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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the underlisted Part-Time Degree Programmes of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD)
Bachelor of Agriculture with options in:

  1. Agricultural Economics and Farm Management
  2. Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
  3. Agricultural Administration

College of Biosciences (COLBIOS)
Bachelor of Science with options in:

  1. Biochemistry
  2. Microbiology
  3. Pure and Applied Zoology
  4. Pure and Applied Botany

College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS)
 Bachelor of Science with options in:                                                                                                

  1. Physics
  2. Statistics
  3. Computer Science

College of Food Services and Human Ecology (COLFHEC)
Bachelor of Science with options in:

  1. Home Science and Management
  2. Hospitality and Tourism
  3. Nutrition and Dietetics

College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT)
Bachelor of Agriculture with options in:

  1. Crop Protection
  2. Horticulture
  3. Plant Breeding and Seed Technology
  4. Plant Physiology and Crop Production
  5. Soil Science and Land Management

College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM)

  1. Bachelor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management
  2. Bachelor of Environmental Management and Toxicology
  3. Bachelor of Forestry and Wildlife Management
  4. Bachelor of Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology

Entry Requirements
Applicants must possess the minimum entry requirement of five (5) o’level credit passes in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology at one or two sittings in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB. Applicants are to note that credit pass in Geography is required for Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology.
Direct Entry
OND and HND certificates with good grades in related courses from institution recognized by the University Senate. Candidates with OND and HND certificates should ensure that their Academic transcripts are forwarded to the Coordinator, Part-Time Degree Programme (FUNAAB) not later than 29th December, 2017.

NATURE OF PROGRAMME
Part-Time Degree Programme is a non-residential programme with lectures holding on weekends at the main Campus of the University. Duration of Programme for Agricultural courses is 7 sessions while 6 sessions is for Natural Sciences.
 
METHOD OF REGISTRATION

  1. Eligible candidates are to access the Federal university of Agriculture, Abeokuta Website (www.unaab.edu.ng) and click on Part-Time Degree Portal or log on to portal.unaab.edu.ng/pt to generate and print their Application invoices stating the payment of a non-refundable fee of Fifteen Thousand naira (N 15,000.00) only (exclusive of bank charges), Reference Numbers and other information.
  2. Candidates should proceed to any of the listed banks (nationwide) on the print-out of the invoice and make payment using the reference number on the invoice.
  3. After payment at the designated banks, candidates are to proceed to FUNAAB Part-Time Degree Programme portal or log on to portal.unaab.edu.ng/pt  to complete the processing of application.
  4. Only completed application forms will be considered for admission.
  5. No complaint of wrong Bio-data, O’ Level results, OND/HND results or blank photograph would be entertained after submission.
  6.  The sale of Application form opens on Monday, 4th September 2017 and closes on Friday, 29th December, 2017.

NOTE: The date for the Screening Exercise would be communicated to all the applicants, Direct entry applicants are exempted from the screening. Candidates should also check the FUNAAB Part-Time admission portal to verify the date and venue of the screening.

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Strike, Not A Pleasant Experience - Students, Others‘

A few weeks ago, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as well as the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), embarked upon an industrial action against the Federal Government. During the period, academic and administrative activities were paralysed in many universities across the country. A cross-section of students, traders and commercial drivers in Abeokuta, spoke on their experiences while the strike action lasts. Excerpts:  

Mr. Nurudeen Sotayo, a cab operator, plying the Camp area to FUNAAB campus said the effect of the strike was enormous on their businesses, as there were no passengers to pick. He thanked God that full academic and commercial activities would now be restored. On his part, Mr. Ernest Chukwuka, another cab operator near the University Ceremonial Gate, confirmed that the absence of students on campus was a big minus to their profession. He advised government to live up to its responsibilities, charging labour  unions to always engage government, constructively. 

Mr. Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, a 300-level student in the Department of Microbiology, College of Biological Sciences (COLBIOS), opined that the strike had led to another loss of time and resources. He pleaded with the government to consider the plight of Nigerian youths while dealing with staff unions in future. For Miss Tolulope Idowu, strike action was becoming endemic in the country. She expressed her concerns for final year students, who might have lost some precious time. The 300-level student in the Department of Biochemistry (COLBIOS), appealed to both the Federal Government and the staff unions to settle their rifts, amicably.

