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FUNAAB’s 54 INAUGURAL LECTURE: Prof. Okeleye Tackles Food Insecurity

Radical transformation of Nigeria’s food system has been proffered as solution to food insecurity and poverty eradication.

A Professor of Cropping System, Professor Kehinde Okeleye disclosed this while delivering the 54th Inaugural Lecture of the University, held at FUNAAB Ceremonial Building titled, “Food Security and Poverty Eradication Challenges in Nigeria: Agronomy to the Rescue”. Professor Okeleye called for thorough transformation of Nigeria’s food system through massive production of food crops and numerous value chains associated with each commodity, in order to achieve food security and poverty eradication.

The Inaugural Lecturer who was a former Director, Academic Planning Unit of the University, identified some constraints to adequate food production in Nigeria, stating that they include non availability of water, insufficient sunlight, soil as a factor in crop production, soil fertility management, instability of agricultural policies, among others. He observed that the recent policy on domestic rice production had been threatened by political interest, corruption, as well as abuse of fiscal incentives.Professor Okeleye noted that the intervention funds targeted at promoting agriculture with special low interest loans are being diverted by influential players while genuine farmers are left out.

According to him, mechanised farming which would reduce drudgery in farming was still elusive to most farmers, pointing out that lack of rural infrastructure like good roads, pipe-borne water, electricity,  irrigation and other amenities to make farming in the villages attractive were still below expectation.

On his contributions to knowledge, the Inaugural Lecturer disclosed that the areas included identification and finding solution to yield problems of some basic food crops like cassava, maize, cowpea and rice. According to him, cassava was compatible with most food and industrial crops in the cropping system in Nigeria and all ecozones in the sub-region.

He further added that through collaboration with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIS), they were able to evaluate many varieties of cowpea for adaptability to different environment, grain yield, yield stability and productivity in the humid South West, Nigeria.

The Lecturer, who is of the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production (PP & CP), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) also identified four major cropping systems to include Alley cropping, Intercropping, Mono-cropping and the Taungya, noting that the Taungya is when food crop is grown within the spaces between tree crops.

Professor Okeleye gave a number of far-reaching recommendations that could assist in the country's drive for food security and poverty eradication. These include increase in productivity by encouraging mechanised farming, saying that farmers should be encouraged to group themselves into production cooperatives, in order to pool their resources together for mechanisation with the help of extension workers.

He also called on Government to fund Research and Development which would spur key innovations, while rural infrastructures should be seriously improved so that young farmers would be attracted to farm, to remain and practice farming.

He called for funding of extension units like Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), saying that they should be funded directly by Federal Government so that research output can get to the farmers easily, adding that they should be upgraged to the status of institutes.

Professor Okeleye also requested that subsidised credit facilities should be provided for agricultural business and large scale farming.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kolawole Salako, disclosed that the Inaugural Lecture was the second to be delivered from the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production, the 10th  from the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) and the first that he was presiding over as Chairman since his assumption of office as the Sixth Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University. 

The occasion was well attended by dignitaries from all walks of life. They include the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosumu represented by the Akogun of Owu Kingdom, Chief Raubil Akinsipo; Chief Medical Director (CMD), Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta, Professor Adewale Musa; former Deputy Vice Chancellor and pioneer Dean, COLPLANT, Professor Timothy Tayo; the pioneer University Librarian, Dr Taofiq Salisu and members of staff of Crescent University, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Gbajabiamila.

Making a presentation to the Inaugural Lecturer on behalf of the Proprietor of Crescent University, The Vice-Chancellor, Prince Bola Ajibola, Professor Gbajabiamila appreciated Professor Okeleye for a job well done during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of Crescent University, disclosing that upon assumption of office, only two programmes were accredited in the University but by the time he was leaving 17 programmes had been accredited.


Prof. Dipeolu Becomes Dean, COLAMRUD

A Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Professor Adewale Dipeolu has been elected as Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD). The election of Professor Dipeolu was held at the COLAMRUD’s College Board Meeting held on October 23, 2017.

Delivering his acceptance speech, the incoming Dean, Professor Dipeolu who was before the election, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), appreciated all members of staff of the College present, and promised not to fail them for the trust they have in him.

According to him, “I will be a servant leader, and operate an open door policy”. He further added that he will dedicate his tenure to developing the College, especially by expanding the structure on ground, as the current building is getting smaller to house the Staff and students of the College.

He however appealed to those that do not have the trust in his leadership to see the good side of him and forgive him of any wrong doing he must have done in the past.

Earlier, the outgoing Dean, Professor (Mrs.) Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale appreciated all members of staff of the College for their various roles during her tenure as the College Dean. She revealed that the need to step down became imperative as she is due to proceed on sabbatical leave in November.

Professor Akeredolu-Ale however charged them to support the incoming Dean, so that the College would experience further development.

After the election, various responses were taken while Professor Dipeolu was congratulated, and charged to make the welfare of the College staff paramount, especially during their promotion, bringing the College to the fore-front among other Colleges in the University by upgrading it structural facilities.

Present at the Board Meeting were Professors from the College and other academic staff, representatives of the Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP); Ogun State Farmers Association and Obasanjo Farms.  


Dr Onwuka Becomes Head, DPR

A renowned Administrator and Scholar, Dr. Linda Onwuka has been appointed Head, Directorate of Public Relations. Dr Onkuwa, who is Deputy Registrar I, was until her appointment, the Director, Distance Learning Programme of the University. She would be taking over from Mr Kola Adepoju, an Assistant Director who was serving in acting capacity.  

