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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE 2013/2014 POST-UTME SCREENING EXERCISE

This is to inform the general public, particularly, candidates seeking admissions into the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) for the 2013/2014 Academic Session, that the Post-UTME Screening Exercise earlier postponed has been re-scheduled to hold from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th  September, 2013 at the University Main Campus, Alabata Road, Abeokuta.
Candidates are expected to check the FUNAAB website at www.unaab.edu.ng or FUNAAB Admission portal at admission.unaab.edu.ng for verification of their venue, examination date and time.
Please note that, candidates need to have earlier completed the on-line application for admission and paid the required Portal Access Fee to qualify to be scheduled for the Post-UTME Screening e-test.
Candidates are advised to undertake the Screening e-test ONLY ONCE and adhere strictly to their schedules. Candidates are also advised to ONLY visit the University website for information on admission.
Please note that Direct Entry candidates are exempted.

FUNAAB Hosts ADAPTI…Harps on Internalisation

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has disclosed that the University has put the necessary modalities in place to internationalise its classrooms, lecture theatres, staff and students, towards making the University a world-class institution. Professor Oyewole made this disclosure while declaring open the Advance Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institution (ADAPTI), organized by the International Centre for Communications Studies, Digital Bridge Institute, a subsidiary of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), held at FUNAAB’s International Scholar’s and Resource Centre (IS & RC).

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Information Communication Technology (ICT), is a relevant tool for internationalisation as well as the actualisation of the University’s world class vision. He commended NCC for choosing FUNAAB as the venue for the training and for its recent donation of 110 laptops to the University, as part of its commitment at ensuring digitalisation of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, who lamented the negative effects of strikes on the Nigerian University system, pointed out that foreign students would not be favourably disposed to applying to study in Nigerian Universities as a result of the incessant strikes, while organisations which offer scholarships to students might be discouraged as the University calendar is unpredictable.

Professor Oyewole however, stated that digital communication could proffer a way forward through e-learning, which enhances the learning process, as materials could be saved while laboratory practicals could be recorded and re-played by the students. Highlighting other benefits of digital communication, Professor Oyewole stated that lecturers do not have to manually collate the attendance of students, but rather generate the attendance statistics as students merely slot-in their identity cards which contain their entire information through a slot. He also stated that through digital communication, the tedious and time-consuming method of processing travel documents have been made easier and faster without the individuals being physically present.

He therefore called on members of staff to endeavour to develop themselves at any given opportunity, promising that the University would continue to support them. “The strength of the University is not in our buildings but in the people. Keep developing yourselves and the University would continually support you”, he said.

The Team Leader from the Digital Bridge Institute, Mrs. Odasi Peters, disclosed that ADAPTI started in 2006 and had organized trainings in several higher institutions in the country to make participants more computer inclined in the discharge of their duties.

The Director Grants, Management Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi, lauded NCC for nominating FUNAAB to host ADAPTI and for allocating a good number of the training slots to its staff. He assured the team from Digital Bridge Institute that the training would be of great benefit to members of staff of the University.

The training programme, which was well attended, had participants from almost all the higher education institutions in the state, who went home with certificates, thereafter.

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FUNAAB, Iddo LG to strike Partnership

The University and Iddo Local Government have entered into a Gown and Town relationship that will help foster collaboration, mutual growth and expansion in the areas of capacity building and agricultural development.

The partnership was reached when the Care-taker Committee Chairman of Iddo Local Government, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, paid a courtesy visit on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole.

Accompanied by Executive members of his cabinet, Professor Olowofela, a member of staff of the Department of Physics in FUNAAB’s College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), said the courtesy visit was to solicit the University’s assistance for the capacity development of the local government personnel and engage its vast arable of land for research and agricultural utilisation. Besides, the Council boss said it was also aimed at exposing his local government to “the cleanliness of FUNAAB, which is second to none and I want my local government to copy from FUNAAB as a reference point”.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who received the guests alongside Principal Officers and some Directors said   “We are proud of you (Professor Olowofela). I’m happy that Iddo Local Government emerged the Best in Nigeria under your Chairmanship. I want to tell you that we don’t want to lose you. Our University still needs your experience at interacting with our communities”, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor observed that “being cited in Ogun State, people have the wrong impression that FUNAAB is meant to serve only Ogun State”, adding that “...we are serving the South-West States, Delta States and Nigeria at large. Your coming is an opportunity to reach out to Oyo State. Professor Oyewole called on the Chairman to give the University “the opportunity to serve Iddo Local Government” in the areas of capacity building, mounting of short term courses, research and organising retreat for Council staff.

