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NAEC Inaugurates Chapter

The Nigerian Association of Engineering Craftsmen (NAEC), FUNAAB Chapter, has been inaugurated in the University. The Association has one of its major objectives of harmonising all competent and practicing artisans, craftsmen as well as technicians in the various engineering fields at the federal, states and local government levels.  Speaking at the event, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, stressed the importance of engineering craftsmen at realising the conceptualising stage of the engineers.  Represented by the Director, Academic Planning, Professor Olusola Adeniran, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, stated that engineering craftsmen had helped at bringing about the beauty of all designs and ideas that engineers had in mind, noting that this had showed how much they had fulfilment in human activities and endeavours.

The Chairman of NAEC, FUNAAB Chapter, Mr. Ademola Sobote, emphasised the significance of the association, noting that the Society was not a trade union on campus, but an association of competent artisans, craftsmen and technicians. He stated that the association was duly-recognised by the Federal Government, under the auspices of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). According to him, “We are the one, who interprets the minds of, and brings into reality, the conceived ideas and vision of engineers in our various engineering fields and disciplines; such as civil, mechanical, electrical and agricultural engineering fields”. He added that NAEC members were critical to the overall engineering family, noting that without NAEC members, the visions of engineers would not become a reality.

The Chairman appreciated the University Management for its support, pledging the association’s loyalty and dedication to duties at the various fields of disciplines for the growth, development and expansion of the University. Delivering his address, the Acting Chairman of NAEC, Ogun State, Engineer Omotunde Sunday said that the association was established as a professional body for craftsmen, after the amendment of Decree 55 of 1970, adding that Decree 27 of 1992 as amended, had empowered COREN to register and regulate the practice of other cadres of engineering personnel in Nigeria. Engineer Sunday noted that the association would be having a National Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, between November 9 and 10, 2017.

According to him, the National Conference and AGM would afford all craftsmen to meet, share opinions and rub minds for the advancement of technology. He, therefore, assured the University Management that the efficiency of engineering craftsmen on campus would be enhanced through the inauguration of NAEC. In his words of admonition, Engineer (Professor) Emmanuel Ajisegiri said that the engineering family was like a body which could not do without one another, other than to work hand-in-hand with each other, to bring about excellent and great results. Ajisegiri, a Professor of Agricultural Engineering, stated that without the artisans and craftsmen, engineering could not be practiced properly. He admonished NAEC members that, in any midst or chain of organisation they found themselves either as a technologist, technician, scientist, engineer, among others, they “are as important as every other person in the world”.

The Special Guest of Honour, Professor Samuel Adejuyigbe, a former Dean, College of Engineering (COLENG) of the University and currently with the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, was represented by Dr. Daniel Okuo, encouraged NAEC members to be committed to the tenets of the engineering profession in the discharge of their duties. Highpoint of the inauguration were the delivery of goodwill messages by representatives of the Registry; the Deputy Registrar II, Senate and Admissions, Mrs. Maria Popoola, as well as that of the Bursary Department; Mrs. Adejoke Kolawole, who both clamoured for the need for women to be inducted as members to ensure gender balance. Other goodwill messages were received from the Acting Director, Works and Services, Engineer Kehinde Ajiboye; the Chairman of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), FUNAAB Branch, Comrade Rotimi Fasunwon; the Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Allied Institutions (NASU), FUNAAB Branch, Comrade Ishaq Odunjo, and other national and state executive officers.

 

COLAMRUD Holds Refreshers’ Workshop

The College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), recently held a 2-day Refreshers’ Workshop for academic staff in the College at the Postgraduate School Auditorium. The workshop was the fallout of the Dean of COLAMRUD’s attendance at the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) International Dean’s Course that was designed for newly-appointed Deans and Heads of Departments from Asia and Africa in Osnabruck, Germany.

