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Be Good Ambassadors - VC Charges Matriculating Students

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has admonished the newly-matriculated students of the University to strive for academic excellence and be good ambassadors of the University. He made this call during the 2014/2015 Academic Session Matriculation ceremony, held recently. Professor Oyewole said it would be the third in the series, he would be presiding over as Vice-Chancellor. “From the fore-going, you should consider yourselves fortunate to have secured admission into FUNAAB, considering the high number of prospective students who applied to be considered for admission.  The reason for this is not far-fetched.  The University has witnessed remarkable progress and development in all ramifications as espoused by the founding fathers.  By virtue of your admission, you have become a vital stakeholder in

the history of the University”, he stated.

Professor Oyewole said the University had zero tolerance for academic indiscipline, disrespect for constituted authorities, rascality, irresponsible unionism, cultism, laziness, truancy and vandalism.  He noted that FUNAAB was convinced that the pursuit of academic work flourished best under a free and peaceful environment, devoid of anti-social behaviours and other unwarranted disturbances, as the University Administration will continue to sustain and encourage students to exhibit high degree of discipline in their academic and social lives, warning that “any student who does not want to comply with acceptable norms and practices of a decent society would certainly, be met with adequate sanctions”.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, listed the infrastructural facilities in the University that would facilitate teaching and learning to include lecture theatres, hostel accommodation, ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library/ICT Services, 500-seater computer laboratory, transportation facilities, health services, sporting and recreational facilities, sporting and ‘wellness’ facilities, among others. On Student Unionism, the Vice-Chancellor said the University will continue to encourage and support the aims and aspirations of responsive and responsible Student Unionism.  This has been continuously demonstrated by the support given to the activities of the Student Union. “It is our belief that students, through their accredited representatives, should be given the opportunity to contribute positively, particularly, on issues affecting their welfare”, he stated.  The Vice-Chancellor used the occasion to recognise some high flying students for their exemplary performance in the 2014/2015 UTME admissions exercise, as he appreciated members of staff for their co-operation and support in achieving the goals of making FUNAAB a world-class University.

PenCom Set to Verify Retiring Varsity Staff

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) is organising a verification and enrolment exercise for employees in the service of the Federal Government that are due for retirement between January and December 2016, by virtue of their attainment of the retiring age of 65 years for Non-teaching Staff and 70 years for Academic Staff in tertiary institutions, such as FUNAAB.

According to the University Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, all former staff of the University, who had either voluntarily retired or withdrawn their services but are yet to be verified and enrolled by the National Pension Commission (PenCom) are to contact the Principal Assistant Registrar (Pension) in the University with a view to participating in the retirement Benefit Enrolment Exercise, to be held this year. Also, staff who intend to retire voluntarily from the services of the University between January and December 2016 are requested to contact the Senior Assistant Registrar (Pension), to enable them participate in the retirement Benefit Enrolment Exercise.

The Registrar charged all affected former staff and staff that intend to either retire voluntarily or withdraw their service in 2016, to make use of the opportunity of the exercise to enroll under the scheme.

Professor Salako to Deliver 48th Inaugural Lecture

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, would deliver the 48th Inaugural Lecture of the University on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The lecture, which is titled “For Soil to Oil the Nation: Advancing the Frontiers of Conservation Agriculture in Nigeria”, takes place at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, beginning at 2pm.

A Professor of Soil Physics in the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor Salako’s research interest covers the use of isotopes in soil and water characterization and measurement of unsaturated water flow of tropical soils with tension infiltrometer. The lecture is expected to x-ray the need for an alternative means of generating revenue, considering the present dwindling price in oil and its attendant effect on the nation’s economy. Professor Salako said the lecture would also, from the point of view of a Soil Scientists, divulge the importance of soil as a natural resource that must be conserved both for sustainable production of crops and improved quality of the environment under different land uses, while fulfilling the divine mandate of God.

