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UNAAB Empowers Soybean Farmers

Director, AMREC, Prof. Kolawole Salako(left) and the Lagos Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Representative, admiring the Machines

Professor Salako also commended the company for its relentlessness in ensuring that the project was successfully concluded.

He enjoined the beneficiary farmers, drawn from Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti and Lagos
States, to ensure sound maintenance of the machines and improved productivity.

Representing the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka appreciated the farmers for their perseverance and advised that they should strive to make the best use of the generous contribution by Nestle, towards improving their farming operations.

He applauded AMREC for a job-well-done and for making the University proud of such a landmark achievement. He reiterated the University’s commitment to further increase its intervention, aimed at assisting farmers, during the farming seasons.

On behalf of Nestle Nig. Plc., Mr. Bola Audu, its Public Relations Executive, expressed the Company’s gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, for his visionary leadership and cooperation towards the success of the project.

Mr. Audu, assured that Nestle Nig. Plc plans to increase the project, both in size and scope during subsequent farming seasons, hoping that such will lead to increase in output of Nigerian farmers.

Alfa Yekini Agaraolu, on behalf of the farmers, appreciated the University Management, Nestle Nig. Plc and State Agricultural Development Projects, for their continued support towards the sustenance of farming in Nigeria.

VC Congratulates New Vet. Doctors ...Uphold Veterinary Ethics—VCN President

The Inductees, taking the Oath of Practice (Inset): The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka and the President, Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), Prof. G. A. T. Ogundipe, presenting certificate to an inductee

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has congratulated the newly-inducted Veterinary Doctors of the University, as he commended them for their perseverance and endurance during the period of their training.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka, the Vice-Chancellor, in his address at the 3rd Induction Ceremony and Admission of  the 2010/2011 Veterinary Graduates of the University into the Veterinary Profession, said the newly-inducted Veterinarians “have all it takes to face the challenges of the Veterinary Profession head-on”.

He urged them to go out and distinguish themselves as worthy ambassadors of the Veterinary College and, of the University.

Prof. Balogun felicitated with the inductees' parents and guardians for their efforts at making the event a reality, and prayed for them to reap the fruits of their labour.

Earlier in his speech, the President, Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), Prof. G.A.T Ogundipe, charged the newly inducted Veterinary Doctors to uphold the ethics of the profession, by reflecting nobility and comportment in their conducts.

Prof. Ogundipe tasked them to demonstrate mutual respect among their colleagues and give utmost respect to the Veterinary Council.

The President however, discouraged the use of flamboyant titles amongst Veterinary Doctors and also frowned at touting, warning that the Veterinary Council, as the 'police' of the profession, reserves the statutory duty to sanction erring practitioner.

Federal Scholarship – Ministry calls for Application

The Federal Ministry of Education through the Federal Scholarship Board has announced the commencement of the 2011/2012 Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) scholarship to some selected countries.

The countries include Russia, China, Cuba, Morocco and Algeria. Others are Romania, Greece, Ukraine, Turkey and Czech Republic.

The Ministry has therefore enjoined qualified candidates to visit the Federal Scholarship Board’s website, www.fsb.gov.ng to download application forms and note necessary details for the completion of the form and interview procedure at the designated venues.

For further enquiries, interested candidates were asked to contact: 07098201344, or
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Corps Members Thank VC

Out-going Corps Members in a group photograph with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka (5th left),  Ag. Registrar, Mr. ‘Leke Adeboye (4th left); Director, Internal Audit, Mrs. F. T Aroyeun (5th right) and Asst. Director, PR, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye (2nd left)

The 2010/2011 Batch “A” Corps Members have expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun and his Management team for acceding to their welfare requests, during the period of their primary assignments in the University.

The Internal Corpers' Liaison Officer (ICLO), Mr. Olonisakin Dunsi, gave the commendation, on behalf of the Corps Members, at the Send-Forth party, organized for them by the University.

Mr. Dunsi also commended the University staff and other community members for the cooperation and warmness they enjoyed, promising that the experiences will linger eternally and that they will always consider themselves as ambassadors of the University.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, represented by his deputy for Academic, Prof. Chryss Onwuka, congratulated the out-going Batch “A” Corps Members, for a successful Service to the nation.

The Vice-Chancellor thanked the Corps Members for their dedication to UNAAB and challenged them to carry on the good work as they had done while in the University.

Noting that UNAAB was a place for hard-work and seriousness, Prof. Balogun urged the out-going Corps members to always aspire to add value to the society.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, equally lauded the Corps members for contributing their quota to the development of the University, charging them to always spread the good news of the institution.

The highpoint of the event was the presentation of gifts to the Corps members.

VC Dazzles Presidential Visitation Panel with Accounting Brilliance …”You Have Achieved Maximum Returns on Investment” – Panel Member

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun responding to questions by the panel on  fund utilization, while other members of the panel pay rapt attention to the Vice-Chancellor’s detailed analysis

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun recently dazzled members of the Presidential Visitation Panel to the University in the area of Financial Accounting of his stewardship in the University.

Prof. Balogun displayed his accounting brilliance when he gave the Presidential Visitation Panel Members, detailed analysis of how the University had utilized the ETF Special Intervention Fund, allotted to the University.

While responding to the questions put to him by the Panel members, Prof. Balogun left the team amazed as he gave bit-by-bit, scientific analysis of how all ETF Grants were utilized, in order to place the University in a better stead of qualifying for the 2011 Grant.

At the end of his repertoire, the Panel members were left with no doubt, prompting one of the members, Arch. Kester Ifeadi, to enquire of the Vice-Chancellor, saying “are you not an Animal Scientist? How come you are vast in Accounting”?

The members were therefore unanimous with the verdict, “he deserves a honorary Fellowship in Accounting”.