The Vice-Chancellor also sought the assistance of the local government’s the replication of the University’s Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) programme in the Council area. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor had lauded an illustrious son of Iddo Local Government and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Kolawole Salako, for contributing immensely to the development of the University and Ogun State through COBFAS, a scheme he pioneered as its Director.

Professor Olowofela later endowed the University with a leadership award for Best Productive staff at the College and Departmental level.

FUNIS Students Shine in WASSCE

Students of the Federal University of Agriculture International School (FUNIS), have demonstrated excellence in the just-concluded May/June 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results, conducted by the West African Examinations Council. The results of the students, released on the official website of WAEC, were communicated to the University Management by the Acting Head, Mrs. Emily Okpete.
An analysis of the result shows that 57 candidates were presented for the examination in a total of 21 subjects. 84% made English Language above the credit level, while 100 per cent success was recorded in Mathematics. Other subjects such as Chemistry and Physics recorded 90 and 83 per cent success, out of the 30 candidates that sat for the papers. Subjects such as Government, Literature-in-English, Economics, Commerce, Geography, Biology, Agricultural Science, Financial Accounting, French Language and others also recorded outstanding performances by the students.

An elated Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has since congratulated staff and  students of FUNIS on the feat.

Post-Harvest Losses Worries Don …Proffers solution

Nigeria and Africa at large will continue to experience post-harvest losses except an all embracing, corrective measure is urgently put in place to stem the tide.

The Director, Institute of Food Security Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR,) Professor Akin Omotayo, gave the warning during an interview in  his office  recently. Professor Omotayo, who was visibly worried by the rising spate of post-harvest losses especially in Nigeria, noted that it was the source of the acute food insecurity in the country and on the continent. According to him, post-harvest losses are “losses incurred within and outside the farm as a result of lack of storage facilities”.

Though post-harvest losses were inevitable, he added that it could, however, be minimized using standard crop production mechanism. He identified Nigeria’s farmers’ habitual use of grains from previous harvests and uncertified seeds as the main cause of post-harvest loss. Besides, the Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, also advanced lack of social amenities including good road network and storage facilities as other militating factors.

He disclosed that post-harvest loss is highly minimised in developed countries like United States, Britain, China and Brazil because they use hybrid seeds to boost yields while their farmers also operate under conducive farming environments.

Professor Omotayo however rekindled the hope that post-harvest losses were avoidable, provided government, farmers and other stakeholders were ready to engage in best agricultural practices.

… Gets Largest Share of Indomie Nutrition Scholarship Award

Postgraduate students of the University have won the largest share of this year’s Indomie National Post Graduate Scholarship Award by winning 8 out of the 12 slots of the scholarship Award. The scholarship, which  was introduced in 2009 by Dufil Prima Food Plc, is to encourage Postgraduate students studying Nutrition and Dietetics and assist in the training of high level Nutritionists that would provide the needed manpower for the relevant sector in the country.

The Public Relations Manager, Dufil Prima Plc, Tope Ashiwaju, said that the eight postgraduate students of the University have received N350,000.00 to cover tuition, educational grant and monthly stipends, adding that the financial support to students studying Nutrition and Dietetics at the postgraduate level would produce a critical mass of highly-trained nutritionists that would drive development in the sector. Ashiwaju disclosed that beneficiaries were not bound by the offer to work for the organisation, on completion of their programme.

The Coordinator of the Scholarship Programme and former Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) FUNAAB, Professor Tunde Oguntona, said 160 applications were received from students across the six geo-political zones of the country, the Judges had to screen the entries to select the 12 winners. Professor Oguntona commended Dufil Prima Plc for sponsoring the programme, which he said, had recorded huge success since its inception. The scholarship was open to all Nigerian students qualified for admission to an M.Sc programme in Nutrition/Dietetics in any University in the country.

