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Former VC Now NIAS President

A former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Israel Adu, has been elected as the President of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS). A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Adu was elected at the 3rd Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of NIAS and the Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), held recently at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Professor Adu was Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, from September 1, 2001 to August 31, 2006 and he's currently the Pro-Chancellor of McPherson University, Ogun State.

Also appointed as Council members of NIAS, at the Joint Annual Meeting, were three University officials, namely; the Dean of the College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Christian Ikeobi, representing the Animal Breeding and Genetics Discipline; the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor Olufemi Onifade, who would represent the Pasture and Range Management Discipline; while Professor Samuel Abiola, is to represent the Livestock Products Processing and Preservation Discipline. Professor Ikeobi is of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics with research focus in the areas of animal genetics, characterisation and evaluation of Nigeria's animal resources, with special emphasis on the local chicken. He is presently a member of the University’s Governing Council. Professor Onifade is of the Department of Pasture and Range Management and a member of several international and national bodies. He was until recently, the Dean of Student Affairs, while Professor Abiola is of the Department of Animal Production and Health, with research interest in Monogastric Animal Production Meat Processing. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Meat, London and a Member, South African Society for Animal Science.

NIAS was founded in 1975 and legally established by the National Assembly Act No. 26 of 2007, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. It is the regulatory agency for Animal Science practice with powers to regulate all matters pertaining to animal husbandry in Nigeria. It is also saddled with the responsibility of regulating professional practices towards increasing profitability for improved animal husbandry and production while ASAN, on the other hand, was established in 1995 with the aim of promoting the standard of livestock production through policy formation and research in the industry. The tenure of the newly-elected Council members is for three years, with effect from 2014.

FUNAAB Scholar Wins IUFoST Award

A graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Miss Ifeoluwa Olotu, had won the prestigious International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) Food Safety without Borders Graduate Student Paper Award. Miss Olotu’s research which was titled, “Identification of Hazards and Critical Control Points for Mosa (an indigenous maize based street vended snack) Processing in South-West Nigeria”, won the award presented to her at the recently concluded IUFoST Congress in Montreal, Canada.

Miss Olotu, recently bagged her Master’s Degree, funded by the European Union GRATITUDE Project and was one of the four graduate students from developing countries that won.

Olotu is a member of several professional bodies, including the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) and the American Society of Quality and Young Professionals in Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD).

Be Relevant After Graduation - IFSERAR Director

The Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo, has tasked the 2013/2014 graduating students of the University on how to be relevant after graduating. Delivering a lecture titled, “Developing Skills Set for Excellence and How to Search for and Get Your First Job”, he challenged the students to go the extra mile, show enthusiasm and take charge of problems when they come in order to achieve excellence.

According to the Don, for one not to be caught in the web of unemployment or joblessness, Professor Omotayo charged the students to have passion for self-employment by learning and using the various skills they have; and if they seek paid employment, they should create their own curriculum vitaes or resumes and make use of social media such as LinkedIn, take part in internship as early as possible, find a mentor and join a professional development or industry group. He observed that graduating students in today’s market place required some basic skills which they should endeavour to acquire such as being computer literate, developing good written and verbal communication skills, as well as learning new languages.

The event, which was also organised to brief the graduating students on the changes in the process of mobilisation for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, afforded the NYSC team, led by Mr. Adeniran Olayide, who is the Director of Ventures Management Department, NYSC Headquarters, Abuja to inform the students that the mobilisation process would now be done online, beginning with the 2014 Batch ‘C’.. Adeniran said that for a prospective corps member to get registered, such a person would make an online payment of Four Thousand Naira (N4,000.00) only, to get his call-up letter printed, which would afford them the opportunity to re-print their call-up letters anytime, anyday and from anywhere in the case of theft or loss, which was contrary to what was obtainable before, where a corps member would have to lose the entire service year if he/she should misplaced or loses the letter. He advised that to get registered, they would have to log on to www.nysc.org.ng or www.nysc.gov.ng and make use of a good cybercafé with the required facilities such a thumb-printing machine and webcam for picture capturing among others. Present at the briefing were the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons; the Principal Assistant Registrar (Counselling), Mrs. Modesta Ofodile; and the Student Affairs Officer, Mr. Olaniyi Akomolafe .

