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ICTREC Computer Training for Fresh students: Excel CGPA Calculator

As part of the “Understanding Microsoft Excel: Building a CGPA Calculator” session during the 2015/2016 ICTREC Computer Training for Fresh students, an Excel CGPA Calculator was built.

The CGPA Calculator is based on BMAS and include remarks and class of grade. The completed excel file is now available for download.

It is intended for training purpose (understanding Microsoft Excel) and personal use (to monitor their academic performance and strategies graduating with a good Class)

Download here

Avoid Eating Food Products From Animals Treated With Antibiotics - Prof. Abiola

With the recent ban on the use of Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGP) on animals by the European Union (EU), Nigerians have been cautioned against consuming animal products such as meat, eggs and milk that contain traces of such drugs. This call was made by Professor Samuel Abiola, an expert in Monogastric Animal Production in the Department of Animal Production and Health, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) of the University. 

According to the researcher, the EU’s move to discourage the use of antibiotics in treating animals had made animal scientists to look for other ways of improving performance and health of animals by using Phytobiotics, which are plant derivatives. Speaking on his research grant titled, “Ethno-Veterinary Interventions and Phytobiotics Options in Contemporary and Conventional Poultry Production Systems”, which was fully sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and supervised by the University’s Directorate of Grants Management (DGM), Professor Abiola said that it had been documented that there were residual effects in such meat, milk and eggs due to the over-use of the AGP and the failure to observe withdrawal period, thus necessitating the ban by the EU.

According to him, in finding out the potentials of plant derivatives in the treatment of animals at the village level, a multidisciplinary research team was set up in FUNAAB comprising veterinarians, agricultural economist, agricultural extension expert and animal scientists with the involvement of postgraduate and undergraduate students. Professor Abiola noted that farmers in the villages have the traditional methods of treating their animals, right from the time of domestication of livestock species, a development that led to conducting of research in some selected villages in four local government areas of Ogun State, namely: Ifo, Odeda, Ewekoro and Sagamu. Hence, the research team was able to gather from the preliminary study, that different plants, roots and herbs were being used in the treatment of parasitic and bacterial infections in the animals.

The Don revealed that the most important plant being used is known as Lageneria breviflora, which is also known as Itagiri (in Yoruba language). He stated further that the fruit, which contains some phytochemicals and active ingredients, which help in combating certain infections in animals. He stated that farmers in the villages only chopped the fruits into pieces and soak in water without having adequate measurement or standardisation. He, however, expressed his delight over the achievements made in the research, which had produced two PhD students, and four first degree graduates.  Findings from the research have also been presented at conferences. On the EU ban, Professor Abiola frowned at the inability of not being able to export some Nigerian agricultural products to Europe and America because of the failure of the country to meet the required international standards and specifications.

“We are blessed in this country, we have both human and material resources, only that we cannot harness the resources to promote the economy of the country”, he added. On why Nigeria is not meeting the required international standards, he said it was difficult for the country to meet the required standards because of non-adherence to rules and regulations, particularly on livestock production and processing. For instance, abattoir and slaughter slab operations are very defective in many places in Nigeria, he concluded.

Professor Abiola warned that meat meant for human consumption could easily be contaminated in many ways right from the time of slaughtering, processing and transporting to the market. He stressed further on the need for facilities such as abattoirs having cold rooms with uninterrupted electricity and clean environment. He said the pre-slaughter treatment of animals contribute to the poor quality of the meat. Such ill-treatment include beating or dragging of animals to the slab before slaughtering, which often led to body injuries and bruises on the animals. This could, in turn, cause infections and negatively affect the quality of the hide and skin being produced. To avert this, he suggested that animals that are to be slaughtered, should be transported to the abattoir or slaughter slab.

He enumerated the challenges being faced in the course of carrying out research on medicinal plants to include lack of farmers’ readiness or willingness to provide information on herbal medicine at the village level as well as lack of adequate facilities to carry out the research. Projecting into the future, Professor Abiola suggested participatory approach in which farmers will be partly involved in future research on medicinal plants.

