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Carrels for Researchers at 'Nimbe Adedipe Library

As part of efforts at realising the mandates of the University; teaching, research and extension services, the 'Nimbe Adedipe Library has made provisions for a 12-room carrel that is; study rooms, for the use of researchers and postgraduate students, who may require some privacy in the course of carrying out their research work.
   
According to the University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam, the carrels would be made available on first come, first serve basis. Interested persons are advised to book by completing a form at the Office of the Readers' Services Librarian, 'Nimbe Adedipe Library, FUNAAB. The carrels are located on the upper floor of the University Library and would be available for use between 9 am and 8 pm, from Monday to Friday. The maximum length of tenancy for the carrels is six weeks and is renewable only once.

FUNAAB Students Lead At Sporting Competition

Some female students of the University have made waves at the squash tournament recently organised to mark the 80th Birthday celebration of the nation’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at the sprawling Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State. The students are: Miss Chinyere Mmaduekobi, who captained the team and also emerged as the Ogun State Second Best Player, a 500-level student in the Department of Crop Protection, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT); Miss Odunola Oladunmoye, who emerged Third Position, another a 500-level student in the Department of Animal Physiology, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM); Miss Olayinka Yusuf, a 400-level student in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), who won the Fourth Position, while Miss Ibidunni Mejidade is a 300-level student in the Department of Animal Physiology, COLANIM, who was fifth in the competition.
   
Commenting on the team’s achievement, the University Squash Coach, Mrs. Gladys Ochu, stated that the team had been training for the forthcoming preliminary and finals of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), holding at the University of Lagos and the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, in March and April, respectively. She noted that members of the team had also been enhancing their performance through regular visits to the Squash Court at Ijeja, Abeokuta to compete with Ogun State players. The coach stressed that the team had been attending the games annually, adding that this year’s event was more outstanding for the team.  According to her, “I am happy that we are really trying our best and my colleagues, who are coaching other games, are trying their best, too. We hope to see the youngsters among the national team very soon”.
   
Corroborating Mrs. Ochu, the Acting Director of Sports, Dr. Sam Olabanji, congratulated members of the winning team, adding that they should not rest on their oars as they could go further than the achieved feat.  He noted that it was a thing of joy when efforts were rewarded. Dr. Olabanji said that there were two events that were played to commemorate the 80th Birthday celebration of Chief Obasanjo, namely: football and squash. He stressed that squash was prominent, due to the fact that it was a game that was loved by the former President, noting that Chief Obasanjo always kept himself fit through squash playing. The Acting Director advised the winners to see themselves as going beyond competing in students sports, adding that they should see themselves as future champions on the international arena. “We would also need to enhance their performance, commitment, endurance and discipline”, he noted. The students were presented with certificates of participation.

Centre of Excellence: World Bank, NUC Laud FUNAAB

A team of experts from the World Bank and the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, have commended the activities of the University’s World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agriculture (CEADESE), a project sponsored by the World Bank. According to the Director of the Centre, Professor Okanlanwon Onagbesan, the supervisory team always visits the University, every six months, to ensure that CEADESE was doing everything rightly, as expected. The 6-man team was made up of four World Bank representatives alongside two NUC representatives.
   
According to Professor Onagbesan, the visiting team is “Very happy with our (CEADESE) performance. They said we are on course; that we are doing everything well. I think we would achieve our goals as an Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE)”. He said there were 10 universities in Nigeria and 23 in West Africa, designated as Africa Centres of Excellence and presently termed as ACE 1. He disclosed that the Centre was mandated to run postgraduate programmes; which were not only limited to Nigerian students alone, but open to others around the West African region, who they got across to, through different means of advertisement. “CEADESE postgraduate programmes are like normal establishments, modeled on how normal postgraduate programmes should be run. The students do have internship in related industries, where they are specialised and for which they have rated us high by using us (FUNAAB), as a model for others”, he added.
   