IFSERAR Organises Training on Scientific Data Analysis

The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), is leading the frontier towards ensuring that data collected during research findings are properly analysed, by organising an intensive training programme for research scientists, lecturers, postgraduate students and final year undergraduate students on data analysis. Addressing participants at the 2nd round of Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SAS/SPSS) training, the Director of IFSERAR, Professor Akin Omotayo, encouraged them to fully utilise the opportunity the training offered them in creating unlimited opportunites. Professor Omotayo disclosed that the training was designed to update and upgrade the skills of undergraduate, postgraduate students and others, who needed to learn how to analyse data.

“Some of them already have the skills but the skills are rusty because as new software are being developed, new ways are coming up. So, we are organising this training both for those who are green completely and those who have the skills but the skills are rusty”, he noted. The Director of IFSERAR added that the success recorded during the first round of the workshop earlier held in August encouraged the Institute to organise the just-concluded second round, urging interested members of the University community to utilise the opportunity of the third round which would be coming up before the end of the year or early 2015. He highlighted the enormous benefits of the training to include turning trainees into consultants, setting up of data analysis outfit, training of would-be data analysts, among others.


Reps Pass Vote of Confidence on FUNAAB

After their official visit to the University, federal legislators and members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education, have passed a vote of confidence on the way and manner the affairs of the institution was being run. The lawmakers, who recently paid a working visit to the University, as part of their oversight functions had unanimously commended FUNAAB over its detailed financial report. Speaking during the interactive meeting between the legislators with the University Management and members of staff, the Chairman of

the Committee, Honourable Aminu Suleiman, said the essence of the Committee's oversight function was not to query, witch-hunt or carry out auditing, but to better the system.According to him, "It becomes a matter of necessity for us to put an eagle eye to stimulate public officers to run institutions properly". Honourable Suleiman stated that it is one thing to provide what was needed for learning and teaching, adding that it is another thing for public officers to properly and judiciously spend government funds, noting that the Committee could not carry out its duties effectively by staying in their offices. "The National Assembly have been on recess for two months and we are here to gather information to submit on the forthcoming appropriation". He appreciated the warm hospitality the University accorded them right from the Lagos Airport to Abeokuta, saying that Nigeria had not made a mistake by creating specialised institutions like FUNAAB. According to him, "I commend the unanimity of purpose particularly seeing members of the ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) present. I congratulate the Vice-Chancellor that he has a team that can support him in his absence". He also lauded Management for doing a good job in the University.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had stated that the University was aiming to be a world-class institution, adding that this was possible because of its highly committed and dedicated members of staff. He presented the Mission and Vision statements of the University, saying that presently, FUNAAB had nine Colleges and a Postgraduate School. Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, the Vice-Chancellor said that the University also has 11,624 undergraduate students, 1,101 postgraduate students, 562 Teaching as well as 1,421 Non-teaching Staff. He added that the University was community-focused with the existence of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) which was established in 1992. The Vice-Chancellor stressed the importance of research to the University which was responsible for the establishment of its Institute for Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) and the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), where the University students go to rural areas to practice farming for one year. While presenting the University’s financial report to the Chairman of the Committee, the Vice-Chancellor stated that 40 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was usually expended on capital projects.

VC Lauds FG Over Periodic Review of Pensioners’ Wages

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has commended the efforts of the Federal Government at bringing succour to pensioners through the periodical review of pension wages. Professor Oyewole disclosed this during a 3-Day Entrepreneurship Capacity Building Training Workshop for Pensioners, organised by the Board of Trustees for Pension Administration in collaboration with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS). The Vice-Chancellor was represented at the occasion by Professor Bola Okuneye, a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management of FUNAAB.

