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FUNAAB Resumes October 3

The Management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has backed the decision of University Senate, which held an emergency meeting recently, and approved Monday, October 3, 2016, as the resumption date for normal academic activities. The students, who have been on mid-semester break, are now to resume after the consideration of the report submitted by the committee that was set up to look into the students’ unrest, as the Senate has also given its nod to the facilitation of the establishment of a Police Station in the communities opposite the University Campus. 

Additionally, the University has approved that aside the usual security measures that had been put in place, FUNAAB and police patrol vehicles would now be stationed at a strategic location, from 6pm to 6am daily, to quickly attend to any distress call, while the internal security team, in collaboration with the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the Odeda and Obantoko areas of Abeokuta, Ogun State, would continue to take turns, on a daily basis, to patrol the University environs, especially at night.


The University, through the Police Community Relations’ Committee (PCRC), is working at ensuring that hostel owners provide at least, four security personnel for each hotel, who are to work in conjunction with the security officers stationed at the strategic location. Failure to abide by this arrangement would make the University to blacklist erring hostels, while students would be advised against patronising such hostels in their own interest.

The University Management has, again, encouraged the various communities to embrace community policing, vigilante services and support the efforts of both the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services (DSS), while students have also been enjoined to take security matters more seriously and avoid attracting unnecessary attention to themselves, by always being alert, vigilant about happenings in their surroundings and be swift in contacting the University’s Chief Security Officer (CSO), in case they notice any strange movement or occurrence around their vicinity.

Management’s effort at providing more hostel accommodation through the Federal Government, is being given top priority within the available resources. FUNAAB would continue to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the University, even as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), through its Special Intervention Fund and private organisations, are building additional hotels within the University, which are currently at various stages of completion.

Additionally, the University Management has directed that all lectures should not exceed 6pmdaily, to allow students get to their homes before dusk, while the internal shuttle services are always available to convey students, who reside outside the campus, close to their destinations. For emergencies, the University’s Chief Security Officer could be contacted on the mobile number: 08081779023.

Meanwhile, the University Management has approved the payment of the sum of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000.00) only, inclusive of REMITA charges per student, as reparation fee, while it also approved the payment of claims to claimants arising from the damages suffered, as a result of the students’ unrest. Payment of the reparation fee is to include postgraduate students, those on Industrial Training (IT) and the Farm Practical Year (FPY). The decision became necessary to enable the University fulfill its financial obligations that arose from the actions of its students during the recent unrest, in which private and public property worth of millions of naira were destroyed. Deadline for compliance is Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

Since it is practically impossible to determine the real students that either participated or did not take part in the action, that warranted the payment of damages, the reparation fee, as well as the presentation of a letter of undertaking to be of good conduct and a sworn affidavit from the Court of law,  is to serve as a deterrent against any future occurrence, while the rest of the funds would be used to enhance security facilities for the entire University community, over a period of time. To ensure transparency and accountability, the University Management would not be involved in the disbursement of the funds, as a special committee had been constituted, that would ensure that the reparation fee is judiciously utilised, while the amount to be paid to each claimant would depend on the degree of loss suffered.

Already, the students have been given adequate time to pay up the reparation fee and are very eager to resume, as the President of the Students’ Union, Comrade Dennis Nwenonye, in his recent release, disclosed that the FUNAAB Students' Union had "no objection to the reparation fee”. Students are, therefore, enjoined to comply with the conditions for resumption within the time-frame, which is adequate for necessary preparation.

Furthermore, to ensure that due process was followed in the entire exercise, members of the general public were properly notified and given adequate time to submit their claims, as the 'Call for Memoranda' was widely communicated through the electronic and print media. Specifically, it was publicised on the state and federal radio stations, national newspapers and social media platforms. Also, the investigative committee that was set up on the students’ unrest had thirteen sittings, interacted with about eighty stakeholders during the period, between 9am and 8pm, daily. A dedicated e-mail for submission of memoranda was also opened, while a specific phone line and handbills were used for effective correspondence.

In a related development, the Church Governing Council of Divine Heights Bible Church, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has disclosed that it had decided to forgive the erring students of the University that attacked the church, by not accepting any money for the damages caused, but rather, owners of personal vehicles burnt within the church premises, should be settled.

