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Be Prepared for Leadership - VC

The University has held a send-forth ceremony for the 2012/2013 Batch ‘C’ Corps Members that served in the institution. Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, called on the corps members to be focused, prayerful and be prepared to take leadership responsibilities.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Director, Academic Planning, Professor Adekojo Waheed, said “you went to the University for various studies and have passed through certain experiences here in this great citadel of learning, which had made you a complete person” and should continue to uphold the culture of punctuality the University has taught you.

He commended the corps members for contributing their own quota to the development of FUNAAB and expressed his joy that no negative report was made against them throughout their stay. He advised them not to allow the inordinate crave for money to be their paramount desire,  but rather seek for greater knowledge by enrolling for their Masters’ Degree programmes.

The Vice-Chancellor added that the essence of the NYSC Scheme was to basically allow the members have ample opportunity to interact with others from different parts of the country by learning from different cultures and experiences. The Internal Corpers’ Liaison Officer (ICLO) for the batch, Mr. ‘Tosin Akegbejo-Samsons, expressed appreciation to Management for enabling them to serve in the various Departments of the University.

Miss. Odebudo Fatima, who served with the Directorate of Internal Audit, also said she appreciated the fact that she served in Ogun State because indigenes of the Gateway State were always desirous of learning new things.

Miss. Mesele Evelyn, who served in the Mathematics Department, said she was considering the possibility of settling down in Abeokuta because the city is cool, calm and devoid of the usual hustling and bustling, associated with cosmopolitan cities.

However, the duo of Akerele Oluwatoba and Ayo-Ibine Abisola, while sharing their experiences appealed to the relevant government authorities to provide regular electricity supply, as well as ease transportation problems being encountered especially at the Camp area end of the Alabata road, due to the many pot-holes on the road.

Speaking earlier, an Inspector from the Odeda Local Government Area, Mrs. Ranti Joseph, advised the corps members to always keep the flag flying wherever they find themselves, as she lauded FUNAAB's Management for assisting the Federal Government to take good care of the corps members.

African Root Crop Researchers Brainstorm on Food Security

The need for food security and poverty alleviation in the sub-Saharan Africa, using root crops, formed a major discussion at the just-concluded 12th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa, held recently in Accra, Ghana. These can be achieved by tapping into the opportunities offered by the root crops; namely - yam, cassava and sweet potatoes - through effective trading and marketing; research and development of the crops under enduring and favourable government policies.

The theme of the symposium was Competitiveness of Root Crops for Accelerating Africa’s Economic Growth and was attended by over 300 participants drawn from both the public and private sectors of the economy, including members of staff and students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Others are Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); International  Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC); Centro Interncional De La Papa (CIP); National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike (NRCRI); Harvest Plus and the African Development Bank-funded Support for Agricultural  Research and Development of Strategic Crops (SARDSC).

 

In addition, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) programme on roots, tubers and bananas; Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana (MESTI); Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana (MOFA); Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA); Universities such as Abomey-Calavi University, Benin Republic; Catholic Relief Services and members of the Nigerian EU-GRATITUDE (Gains from Losses of Root and Tubers) Project were in attendance.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who attended the symposium, was glad that there was a remarkable improvement in the number of participants when compared with what obtained in the past.  Also in attendance was the coordinator of the EU GRATITUDE-Cassava Growth Markets and EU Tropical Root Crops Capacity Building projects, Professor Keith Tomlins who is the President, International Society for Tuber and Root Crops (ISTRC).

Participants appreciated the European Union FP7 for sponsoring them to attend the symposium, which they said will facilitate their research work through the timely dissemination of their research outputs.

... As Prof. Sanni Becomes President, ISTRC-AB

Meanwhile, Professor Lateef Sanni, Honourable Member of FUNAAB's Governing Council and the former Head, Food Science and Technology Department, was elected at the occasion as the African President of the Society-Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB). He takes over from Dr. Nzola Mahungu, an IITA Senior Scientist, who is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Professor Sanni is the current President, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST).

FUNAAB Wins Grant, Obtains Eumetsat Research License

The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), has won the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria) grant, in addition to receiving a research license from the European Meteorological Satellite (EUMETSAT), Darmstadt, Germany, that will make it possible to easily download and use environmental and near real-time weather data for research in early warning system in agriculture.

The value of the WAAPP-Nigeria grant is Forty-Seven Million, Five Hundred and Thirty-Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty-Three Naira (₦47,538,243:00) and is meant for collaborative activities in the Multiplication of Cassava Tuber Cuttings for Farmers Across South-Western Nigeria, Seed Multiplication for Maize and Cassava Farmers Across South-Western Nigeria, Fingerlings Multiplication and Broodstock Production, Optimisation of Shika Brown Parent Stock for Sustainable Food Security and Empowerment in Nigeria and Technology Dissemination.