He added, "You will agree with me that all hands must be on deck to ensure that our pensioners are not made to go through untold hardship of life of poverty and penury after retirement but rather, they should be entitled to quality living after the meritorious services they have rendered to our dear fatherland". He recalled the various workshops that the University Management had embarked upon in its drive for better life for its staff after retirement, by ensuring that pensioners lived meaningful lives after their disengagement from service. His words, "We are glad that the feedback we have been getting on the past workshops pointed to the fact that they were beneficial to those who had attended as they have put the knowledge gained at these Workshops into practice".

Professor Okuneye, who is also the Chairman, Workshop Organising Committee, disclosed that the main purpose for the workshop was to train participants on how best to cope with retirement, adding that it would also impart some basic knowledge about businesses which are appropriate for retirees. According to him, "We will examine ways of improving the business status of those who have started their various businesses and train them on how to refinance struggling businesses". Delivering a paper titled, "Sharing Experiences of Retirement", Mr. Lateef Ladejo, a former Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU-FUNAAB), said that retirement was not a bed of roses, as he urged public servants to prepare adequately for the future. Mr. Adekunle Okanlawon admonished the retirees to personally monitor their businesses, warning against being "an absentee businessman". The second paper titled, "Coping with Stress and Health Challenges at Retirement" was delivered by Dr. Julius Adegbite, who emphasised that the way someone responds to stress would depend on how he/she would overcome stress, as he advised that growing old usually comes with health challenges. Delivering the third paper titled, "Business Ethics and Required Approach in the Present Day Nigeria", Professor Okuneye, noted the two important things a good business man must take into consideration. are: what will people buy and the trends of demand. He added that a good business man must be frank to ensure that family and friends pay for services rendered. "Put in your best in the business and don't offend customers. If you are already in business, try as much as possible to remain in business". He charged retirees to think big but start small, saying that by the time they start their business, they should make sure that customers were not disappointed. The fourth paper provided an opportunity for participants to break into groups to acquire entrepreneurship skills and was moderated by Dr. Funmilayo Braide of FUNAAB, while the fifth paper titled, "Benefits of Entrepreneurship Skills”, was delivered by the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Olufemi Onifade.

In his remarks, a member of the FUNAAB Pension Board of Trustee representing the Office of the Federal Head of Service, Mr. Edward Edohamen, said that the programme was aimed at enhancing the pensioners’ welfare as they had been taken through series of practical sessions. He appreciated the various speakers who he said, chose “carefully selected” topics of interests. According to Mr. Edohamen, “by the time the pensioners leave here, they would have something to hold on from the workshop”. Delivering the lecture on “Value Added Products”, the Dean of the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor Lateef Sanni, encouraged the pensioners to start something new, no matter how little it could appear to be at the beginning. Professor Sanni also advised them to carry along their children before embarking on any business and add value to whatever they do in a market-driven environment.

Other speakers during the workshop include the Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), Professor Christian Ikeobi; Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) FUNAAB, Dr. Festus Adeosun and the UNAAB Microfinance Bank team, which educated the pensioners on Banking Facilities. The pensioners were taken through practical classes of Bead Making, Fisheries, Dry Cleaning and Laundry, Soap Making/Vaseline and Coconut Oil, Rabbitry, Catering and Hospitality and other Value Added Products.

Dignitaries present at the occasion include the Pioneer Registrar of FUNAAB, Princess Bisi Shoboyejo and Mrs. Hamzart Abechi from the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja.

