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INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION AND TENDER

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) invites interested, competent and reputable contractors for Pre-qualification and tender for the projects stated below:

INTRODUCTION:
       

1. ANNUAL REPORT                                                                        TENDER FEE N2,500.00

SPECIFICATIONS
Three hundred and thirty (330) pages
All coloured
Digital separation printing
135 gram hard paper for inner
300 gram hard card cover with MAT lamination
One thousand (1,000) copies

2. STATISTICAL DIGEST                                                                TENDER FEE N2,500.00

SPECIFICATIONS
One hundred and twenty (120) pages               
All coloured
Digital separation printing
135 gram hard paper for inner
300 gram hard card cover with MAT lamination
Five hundred (500) copies.

3. Upgrading of Gari processing factory (Civil Works)                    TENDER FEE N2,500.00

4. Supply and Installation of Cassava Processing Equipment          TENDER FEE N2,500.00

5. Construction of Gatehouse and Perimeter Fence at FUNIS – Lot 1                       N5,000.00

6. Construction of Perimeter Fence at FUNIS Lot 2                                                    N5,000.00

7. Construction of Perimeter Fence at FUNIS Lot 3                                                    N5,000.00

8. Construction of Perimeter Fence at FUNIS Lot 3                                                    N5,000.

 

PRE-QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

To be considered, potential companies are required to submit all the under-listed verifiable documents:

1.             Certificate of Company’s registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC);

2.             Company’s Current Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years (2014//2015/2016), duly stamped;

3.             Compliance with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Amendment Act 2011 by inclusion of Compliance Certificate from ITF;

4.             Compliance with Pension Reform Act, 2004 by inclusion of Current Clearance Certificate from National Pension Commission (PENCOM);

5.             Evidence of registration on the Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by inclusion of the Interim Registration Report (IRR) issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in line with the provision of section 5 (b) of the Public Procurement Act (PPA), 2007;

6.             Current Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years (2014 – 2016), duly stamped by a Professional Accounting Firm/Audit Firm showing annual turnover;

7.             Original Bank Statement for the past Twelve (12) Months and documents demonstrating availability of funds/liquid assets and /or credit facilities from the banker(s) to successfully complete the Contract;

8.             Verifiable Evidence of similar Jobs successfully executed, or being executed within the last Five (5) years, indicating type, cost, location and evidence of award and completion;

9.             List, Curriculum Vitae (CVs), and copies of credentials of technical staff, indicating qualification, year(s) of cognate experience and Certificate of Registration with relevant bodies like COREN, CORBON, MNISQ WHERE APPLICABLE;

10.          List of verifiable essential equipment, in full working condition to be used for the projects, listed as owned hired or leased;

11.          Sworn Affidavit in line with provision of Part Iv, Section 16 Subsection 19 (f) of the Procurement Act 2007:

(a).          that all the documents submitted for the pre-qualification exercise are not only genuine, but fully correct;

(b)           that the Director(s) of the prospective contractual company has/have never been convicted by any court of law;
(c)           that neither the company nor any of the company director is bankrupt;

(d)           that no officers of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is a former or present Director of the company;
(e)           that the company is not in receivership.

12.          Evidence of payment of non-refundable Pre-qualification Fee as indicated for each lot and made payable to FUNAAB Project Revenue Account on REMITA Number 0220217161018.

 

 

 

SUBMISSION OF PREQUALIFICATION AND TENDER DOCUMENTS

The Pre-qualification/Technical Requirement should be sealed in a Separate Envelop and clearly marked “Pre-qualification/Technical Bid

The Financial Bid should be in another separate Envelop, sealed and clearly marked “Financial Bid. The Two envelop should be put into a bigger envelop and clearly marked “Pre-qualification, Technical/Financial Bid

The name of the Company should be boldly written on the reverse side of all the envelopes.  (All Documents should be in Ring Binding)and deliver to:  The Head, Procurement Unit, Room A119, Unity Building ‘A’ Federal University of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State. To reach her not later than 12.00 noon Friday 1st December, 2017.