Prof. Balogun was commended for achieving maximum Returns on Investment by the Panel members, while the Chairman, Prof. Ochapa Onazi also attested to the Vice-Chancellor’s uprightness and sincerity with the contractors handling various projects, when he noted that “no contractor had come to see us, to complain of any delayed payment. This is commendable and this is what we must all learn to do as Nigerians”.

AMREC Hands-Over Hydraulic Press Machines To Farmers

Director, (AMREC), Prof. Salako (arrowed) in a Group Photograph with the Farmers

The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), has handed over Hydraulic Press Machines to farmers in Adao and Olorunda communities of Ogun State.

Speaking at the Ceremony, the Director of AMREC, Professor Felix Salako, disclosed that the provision of the machines, was jointly initiated by AMREC and Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA), urging the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by taking good care of the equipment.

He added that the machines will help to reduce hardship faced by farmers
and improve productivity by facilitating easy and faster cassava processing.

Professor Salako then advised the farmers to strictly adhere to tutorials on the usage of the machines and avoid undue rancor over joint usage of the machines by farmer groups.

The Director assured that C:AVA will not relent in assisting rural farmers in  other areas of need.

Responding, on behalf of the farmers, Alhaji Akorede Oladunjoye, lauded C:AVA/AMREC initiative for the donation, promising that the farmers will live up to expectations and make good use of the machines.

He solicited for more assistance from government and private organizations, seizing the opportunity to appreciate recent donation of Thresher Machines by AMREC, to farmers in the South West part of the country.

Israeli Featherless Chicken Arrives UNAAB - To Be Displayed At JAO Lecture Theatre … As African Int’l. Poultry Summit Begins

Have you ever seen a featherless-chicken before? Imagine staring at one right here on UNAAB Campus. This is not a fiction.

A featherless-chicken, all the way from Israel will be on display “live and direct” at the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre II, of the University, courtesy of the World Poultry Science Association, Nigeria Branch.

The President of the Association, who also doubles as the Dean of the University’s College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, Professor (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine, dropped the hint at a Press Conference, heralding the African International Poultry Summit, holding from February 20 - 24, 2011 at the University.

According to her, the highlight of the 4-Day Summit, which has as its theme, “Climate Change: Implications for Poultry Production in Africa”, is going to be the display of a featherless-broiler at the venue.
Shedding more light on the agricultural and economic importance of such species of bird to the Nigerian poultry industry, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the Summit, Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan and Secretary of the Association, Dr. Adeboye Fafiolu, respectively, said the featherless-broiler was immunized against the heat and stress that naturally kill the Nigerian specie, popularly known as Naked-Neck.

They both stressed that importation of the bird would help to encourage poultry farmers in the breeding of featherless-chicken that are resistant to heat and stress.

The National Chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Arch. Ibrahim Kabir, will deliver a Keynote Address at the Summit, while the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, is the Chief Host.

Guest Speakers expected at the Summit includes Dr. Rob Pym (Australia), Dr. Victor Olori (UK), Paul Hocking (UK) Paul Iji (Australia) Jacob Tona (Togo) and Thomas Kauda (Kenya).

Presidential Visitation Panel Embarks On Facility Tour

The Visitation Panel Chairman, Prof. Ochakpa Onazi leading the team down the construction stairs of the 2,500  seater auditorium during the project inspection tour by the Panel Members

Members of the Presidential Visitation Panel to the University, in continuation of their assessment of the institution, embarked on a tour of the facilities and on-going projects in the University.

The Panel Chairman, Professor Ochapa Onazi noted that the tour was an eye-opener to the massive developmental efforts of the current University’s administration, noting that what they saw was quite impressive.

The Chairman, who commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, for his exemplary leadership quality, said such spirit was required of all administrators, in order to build a virile nation.

Prof. Onazi said “on a long run, we are quite happy with what we have seen”, as he expressed willingness to come back, to behold the beauty of some of the projects, like the 2,500-Seater auditorium, when they would have been completed.

Another Panel member, Arch. Kester Ifeadi, also lauded Professor Balogun for his efforts, noting that the Vice-Chancellor “is not just building, but laying a legacy and foundation for the future”.

The tour, which commenced at the Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD), ended at the 2,500-Seater auditorium, under construction.

Some of the projects visited by the members included the Institute for Human Resources and
Development (INHURD); Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR); the Farm Centre, which encompasses various projects such as the Agro Market Phase 1; Livestock Processing Complex; Lecture Rooms; Restaurant for Farm-Based Staff; Comfort Station; Ultra Modern Goat and Sheep House; Cattle Shed; Poultry for Broilers; Accommodation for Farm Labour and Supervisors, among others.

Others include the ‘Green Roof Area’, comprising the new Postgraduate School Building; College of Food and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) Building; the 2,000-capacity Lecture Theatre and the 500-Seater Computer Laboratory; Phase 2 of the College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) Building and the Biotechnology Centre and Laboratories.

The rest included the Cafeteria; the Male and Female Hostels, donated by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole and the twin Unity Buildings, which has one of it, also donated by the Honourable Speaker; the International Scholars' Exchange Centre and the 2,500-seater Auditorium.

Convocation Meeting Holds, March 12

The next meeting of Convocation of the University, has been scheduled to hold next Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Venue has been fixed at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex, by 10.00am.

Members of Convocation, which include Principal Officers, Academic Staff and all graduates of the University, have been implored to attend, punctually.

“Council is Not A Market Place” – Prof. Enikuomehin “I’m Not Going There To Throw Punches” – Dr. Akinwande

Prof. O. A. Enikuomehin (left) and Dr. Olusola Akinwande in an embrace after the Congregation Election


Rising from their victories, the newly-elected representatives of Congregation on the University’s Governing Council, Professor O. A. Enikuomehin and Dr. Olusola Akinwande, have revealed in concrete terms, what members of the University community and the constituencies they represent in particular, should expect of them in the Council.