Nematodes Are Man’s Enemy – Don

A University Don and the Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Nigerian Society of Nematologists (NISON), Professor (Mrs.) Olufunke Egunjobi, has described nematodes as great enemies to the well being of man. Professor Egunjobi made this known while delivering her keynote address during the Second Biennial Conference of the Society, held recently in the University, where she stated that nematodes contribute to hunger, disease and poverty that confound humanity today. She said nematodes also caused hunger by feeding as parasites on all plants, by feeding on their roots, stems, leaves, flowers, buds and seeds and causing many diseases that could result in substantial decline in food production or total crop failure, thereby, contributing to hunger. According to her, nematodes, which are parasitic on plants are not visible to the naked eyes, while those that are parasitic on man and animals are bigger than others. Some of them are: Ascariasis (the common round worm), the Onchocerca Volvolus (River Blindness), Dracunculus Medinensis (also known as Guinea worm) and the Wucheria Bancrofti (that causes elephantiasis of the scrotum as well as the legs). “Virtually all grazing animals such as cattle, sheep and goats suffer from nematode-induced diseases such as weight loss and general reduced productivity.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed, appreciated the Nematologists, whose executive members had earlier paid him a courtesy call, noting that the University appreciated the research-oriented forum. He thanked the Keynote speaker for making herself available for the conference despite her tight schedule.

The President of the Association, Professor ‘Dele Fawole, expressed gratitude that the second edition was hosted by FUNAAB, while he commended the University Management for the rapid infrastructural development the University had witnessed over the years. The highpoint of the event was the cutting of NISON anniversary cake and the presentation of N20,000.00 conference sponsorship cheques to four students.

FUNAABITE Wins WHO Grant

A postgraduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Mr. Hammed Mogaji, has been awarded the sum of $9,550 as Research and Training Grant for his MSc programme in Tropical Disease Research (TDR). Funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Research Grant would cover the full payment of his two-year tuition fee and support for learning materials, computer and preparation of his dissertation. In an interview, Hammed thanked God for the grant and described the offer as a great challenge to his academic career, which will spur him to do more.

He also commended his project supervisor, Dr. Friday Ekpo, for laying a good foundation for him and mentoring him well about the process of winning research grants, stating that he had learnt a lot from him. Hammed, an alumnus of FUNAAB, studying Parasitology, noted that the grant awarded him would take him to places and that hardwork remained his driving force.

FUNAAB Don Invents Alternative Cooking Gas

A Don in the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) and the Director of Zoological Park of the University, Dr. Moses Oyatogun, has devised an alternative cooking gas from Biodegradable waste, which is found to be economical and environmentally-friendly. Speaking at the COLERM Lecture Series titled, “Waste to Wealth, Health and Fertilizer Production in Nigeria: The Nature’s Way”, Dr. Oyatogun described Biodegradable waste as one that could be broken down within a short period of time into its base compounds by micro-organisms and other living things. Dr. Oyatogun, whose research interests cover Range Management, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Domestication and Agroforestry, added that Biodegradable waste were commonly found in municipal solid waste sometimes called Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW), which include green waste, food waste, paper waste and Biodegradable animal products. According to him, other Biodegradable wastes include human waste, manure, sewage, and slaughterhouse waste. He added that in the absence of oxygen, much of the waste items would decay into methane through a process called anaerobic digestion, adding that the main thrust of his presentation was to highlight how all Biodegradable waste products generated daily can be re-channeled into anaerobic digesters to generate methane gas and liquid organic fertilizers that can be further recycled and reused for sustainable and integrated agricultural production.

Dr. Oyatogun said that land, forests, fossil fuels and minerals were important sources of capital, adding that wealth in monetary terms, could be measured as natural, human and physical assets. His words, “wealth can be categorised into three: personal property, monetary savings and capital wealth”. He said many research had been carried out in the country without much impact, noting that until “we meet research with development, we will still remain a developing nation”, ... “if we observe nature well, we get so many things from it”. He further observed that the serious environmental problems to be addressed in the nation included deforestation and desert encroachment, as well as harnessing of the abundant natural resources.

The Don said wealth provides the type of social security that could help in protecting against unforeseen decline in man's living standard in the event of job loss or emergencies, saying that it can also be transformed into home ownership, business ownership or a college education.