Another business centre operator, Mr. Adekunle Aina, decried strike actions in the nation's universities, saying they had become a recurring decimal over the years. He said the development  was detrimental to both academic and business activities on campus. A former student of FUNAAB and Managing Director, Paradise Digital World, Mr. Aina said he would love to see government adopting pro-active measures to address issues with workers rather than allow things to go out of hand before taking steps. A food seller, Mrs. Oluwapelumi Adeola, popularly called 'Iya Pelumi', called on those in positions of authority to do the needful, so that strikes could be minimised while full normalcy would be returned to the campuses. For her, strike action should be the last resort even though, over the years, many agitators appeared to get what they wanted after embarking on industrial actions. 

 

Students Need Parental Discipline to Succeed - Professional Counsellor

A professional counsellor and academic, Dr. Ayodele Womiloju, has revealed that parental discipline was key to the academic success of students. The Don stated this while delivering a lecture titled “Parental Disciple: Setting Appropriate Limits for our Children”, during the 12th Speech and Prize-giving Day/8th Valedictory Ceremony of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, International School (FUNIS).

According to the Guest Speaker, there are different types of parenting, namely: democratic or balanced parenting, authoritative, authoritarian/strict, permissive and neglect parenting. She added that every parent should apply a mixture of some of the types of parenting to achieve better results, noting that permissive and neglect parenting would not add value to a child. Dr. Womiloju likened the home to a garden, and parents in the home to gardeners, saying that by bringing out the best in a child, the parents were bringing out the best in the universe, adding that the home represented the primary setting, where lives of children were shaped and determined since the children, as they grow, gradually internalise social standards, expectations, values and skills that would ultimately facilitate self-control, self-regulating skills and greater sense of responsibility.

According the Guest Speaker, one of the sacred jobs of parents is to teach their children how to behave well and this, they do, through effective discipline, which does not mean subjecting the child to punishment at all times. She noted that discipline does not mean punishment, although punishment can be made part of discipline. He  added that setting limits was very important in disciplining children since it fosters and develops their inner self-control. She noted that limits are set in order to prescribe expected behaviour for children and to maintain the standard already established by parents, to help the children adjust to becoming responsible members of the society.

Dr. Womiloju suggested that when setting limits for their children, parents needed to have an understanding of the child’s needs as he/she grows, saying that adolescents tend towards being more independent. She also added that setting of limits should be brief with no ambiguity, as parents should always be available for their children, they must exercise patience and should not be quick to anger, give them the chance that they can be trusted, especially when they are growing older, to become a role model and live by example. She advised all to embark on positive parenting, in order to have a stress-free parenting, adding that positive parenting had been scientifically proven to be of tremendous effect. Dr. Womiloju further noted that positive parenting encourage children to adapt positive values like being respectful, considerate, diligent, thinking positively, independently, having good communication skills as well as developing and maintaining self-esteem, among others. 

She further urged parents and teachers to give priority attention to the task of managing their adolescent children, adding that active collaboration and effective synergy between the home and the school would make the task successful. Dr. Womiloju implored them to be obedient to their parents and teachers, who God had divinely ordained, to nurture them in the path of righteousness and good behaviour that would make them attain greater heights.

The Principal of FUNIS, Mrs. Toyin Juba, said that FUNIS remained a student-centered school, where students work collaboratively with their teachers, to improve learning. She noted that the school focuses on good curriculum, academic and moral achievements, learning and sound teaching, which had led to tremendous academic improvement. The Principal noted that they were there to celebrate excellence and integrity, adding that they would honour students that were outstanding in their academic activities, while felicitating with the 2017 graduating set known as the ‘The Trailblazers’. To ‘The Trailblazers’, she charged them to make adequate use of the skills and lessons learnt, in order to equip themselves for life, adding that education was life and they should guard it jealously.

Mrs. Juba appreciated the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, for his support; FUNAAB School Management Board; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, who is the Board Chairperson; as well as the Parents Teachers Association, who had worked for better and improved results for the School. Earlier, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, commended the Principal and her team for their dedication and hardwork by having an outstanding academic performance, which was one of the best in the country. According to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, the impact of the University would be highly felt in the School this year, adding that they were considering doing the perimeter fencing and also providing a befitting hostel block.

