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INAUGURAL LECTURE: Ekiti Govt. Lifts UNAAB with N1m

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Oni has donated a sum of One million Naira to the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, to enhance the sustainability of its Inaugural Lectures.

The Governor announced the donation while giving his Goodwill Message, during the 30th Inaugural Lecture  delivered by Professor Akinwunmi Moses Omotayo, the immediate past Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ekiti State.

Speaking through his Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Gboyega Isijola, Governor Oni  described the Lecturer as a staunch administrator, who exhibited his rare talents while serving the State as Commissioner.

The Ekiti State helmsman also commended and appreciated the massive transformation of UNAAB by the Professor Balogun-led administration  and the unprecedented achievements recorded in the last three years, especially in the area of infrastructural developments.

In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun lauded the Governor for the donation and assured him that it will be fully utilized.

DEVELOPMENT: UNAAB VC Makes Case For Web 2.0

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Prof. Segun Lagoke (standing) and flanked by his Academic counterpart (left), Prof. Chryss Onwuka addressing participants at the Web 2.0 Workshop held at UNAAB recently.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, has described Web 2.0 as catalyst for socio-economic development of organizations and the nation at large.

Declaring open a Workshop on Web 2.0 at the University’s Senate Chamber, Professor Balogun who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Segun Lagoke, said Web 2.0 has underscored the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in all facets of life.

He described the Workshop which has as its Theme, “Web 2.0: Tools for National Learning Opportunities”, hosted by UNAAB as part of the Management’s efforts at boosting Web 2.0 and ICT in the University.

The Vice-Chancellor recalled that  recently, the present Management established a distinct
Webometrics Centre, for the University to compliment the efforts of the Information and Communication Technology Centre (ICTREC).

Welcoming guests and participants to the Workshop, the Director of the University’s Centre for Internationalisation and Linkages (CENIP), Dr Olukayode Akinyemi, charged participants to take advantage of the training, not only to better their knowledge of ICT but to train others for the overall development of their various organizations.

Expert Canvasses for Green Chemistry

Group photograph of members of the Chemical Society of Nigeria at the Ogun 2010 Conference

A Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Professor Oladele Osibanjo, has said that Green Chemistry is fundamental to prevention of chemical pollution, calling for its incorporation into industrial processes in Nigeria, as a panacea for development.

Professor Osibanjo made this  call while delivering a Keynote Address at the 33rd Annual International Conference, Workshop and Exhibition of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) Ogun 2010, with the theme “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Prospects”.

Professor Osibanjo who is the Director of Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the African Region, described the theme as auspicious to the ongoing discussions at the international arena on how to achieve a toxic free world by 2020.

He stressed that Chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives in food, agriculture, industrialization and telecommunication as well as achieving industrial development and ensuring environmental sustainability.

He, however, pointed out that the multi-dimensional positive effect that chemicals have for the economy are negated by threats caused by the improper use and management of toxic chemical waste.

Professor Osibanjo advocated for the adoption of Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) as an avenue towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

According to him, insufficient  capacity and knowledge on how to manage toxic chemicals and wastes, has caused high risks to human health and the environment because the strategies and measures adopted amounted to trying to abate pollution after it has occurred.

The University Don stated that the practice of Green Chemistry would reduce the generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacturing and application of chemical products.

The Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey in his Goodwill Message described the Conference as timely and “a right step in the right direction”, while stressing that the impact of chemicals in the environment was one of the key challenging issues, globally.

Mr. Odey who was represented by the Federal Controller of Environment, Ogun State, Mr. Segun Adebiyi, disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Environment has ratified several chemical-related Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) to control hazardous and toxic chemicals through the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

The Honourable Minister spoke of  the Ministry’s commitment to work with relevant stakeholders to promote environmental friendly sound management of chemicals in Nigeria.

Earlier in his speech, the President of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Professor Felix Okieimen noted that while Green Chemistry and sustainability was still at its infancy in Nigeria, he  looked forward to a time when it will be fully practicable.

HONOURS: Profs Osinowo, Adebambo Bag Fellowship

‘Fellows of Fellow’, (L-R) Professors Olusegun Osinowo and Olufunmilayo Adebambo

Well wishers within and outside the University community last Thursday rejoiced with the Director of the University’s Institute of Food Security, Environmental  Resources  and Agricultural   Research (IFSERAR), Professor Olusegun Osinowo who was conferred a Fellow  of  the Animal  Science  Association of Nigeria (ASAN) at the just concluded conference of the body in Uyo.