Dr. Oyatogun, a member of the American Society of Range Management and the East African Wildlife Society, gave a vivid illustration of the development of low cost polyethylene tube prototype digester to utilise animal and Biodegradable biomass wastes to generate cooking gas and liquid fertilizer and noted that the prototype of the Biogas was being used at the FUNAAB Zoological Park and other places.

Earlier, the Dean of COLERM, Professor Clement Adeofun, said that the lecture was an important academic programme, adding that the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, was the first speaker to deliver the lecture, followed by Professor Jonathan Bello, a former Head of Department in the College. According to him, “it is an important event, which for over a decade; we have not had an opportunity to host”. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the occasion and the Dean, College of Engineering (COLENG), Professor Johnson Adewumi, stated that with the appropriate technology in place, it would be easy to convert waste to gas while the problem of erratic power supply in the University would be a thing of the past.

Don Identifies Ways to Secure Adequate Research Funding

The Federal Government and stakeholders of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), have been advised to ensure adequate funding of research efforts under the policy, for the benefit of Nigerians. This advice was given during the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) Lecture titled, “Framework for Inter-Governmental Relations in the implementation of Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda”, held recently.

According to the Guest Lecturer, Professor Aderibigbe Olomola, farming is a profession and business that required adequate funding to succeed and should be accorded the priority it deserved.The Senior Economist and Consultant at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), stated that research was the backbone of modern agriculture that drives productivity and competitiveness without which no agribusiness could thrive. He added that for the ATA to be sustained, there should be stability in the policy process to avoid unwarranted change.

Professor Olomola, who is a member of the Ministerial Policy Working Group on the ATA, added thatin the agricultural sector should be designed, developed and functioned in a sustainable manner, to be able to control the behaviour of individuals by making them to take decisions that would be in the best interest of the agricultural sector, as well as the Country in general. Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and representative of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bola Okuneye, described the Guest Lecturer as a ‘big fish’, adding that the lecture was held to examine the ways of establishing collaboration and workable partnership among all tiers of government in achieving the nation’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda.

Community Soccer Ends in Grand Style

In a bid to foster better extra-curricular activities among the students, the University has introduced the first ever Community Soccer Competition. The maiden tournament tagged, “FUNAAB Community Shield Soccer Competition”, had students living around FUNAAB communities as participants. The eight communities that participated include: Male Hostels, Main Gate, Camp/Osiele and Mawuko. Others are: Isolu, Kotopo/Eleweran/Aregbe, Somorin/Odo-Eran and Alogi/Asero/Adatan Communities.

The only goal of the Match between Camp/Osiele and Mawuko was scored in the 37th minute by Mr. Johnson Olakotan, a 300-level student in the Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (WRM&A), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM).

Speaking at the Final Match/Closing Ceremony of the Games, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said that the benefit of the Soccer Competition was immense because it allowed the students to have a taste of how an organised competition looked like. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Director of Sports, Mr. ‘Bayo Oluwatoki, stated that part of the benefits of the competition had started materialising as new talents were discovered to represent the University in the subsequent Inter-University Games.

The Director, Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD), Professor Francis Sowemimo, noted the importance of sports competition, being as a catalyst for fostering cordial relationships amongst the students. He added that it also helps keep the athletes fit for University tournaments and national competitions. The Director of Sports, Mr. Oluwatoki thanked the University Management for approving the Competition, adding that plans were on the way to add other games like Chess, Table Tennis, Tennis and Badminton. He observed that sport competition was a co-curricular activity which goes hand in hand with academics, stating that the competition would be sustained by planning ahead. Meanwhile, the Kotopo team came third by beating Main Gate team 4-3 through a penalty shootout. Highpoint of the event was the distribution of medals and cash awards to winners

Internal Advertisement for Vacant Positions in the Staff School

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following vacant positions in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Staff School

 

Positions
A. Master Grade III
- (CONTISS 06)

Candidates should possess a Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) with a minimum of two (2) years cognate post-qualification experience. Candidate must be computer literate.