 

OPENING OF THE TECHNICAL BIDS
The Technical Bids shall be opened on Friday, 1st December, 2017 at 12.00 Noon at the Unity Building Conference Room A106, of the University while the financial bids of the successful prequalified contractors shall be opened at a later date yet to be announced.

NOTE:-
The Contractors/Suppliers should contact the Office of the Directors, Procurement Units, Academic Planning, Physical Planning and Dean, COLFHEC as appropriate for further clarification on the bids.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
*              Failure to comply with the above requirements would automatically result in disqualification.

*              The University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of any claim made on the Pre-qualification and Tender documents submitted by companies.

*              The University reserves the right to reject any Pre-qualification, Tender documents and is neither committed nor obliged to give reasons for the rejection of any of the companies responding to this invitation.

*              The execution of these projects will depend on the release of funds by the appropriate funding Agency. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) will not be liable if there is any delay in the release of fund.

 

(Signed)
‘Bola Adekola, Ph.D, FCIDA, FCIA                                               FUNAAB/REG/81/II/138
REGISTRAR

Red Alert on MonkeyPox Disease

Members of the University community have been put on Red Alert against the outbreak of MonkeyPox disease, a communicable infection, which has been noticed in seven states in the country, including Ogun State. Symptoms of the infection are similar to those of Smallpox, but with milder reactions which include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and exhaustion. The Health Services Office of the University informs that its incubation period is between seven and 14 days while typical rashes develop on the body of infected person within the first three days or more, starting from the face and then spread to other parts of the body.

The infection could be contracted from having direct contact with the blood, body fluids, cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals like monkey, Gambian giant rats, squirrel and rodents, as well as eating inadequately cooked meat of infected animals. Also, secondary human-to-human transmission of the disease could result from close contact with infected respiratory track secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or objects that were recently contaminated by the patient’s fluids or lesion materials. It could also be contracted through physical touch, contact with stool or blood of an infected person. To prevent the disease, members of the University community were advised to avoid contacts with animals that could harbour the virus, including animals that were sick or had been found dead in areas where the disease occured.

Members of the University community were further charged to practice good hand hygiene with, or without contact with infected animals or humans, and avoid contact with any materials such as beddings that had been in contact with a sick animal or person, warning that there was presently no known or proven safe treatment for the virus.

 

IT, Relevant in All Human Endeavours, Says Acting VC  

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, has declared that Information Technology is applicable to all human endeavours. Professor Enikuomehin disclosed this at the 2nd International Conference on Applied Information Technology, tagged, ‘AIT 2017’ with the theme, “Exploring Information Technology Innovations for National Development”, organised by the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), in collaboration with FUNAAB.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Dean, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS) of the University, Professor Amidu Mustapha, stated that the theme was apt, relevant and very timely to the situation in the country, adding that the nation was in dire need of new ways of achieving development. According to him, “From my point of view, that means, new ways of doing things and making change in our ways of doing things, which is synonymous with development”.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who said that there were no specific reserved seats for NCS members in the Information Technology world, noting that the field was for all, as most of the land-sweeping innovations were found outside the formal boundary of the computer science family. He, however, stated that all were welcome on board, to make the innovations happen. Professor Enikuomehin commended organisers of the conference, saying that the conference was good for even non-computer science experts, so that everyone could come together and share knowledge. He challenged participants to cross-fertilise ideas into innovativeness that would make life easier and transactions a lot faster.

Encouraging starters to venture into innovating in IT, the Acting Vice-Chancellor said that developed nations could be complacent in some areas, where they already had things working well, adding that Africans or less developed nations could help in cushioning in those areas but unfortunately, this may not be so because they had been plagued down by a variety of problems. He stressed that Africans could turn such disadvantage into an advantage and make innovative ways of solving the myriad of problems.