Professor Salako, who has supervised over 40 undergraduate projects and more than 20 postgraduate projects, dissertations and theses has won Grants from the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) of the Abdus Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy.  He was a Regular Associate of ICTP between 2005 and 2009, where he was also a Resource Person in 2003 for the year's Edition of College on Soil Physics. He is a member of several Professional societies.  He is also a Reviewer for many International and Nigeria-based Journals. He has over seventy-five 75 publications, 56 of which are in reputable International Journal Articles, eight of which are published as chapters in books. Professor Salako is a community leader and holds the chieftaincy titles of Asoludero of Iwoye Ketu and Bobatolu of Isaga-Orile, Ogun State as a mark of his contributions to rural community development.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole would be the Chairman and Chief Host at the occasion.

Our Achievements Speak For Us - NASU Chairman

The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Branch, recently commissioned its 18-Seater Hummer Bus at the NASU Secretariat Office, purely for commercial use. The Branch Chairman of NASU, Comrade Isiaq Odunjo, expressed his appreciation to Comrade Kolawole Adenekan, the National Deputy President of the Union; Comrade Femi Soetan, the State Chairman; and the State Secretary, Comrade Alafiatayo Bidemi, for attending the programme and their unflinching support for the Union, assuring that the Union would not let them down. He also commended the Branch members for their support, doggedness, endurance and trust.

Recounting the achievements made so far by the Union since the beginning of this tenure as Chairman in the last two years, Comrade Odunjo reminded the gathering about the goals the Union had set for itself from the outset, such as to resuscitate the Branch, to promote the interest of its members, to discuss issues that concern members without resulting into violence and to institutionalise the scholarship programme for its members and their children. He also informed the gathering that about N800,000 had been spent on the scholarship programme, with special focus on the junior members who earn less than N50,000 per month, adding that the money came in from generous individuals and not from the Union’s purse, while 84 members that were previously laid off from work had been re-called. Another 154 of the Union’s members, who were on casual appointment, had also been converted to contract appointments. Another achievement that was worthy of commendation, was the 100 percent promotion, which the Union was able to secure for its junior categories of members. Comrade Odunjo stated that the secret of these achievements was hinged on effective negotiation, discussion and communication with the relevant authorities, as he implored members to see strike action or protest as the last resort.

He added that about N700,000 was spent to furnish the secretariat while another remarkable achievement was initiating the ongoing Shopping Mall, which has 25 shops and should generate nothing less than N1,500,000 into the coffers of the Union.

The State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Femi Soetan, applauded the progress and the achievements of the Union, saying it was remarkable, indeed. Comrade Femi, who could not hide his feeling at the occasion, wondered how the Union would have been without having its own secretariat. He, however, corrected the wrong impression that NASU was meant for the junior staff only. Rather, he said NASU belonged to both senior, as well as junior staff, as he challenged members of the Union to always speak in one voice. Comrade Femi described FUNAAB-NASU as a ‘pace-setter’, especially for having in place a standardised and institutionalised scholarship programme.

The NASU's National Deputy President, Comrade Kolawole Adenekan, charged the executive of the Union to be focused, noting that if they wished to remain as good leaders, they should be ready to defend the interest of members from time to time, provide welfare for them as well as infrastructural facilities. He also implored NASU members to trust their leaders, support and co-operate with them. Other dignitaries present at the occasion include Comrade Ismail Bayonle, National Executive Member for the Ogun State Council; the Union’s Branch Secretary, Comrade Samson Edivri; the Union’s Branch Treasurer, Comrade Yinka Afaraetu; and other top executive members of the Union.

Matriculation, Third Commencement Lecture to Hold on Jan 28

The 2014/2015 Academic Session Matriculation for fresh students and the Third Commencement Lecture of the University, which would formally kick-start the new Academic Session, are to hold on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, at 10am and 12 noon respectively.

The lecture, titled, "Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship in Nigerian Universities: Students' Choices, Nigeria's Legacy", and would be delivered by Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan, the Chief Executive, Contact Consulting Nigeria Limited. Mrs. Olaniyan bagged her first and second degrees from the University of Ilorin, and the University of Lagos, respectively. She holds a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Maidenhead, United Kingdom. A financial expert and seasoned administrator, she started her career as a Management Trainee with the AG Leventis Nigeria Plc in 1988 and rose to become Branch Manager and later, Head of Sales and Marketing in 2002. Mrs. Olaniyan later joined UTC Nigeria Plc in 2005 and based on her impressive performance, she was made the Managing Director/CEO in 2007. At UTC, she spearheaded an impressive turnover growth and in 2012, under her leadership, the company pioneered the commercialisation of cassava bread in Nigeria. In 2014, she set up Contact Consulting Nigeria Limited, a firm that is focused on marketing, strategy and researching into emerging markets.