Declaring open the event themed, “Using Digital Communication Technologies in Teaching and Learning”, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, said that the training workshop was very timely and highly relevant, adding that the participants would benefit immensely. Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, the Acting Vice-Chancellor stated that the workshop could be extended to all academic staff in the University, so as to keep them abreast of best international practices in teaching and learning. The Dean of COLAMRUD, Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, noted the importance of technology in teaching as a vital skill for academic staff, stressing that paper-based work should be drastically reduced.  She stated that such was a waste of resources in the 21st century education, admonishing academics to be technologically savvy. Professor Akeredolu-Ale, who is also the Chairperson, Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD) of the University, charged academics not to be yesterday learners and today’s teachers. 

Professor Akeredolu-Ale, who stated that 97 per cent of students preferred to receive lectures via digital channels rather than from a non-digital source, added that 30 per cent of students could not do without technology for 10 minutes. According to her, “The situation is not only with us in Nigeria but all over the world”. She, however, described Blended Learning, as a combination of different web-based technologies and also the different pedagogical approaches. According to her, it could also be a combination of any form of instructional technology with actual job tasks in order to improve learning transfer.

Highlighting the many benefits of Blended Learning, the Professor said that it enhances pedagogic richness, accessibility to knowledge, promotion of social interactions, ease of revision as well as reinforcement of students’ learning autonomy.  Others include the stimulation of reflective thinking and powers of research. Professor Akeredolu-Ale, who stated that the University needed smart teachers to teach smart students, noted that academics should possess some digital skills, to be able to function optimally as lecturers, stressing that technology had not only turned the world into a global village, but also placed the world on everyone’s fingertips.

 

FUNAAB Gets ACCA Accreditation

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has presented a certificate of accreditation to the University. With the feat, FUNAAB has become the first and only federal university in Nigeria to be ACCA-certified. Speaking on the procedure, which led to the accreditation, the Acting Head, Department of Accounting, Dr. Sunday Kajola, disclosed that over a year ago, representatives of ACCA Nigeria visited the Department for possible collaboration in the training of professional accountants and students. However, before the recognition could be given to the institution, the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Accounting programme had to be evaluated by the ACCA head office in the United Kingdom. According to him, the programme's structure and past examination question papers were submitted for the evaluation exercise and had turned out successful, which had resulted into the certification being given to the University. 

Highlighting the benefits of the certification and collaboration, Dr. Kajola disclosed that ACCA Certificate had global acceptability, as holders of the certificate can practice as accountants anywhere in the world while the University would be listed among the international affiliated institutions of ACCA, which comes with an added premium over other institutions in Nigeria, running the accountancy programme. The Department, through the Association's corporate social responsibilities to its affiliated institutions, could benefit from the provision of study texts, modern teaching aids, computer hardware, accounting software, exchange programmes, workshops and training of accounting lecturers.

Presenting the certificate, the ACCA Education and Learning Manager (Nigeria), Mr. Victor Ayoola, lauded the curriculum content of the Department of Accounting, which he said cumulated in the international accounting body, accrediting the Department and approving a waiver of seven courses out of the 14 courses to be taken by students for the ACCA professional certification. He stated that seven-course waiver was unusual at first attempt, adding that FUNAAB was the first University in Nigeria to get seven exemptions, at its very first attempt. According to him, ACCA, which was established in 1904, had over 198,000 fully qualified members and 486,000 students worldwide, noting that "ACCA members are among the world’s best-qualified and most highly sought-after accountants and can work in every sector you can imagine".

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, who was represented at the occasion by the Dean, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Professor Akeem Salami, acknowledged the ACCA accreditation, which he said was an indication of the University’s commitment to producing competitive and industry-ready graduates in line with its vision while assured the ACCA team that the University would not water down on its standards, but would be open to innovations.

 

NUC Boss Charges FUNAAB on ACE

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar and the World Bank have advised the University, to improve the funding of its World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agriculture (CEADESE) project, as sponsored by the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE).

According to Professor Abubakar, the visit to FUNAAB was to perform oversight duties at the various ACEs in the country by talking to them, interacting with students and learning what they were doing. He regretted the sad experience in which the University was plunged into last year, promising that NUC would continue to support the University and play its role in regulating universities across the country, irrespective of the ministry, where a university was domiciled. He revealed that FUNAAB’s ACE would be the seventh to be visited out of the 10 centres in the country. In the CEADESE’s case, the NUC boss commended the University Management, as well as the Centre’s Director and its staff for their effort but noted that the centre could achieve more than it had before now. Based on this, he tasked the University Management to be up and doing in bringing the centre to the fore-front, to achieve its set aims and objectives.