Give Back to Your Country - VC Charges Veterinarians

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, has charged the newly-inducted Veterinary Doctors to give back to the nation, their best in appreciation for the Federal Government’s gesture in training them above and beyond graduates of other disciplines. The Vice-Chancellor gave the charge while speaking at the 8th Induction Ceremony and admission of Veterinary graduates into the profession, having successfully completed their course of study in the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) of the University.

He said that it was imperative for the new inductees to remember to lift high, the flag of FUNAAB wherever they find themselves. The Vice-Chancellor was represented at the programme, which was themed, “The Enterprising Veterinarian”, by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin. The Vice-Chancellor added that the newly-inducted Veterinary Doctors should regard the honour bestowed on them as a stimulus to further add value to the society. 

Earlier, the Dean of COLVET, Professor Babatunde Otesile, recalled the establishment of the College in March 2002, saying that the first set graduated in 2009. “Since the commencement of the DVM programme in FUNAAB, which was 14 years ago, our products have continued to do the University proud wherever they go”, he added. Professor Otesile said that the feat recorded would not have been possible if not for the successive Management teams of FUNAAB that had facilitated the granting of full accreditation status to the University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programme by both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN). He said that both the accreditation and examination monitoring visitations to Veterinary schools by VCN had facilitated the development and sustenance of qualitative training of veterinarians, adding that the Council influenced the decision of the Federal Ministry of Health in providing free anti-rabies vaccines for the protection of final year students in accredited Veterinary schools.  He, therefore, charged the newly-inducted doctors to strive to be the best in whatever they do, noting that a new phase had just begun in their lives.

Dr. Olawumi Funsho, a Senior Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and the Guest Speaker at the occasion, encouraged the new doctors to have mentors, in order to guide them in their drive towards becoming entrepreneurs. The Guest Speaker was represented by Dr. Olatunji Nasir, the Managing Director, Truthmiles Animal Hospital, Lagos, who stated that the inductees needed to be mindful of three things when climbing up the ladder to greatness. They are: being self-confident, being knowledgeable and resourceful, as well as possessing leadership qualities. 

Highpoint of the event was the oath-taking, admission into the professional body and the presentation of professional certificates. Present at the occasion were Principal Officers and top officials of FUNAAB. Others include Dr. Amang Avong, Registrar, VCN; Dr. Edgar Sunday, President, Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA); Dr. Boluosho Taiwo, Deputy Director, Ogun State Veterinary Services; Professor Christopher Adeyefa, former Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Ibadan; and Professor Olajide Kasali from the Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Ibadan.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gani  Enahoro, Managing Director, GAN-ROVET Animal Hospital, Lagos and FABIS Farms Limited, Ilorin, were honoured with Awards of Excellence at the occasion.

FUNAAB Set to Hold Matriculation, Commencement Lecture

Arrangements are in top gear by the University, to hold the Matriculation Ceremony and the Commencement Lecture for the 2015/2016 Academic Session. About 3,800 fresh students would participate in the oath-taking during the Matriculation Ceremony, while the Commencement Lecture is to usher-in a brand new academic session. Both events would hold simultaneously on Wednesday, March 9, 2015 at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, beginning at 9 am.

The newly-admitted students are spread across the 10 Colleges of the University namely: College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), College of Engineering (COLENG), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), and College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT). Others are: College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Colleges of Biological Sciences (COLBIOS) and College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS). 

The title of the Commencement Lecture is, “Running to Win: Is the Prize Worth the Price?" The lecture would be delivered by Professor Isaac Aiyelaagbe of the University's Department of Horticulture, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT). Professor Aiyelaagbe bagged his first, second and third degrees in Horticulture, Crop Science and Agronomy, respectively from the Premier University, University of Ibadan. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology from St. John’s College, Nottingham, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany; a Fellow of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria, as well as a Member of Council, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).