Mrs. Olaniyan is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and had served as a Market Analyst in the 2014 Cassava Scoping Study, funded by Partnerships in Niger Delta and co-funded by Chevron (Nigeria) Limited. She is currently the Marketing and Strategy Consultant to Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA), Nigeria, an organisation sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the development of the cassava industry in Africa, which is based in FUNAAB.

The Third Commencement Lecturer is also the founder and Chairperson, Cassava Advancement Initiative and had presented papers at several Agribusiness summits in West Africa. In recognition of her contributions to the Nigerian food industry, and her services to the nation, she was conferred with a National Honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the Federal Government. It would be recalled that the last edition of the Commencement Lecture, the second, was delivered by Mr. Folu Ayeni, the Co-Founder/Vice-Chairman of Tantalizers Nigeria Plc, which was titled, "Making Sparrows and Hammers out of FUNAAB Students and Graduates".

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, is expected to chair both occasions.

Cisco Academy Begins Admission

The University’s Cisco Networking Academy has begun an International Certification Training Course on “Cisco IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software”. Participants are expected to gain specialised technical skills needed to install, maintain, secure and repair computers. It would also equip trainees with relevant skills in the operations of desktop and laptop computers, mobile electronic device applications such as tablets, smart phones and printers. Duration of the programme is for a maximum period of three months, commencing from the date stipulated on the FUNAAB website, while the certificates to be awarded to successful participants will be internationally-recognised. Further enquiries should be directed to the Acting Head, Information and Communications Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Tunde Ajayi.

Meanwhile, the University has been presented with a certificate of five years of active participation and service in the Cisco Networking Academy Program.

FUNAAB Staff, Others Bag International Award

A Senior Lecturer in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Dr. Jamiu Azeez is among the team of scientists who won the Royal Society-DFID (Department for International Development) Africa Capacity Building Initiative Programme Award. Others are Professor Jon Lloyd of Imperial College, London; Dr. Vincent Logah of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; and Dr. Halidou Compaore of Agriculture and Environment Research Institute, Burkina Faso, who won the award for their collaborative research project titled, "The Science Underlying the West African Forest Island Phenomenon".

The total budget for the five-year award is valued at £1,132,162.00 and would include Research Cost, Travel Cost, Equipment, Training Cost, PhD Studentship and Management Cost, which would to be utilised by the four institutions. Dr. Azeez’s research interests are in the areas of Soil Chemistry and Fertility as well as Environmental Impact Assessment of Agricultural Practices. He presently co-ordinates the Agricultural Arm of the University’s Directorate of Grant Management

CALL FOR 2014 ACADEMIC STAFF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (SUPPORTED BY TENDER)

The Call

Academic staff are hereby invited to compete for the 2014 Academic Staff Training and Development Grants.

 

Purpose

The Grant will support the staff of the University who wants to pursue Ph.D and Benchwork programme in Nigeria or in foreign institutions.

Condition

While application does not guarantee approval, applicants will be expected to agree with the final decision of the University Staff Development Committee who is administering the grant. Preference shall be given to staff that are just about to commence the Ph.D programme and also have not enjoyed such facility in the past.

Method of Application

Applicants seeking support are expected to submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of Admission
  2. Complete schedule of fees including:

(i)    Tuition

(ii)   Cost of Accommodation

(iii)  Cost of Feeding

(iv)  Laboratory cost (if any)

(v)   Cost of return flight ticket

(vi)  Project Proposal for Ph.D

The applications should be forwarded to the Director, CENIP not later than thirty (30) working days from the date of this memo (i.e. February 27, 2015).

CALL FOR 2014 CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE GRANTS (SUPPORTED BY TENDER)

The Call

All Academic and Non-Teaching Staff are hereby invited to compete for the 2014 Conference Attendance Grants.