Professor Abubakar also charged the centre to close the gap between students and the members of the academic community by advising them to create more avenues in making use of the funds available to them by publishing its activities and organising conferences, in-house training of its staff by inviting resource persons to deliver talk to the affected staff. He also promised that NUC was working on the possibility of bringing all the three Universities of Agriculture (Michael Okpara University, Umudike; University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM) and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) together on possible areas of working relationships and collaborations. On her part, the World Bank representative on the team, Mrs. Aisha Garba, expressed gladness on the improvement recorded by the centre after her earlier visit for the mid-term review. She tasked the University Management to access and utilise the fund made available by World Bank to the centre, which at the end of the project, would qualify the centre to be among the performing centres for continuous funding.

She charged the centre not to hide its activities from the people around the South-West region of the country, but to let them know about agricultural university around the region, organise conferences, training and partnering with the various stakeholders such as state ministries of agriculture, universities and other bodies. The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, thanked the Executive Secretary and his team for the visit to intimate the University on the areas to work on for an improvement in the ACE project in FUNAAB. He described the visit as a wake-up call and promised that the University would meet up the demands of both NUC and the World Bank in all the identified areas. On the Executive Secretary’s team were the Director, Corporate Communication, Mr. Ibrahim Yakassai, ACE Communication Officer, Mrs. Adebukola Olatunji and the World Bank representative, Mrs. Aisha Garba.

 

FUNAAB Holds Convocation Jumat, Interdenominational Services

The University began its weeklong celebration of the 23rd, 24th and 25th Combined Convocation Ceremonies with a Special Jumat and Interdenominational Church Service. Speaking at the Jumat Service, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, thanked Almighty Allah for His mercies and the grace of life, saying that “The grace of having to come back together as a family to beseech Thee and reckon with the fact that despite all odds, we are still a people who can find meaning to our corporate existence”. Professor Enikuomehin noted that the University had gotten out of the woods, adding that the Jumat Service was a symbol to the fact that no matter how bad things were, it could get better.

Referring to himself as AbdulTaofiq, Professor Enikuomehin acknowledged publicly that the peace, success and grace that the University was enjoying was the product of a collective effort. He thanked Almighty Allah for the grace of providing the Principal Officers at that particular period.

In his sermon, the Chief Imam of FUNAAB Mosque, Professor Idris Ayinde stated that the Combined Convocation Ceremonies were landmark achievements in the annals of the University, commending the Acting Vice-Chancellor on the appointments of three Principal Officers for the University. He noted that the process for the appointments was widely adjudged by majority as free and fair. Congratulating the graduands and referring to the recent publication that FUNAAB graduates as one of the most employable graduates in Nigeria; the Chief Imam said it was an important feat, as they had passed through the University while FUNAAB had also passed through them. He, however, charged them not to rest on their oars but integrate themselves properly into the larger society. The Amir of the University’s Muslim community, Professor Kehinde Okeleye, stated that the organisation of the outstanding backlog of convocation ceremonies was an indication of a return to normalcy in activities, adding that apart from lectures and examination schedules, University ceremonies like convocation were indication of a normal functioning University. 

In a related development, the Chaplain of the Chapel of Grace of the University, Professor Christian Ikeobi, has foretold that there were glorious days ahead for the University, as he called for all hands to be on deck to further stimulate the glory and laudable achievements of the University. Professor Ikeobi stated this in his ministerial address at the Interdenominational Service held at the Chapel of Grace, heralding the 23rd, 24th, and 25th Combined Convocation Ceremonies. Delivering the address themed, “Receiving the Glory Back in an ever Increasing Measure”, he recalled previous giant and enviable strides of the University, praying for a return to the glorious moment in an increasing measure.