Bearing his mind moments after his election, Professor Enikuomehin in his Acceptance Speech, declared that the Council “is not a market place, but a place of serious business, therefore, I know what it entails”.

Professor Enikuomehin stressed that with God on his side, he would give the Congregation adequate representation to underscore the large support given to him at the poll.

He thanked members of Congregation for their persistence and for reposing great confidence in him.

Speaking in the same vein, Dr. Akinwande declared that “I am not going to Council to throw punches, but to ensure that things are done the right way”.
Akinwande, who dedicated his victory to Congregation, said “at the end of the election, there was no victor, no vanquish”.

Abeokuta Agog as Alake Honours UNAAB VC, Six Others with the Distinguished Lisabi Award

Day of Honour: The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun receiving the Plaque of award from His Royal Majesty, The Alake of Egab Land, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo(right), while   Profs. Onwuka (DVC, A) and Lagoke (DVC, D) watch with admiration

In a colourful ceremony marked with pageantry, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, alongside six others were on Friday, March 4, 2011 honoured with the Egba Distinguished Sons and Daughters Award.

The event had in attendance important dignitaries in the Egba Traditional Community led by HRM Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo (Okukenu IV), The Alake of Egbaland; HRM Obi (Prof.) Joseph Chike Edozien, The Asagba of Asaba; distinguished Egba sons and daughters; political and academic bigwigs from all over the country as well as the honourees with members of their families and well wishers.

Presentation of the Lisabi Distinguished Son Award to the UNAAB Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun was the cynosure of all eyes as press men struggled for space and audience with the enigma, who transformed the citadel of learning with academic and infrastructural development.

The shouts of ‘Professor ogbon and imo’ (wisdom and knowledge) rented the air as students of the institution were on hand to lent support to their Vice-Chancellor.

Other awardees include Chief S.O. Akinyemi, Chief Lamidi Ayinla Sofenwa, Prof. Afolabi Soyode, Chief (Mrs.) Moulin Ashake Agbaje-Anozie, Engr. Hakeem Babatunde Adesina and Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede.

In his address, HRM, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, The Alake of Egbaland thanked the Ceremonial Committee for a job well done and encouraged other sons and daughters of Egbaland to be steadfast in their endeavours and be philanthropic in nature especially to fellow Egba citizens.

The highpoint of the night was the presentation of a drama titled, ‘ROGBODIYAN IJEMO’, which chronicled the popular Ijemo war against the British Colonial Masters.

Prof. Enikuomehin, Dr. Akinwande Ride Into Council … As Dr. Akinloye Becomes Senate Member

Prof. O. A. Enikuomehin (left) and Dr. Olusola Akinwande in an embrace after the Congregation Election

The Congregation of the University has elected two of its members to represent it on the Governing Council, while it endorsed another through voice vote, to represent the body in the Senate.

Elected to serve on the Council were the duo of Professor O. A. Enikuomehin of the Department of Crop Protection and Dr. Olusola Akinwande of the University’s Health Centre. 

While Prof. Enikuomehin, an academic staff, polled 456 votes, his Non-Teaching counterpart, Dr. Akinwande scored 277 votes.

On the other hand, Dr. O. A. Akinloye of the Department of Biochemistry secured the ticket of Congregation to represent it in Senate, through a popular voice vote.
The Acting Registrar hinted that the slot for the second congregation representative in Senate will be filled later as the candidate presented by the Academic Staff Union of the University, (ASSU), UNAAB Branch was found to have a case pending before the Staff Disciplinary Committee.

The elections were conducted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Chyrss Onwuka, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, in conjunction with the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, who served as the Returning Officer.

UNAAB Bulletin crew observed that the elections, which took place under a congenial atmosphere, was free and fair, as well as hitch-free.

Ag. Registrar Educates Staff On Attendance Register

Ag. Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye

University staff, especially the non-teaching, have been enjoined to always provide adequate information about their movements, to facilitate appropriate entries in the Attendance Register.

The Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, who gave the advice, said it is mandatory for staff, to inform his office through their Departmental or Unit Heads, on their activities, movements and the nature of duties, whenever they are officially absent from work.

In a release, signed by the Ag. Registrar, Mr. Adeboye said the call became necessary, as a result of series of complaints that emanated from the 2010 Attendance Records and Punctuality Scores.

The Acting Registrar noted that bulk of the problems came from the inability of concerned staff and their Heads of Departments/Units to furnish the Registry with adequate information on their official assignments and movements, outside the University Campus.

Staff on shift duties, official field assignments outside the campus and those who cannot utilize their annual leave on approved dates, with due internal arrangement within their respective Departments/Units were equally advised to give adequate information through their HODs/HOUs.

We Can’t Wait for UNAAB to Go Conventional - Alake  

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo in a warm handshake 
with the Panel Chairman, Prof. Ochapa Onazi during the visit to the Monarch

 

The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, has assured the Federal Government of the preparedness of Egbaland, for the impending change in status of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), to a poly-academic institution.

Oba Gbadebo reiterated the assurance, when members of the Presidential Visitation Panel to the University, paid him a courtesy call, in his palace at Ake, Abeokuta.

Addressing members of the Panel, accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, Principal Officers and top officials of the University, Oba Gbadebo, said the Egba are “most delighted and totally supportive of the recent decision of the Federal Government to expand the scope of operations of specialized Universities to poly-academic institutions”.

However, the Paramount Ruler said, it was expedient of the Federal Government to transform UNAAB to a poly-academic institution, moreso that “Egbaland missed the opportunity to host the nation’s premier University in 1948, when the decision for the location of the then University College, that is today known as the University of Ibadan, was at the last minute changed from Abeokuta”.

He stressed that “the pain of the loss till today, remains bitter and better imagined”, observing the fact that Egbaland has ever remained trail-blazer in the pursuit of Western education, among all tribes of the nation.

Besides, Oba Gbadebo pointed out that there were adequate facilities, available to provide the required infrastructure for a smooth take-off, of UNAAB transformation.