The Commencement Lecturer had served the University in various capacities. Some of which include: The Head, Department of Horticulture (2006 - 2007 and 2011- 2013) and the Director, Research and Development Centre (2007 - 2009). A renowned scholar, Professor Aiyelaagbe, has excelled in the field of Horticulture as a researcher, teacher and administrator; locally and internationally. He currently serves as a Visiting Professor in Pomology (Fruit Science), Department of Agronomy, University of Ibadan; and the Assisting Priest/Youth Chaplain, Anglican Church of the Ascension, Akobo, Ibadan, among others.

It would be recalled that the last edition of the Commencement Lecture, which was third in the series, was delivered by Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan, the Chief Executive, Contact Consulting Nigeria Limited and was titled, "Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship in Nigeria Universities: Students' Choices, Nigeria's Legacy". The Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, is expected to chair both occasions. Meanwhile, matriculating students, their parents and guests are advised to be seated by 8.30 am.

Don Wants Government to Combat Tropical Diseases

Government has been charged to improve human health by controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), as the world developmental paradigm has now shifted from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which only focused on eradicating malaria, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which encompasses eradicating diseases including NTDs.

The Head, Department of Pure and Applied Zoology, College of Biological Sciences (COLBIOS) of the University, Professor Uwem Ekpo, made this call while speaking on the progress of Senior Fellowship awarded him by the European Foundation Initiatives for Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD). Professor Ekpo described NTDs as those diseases that are neglected by the government in terms of funding and research, because they are perceived as not being killer-diseases, hence they are not accorded the necessary priority like diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. He said that there were 17 of such diseases to include Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis, which was the area of concentration in his current Fellowship that won him the award, having previously developed geographical information system and database for Schistosomiasis in Nigeria. Other NTD endemic in Nigeria are Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic filariasis; and Trypanosomiasis; among others.

Professor Ekpo said that Ogun State was one of the states with the high prevalence level of Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis in the country, because of the existence of numerous rivers in the state, saying that survey had shown that children in places like Totoro, Lafenwa, Ibara and Ita-Iyalode within the Abeokuta metropolis, suffered from Schistosomiasis. He disclosed further that Schistosoma species have a complex life cycle that alternate between humans and freshwater snails, thus causing infection, upon having contact with contaminated water. The adult worms that live in blood vessel itself do not cause damage. Rather, he said the large volume of eggs produced by the worms, were responsible for the damage to human body. He stated that symptoms of the diseases include passing-out of blood in the urine or human stools, renal failure, bladder cancer, among others, while assuring that with the efforts done so far on the awareness for NTDs, government now treat school children of Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis in the country, at least once a year, with the use of the drugs, Praziquantel and Albendazole, free of charge. He listed other efforts at controlling the disease to comprise health education and innovative methods through board games, adding that infants, nursing mothers and pregnant women were prone to infection. 

Professor Ekpo said that efforts were being made to educate local people on the causes of the disease, as they wrongly believed that it was caused by human contact with dog’s urine, hence the name, ‘Atosi-aja’, in Yoruba language. He noted that Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis could be controlled by de-worming a child at least, once a year, having access to safe water, improved hygiene, proper sanitation and good health education. He also called on the government to help provide access to medical treatment in remote communities in the country, by ensuring a reasonable and accessible primary health care and health insurance for all.

Professor Ekpo, however, cautioned inhabitants of Ogun State and Nigerians in general on the health hazards of using Schistosoma-infected water, to avoid the aliment and stop the habit of open defecation which promote the transmission of helminthiasis. He said the European Foundation Initiatives came up in 2008, through the consortium of five European Foundations namely: Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), Foundation Merieux (France), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal) Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom) and Fondazione Cariplo (Italy), with special interest in the capacity development of African scientists in the areas of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Control.

FUNAAB Rises on Webometrics Ranking

The University has been ranked 4th position among institutions in Nigeria and 51st position in Africa in the January 2016 edition of Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which was conducted by Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to Cosejo Superior de Investigacoues Cientifcas (CSIC) of Spain. FUNAAB came 4th position behind leading Nigerian universities such as the University of Ibadan, Ibadan; Covenant University, Ota; and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; while beating other First and Second Generation universities such as the University of Lagos, Lagos; University of Ilorin, Ilorin; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; and University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt.
           