The Technology Dissemination aspect of the project is expected to be jointly implemented with the University’s Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), using the Adopted Village Concept.

The EUMETSAT Research Project License will lapse in September, 2016. It is the last component of the early warning system developed by IFSERAR, to help farming communities prepare against impending disaster that could adversely affect agricultural production and food security in Nigeria. The early warning system project is one of the funded proposals under the 2012/2013 FUNAAB/TETFund Research grants.

According to the Project’s Principal Investigator; Dr John Oyedepo, a ground-receiving station had already been constructed in IFSERAR and the license was the only thing left for the completion of the project. He added that when in full operation, the system will be the second of its type in Africa, coming after the Famine Early Warning System (FEWS), built under the United Nations Development Project, to combat drought and famine in Ethiopia.

Dr Oyedepo further disclosed that the issuance of the license will position FUNAAB at the front-burner of the campaign for food security through the provision of timely warning mechanism on the imminent agricultural disasters that could arise from extreme weather situations in West and Central Africa, as well as reduce to the barest minimum, negative weather influence on agriculture.

Rescheduled qualifying Test for Pre-degree Candidates

All Prospective students who applied for FUNAAB pre-degree programme are hereby invited for a written qualifying paper-based test, scheduled as follows:

DATE
SCIENCES - Wednesday 30th October, 2013.
MANAGEMENT - Thursday, 31st October, 2013.

TIME
1st Batch - 8am
2nd Batch - 10am
3rd Batch - 11am
4th Batch - 12pm

VENUE
INHURD, FUNAAB, Mawoko Campus.

NOTE:
Please come along with a copy of your online application printout and a sum of =N=2000 exam and handling fee payable at the venue.

NOTICE TO ALL 2013/2014 FUNAAB PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES

UTME CANDIDATES AND DE CANDIDATES

ALL candidates that made FUNAAB their First Choice Institutions and sat for the Post-UTME should note the schedule of activities below which involve the successful candidates.

This is First Batch Admission and there will be Second Batch.

For the First Batch successful candidates, the list will be uploaded on FUNAAB portal on 19th October, 2013.  So candidates should check for their status

Successful candidates are to pay Acceptance fee and Smart ID Card of N40,000.00 (Forty Thousand Naira), Computer Training Fee of N5,000.00 (Five Thousand Naira and N200.00 (Two Hundred Naira) bank charges within two weeks, that is not later than Friday, 1st November, 2013.  The payment of Acceptance Fee should be made into FUNAAB Account in any of the following banks;

  • Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. (0032590602)
  • Zenith Bank Plc. (1130035520)
  • Wema Bank Plc. (0122249215)
  • Other banks (Access Bank, First Bank and FUNAAB Micro-Finance Bank) will join soon.

The screening of invited candidates is scheduled for a later date, and you will be duly informed on our website.

DO NOT WAIT TILL 1ST NOVEMBER, 2013 TO SOURCE FOR YOUR ACCEPTANCE FEE.  GET YOUR FEES READY IMMEDIATELY NOW!!!

Stop Using Non-Professionals to Teach English Language - NATRESL

A call has gone to the relevant authorities to ensure that only professionals are engaged in the teaching of English language in the nation’s educational institutions, to achieve the desired goals of studying the subject.

This was the position of teachers and researchers of English language, under the aegis of the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRESL), in a communiqué issued after its 10th Annual Conference, held recently at the Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State.

The 9-point communiqué, jointly signed by Dr. Helen Bodunde, the new President of NATRESL and Dr. Remi Aduradola, Chairman, Communiqué Drafting Committee; who are both members of staff of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, enjoined teachers to identify with the digital culture of the 21st century. They further advised the exploration of the unique offers for effective teaching and learning of all aspects of the English language and Literature-in-English components, as well as the emerging, modern and innovative methods of teaching and research such as interactive, integrative and collaborative efforts, which they believed should be encouraged, adopted and promoted by institutions, governmental bodies and philanthropists.

“Existing governmental policies on education as they relate to teacher and learner development should be revisited especially at the secondary and tertiary levels of implementation. The use of non-professional hands in the teaching of English language/Literature at the secondary and tertiary levels of education should be avoided. Also, professional teachers should be regularly exposed to in-service training, seminars and conferences for improvement and updating of knowledge on innovative strategies for the 21st century classroom”, NATRESL stated.