The man of God, a former Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), of the University, defined glory as a grace from God while citing spiritual and physical fortifications as its attributes. He centred his sermon principally on biblical notes from the books of John, Job, Exodus and Proverbs. He stated that FUNAAB was a well-established University, adding that the University was once the first among universities in the country and a prominent research centre in Nigeria, praying for ever increasing glories and feats for the University. Professor Ikeobi, who noted that an individual, institution or nation could be stripped-off of its glory, but highlighted that sin, idolatry, sickness, laziness, ignorance, prayerlessness, fear, wrong company, wrong leadership, negative words and death were the underlying factors that could lead to loss of glory. He equally admonished the congregation to pray for the University and continue to work to project the glory of FUNAAB. 

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, praised God for all He had done for the University, just as he appreciated all the staff and students of the University for gracing the Interdenominational Service. He prayed that none of the people in the gathering would leave the University empty-handed. In an emotional disposition, Professor Enikuomehin stated that the world was amazed that FUNAAB had recovered so soon from the  crises, pleading with members of the University community to keep pace with whatever they were doing to sustain peace. According to him, “Let’s keep doing our best, while we keep appreciating God for that, we have to thank everyone that has helped in rebuilding the University. God has chosen to bless FUNAAB. God has blessed FUNAAB. So, let us join hands and join the cause”. He also warned people from working against the University.

Professor Enikuomehin, who is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection, prayed that the glory of the latter years would be greater than the former in the life of the University, expressing appreciation to God for seeing him through as he was about to step aside as the University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor. He lauded the students and urged them to always explore official avenues to express their views or grievances, as he equally urged the faithfuls to continue to pray for the University and its leadership including the incoming Management. 

 

Media, Vital to Societal Development, Says Acting VC

As the University held its 23rd, 24th and 25th Combined Convocation Ceremonies’ Press Conference, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, has revealed that the importance of the media could not be over-emphasised, saying that as the Fourth Estate of the Realm, the media have become the veritable tool for strengthening civil rule because of the unique ability to mirror the society and a change agent in the democratisation process.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who is also a Professor of Plant Pathology and Mycology, reiterated the essence of holding the press conference, noting that the University cannot afford to be left behind in courting the media to realise its objectives. Highlighting the various achievements of the University, especially in the area of grants, Professor Enikuomehin stated that the Cassava Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II); a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project, implemented by the University and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), United Kingdom, had attracted over USD 10 million for five countries, namely: Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. Other research grants he mentioned were the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, National Research Centre on Mithum, Grinter Fellowship for Outstanding new Ph.D students, International Foundation for Science (IFS), and Developing Partnerships in Higher Education (DELPHE).

A Fellow of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection, Professor Enikuomehin, stated that the World Bank’s Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture was an outstanding achievement for the University, adding that it was to promote regional specialisation among universities within areas that address regional development challenges as well as strengthen the capacities of these universities to deliver high quality training and applied research. Commenting on staff development and welfare, the Acting Vice-Chancellor said that staff promotions had been regular without compromising quality in the assessment processes, adding that the University had a total of 570 academic and 1,472 non-teaching staff. Professor Enikuomehin, who stressed that FUNAAB students were well behaved, noted that there were 29 National Universities Commission-assessed programmes in the University and a student population of 17,312, made up of 15,847 undergraduates as well as 1,471 postgraduate students.

Professor Enikuomehin, stated that there were 1,881 graduands in the 2013/2014 Academic Session, also noted that in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 sessions, there were 2,731 and 3,065 graduands, respectively. He added that the University produced 71, 75 and 57 First Class graduates in the 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, respectively.  On physical and infrastructural development, the Acting Vice-Chancellor stated that the Federal Government’s revitalisation fund, otherwise known as NEEDS Assessment projects commenced in 2015, adding that they were at various stages of completion. The Acting Vice-Chancellor recalled the donation of N15 million towards the construction of a Police Post in one of the adjoining communities, noting that other intervention efforts were being made, to strengthen the security of lives and properties in those communities. According to him, “Over the years, FUNAAB has been able to develop and sustain virile community relations programme that have fostered sound Town and Gown relationship with its host communities, parents, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the media”. Commenting on the University’s future plans, Professor Enikuomehin stated that the University would continue to partner and collaborate with the government as well as the private sectors within and outside the country, adding that the University was recently placed under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as the supervising ministry.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, however, admonished the media to strive to always be objective, unbiased and constructive in the best interest of the society, adding that they should not be seen as serving vested parties under any circumstances. He further stated that the media should remain an umpire that keeps the system going and running smoothly. Earlier, the Chairman, Ceremonials Committee, Professor Biodun Badmus, noted that the men and women of the press were always welcome to the University. Present at the event were several journalists from the print, electronic and new media from within and outside Ogun State as well as Principal Officers, Deans, Directors and Heads of Departments and Units in the University.