According to the Director, the Centre was making progress within the available resources, as he further revealed that at inception, it had 64 students with 50 per cent for Master’s Degrees while the remaining 50 per cent were for Ph.D programmes. The first set of Master’s students would be graduating this year, while the Ph.D students would follow suit, next year. He described the learning process of the students as demand-driven, which makes them to stand out and be more professional above the regular Master’s or Ph.D students. As a means of facilitating easy and faster academic exercise, he said that the Centre supports it students with cash in their research work such that, each Ph.D students is supported with the sum of N1 million while each Master’s student gets a token of N300,000, plus an additional allowance of N25,000 Naira, when on internship. The Don also revealed that the NUC team would be coming back soon; to carry out accreditation of their programmes; which would be the first-ever postgraduate studies’ accreditation in Nigeria, especially in the sciences. This, before the end of the year, would dovetail into international accreditation, under the supervision of the World Bank. The team members also visited the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, where they expressed their satisfaction on what they saw on ground at CEADESE and the ability of the Centre to attract high number of students.
   
Ms. Aisha Garba, who spoke on behalf of the team, disclosed that delay in approval and disbursement of funds was a major challenge being faced by most African Centres of Excellence (ACE), as she solicited the University’s support towards the smooth running of the programmes by giving timely approval to the Centre’s requests.  Other members of the team are: Professor Jonathan Mbah, from the Association of African Universities (AAU); Dr. Carl Larsen, representing the World Bank; Professor Raphael Wahonu, also of the AAU; Mr. Obi Ukwuagu and Mr. Michael Ejegwa; both representing the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja.

New Students: Schedule for Counselling Sub-group Interaction and Submission of Counselling Registration Form

The schedule for counselling sub-group interaction and submission of counseling Registration form for the newly admitted undergraduates (2016/2017 academic session) is tabulated below.
Please strictly follow it:

S/N

COLLEGE

DATE

TIME

1

COLAMRUD

3/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

2

 COLFHEC

4/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

3

 COLERM

5/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

4

 COLBIOS

6/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

5

 BFN, ECONS, ETS, BAM

7/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

6

 ACC, VET, COLENG

10/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

7

COLPLANT

11/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

8

COLPHYS

12/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

9

COLANIM

13/4/2017

9.00a.m, 11a.m and 1.00p.m

PENCOM Pre-retirement Verification for Retiring Staff

The National Pension Commission, in line with the provisions of Section 15 of the Pension Reform Act 2014 and as part of the implementation process of the issuance of the Federal Government Retirement Bond, is organising a pre-retirement verification and enrollment exercise for employees in the service of the Federal Government of Nigeria Treasury-funded Ministries, Departments and Agencies that are due for retirement between January and December 2018, by virtue of attaining 60 years of age or 35 years in service, whichever is earlier, or 65 years and 70 years of age for employees of tertiary institutions. The exercise is expected to cover employees, who have either voluntarily retired or withdrawn their services from the University but are yet to be enrolled by the Commission.
   
Former staff of the University, who have either voluntarily retired or withdrawn their services but are yet to be verified and enrolled by the National Pension Commission, are requested to contact the Principal Assistant Registrar (Pension) with a view to participating in the Retirement Benefit Enrollment Exercise, to be held this year. Staff, who also intend to voluntarily retire or withdraw their services from the University, between January and December 2018 are advised to contact the Principal Assistant Registrar (Pension), to enable them participate. Affected staff are enjoined to utilise the opportunity of the exercise to enroll for their benefits as the enrollment exercise is held once in a year.

CALL FOR 2015/2016 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 Confirmed Academic Staff of Nigerian Higher Education Institutions for pursuit of higher degrees and bench work programmes.

The call
Academic Staff of the University are hereby invited to compete for the 2015/2016 Academic Staff Training and Development Grant.

Purpose
The Grant will support the Academic staff of the University to pursue Masters, Ph.D in Nigeria or any high ranking foreign institution while bench work programmes will only be in any high ranking foreign institution.

Note: Choice of University of study must be guided by the World University Ranking of Times Higher Education (THE). Scholar should aspire to go to countries that have universities ahead of the best university in Nigeria (based on the ranking of that year). Scholars should be guided by the University league tables of the countries to ensure that they are seeking for placement in the top-of-the-league universities (top 20% of the universities in advanced economies and top 10% of the universities in developing economies).

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:

a. Letter of Admission/Invitation or placement (for bench work applicants)
b. Complete schedule of fees including:

  1. Tuition
  2. Cost of Accommodation
  3. Cost of Feeding
  4. Laboratory cost (if any)
  5. Cost of return Flight Ticket
  6. 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                  
  g.     Evidence of medical fitness from a Public Hospital (Not Health Centres)

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 announcement (i.e. Monday, 20th March, 2017).