The Alake listed the facilities to include the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Aro and the Federal College of Education, Osiele.

He appealed to the Panel to give prominence to Egba's demand for a conventional University in their recommendation to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Oba Gbadebo, had earlier extolled the sterling qualities of the Chairman and members of the Visitation Panel, saying their antecedents and credentials were intimidating.

According to the monarch, the Panel was packed full of highly-experienced technocrats and professionals, adding, " I have   no doubt as to your capability to discharge the Presidential assignment with utmost diligence and discretion".

 

CENIP Commended for Projecting University’s Image 

Prof. Olusegun Osinowo (Standing) addressing the gathering, during the CENIP Lecture


It was a highly educative gathering last week, as the Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP), hosted a Lecture Series, as part of the World Poultry Association Summit, held in the University.

At the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Prof. Segun Osinowo, commended CENIP, for its efforts at projecting the image of the University globally, through its activities and programmes.

Professor Balogun urged CENIP to keep up with the good works, considering its strategic roles of linking the University to the outside world and strengthening the development of partnerships with various organizations.

The Vice-Chancellor reiterated the University’s extension mandate, to oversee poultry activities in eight states of the federation, said that Edo, Delta, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Lagos States in the Southwest geopolitical region of the country produced majority of the nation's poultry.

He described the Lecture Series as an attempt at deepening academic interaction with universities as he tasked CENIP to build more on the existing linkages of the University.

In a presentation titled, “Management of Breeding Poultry”, Dr Paul Hocking from the United Kingdom, stressed the need to embark on feed restriction in certain species of Hens, Turkeys and Ducks, stressing that overfeeding affects weight of poultry and their ovaries, which in turn,   determines their egg-producing capabilities.

The Guest Speaker noted that after the laying of the first set of eggs, in some species of poultry birds, they acquire greater body weight, resulting in multiple ovulation and decrease in egg production.

Dr. Hocking, however, cautioned against feed restrictions on either the small-female or the large-male turkeys, as it could be counterproductive in egg production.

Another Lecture, delivered by Dr Paul Iji, from Australia, titled, “Publishing Without Tears”, harped on the importance of Publishing and Research by emphasizing the merits of effective publishing of projects, manuscripts and impact journals.

Dr. Iji outlined the various techniques required for Journal publication.

 

Egba Honours UNAAB VC With Prestigious Award

Kinsmen of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun will on Friday, March 4, 2011 honour him with the prestigious Award of Distiguished Egba Son.

The Award ceremony which will be presided over by the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, CFR, Okukenu IV, will hold at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, by 5.00pm.

The Award is the highpoint of activities marking the Lisabi Festival Silver Jubilee Celebration and it is designed to honour distinguished Egba Sons and Daughters, who have contributed to the growth, development and unity of Egbaland.

 


Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun,
UNAAB VC

 

UNAAB Visitation Panel Tours Colleges

 

As part of its statutory duties, the Presidential Visitation Panel to the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), has toured the eight academic Colleges of the University.

In each of the Colleges visited, the Deans highlighted problems they face in the areas of teaching, research and extension services. They were unanimous in calling on government to inject more funds into the education sector in order to enhance manpower development.

Each of the Deans, took members of the Visitation Panel round the Colleges for on-the-spot assessment of College Libraries, Workshops, Lecture Theatres and Laboratories. The tour was largely interactive between the Panel members and the Deans.

In his own submission, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, informed the Panel members on how his administration, since 2007, had deployed Internally-Generated Revenue and grants from the Education Trust Fund (ETF), in combating infrastructure problems in Colleges.

Professor Balogun was however emphatic in his opinion that the University urgently required more funds, for the University to adequately accomplish its goals and aspirations.

At the end of the tour, the Chairman and members of the Panel applauded the University’s Management for its foresight and dedication to the mandate demands of the institution.

The Vice-Chancellor was especially appreciated for his exemplary financial prudence and judicious utilization of scarce resources.

Professor Onazi, however, called on Management not to relent on its tradition of good maintenance culture.

He noted that what they saw was heartwarming, compared to the last time he visited the University, reflecting such to be “a true testimony of judicious utilization of both human and capital resources”.

“I also saw the excitement in both Academic and Non-Teaching Staff in receiving us”, said Professor Onazi.

 

Presidential Visitation Panel To UNAAB Commences Work

Left: Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun handing over Comprehensive Documents on the University To the Panel Leader, Prof. Ochapa Onazi. Right: A group Photograph of members of the Presidential Panel  with  Principal Officers of the University


The Presidential Visitation Panel to the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, has kick-started its assignment with a courtesy visit on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun.

The seven-man Panel is under the Chairmanship of Professor Ochapa Onazi, who was a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos and also a former Pro-Chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano.

The Panel members include a former Head of Service to the Jigawa State Government, Dr. Ayuba Tanko Abubakar; a notable Pharmacist, Hon. Toye Oke and a Political Scientist, Dr. G.A Ogwuche. Others are, Mr. Yemi Adetunji, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; Architect Kester Ifeadi with a staff of the National Universities Commission, Engr. Kayode Odedina as Secretary.

Welcoming the members of the Panel, the Vice-Chancellor,  Professor Balogun, asserted that the University had witnessed tremendous development from a humble beginning, despite its inability to benefit from the traditional take-off grant from the Federal Government.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, lamented that the University was still faced with numerous challenges, predicated on shortage of funds. He said, “this University is yet to receive the traditional take-off grant from the Federal Government, its proprietor, decades after its creation”.

Professor Balogun also pleaded with the Federal Government to release the 46 percent balance of the allocation shortfall of the Year 2010 budget, saying “the funds released were insufficient to successfully complete earlier earmarked projects”.

Professor Balogun said for the University to achieve its calling, in the aspect of teaching and research, it operates eight Colleges and 39 academic Departments with 1,777 academic and other support staff.