Professor Enikuomehin also congratulated the students for God’s grace upon their lives, while charging them to continue to build on the virtues and academic excellence they had learnt. The chairman of the occasion, Chief Bernard Chidebe, lauded the Principal and staff for their efforts, hardwork and mentorship, adding that University Management and FUNIS Board would institute a policy, whereby the Principal and staff would be duly rewarded annually, in appreciation for their commitments and sacrifice. Chief Chidebe equally commended the graduating class, ‘The Trailbrazers’ for their many accomplishments. He noted that the day marked the end of their six years of studies in FUNIS and the beginning of a new phase of life; a phase of independence and challenges of adulthood. The chairman implored them to continue to uphold the high moral standards imparted on them, saying that the class had a mixture of Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa and they are the “game changers” of today’s world. He further charged other students to imbibe hard work, commitment, dedication and prayers, which according to him, were the keys to resounding success.

The maiden edition of its Commencement Lecture was delivered by an ex-student of the School during the 2013 graduating set; Mr. Omololu Kalejaiye. The lecturer, who is a graduate of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, had graduated with First Class honours degree in Economics. In his short lecture titled, “Know your Time Frame”, Mr. Kalejaiye implored the students not to be envious of those that seemed to be faster in achieving success. In her goodwill message, the Mother of the Day, Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun, commended FUNIS, saying it had contributed its quota in promoting education in Ogun State. She charged the students to be committed, determined and diligent, adding that they should project the sound, academic and moral excellences that they had been thought by being good ambassadors of the School. Dr. (Mrs.) Amosun, who is the wife of the Ogun State Governor, was represented at the event by the wife of the Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Olufunke Oladipo.

Highlights at the occasion included presentation of a plague of award to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Enikuomehin; rewarding of outstanding students in various subjects with a variety of gifts donated by the school, parents, teachers and corporate bodies; cultural display by FUNIS students; presentation of gifts to teaching and non-teaching staff of the year; the induction of the junior members of the Red Cross Society and oath-taking by the graduating students into their alumni association; while Miss. Oyinkansola Akinlotan, emerged as the Best Overall Graduating Student.

 

FUNAAB Begins Admission Exercise for 2017/2018 Academic Session

The University has commenced online registration, uploading of information on bio-data and results for undergraduate admission exercise into 100, 200 and 300 levels for the 2017/2018 Academic Session. The University has earlier released cut-off marks for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for candidates, who made FUNAAB their first choice institution, for the 2017/2018 Academic Session, following the recent policy meeting, chaired by the Honourable Minister of Education.

FUNAAB operates a Dual Cut-Off Point System for its agricultural programmes, which is fixed at 180 marks, while courses in Engineering, Sciences and Veterinary Medicine programmes are pegged at 200 marks. In other words, only candidates, who scored 180 and above for the agricultural programmes, as well as those who made 200 and above in Engineering, Sciences and Veterinary Medicine programmes are eligible to sit for the forthcoming Post-UTME Screening Exercise.

The 2017/2018 admission exercise would be based on the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS); a newly-introduced system by JAMB, which is designed to automate admission process into tertiary institutions.

Meanwhile, only candidates who sat for the 2017/2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), with correct subject combinations and scored a minimum of 180 marks for Agricultural programmes and a minimum of 200 marks for Engineering, Sciences and Veterinary Medicine programmes are eligible to participate in the Pre-Admission Screening Exercise, while Direct Entry candidates with a minimum of Upper Credit and its equivalent, who have also applied to JAMB for admission into the University, are also invited to register on-line for admission into 200 and 300 levels. Direct Entry candidates should ensure that their academic transcripts are forwarded to the Acting Registrar, Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), not later than Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Suitably-qualified candidates that chose the University, as the most preferred institution, must possess minimum entry requirements of five O’level Credits in relevant subjects; at one or two sittings in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB,  while filling the same results online.  Applicants are advised to confirm the admission requirements into the respective Degree programmes on the University Admission Portal; http://admission.unaab.edu.ng, before log-in, to fill the e-application form. The Pre-Admission Screening Exercise is a mandatory requirement for both Direct Entry and UTME admissions into the University.

Candidates are further advised to follow these steps in their online registration:

 

(i)    Eligible candidates are to access the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) admission portal: http://admission.unaab.edu.ng, click on “apply for admission”, enter their JAMB UTME or JAMB Direct Entry Numbers, to generate and print their Pre-Admission Application Invoices, stating the payment of a non-refundable administrative fee of Two Thousand Naira (N2,000.00) only, exclusive of REMITA charges.

 

(ii)  Candidates should proceed to any of the REMITA Payment Centres (nationwide), or on-line and make the payment of prescribed fee with the reference numbers on their invoices.

 

(iii)  After payment, candidates are to proceed to the University admission portal:http://admission.unaab.edu.ng and complete the e-application form.