Varsity Eyes Collaboration with HydroFoam

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole (Middle), with the HydroFoam Agro team Leader, Mr. Abdul Oluwole (3rd right) and other members , Dean, COLPLANT, Prof. Goke Bodunde (left), Prof. Aiyelaagbe (arrowed) and Dr. Akeem Oyekanmi , Director, CENIP (right).

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is set to collaborate with  HydroFoam Agro, for the supply of ‘Fytofoam’, a soil addictive developed for soil moisture retention.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Olusola Oyewole, received the Hydrofoam team, during which its representative, Mr. Abdul-Jelil Oluwole showcased Fytofoam, which he said is useful in the cultivation of vegetables. He added that his company was interested in finding a suitable partner like FUNAAB to purchase equipment such as resins and hardeners which are used for the production of the Fytofoam. He explained that HydroFoam was a spongy-whitish substance , made from a by-product of the petroleum industry, which helps to reduce water in plants by 50% and increase crop yield by 30%, noting that the substance can stay for at least 15 years if buried in the soil and is suitable for planting vegetable crops. Mr. Oluwole said that HydroFoam, during the dry season, holds up to 60% water and 33% air in its compartment and releases nitrogen for plant, which, according to him, helps to reduce the menace of wetting crops often, as it sustains water in the ground for the plant and equally boosts the crop’s yield. He observed that HydroFoam is also used as a soil substitute and claimed that the substance has been in use in Holland, Mexico, Brazil and in the Middle-East, among other countries.

Also speaking during the visit, Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe, a Professor of Pomology in the Depatment of Horticulture, said the acquisition of Hydrofoam will immensely help students in the department working on Turf-Management and Hy

USDA seeks collaboration with FUNAAB

Two officials of the Embassy of the United States of America in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Mr Russ Nicely, Regional Agricultural Counselor and Mr. Uche Nzeka, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, in his office during the week. Mr Russ Nicely informed the Vice Chancellor about the existing opportunities for collaboration in the areas of value addition to cassava tubers, employment generation, research and development, student and staff exchange programmes and others. The Vice Chancellor appreciated them for the visit, as he looked forward to further developments on the issues raised by the guests, who came with Dr. Akeem Oyekanmi, Director, Centre for Internationalization and Partnership (CENIP).

VC Commends Egba Indigenes

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, has commended Egba indigenes for their  efforts in the development of FUNAAB.

Prof. Oyewole made this commendation while receiving a 7-man Joint Action Committee (JAC), under the aegis of Egba Indigenes Global Association, as he lauded notable Egba indigenes who have contributed immensely to the development of FUNAAB.

The Vice-Chancellor called for the support of the Association, challenging them to make their impact felt in the development of the University, through the erection of physical structure (s) as this would put their imprint on the University.

As part of his effort at making FUNAAB a world-class University, Prof. Oyewole solicited the support of the group to use their  personalities to influence the granting of the take-off license for FUNAAB Community Radio, which will transmit basically agriculture-related programmes. In addition, he sought for assistant in the realisation of FUNAAB’s dream of becoming a conventional University

Speaking on behalf of the Association, the Baba Adinni of Egbaland, Captain Rasheed Raji (Rtd), appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for his achievements, disclosing that the Egba Indigenes Global Association is the umbrella body to all Egba Clubs, rendering service to Egba people at home and abroad. According to him, the Association’s achievements include the building and handing over of the Olukoye Ransome Kuti Memorial Hospital to the State Government in 1990, Award of annual bursary to Egba students to improve and support their education, and the proposed building of the City Hall, a project meant to impact the lives of the Egbas.

Captain Raji, pledged the Association’s support for the University, through infrastructural development and endowments.

Dignitaries present at the occassion include: the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Toyin Arowolo; the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola; the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi and the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam. Others from the Association are Alhaji Kamarudeen A. Adedo (Social Secretary & Asst. Gen. Sec; JAC Busary Committee), Mr. Lekan Adeleye (Financial Secretary), Mr. Sabur O. Sodeinde (P.R.O.), Chief Waheed O. Oloyede (Ex– Officio), Alhaji Ayoola Waheed (Ex-Officio), Hon. Fasiu A. Bakenne (Treasurer) and Capt Rasheed A. Raji (NN) Rtd (President).