The Vice-Chancellor further availed the Panel of the robust community relations, peace, stability and favourable ranking as currently enjoyed in the University.

Documents, chronicling activities of the University from 2005 to 2010 were later presented by the Vice-Chancellor to the Panel, to serve as working papers and reference materials for their four-week assignment.

Responding, the Panel Chairman, Professor Onazi, commended the Management of the University for what he described as “a glaring evidence of development”. According to him, “I couldn’t believe myself when I stepped into the Campus, beautiful sceneries, beautiful buildings. It takes a lot to maintain the lawn alone”.

The Chairman said the Panel, as recently inaugurated, was for the purpose of assisting the Visitor to the University, to determine the state of health and levels of development of individual Federal University in Nigeria.

Professor Onazi said, “we want to ensure that the claims of development are matched with physical evidence on ground”. According to him, the Panel was not inaugurated to witch-hunt anybody or interest while it will not take frivolous or anonymous memorandum from members of the University Community.

The Panel later met with Deans, Directors and representatives of all strata of interests in the University.

The Terms of Reference of the Panel are:

To inquire into the level of implementation of the White Paper on the last visitation report;

To look into the leadership quality of each University, in terms of  the roles of Governing Council, the Vice-Chancellors and other Principal Officers;

To look into the financial management of each institution, including Statutory Allocations and Internally- Generated Revenue over the recommended period and determine whether it was in compliance with appropriate regulations;

To investigate the application of funds, particularly, the special grants, loans meant for specific projects, in order to determine the status of such projects and their relevance, for further funding;

To examine the adequacy of the staff and staff development programmes of each University;

To determine the relationship between the University and the various statutory bodies it interacts with according to its law, for the purposes of supervision, planning, finance, discipline, guidance and any other relationship the University may have in dealing with the said bodies including the  Governing Council, the National Universities Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education as well as the Visitor;

To examine the “Law” establishing the University, including the relationship between the various internal organs,  units and offices and indicate the way the law has been observed by the competent authorities and also suggest any modifications to the law; considered necessary or desirable, to enable the University to better achieve its objectives;

To trace the historical evolution of the University and take stock of its net achievements and problems as well as its style and sense of direction and advice on what fundamental or expedient corrections are needed to enable the University to better achieve the objectives set for it;

To examine the general security in the University, how the University has dealt with it and recommend appropriate measures to deal with it;

To examine the processes and structures of the mechanisms for the discipline of students in each University, in order to ascertain compliance with due process of the rule of law.



FROM ONWUKA TO IKEOBI AND LAGOKE TO SAM-WOBO - IT’S A GO-O-O-A-A-A-L-L-L!

 

Worthy of mentioning was the commitment of top staff of the University, particularly members of the organizing committee, at the just-concluded Pre-NUGA.

The commitment, well-laced with their die-hard love for sports, was obviously electrifying and motivating, going by the way they rallied support towards the success of the Games.

Check them out, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka adorned sports suits throughout the games. At several points, CFI, as he is fondly called, explored and deplored sports' technical verbiage during his interactions with officials of the Games.

His Development counterpart, Prof. Segun Lagoke was not found wanting either. He looked sportish for major parts of the Games. He also visited some UNAAB athletes before their matches while he watched some of the Games.

Also, the Acting Registrar, Mr. ‘Leke Adeboye, a good goalkeeper during his days at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, accompanied by the Assistant Director/Head, Public Relations, Mr. ‘Lasun Somoye, gave the UNAAB football team some pep talks at the interval of the match with the Lagos State University (LASU).

Trust the no-nonsense Prof. Christian Ikeobi. He was in his best at the just-concluded Pre-NUGA Games as the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee. His eagle eyes were so probing and catchy, of suspicious moves to cheat, such that sports officials of some participating Universities became uncomfortable with his painstaking commitment to honesty and transparency.

Dr. Sam-Wobo and others members, effectively demonstrated how to be perfect hosts, all along the Games.

 

PATRIOTIC UNAABITES!

Patriotic UNAABITES Chanting the School Team


UNAABITES are enviable students that always capitalize on available opportunities, to express their intellectualism and wit.

The just-concluded preliminaries of the Nigerian Universities Games, (Zone-F), hosted by the University, was no exception.

They didn’t mince words in telling fellow students from visiting Universities in the southwest, that they are proud of being students of Agriculture.

They did this in style, by rendering enthusiastically, the popular folk song which celebrates Agriculture as a predominant profession in Yorubaland.

 

In Action: Prof. Chryss Onwuka and Dr. Sam-Wobo rendering technical advice to the UNAAB 
Footbal team on the field of play

 

The song: “Ise agbe ni ise ile waa; eni ko sise ama jale. Iwe kiko lai si oko ati ada; koi pe ooo, koi pe oooo” (Farming is the vocation of our land; he who does not work, will steal. Education without farming is incomplete; it is incomplete), was sonorously  rendered as the UNAAB basketball team’s professional deft touches on the big ball with sleek moves caught their opponents from the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), napping.

 

 

PRE NUGA: UNAAB Shines, Qualifies For NUGA


THE BASKET-BALL TEAM


THE TABLE TENNIS TEAM

The University of Agriculture , Abeokuta (UNAAB), shone like the galaxy at the just-concluded Preliminaries of the Nigerian Universities Games (Pre-NUGA), Zone F, by qualifying for the real Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA), holding next month at the University of Benin, Edo State.

UNAAB, which hosted the Pre-NUGA, qualified in 10 Games, including Hockey, Badminton, Table-Tennis, Squash Racket and Taekwando. Others are: Javelin, Discuss, Shot-put, High Jump and Athletics.

According to the official results of the Games, held between February 6 and 10, 2011, UNAAB, through O. Ufuoma grabbed the qualification ticket in Table-Tennis (Men’s Doubles) while Akindele Adeniyi qualified in the Men’s Singles.