 

(iv)  Application opens on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and closes at 12 noon on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

 

(v)    Candidates are required to up-load their Bio-Data, O’level results and OND/HND/NCE/A’level/IJMB/JUPEB results (where applicable) and a recent colour passport photograph (not more than six (6) months old).

 

(vi)    On up-loading the colour passport photograph, candidates are expected to first preview and confirm Bio-Data, O’level results and OND/HND/NCE/A’level/IJMB/JUPEB results (where applicable), before clicking on “Submit”.  Thereafter, candidates should print out an acknowledgement slip with their passport photographs.

 

(vii)    No complaints of wrong Bio-Data, O’level results, OND/HND/NCE results or blank picture, would be entertained after submission.

 

(viii)    Candidates who up load wrong Bio-Data, O’level results andOND/HND/NCE/A’Level/IJMB/JUPEB results, would be automatically disqualified.

 

All correspondence and enquiries on the Pre-Admission Screening Exercise should be directed to: 08033764676, 08035231879, 08067107168, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

FUNAAB Elevates Eight as Professors, Promotes 13 as Readers

The University has appointed eight academic staff as Professors, while another 13 have now been elevated as Readers. The Governing Council, at its 95th Statutory Meeting, approved the promotions with effect from October 1, 2016. The concerned staff are from the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), College of Engineering (COLENG), College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET). Beneficiaries are:

 

Nigeria's Future Depends on Agriculture, Says Acting VC

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, has disclosed that agriculture had become a mainstay of the nation's economy and that the future of Nigeria depends largely on agriculture. He added that for this reality to be properly harnessed, the pivotal role of the women in agriculture should be appreciated. Professor Enikuomehin stated this at the just-concluded 5th National Conference/Exhibition and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (NiWARD), which was themed; "Diversity and Inclusiveness in Agricultural Transformation".

 “Women have a vital role to play in the agricultural activities, as most of these activities are done by women. We would like you to encourage more women to subscribe to courses in agriculture”, he said. The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Centre for Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) of the University, Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan, enjoined all stakeholders to work together in ensuring that the full potentials of the country were realised by engaging in full agriculture.

Speaking in the same perspective with the Acting Vice-Chancellor, African leaders have been urged to strengthen and increase investment, research and development in agriculture as well as engage more women, if the continent is to sustain the current momentum of improved Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Giving the charge at the NiWARD conference was the Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg. She said that the "current trends already indicate growth in a positive direction with the World Bank reporting that agricultural GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has accelerated from 2.3 per cent per year in the 1980s to 3.8 percent per year, from 2000 to 2005”.

She added that the African Development Bank (AfDB), has identified agriculture as the continent's second largest industrial sector by value while McKinsey Global study estimated that agriculture in Africa would grow by 6 per cent, per year until 2030.

The Director of AWARD, therefore, advised Africans to decide whether increased food production would be part of an agriculture that followed previous paths of extraction to the export of Africa's natural resources. She stated further that the fertility of African soils and the continued threat of the extraction and appropriation of resources did not build much prosperity for the continent.

Dr. Rutenberg noted that strengthening African agriculture would have significant economic impact that reaches majority of the population, stressing that Africa was at the moment in history, yet to decide to build an agricultural sector that would not only feed its people but could lift majority of Africans out of poverty because agriculture had been positioned to be a major driver of Africa's economic growth.

 

The Director of AWARD, who reminded stakeholders that women make significant contributions to agricultural production, but do not get as much recognition and opportunities to influence policy and decision-making, said there was need for greater efforts, aimed at making the agricultural sector more gender-responsive while concerted action from several actors, could lead to the birth of inclusive agricultural value chains, as a key agenda. She stated that AWARD had contributed positively towards the inclusive agricultural transformation through AWARD Fellowships, a career development programme, that had reached 465 fellows and 397 unique mentors (of whom 46 per cent were men) from 16 Sub-Saharan African countries.

Dr. Rutenberg commended NiWARD for being a shining example to many African countries. The Kenyan-born AWARD Director highlighted the programme's Phase III Strategy (2017-2022), to include seeking to have capable, confident and influential African women scientists, to lead critical advances and innovations in agricultural research and development. Other strategies are: seeking to support African agricultural research and development institutions that would prioritise and embrace gender-responsive agricultural research in both policy and practice, as well as working towards creating an enabling environment, by ensuring that gender responsiveness became an embedded cultural norm and practice.