The teachers and researchers observed that parents' activities at home and in their wards' schools can play a significant role in the educational success and achievements of their children, as they charged parents and guardians to put in more efforts to undertake concerted supervision in the language and educational development of their wards to complement teachers' efforts in the classroom.

To maintain high standards, teachers in primary and secondary schools should endeavour to create time on the school curriculum and subject time-table for pupils/students to watch educational television and participate in selected radio programmes and also be willing to shift ground from conservative research approaches to empirical data-based researches by adopting innovative classroom approaches to promoting blended learning.

The Association recommended that reading culture should be promoted in Nigerian primary and secondary schools through the establishment of reading clubs, functional literary and debating societies.

The theme of the Conference was English Language Teaching And 21st Century Teacher Competencies and had a total of 74 participants drawn from schools and tertiary institutions from different parts of Nigeria, during which over 50 research papers were presented during the opening and plenary sessions

INHURD To Commence IJMB ‘A’ Level Programme

The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) has approved the University’s Institute of Human Resource Development (INHURD) as a centre for the IJMB ‘A’ Level Programme.

The Director of INHURD, Professor Francis Showemimo, said IJMB gave the approval after an inspection tour of the INHURD facility, recently. With the approval, the Institute is permitted to run an IJMB Centre that could admit up to 350 students.

The IJMB team, which was led by the Professor A. O. Oyewale, representative of the IJMB Chairman; the National Coordinator of IJAM, Mrs L. E. Adam from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and Dr. A. L. Kolapo from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, expressed satisfaction over the facilities at the Institute.

Following the approval, INHURD will run the pre-degree, IJMB ‘A’ levels and Cambridge ‘A’ levels programme concurrently beginning from January 2014.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole has congratulated INHURD for the giant stride, promising management’s support towards the success of the programme.

FUNAAB to Collaborate with Chinese Consortium

All is now set for a collaboration between a Greenlife Agriculture Group and Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone based in Beijing and the University in the areas of Agricultural mechanisation, training, trade, cassava production, processing and exporting.

The Chairman, SINO-Nigeria Business Networking Limited, Chief Charles Adebiyi, stated this recently while unfolding the immense opportunities to be gained from the collaboration.

According to him, University cooperation could be achieved through the exchange of students and staff, particularly in the areas of agricultural development.

He commended the neatly pruned lawns of the University, saying that it is practical-oriented, such that teaching and research is seen and felt.

Welcoming the prospective collaborators to the University, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Director, Institute for Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo, gave a brief history of the University and its evolution into a full fledge, autonomous institution of higher learning.

He said since Nigeria had become China’s number one trading partner in the Africa sub-region, China is now one of Nigeria’s top ten trading partners, adding that Chinese businessmen were increasing showing  interests to invest in Nigeria.

The Vice-Chancellor recalled the Nigeria-China Investment Forum held recently in Beijing where over nine MOUs were signed between Chinese investors and the Nigerian government as well as private sector operators in the areas of power, agriculture, industrial zones, automobile, science and technology. He added that President Goodluck Jonathan’s appreciation of the gesture led to the decision that serious-minded Chinese businessmen investing in Nigeria should now be given up to 10 years entry visa.

To reciprocate the gesture, the Chinese government had been in the forefront of helping Nigeria to diversify its economy by increasing its volume of agricultural imports from the country, he added.

According to him, “Already 80,000 tonnes of cassava chips have reached China. Nigeria has already received another order from China to supply 102,000 tonnes in the next 10 months”.

He, however, stated that there are about 200 Chinese companies doing business in Nigeria, adding that Nigeria needed more direct investment. His words, “FUNAAB is interested in agro and allied industry. FUNAAB is willing to facilitate your business activities in SouthWest Nigeria which falls within our mandate area and we are willing to provide land as your partner and other things that will ease your investment in Ogun state”. Earlier, the leader of the Chinese team and the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ogun-Guangdong FTZ, Professor John Xoe, decried the deplorable level which China was about 20 years ago, where graduates were unwilling to work as farmers in rural areas.

He added that, in the last 10 years, the graduates are now willing to work in the rural areas as all the agricultural processes have been mechanised.

Professor Xoe said he wished that Nigeria did not go through the long process of attaining a developed status, as it took China and some western countries almost between 30 and 70 years. He added that with the collaboration, Nigeria should not spend up to 10 years before getting to where China is presently in terms of development.

He said the consortium has collaborated with countries like Israel, Germany and United Kingdom and looked forward to promising business relationship with Nigeria.