B. Senior Teaching Assistant II - (CONTISS 06)

Candidates should possess a Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) with a minimum of two (2) years cognate post-qualification experience. Candidate must be computer literate.

 

CONSOLIDATED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS SALARY STRUCTURE (CONTISS)

CONTISS 06 - (N765,112.92 – N1,129,545.00)

 

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

These are as obtainable in the Public Service of Nigeria and the University System.

 

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Candidates should address their applications with twenty-five (25) copies of their Credentials and Curriculum Vitae in the order stated below:

 

01. PERSONAL

(i) Name in Full: (Surname First in Capital Letters)

(ii) Date of Birth:

(iii) Place of Birth:

(iv) Age:

(v) Sex:

vi) Marital Status:

vii) Nationality:

viii) Town and State of Origin:

(ix) Local Government:

(x) Senatorial District:

(xi) Contact Address:

(xii) Phone Number:

(xiii) E-mail Address:

(xiv) Present Employer:

(xv) Present Post and Salary (both level and amount):

(xvi) Post Applied for:

 

02. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

(i) Educational Institutions Attended (with dates)

(ii) Academic and Professional Qualifications (with dates)

(iii) Prizes, Honours, National and International Recognition

 

03. WORK EXPERIENCE

04. SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE

05. COMMENDATION

06. MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

07. EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES

08. PUBLICATIONS

09. REFEREES

 

…………………………… …………………………………

Signature Date

 

 

 

 

To: The Registrar,

Federal University of Agriculture,

P. M. B. 2240,

Abeokuta,

Ogun State.

 

Applicants should request their three nominated referees to forward their reports under separate and confidential cover.

 

Closing Date

All Applications must be received not later than Two (2) weeks from the date of this publication. Only applications from candidates shortlisted for interview will be acknowledged.

 

(Signed)

M. O. Ayoola, JP

Registrar

September 10, 2014

 

 

Internal and External Advertisement for Non-Teaching Staff Vacancies

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following vacant positions in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

 

A. Director, Directorate of Internal Audit - (CONTISS 15)

Candidates should possess a good honours degree in Accounting or its equivalent. . In addition, candidate should possess a professional qualification such as ACA, ACCA, ANAN, ACMA with a minimum of fifteen (15) years cognate post-qualification experience, seven (7) of which must be as a Deputy Director or equivalent in a government establishment, tertiary Institution will be an advantage. A higher degree from a relevant field will also be an added advantage. Candidate must be computer literate.

B. Deputy Director, Bursary - (CONTISS 14)

Candidates should possess a good honours degree in Accounting or its equivalent. . In addition, candidate should possess a professional qualification such as ACA, ACCA, ANAN, ACMA. Also, the candidate must have a minimum of fourteen (14) years cognate post-qualification experience, five (5) of which must be as a Chief Accountant in a tertiary Institution. A higher degree from a relevant field will be an added advantage. Candidate must be computer literate.

 

CONSOLIDATED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS SALARY STRUCTURE (CONTISS)

CONTISS 15 - (N4,372,827.00 – N5,631,083.00)

CONTISS 14 - (N3,637,919.00 – N4,737,055.00)

 

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

These are as obtainable in the Public Service of Nigeria and the University System.