 

The chairman of the occasion, who is also the Executive Director, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME), Bank of Industry (BoI), Mr. Waheed Olagunju, in his remarks, stated that Nigeria was more of an agrarian country than an oil-producing nation. According to him, “We have a lot of natural resource endowments, solid minerals as well as oil and gas. For us to achieve inclusive growth and development, the living standard of our people is to be enhanced”. He said that if the per capita income of the country is to make meaning to the population, the nation must start with agriculture and continue to build on agriculture.

Mr. Olagunju noted that NiWARD was being driven and propelled by women, adding that there could not have been an inclusive growth without the women.  “In terms of quality human capital development, our women have to be given credit. If you are a president of a country of whoever you are, you must have been given birth to, by a woman and your upbringing depends on the quality of your mother, as whom your mother was, when you were a child, matters a lot”.

He further stressed the need for the country to continue to strive to produce most of the equipment that the nation need to add value to production, if the country needed to domesticate its production capacity. According to him, “I am not aware of any other country that is more or better blessed than Nigeria. If I come to this world a hundred times, I would want to come as a Nigerian. I have been privileged and opportune to travel widely. My antecedent was in communication and by virtue of this, I had travelled all over the world”.

Comparing Nigeria with other nations of the world, he said that Nigeria had huge agricultural resources, as well as access to Atlantic ocean, noting the fact that, the country was not landlocked was something the citizens had been taken for granted. He stated further that Nigeria was better placed by virtue of its geographical location in West Africa, noting that the citizens should harness the potentials of the area.

On climatic conditions, the BoI Boss said that the nation had one of the best farming seasons, all year round, adding that the country also had marine resources across the length and breadth of Nigeria. He noted that the nation had what it takes to sustain life, stating that with agriculture's per unit investment, the multiplier effect was higher in the developmental impact than other sectors, because the value chain is wide, whether vertically or horizontally. According to him, “If you are to invest a billion Naira in agriculture, almost everybody in the village or community will benefit because you need to clear the land, if you want to cultivate. To clear the land, people would be employed, jobs would be created and that is the beginning of inclusiveness. You have to cultivate, plant and nurture and afterwards, harvesting. While harvesting, jobs are created”.

Mr. Olagunju, however, stated that the country had not been able to add value to its natural resources endowment for ages, charging that “We need to add value, we need to process, we have more than enough to feed our country and also export”.  He, therefore, noted that “If you have a correct business model in agriculture, you cannot go wrong because food is the most basic need of mankind. You need to eat before you start talking of shelter. From the garment industry, it starts from cotton, which is an agricultural produce. When you die, you would be clothed and not bury naked. From cradle to the grave, we cannot do without the product of agriculture.  We need to eat throughout our lives”, he added.

He stated further that for the nation to get to its desired destination, the country cannot be carrying out agriculture, the way it had been practicing it, noting that research and development was very important. Mr. Olagunju observed that the youths needed to be encouraged to go into farming, juxtaposing the achievements that the Federal Government recorded in the telecommunications and banking industries, which was unprecedented in the history of the country. He noted that such feat was of world standard, stressing that everyone should join hands with the Federal Government, by putting all efforts into agriculture so that the momentum could be sustained.

He said that BoI was proud to be associated with the process, saying that most of the equipment the country used were still imported. “We need to increase the extent to which we are self-reliant. For us to be self-reliant, we must have food security, which is food sufficiency. This could not be achieved without proper research and documentation. We have to link research with the industry. For instance, in Europe, we have cows that can produce about 50 litres of milk per day while in Nigeria, we are still struggling with cows that produce one litre of milk, per day. With a population of about 200 million, how can we achieve food security? Yield per hectare is much higher in some countries of the world than in Nigeria”, he asked.

He commended the initiative of the NiWARD officials, saying that it was in order and consistent with the country's national objectives and priorities. He noted that the country could not be industrialised without agriculture, assuring that any initiative that was potentially valuable and bankable that came out of these processes, would be funded by BoI. He stressed that BoI would continue to assist entrepreneurs for their businesses to be viable and sustainable.

At the occasion, the Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor Lateef Sanni, stated that the College perceived agriculture from the point of view of what should happen to it after it might have left the farm, and through the home to the table, and when the fork starts to do justice to it. Represented by the Deputy Dean of the College, Dr. Adegoke Bakare, the Dean said that the College's vision was to ensure that “we advance good quality of life and ensure sustainable development. Every asset depreciates and there is only one exception, which is the women. They don't depreciate. A proof of that is when a man takes a young lady for a wife, she calls her by name and when she gives birth, her child's name is used to call her and when she grows older, her husband begins to call her ‘mummy’. And for us, to achieve our agricultural goal, instead of relying on renewable resources, why don't we start with those assets that can never depreciate?