 

FUNAAB PG Student Wins $3,000 Research Prize

A postgraduate student in the Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology (PBST), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Famogbiele Ayomide, has won the first prize under the M.Sc. Category in The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) Research Paper Competition, conducted by the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) and TEEAL projects.


Famogbiele bagged the first prize worth US $3,000 ahead of Ekum Iwada of the University of Lagos, who won the second prize worth US $2,000 while Oziohu Hauwa won third place worth US $1,000. The criteria used in selecting the winners include clarity of thesis development, methodology, quality of analysis, completeness and diversity of references, while a panel of distinguished judges, drawn from across various universities in Africa, reviewed all the research papers to select the top papers.

ITOCA is a capacity-building organisation, aimed at providing, promoting and building capacity for scientists, researchers and information professionals in the use of electronic resources in the Sub-saharan Africa (SSA). Established in February 1999, ITOCA aims at providing the research and academic communities with access to up-to-date, affordable and published scientific scholarly literature by developing the required relevant skills. It is also the digital library for excellence in agricultural research and education. The ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library, which conducts training on the use of TEEAL for Academic Staff and postgraduate students in the University, had announced the call for applications for the competition late last year.

In a similar vein, a delegation from the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library has attended the 82nd General Conference and Assembly of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), World Library and Information Congress, which was recently held in Columbus, Ohio, United States of America. They are: Dr. Fehintola Onifade, Dr. Fredrick Ajegbomogun and Mr. Jonathan Fatokun. IFLA is the international body that represents the interests of library and information services, as well as their users, by serving as the global voice for library and information professionals. It was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1927 and it has members in approximately 150 countries of the world.


In a related development, Dr. Onifade has paid an official visit to Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries, Oregon, United States of America, where she presented papers titled, “Academic Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria”, “Breaking Through or Breaking Down” and “Promise Session” alongside the President of the University, Edward Ray. It would be recalled that ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library and OSU Library have “sister” library relationship, under a collaborative agreement where the “sister” libraries are expected to participate in staff exchanges, exchange of reference and other library materials, as well as research projects. Members of the staff of both libraries have been participating in virtual seminars and academic meetings, while the coordinators of the “sister” library project are: Dr. Onifade and Laurie Bridges, a Librarian and Associate Professor at OSU. 

Meanwhile, two members of staff of the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library have bagged Doctorate degrees in Library and Information Science. They are: Dr. Olusola Bamigboye of the Media, Online and Library Resources Management and Dr. Bosede Ajiboye of the Records and Information Resource Management Units.

FUNAAB Don Identifies Common English Mistakes People Make

An expert in English language, a practitioner and researcher in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching English as a Second Language (TEFL/TESL), Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, has identified common mistakes that people make while communicating in English. The University Don, who is also the Chairperson, Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD), as well as the Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), made this observation while delivering the 12th English Language Clinic Lecture of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, themed, “Differentiating Formal and Informal English in Writing”.

According to Professor Akeredolu-Ale, people speak and write in a variety of ways, saying students and individuals in the academia, should be able to differentiate between formal and informal writing styles, as well as know when to make use of a particular style. She decried a development such that students were fond of applying the informal style while making academic presentations, pointing out that formal writing styles were commonly used in textbooks, official documents, business letters, newsletters, reports, articles, dissertations, annual report, inaugural lectures, conferences, as against the informal or casual writing style, which were often used in the course of writing or making conversations with friends.

        She stated further that both styles were important in communicating, depending on the situation and circumstances, disclosing that “the way we write in academic and scientific settings, differ greatly from the way we write to a friend or close one. The tone, vocabulary, and syntax, all change as the occasion changes. This difference in the styles of writing is the difference between formality and informality, or the difference between formal and informal writing. You need to know formal English because you want to be able to read a book, give a business presentation or write an official letter. You also need informal English, because you want to be able to understand and communicate with other English language users or speakers in everyday situations”.


Emphasising on the importance of the English Language Clinic Lecture, Professor Akeredolu-Ale said, it was aimed at examining some of the common types of errors students often make during formal and informal usage of English language. “The first step is to be aware that errors can emanate from the usage of formal and informal English, the second step is to be able to recognise or identify the possible areas of problems, and the third step is to be able to correct the error by distinguishing between the two. The main objective of the Clinic is to create this awareness for proper usage. This exercise is expected to help students learn and understand the differences between the different levels of formal and informal English that are appropriate and inappropriate for different circumstances”, she added. 