...receives donation from Kuwaiti Professor

Professor Darish Al-Azmi of the College of Technological Studies, Kuwait, had donated a radar measuring equipment to the University. Professor Al-Azmi, a personal friend to the Head, Department of Physics, Dr. Amidu Olalekan Mustapha, made the donation during his recent visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole.

The equipment constitutes the Gamma Ray Dosimeter for measuring radiation and other devices for measuring radioactivity in food and environmental materials.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor commended Professor Al-Azmi, Dr. Mustapha as well as other members of the Department of Physics for the donation, which he said would assist the University to attain its set goals and objectives.

FUNAAB hosts Thailand and Vietnam Scientists

In its bid to reposition the University towards attaining a world-class status through internationalisation, a team of Thailand and Vietnam Scientists on the European Union GRATITUDE Project Team, recently visited the University.

Welcoming the scientists, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, stated that the essence of research is to impact knowledge, urging them to ensure that they make the best out of their research efforts.

He noted that the collaboration between FUNAAB and the GRATITUDE team was yielding results and pledged his support for any prospective exchange that will emanate from the collaboration between FUNAAB and the Universities in Thailand and Vietnam.

Prof. Oyewole assured the scientists of their safety as they went round to visit some industries, farms and villages in Nigeria, while he thanked the duo of Prof. Lateef Sanni and Dr. Kola Adebayo, describing them as virile and committed scientists.

The GRATITUDE Research Fund is established under the EU-Sponsored ‘Project on Gains and Losses from Cassava and Yam’, with partners from the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Portugal, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana and Nigeria.

Expressing his appreciation, Prof. Lateef Sanni stated that he was glad to be with the Thailand and Vietnam Scientists and expressed optimism that they could work together, especially, with those committed to the development of science, roots and tubers.

He further explained that the team was also on industrial visit meant to establish South-South Cooperation.

On the visiting team were Ruth Leavett, from the Natural Resource Institute (NRI), Tu Viet Phu, Ms. To Kim Anh and Chu Ky Son from the School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam.

Others include Jackapon Sunthomvarabhas and Sittichoke Wanlapatit from the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).

Also present were the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam and the Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources & Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Prof. Akin Omotayo.

FUNAABITE Emerges Google Ambassador

A 300-level student in the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Mr. Mosopefoluwa Adefuye, has emerged as FUNAAB’S Goggle Student Ambassador.

The Google Student Ambassador (GSA) programme is part of Google’s commitment to supporting education in Africa.

The benefits to FUNAAB include Faculty research grants, Visibility of the institution to the world through Google platform, Campus Wi-fi, Google applications for education and scholarship grants to students, among others.

Mr. Mosopefoluwa Adefuye, alongside one hundred and forty nine(149) other students from all over Africa was chosen after a competitive selection process conducted by Google.

Following the just concluded period of orientation in Kenya, Mosopefoluwa is expected to introduce students to new Google products and features, create awareness about Google opportunities and also act as FUNAAB’S contact for Google teams.

Staff of the University are expected to receive quality training to help improve personal life and productivity at work through Google products, while FUNAABITES will also enjoy hands-on training and free Internet service on campus.

Management calls for Partnership with Staff Unions …Gives Agenda Update

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has solicited for the support of the various staff unions in the bid to move FUNAAB to a world-class status.

Professor Oyewole made the appeal during Management’s historic presence at the Congress Meetings of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the  Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) held recently. It was the first time in the history of FUNAAB as far as members could re-collect that that a Vice-Chancellor was attending Congresses of sister Unions. “As the Vice-Chancellor, I am a member of NASU, I am a member of SSANU, I am a member of NAAT and I am a member of ASUU”, the Vice-Chancellor said. The parleys  were meant to strengthen the relationship between the Union and their members and to ensure that staff understood the vision of Management. In his presentation titled, “Restoring Leadership”, the Vice-Chancellor stated that Management’s vision of advancing FUNAAB to a world-class Institution can only be achieved through the collective contribution of every member of staff, irrespective of his or her level.