 

Purpose

The Grant will support the staff of the University who wants to attend Overseas Meetings/Conferences/Workshops of short duration, in areas that is relevant to their employment.

Condition

While application does not guarantee approval, applicants will be expected to agree with the final decision of the University Staff Development Committee who is administering the grant.

Applicants must ensure that the Conferences will be coming up about five months to the time of application (i.e June, 2015).  Priority will be given to staff with acceptable letter of invitation and conferences that is of direct relevance to the area of competence of the applicant.  Staff who have not enjoyed or benefited at all from the grant will be given preference.

Method of Application

Applicants seeking TETFund grant for Conference Attendance shall fill a prescribed form (see your HODs and HOUs for collection of the forms) and provide the following documents:

i.  Letter of Invitation

ii  Letter of Acceptance and Abstract of paper to be presented (if any)

iii. Conference Announcement indicating the following:

-      Address of Venue

-      Name(s) of Contact Person(s)

-      Phone numbers of contact person(s)

-      E-mail address

-      Cost of registration

-      Cost of return flight ticket

-      Cost of accommodation

-      Cost of feeding

-      Cost of excursion (if any)

The applications should be forwarded to the Director, CENIP not later than thirty (30) working days from the date of this memo (i.e. February 27, 2015).

High Unemployment Level Worries VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has expressed his displeasure over the increasing rate of unemployment of graduates from the nation's tertiary institutions. Professor Oyewole made this known during the Tertiary Education Trust Fund's 2-Day Capacity Building Workshop on "Entrepreneurship Education and Training for Entrepreneurship Lecturers in Public Tertiary Institutions", held in the University. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Kolawole Salako, said the increasing rate of unemployment among graduates had led to insecurity and decrease in the standard of living of the citizenry. He, however, thanked the Federal Government for the introduction of entrepreneurial training and studies into the curriculum of Nigerian Universities, which he noted, was an innovation that would in a way, empower the youths, increase economic growth and enhance the standard of living of the people. The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated TETFund for ensuring that theories that were imparted into the students became transformed into practical experience, through the series of capacity-building programmes put in place.

Delivering his opening remarks, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of TETFund, Dr. Musa Babayo, who is also the Talban Katagum, was represented at the occasion by Mr. Segun Jeboda, the South-West Co-ordinator for the workshop, noted that the Capacity Building Workshop was aimed at promoting the importance of entrepreneurship among students by empowering them to become innovative and creative thinkers in business. Dr. Babayo also stressed the need for the introduction of entrepreneurship studies into the curriculum of Nigerian tertiary institutions, with the hope of changing the focus and quality of graduates. This, according to him, would help prepare the nation for the future in line with the global trend of placing entrepreneurship as a major component of economic growth.

The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, in his welcome address, re-iterated that the theme of the workshop: "Strengthening the Delivery of Entrepreneurship Education of Lecturers in Public Tertiary Institution", was designed to strengthen the delivery of entrepreneurship and training in public tertiary institutions with set objectives. Speaking through Mr. Mohammed Nasiri, from the TETFund's ICT Department, Professor Bogoro, said that entrepreneurship had increasingly become important towards the acceleration of economic growth in addition to being one of the criteria used in the ranking of Universities, globally. The Executive Secretary re-affirmed the Fund's determination to continue to support and strengthen entrepreneurship education in tertiary institutions across the country, as the sum of N100 million had been approved by the Federal Government in 2011 for the establishment of entrepreneurship centres in each federal and state Universities throughout the nation.

The Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Olufemi Onifade, was represented at the occasion by Dr. Olufunmilayo Oluwalana, Skill Leader, Apiculture and Soft Skill of the Agricultural Media Resource and Extension Centre (AMREC).

Stakeholders to Hold Workshop on FUNAAB Gender Policy

The FUNAAB Gender Policy Drafting Committee (FGPDC) of the University would hold its Stakeholders' Workshop on the FUNAAB Gender Policy, from Thursday, January 29 to Friday, January 30, 2015 at the International Scholars' and Resource Centre (IS&RC).