CALL FOR 2015/2016 CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE GRANTS

Conference Attendance
Conference Attendance Grant is an intervention grant offered by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and open for utilization by Academic and Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Higher Education Institution for conference and workshop attendance.
The Call

All Academic and Non-Teaching Staff are hereby invited to compete for the 2015/2016 Conference Attendance Grants.

 Purpose

The Grant is meant to support Academic staff of the University to attend Local/Overseas Conferences organized by Academic Institutions, Learned Societies and reputable Professional Bodies and not predatory conferences, while Non-Teaching staff can only attend Local/Overseas Workshops that are relevant to their current designation (i.e Professional body). Duration of the conference/workshop must not exceed 5 days.

Condition

 Suitably qualified applicants must have letters of invitation for  the Conference/workshop which is of direct relevance to the applicant's professional line. In addition, applicants must ensure that the Conference/workshop will be coming up not earlier than October, 2017.  Staff who have not benefited from the grant in the past will be given preference. While applications do not guarantee approval, applicants will be expected to agree with the final decision of the University Staff Development Committee who is administering the grant on behalf of the University Management.

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). Also, an exchange rate of N400 to a Dollar should be STRICTLY USED  and the following documents should be provided:

i.  Letter of Invitation (COMPULSORY FOR ALL STAFF)

ii  Letter of Acceptance and Abstract of paper to be presented (COMPULSORY FOR ALL ACADEMIC STAFF)

iii. Copy of Abstract of Paper to be presented

iv. Conference (for academic) and Workshop (for non-teaching) Announcement indicating the following:

-      Address of Venue

-      Name(s) of Contact Person(s)

-      Phone number(s) of Contact person(s)

-      Web page of the Conference/Workshop

-      E-mail address

-      Cost of Registration (Must not exceed N100,000.00 for conferences in Nigeria and $500 for conferences abroad)

-      Cost of Return Flight Ticket

-      Cost of Accommodation

-      Cost of Feeding

-      Cost of Excursion (if any)

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 announcement (i.e. Monday, 20th March, 2017).

FUNAAB Pioneers Electronic Health Records System

The University has been lauded for pioneering the Electronic Health Records System (EHRS), among Nigerian universities.  Giving the commendation was the Registrar, Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria (HRORBN), Alhaji Mami Mohammed, while speaking at the official commissioning of 20 sets of complete desktop computers, server and software, donated by the Asia-Africa Foreign Investment Development Agency (AAFIDA), in conjunction with the Brightsword Technology Limited (BST), Singapore.
   
Alhaji Mohammed said FUNAAB Health Centre was the first to start the idea because it remained a partner in progress, adding that EHRS is a global phenomenon, designed to facilitate the treatment of patients within a very short period of time and in the process, makes data generation easy, as he advised University Management to ensure that the training to be given to care-givers was comprehensive and detailed, to ensure efficient and effective health service delivery.
   
The consultant to the project, Dr. Raphael Iluyomade, commended staff from the University Health Centre that participated in the training for their unity of purpose, team work and positive collaboration, which had led to the success of the two-week training programme. He encouraged medical personnel across the country to develop their soft-skills so as to improve their inter-personal knowledge towards restoring the confidence of the citizens in public health institutions.
   
The Acting Director, University Health Centre, Dr. Abiodun Amusan, thanked the University Management for creating the enabling environment for the success achieved and for approving an alternate source of power supply for the equipment.  He also appreciated the invaluable contributions of Dr. Raphael Iluyomade, hoping that knowledge and technological transfer from him would bring about the desired transformation of services at the health centre.
   
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was present at the occasion, alongside the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, appreciated the efforts and support of the project consultant as well as the International Centre for Professional Development (ICPD) of the University. While thanking the donors, Professor Oyewole assured them that the University would ensure optimal use of the facilities.
   
On their part, three of the trainees, Mrs. Titilayo Okuboye, Mr. Femi Soleye and Mrs. Folake Ashaolu, on behalf of others, appreciated the University for approving the training programme, saying it would go a long way at improving their skills and efficiency on the job. Highlight of the occasion was the official commissioning of the systems by the Vice-Chancellor and the presentation of certificates to participants. Present at the event were the Coordinator, National Health Insurance Scheme in the University, Dr. Olusola Akinwande as well as the Centre Manager of ICPD, Mr. Lawrence Kazeem, among others.