The "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities", an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, is the largest public research body in Spain. CSIC is among the first basic research organisations in Europe. It is affiliated to Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Education and its main objective is to promote scientific research in order to improve the progress of scientific and technological levels in countries with the intention to increase the welfare of the citizens.
           

CSIC also plays an important role in the formation of new researchers and technicians in the different aspects of science and technology. The organisation collaborates with other institutions of the Spanish Research and Development (R&D) system such as universities, autonomous governments, other public and private research organisations in the social, economic, national or foreign platforms.
           

The criteria used to rank the Universities bordered on the development of indicators about resources in the society, indicators and social networks visualization on Website with friendly, dynamic and interactive graphic interfaces, design and evaluation of documented analysis techniques of Web resources, genre studies applied to the scholar activity on Website, development of applied cybermetrics techniques based on the positioning on search engines of Web domains; and the analysis of the information usage through Website and data mining of log files, among others.

Professor Olayanju To Deliver 51st Inaugural Lecture

A Professor of Agricultural Mechanisation, Tajudeen Olayanju, would deliver the 51st Inaugural Lecture of the University on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The lecture, which is titled, "Man, Material and Machine: The Tricycle for Agricultural Mechanisation", takes place at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, beginning at 2pm, while the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, is expected to chair the occasion.
           
Professor Olayanju's research focus is in Agricultural Engineering with a bias towards Machine Design. The lecture is expected to examine the three factors of production; Man as a designer, Material either plant or animal that exhibits characteristics that have to be understood before an efficient and effective Machine could be built in order to mechanise agriculture. According to the Don, the raw materials available in Nigeria such as agro-allied or solid mineral have peculiar characteristics and qualities, which only local engineers could discover and adopt to meet their design needs, as he intends to make a case for local engineering capacities in the design and fabrication of equipment and machinery for the processing of local raw materials.
           
Professor Olayanju bagged his first, second and third degrees from Nigeria’s Premier University, University of Ibadan, where as an undergraduate, he was on the Dean's Honour List. He also bagged the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Graduate of the Year Award in 1996 and the NSE Best Graduate Design Award in 1997. Professor Olayanju had supervised over 50 B.Eng/B.Sc undergraduate projects, over 20 M.Sc/M.Eng Dissertations and three Ph.D Theses, having contributed to over 60 publications in learned journal articles, referred proceedings, technical reports, feasibility reports and papers.
           
He had served the University in several capacities such as Deputy Dean of COLENG, between 2007 and 2009; Coordinator of the College Postgraduate Programmes, 2009 and 2011; Chairman, Office Space Allocation/Utilization, 2004 and 2012; Chairman, COLENG Welfare Committee, 2006 and 2010; and Chairman, College Committee on Examination Results (COCER), 2011 and 2013. Others include the Vice-Chairman, FUNAAB Ceremonials Committee, 2015 till Date; Convener, Venue Sub-Committee of FUNAAB Ceremonials Committee, 2010 till Date; Member, Timetable and Examinations Committee (TIMTEC), 2010 and 2013; Member, Senate Committee on Examination Results (SCER), 2006 till Date; Member, Teaching Farm Management Committee (TEFAMAC), 2006 and 2009 as well as College Representatives, Promotion Assessment Panel (COLVET), ​2004 till Date.
           
Professor Olayanju belongs to several learned societies such as Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE); Member, Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (MNIAE); Nigerian Institute for Food Science and Technology (MNIFST). He is also a Registered Engineer, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and had been involved in the execution of some national and international collaborative projects with the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP)/Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN); and FUNAAB/International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), among others.

Goat Milk, Best For Human Consumption

Fresh goat milk, known as Goat Dough, has been recommended as the best milk for human consumption because it contains certain properties that milk from other sources do not have and could also be used to cure human ailments. This vital information was given by Professor Bukola Aina of the Department of Animal Production and Health (APH), College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) of the University.