The Chairperson of FGPDC, Professor Grace Sokoya, stated that the workshop would draw participants from the drafting committee, two facilitators, two representatives from each staff Union and one nominee each from the Vice-Chancellor's Office, Registry, Security Unit, FUNAAB Legal Office, legal consultant and representatives from two sister institutions, where the Gender Policy is operational.
Professor Sokoya enjoined members of the University Community to collect copies of the sensitisation brochure and car stickers from the Students' Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Directorate. Thereafter, they are to submit their comments and inputs to FGPDC on or before Monday, January 12, 2015.

FUNAAB Glows at NUC Contest

The University was among the first two Universities that topped the list of winners at the maiden Annual National Entrepreneurship Week (ANEW) Ideas Contest, organised by the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja. Coming after one of the Universities in Ogun State, FUNAAB had three teams namely: Team Clean-Up Nigeria, Team Innovate! and Team Progressive Minds, where it contested alongside 21 Universities as well as 47 teams across the country. The FUNAAB team was led by the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Olufemi Onifade and a staff coach from the Directorate of Public Relations, Mr. Olasunkanmi Olajide. Team Progressive Minds was led by Ifeanyi Okpala, a 400L student of the Department of Civil Engineering; Team Innovate! was led by Damola Morenikeji, a 500L student of the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production while Team Clean Up Nigeria, was led by Matthew Adebisi, a 400L student of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

In his Keynote Address at the week-long programme, the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, stated that undergraduates in the country should key into the entrepreneurial programmes provided by their Universities in addition to their courses of study. Represented by the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, a former Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, the Minister said the entrepreneurship week was designed to provide Universities with the opportunity of showcasing their research activities by both the faculty members and the students. According to him, "the decision to mobilise efforts in promoting university-industry relationship through entrepreneurship education was to advance the development of the knowledge-based enterprise for the students". He added that the ANEW 2014 was a clear testimony of NUC's foresightedness in providing opportunities for mentoring students and allowing them to demonstrate their innovative ideas in solving critical challenges facing their communities.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, who was represented by the Commission's Deputy Executive Secretary (Research and Special Projects), Professor Chiedu Mafiana, also a former Director of FUNAAB's Academic Planning, stated that the ANEW contest was a ground-breaking programme that was aimed at strengthening University-Industry relationship as well as promoting knowledge-based enterprise development. He added that it was a platform that would help strengthen University and Industry collaboration as well as entrench the entrepreneurial culture in students to "Think Business", rather than looking for employment opportunities or white-collar jobs. Present at the occasion were the Chairman of NUC Board, Senator (Dr.) Ahmadu Ali; the Secretary-General, Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU/CVC), Professor Michael Faborode; a former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Ishaq Oloyede; and captains of industries.

IJMB Accreditation Team Visits INHURD

An accreditation team from the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB), has carried out a full resource inspection visit to the University's Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD), as part of its regulatory activities for the IJMB programme. Speaking at the event, the leader of the team, Professor Adebayo Oyewale, charged the tutors to teach the students very well so as "to surpass him". According to him, the visitation has initiated an interaction between the team, the students and the tutors. On the forthcoming examinations, Professor Oyewale said the date had been shifted to January 2015, due to the upcoming general elections in the country. He added that IJMB students often graduate with nothing less than Second Class, Upper Division (2.1) when admitted into the University because the programme usually prepared them for excellence. He, however, reeled out the names of past students of the IJMB programme to include the Director of INHURD, Professor Francis Showemimo; the Vice-President of Nigeria, Architect Namadi Sambo former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the current Emir of Kano, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi, among other dignitaries.

Earlier, Professor Showemimo recalled the Institute's metamorphosis from UNAAB Consult to CENHURD and then, INHURD. He added that the main objective of the Institute was to ensure that learning takes place, noting that the Institute was sitting on over 15 acres of land that was conducive for learning.

He stated that the functional analogy of the Institute could be related to a bus where it would be off-loaded yearly and which there should be a lasting impression on them. He added that the Institute had 75 IJMB students, 33 science and 37 management students, among others

...As C:AVA Wins Times Higher Education Award

In another development, the Cassava Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA) project introduced to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
(FUNAAB) in 2012 and led by the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom (UK) has won the 2014 prestigious Times Higher Education Award
for International Collaboration of the Year. A follow-up project, C:AVA II, has been launched and funded with $18.8 million from the
Gates Foundation.