Delivering the keynote address titled, “Exploring Information Technology Innovation for National Development through Application of Cloud Computing in the Nigerian Education Landscape”, Professor Sanjay Misra from the Covenant University, Ogun State, described Cloud Computing as a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources, adding that CLOUD, as an acronym, meant Computing Location independent Online Utility available on-Demand. Misra, who is a Professor of Computer Software Engineering, stated that the characteristics of Cloud Computing were that its users do not necessarily have to own the IT resources they use, saying that the servers they exploit might be hosted in external data centers. He added that Cloud Computing services were provided through the pay-per-use model or subscription model, while its resources and services provided to the client were often virtual and shared among several users, noting that the services were provided via the Internet.

Professor Misra highlighted the challenges facing Cloud Computing within the Nigerian educational context, saying that privacy, data availability and traditional security were factors affecting it. He, therefore, provided solutions through privacy and control, accessibility and authentication, which could be used to guard against the challenges. Misra, who is also a visiting Professor to the University of Alcala in Spain, further stated that while many people have concerns about Cloud Computing, there was no doubt that it was changing the way people provided systems and services. According to him, “The more informed IT Departments are about the cloud, the better the position they will be in when making decisions about deploying, developing, and maintaining systems in the cloud”. He noted that the decision to move to cloud-based services should fit into the institution’s overall objectives, stressing that before any services were moved to the cloud, the institution’s management should ensure such actions were consistent with their strategic plans.

The Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), of the Conference, Professor Adio Akinwale in his welcome address, recalled that two years ago, when the body started the Conference, the overwhelming need of Information Technology and its application for the development of Africa and Nigeria in particular was a necessity. “The theme is necessary at this critical moment when governments at all levels are seeking quick solutions to our economic recession”, as Professor Akinwale added that Information Technology had cut across all disciplines, noting that it had become increasingly important, as innovation was the key driver of national development.

The President of NCS, Professor Adesola Aderounmu, said that IT had transformed and would continue to transform all aspects of human endeavours, namely: commerce, finance, education, energy, health care and manufacturing. Others include the government, national security, transportation, communications, entertainment, science and engineering, among others. Represented by the South West Coordinator of NCS, Mr. Michael Olajide, the President said that innovation was the door to great discoveries, adding that it was the currency, power, strength and lever of Information Technology. He, therefore, stressed the need for the country to be proactive and forward looking on how to create the basis for sustainable economic recoveries, noting that in conditions of economic scarcity, Nigeria no longer had the luxury of being passive and reactive. Highpoint of the occasion was the formal opening ceremony of the Conference by the representative of the Governor of Ogun State, the Special Adviser/Director-General of Lands and Survey in Ogun State, Honourable Biyi Ismail. Present at the Conference were the representative of the Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Tajudeen Banmeke; representative of the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), Dr. Kayode Shonibare; President, Information Technology Systems and Security Professionals (ITSSP), Professor Adeshina Shodiya and the Head of Department (HoD), Computer Science, Dr. Bukola Onashoga of FUNAAB, among others.

 

Ogun Governor Commends FUNAAB

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has given the University a pass mark in its efforts at contributing towards the development of education and agriculture in the country. The governor gave this commendation during a visit by the University Managememt, led by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, to sensitise the state government on the forthcoming 23rd, 24th and 25th combined convocation ceremonies.