At the NASU Congress Meeting, Professor Oyewole commended the contribution of Junior staff to the development of the University saying “You might be called junior staff but you are not junior in your heart and your work is very strategic to our development..I cannot do it alone, I need you.”

He appreciated the leadership of all the Unions for being partners in progress, while assuring that the administration is committed to providing a conducive working atmosphere, which will promote efficiency and effectiveness at the work place. Professor Oyewole emphasised that though Heads of Non-teaching units were now saddled with the additional responsibility of ensuring regular attendance and punctuality at work, the action was not intended to lower the enviable standard of the University, but rather to give leaders the opportunity to prove that leaders are ready to work beyond the government-stipulated eight hours.  “The strength of the University is not in the timing, but in individuals who are responsible and carry out their duties without minding who is watching them”, he said.

Speaking at the NAAT Congress, Vice-Chancellor described Technologists as experts in their various fields who over time have become specialists and are very relevant to the system.

He therefore reiterated the need for staff to continually develop themselves in order to be relevant to the system, saying that a Committee on Capacity Building Policy was being constituted to ensure that staff development is fully embraced. He also disclosed that the Committee would be charged with the responsibility of developing a career structure and new rules and regulations for the University, adding however that until such a time, the existing one would still be used. Professor Oyewole said that an external member of the Governing  Council would head the Committee while its membership would include two members of each Union, a former Vice-Chancellor and a Registrar from other Universities as Consultants.

The Vice-Chancellor debunked the rumour that the 2013 promotion exercise would not hold, clarifying  that the process had been initiated, but was truncated as a result of the on-going ASUU strike. He however assured members of staff that the process would continue immediately after the strike, reaffirming Management’s commitment to staff and students welfare.

On the payment of hazard allowance, Professor Oyewole revealed that he was yet to receive funds from the government to that effect adding that he would make payments as soon as he receives the funds. He thereafter encouraged staff to claim Overtime allowance truthfully stating that Management now sacrificially took care of overtime requests from the Internally-generated revenue (IGR)  of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor also said suggestion boxes would be provided to encourage members of staff to express their feelings and make suggestions on how to move the University forward.

Responding, leaders of all the Unions, Comrade  Abdussobur Salaam (SSANU), Comrade Sunday Akinbola (NAAT) and Comrade Ishaq Odunjo (NASU) on their different platforms assured the University Management of their support in the joint quest to move the University forward.

FUNAAB Quality of Work, Honesty and Transparency, Second to None – C:AVA Project Director

The quality of work, team spirit, honesty and transparency exhibited by the University has  been commended by the Project Director, Cassava: Adding Value to Africa (C:AVA), Professor Andrew Westby of the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), United Kingdom.

The Project Director gave the commendation at a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, at the University when he called to revisit the proposal writing for the second phase of the project.

According to the Project Director, the collaboration and support enjoyed from the University translated into the many successes recorded by C:AVA in the areas of developing Cassava SME as well as positively affecting the lives of many African families.

Speaking on the development for an African organization to provide institutional leadership, Professor Westby said, “I think it is a step in the right direction to pass leadership to an African organization and I think all of us are supportive of FUNAAB taking that role and C:AVA being the Project Director”.

“Sincerely speaking, you have our full support in doing that and I hope that as we have done in the last few years, we can use the collaboration that we have on C:AVA as a building block, to build other things as well”, he added.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole, assured the C:AVA team that the University would not relent in its effort at providing the necessary support to advance the work of the C:AVA project.

He commended the Nigerian team for turning C:AVA into a national project saying that “C:AVA is now a project that even the Minister of Agriculture now talks about at different fora”.

Earlier, the C:AVA Project Manager in Africa, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, said that as part of the criteria for the C:AVA Project Phase II, FUNAAB was selected to provide institutional leadership after a due diligence exercise was conducted by the foundation and the University was found worthy to be the grantee of the foundation. Thus, FUNAAB has been the Country Office of C:AVA since 2008.

The Project Manager said that the project is presently at a stage where the proposal for its Phase II is being written, stating that the necessary procedure might extend till December, 2013.

He said further “C:AVA I is not going to end until March 2014, while C:AVA II is expected to start in April, 2014.”