 

FUNAAB Innovates at Agricultural Fair

The University has recorded milestones, as exhibited during its Research and Agricultural Fair, organized as part of activities of the 23rd, 24th and 25th Combined Convocation Ceremonies in the areas of entrepreneurial skills, livestock, farm produce, microfinancing and other production, associated with agriculture. FUNAAB Research and Agricultural Fair is an important part of academic life of the University, which was usually held as part of events to mark the University’s week-long convocation ceremony. 

Speaking during the tour of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) stand, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, encouraged budding entrepreneurs and their skill leaders to be resilient, saying that there was the need to review the curriculum, to accommodate other students in the various Colleges by making skills acquisition a compulsory course in the University. At the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management (AQFM), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), the sight of the fishes on display, like the breeding of the gold fish from the Department interested the team, while appreciating staff and students of the Department for the good works with a challenge that they go commercial.

At the UNAAB Microfinance Bank, which exhibited the Farmers’ Delight; a product that was originally designed for graduates of the University and specifically planned to provide financial services to farmers across the nation, the Acting Vice-Chancellor commended them for putting up a stand at the fair. The Acting Vice-Chancellor and the entourage stopped at FUNAAB Conservices Limited (FUCONS) and they were marveled that FUCONS would be supplying all the bottled and sachet water to be used at the ceremonies. The company, which could render customised party production for the bottled water, was established in 2016. While at FUNAAB Companies, the Acting Vice-Chancellor was briefed on the production of some University products such as palmwine, ‘garri’ and honey, among others.

At the FUNAAB Alpha Chickens stand developed by Professor Olufunmilayo Adebambo, the immediate past Director, Biotechnology Centre, the Acting Vice-Chancellor implored Professor Adebambo to appropriately document the technical and literary form of what FUNAAB Alpha was all about, for adequate reference purposes. At the Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS), there were several farm produce that were displayed. The Director, Mr. Michael Jaiyeola appealed for more support for the Directorate, while the Acting Vice-Chancellor assured the Director of an opportunity to access a grant, to expand oil palm production even as he charged staff to give their best to the system.

At the Cattle Production Venture (CPV) stand, Professor Enikuomehin encouraged members of the University community to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in the venture, adding that it was a good investment. At the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), the Acting Vice-Chancellor commended the efforts of the Institute at ensuring food security within the community. IFSERAR has eight programmes namely: Aquaculture, crop research, food and nutrition, biosciences, engineering, livestock, food security as well as environmental resources and conservation.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor’s entourage also stopped by at the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) stand, where he acknowledged the intervention given to rural women by the centre, on a visit to the Home Science and Management (HSM), College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC); Professor Enikuomehin was impressed with the displayed practical works of students of the Department. At the Zoological Park stand, which displayed a 70-year-old tortoise to the admiration of the tourists, the Acting Vice-Chancellor commended the staff, as he charged them to always put in their best, while at the Oyo State Fadama III Project, the Acting Vice-Chancellor stated the University was proud to be associated with the FADAMA Project. Meanwhile, visitors and participants at the Research and Agricultural Fair, lauded the University for organising such an event, while urging the Management to ensure the commercialisation of the outcomes of the various researches in line with the diversification programme of the Federal Government.

 

The Future is Here - Agric Minister Charges Graduands

The nation’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief (Dr.) Audu Ogbeh, has informed graduating students of the University that the future is here, adding that the future was theirs and it would be determined by the abundance of food, as the most powerful ‘legislative house’ in the world was the stomach. Delivering the University’s 23rd, 24th and 25th Combined Convocation Ceremonies’ Lecture titled, “Food and the Future”, the Honourable Minister stated that he chose the title due to the significance of food to the continued well-being of the human society.