Having outlined the various programmes mapped out for the convocation ceremonies, the Acting Vice-Chancellor informed the governor that the University’s supervision had been moved from the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD), saying that there was a lot to gain from Ogun State, as a trailblazer in agricultural development in Nigeria. He, therefore, recalled that the University had resumed normal academic life while pleading with the governor to assist in effective repairs on the Camp - Alabata Road, leading to the University, to facilitate vehicular movements to and fro the University during the convocation ceremonies.Responding, Senator Amosun appreciated the University Management for the visit, assuring that the state government would try its best to participate in the convocation ceremonies and also assist in fixing the bad road. The governor equally commended the University for having a stable academic calendar. On the Acting Vice-Chancellor’s team were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele; representative of the Registrar and the immediate past Acting Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Onwuka; Acting Bursar, Mrs. Oluremi Oyewunmi and the University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam. Others were the Chairman, Ceremonials Committee, Professor Biodun Badmus and the Deputy Registrar II, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu. The Acting Vice-Chancellor presented packs of FUNAAB food hampers to the governor, to showcase some of the research products of the University. 

 

Management Lauds Former Acting Bursar 

The outgone Acting Bursar, Mrs. Oluremi Oyewunmi, has been commended for her dexterity, resilience and dedication to duty. The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, at a Valedictory Meeting held in her honour by Management, said these attributes earned her the exalted position. He appreciated her for accepting to serve at a critical time in the life of the University, stating that her calmness, gentle way of making observation and disposition to work, were some of her greatest assets.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor also lauded her for not betraying the confidence reposed in her and for being a good representative of the Bursary Department, even as he implored her to give the necessary cooperation to the incoming Bursar for continuity in the system. According to him, “your experience will not be in vain, as God will surely reward you". The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, described Mrs. Oyewunmi as a hardworking and a silent achiever, who discharged her duties with great care. She appreciated for holding forth until the process of appointing a new Bursar was concluded while enjoining her to mentor younger staff in the Bursary for enhanced productivity. Professor Eromosele, who also commended the Acting Vice-Chancellor for the honour given to the Acting Bursar, said his administrative style had brought out the best in the Principal Officers. 

The Outgone Acting Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Onwuka appreciated Management for the Valedictory meeting. She congratulated Mrs. Oyewunmi for successfully holding forth until when a new Bursar assumed duty, praying that God would continue to order her steps and meet her at her point of needs. The University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam, appreciated the outgone Acting Bursar for contributing her quota to the success story of the University while the Deputy Registrar II, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu, described Mrs. Oyewunmi as a courageous and resourceful person.  Responding, the outgone Acting Bursar thanked the University Management for the confidence reposed in her. She promised to give all the support needed to the new Bursar while adding that, "I will continue to do my best for the system".

 

FUNAAB Post-UTME, A Huge Success - Respondents

The University conducts Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME), to attract quality students and to produce good graduates. The just-concluded 2017/2018 Post-UTME exercise of the University has been adjudged to be huge success by a cross-section of respondents, comprising prospective students, parents and guardians as well as invigilators.

Attesting to the smooth conduct of the examination, Professor Toyin Arowolo, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in the University and the Post-UTME Coordinator, lauded the Admissions Committee of the University, led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, for building on past Post-UTME experiences to ensure a successful exercise. According to him, the examination started on time and as scheduled with adequate invigilators and postgraduate students, who served as adhoc staff. Professor Arowolo added that voluntary organisations like the Man O’ War, Nigerian Red Cross, Boys Brigade and Road Safety served as candidates’ guides while the Information and Communications Technology experts were fully on ground to ensure a hitch-free exercise. He, however, suggested the provision of additional air-conditioners in the computer laboratory, to extend the life span of the computer systems.

Giving a brief on the exercise, the Chief Invigilator at the 500-Seater Computer Laboratory, which is one of the venues of the examination, Professor James Oguntuase, of the Department of Mathematics, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), disclosed that two examination centres and two holding centres at the 500-seater Computer Laboratory, the Oba Lipede Multipurpose Building Computer Laboratory, the Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre and the Multipurpose Lecture Theatre II; were set aside for the exercise with adequate invigilators. According to him, the examination was expected to last for two days and for each day, a total of 4,000 students were expected. The Chief Invigilator at the Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre holding centre, Professor Adekojo Waheed, of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG), stated that at the centre, biometric data of the candidates were verified before they were allowed into the examination centres.