FUNAAB Dons Suggest Ways to Promote Agriculture

Professors in the University have recommended ways in which agriculture can take its pride of place by contributing meaningfully to national development. According to Professor Eniola Fabusoro of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AE&RD), College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), poor funding had been the bane of low agricultural productivity by rural farmers. The Head of Department of AE&RD, stated that from his experience in working with rural people over the years, he had understood the plight of the rural farmers, which bordered mostly on funding and inadequate facilities and equipment.
   
According to him, agriculture should be adequately funded while farmers should be well taken care of. Government should also provide capital through the micro-finance agencies that are presumed to be closer to the farmers. He challenged government to support farmers in order to produce in large quantities, even as he encouraged the establishment of farmers’ cooperative to facilitate access to funding. The University Don recommended that farmers should organise themselves into cooperatives, to ease the problem of collateral for individual farmers and advised that government subsidised agricultural facilities to make farming attractive.
   
Similarly, an expert in Animal Husbandry, Professor Fredrick Smith of the Department of Animal Physiology, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), has advised government to properly monitor the influx of cattle coming into the country, using appropriate agencies. Professor Smith declared that if animals that come into the country through the borders are well monitored, revenue generated from them could serve as a source of alternative income generation for the country. “We must first take care of our borders.  We should not allow just anything to come in through our borders.  Our borders should be kept and managed by government agents”, he added. Professor Smith called on government to equip agencies that monitor the country’s borders to effectively monitor inflow of animals into the country. Emphasising the importance of animal husbandry and livestock farming, Professor Smith stated that it was an avenue towards addressing the issue of food insecurity currently facing the country.
   
Corroborating Professor Smith, a Professor of Poultry Science, Professor Obafemi Idowu, stated that livestock farming could sustain the country’s economy. According to Professor Idowu of the Department of Animal Nutrition (COLANIM), the country is blessed with the needed resources, expertise and technical knowhow. “If in Nigeria as a nation, we are determined and we are resolved to be self-sustaining in terms of livestock production, it is a goal that is achievable. We have the resources, we have expertise, the technical knowhow we also have”, he declared. Professor Idowu, who stated that the way forward for the country was in livestock farming, added that “with the good agricultural terrain that we have in the country, life-stock self-sustainability is possible”.
   
Enumerating the challenges that poultry farming was facing, Professor Idowu said they include change in policies when not properly monitored, lack of laws to back the policies made and the attitude of the players, who do not seem to allow these policies to be effective. He frowned at the importation of frozen chickens into the country through the borders and advised that government should ensure that policies made are properly monitored and enforced. He further solicited for financial assistance from government to assist farmers.
   
Meanwhile, Professor Victor Olowe has also observed that as a way to addressing the problem of funding, practicing farmers could now access loan in the University, to boost their activities. Professor Olowe, who is the Director, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), decried non-availability of agricultural loan for the practicing farmers, saying “Access to agricultural loan is the major problem most farmers are facing”, stressing that this had caused most farmers not to be able to fund the enterprises they engage in.
   
He disclosed that in fulfilling the extension services mandate of FUNAAB, AMREC was giving soft loans to practicing farmers that met the laid down requirements of the Centre.  This programme, according to him is tagged “Project Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)”, which had started since 2012 as a means to ease the funding problems of farmers and monitor farming projects of the University. The soft loan, which attracts only five per cent interest with monitoring for three months before the farmers start paying back, “is a very accessible loan for farmers who had the requirements to access the loan”, he added. He explained the step-by-step process to accessing the loan to include applying to the Centre, presentation of a workable budget and programme, which AMREC would assess and then establish the viability of such an enterprises. After which, the intending farmer would pay N500, to obtain the form.
   
Other requirements include filling of a guarantors’ form, by the guarantors presented. This is to ensure safety, in case of any eventuality; the guarantor would be liable to offset the loan. Professor Olowe said that since inception of the programme, about 20 farmers had benefited from the soft loan without any default. He also frowned at inadequate funding of agriculture in the country, stating that 10 per cent of the total country’s budget was supposed to be for agriculture but rather, about 4.5 per cent was being budgeted for, as he advised farmers that obtained loans to always pay back, as such gesture was not a commonly-talked about national cake.