According to the Project Director, C:AVA II, Professor Kola Adebayo, FUNAAB's Director of Grants Management, the project had been building
on the success of the first phase, adding that it has expanded the cassava value chain in target countries to accommodate industries such as brewery, livestock feed, starch, ethanol and plywood. The event which was held in the United Kingdom had the University of
Glasgow; Imperial College, London; Northumbria University; St George's University, London andUniversity of Wolverhampton as contestants.

Speaking at the event, the Director, Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and Leader of the C:AVA Project, Professor Andrew Westby, said that
C:AVA's success was built on long term dynamic collaboration between NRI and its partners in Africa. According to him, "Together, we have
developed a world-leading programme of research and innovation on root and tuber crops which is contributing to global food security." He
attributed the success of the award to the hard work as well as strong collaborations with the C:AVA project.

In his address, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Enterprise at the University of Greenwich, Professor Tom Barnes stated that, "The C:AVA project was an example of the excellent work that NRI was doing. A particular strength of this work was the translation of the Institute's collaborative research into impact on the lives of many poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa." Corroborating him, the Vice-Principal (International), King's College, London and one of the Judges, Dr. Joanna Newman noted that Greenwich had given a very clear lead to a complex web of international partners. "This project was very impressive for its scale, transforming the livelihoods of 90,000 subsistent farmers," she said.

It has been ascertained that Cassava is the most cultivated crop in Africa. Unfortunately, most cassava farmers are poor. This is because the
root crop is highly perishable and the locally produced cassava flour is of poor quality. To tackle these challenges, the Cassava: Adding
Value for Africa (C:AVA) project developed technology to turn the root crop into an affordable product, to replace imported wheat and corn,
supported by further interventions along the supply chain to boost its value.

To deliver the project, NRI partnered five universities (one each from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi), backed by $16.7 million
(£10.5 million) awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since inception, C:AVA has processed about24,000 tonnes of high-quality
flour, supporting 89 village processing groups and 51 small enterprises and the annual income of about 90,000 farmers has been
increased from $310 to $370, enabling many to diversify their crops and send their children to school.

It is expected that after five years, C:AVA II would have facilitated systems where smallholder farmers would have sold more than two million tonnes of fresh cassava roots to targeted value chain in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.

IITA Commends FUNAAB on Cassava Production

The Cassava Weed Management Project Team of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has applauded the University's effort at ensuring optimum production of cassava using effective and sustainable weed management technologies. The Project Administrator, Mrs. Ezinne Ibe, gave the commendation during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, as well as the Project Team in FUNAAB, to assess the progress made and proffer solutions to the challenges facing the implementation of the project.

Speaking on the aim of the project, which is co-executed by IITA and FUNAAB, Mrs. Ibe said it would help smallholder cassava growers, who were mostly women and children, to achieve sustainable increase in their production and income through development and the adoption of improved weed control methods by reducing the losses caused by weeds. The Project Administrator's presentation titled, "Project Overview, Update on Milestones", highlighted the objectives of the project, which include developing appropriate agronomic practices for increase in cassava productivity, identifying effective and safe herbicides use for weed control in cassava, evaluating new and integrated approaches of combining best agronomy practices using herbicides to maximize weed control in cassava system, extension services, among others.


