local and International Journals. During the last combined Convocation Ceremonies in June 2014, Prof. Afolami won the outstanding contribution (Staff Category) Award of the Heroes Day of Recognition and Excellence.

Dignitaries from all walks of life graced the occasion, amongst whom were the representative of the Deji of Akure, Olori Moji Adesida; the Ontori of Itori, Oba (Dr.) Adebayo; the Pro-Chancellor, Augustine University, Professor Obemiata; FUNAAB’s Pioneer Registrar, Princess Bisi Soboyejo, as well as members of Yewa Think Tank led by its President, Professor D.A Alabi and a Professor Emeritus of the University of Lagos, I.A Asiwaju.

Accreditation Exercise, not to Witch-hunt – NUC Team

The National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation team to the University's Postgraduate School has disclosed that the exercise of accrediting programmes in the nation's ivory towers was not an effort at witch-hunting any institution, but for better productivity.
The head of the team, Professor Gabriel Yomere, who stated this during a wrap-up session after their visit to the University, added that, “no matter how much you have done, there is always room for improvement”. According to him, it was simply a peer review exercise, geared towards enhancing service delivery.

He commended FUNAAB’s Management for its quality staffing profile, vibrant external examination system, high standard of questions paper and answer scripts. He noted that unlike most Universities in the country, where random sampling technique was used by external examiners to go through answer scripts and projects, FUNAAB had uniquely and enviably complied with the NUC's directive on the external examination system. According to him, "the Department has done very well in the sense that the external examiners presented detailed reports, which the Department could use for further development and I want to encourage you seriously. We are very happy with what we saw".


He added that the team was also satisfied with the internal quality assurance put in place. On the staffing of the Postgraduate School, he said it was very encouraging with nine Professors, five Senior Lecturers and four lecturers on the Lecturer I cadre. Professor Yomere, a one-time Dean of the Postgraduate School at the Delta State University (DELSU), was elated that all the Academic staff had PhDs, adding that there was none on part-time. He added that the Postgraduate School was also gender sensitive, as four out of the members of staff were women, accounting for 22 per cent of the total number of staff. The University Don further disclosed that his team was highly impressed with the mode of course delivery and class attendance by students. Professor Yomere, however, challenged the University to urgently improve postgraduate studies in the areas of project writing and supervision, curriculum, ability to speak foreign languages, among others, as the team also visited the 'Nimbe Adedipe Library, where members expressed satisfaction and offered advice on how to administer the library better.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended the team for its doggedness saying that the exercise was carried out to enable the University improve itself academically. Commenting on the issue of the inability of staff members to speak another foreign language aside English, the Vice-Chancellor said that an average Nigerian could speak more than one language. He added that the University was already working on promoting communication in French Language. He, however, observed that the accreditation template used in accrediting undergraduate programmes had been developed over 50 years ago, adding that the postgraduate template was rather new. On staff needs, he said it was high time the NUC looked into the issue of 70 years retirement age for Professors as some Universities were bound to have problems, saying that he and others were preparing a proposal, to be submitted to the NUC soon, on the need to put emphasis on learning outcomes.

Horticulture is Vital to Economic Transformation - HORTSON President

It has been observed that the inclusion and adoption of horticulture in agricultural production is capable of transforming the nation's economy, aid development and improve the livelihood of the citizenry. The President-in-Council (PIC) of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON), Dr. Bala Giginyu, stated this while delivering his address at the 32nd Annual Conference of HORTSON, hosted by FUNAAB.

Dr. Giginyu, who commended the transformation agenda of the Federal Government, called for more awareness on horticulture and other exotic fruits and vegetables, because they performed better during the dry season and were easy to manage for better yield. They also generated more income and possessed great potentials in value chains. According to him, the conference, which had as its theme, "Horticulture For A Healthy and Wealthy Nation", was expected to lead to sustainable and environmentally-friendly production practices, provide information on horticultural trade, promote export and consumption of fruits, vegetables and spices, particularly, the indigenous ones such as Roselle, Moringa, Telfairia ('ugu'), 'ewedu', shear butter and wild jack-fruit, for improved health of the people and wealth creation for the nation. The HORTSON President added that the conference was expected to focus on important broad areas such as climate change, Agricultural Transformation Agenda, Nigerian industrialisation drive, tourism, food security and farmers' livelihood and biotechnological applications in horticultural crop protection.


Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, described horticulture as a potential source of food, livelihood, purification and beautification of the environment. According to him, horticulture was an important branch of agriculture that transcended beyond economic value, as it dealt with the cultivation, processing and merchandising of fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals, which in turn, contributed directly and indirectly to enhanced standard of living for the people and the nation. He said "fruits and vegetables are important for food security and nutrition, while flowers, shade and other ornamental trees are vital for their roles in the provision of medicine and health quality, in beautification, purification and protection of the environment as well as in honey making". Professor Oyewole challenged stakeholders at the conference, to brainstorm and exchange ideas on how new researches in horticulture that would be of benefit to man and the environment.


Delivering the first keynote address, the Executive Director, National Horticultural Research Institute, Dr. Adenike Olufolaji, lamented that the prevailing food situation in most parts of the world had reached a crisis level. According to her, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) index of food prices rose by 9 percent in 2006, 23 percent in 2007 and 53 percent in 2008, leaving over 2 billion people worldwide, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, undernourished. Dr. Olufolaji disclosed that horticultural crops could play a vital role in solving the global nutrient crisis since crops can be produced across all the agro-ecologies of Nigeria, while recommending that government should cluster small scale farmers, who form a majority of the country's populace, into groups in every local government and assisting them.

The Executive Director also called for more commitment from the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, in terms of the value chains, to help reduce the incidence of fresh produce post-harvest wastage, as well as raise the economic status and wellbeing of farmers. Corroborating Dr. Olufolaji, the Director, Agriculture and Agro-allied Department, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Dr. Moyosore Jolaoso, in his keynote address also stressed that horticulture possessed the potential of stimulating economic growth, reducing poverty, enhancing health services, reducing inequity and environmental degradation in the nation. He, however, expressed displeasure over the fact that Nigeria, a producer millions of tonnes of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, still incurred very high post-harvest losses largely due to inadequate infrastructure, high cost of transportation, storage and processing, while a lot of resources was spent on the importation of fruits. Dr. Jolaoso called for greater awareness on the importance of the horticultural industry, while advising Nigerians to always 'eat what they grow and grow what they eat'.

The third keynote address was delivered by Dr. Ibrahim Tudunwada of the National Centre for Remote Sensing, Bayero University, Kano, which focused on the application of remote sensing in horticultural practices. According to him, remote sensing was the science of acquiring information about a target without actually having physical contact with the object. He stated that with remote sensing, images could be used to identify nutrients and water deficiency or surplus, diseases, weed infestations, damages caused by hail, wind and herbicides as well as plant populations through the information gathering, processing and dissemination. He called for the incorporation of the study of remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) technologies into the curricula of colleges and faculties of agriculture in Nigerian Universities.

Highpoint of the conference was the conferment of the Society's Fellowship on theExecutive Director, National Horticultural Research Institute, Dr. Adenike Olufolaji; the Director, Agriculture and Agro-allied Department, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Dr. Moyosore Jolaoso; the Vice-Chancellor, Al-qulam University Katsina, formerly Katsina State University, Professor Shehu Garki Ado and the Managing Director, Fumman Agricultural Products Industries Plc. Members were also conducted round FUNAAB’s Songhai-modelled farm and some University Crop Plantations.

Council Members Inspect On-going Projects

Members of the Capital Development Committee of the University Governing Council have conducted a guided inspection tour of the on-going projects on campus.


The projects inspected were the Information and Communications Technology Resources Centre (ICTREC), Centre for Entrepreneurship (CENTS) Building and the 1,000-seater Lecture Theatre.

Others include the 750-seater science Laboratory, the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), the newly-constructed road and a third gate leading into the University, as well as the Grandstand of the Sports field.

While inspecting the construction site of the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CENTS) Building, which was part of the 2011/2012 Merged-Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) project, the Committee was glad to notice a large lecture hall which can also serve as an exhibition ground.