A Fellow of the Eisenhower Institute in the United States of America, the minister, while alluding to a German Philosopher, stated that Blacks did not have the capacity for long term planning, adding that if the nation had good plans, it would not had experienced recession. Chief Ogbeh, who noted why Africa was having food problems with over 400 million hectares of uncultivated land, said that China has 27 per cent of world’s population and succeeded in feeding 1.4 billion people. He further stated that India has a population of 1.2 billion people, noting that India exports rice, sugar and milk, among others to Nigeria. According to him, “With more than 50,000 hectares of land, we can’t grow our own rice, sugar and can’t produce our milk. We import apples, wheat, fish, frozen chicken at a cost of 22 billion USD per annum”. He stated further that the nation had been spending over five million USD per day, importing rice and six million USD daily, importing wheat as well as 800 million USD, importing fish each day in the last 25 years.

Chief Ogbeh stressed that importation of these commodities from various countries was synonymous with importing unemployment and poverty into Nigeria. The former Minister of Communications during the Second Republic, also described food as basic to human existence, irrespective of social or educational status, religious persuasions, race or gender, noting that survival was impossible without food.  He said that in spite of the fact that all human societies had been divinely endowed with the ability to produce all the varieties of food required for human sustenance, hunger was still a recurring decimal, adding that it was an on-going global phenomenon.

Commenting on the population growth of Nigeria, he said that by 2050, the country’s population would reach 450 million at the rate of 3.2 per cent. According to him, the world’s population would get to nine billion. Admonishing the graduands, he asked: who would feed the 450 million people in Nigeria by then as the oil and gas would be no more? Highlighting the processes that the nation should take in the aspect of tackling food security, Dr. Ogbeh stated that the first major step was the “Promotion of a culture of eating what we grow and growing what we eat”, noting that nature, in its wisdom, had ensured that the best foods for one’s daily needs were clearly within everyone’s reach and in their respective communities along all agricultural belts in Nigeria.

He further stated that the second major step was having a new policy direction for the agricultural sector, as outlined in the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) of 2016 and 2020, also known as the Green Alternative, saying that through the instrumentality of this policy document, the Ministry had consolidated on the successes of the agricultural programmes of past administrations in Nigeria without necessarily embarking on policy somersaults or reversals. Reeling out the roles of the Universities of Agriculture in tackling the challenge, he said that the universities should be the Ministry’s most important partner in the agricultural sector. “The agricultural sector cannot thrive without knowledge. Therefore, specialised Universities of Agriculture were specifically established as the knowledge centres of this sector. Until the recent policy change, however, the institutional structure and functions of the UAs showed a marked departure from both the norm in implementing the concept of UAs in other parts of the world, and also from the provisions of the extant law”, he added.

He urged FUNAAB and other sister institutions, in Umudike and Makurdi to take advantage of their reintegration into the Ministry and the Federal Government’s agricultural agenda at large by getting enlisted as reliable allies in the agricultural sector, saying that there were so many things the UAs could do to improve the food situation in the country. According to him, “The vast portions of arable land left to fallow for too long should now be harnessed for agricultural production, either singly or in collaboration with willing investors and other stakeholders”. Referring to Hippocrates in 390 BC, who said “Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food”, the Convocation Lecturer said that such statement was still valid today, noting that no one had a choice but to pay attention to this words of wisdom, in order to drastically reduce the national health bill, arising from poor nutritional habits and raise the bar of the low life expectancy rate in the country. He, however, admonished the graduands to take agriculture seriously by engaging fully in it so as to take charge of the destiny of Nigeria.

The Executive Governor, Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, stressed that FUNAAB was a thing of pride for everyone in the state, as the University’s name was being mentioned in regards to noble events like Convocation Ceremonies. Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Governor noted that everyone was happy that the University was back on track after the crises, adding that the Honourable Minister was in a familiar territory, as he had lived all his life in the propagation, transmission of agriculture and agribusiness in Nigeria. According to him, now that the oil had failed the nation, it behoves on everyone to harness the opportunities inherent in agriculture and agribusiness for the nation to diversify.