Earlier, the Chairperson, Local Organising Committee (LOC), of the 5th NiWARD AGM, Professor Folake Henshaw, had appreciated the dedication of the committee members in making the event a success. Highpoint of the conference was the presentation of Awards of Excellence to individuals that had identified with the cause of NiWARD. They include the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole; Founder, NiWARD, Professor Stella Williams; former Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Daisy Eruvbetine; Professor Delano Adelekan and the former Director, Vice-Chancellor's Office (VCO) of FUNAAB, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji.

FUNAAB Sells Cheap Maize to Market Women

Scores of market women, who are maize sellers within the precincts of the University, have benefitted from the high discounted sales from the recent maize harvested by students working on the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) and the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) farms of the University.

COBFAS officially co-ordinates the Farm Practical Year (FPY) training programme while the Students' Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) allows agricultural students to be distributed into four different rural communities in Ogun State, where they would take part in the programme as resident farmers. Commenting on the harvest and sales of the maize, participants had described the effort as successful because the students were able to cultivate five hectares of land, as the first set of the harvest generated great returns for the University, saying the ideology behind the establishment of COBFAS had been achieved. Furthermore, the students were exposed to the processes of agriculture, from planting to harvesting and marketing, while receiving comprehensive training that would enable them become employers of labour by establishing their own farms.

           

Responding, one of the market women, Mrs. Kehinde Amoto of Progress Foods, said that she bought the maize to resell for profit purposes, adding that she would eat part of it alongside her family. Similarly, Mrs. Esther Sowole said: "I was here last year and now, I'm here, again. By the grace of God, I will come next time they call on us. The maize is good and the people in charge are nice to us".

Reacting to the harvest, Miss Oluwatamilore Alade, a 400-level student in the Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), stated that the FPY programme had exposed them to real farming practices, noting that they had garnered much farming experience and that with the exposure, she was confident that she would be able to successfully start her own agricultural venture after graduation. Similarly, Mr. Familola Adegoke, 400-level student in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AERD), College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), stated that the programme was wonderful, noting that he could successfully managed a farm, based on the training he had received during the FPY.  They both pleaded with the University Management to provide a permanent shelter on the farm, to shield students from scorching sun and rain, in addition to erecting a wind-breaker, to protect the crops from being destroyed by winds.

COBFAS was established in December 2010, to provide a platform whereby agricultural students in their penultimate year of programmes are deployed to rural/semi-urban areas, where they are exposed to practical training in agricultural production, processing and agri-business enterprises, to stimulate their interest in agriculture and motivate them to take up agriculture, as a career.

FUNAAB to Host NiWARD National Conference

The Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (NiWARD), in collaboration with the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa; Cassava Transformation Agenda alongside SME-Fabricator Training and Centre for Excellence in Agricultural Dissemination Workshop; would be holding the 5th National Conference, Exhibition and Annual General Meeting (AGM).
 

NiWARD was established to give Nigerian scientists and agricultural researchers, who have been chosen as African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellows, a much-needed platform to transfer the knowledge and skills gained through the programme, to rural farming communities in Nigeria by filling the gap in the Nigerian rural agricultural sector and fostering peer-to-peer knowledge transfer by ensuring the implementation of targeted empowerment policies.
The conference, which would hold from September 13 and 15, 2017 at the Park Inn Radisson Hotel, Kuto, Abeokuta, is being hosted by the University with the theme; “Diversity and Inclusiveness in Agricultural Value Chain”. The keynote speaker is the Director of AWARD, Dr. Wnajiru Kamau-Rutenberg. On what the conference was all about, the Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) of FUNAAB, Professor Lateef Sanni, described the conference as a professional platform for other mentees and mentors that had benefited from AWARD programme, adding that it was an annual conference, where discussions were shared on how to move agricultural development forward.
   

Professor Sanni, who is also the Vice-Chairman, Steering Committee of AWARD, stated that the objective of the conference was to further give opportunity to women scientists in agriculture, to be able to leverage on entrepreneurial skills into  business and making use of the research findings that they had been working on over the years, while strengthening the gender responsiveness in agricultural research. He asked rhetorically; “How many of us have developed agricultural tools that are gender-friendly or even climate smart that could assist either women or men of different strata?”
   