Dr Onwuka, the immediate past acting Registrar of the University and a former Registrar of the Federal University of Petroleum, Effurum, Delta State holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Ph.D from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan and Master of Arts Degree from the University of Calabar, Calabar as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

Dr. Onwuka is a member of several professional and academic bodies, which include the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), the Association of the Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA), the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as Second Language (NATRESL), National Oral Literature Association (NOLA) as well as  the English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (ELTAN). 


FUNAAB’s New VC Gets Instrument of Office

The newly-appointed sixth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Felix kolawole Salako has received his instruments of office at a formal handing-over ceremony held at the Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Room, assuring that he would be fair to all in office.

Professor Salako gave the assurance shortly after his predecessor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin handed-over to him in the presence of Principal Officers and other top members of staff.

Speaking after the ceremony, the incoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Felix Salako said that God has been with the University inspite of the recent crisis, noting that the Governing Council should be commended for mustering courage to appoint three Principal Officers in a flawless process within same period.

Professor Salako who is a Soil Physicist, said that his approach to administration would revolve around his core values which are justice and fairplay, adding that the productivity of staff would be of paramount interest to him. Professor Salako who celebrated his assumption of duty as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University on November 1, 2017, stated that his administration would reward diligence and efficiency, stressing that all these could be achievable in the atmosphere of peace on campus.  

Professor Salako who was the pioneer Director of the Centre for Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), stated that his administration would not lower the guard on the University’s rules and regulations in relations to staff and students, saying that his administration would be compassionate when the need arose. He sought the cooperation of the University Community members in making his administration a success, adding however that people should not deliberately violate the rules and regulations of the University.

Reiterating his watchword which says, “Excellence cannot be compromised”, the in-coming Vice-Chancellor who is also the Southwestern Nigeria Coordinator of African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI), noted that if excellence would not be compromised, the stakeholders must also join hands to provide an excellent administration.

His words: “I have the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor to protect the interest of the University. I have the responsibility to ensure that staff are comfortable. That staff have what is due to them. That students have what is due to them”. He stressed further that he has the responsibility to ensure that staff, students and other University community members work within the ambit of the University’s rules and regulations, while striving not to violate the rights of other people.

Speaking at the event, the outgoing Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, stated that it was a great opportunity in the annals of the University to be handing over to a more competent hand, adding that it was a formal handover of the authority of the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

He said he had been privileged to be Acting Vice-Chancellor from May 24 to October 31, 2017, noting that the Governing Council had painstakingly gone through a selection process which had been widely adjudged the best in the history of the University.

His words: “What we are handing over today is not just the physical authority of the headship of this University, we are also handing over the spiritual authority over this University with the attendant benefit and the attendant blessings of the Almighty God.

Commenting on the voluminous handing over note alongside the insignia of authority which spans a period of five years and five months, he said it depicted the quality and value, the University represented as well as what would take the University further.

Present at the ceremony were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele; Registrar, Dr. Bola Adekola; Bursar, Mr. Chukwunwike Ezekpeazu; the University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam and the Deputy Registrar II, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu.


Obasanjo, Alake Express Confidence in FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Paramount Ruler and Alake of Egbaland, HRM, Oba (Dr.) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo have expressed implicit confidence in the ability of the new Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Kolawole Salako to take the institution to unprecedented heights.

Chief Obasanjo and Oba Gbadebo stated this in their goodwill messages marking the official Assumption of Duty Ceremony of the Sixth Substantive Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Felix Kolawole Salako.

The occasion held at the Ceremonial Building of the University had in attendance, former and substantive Principal Officers of the institution, royal fathers, erudite scholars and hundreds of other prominent Nigerians from all works of life.

Speaking at the occasion, Obasanjo in his goodwill message, congratulated Professor Salako for being the University’s Vice-Chancellor at this crucial period.

He expressed confidence that with his track records, he will definitely better the lots of the University.

Also in the Congratulatory Message he personally signed, the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, said Professor Salako’s track record speaks volume of his ability to make the University a model.        

According to Alake of Egbaland, “I heartily felicitate with you because I am sure that FUNAAB environment is not a novelty to you.  And being an active member of that Academic Community, you are in a better position to proffer solution to any attendant problem”

Oba Gbadebo stated further “ Your consummate academic and cognate administrative experience give me absolute confidence that you would be on top of the situation.  No doubt, you have been tested and made of a stenner stuff for your new position”.

Also speaking at the official Assumption of Duty Ceremony, the University Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Dr. (Barr.) Aboki Zhawa, said the process for the selection of Professor Salako as Vice-Chancellor was transparent, fair and just.

He disclosed that Professor Salako emerged the best candidate because God chose him.

Dr. Zhawa assured the new Vice-Chancellor of the Governing Council’s unflinching support and cooperation to succeed in office.

In his speech, the new Vice-Chancellor assured that he won’t let down the guard of the University for it to be debased.

He charged members of the University Community to rise and remain standing for excellence, truth, professionalism, hardwork, productivity, punctuality, regularity, welfare and  reward for noble achievement.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor upon resumption  at exactly 8 a.m. to the office attended to mails and held a brief meeting with staff in his office. He commended them for their support to the immediate past administration and charged them to continue to give their best to the system in whatever capacity they were called to serve.