Earlier, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, said that the lecture was important to convocation, noting that the University had just been returned to the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Professor Enikuomehin added that the University community was grateful for the rare privilege of listening to the Honourable Minister.

 

Visitor Charges New Graduands to be Job-Creators

The Visitor to the University and the President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has charged newly-graduated students of the University to be job-creators rather than job-seekers. Speaking at the University’s 23rd, 24th and 25th Combined Convocation Ceremonies, President Buhari, who was represented by the Director, Directorate of Accreditation, National Universities Commission, Dr. Biodun Saliu, said that the current administration would give the fullest and possible support to every planned effort that was geared towards creating more jobs through the reorientation of Nigerian youths to developing an entrepreneurial mindset, as this was vital to the attainment of government’s objectives of improved food security, employment, poverty reduction and wealth creation.

The President added that the country did not have all the means to provide jobs for every graduate, adding that while the government was committed to employment generation for majority of the teeming youths, they too must be prepared and be determined to contribute their own quota by striving to engage in one form of productive activity or the other. President Buhari admonished the graduands to take advantage of some of the programmes that had been put in place by the Federal Government to promote entrepreneurship which included those by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme), Bank of Industry (BoI), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Bank of Agriculture (BoA), among others. He noted that the programmes were meant to provide start-up loans at concessionary rates for participants, calling on the private sector to assist government in promoting youth entrepreneurship through the development of micro, small and medium scale enterprises in the country.

He said that the Federal Government would not relent in investing heavily in research in agriculture, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as well as skills development to meet the nation’s middle manpower needs and promote national growth. Commenting on the government’s concern with the development and retention of new generation of academics and professionals that would drive the sector on a sustainable basis, President Buhari stressed that “Realising the importance of entrepreneurial skills, the Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission, has made it mandatory for all universities to teach entrepreneurship skills. By that, we will be rescuing the nation from a consumption input-driven economy to a productive and export-oriented economic giant. I am happy to know that FUNAAB’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), is living up to expectations in this regard. The government is also impressed with the strides of the University in its laudable programmes such as the World Bank Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) and the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), among others”. Earlier, the Visitor was represented on the first day of the convocation ceremonies by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Convocation Lecturer, Chief (Dr.) Audu Ogbeh.

The Chancellor of the University, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu (V), the Obong of Calabar, stated that he was glad to be part of the historic event, the first ever that he presided-over as the fourth substantive Chancellor of the University, while commending the University as a leading citadel of learning in the country even as he congratulated the Governing Council, Management, Senate, Staff and Students of the University. The Natural Ruler and the Grand-Patriarch of the Efik Kingdom said the importance of Universities of Agriculture would ever remain relevant in the scheme of things in Nigeria, noting that the country had learnt a big lesson on, over-dependence on a single commodity. According to him, “In other words, oil has failed us as a nation. Nigeria should retrace its step by going back to agriculture; the over-dependence on oil remained a shame and would continue to fail us as Africa’s most populous country. Therefore, we must go back to the basics and the way out is to embrace agriculture. That is where our University should make a big difference, as a leading agricultural university in the country. The efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to diversify the hitherto monolithic economy, is appropriate and welcome”. The Obong who is also the Rex Maximus Calabaris and the Defender of Christian Faiths in Nigeria, urged the Federal Government to do more by investing resources in carrying out research, adding that the University’s researchers and academics should also seek for better ways of improving agricultural practices. 