Highlighting the common errors to be avoided when adopting the formal writing style, Professor Akeredolu-Ale said they included the use of slang, Internet and texting substandard languages, abbreviations, colloquial words or phrases, contradictions, first person pronouns, clichés, short and simple sentences and the use of imprecision, as she made case for a policy that would ensure that students in tertiary institutions are properly assessed based on the structure, tenses, lexis and grammar of their articles, rather than the contents.

Resumption of Academic Activities

Senate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta at its Special Meeting held on Tuesday, 20th September, 2016, considered the report of the Committee on Students’ Unrest of Thursday, 18th August, 2016 and took the following decisions:

  1. Resumption date for the Students
    Senate approved Monday, 3rd October, 2106 as the resumption date for the students following the closure arising from the Unrest.
  2. Arrangement for Security - Facilitation of the establishment of a Police Station in the Communities opposite the University Campus by the University Administration
    Senate approved facilitation of the establishment of a Police Station in the Communities opposite the University Campus by the University Administration.
  3. Payment of Claims to People whose Properties were damaged as a result of the Students’ Unrest.
    Senate approved payment of claims made by claimants arising from the damages to properties during the Students’ Unrest.
  4. Formulation of Off-Campus Policy for Students Residing Out-Side the University Campus
    Senate approved the constitution of an Ad-hoc Committee on the formulation of Off-Campus Policy for Students residing out-side the University Campus. Senate noted that the off-Campus Policy became necessary in view of the repeated cases of thefts and robberies being experienced by some of the off-campus Students, especially in the Communities adjoining the campus.
  5. Payment of the sum of Five Thousand Naira per Student as Reparation Fee
    Senate approved the payment of the sum of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000.00),(inclusive of REMITA charges) per student as reparation fee.
    Senate also directed that in addition to the payment, students should present letter of undertaking to be of good conduct from their parents and affidavit from the Court of lawDeadline for compliance is 4th October, 2016.
  6. Procedure for Payment 
    Students should make payment into the University REMITA Account using the following guidelines:
    1. Visit the student portal: portal.unaab.edu.ng and click on Reparation Fee
    2. Create and print the “September 2016 Student Unrest Reparation Fee Invoice”
    3. Pay the fee online via debit card; internet banking or through any bank accepting REMITA Payment
    4. Return to student portal: portal.unaab.edu.ng and click on “Print Receipt”
    5. Input your Invoice Number and Print your Receipt
    6. Take the receipt to your Head of Department for clearance.
  • N. B: The University Portal will be open for payment on Monday, 26th of September, 2016

CALL FOR BATCH B 2014/2015 ACADEMIC STAFF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (SUPPORTED BY TETFUND)

Academic Staff Training and Development Grant
Academic Staff Training and Development Grant is an intervention grant offered by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and open for utilization by Academic Staff of Nigerian Higher Education Institutions for pursuit of higher degrees and bench work programmes.

The call
Academic Staff are hereby invited to compete for the 2014/2015 Academic Staff Training and Development Grant.

Purpose
The Grant will support the staff of the University to pursue Masters, Ph.D and Bench work programmes in Nigeria or any foreign institution.

Condition
Suitably qualified Academic Staff must have letters of admission for higher degrees or letters of invitation/placement for bench work programmes. In addition, official documents detailing complete schedule of fees either on the admission/invitation letters or any other formal documents are necessary. While application does not guarantee approval, applicants will be expected to agree with the final decision of the University Staff Development Committee which is administering the grant on behalf of the University Management.

Method of Application
Applicants seeking support are expected to submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of Admission/Invitation or placement (for bench work applicants)
  2. Complete schedule of fees including:
  3. Tuition
  4. Cost of Accommodation
  5. Cost of Feeding
  6. Laboratory cost (if any)
  7. Cost of return Flight Ticket
  8. Project Proposal for Ph.D

  c.     Two copies of duly completed Bond Form
  d.     Duly completed TETFund AST&D Nomination Form
  e.     Recent Curriculum Vitae containing e-mail address and telephone number(s)
  f.      Photostat copies of all Credentials                   

The applications should be addressed to the Vice- Chancellor through the Director, CENIP and submitted to the Centre not later than thirty (30) working days from the date of this memo (i.e. November 1, 2016).