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UNAAB to Host Pre-NUGA Competition

All efforts are now in place to ensure a successful hosting of the Pre-NUGA Competition by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

The competition billed to hold between February 6 and 9, 2011, will see UNAAB play host to ten competing Universities under NUGA Zone – F, which comprises of the host, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; University of Ibadan; University of Lagos, Akoka;  Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye  and the Lagos State University, Ojoo.

Others are the Lead City University, Ibadan; Bells University, Ota; Redeemers University, Mowe; Covenant University, Ota and Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode.

Games to be competed for include, Football (men); Basketball (men and women); Volleyball (men and women); Handball (men and women); Chess, Table-Tennis (men and women) and Lawn Tennis (men and women).

Other games to be competed for are, Badminton (men and women); Squash (men and women); Taekwondo (men and women); Judo (men and women); Athletics (men and women) and Swimming (men and women).

A Local Organizing Committee (LOC), headed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka, has been constituted with the mandate of preparing and strategizing towards the success of the competition.

Members of the LOC had conducted an inspection tour of all the venues to be used for the games.


Prof. Okuneye to deliver COLAMRUD Lecture Series

The College Lecture Series of the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) comes up on Wednesday, January 12, 2010.

The Lecture, titled: The Persistence of Agricultural Formalism in Nigeria towards a Situated Radicalization of Agricultural Systems, would be delivered by Professor Peter Okuneye.

A release by the College Officer, Mr. Sodipe Obajimi, informed that the

Lecture will take place at the COLENG Auditorium, at 1:00 p.m.


Prof. Peter B. Okuneye

UNAAB Expels, Rusticates and Suspends Students

Two students, Ayinla Lukman T. (06/1350) and Akinlabi Adeniyi (05/1475) of the Department of Statistics, have been expelled from the University, having both been found culpable of examination misconduct.

Consequent of the University Senate’s decision, at its 183rd Statutory Meeting, the two students were advised to surrender all University properties in their possession including their Identity Cards to the Dean of Student Affairs.

The duo remains forbidden from further entry into the University, unless with a prior written approval.

At the same meeting, Mr. Shopeyin Kolade S. (05/0574) of the Department of Soil Science and Land Management was rusticated for the 2nd Semester of 2009/2010 and the 1st Semester of 2010/2011 Academic Session.

He was rusticated on an allegation of examination misconduct during the 2009/2010 1st Semester Examination.

In a similar vein, Mr. Adeyemi Azeez (06/1333) of the Department of Mathematics has been suspended from the University.

Mr. Adeyemi could not prove his innocence of allegations bothering on the University image as well as the safety of staff and students.
His suspension is with immediate effect, until further notice.

Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun

NASUWEL Car Wash commences operations

NASU Chairman
Mr. Ibukun Fadairo

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the purchase of four Standing Fans for use at the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) Car Wash, with a promise to sink a borehole for the Centre.

The Vice-Chancellor gave the approval during the official commissioning of the Centre, christened NASUWEL Car Wash, recently.

In his address at the commissioning, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Chief Lawrence  Osayemi, commended the Executive of NASU, led by Mr. Ibukun Fadairo, for the laudable project, which he said will go a long way in ensuring cleanliness and healthy living of staff and students. 

Chief Osayemi equally assured NASU of Governing Council’s continued support and assistance.

The Branch Chairman of NASU, Mr. Fadairo, said the Car Wash scheme was part of the Union’s welfare scheme, founded to render retirement support for members.

The NASU Chairman assured University Management of the Union’s continued support and cooperation, with a pledge to always strive for peace on campus, as a catalyst for accelerated development.

At the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor was honoured as the Most Labour-Friendly Vice-Chancellor, of all time.

Congregation Adopts Joint Resolution on Representation

From Right: The Ag. Registrar, Mr. A. O. Adeboye, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. O. O. Balogun;
The DVC (D), Prof. S. T. O. Lagoke and The DVC (A), Prof. C. F. I. Onwuka paying attention
during the congregation. Inset: A Member of Congregation reading out a motion for adoption


A joint resolution by the Academic and Non-Teaching staff of the University has been adopted, on the representation of Congregation on the University’s Governing Council.

The unanimous endorsement was sealed by the University Congregation, at its meeting of Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

Parts of the proposal were amended by the members before the final endorsement, which will now ensure equitable share of the two Congregation’s representations in the Governing Council, between the Academic and Non-Teaching staff of the University.

‘My Achievements In UNAAB Will Outlive Me’

Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun making a point at the occasion
Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun
making a point at the occasion
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has expressed confidence that his appreciable impact while in office will outlive his tenure.

Professor Balogun sounded confident just as he charged members of the University Community, warming up to replace him to take it easy and not to rock the boat by unnecessarily overheating the polity.

Prof. Balogun said by January next year (2012), the post of the University Vice-Chancellor will be advertised, meaning his tenure is drawing to an end. He however reiterated that his good works would monumentally outlive his tenure.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed joy that since he came on board, his administration’s outstanding impact, has steadily and progressively been on the increase in successive years.