At the construction site of the 1,000-seater Lecture Theatre which is expected to have a main hall with six doors and 20 toilets all together, its basement was converted into offices to utilise the space created during construction. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, informed members that the furniture for the lecture theatre had been purchased for about 18 million Naira, and kept until the completion of the 97 million Naira building. Commenting on the date of completion of the project, the Acting Head, Directorate of Physical Planning, Architect Babatunde Anasanwo, admitted that though the contractor was working behind schedule, due to challenges encountered during construction, he had, promised completion by end of November, 2014. On the needs of the physically-challenged students, Architect Anasanwo said ramps have been provided at two of the entrances to the building.


Meanwhile, the 750-science Laboratory Complex consists of a 250-seater capacity each for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, as well as an office area. The project was now about 70 percent completed. The Laboratory Complex which costs over 200 million naira is part of the 2011/2012 TETFund Project.

At the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), which has 16 lecture rooms on both floors, the Vice-Chancellor said even though the classrooms may not be able to take more than 100 students at once, Management had proposed another 1,000-seater auditorium to be constructed beside the building.

While commending the Federal Government for providing funds for the development of the University, the Chairman of FUNIS Board and a member of the University Governing Council, Chief Olukayode Akindele, said the magnificent building would be the envy of all the buildings on campus. The inspection team thereafter rode on the newly-constructed road leading into the University, onto the Grandstand on the Sports field which was being handled by direct labour to hasten its completion.


Expressing gratitude to Committee Members for taking out time to inspect on-going projects, the Vice-Chancellor also informed that the University has received 50 percent of the funds allocated by government for the NEEDS assessment projects. He, again, commended the Federal Government for the prompt release of funds, saying that “I am not sure if our University has ever received such an amount, since its inception at once”.

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i. Candidates coming for registration must come with the following

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(b) Original copy of the Bank Teller with which the scratch card purchase was mades;

(c) N700 registration fee.

ii. On production of a – c above, the candidate is expected to fill a JAMB registration form on the spot.

iii. It is compulsory that each candidate must have a functional e-mail address.

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(a) The candidate’s scratch card;

(b) The candidate’s bank teller duly signed at the back and clearly indicating the full name of the Candidate, his signature and date as to acknowledge the receipt of a JAMB produced textbook. Candidates should be advised to keep photocopies of their bank teller.

(c) a &b should be well attached to the completed registration form.

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FUNAAB Oil-Palm Mill Begins Operation

As part of efforts geared towards improving the University's ranking as a World Bank Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment, as well as increase its internally generated revenue, the institution's Oil-Palm Mill has commenced operations. This piece of information was disclosed by the Principal Farm Manager, Tree Crops Plantation, Mr. Oluseye Ogunlami, in an interview with *FUNAAB Bulletin*.
Mr. Ogunlami said the University had been involved in oil-palm production since 2008 using locations outside the University, such as at farm estates in Ado-Odo and Elere Adubi, respectively. The Principal Farm Manager explained that the plantation, which started with six Hectares, had grown into about 73 Hectares of oil-palm and that quality palm-oil are now being produced from the mill which started in April 2014.

Mr. Ogunlami stated that the commercial benefits of palm-tree were enormous and include fruit bunches, palm kernel, palm kernel oil, palm kernel cake, leaves, brooms, among others. He said that the palm-oil were available to members of the University community at pocket friendly prices of 5-Litre at N1,400; 10-Litre keg at N2,600 and 25 Litre keg at N6,200 even as the Unit now has a Tree Crop Nursery where it could raise annually seedlings of oil palm, cocoa or cashew.


He pointed out that the Tree Crops Plantation Unit of the Directorate of University Farms can also raise a number of other seedlings for interested customers based on demand, while it also offers professional services in terms of technicalities that are involved in establishing a plantation. Mr. Ogunlami added that funding of the mill would ensure optimum performance and more revenue to the University because an oil-palm can continue to produce in the next 30 years while the yield would be increasing with the years.

Winners Emerge at COLNAS Poster Competition

Three winners have emerged at the Second Poster Competition for Final Year Students in the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) of the University. The winners are: Miss. Cynthia Ejike, who came first with poster number two titled, “Development and Testing of An Health Educational Game for the Control of Schistosomiasis in School Children in Imala-Odo in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State”, Miss. Aminat Shokunbi was second with poster number three titled, “Prevalence of Malaria and Anaemia Among Pregnant Women Attending their First Ante-natal Care Visit in Abeokuta, Ogun State”, while Miss. Grace Oyebode came third with poster number 12 titled, “Evaluation of Contact Activities of Leaf Extracts from Four Plants Species Against Maize, Weevil”.