           
While calling for the return to the old way of producing fresh milk for the consumption of internal and external members of the University community, Professor Aina advised the University to invest money into the milk business, saying “everybody on this campus will like to take fresh milk. If the University can invest money, people will be ready to buy it’’. Professor Aina said there were evidences that goats possess some human residual intellect, which make them behave as humans. Debunking the claim that the goat is a stubborn animal; Professor Aina said goat was not. "People misunderstood goat. The general impression about goat is that it is a stubborn animal. It is not a stubborn animal’’, he stated.
           
The Animal Science researcher urged all to treat goats very well because there were other benefits that human beings could derive from the goat such as using its faeces as fertilizers on a crop farm and eating the white meat because it is nutritious, delicious and affordable. “Animals supply animal protein. Animal protein is very important because it contains the proteins that human beings also need. We are not taking enough as recommended by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), in this country. We need a minimum of 70 grams of animal protein per day’’, as he decried the practice of importing meat from neighbouring countries and Europe, saying that by adopting the right approach and policy, there was nothing stopping Nigeria from producing more than enough meat and then exporting to other parts of the world.
           

The University Don opined that honesty and trust should play critical roles in the economic development of the country because stakeholders and industry players do not seem to trust Nigerians with money. “Majority of Nigerians are not honest enough for people to trust us with what we are doing. People will be looking for opportunities to cheat and to manipulate. Trusting one another is a factor’’, as he advised the University Management to go into large scale production of all animal species that are good for human consumption, assuring that there was good market for such. He added that with what the University was presently doing, people still preferred coming from town to buy their meat for consumption in FUNAAB because it is cheaper and of good quality.
           
The Professor of Animal Production and Health disclosed further that finance remained the only limitation to good and result-oriented research in the country, urging governments and other stakeholders not to pay lip-service to research funding because it holds the key to the agricultural and technological development of the country. Professor Aina also believed that vast production of meat by government should be embarked upon as against the current practice of importation, saying it was ridiculous for Nigeria; the largest economy in Africa, to still be importing meat.

Be Good FUNAAB Ambassadors - VC Charges FPY Students

The Farm Practical Year (FPY) students of the University have been advised to be good ambassadors of the University by laying solid foundation for others coming behind them to build on. In addition, they are expected to be well-behaved, very observant, imbibe and show good morals in their respective places of assignments. The call was made by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, at a 2-day orientation programme, organised for the FPY students. Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, the Vice-Chancellor said the University was determined to provide the enabling environment for them to have a successful Farm Practical Year and in return for the gesture, they are expected to be good ambassadors of FUNAAB.

Making his presentation at the orientation programme, Dr. Oladapo Fasae, Deputy Director, Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), advised the FPY students to handle properties entrusted to them with great care and never hesitate to report any complaint that bordered on quality service, using the right and appropriate channels. Speaking at the event, the Chairperson, FUNAAB Chapter of Service Compact With All Nigerians (SERVICOM), Mrs. Fransisca Aroyeun, informed the students to challenge any service failure observed anywhere on campus and report such to the SERVICOM Office, because the University was ever ready to deliver qualitative and efficient service.

The Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, who was represented by Professor Adeniyi Olayanju of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG), advised the students to respect and observe the norms and values of their host communities and stay away from vices such as indecent dressing, alcoholism, cultism, rape, thuggery and smoking. On his part, Mr. David Giwa, Principal Farm Manager in COBFAS, urged the students to imbibe the spirit of humility within the two months they would be spending with the villagers. While advising them to be extra-careful, he counselled that they should not go out alone but always in groups. In his remarks, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Olusola Talabi, called on the students to be wary of the type of food and drinks they consume, while encouraging them to see the programme as a life-time opportunity to change their lives positively and not forgetting to use the long-lasting insecticidal nets at the various locations.

VC Calls for Quality Teaching in Higher Educational Institutions

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, has challenged academic staff on the need to adopt the use of modern technologies to enhance quality teaching and effective learning in the nation's Ivory Towers.

Giving this challenge at a 2- day Capacity Building Workshop, organised by the Centre for Innovation and Strategic in Learning and Teaching (CISLT) on “Modern Methods of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education”, Professor Oyewole, who was represented by the Chairperson, Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD), Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, called on the management of higher educational institutions in Nigeria to put emphasis on the development of teaching and learning policies in their institutions for better performance.