The Country Manager, Professor Lateef Sanni, was at the meeting as well as other members from USA, Ghana, UK, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and the Netherlands.

Visitation Panel Report has spurred us to improve - VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, has said that the Visitation Panel report is a document that has helped the University to become a better citadel of learning. While welcoming the monitoring team from the Federal Ministry of Education, who visited the University recently, Prof. Oyewole said, “we do not want to be like any other University in the country, we want to make impact”. He explained that the White Paper of the 2004-2010 Visitation exercise in the University was published and distributed to everyone on campus as a document to inform stakeholders about how to move the University forward. This was done over a year ago, with the establishment of an Special Committee inaugurated with the same terms of reference with the Visitation Committee. The Vice-Chancellor said he was glad that though the campus was noticeably quiet, it was not due to the ongoing ASUU strike, but for the fact that FUNAAB had concluded examinations, prior to the commencement of the strike, hence, students were on their regular sessional break.

The leader of the delegation, Mrs. Elizabeth Igelagba, said the team was around to partner with the University, for its development. “We are here to monitor the level of implementation of the Visitation Panel report. We work as a team, we are glad that everything has been done. The Vice-Chancellor was proactive, working to ensure we are partners with the Government”, she said. The monitoring team leader said she was glad that FUNAAB had finished all examinations, stating that like in the days of old when students could even go to seek for holiday jobs. Meanwhile, the team embarked on the trip to monitor the implementation of the White Paper of the 2011 Presidential Visitation Panel to the University. With the Vice-Chancellor to receive the team were other Principal Officers, Director, Internal Audit, Mrs. Francisca Aroyeun; Deputy Director, Physical Planning, Arch. Babatunde Anasanwo; Director, Academic Planning, Professor Adekojo Waheed; Deputy Director, Senate and Admission, Mr. Aniediabasi Udofia, amongst others.

Education, Bedrock for National Development – FUNIS Board Chairman

The Chairman of the FUNIS Board, Chief Olukayode Akindele, delivering his address

The Chairman, FUNIS Board and member, Governing Council of the University, Chief Olukayode Akindele, has described education as the bedrock for socio-economic development, which makes man easy to lead but difficult to enslave.

Delivering his address at the 8th Speech and Prize Giving/4th Valedictory Ceremony of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta International School (FUNIS), titled, “Fly High and Soar Above Barriers of Life”, Chief Akindele stated that the way out of poverty and social deprivation is through the walls of the classroom. “It is important to choose a good school to enhance the capacity of a child to make the most out of his/her destiny,” he said.

Chief Akindele expressed delight at the quality of the graduating class of 2013, charging them to add value to their prospective tertiary institutions and the society at large.

“I have a strong conviction that with this kind of foundation, these are gems that will surely make positive impact in the world in no distant future,” he added. Chief Akindele, who is also the Special Adviser on Economic Matters to the National Chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP), commended the Management and Staff of the School for their untiring efforts and commitment at nurturing the students and for the quality of time and resources they had invested in them.

He charged the graduating class to diligently apply themselves to learning and to always crave for more knowledge, to broaden their horizons, as he advised parents to desist from imposing their choice of career on their children.

The Chairman of the occasion, Engr. Adewale Bolaji Osifowokan, said he was proud to be associated with FUNIS, describing the School as a place where children are well- tutored to be complete individuals.

Delivering the lecture titled, “The Challenge of Being the Best Among Equals in Education”, a Chief Lecturer at the Federal College of Education (FCE) Osiele, Mrs. Oluyemisi Famuyiwa, condemned the habit in which parents and guardians encouraged examination malpractices among their wards, in a bid to secure admission. She said such actions were partly responsible for the mismatch between certificate and performance that had been blamed for the poor academic acumen of graduates.

She said education is a vital tool for individuals to achieve their dreams in life, as she called on the graduands to acquire the necessary knowledge which will assist them in fulfilling their aspirations by contributing their quota to the development of the country.

She noted that there was no short-cut to success, as she charged the graduands to work hard and be honest in all their dealings According to her, “In life, you should be prepared to face challenges just like the story of the Biblical Joseph but like him, hold firmly to your dream, believe and you shall achieve it”.