 

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Candidates should address their applications with twenty-five (25) copies of their Credentials and Curriculum Vitae in the order stated below:

 

01. PERSONAL

(i) Name in Full: (Surname First in Capital Letters)

(ii) Date of Birth:

(iii) Place of Birth:

(iv) Age:

(v) Sex:

vi) Marital Status:

vii) Nationality:

viii) Town and State of Origin:

(ix) Local Government:

(x) Senatorial District:

(xi) Contact Address:

(xii) Phone Number:

(xiii) E-mail Address:

(xiv) Present Employer:

(xv) Present Post and Salary (both level and amount):

(xvi) Post Applied for:

 

02. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

(i) Educational Institutions Attended (with dates)

(ii) Academic and Professional Qualifications (with dates)

(iii) Prizes, Honours, National and International Recognition

 

03. WORK EXPERIENCE

04. SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS/COMMUNITY SERVICE

05. COMMENDATION

06. MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

07. EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES

08. PUBLICATIONS

09. REFEREES

 

…………………………… …………………………………

Signature Date

 

 

 

 

To: The Registrar,

Federal University of Agriculture,

P. M. B. 2240,

Abeokuta,

Ogun State.

 

Applicants should request their three nominated referees to forward their reports under separate and confidential cover.

 

Closing Date

All Applications must be received not later than six (6) weeks from the date of this publication. Only applications from candidates shortlisted for interview will be acknowledged.

 

(Signed)

M. O. Ayoola, JP

Registrar

September 1, 2014

 

 

FUNAAB Empowers Drivers

As part of the staff development initiative of the University Management, the Department of Works and Services recently facilitated a two 2-day workshop tagged, “Intensive Re-Orientation and Refresher Course for University’s Motor Drivers/Mechanics and Technical Assistants (Automobile)”.

Presenting a Paper titled, “Traffic Rules and Regulation: Right of Way”, Commander Abdulrahman Ajala of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), said accidents occur when road users violate traffic rules. He defined a driver as someone who has the knowledge of operating a motor vehicle; has adequate knowledge of the in-built functions; recognises, understands and observes all road traffic signs and signals on the road (i.e Highway Code). He appealed to the participants to always endeavour to carry out daily routine checks on their vehicles before embarking on any journey. Commander Abdulrahaman Ajala added that the essence of traffic rules and regulations was to resolve traffic conflict by bringing about orderliness, because when traffic rules and regulations are observed, there will be a reduction in traffic congestion.

The Managing Consultant of Lizzy Consult, Venerable Olurotimi Akinyele, educated the drivers on the “History of Automobile: Introduction to Motoring and Functional Parts of the Vehicle”, as he itemised the roles and responsibilities of a driver to include: ability to do routine vehicle checks and basic maintenance; practising road safety consciousness; being able to report road traffic crash to appropriate bodies; being neatly dressed, among others. Commander Nodiru Taiwo, who is the Head, Public Relations Unit, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Ogun State Sector Command, noted that, researches conducted on road traffic crashes had shown that, there were three major causes of road traffic crashes, namely: Human factor (overconfidence, speeding, lack of concentration, tiredness, driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous overtaking); mechanical and environmental factors. He appealed to the drivers to always adhere strictly to accident prevention measures and liaise with relevant bodies such as the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).

The Managing Director of Tunnel Auto Care Company, Mr. Babatunde Osunkoya, in histitled, “Ideal Servicing and “Repair Methods and Skills in Automobile Workshop on Vehicles”, implored drivers to always know the state of motor vehicles before driving them by checking the oil level and water availability in the radiator, among others. During the programme, skills in the areas of writing good quotations and safety precautions were also imparted on participants.

The Managing Consultant of Lizzy Oyinlola Consult, Venerable Olurotimi Akinyele, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, for making it possible to train the staff, which will enhance their productivity and performance. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, was represented at the occasion by Engineer Kehinde Ajiboye, of the Department of Works and Services, who expressed his gratitude to the participants for their dedication to duties, noting that the University had always recognised their contributions in moving the University forward.




AERD Holds Maiden Valedictory Lecture

The Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AERD), has held a Valedictory Lecture for its outgoing final year students, which is the first ever to be held. The maiden edition of the Lecture themed, "Becoming Employable in an Unemploying Economy", had as speakers, an alumnus of the Department and current Manager of Stanbic-IBTC, Abeokuta Main Branch, Mr. Sola Fagbuyi, as well as Dr. Adebosola Oladeinde, the Deputy Director of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa II (C:AVA II) project.