According to Miss. Ejike, who is specialising in the Zoology Option, her poster was unique because of the introduction of the health education game called, “Schisto and Ladder”, to create awareness on Schistosomiasis in schools and for the control of the disease among primary school children. Schistosomiasis is an infection that is caused by parasites that live in fresh waters, such as rivers or lakes in sub-tropical and tropical regions worldwide. The pilot testing of the game was successful as the group that was administered the game showed increased knowledge of the disease as against the control group. She appreciated her project supervisor, Dr. Uwem Ekpo, for his support and described the competition as a welcome development which would help students to be hard working by preparing them adequately for their Project defence. She called on the University Management to sustain the competition, saying that she was looking forward to a time when the competition would be inter-collegiate. According to Aminat Shokunbi, also of the Zoology Option in the Department, the competition had helped her to build confidence in herself and increased her knowledge on the need for pregnant women to register for ante-natal booking early, to reduce morbidity, mortality and consequently, reduce the chances of delivering premature babies with low birth weights. She said her project was an eye opener, adding that she was full of gratitude to her supervisor, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunmilayo Idowu for her immense support. She added that the competition had broaden her perspective on the subject adding that she would love to research further on the effects of malaria on babies and the risk factor between mother and babies; an aspect not covered in the poster competition. She also appreciated Management for allowing the competition to scale through, adding that participants would be motivated if Principal Officers of the University could attend their poster presentations in future.

Corroborating her colleagues, Miss. Grace Oyebode, acknowledged that the competition was well conducted and assessed. She disclosed that she had applied to read Veterinary Medicine in the University but ended up reading Biological Sciences with specialisation in the Zoological Option, saying that today, there was no reason to regret her decision. She explained that her poster presentation showcased the possibility of managing maize weevil through leaf extracts from four plants. According to her, this was a breakthrough in the post-harvest storage, which could help boost the economy of the country. She thanked her supervisor, Dr. Olabode Oke, for grooming her thoroughly. Earlier, the Acting Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Uwem Ekpo, explained that the poster competition, organised by his Department, was one of the innovative contributions towards advancing the University to a world-class status because nowadays, international conferences are incomplete without poster presentation, noting that the initiative to inculcate this culture into student of the University was a step in the right direction.

Speaking on other innovations put in place for the second poster competition of the Department, Dr. Ekpo said 19 posters were presented as against the 15 at the first poster competition. Also, the competition was more interactive with more students participating and using the forum to exhibit their work. He added that the competition had also created more awareness on Biological Sciences, as an interesting subject of study, and not just an alternative course. He hoped that in the not-too-distant future, the Department would explore the possibility of extending the poster competition to the postgraduate level.

Education Minister Lauds AVCNU

The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shakarau, has commended members of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) for maintaining discipline and integrity among its members. Mallam Shakarau made this known recently during a send-forth dinner party, held in honour of former members of the association.

He, however, used the occasion to expressed his displeasure over the decadence in the nation’s educational sector. The Minister observed that education had not really impacted the lives of the people inspite of the many Universities existing in the country, while calling on AVCNU to put in more efforts at tackling this challenge. Speaking at the occasion, the President, Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended the honourees, who were former past Vice-Chancellors and AVCNU members, for their immense contribution and selfless service rendered to their respective Universities and the nation at large. He implored incumbent Vice-Chancellors to emulate the laudable achievements recorded by those being honoured while in office, as the Chairman of AVCNU, Professor Joseph Ajienka, congratulated the honourees for successfully completing their tenure of office.

The send-forth dinner party was organised in recognition of excellent services of the former Vice-Chancellors, as Chief Executives of their various Universities. Those honoured include: Professor Hamisu Muhammad, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Professor Bashir Haruna Usman, Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola; Professor James Adelabu, University of Abuja; Professor Sidi Oso, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti; and Professor Effiom Ene-Obang, Cross Rivers State University of Technology, Calabar. Others are: Professor Riskuwa Shehu, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto; Professor Boniface Eghoka; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Professor Bartho Okolo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and Professor Mala Daura, University of Maiduguri.