The Vice-Chancellor lauded the organisers of the workshop for hosting it as the 2015/2016 Academic Session was commencing and assured that the University would continue to play a pivotal role in the advancement of quality teaching and effective learning. The Director of CISLT, Dr. Olusegun Folorunso, had earlier disclosed that CISLT was established by the Senate of the University to widen the scope of the then Webometrics Unit, adding that  the Centre was operational under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor with the following objectives: To provide systematic planning, monitoring and evaluation that would sustain and improve on the standards of teaching, learning, research and extension services in the University in order to enable, promote and investigate the integration of learning technologies in teaching and learning, as well as to promote, develop and evaluate pedagogically effective, innovative and transformative uses of ICTs for teaching and learning in the University.

According to him, in fulfilling the Centre’s core objectives and mandates in FUNAAB, members of the University community are sensitized through weekly write-ups called Teaching and Learning Tips, via the University website and individual e-mails on global best practices of teaching and learning as obtainable in world-class universities with the hope that the quality of teaching and learning efforts would have been significantly improved upon. Dr. Folorunso pointed out that the feedbacks received from members of the University community necessitated the capacity building workshop tagged, “Modern Methods of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education”.  He revealed that the workshop was for academic staff within the cadre of Assistant Lecturer to Lecturer I, as part of University’s efforts towards staff development, adding that the workshop was divided into three modules, which included how to engage university teachers in quality teaching for effective learning in higher education institutions, mentoring among academic staff, teaching and learning with technology. The Director of CISLT stated that at the end of the workshop, it was expected that the University would harvest inputs that should enhance the realisation of the teaching and learning policy in FUNAAB, ensure that the University Management appreciates staff productivity backed with annual award, stating that the University may inaugurate a committee on the award of innovative teacher/lecturer of the year, among others.

In his presentation on "Mentorship: A Missing Link in the University Educational Culture”, the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, said a mentor cannot give what he/she does not have to a mentee. According to him, mentoring students could greatly improve the quality of higher education and build capacity for the University in the 21st Century-knowledge economy. He, therefore, recommended that concerted efforts and workable programmes should be put in place in the various Colleges and Departments to enforce mentoring for both student and faculty. Corroborating him, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, spoke on the benefits of mentoring, which he said, boosts confidence, improves inter-personal skills, enhances competence and professional development, adding that the commitment of the mentee was vital during the learning process.

The Dean, University’s College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor Mufutau Atayese, as well as the Director of Distance Learning, Professor Olusegun Idowu, also stressed the need for teachers to be innovative on the job in a bid to improve their skills through the use of technology such as ICT, while Professor Adio Akinwale, of the Department of Computer Science, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), who was represented at the occasion by Dr. Adebayo Abayomi-Alli, conducted the hands-on session for the participants, as part of teaching method using technology. He guided the participants on how to use Facebook and Nota Bene, to enhance teaching and learning, while he focused on the creation of groups and pages on Facebook as an avenue for enhancing teaching and learning.

Speaking on the significance of quality service delivery, the Chairperson, FUNAAB Chapter of SERVICOM, Mrs. Francisca Aroyeun, said the University would want to pride itself as being service compact-compliant, while stressing the need for proper monitoring and reporting of service failure in any part of the University, most especially, the service needed for teaching and learning. She further advised lecturers to make sure they managed their classrooms properly by attending to students’ needs appropriately. She explained that SERVICOM simply means Service Compact With All Nigerians and was aimed at ensuring effective service delivery.  Mrs. Aroyeun said that for academic staff, their ‘customers’ include students, staff and external stakeholders who have the right to challenge service failure through SERVICOM. "Your service delivery is expected to be timely, courteous, polite and respectful", she stressed. A total of about 175 academic staff registered for the workshop.