Akindele Adeniyi and Salako Ademola increased UNAAB's qualification by clinching the Mixed Doubles while the Men’s Team crowned the ticket in the category.

The duo of Ogunbanwo Olusanya and Naomi Oyinloye followed suit in the Badminton Men’s Doubles and Women’s Single, respectively.

Still on Badminton, O. Naomi and A. Awoyela increased the tally of qualification in Women’s Doubles while T. Ogunbanwo and O.  Naomi clinched the Mixed Doubles. UNAAB also won the Team's Event (Female).

In Squash, Adebesin Aminat and Sam Ekpolo Mariam qualified in the Ladies' Singles while UNAAB’s Men’s and Ladies' Teams followed suit.

 


THE TAEKWONDO TEAM

 

In Taekwando, Bamidele Olawale won the Middle weight while Adelaja Opeyemi and Akinleye Peter clinched the Heavyweight and Featherweight tickets, respectively.

In the Female Category, Aramide Opeyemi qualified UNAAB in the Flyweight.  UNAAB came first in Javelin Women, through Oyewunmi Dolapo while Eze Modester came second with a record time of 2 minutes 48.03 seconds, to qualify the University in the 1500m Women's race.

In the 100m for women, O. Fakunlade came second while in Discuss, D. A Oyewunmi  and I. E Akindehin  came first and second, respectively.

Akindehin, again, came first in the Shot-Put Women's Final while Ajayi Akindimeji came second in High Jump.

UNAAB's Emkemsela Wale also came first in Javelin Men while the Female team also won the 4 x 400m race.

 

VC Reveals Tips Of His Financial Wizardry

 

Inset: The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun addressing members of the visiting team from Lagos

 

 

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has identified sincere consideration of merit and records of entrepreneurial skill, in the appointment of Vice-Chancellors, for Universities.

Professor Balogun dropped this hint while hosting the Committee on Examination of Sources and Management of  Internally Generated Revenue by Lagos State Government-owned Tertiary Institutions, who paid him a courtesy call.

He said genuine drive towards effective generation of funds begins with the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor, selected through a process, devoid of social or political sentiments.

He stressed that such an appointment must be based on merit, which is deeply rooted and firmly established on records of proven integrity with bias for entrepreneurial skill.

Professor Balogun informed that the ability to generate and attract funds should be a paramount barometer in the selection of a potential Chief Executive of any University, adding that the ability to attract funds depended on local, national and international networking.

The Vice-Chancellor, while describing fund leakage as “most detrimental to the system”, said that the leadership of tertiary institutions should strictly be appointed, based on the ability to detect “fund leaking valves and the swiftness to mend it”.

Professor Balogun said UNAAB was able to block its ‘leaking valves’, by setting up the Price Intelligence Unit, which is saddled with the responsibilities of assessing quotations for goods and services.

He stated that “the moment we remove over-invoicing and organized LPOs, we turn leakages to revenue earnings”.

In addition, Prof. Balogun said Vice-Chancellors,  must be bold enough to practice sound internally-generated policy and should equally not be timid in the face of threats, by those who may not be comfortable with stringent financial discipline.

Professor Balogun disclosed that since he assumed duty, Management had generated a lot of funds internally, which had been largely spent on capital projects, taking into consideration, critical students and staff welfare.

Responding, the Chairperson of the Committee, Mrs. Yomi Akinwolemiwa, who was represented by the Director of Finance and Administration, Ministry of Finance, Lagos State, Mrs. Olabenjo Omotayo, commended the Vice-Chancellor for his dexterity and enviable managerial skill, particularly in sourcing for funds, for the University.

Omotayo stated that no visitor could miss the obvious evidence of the robust finances of the University as demonstrated by the physical infrastructure, several on-going projects and the well-structured landscapes.

According to her, “from the Gate, your success story was boldly written everywhere. We have seen a lot within the short while we’ve been here. You have really illuminated our paths”.

 

 

 

 

UNAAB Sports Facilities Rated High


Head, Sports’ Desk, Gateway Television (GTV),
Mr. Biodun Alabi, in a chat with UNAAB Bulletin.

The representative of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF)
and Ogun State Football Association Secretary,
Mr. Leo Oyenekan, responding to questions from UNAAB Bulletin.

 

Renowned sports’ administrators and writers have rated the sporting facilities of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), high.

The facilities, which were used for most of the Games, competed for by nine Universities at the just concluded Preliminaries of the Nigerian Universities Games, Zone-F, were commended by experts in sports, who summed them up as standard.

Those, who assessed the facilities, included the Acting Director, Ogun State Sports Council, Mr. Adesola Faleti and the Ogun State Secretary of the Football Association as well as the representative of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Leo Oyenekan.

In the same vein, the Head, Sports' Desk, Gateway Television (GTV), Mr. Biodun Alabi and his Gateway Radio Counterpart, Mr. Gbenga Oshidele, also appreciated the state of the UNAAB facilities.

Speaking with UNAAB Bulletin, the Acting Director, Ogun State Sports Council, Mr. Adesola Faleti, expressed satisfaction with the high level of UNAAB’s sporting facilities, describing them as fantastic.

According to him, “to be sincere, the facilities on ground in this University (UNAAB) are quite fantastic. I didn’t know UNAAB has gone this far. These are standard facilities. I didn’t know we have such here, I am overwhelmed”.

Also speaking, the representative of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), who also doubles as the Ogun State Football Association (FA) Secretary, Mr. Leo Oyenekan, expressed satisfaction at the quality of the sporting facilities, urging the Management of the University to “keep it up”.

For Biodun Alabi, Head, Gateway Television Sports Desk, “UNAAB has the wherewithal, to host not only Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA), but the National Sports Festival”.

Alabi, a seasoned Sports’ Writer and Presenter, described UNAAB Indoor Sports' Hall as one of the best in the country.