Professor Sanni, the Country Manager of CAVA II, further stated that access to finance was an important aspect in organising the conference, adding that “We are lucky that the Bank of Industry (BoI) would be at the conference, including other institutions, such as the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Federal institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) and National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, among others.  According to him, the conference would create regional hub for women in agricultural research and development and a means of enhancing the global visibility of FUNAAB.
   

Resource persons include the Acting Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, a Mentor of AWARD, who is expected to declare the conference open; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University and also a Mentor of AWARD, Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele; the immediate past Dean of COLFHEC, who is also the Chairperson, Local Organising Committee (LOC), Professor Folake Henshaw; a Fellow of AWARD, Professor Adebukunola Omemu; Professor Joan Babajide; Professor Alaba Jolaoso; and Professor  Iyabo Kehinde of FUNAAB; among others.
   

Professor Sanni noted that an Add-On to the conference would be the fostering of strong partnership with the Director of C:AVA II, Professor Kolawole Adebayo, who is also the University's Director, Grants Management; and the Director, Centre for Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE), Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan, stressing that there would be three special sessions in which some of the graduate students would present the posters of their work outputs. He noted further that there would be networking opportunities for Fellows and mentees of AWARD as well as dissemination workshops and opportunities for both C:AVA II and CEADESE. He added that five persons would be honoured with Awards of Excellence at a special dinner to round-off the conference. “There would be a special dinner, because COLFHEC organised an international conference last year and we wanted to have our dinner, which we were unable to do. So, we postponed it and we wanted to use it to welcome back the University's immediate Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole. So, we thought we should do it together during the NiWARD conference”, he stated. 
   

Professor Sanni said other awardees would include Professor Delana Adelekan of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (NUD), College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM); Professor Daisy Eruvbetine, a Mentor and the immediate past Dean of COLANIM; Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, immediate past Director, Executive Affairs, Vice-Chancellor's Office, who had trained several staff and students in the last three decades; as well as the Founder, Nigerian Chapter, Women in Agricultural Research and Development, a retired Don from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife and a former Chairperson, Steering Committee of AWARD, Professor Stella Williams.
“We must be proactive to develop agriculture in Africa”, as the conference was expected to play host to over 11 scientists from nine countries, which include Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Ghana and Kenya, the Dean of COLFHEC further disclosed, promising that the event would be highly educative, interactive and rich for both resource persons and participants.

FUNAAB Empowers Young Learners

A six-week skills acquisition training programme of the International Centre for Professional Development (ICPD) of the University, which was organised for young learners during the long vacation, has ended. The training provided thestudents a unique opportunity to acquire skills that would make them independent and fit into diverse job prospects. The ICPD Centre Manager, Mr. Lawrence Kazeem, appreciated the University Management, for providing the enabling environment for the students to acquire the needed skills, hoping that the acquired knowledge would be useful to both the students and the nation in general.
 

Young learners were exposed to various skills and training opportunities. For instance, Raphael Omeike, a JSS 2 student of Taidob College, presented the benefits of Microsoft Office-User's Specialist (MOS); Mr. Oreoluwa Sola-Ojo, 300-level student in the Department of Physics, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), FUNAAB, discussed computer engineering; Miss Favour Amubode, a prospective student of the University of Ibadan (UI), designed a website for a restaurant; while Miss Temiloluwa Adeniran, a prospective student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, also designed a website for photography, while Miss Adeife Adewumi designed a website for an online shopping mall.
  

Furthermore, Olalekan Adebayo, a prospective student of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), designed a website for 'adire' clothing; Vincent Precious, 100-level student in the Department of Computer Science (COLPHYS) of FUNAAB designed a website for fried chicken outlet; while    Akinsola Akinyelu, 100-level student in the Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), designed a website for wildlife park. Present at the occasion were four staff from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, who were currently undergoing a specialised training at the Centre; and five special students, undergoing the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industrial training programme.

Admission application for 2017/18 academic session has been extended to Wed,27th September 2017

Admission application for 2017/18 academic session has been extended to Wed,27th September 2017 to allow New UTME candidates who have recently changed their first choice  of institution to FUNAAB  to process their admission application online 

By this extension, the closing date for FUNAAB 2017/18 online admission application exercise is Wed, 27th Sept 2017  as against Friday 22nd Sept 2017 initially announced.