In a related development, the Chairperson, SERVICOM, Mrs. Francisca Aroyeun, has led the FUNAAB SERVICOM team to sensitize students of the University while having lectures at the Julius Amioba Okojie (JAO) Lecture Hall, Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre, Multi-purpose Building (MPB) Lecture Hall, as well as the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building. While addressing staff and students in the places visited, Mrs. Aroyeun narrated the history, activities and importance of SERVICOM in the country, stating that it was not meant to witch-hunt anyone, but to ensure efficient and effective public service delivery to Nigerians. The Chairperson explained that students also deserved better service delivery in terms of access to information and conducive learning environment, noting that without students, there could never have been a University.

She, therefore, implored the students to be law-abiding, punctual at lectures, polite, friendly with one another, respectful to both academic and non-teaching staff of FUNAAB and never joke with their continuous assessment and examinations, as she advised them to feel free to channel their observations, suggestions or complaints, via the Short Message Service (SMS), telephone call, or electronic mail to the SERVICOM office in the University. It would be recalled that the SERVICOM Chairperson had earlier sensitized non- teaching staff of FUNAAB.

FUNAAB Students Bag Scholarships

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo), has awarded scholarships to eleven students of the University. The scholarship scheme is for selected community students, who have secured admission into higher institutions during the 2015/2016 Academic Session. Beneficiaries are: Ajayi Toheeb, Water Resources Management, COLERM; Salako Samuel, Crop Protection, COLPLANT; Lasaki  Adeola, Plant Physiology and Crop Production, COLPLANT; Olaotan Blessing, Economics, COLMAS; Kolawole Abimbola, Mathematics ,COLPHYS; Ajayi-Oyelayo Motunrayo, Nutrition and Dietetics, COLFHEC; Soaga Mojeed, Electrical/ Electronics, COLENG; Jimoh Toheed, Environmental Management and Toxicology, COLERM; Jolaosho Abayomi, Crop Protection, COLPLANT; Ayandeji Toheeb, Business Enterprice Management, COLMAS and  Isiyemi Samson, Chemistry, COLPHYS.

Each of the beneficiaries would get a sum of One Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Seven Hundred Naira (N119, 700) that would be used for the payment of school fees, boarding fees and other related expenses. The donor, WAPCo, owns and operates the West African Gas Pipeline System, with a mandate to transport natural gas from Nigeria to customers in Benin, Togo and Ghana.

Agriculture, Solution to Economic Downturn - CENTS Director

The Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) in the University, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, has said that by according agriculture its pride of place, the nation’s economy was bound to move faster towards full recovery. Professor Dipeolu stated this during a courtesy visit by officials of SL 2000 Limited to the University.

According to the Don, for the country to attain impressive economic status, students should be taught basic and practical agriculture, in order to tackle the prevailing problems such as unemployment, adding that FUNAAB had all it takes to teach students integrated agriculture, which would bring about the inculcation of important skills into youths and empowering them to become successful entrepreneurs. He advised more people to go into agriculture, get adequate training and skills that would assist the nation to move away from over-dependence on oil.

Conducting the visitors round University facilities, Mr. Michael Jaiyeola of the Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS), explained that the University had gone a long way in the area of integrated agriculture, stating that its students were now better positioned to be self-reliant and feed the nation. The tour took the team to the pineapple farm, snail farm, fishery, palm oil and other agricultural production companies on campus.

Mr. Goodluck Eminah, Project Manager of SL 2000 Limited, commended the University, saying members of the team saw more than they had expected and were convinced that FUNAAB truly had all it takes to teach, as well as inculcate the practical skills on its students. He disclosed that students within the ages of 18 to 28 would soon come from the Niger Delta states to acquire more knowledge on integrated agriculture for a period of about six months, after which they would be expected to go back and start using the skills acquired.

Similarly, the Project Consultant of SL 2000 Limited, Mr. Paul Kupoluyi, lauded the University while emphasising the need to always deal with professionals as the visit to FUNAAB had revealed, stating that the University had a lot of potentials and the professional skills to successfully train students on integrated agriculture, being a leading University of Agriculture in Nigeria, a feat he noted, would bring about improvement in the nation’s economy.