Serve With Diligence – VC Charges Student Union Leaders

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, has called on the newly-elected Student Union executives of the University (FUNAABSU), to serve with diligence by showing humility, high sense of responsibility and the fear of God. The Vice-Chancellor made this call during the swearing-in ceremony held for the student leaders. Stressing the importance of Student Unionism, Professor Oyewole enjoined both the executive and the legislative arms to work together in love and unity because no tangible achievement could be recorded where there was no unity of purpose. He said unionism could stand the test of time, through shunning unbecoming acts such as rioting and cultism. He, therefore, enjoined the officials of FUNAABSU to operate within the ambits of the law, pursue a clear vision and avoid distractions that may come their way without compromising their academic pursuits. Professor Oyewole, re-iterated the commitment of the AAU to ensuring that African Universities produced graduates with sound skills, competencies and requisite qualities to become future leaders.

The out-gone Student Union President, Mr. Kehinde Awosanya, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Principal Officers, staff and fellow students for their support, as he challenged the newly-elected executives to fasten their belts ahead of the enormous challenges before them. He also charged them to submit to University authorities, attributing the achievements made during his tenure to the existing peace on campus. The newly-elected FUNAABSU President, Comrade Peter Olawale, a 500-level student in the Department of Animal Physiology, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), ascribed his victory to God and assured the students that they would work transparently and be accessible to all. He implored Management to always make the welfare of the students its top priority.

One of the dignitaries present at the swearing-in ceremony was the Olowu of Owu, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, who disclosed that the newly-elected Student Union President, Comrade Olawale, was an indigene of Owu Kingdom. The Royal Father said he had observed sterling leadership qualities in Olawale since when he was a child, as he gave his royal blessings for the continued progress of the University.

The University’s Legal Officer, Mrs. Oluyemisi Daramola, administered the oath and presented certificates of office to the student leaders. The names of the newly-elected executive arm of Student Union and their portfolios are: Comrade Peter Olawale, President; Olufunmilayo Olaoye, Vice-President; Samuel Opaleye, General Secretary; Oyedokun Ebunoluwa, Assistant General Secretary; Mr. Habeed Tijani, Welfare Officer; and Ayo Akosile, Public Relations Officer. Others are: Saheed Shoge, Treasurer; Oluwaseun Kayode, Financial Secretary; and Oluwatobi Okaigbua, Social Secretary.

The officers of the legislative arm are: Rt. Hon. Olorunyomi Eyitayo, Speaker; Tomiwa Ayandokun, Tomiwa Ayandokun, Deputy Speaker; Ayodeji Amusa, Clerk; Damilola Olaogun, Deputy Clerk and Abiola Ogunsanya, Sergeant-at-Arms. The out-gone President of FUNAABSU, Comrade Kehinde Awosanya, was full of gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor for a successful tenure of office. P. Kenny, as fondly called by admirers, stated that his tenure would not have been eventful if not for the unflinching support of the Vice-Chancellor, whom he said “gave us the enabling environment to serve”.

“Any time we have challenges, you managed it for us, even without a third party knowing about it. You are not just a Vice-Chancellor but a father and of course, we have seen the attributes of a pastor in you”, he stated. The former President, who made a remarkable feat by getting married while in office, said the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, was also like a father to them. The Dean “scolds us to make us better and we want to assure him that we are better than when we came into office”, he added. He paid glowing tributes to other executives members that served with him as he thanked them for “the support, love and understanding. It is the beginning and all what we have learnt in office, let’s put them to use judiciously for the betterment of our immediate society and the nation in general”.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor reiterated that FUNAAB had been blessed with excellent student leaders, adding that “I have been personally blessed with two Student Union leaders that have come into office during my tenure”. Apparently referring to P.Kenny, he said “I thank God because he has been blessing us with excellent leaders like you”. The Vice-Chancellor stated that he would never interfere in union elections, stating that that any student leader that served very well, would be given automatic employment in the University. Stating further that “I want you to know that our joy is not only to see you completing your term of office but to also see you tomorrow becoming great persons, getting married, as well as gainfully employed. I want to assure that our interest in you goes beyond this period. Whatever you feel we can do for you, don’t hesitate to come as we will be ready to help you”, as he also commended the out-gone Vice-President, Afusat Ladejobi, for her maturity and cool-headedness.