While expressing his firm resolve to sustain the tempo of the geometric progress till the end of his tenure, Prof. Balogun said he would not allow any distraction, no matter how inconsequential to stagnate or slow down the pace of his progress.

Reminding the University Community that he still had 18 months in the saddle as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun pleaded with Vice-Chancellorship hopefuls, to play the game according to the rules and desist from acts capable of truncating the pace of progress and peace in the University. His words, “I want to plead with those thinking of taking over from this Vice-Chancellor, they should play it slowly. We must learn form our past, do not heat the polity”.

He continued, “It is neither a sin nor a crime to be ambitious, but it is a crime and also sinful if such is threatening or affecting the progress of the University”.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, commended the students populace for conducting themselves orderly and excellently since he assumed office.

Professor Balogun warned the students to be cautious of their conducts and not allow politicians to use them as tools of destruction during the forthcoming general elections in the country.

UNAAB Enters New Year In Style ... with Night of Excellence

Behold! A cross section of UNAAB First Class Graduates. (inset) The Guest  Speaker and Chairman, Editorial Board, The Guardian  Newspapers, Dr. Reuben Abati displaying the plaque of honour presented to him by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. O.O. Balogun on behalf of University at the Night of Excellence.

Behold! A cross section of UNAAB First Class Graduates. (inset) The Guest  Speaker and Chairman, Editorial Board, The Guardian  Newspapers, Dr. Reuben Abati displaying the plaque of honour presented to him by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. O.O. Balogun on behalf of University at the Night of Excellence.


What a better way of entering the New Year”, was the declaration of a guest last Saturday as the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), launched into 2011 with celebration of Excellence at a Special function tagged “Night of Excellence”.

As early as 3:30 p.m, the venue of the event, the sprawling Jubilee Multipurpose Hall, Bishop’s Court,

Onikolobo, Abeokuta, had been filled to the brim for a function slated for 5:00p.m.

In attendance were the celebrants and honorees of the day, UNAAB’s 1st Class Graduates and students as well as staffers, some of whom were honoured with Productivity Awards.

They were led to the occasion by the duo of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Olakunle Osayemi and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, was among dignitaries that graced the occasion while a veteran Journalist and Chairman, Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspapers, Mr. Reuben Abati, was the Guest Speaker.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun enjoined stakeholders to join forces, in ensuring  that the University is distinguished in all ramifications of academic and social endeavours.

According to him, the call was imperative, moreso “that we are metamorphosing into a conventional University”.

He described the University’s  crop of First Class graduates as worthy ambassadors of their alma mater.

Professor Balogun stressed that the need to bring the First Class graduates together with the aspiring First Class students for effective symbiosis and intellectual cross breeding, prompted the Night of Excellence.

Also speaking, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Olakunle Osayemi reiterated the commitment of the Council towards raising the bar of excellence.

He commended the Vice-Chancellor for being visionary and result-oriented.


Presenting his keynote address, “Engaging Your Potentials in Nation Building”  the Guest Speaker, Dr. Reuben Abati, charged the UNAAB 1st Class graduates to see their feat as a developmental challenge of the nation.

He noted that through personal experience, the people and society at large will always demand more from them, noting that such was part of the sacrifices of being 1st  Class graduates.

Dr. Abati stated that since the society can not be satisfied, the 1st Class products were usually faced with even more challenges to live up to the billings of their certificates.

Dr. Abati admonished the 1st Class graduates to channel their brilliance towards meaningful development of the society as it is the case in most advanced nations.





“Our Cups will Overflow this Year”

— VC Assures UNAAB’s Family


From left, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, his wife, Principal Officers and other members of the University  community  at the joint prayer session.

From left, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, his wife,
Principal Officers and other members of the University  community  at the joint prayer session.


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has assured the entire members of the University Community that “their cups will be filled and overflow with milk and honey (goodies), this year”.

Professor  Balogun gave the assurance, even as he charged members of the University Community to join hands with him in building an enduring legacy for the University.

Addressing scores of staff and students of the University on the first Working Day of the year, at a Joint Prayer Session, held at Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex, he told them to expect more goodies from his administration, this year.

Recalling that his theme for last year was “Double Portion”, the Vice-Chancellor thanked God that truly, the University enjoyed multiple blessings of God last year.

He disclosed that his theme for the University this year, as captured in the Book of Psalm, Chapter 23 Verse 5 is, “Our cup will overflow this year”.

Expatiating on the theme, Prof. Balogun said the cup of individual staff, students and the University at large will overflow with landmark progress, peace and tranquility.

He however admonished members of the University Community to join him in building an enduring legacy like the biblical Nehemiah who rebuilt the broken walls of Jerusalem and not like Sanbalat and Tobiah, the destroyers.

The Vice-Chancellor assured that he would remain focused and not distracted because “he who put his hand on the plough should not look back”.

Special prayers led by clerics in the University were offered for peace, progress and protection of the Governing Council, Management, Staff, Students and the entire University Community.