NIFAAS Intensifies Membership Drive

The Nigerian Institute for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS), recently held a sensitisation workshop for non-members with a view to encouraging them to become members. The immediate past Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Segun Apantaku, in a presentation titled, “Sensitisation of Non-Members and Benefits of NIFAAS”,  emphasised the aims of NIFAAS, saying that the Institute sought to standardise and professionalise agricultural advisory and extension services in Nigeria. According to him, the institute strives to “enhance capacity building and training of members, serve as knowledge platform and enhance communication patterns among members as well as improve the utilisation of knowledge and technologies along with agricultural value chain actors, among others”.
   
Professor Apantaku, who is also the Public Relations Officer of NIFAAS, highlighted the benefits of becoming NIFASS member, stating that it also makes one to become a registered professional member of the Nigerian Institute for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (NIFAEAS), adding that a member would have more, effective and productive Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) field officers, managers, researchers, academics, policy makers and have access to development funds for personal, institutional, organisational or client development. He added that becoming NIFAAS member would enable the candidate to have more access to grants for research and more opportunities for capacity development and attendance of workshops, conferences, trainings, seminars, among others.
   
He, however, enumerated some major challenges facing the Institute to include low enrolment of members, put at less than 100, noting that due to poor private sector interest, participation and poor enrolment of extension professionals, managers, officers, workers and farmers as well as unsatisfactory commitment by some members, were major factors  negatively affecting the Institute.
   
Corroborating Professor Apantaku, the Head, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AE&RD), Professor Eniola Fabusoro, said that NIFAAS was a new professional body, charged  with promoting and regulating agricultural extension and advisory services in Nigeria, adding that extension simply meant, ‘Making Life Better’, saying part of its objectives was to raise productivity, increase income and improve resilience. Professor Fabusoro said that NIFAAS was established, not for academic purposes only, where members could submit papers, but for advocacy to ensure that charlatans do not practice as extension officers.
   
In his presentation titled, “New Paradigm of Agricultural Advisory Services: Insights And Expectations”, the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) of the University, Professor Akin Omotayo, also of AE&RD Department, said the definition of extension and advisory services, saying they were similar but have different semantics. He highlighted some of the basic needs that farmers require from extension officers, which include giving of timely information; forecasting or predictions; and having insights into problems, among others.
   
Dr. Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir, also of the AE&RD Department, spoke on “Introduction to the ‘New Extensionist’ Learning Kit”, where she underscored the aim of Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services’(GFRAS), New Extensionist Learning kit, saying that meeting of experts on GFRAS Consortium on Extension Education and Training, was imperative. Meanwhile, NIFAAS was established on June 23, 2011 with its national secretariat at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Highpoint of the workshop was a demonstration from the Agricultural Family Connecting (AGRICOM), on the importance of using Closed-User Group (CUG), Airtel Simcards among farmers, designed to drastically reduce call tariffs.
   
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, wished the participants a successful outing.

FUNAAB Fully Ready For Resumption - Dean, Student Affairs

Necessary arrangements have been put in place by the University Management to ensure that the welfare and security of students are adequately provided for, as they resume for another academic session. According to the Dean of Student Affairs; Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, “You will recall that the University went through some crises that had to do with the security of our off-campus students and after thorough deliberations and considerations, a committee was set up and given the responsibility of finding lasting solutions to the remote and immediate causes of the students’ crisis and submitted its paper, which the University Senate approved and harmonised into a policy called the ‘Policy on Off-Campus Student Residence, Welfare and Security’.

The Dean of Student Affairs disclosed that “the policy would ensure that the safety and welfare of our students that are both off and on-campus, are properly monitored and coordinated by the Student Welfare and Hostel Management Committee (SWEHOMAC), under the supervision of the Student Affairs Division. The policy also provides that SWEHOMAC shall inaugurate a sub-committee on ‘Off Campus Students Accommodation and Welfare (SOCSAW)’”.   SOCSAW is expected to have six members, comprising the Dean of Student Affairs or his representative; a Student Affairs’ Officer or his representative; a representative of SWEHOMAC; a representative of the Environmental Unit; a representative of the Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC) and a representative of the University Health Services.
   