Also celebrated along with Professor Osinowo was Professor (Mrs.) Olufunmilayo Adebambo, who also received the fellowship of ASAN.

The low-keyed reception organized by the Director of the University’s Biotechnology Centre, Professor O. M. Onagbesan in their honour, eventually became elaborate as it drew a chunk of Senior Academic Staff and their Non-Teaching counterparts.

In his vote of thanks, Professor Osinowo thanked guests for their gestures and also commended them for their superlative encomiums.

He remarked that the sterling qualities ascribed to him were product of his efforts at emulating great leaders that he copied as role models.

Professor Osinowo therefore, charged the well-wishers and the University staff at large to take advantage of the good leadership prowess offered by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, to develop their potentials.

He spoke of Professor Balogun as a God-sent administrator that is always eager to utilize every opportunity and potential at his disposal to positively effect change in his immediate environment.

Citing the case of IFSERAR, Professor Osinowo disclosed that the institute in its first year is “approaching” almost N200m in value, aside from the acquisition of 2000 hectares of farm land and that its Permanent Office complex estimated to cost N88m, will be completed in the next six months.

Speaking earlier, Professor (Mrs.) Adebambo stressed the need for members of the University Community to celebrate one another when the occasion arises in other to foster unity and progress.

Consumers Are Short-Changing Farmers — UNAAB 30th Inaugural Lecturer

The 30th Inaugural Lecturer, Professor Akinwunmi Omotayo

The 30th Inaugural Lecturer of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (UNAAB), Prof. Akinwunmi Moses Omotayo, has decried the downward trend in the fortunes of Nigerian peasant farmers, lamenting that they are being daily short-changed by consumers of their produce.

Omotayo, who is a Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), said inappropriate pricing of farm produce in Nigeria has ironically made an average Nigerian farmer to subsidize every consumer of his produce, to the tune of between 80 and 100%.

Delivering a Lecture titled, “The Nigerian Farmer and The Elusive Crown”, Professor Omotayo who is the immediate past Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ekiti State, attributed the inappropriate pricing of farm produce to lack of storage facilities, limited access to credit, huge indebtedness during planting season and lack of appropriate data on both production and sales.

He, therefore, called on government and other stakeholders to assist farmers in reaping good dividends on sales of their farm produce.

Council Appoints Adeboye as Acting Registrar

Ag. Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye

The University’s Governing Council at its 64th Statutory Meeting held between Monday, 20th and Friday, 24th September, 2010, has appointed Mr. Adeleke Oluyinka Adeboye as the Acting Registrar of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

The appointment took effect from Friday, September 24, 2010.

Mr. Adeboye, a Director of Council Affairs for the University has been holding forth for the Registrar, Mr. Ademola Oyerinde, whose second term in office, as Registrar of UNAAB, expired on September 19, 2010.
Mr. Adeboye is expected to keep his new appointment until a substantive Registrar is appointed for the University.

UNAAB Screens Candidates, Invites 3,009

Members of the Screening Panel taking the roll call of candidates during the exercise

A total of 3,009 candidates offered provisional admission into the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, for the 2010/2011 Academic Session have been invited for further screening to determine their eligibility.
The Screening Committee Chairman, Professor Chryss Onwuka, said the exercise which has become a norm with the University is essential to assess the suitability and character traits of the prospective candidates.

Prof. Onwuka disclosed that irrespective of the candidates’ performances during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the Post-UTME screening, the University would not engage in a ‘blind admission’, without properly ensuring that students eventually offered full admission, actually qualified in all ramifications.
Prof. Onwuka pointed out that the rationale behind the screening was “to be able to interact with the candidates in order to have the right calibre of students we want in the University”.

The Screening Committee Chairman said seven Centres were designated for the exercise, with each having a panel, comprising of guidance counsellors, external University administrators and security  officers drawn from the Police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), among others.

The exercise which lasted seven days was critical in determining the genuineness of credentials and other documentations earlier attested to by the prospective candidates, in other to guard against forged documents.