Making a presentation on "Financial Management in Projects Execution", the Project Accountant, Mr. Obilade Adeniyi, emphasised the importance of good financial management for the success of any project. According to him, good financial management entailed the planning, organising, controlling and monitoring of resources so that the organisation can achieve its set objectives and fulfill its obligations to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders. He added that financial management should not be seen as mere keeping of account records but an important part of programme management, which should not be left to only the finance staff. Mr. Adeniyi gave the benefits of a good financial management to include the ability to give proper account and presentation of financial statement for regulatory bodies, to enable staff make better decision on the use of funds, attain credibility for the organisation and strengthen fundraising efforts, to get better value for money. He further disclosed that the expectations of the Partner's Account Officers consist of the conformity of disbursements within the contractual terms; allocation of funds; seeking co-operation with IITA on contract and financial matters; observing set deadlines and format; preparing financial reports with the required and proper referenced supporting documents; and ensuring that necessary cost incurred were duly authorised. The Project Accountant charged the University's Project Co-ordinator to ensure that FUNAAB's reports were always timely and conformed to IITA's standard, as well as that of the donor.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor 'Goke Bodunde, appreciated IITA for considering FUNAAB to spearhead the laudable project, adding that the collaboration between the two organisations was already yielding good results. He described the Project Co-ordinator, Professor Segun Lagoke, as an erudite scholar and experienced hand, and assured the team of the University's commitment to the success of the project. According to him, a befitting office had already been provided, to ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day activities of the project. Commenting, the FUNAAB Project Coordinator, Professor Lagoke,
expressed his gratitude to University's Management for always being supportive.

NIAS to Establish Institute in FUNAAB

The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), is planning to establish an Institute of Animal Science in the University. Disclosing this was the leader of the NIAS Resource Verification Team, Professor Akintunde Akinsoyinu, while on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole. The leader of the team noted that he was in FUNAAB to verify the available facilities that would aid the citing of the Institute. He said visiting FUNAAB was a home-coming for him, while thanking the Vice-Chancellor for the warm reception accorded them. Professor Akinsoyinu commended the University Management for providing the enabling environment for the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) to thrive, adding that staff members of the College were professionally competent.

The Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Christian Ikeobi, said the profile of the College staff was second to none in the country, with 68 academic staff out of which 16 were Professors and 7 Associate Professors. He assured the Vice-Chancellor that the team's inspection of the available facilities would aid the verification exercise in the course of interacting with staff and students of the College. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, welcomed the team to the University. He said FUNAAB had all it takes to host the proposed Institute of Animal Science for the South-West region of Nigeria, because it was the only University in the country with rich concentration of Professors in the field of Animal Science. Professor Oyewole commended NIAS for promoting professionalism in Agricultural Science practice, particularly, in Animal Science promising that the University would improve on the existing facilities. Meanwhile, similar resource verification of facilities had taken place in other institutions across the South-West.

Emulate ANAN – VC Charges Professional Bodies

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has challenged professional bodies and blue-chip companies in Nigeria to emulate the kind gesture of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), which recently donated a research building to the University named, “Centre for Linking Accounting with Business of Developing Economies (LABODE)”. Speaking at the Hand-Over Ceremony of the Research Centre, Professor Oyewole enjoined other corporate organisations to follow the generosity of ANAN by supporting the on-going efforts at transforming the nation’s educational sector. “We congratulate ANAN for the history being made today, I believe we are entering into a journey of collaboration that would be of benefit to both our University and ANAN. ANAN is not only donating a building, they are also donating a research centre”, he said. Professor Oyewole called on ANAN to look forward to FUNAAB as its reliable research centre, because this was in line with the vision and mission of the University. He stressed that the quality of a University was not just about buildings but research. “The decision of ANAN to intervene in the area of research is equally commendable. The University appreciates the speed with which this project was completed and the quality of the structure”, he stated. The Vice-Chancellor paid glowing tributes to the leadership of the Association, saying that ANAN was the first of such professional bodies to extend its warm hand of fellowship to the University’s newly-established College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), adding that “we are proud of ANAN”.

“We also need to agree on the modalities of operation and funding of the Research Centre. The University has not made any commitment to appoint a Director for this Centre. We hereby propose to ANAN to institute a Professional Chair, to be funded by ANAN, for the purpose of directing the affairs of the Centre”, the Vice-Chancellor further stated.

The President and Chairman of Council of ANAN, Alhaji Sakirudeen Labode (FCNA), said the Association’s quest to fulfil the mandate of advancing the science of Accountancy and contributing towards the development of the profession, led to the donation of Accountancy books and laboratory equipment to over 40 Universities and polytechnics across the country. He added that, “It was also in furtherance of the mandate that we decided to build this Centre in the FUNAAB”. Alhaji Labode stated that the Research Centre would concentrate on researching into Financial, Accounting and Management needs of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), noting that it was a key sector of the economy that had been neglected over the years.