Professor Akegbejo-Samsons explained further that the duties of SOCSAW would include compiling the list of every potential off-campus residence, based on the criteria to be determined from time-to-time by SWEHOMAC, which include but are not limited to, room space adequacy for single or shared occupancy; availability and suitability of toilet and kitchen facilities; availability and suitability of laundry facilities; provision of electricity and potable water; ease of access and exit from the building; level of record keeping and provision of parking spaces for vehicles. Others include general provision of suitable security facilities; commitment and participation of the landlord or representatives in the relevant Community Development Associations (CDAs); appropriateness of rent charged and maintenance of a Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) system, which is optional.
   
Speaking on the operations and the workability of the policy, the Dean stated that the list of accredited off-campus residences would be released on the University Portal at the beginning of the second semester of every academic session, for students to access, while SOCSAW would make monthly visits to approved off-campus residences, to determine the continuous suitability of the residences for students’ habitation. He disclosed further that the outcome of the once-a-semester visit of the sub-committee, would formally be shared with the property owners or their representatives, while old or returning students would be required to indicate their off-campus accommodation preferences during the second semester. He added that fresh students would be directed to the University Portal, after they had paid the recommended acceptance fees for the provisional offer of admission to indicate their accommodation preferences while students that cannot obtain accommodation within campus would then be directed to the University Portal, where they would be able to choose from the different accredited residences, based on their preferences and availability of space.
   
Professor Akegbejo-Samsons added that the minimum requirement for registration of the off-campus residences with the University would be in three categories, namely: joint residency, small hostel and large hostel. For the joint residency, home owner, landlord and his/her family would occupy some rooms in the building or be resident within the same walled premises in which security arrangement would be provided by the home-owner, while registration and participation with the relevant Community Development Associations (CDAs) would be made mandatory for the property owner.
   
In the case of small hostels with less than 20 rooms, he said the landlord and his/her family members do not need to occupy any room in the building. However, occupants of rooms by non-students of the University would be declared to the SOCSAW Administrative Officer with appropriate details for record purposes while the rooms allocated to students would be in accordance with SWEHOMAC-approved space allocation guidelines and cannot be altered without the approval of the University. The provision of a porter, adequate security arrangement and participation in relevant CDAs, are also mandatory.
   
The policy requires that in large hostels with more than 20 rooms in which the landlord and his/her family members neither occupy the building nor reside there. The residence must have a day and two night guards in the employment of the landlord with direct responsibility for keeping vigil over the property and reticulation with other security operatives as well as participation in relevant CDAs activities.
   
Speaking on security, the Dean stated that the University, through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, would continue to maintain a cordial relationship with the government of Ogun State; Chairman, Odeda Local Government Area; Kabiyesis and Baales in the relevant locations in their capacity as the chief security officers in their respective areas of jurisdiction. In addition, he said that other top hierarchy of all relevant security agencies including the police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), vigilantes and the Police Community Relations Committees at the state and national levels would be explored to ensure the security of the students while the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Environmental Officer would continue to relate with relevant chairmen of the CDAs.
   
Professor Akegbejo-Samsons charged students living off-campus to always conduct themselves with the highest level of decorum and be security conscious, stating that a clear communication line for reporting security breaches among residents, day/night guards, security agencies and FUNAAB would soon be communicated to them. Expressing the commitment of the University to ensuring security and safety of its students, the Dean revealed that the University was also determined to contribute to the erection of a Division Police Headquarters (DPHs), saying the community had showed their support for the initiative by donating a piece of land for the building of the DPHs at the Harmony Estate. Calling on property owners to cooperate and register their hostels with the University, towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of the tenants and students of the University, the Don pointed out that the advantages derivable were enormous.
   
Speaking on the benefits available to the students, he said it would provide them easy access to gaining accommodation in residence that would be problem-free and at the same time, protect them from falling victims to fraudulent people that may pose as caretakers. Professor Akegbejo-Samsons appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, for the continued support enjoyed by the Student Affairs Division, and for his intention to provide a secretariat and a vehicle for effective running of SOCSAW.  He called on students to feel free to visit his office to make enquiries, whenever they were in doubt and to desist from relaying unverified information passed down to them by their colleagues, as such might not be accurate. He also called the executives of the Students’ Union to be in close working relationship with the Student Affairs Division because they both remain stakeholders in the progress and development of the University.