FUNAAB Appoints New VC, Registrar, Bursar

The Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, has approved the appointment of three new Principal Officers, in substantive capacities, for the University. The Principal Officers-designates are: Professor Felix Kolawole Salako, Vice-Chancellor; Dr. Hakeem Adebola Adekola, Registrar; and Mr. Chukwunwike Ezekpeazu, Bursar.

According to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Dr. (Barr.) Aboki Zhawa, “The process was guided by rules, regulations and the Act (establishing the University). We were guided by provisions of the Act, the rules of the University and Federal Character. We, as a Council, decided to set up the committee that will do the screening for the Council. It was after screening that the Technical Committee was mandated to look at the applicants; to see if they have complied with the spirit of the advertisement. The Technical Committee came up with a good list and they presented to the Selection Board. Having looked at the list, we made a recommendation to the Council and it approved the list and the other recommendations that were submitted”..

The Vice-Chancellor-designate, Professor Felix Salako, was born in Lagos State in 1961 and hails from Ibadan, Oyo State. A Professor of Soil Physics in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) of the University, he attended the famous Apostolic Church Grammar School, Orishigun, where bagged his West African School Certificate Education under Division One, as well as the Igbobi College, Lagos; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he obtained his B. Agric (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Soil Science in 1983 and 1986, respectively before proceeding to the University of Ibadan, where he bagged his PhD Degree in Soil Science, in 1997.

 Professor Salako joined the services of FUNAAB in 2000 as a Senior Lecturer and moved up the academic ladder to become a Professor in 2006. He had served the University on many fronts, which include: Head of Department, Soil Science and Land Management; Director, Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre; Pioneer Director, Centre for Community-Based Farming Scheme and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, for two terms. He has to his credit, over 80 publications in books/monographs, articles in learned journals, papers in referred conference proceedings and technical reports. He had equally supervised more than 50 students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in addition to being external examiners to several notable universities.

Professor Salako belongs to a number of professional associations and learned societies such as the International Society of Agricultural Meteorology; Soil Science Society of Nigeria; Agricultural Society of Nigeria; Soil and Water Conservation Society, United States of America and had delivered papers at many local and international conferences, seminars and workshops. Notable academic laurels won by him include the Best Student Prize in Soil Science (1982 - 1983) Graduating Set of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Marquis' Who-is-Who in Science and Engineering (8th Edition) and Chief War Marshall, Man O’ War Club of Nigeria.

He is currently the Southwestern Nigeria Co-ordinator (2016-2021), African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, taking Agronomy to Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa (ACAI) for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria; a project that has impacted the University and the society at large. Professor Salako, a Jerusalem Pilgrim, was honoured with the chieftaincy titles of the Asoluderoof Iwoye-Ketu and the Bobatolu of Isaga-Orile; Ogun State, in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the two communities, among other laurels.

The Registrar-designate, Dr. Hakeem Adekola, was born in Lagos on January 12, 1968, is a native of Ogun Waterside, Ogun State. He attended Community High School, Ibiade, Ogun State for his secondary education, between 1980 and 1985. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History; Master of Personnel Psychology and a Doctorate Degree in Applied Psychology (Personnel Psychology option), from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, in 1989, 1997 and 2006, respectively. He was employed as an Administrative Officer II by the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University) in September 1991. He rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Registrar in October 2007 in the same university. He was later appointed as the Pioneer Registrar of the Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State in 2007 and served out his tenure on April 30, 2012.

Dr. Adekola’s work experience has transversed different aspects of university administration such as faculty offices, senate affairs, academic planning units, committees and the vice-chancellor’s office. He belongs to several professional bodies, including the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA); Association of American University Administrators, United Kingdom (AUA,UK); Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) of Nigeria; and Chartered Institute of Civilian Administration, Ghana (CIDA, Ghana), among others. He has attended many local and international conferences and has to his credit, several academic, professional publications as well as teaching experiences. Until his appointment, he was the Deputy Registrar-in-Charge of Senate Affairs at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

 

The Bursar-designate, Mr. Chukwunwike Ezekpeazu, was born on February 2, 1960 in Onitsha, Anambra State. He attended popular Christ the King College, Onitsha; University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he obtained both his B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Accountancy and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) Banking and Finance in 1981 and 2005, respectively. He has a robust career in accounting, having attended many conferences in his field of specialisation. He belongs to leading professional associations and institutes such as the Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA); and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI); among others. Mr. Ezekpeazu was a former Bursar at the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja and was a Visiting Bursar on Sabbatical at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, before he was appointed as Bursar in FUNAAB. All the appointees are happily married and blessed with children.