According to him, apart from Table Tennis, the hall is spacious and befitting enough to host related games, such as Taekwondo, Judo and Karate.

 

Corroborating him, the Head, Sports Desk, Gateway Radio, Mr. Gbenga Oshidele, said with the facilities on ground, UNAAB only needed to complement it with a befitting hotel or guest house.

He said, “When that is done, the University would be opened to patronage by big football clubs, who would be using it as a camp like the popular Obasanjo Farms, Ota, used by the National Football Team”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKING UNAAB TO GREATER HEIGHTS:

...VC Inaugurates Committee On Re-organization & Re-structuring

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun (arrowed) surrounded by members of the committee at the inauguration


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has inaugurated the Committee on Re-organization and Re-structuring of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta , (UNAAB).

To underscore the importance of the Committee, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Balogun will serve as the Chairman, with other top brass of Management as members. They include: the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor S. T. O. Lagoke; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic),

Professor C.F.I Onwuka; Acting Registrar, Mr. A.O Adeboye, Acting Bursar, Mr. M.O Ilesanmi and the University Librarian, Mr. A.T Agboola.

The Dean of the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor S.O Apantaku; Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine; Dean, College of Engineering (COLENG), Professor E.S.A Ajisegiri and Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), Professor T.A Arowolo, are members.

Also serving as members are: Dean, College of Food and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor (Mrs.) F.O Henshaw; Dean, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Professor T.O.S Popoola; Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor O.B Kehinde; Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Professor (Mrs.) M.A Dipeolu and Dean, Postgraduate School, Professor S.O Afolami.

Other members include the Director, Academic Planning Unit, Professor M.A Waheed; Director, Physical Planning Unit, Mr. B. A. Ayodele; Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies; Professor O. Bamgbose; Deputy Registrar (Council Affairs), Mrs. Maryam Popoola; Senior Assistant Registrar, Senate and Admissions, Mr. A.A Salaam; while the Assistant Registrar, Legal Unit, Mrs. T. O Oyerinde, will serve as Secretary.

The Committee was inaugurated last Thursday at the University's Council Chamber, with the following Terms of Reference:

  1. To review the existing academic organization and structure of the University and propose re-organization and re-structuring, in response to the metamorphosis of the University as a poly-academic institution;

  2. To propose and prioritized new Colleges that are relevant to the socio-economic aspiration of the Federal Government of Nigeria in increasing access to University education;

  3. To propose phasal development of the prioritized programmes;

  4. To propose the siting of the proposed programmes;

  5. To propose the re-arrangement and re-distribution of the existing infrastructures, to catalyze quick take-off of prioritized programmes, in order to positively respond to the yearnings of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its people; and

  6. To consider any other related issues that would fast-track the metamorphosis of the University into a poly-academic University or diversification of the University’s academic programmes, to respond to the desire of the Federal Government of Nigeria to boost access to higher education in the country.

 

 

 

 

UNAAB Gets Donation

The University’s Leo Club has donated twelve waste bins to the institution.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the University, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Segun Lagoke commended the initiative of members of the club, for coming up with the idea which he said would help the University in maintaining a clean environment.

The Vice-Chancellor seized the opportunity to remind students of the University that Management will not be lenient with those in the habit of dropping wastes on the ground.

“As the leaders of tomorrow, you must imbibe the spirit of having Green and Clean Environment”, he said.

The President of the Club, Leo Oloruntele Fadun, expressed appreciation to the University Management for its supports.

He said the Club made the donation to complement the efforts of the Management towards having a healthy environment.

Present at the ceremony were the Acting Registrar, Mr. ‘Leke Adeboye; Administrator, Environmental Management Unit, Mr. Emmanuel Bankole and the Assistant Chief Environmental Officer of the University, Mr.  Peter Bolarinwa.

 

 

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development),
Prof. Segun Lagoke (In Suit),
in a hand-shake with the President of the Club, Leo Oloruntele Fadun while presenting the waste bins to the University

 

 

 

PROFESSOR OLUWAFEMI OLAIYA BALOGUN: KEEP PUSHING

The motto of Osogbo Grammar School, Osogbo (my Alma mater), established in 1950 is “KEEP PUSHING”.  The motto has had tremendous influence on those who have passed and are still passing through the Secondary School till today.  Professor Balogun should follow it, too.

The admonition or advice to Prof. O. O. Balogun to make this his watch word becomes necessary because of the negative activities of those who have unforgiving hatred not only for him, but also for the good works he is doing in UNAAB.

The latest and most shocking was the deliberate falsehood against him, up to Abuja that was revealed by Mr. M. O. Ilesanmi, the Acting Bursar and corroborated by the Vice-Chancellor himself on 4th January, 2011 during the special prayer to usher-in the New Year in UNAAB.  It is an act of disservice not only to weaken and smear him but also to slow down the pace of development, going on now at the University.

Here is a man, Professor O. O. Balogun, the Vice-Chancellor of UNAAB, who has proved to everybody in the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, that in Nigeria, we are still blessed with leaders, who are prepared to sacrifice their time, money, experience and indeed, everything for the development of the University and mankind.

For example, within the first three and half years of his purposeful administration of UNAAB, over fifty projects have been completed and several are on-going.  He has always assured the community that none of the projects will be abandoned, but instead, more would be added.  All these are aside the numerous ways, this kind, hard-working and highly de-tribalised Nigerian has positively touched the lives of students, staff, pensioners and mankind in general.

Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Omoluabi Balogun has faithfully kept to the charge of Late President J. F. Kennedy of the United States of America who said “Do not ask for what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.

Professor O. O. Balogun should know that there is no way you can please everybody.  There will still be betrayals because in every twelve disciples, there is one Judas Iscariot.  This is why Jesus said “… but woe to that may by whom the son of man is betrayed. It would have been good for that man if he had not been born”, (MATT. 26:24)”.