Rating the exercise as excellent, an Assistant Chief Invigilator, Professor Helen Bodunde of the Communications and General Studies Department, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), noted that as part of plans to encourage a free and fair examination and to discourage examination malpractice, questions were interchanged. Corroborating her, one of the invigilators, Dr. Florence Olowokere of the Department of Soil Science and Land Management (SSLM), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), stated that the prospective students comported themselves well, noting that they were disciplined.

She, however, disclosed that some of the candidates were not computer-literate and needed to be guided by technical staff on ground. Speaking on measures taken to ensure the success of the exercise from the technical angle, the Director, Information Technology and Communications Resource Centre (ICTREC), Professor Adesina Agboola, stressed that ahead of the exercise, his team had ascertained the functionality of all the computer systems that were to be used, adding that they were able to install the required software needed to login in and out, as well as a timing system, to make sure that each student had equal time for the examination, while assuring them of the promptness in releasing results.

Commending the University for organising the examination properly, one of the parents of the candidate, Mrs. Adeniyi Ogunba said that the University was appreciated for the timely information given to the parents and guardians, while waiting for their wards. She admonished the University Management to increase the time allocated to each candidate, as it was not sufficient to answer the questions. Similarly, Pastor Adesanya Joseph lauded the University for taking good care of the parents and guardians, by providing a canopy to shield them from sunlight and rain, while thanking the Guidance and Counselling Unit for providing useful information to parents and guardians, adding that other universities should take a cue from FUNAAB.

In a separate chat with Mrs. Olufunmilayo Bankole, who incidentally was a guardian to one of the candidates, she appreciated the University Management, saying that she was impressed with the way both academic and non-teaching staff attended to issues at the various centres. While commenting on the outcome of the exercise, one of the candidates; Mr. Olukayode Adegbulugbe, a prospective student of the Department of Microbiology, stated that he had a subject combination of Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, adding that the examination was 100 per cent computer-based and the allotted time was 30 minutes. Also, Miss Miss Bankole applauded the orderliness of the examination, saying that it was well organised. 

 

Management Bids Acting Registrar Farewell

Management has acknowledged the excellent services that the outgone Acting Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Onwuka, have rendered to the University at a Valedictory Meeting held in her honour. The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, described the outgone Acting Registrar as a seasoned, dedicated and disciplined officer, who was well-grounded in University administration. Showering encomiums on Dr. Onwuka, Professor Enikuomehin expressed his gratitude to her, on behalf of the University, for her contributions to the growth and development of the University, adding that FUNAAB was thanking her for accepting to serve at this critical time. Professor Enikuomehin noted that this was a time the University needed help, to stabilise in view of past agitations and misgivings, adding that driving the system from the background of administration was going to be difficult, if the University did not have a stabilising force that Dr. Onwuka provided, by virtue of her integrity and resilience.

Recalling the rigorous process leading to the recent appointments of the three Principal Officers in the University, the Acting Vice-Chancellor said that she had to keep records, prepare data and attend several meetings. According to him, “That didn’t affect the quality of her job. I was amazed that she could go through that pressure but I was reminded that she had gone through that before”.

Professor Enikuomehin, however, thanked God that the University had the privilege of tapping from her wealth of experience, this time around, saying that “I once told you that I consider that God had favour on me that you were appointed the Acting Registrar when I came in as the Acting Vice-Chancellor.  The import of your counsel and your comments were very helpful. I am very confident that God would reward you”, he stressed. The Acting Vice-Chancellor made reference to the earlier honour given to the outgone Acting Registrar at the Senate, where they (Senate members) were convinced of her dedication and commitment to duty and applauded her. According to him, “The whole of Senate was convinced and the applause was awesome. For Senate to unanimously rise and appreciate you is something that tells that whatever has been your attitude to work, your natural disposition is enviable and I would dare say this, every administrator that wants to go higher must study and learn the attributes of someone like you”.  He admonished younger administrators to study her on what makes her different, what makes her survive the storm as well as what makes her stand out as a reference point.