Mrs. Famuyiwa, whose area of specialized is Curriculum Development and Evaluation, highlighted the challenges that youths often encountered on their way to success to include unstable school system, poverty of parents, negative peer pressure, abuse and health-related issues.

Giving a brief history of FUNIS, the Acting Principal, Mrs. Emily Okpete, disclosed that the School was founded in September 2004 in fulfillment of the vision of providing comprehensive secondary school education and morally sound young people. She further stated that the school is National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) and Millenium Development Goals (MDG) compliant and in tandem with the National Policy on Education guidelines. She described the Speech and Prize Giving-day as an occasion set aside to reward hard work and diligence.

Prizes were awarded in various categories such as Academic awards for JSS 1 to SSS 3 classes, Behavioural awards and Best Teacher awards.

Dignitaries present at the occasion included HRM, Oba (Dr) Samuel Olufemi Ojugbele Obasogun III, Onilogbo of Ilogbo, who was the Royal Father of the Day; the Chaplain, FUNAAB, Professor Christian Ikeobi; the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Chairman, Mr. Wole Babajide and the Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu aside past and present members of the School’s Board and representatives of the Principal Officers of the University.

Dons Bag Commonwealth Fellowship Awards

Two members of staff of the University, Dr. Adetoun Amubode of the Department of Home Science and Management, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and Dr. Grace Oluwasanya of the Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometereology, College of

Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), have won the Commonwealth Fellowship Awards, tenable in the United Kingdom.

While Dr. Amubode will make use of her award at the Kingston University, Dr. Oluwasanya’s award will be utilized at the Crawfield University.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, John Kirkland, the awards will take effect in this year.

JAMB’S Chief Executive Appreciates FUNAAB—pleased with partnership

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has commended the University for the “wonderful co-operation and assistance extended to the Board”, during the conduct of the first Dual Based Test and Computer Based Test held in April and May, 2013.

“It is on record that our modest effort is the first of its kind in a large-scale public examination in Nigeria and we are happy that your partnership with us forms the bedrock on which the success achieved was built”... “We shall continue to count on your support to forge ahead as we jointly take the nation’s educational sector to the world gallery”, he wrote.

Commenting on the letter, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Toyin Arowolo, said the establishment of the 500-seater laboratory was a

good initiative. The 500-Seater Computer Laboratory was described as a value addition to the University as well as a challenge to other Universities in the country to see the need to build their e-examination centres, for effective conduct of the Computer-Based Tests (CBT).

While congratulating the Vice-Chancellor and the entire University, Prof. Arowolo revealed that with the recent procurement of 200 additional computers, the Vice-Chancellor is not resting on his oars in improving the facilities in the laboratory.

He noted that with the success recorded with JAMB, the University will be a centre of attraction for other corporate bodies that may wish to embark on CBT exams in the process of recruiting their prospective staff, which will be in turn, a good source of income for FUNAAB.

He said that the closeness of the laboratory to the 2000-seater Mahmood Yakub Auditorium is a relief because it would take care of any spill-overs that the laboratory could not accommodate, he also expressed optimism that very soon, another 500-seater laboratory will be constructed.

Corroborating the DVC, (Academic), the Head, Information & Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, thanked

Management for allowing the University to conduct the e-examination in conjunction with JAMB.

 

Dr. Ajayi noted that the Centre’s ability to conduct the e-exam, which was hitherto contracted to outsiders, was a source of encouragement in successfully carrying out the JAMB’s CBT examination.

He revealed that FUNAAB was among the 10 Centres that were able to successfully conduct the JAMB’s CBT exam, out of the 70 centres spread across the nation.

He stated the  ICTREC’s ability to conduct the CBT exam will be a good source of revenue for the University, as the Centre is looking beyond merely conducting the internal e-exams, but helping other corporate bodies and other academic institutions within reach to conduct e-exams for their students.

Dr. Ajayi thanked the staff of the Centre for their support and determination to succeed, which he noted had been the impetus for achieving the feat in spite of the challenges they faced at the initial stage.

Meanwhile it would be re-called that the 500-seater computer laboratory was completed by the current administration earlier in May.