By closing the doors of his office and his residence to sycophants, lobbyists and influence peddlers, he has offended them by bringing to an end, the era of collective looting.  The peace of God we are enjoying on campus should not be disturbed because whoever is against it, will meet the wrath of God.  Amen.

We should all continue to pray that the Lord should continue to guide him aright and to make his tenure as the 4th Vice-Chancellor in UNAAB a great and successful one.  Also, that the peace of God in UNAAB should continue forever, Amen.  Again, that the Lord will compensate him with a higher position at national or international level for the great development we have witnessed in the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta from 2007 to date.  It is unprecedented, and too numerous to mention.

Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Omoluabi Balogun, KEEP PUSHING in the face of all odds as the Lord is solidly behind you.  Amen.

 

Pastor Abimbola Aboluwarin
University of Agriculture
Abeokuta

PRE NUGA: LOC Chair Predicts Successful Outing

 

 

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Chryss Onwuka,
during the Press Briefing heralding the on-going Pre-NUGA Competition.

 


The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairman for the Zone F of the Pre-NUGA competition, Professor Chryss Onwuka, has assured that the University will excel at the end of the games.

Professor Onwuka, who is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), gave this optimism during a Press Briefing that preceded the commencement of the games.

He noted that nine Universities in the South-West would be contesting in 13 games which include: Football, Handball, Basketball, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Judo and Taekwondo.

The LOC Chairman disclosed that the University’s Sport Centre, Alake Sports Centre, MKO Abiola Stadium and the Swimming Pool Side of the Adesba International Hotel, Abeokuta, are the venues for the games.

Professor Onwuka added that the University had put in place, various Sub-Committees, to ensure a successful hosting and lessen the burden of the LOC, namely: Technical, Transport/Logistics, Accreditation, Catering, Accommodation, Publicity, Fund-Raising and Security.

To forestall incidences of cheating, doping and other sharp practices, during the games, the University had enlisted the services of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ogun State Sports’ Council, Ogun State Police Command and the University’s Man ‘O’ War, he added.

Responding to the issue of mercenaries, the LOC Chairman stated that “the University will go online for spot check and anybody we caught will be sent packing”, he warned.

Present at the Press Briefing were the University’s Sports’ Committee Chairman, Dr. Sam Wobo; Chief Coach, Mr. Victor Oshuntolu; and other LOC members.

 

More UNAAB Staff To Get Overseas’ Professional Training

Fourteen staffers of the University have been granted approval to attend Professional Overseas’ Training for the First Quarter of the year, 2011.

The training courses are scheduled to take place at The London Academy for Higher Education (LAHE), Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Nahalal, Israel, between February 7 – 18, and February 15 – March 2, 2011, respectively.

Beneficiaries, made up of both Academic and Non-Teaching Staff, cutting across the various Colleges, Departments, Units and Centres of the University.

It would be recalled that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, during his 57th Birthday Anniversary, promised that his administration, would sponsor at least, four staff of the University, each quarter of the year, for overseas’ professional training.

Prof. Oluwafemi O. Balogun
UNAAB VC

UNAAB Students Are Obedient - VC


Standing: Representative of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chryss Onwuka (DVC, A),
Sitting: Director, SIWES, Prof. Oluwole Ajala (right), Dean, COLNAS, Prof. Tope Popoola (second left)
and Represetative of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr. Thomas Jacobs (first left) during the Orientation.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has described students of the institution as highly obedient, disciplined and courteous.

Professor Balogun made this assertion in his remarks during the 2011 Students’ Industrial Working Experience Scheme (SIWES) Orientation Programme of the University.

Professor Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Chryss Onwuka, admonished the work-experience, students to be good ambassadors of the University, at their various places of placements.

The University’s Director of SIWES, Professor Oluwole Ajala, called on the students to be self-reliant and resourceful. He charged them to eschew violence, corruption and other  vices that could tarnish the image of the University.

In his presentation, Mr. Thomas Jacobs, who led the team from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), said SIWES was not just about education but also about ensuring that learning is engendered within the context  of work, and ultimately ensuring that work is influenced by learning.

Mr. Jacobs, however, admonished the students to be dedicated to duty, display positive initiative and drive in all their undertakings and always be neat, humble and safety conscious at work place.

The Dean, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), Professor Tope Poopola was among the dignitaries at the occasion.


Students’ Body Tackle Unemployment

As part of measures seeking solutions to the rising unemployment and its attendant social crisis in the country, students of the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Students’ Association (AERUDSA) of the University is organizing a symposium, to tackle the challenges.

According to a release, jointly signed by the Association’s President, Mr. Hammed Ayotunde and General Secretary, Mr. Awokoya Joshua, the symposium was organized, to address the consequence of unemployment, which has led to phenomenal rise in crime rate across the country.

The Symposium, with the theme, “Nigerian Youth and Job Creation: Prospects and Challenges”, comes up between March 23 and 24, 2011.

NISLT President Advocates Good Maintenance Culture

Middle: Mr. Samuel Akanji, President & Chairman of Council, NISLT, in a chat with the
DVC (A), Prof. Chryss Onwuka (L) and the DVC (D), Prof. Segun Lagoke (R), after the
Workshop, organised by the Equipment Maintenance Centre (EMC)

The practice of effective maintenance and management of laboratory equipment has been described as fundamental and critical to science, engineering and technology.

This call was made by the President and Chairman of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT), Mr. Samuel Akanji, in his Lecture, “NISLT: A Stakeholder in the Effective Maintenance and Management of Laboratory Equipment in Post Basic Educational Institutions”, delivered at a training workshop, organised by the Equipment Maintenance Centre (EMC) of the University.

Mr. Akanji stated that NISLT had since the inception of the World Bank STEP – B Project, consulted widely on the issue of Equipment Maintenance and Management, noting that the Institute, mindful of the capital intensive nature of laboratory equipment, was committed to proper maintenance and effective management of science equipment in institutions.

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