Professor Enikuomehin extolled her principles and virtues, which according to him, stood her out and implored her to remain open for future services to the University. Commenting on the exemplary qualities of the outgone Acting Registrar, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, stated that Dr. Onwuka was a firm and blunt personality, who did not hide her views. She appreciated the Acting Vice-Chancellor for putting up the Valedictory Meeting, saying "I have honestly enjoyed working with you. As you return to the Distance Learning Office, please, continue to do what you have been doing and, please, mentor younger Registry staff for the betterment of the University”, Professor Eromosele noted.

‎In her remarks, the Acting Bursar, Mrs. Oluremi Oyewunmi, described the outgone Acting Registrar as a resourceful and consistent officer, who strictly adhered to laid down rules and regulations, while the University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam referred to her as a seasoned administrator and silent hard-worker. The Deputy Registrar II, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu, described Dr. Onwuka as a resourceful, persistent and responsive officer, who was worthy of emulation, adding that she was a diligent administrator.

Responding, the outgone Acting Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Onwuka, who described the‎ Senate session as her highest career honour, appreciated the University Management, especially, the Acting Vice-Chancellor for making it pleasurable for her to work at the Management level. She commended Professor Enikuomehin for his humility.

According to her, the rules were not made by her, adding that “I only interpreted and complied. I don't double speak. My ‘yes’ is ‘yes’ and my ‘no’ is ‘no’".

She stated further “That is just me and I'm surprised to know that I've made a lot of contributions. I love working. Because hard work doesn't kill, it only makes one stronger. I also know that I am not better than any administrator, but I am always prepared and committed to my work. Therefore, if I had done anything, it is by the grace of God". She paid glowing tributes to the University’s Pioneer Registrar, Princess Adebisi Soboyejo, for her steadfastness and for bringing her and others up. She lauded the efforts of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, for her diligence, humility and for accepting people's relevance and importance in their own rights. "The honour I received at the Senate was the highest honour I have ever received in my career and this would not have been possible without the support of the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Enikuomehin. I thank you and want to say that I am available for any other assignment", she added. Highpoint of the event was the presentation of gifts and Commendation Letter to the outgone Acting Registrar.

Meanwhile, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), FUNAAB Branch, has lauded the Acting Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Onwuka, for her dedication to duty while congratulating the newly-appointed Principal Officers of the University, assuring them of the Union's unflinching cooperation. The new officials are the Vice-Chancellor-designate, Professor Felix Salako; Registrar, Dr. ‘Bola Adekola and Bursar-designate, Mr. Chukwunwike Ezekpeazu. According to the Branch Chairman and Secretary, Comrades Olajide Odunjo and Samson Edivri, respectively, on behalf of NASU members expressed their unalloyed support and co-operation, as partners in progress, to make FUNAAB a better place.

 

FUNAAB Resumes for Second Semester

The second semester for the 2016/2017 Academic Session of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, has commenced. The Senate, at its meeting held recently, considered and approved the revised 2016/2017 Academic Calendar of the University.

 

Consequently, the Senate approved the commencement of academic activities with effect from Wednesday, October 4, 2017, which would end by Friday, February 9, 2018. According to the revised calendar, part-time students are also expected to continue their first semester examinations, beginning from Friday, September 29, 2017 while second semester lectures would start on Friday, October 13, 2017.

FUNAAB to hold Convocation, Install Chancellor

Preparations are in top gear as the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), is set to hold its 23rd, 24th and 25th Convocation Ceremonies for the 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic sessions, respectively.