According to Mr. Fagbuyi, there is the growing incidence of unemployment among youths in the country, saying that so many people were roaming the streets without doing anything. Admonishing the students not to be among the unemployed, he disclosed that "it is the value you add to yourselves now that would give you opportunities in the future". He noted that the statistics emanating from both the Manpower Board and the Federal Bureau of Statistics, showed that Nigeria had a youth population of 80 million, representing 60 per cent of the total population of the country, out of which 64 million were unemployed, while 1.6 million were underemployed, as he described employability as the ability to obtain, maintain and switch employment over time, adding that before someone seeks for employment, it would be good to first find out if one is employable or not. He said those that were unemployed in the nation can be grouped into two categories: those that were unemployed due to retrenchment, redundancy or bankruptcy, as well as those that had never been employed.

"Employability consists of numerous components or skills, such as technical, non-technical, transferable, non-transferable, context dependent, context independent and meta-cognitive", he stated. banker said that although, unemployment was a worldwide problem, he advised students to be adequately prepared for the future in order to mitigate the challenge of unemployment by constantly practicing what they were taught in the University.

In her presentation, Dr. Adebosola Oladeinde, said that money was not everything as young graduates could engage in volunteering, mentorship and internship programmes, to attain success in life. She stated that though social media was good, employers had been known to search for candidates’ profiles on Facebook and other social media platforms before inviting them for interview, warning students to be wary of what they posted on such platform. According to her, "unless you set up your privacy settings appropriately, almost anyone can find you. If your friends write or post inappropriate things on your account, it will be seen as a representation of you". Dr. Oladeinde said that it was good to usually use the Google package to check someone’s status on the Internet, to keep track of comments made about one's personality. Earlier, the Acting Head, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Dr. Eniola Fabusoro, said that the lecture was organised in a bid to produce quality students that would be well-prepared for the employment world and to also complement their academic programmes.

The Director of Grants Management (DGM), Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, said he hoped that the students would have gained one or two things during the lecture that would be valuable to them in future. He added that the lecture was really not for those seeking employment alone, but for those who would be job-creators as well. He disclosed that the mission of FUNAAB, as a University, was to produce graduates that will rather be job-creators and not job-seekers. His words, "we need people to create employment because people who employ enjoy more than those who are employed". Dr. Adebayo, who is also the Project Manager of C: AVA II project, noted that despite the several fundamental problems facing the country, there was still a ray of hope, as he charged graduates to venture into areas like the recycling of 'pure water' nylon that littered everywhere, saying "you can start to collect and when it starts growing, you employ people to collect" and that there were many fantastic ideas for people to explore to becoming employers of labour.

UK Don Lauds Varsity over Organic Agriculture Initiative

The Project Coordinator, Centre for Agroecology and Food Security of the Coventry University, United Kingdom, Professor Phil Harris, has commended the University’s drive towards the development of Organic Agriculture. Professor Harris, who spoke during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, expressed delight at the zeal at which the University had been promoting Organic Agriculture, noting the Coventry University was proud of theit had with FUNAAB.

According to him, through the collaboration “there have been well-funded projects from the British Council, UK government and more recently, from the EU, which has allowed us to gather to develop the subject of Organic Agriculture to the benefits of our two institutions and countries and through the EU project to regionalise and bring in The Gambia, Senegal, Ghana, Benin and Sierra-Leone into the network".

Professor Harris reminded the Vice-Chancellor of the promise by the University, some years ago, to establish a full-fledged Centre of Organic Agriculture at its Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research Centre (IFSERAR), stating that it would further enhance the development of Organic Agriculture in the country.Responding, the Vice-Chancellor assured Professor Harris that the University would not relent in its effort at supporting activities that would advance the development of Organic Agriculture.

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