The Pro-Chancellor, Dr. (Barr.) Aboki Zhawa stated that the Combined Convocation Ceremonies was unique. Dr. Zhawa, who is also the Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, said that he had a dream that by year 2020, more than half of the University’s student population would be living on campus, adding that those without means to pay fees would also be able to do so. The Pro-Chancellor stated that the University would be cultivating part of its 10,000 hectares of land for commercial farming, adding that a blueprint was being prepared as a road map. He, therefore, appealed to the Visitor and the NUC to restore the College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), in order to meet the aspirations and yearnings of Nigerian citizens. He also cautioned people from working against the University.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, on his part, disclosed that the 2013/2014 Academic Session produced 71 First Class, 784 was 2nd Class Upper Division, 855 was 2nd Class Lower Division, 141 was 3rd Class and six had Pass Degree graduates, adding that the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), had 146 graduates; the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), had 286 graduates, while the College of Engineering (COLENG), produced 77 graduates. Others were the College of Environmental Resource Management (COLERM), which had 245 graduates; the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), 258 graduates; College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), 497 graduates and the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), 21 graduates, while the College of Plant Science and crop Production (COLPLANT), produced 351 graduates making 1,881 graduates.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor stated that in  the 2014/2015 Academic Session produced 75 1st Class; 1,000 2nd Class Upper Division; 1,296 2nd Class Lower Division, 306 3rd Class and 19 Pass Degrees, stressing that the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), had 251 graduates; the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), 454 graduates; the College of Engineering (COLENG), 115 graduates; while the College of Environmental Resource Management (COLERM), had 307 graduates. Others were the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), which produced 254 graduates; College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), 364 graduates; College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), 593 graduates and the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET), 26 graduates, while the College of Plant Science and crop Production (COLPLANT), produced 367 graduates making 2,731 graduates.

Professor Enikuomehin had stated that in the 2015/2016 Academic Session, the University produced 57 1st Class; 1,094 2nd Class Upper Division; 1,451 2nd Class Lower Division; 381 3rd Class and seven Pass Degrees. According to him, the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), had 272 graduates; the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), had 466 graduates; the College of Biosciences (COLBIOS), had 214 graduates; the College of Engineering (COLENG), produced 165 graduates, while the College of Environmental Resource Management (COLERM), had 342 graduates. He revealed that the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) had 340 graduates, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) had 470 graduates, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS) had 287 graduates; the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) had 26 graduates, while the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) produced 483 graduates, making 3,065 graduates for the session.

Highlighting the future plans of the University, the Acting Vice-Chancellor sought the executive approval of the Visitor for the establishment of the College of Health Sciences alongside the inauguration of the University Teaching Hospital Governing Board and the College of Law, in line with the Federal Government’s diversification and expansion of specialised universities’ operational boundaries, while making a strong case for the reconsideration of the Federal Government’s policy that Universities of Agriculture should discontinue to run courses in the management sciences. According to him, “This portends negative omen for the staff and students of the University. It would not only reduce access to education, but would reduce the capacity of the affected universities to adequately contribute their quota to national development. Therefore, the Federal Government should reconsider its position on the matter in the best interest of the nation”.

On the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy, Professor Enikuomehin appealed for the exemption of federal universities from the scheme, noting that it became imperative in view of the difficulty being encountered by universities in the course of discharging their core duties, especially in research and the payment of salaries. He, however, congratulated all the graduating students for toiling very hard to make a huge success out of their several years of dedication, hard work, perseverance and determination, adding that as they go into the world, they should remember to be good ambassadors of the University. 

The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at the occasion, stated that the government of Ogun State was proud to identify with the University, saying that the state was delighted that the University was back on track. Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Governor pledged that the state would cooperate fully with the University to return to its place as the citadel of learning and scholarship. Senator Amosun said that the ceremony was about them and their achievements, while equally extolling the virtues of the Acting Vice-Chancellor for making out time, to come and see him personally to invite him to the ceremonies. He assured the University of the state government’s support at encouraging agriculture and agribusiness. 

The 2013/2014 Session had Mr. Besidonne, Charles Eyituoyo of the Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) as the Best Graduating Student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.93, while the 2014/2015 Session had Mr. Shittu, Remilekun Abduladi of the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG) as the Best Graduating Student with a CGPA of 4.84. The Best Graduating Student of the 2015/2016 Session was Mr. Lapite, Olumide Moses of the Department of Economics, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), who had a CGPA of 4.88. Highpoint of the ceremonies was the investiture of the new Chancellor as well as conferment of Master’s and Doctorate degrees to deserving students.

 

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.

13.     Companies applying for items 3-8 should collect tender documents from Procurement Unit, Unity Building A, Room with evidence of payment of prescribed fee.

 

 

 

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.