 

Programme of events begin with a Jumat Service on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the University Mosque by 1:00pm, followed by an Interdenominational Church Service at the Chapel of Grace on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by 9:30am. On Monday, October 16, 2017, there would be a Press Conference at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building at 10:00am, while on Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18, 2017, a Research and Agricultural Fair would hold at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building Arena by 10:00am each day. The Convocation Lecture titled, “Food and the Future”, would be delivered by the nation’s Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief (Dr.) Audu Ogbeh, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building at 2:00pm.

 

Meanwhile, the installation of the Chancellor, His Royal Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu (V), the Obong of Calabar holds on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building at 10:00am, while the Award of First Degrees For 2013/2014 & 2015 Sets hold simultaneously by 10:00am. The Award of First Degrees for 2015/2016 Set and the Award of Postgraduate and Honorary Degrees hold at FUNAAB Ceremonial Building on Saturday, October 21, 2017 by 10.00am. During the Convocation Ceremonies, the Chancellor is to be conferred with the Doctor of Science Degree (Honoris Causa).

 

Only graduands, who are cleared by their Colleges, Postgraduate School, Bursary and the University Library and who have paid the prescribed fees, will be eligible to collect their certificates, while collection of academic robes would begin on Monday, October 16, 2017 between 10.00am and 3.00pm, daily. Graduands are also expected to collect their convocation items from their various Colleges and the Postgraduate School from Monday, October 16, 2017 and must be physically present to receive their degrees.

 

FUNAAB Mourns Late Don

Members of staff of the University were in sober reflection, mourning the sudden demise of Abimbola Ladokun, a Professor of Reproductive Physiology in the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM). Speaking at a Commendation Service, held in the honour of the departed, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, urged members of the University community to take solace in God. Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, the Acting Vice-Chancellor stated that losing a loved one could make one feel as if one of one’s most vital parts had been torn away from someone; and the thought of going on alone is so daunting that it seems impossible, noting that death never chooses a convenient time to take anyone away. Professor Enikuomehin extended his heartfelt sympathies to the family of the deceased, particularly his widow, Mrs. Irene Ladokun and children; Oluwatosin and Ibukunoluwa, encouraging them to be strong, while praying God to comfort and grant them the grace and fortitude to bear the great loss.

In his exhortation, Pastor (Dr.) Tom Fabuyi, encouraged the congregation to always look up to God and give thanks to Him at all times. He cited the book of Joshua, Chapter 1 and the book of John Chapter 21 Verse 18, urging them to put their trust in God. He added that they should strive at all times to be righteous, saying that everyone was destined to die. In his tribute, the Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Oluseyi Oluwatosin, said the departed Professor Ladokun was a distinguished and highly dedicated academic, adding that he was an excellent Animal Scientist and a prolific researcher, who had contributed immensely to the betterment of mankind in his chosen career.  The Head, Department of Animal Physiology Department (COLANIM), Professor Olusiji Smith, stated that late Professor Ladokun was faithful to the end, saying that he had built on the foundation laid in the Department for others coming behind, to follow when he was HoD. Also, paying a tribute was the former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Israel Adu, who adduced to the popular maxim which says that “it was not how long but how well”, noting that the deceased lived a good life that had distinguished him in his chosen profession of Animal Science, to attain the ultimate position in the academia.

The former Vice-Chancellor, who is also the President, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), said that Professor Ladokun had proven his quality in all given assignments and responsibilities, stating that worthy of note was his mentorship of younger Animal Scientists. In his tribute, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU-UNAAB) Branch, Dr. Adebayo Oni, stated that the deceased was a silent strategic activist, who was privy to key principles and ideologies of the Union, adding that his death was unexpected.

Giving his tribute on behalf of the family, the brother of the departed Professor, Rev. Niyi Ladokun, stated that the late Professor Ladokun was a bridge-builder, who handled other people’s issues and situations as if they were his own. His death, according to his friends; Dr. Tolu Ososanyan and Barrister Femi Osu, was painful. He was said to have lived a fulfilled and impactful life, which was in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Dr. Tolu had described him as a committed family man, who would give nothing but the best in anything he did. Speaking on behalf of students of the deceased, Mrs. Oluwabukola Adenike, a PhD student, stressed that the late Professor Ladokun was a sacrificial supervisor, sincere and down to earth man, whose demise would be really felt.