According to him, “Research areas earmarked for this Centre would be unique. It would service small scale farmers, artisans and traders. We believe that the outcome of researches into these areas would go a long way in proffering solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting them, such as issues bordering on Finance, Management, Accounting and basic Record Keeping”. He commended the University Management for providing the space where the building was situated, adding that both organisations would continue to maintain good relationship.

The new Centre is a storey building, which has a main lecture hall of 120-sitting capacity on the ground floor, a seminar room and two other offices on the upper floor. The building was declared open by the ANAN President and Chairman of Council, Alhaji Sakirudeen Labode.

FRESH STUDENTS RESUME FOR 2014/2015 ACADEMIC SESSION

Fresh students of the University have resumed for the 2014/2015 Academic Session and commenced the online registration and verification of results at their various Departments and Colleges. The new students, who could hardly contain their excitement for gaining admission into the University, shared their registration experiences, dreams and aspirations for attending the institution of their dream.

Kolawole Mathew, a Direct Entry student from the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ekiti State, who was admitted into the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), spoke on his choice of the University saying, "I chose FUNAAB because it is one of the best schools in Nigeria and it is the only place where I can achieve my aim; which is to be one of the best Dietitians in the world since FUNAAB is known to have the resources for producing renowned Dietitians in Nigeria". On the University environment, the student described it as “simply beautiful”, adding that members of staff that he encountered during his registration process were very warm and supportive. On his plans for the future, Kolawole said he hoped to graduate with a First Class degree as he did during his first programme and hoped to also continue in that line until he becomes a Professor of Dietetics.

Another student, Ifeoluwa Olabiwoninu, who gained admission to study Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), said he had wanted to study Agricultural Engineering, but was still grateful to be amongst the few that gained admission into the University notwithstanding the course. According to him, "I choose FUNAAB because everybody knows that it is one of the best institutions in Nigeria and even in West Africa. It is student-oriented and I also like their vision and mission". Sharing his registration experience, Ifeoluwa said, "I must confess, it has been very smooth. Within a day, I got my credentials stamped. The only challenge now is our inability to print out the invoice that would be used to pay the prescribed fees and this is because we were unable to open the link. We have complained and we were asked to exercise patience". Speaking on his impression of the University and members of staff, the fresher said, "they have been very helpful, they’re just like fathers and mothers to us. They are accommodating and friendly to us".

Corroborating him, another student, Folorunso Olayinka, of the Department of Animal Nutrition in the College Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), said she was really impressed with the registration process and the attention given to her by the officials in charge. According to her, in just one day, she was almost done with her registration process which she described as "fast and easy". Speaking on the admission process which brought her into the University, Folorunso said it was free and fair and purely based on merit. "I choose FUNAAB because they have a very stable academic calendar and because it is a good institution where students are thoroughly taught both theory and practicals. The University environment is very beautiful and I am proud to be a FUNAABite", she added. Sharing her plans for the future, the young undergraduate said she hoped to own a very big poultry farm and change the fortunes of the country in her own little way.


 

Dada Oluwalonimi, another fresh student, who was admitted into the College of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) to read Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, described the University environment as nice, serene and conducive for academic pursuit, adding that he would use the serenity of the environment to attain academic excellence during his stay. He said he intends to graduate in record time from the university and secure a well-paying job thereafter.

Another student, Bakare Ifeloluwa of the Department of Statistics, College of Physical Science (COLPHYS) had a different view on the registration process. According to her, it was tedious in that a lot of forms had to be printed and carried around for signatures. She said she looked forward to a time when registration would be completely done online, pointing out that through the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training programme being offered by FUNAAB, most students have now become more knowledgeable and computer literate. She disclosed that she planned to become a Professor of Statistics in future.


However, Adedigba Mercy Ejehi, a former pre-degree student at the University's Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD), who gained admission to study Banking and Finance, in the College of Management Science (COLMAS), described the registration process as stressful, because she had to trek long distances within the University to get her forms signed. She appealed to the University Management to make available, campus shuttle cabs so that at the end of the day, the registration process would become faster.