Late Professor Ladokun was ‎born on May 24, 1968 in Ibadan, Oyo State. He bagged a Master's Degree in Animal Science in 1997. He registered for his PhD programme in the same university in 2001 and completed it in 2006. Professor Ladokun joined the services of FUNAAB on January 2, 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Physiology (ANP), where he later rose to become a Professor in Reproductive Physiology on October 1, 2016. ‎He had over 50 publications in reputable journals and several publications in his field of study. Present at the Commendation Service were the First Lady of Edo State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki; former Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) of FUNAAB, Professor Olusegun Osinowo; dignitaries; as well as relatives and friends of the deceased.

 

FUNAAB Is Well Prepared For Post-UTME, DVC (A) Assures

The 2017/2018 Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) Screening Exercise of the University, has been fixed for Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5, 2017, for candidates, who made the University their first choice in the 2017 UTME, as conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Speaking on the level of the University’s preparedness for the exercise, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Chairperson, Admissions Committee of the University, Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, has assured of the readiness of the University, to conduct the examination, from 7.30am to 6pm, daily. Professor Eromosele said that a total of 8,210 candidates had indicated their intention to participate in the exercise, which would take place in both the 500 and 200-seater computer laboratories with a total of about 4,000 candidates participating, on daily basis, for the two days. She added that this years’ edition would also be Computer-based Test while the results were expected to be out, same day, after the examination had been conducted.

According to her, “This year, the new arrangement put in place by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), known as the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), would be used, where all the Post-UTME scores of candidates would be captured and put on the JAMB portal, so that it would be processed alongside their UTME results”. She informed that composite computation would be used, as it had been done in FUNAAB, which is 50 per cent of the candidate’s UTME score, 30 per cent of Post-UTME score and 20 per cent of a candidate’s Ordinary Level results.

“By the time the Admissions Committee (ADMICO) is done, candidates who may have been admitted into other courses apart from the one initially applied for, but would have the opportunity to say YES or NO, through a Short Message Services (SMS), to be sent to their phone numbers, which is an opportunity they never had in time past”, adding that, “If a candidate replied with a YES, JAMB would go ahead and issue admission letter to such candidates, but if the candidate says NO, JAMB would make the name of such candidate available to other universities”.

On JAMB, Professor Eromosele said the matriculation body had done well this year by giving every tertiary institution its autonomy to determine its cut-off marks, unlike the way it was done before when JAMB determines the cut-off mark for the institutions and at the end of the admission processes, the universities would still go back to JAMB for regularisation. As part of preparations for this year’s examination, she said that FUNAAB would make available buses to convey candidates from the Camp area to the two holding centres, set aside for candidates. The centres, according to her are: the Multi-purpose (MP01) Lecture Hall and the Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Hall and is meant to keep all the candidates in one place till when they would be taken in batches to the next available examination hall. In addition, canopies would be erected outside for adequate preparation for people, while two canopies would be provided for parents and guardians, outside the school’s gate while counsellors would equally be on ground, to counsel the candidates. Professor Eromosele said that the University had an admission quota of about 3,500, plus direct entries with the ratio of 30 per cent to Sciences, and 70 per cent for Agricultural-based courses.

She regretted the drop in the number of students sitting for the Post-UTME, which was borne out of the suspension of admission into management courses in specialised universities like FUNAAB. However, she expressed hope that the ministries of agriculture and education would resolve the issue of specialised universities, especially if the affected universities make a strong case, in the near future, because, agricultural business required learning something about management sciences, which makes it a more robust curriculum, adding that adequate security measures had been put in place, through the Environmental Unit of FUNAAB, among others.