Prof. Onwuka said, “there must be evidence of decency in dressing and presentation.  We want to ensure that O/Level papers are not tampered with.  We want to ensure that their acclaimed scores or result which they gave on the internet conform to what is reflected in their credentials”.
According to him, the criteria for clearance is scoring 180 and above in JAMB and not less than 40 in the composite score derived from UTME, Post-UTME as well as possessing the required grades in the Ordinary Level examination.

He said the Committee also considered some personality attributes as well as evidence of payment of offer of admission and ICT training fees, for the fresh students.

UNAAB Recalls Student from Suspension ... exonerates another

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Balogun

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the recall of a student who was suspended from the University for alleged acts of misconduct.

The student is MOROUNTONU, Babatunde S. (06/1661) of the Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology.

According to a release by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, the student was pardoned on the strength of his letter of apology to the University Management with a promise to be of good behaviour throughout his studentship in the University.

His recall from suspension was with effect from Monday, September 13, 2010.

Meanwhile, Senate has exonerated SHOKABI Michael Odunayo (08/0394) from the allegation of examination misconduct levelled against him.

Shokabi, of the Department of Animal Production and Health, had been advised to steer clear of any action that can damage his integrity and studentship in the University.

UNAAB 30th Inaugural Lecture Holds Wednesday

30th Inaugural Lecturer, Professor
Akinwunmi Moses Omotayo

The 30th Inaugural Lecture of the University will hold on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at the Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre Complex beginning at 3.00 p.m.

The Director, UNAAB CONSULT, Professor Akinwunmi Moses Omotayo will deliver the lecture titled “THE NIGERIAN FARMER AND THE ELUSIVE CROWN”.

The Inaugural Lecturer is also a Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun is expected as the Chairman of the Lecture.


UNAAB Governing Council Holds 64th Statutory Meeting

Chairman, Governing Council,
Chief Lawrence Osayemi

The University’s Governing Council will commence sitting of its 64th Statutory Meeting today, spanning through Friday, September 24, 2010.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Chief Lawrence Olakunle Osayemi will preside over the Council Meeting as well as that of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Also during the week-long session, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun will chair the meetings of the Appointments and Promotions Committee for Academic Staff and for the Non-Teaching Staff, respectively.

VC Stresses Importance of Organic Agriculture

The Guest Lecturer and Director, UNAAB CONSULT, Prof. Akin Omotayo addressing participants at the 1st UNAAB International Summer School programme in organic agriculture

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has said that Organic Agriculture remained the only vehicle that can deliver quality and wholesome food to the teaming population worldwide.

Professor Balogun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Segun Lagoke made this known while delivering his welcome address during the opening ceremony of the 1st UNAAB International Summer School programme in organic agriculture. 

Highlighting the aims of the workshop, Professor Balogun said the 11-day training workshop was aimed at impacting basic knowledge on principles and practices of organic agriculture, hands-on experience in organic crop, livestock and fish production, strategies and skills in marketing of organic produce and standard development for organic produce.

Furthermore, he also stressed that in view of the immense advantages derivable from  Organic Agriculture, it had been recognized as one of the veritable tools for achieving the Millennium Development Goals relevant to two-third of the world’s poor living in marginal areas.

Frowning at the nation’s primary food producers (farmers), Professor Balogun noted that farmers were yet to key into this value–added opportunity to make substantial income locally and also export their produce to the continents where the demand is ever increasing.

He, therefore, recommended that this gap be bridged through local, national and international training workshops, in order to discontinue this unpleasant scenario.

Guest speaker at the workshop, Professor Akinwunmi Omotayo who gave the overview of the summer school pointed out that organic agriculture is a holistic production management system, which  enhances agro-ecosystem health, utilizing both traditional and scientific  knowledge.

Going down the memory lane, Professor Omotayo, the University’s Director of Consult said in 2004, UNAAB took the initiative to establish  a project tagged “Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN)” and to date, the project had successfully trained twenty three (23) agriculture graduates under the Work Earn and Learn Project (WELP).

The workshop, which has participants from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO); Federal College of Horticulture, Gombe State; University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), and Denmark was the first training workshop with an international outlook.


UNAAB Takes Delivery of Seven New Buses

The convoy of the seven new buses. Inset is the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Balogun (right)
leading the inspection team

The Transport Pool of the University has been further expanded with the delivery of seven new buses, directly procured from Ashok Leyland of India.
A convoy of the 75-capacity buses were driven to the University Campus last Thursday, after which a brief inspection ceremony by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, accompanied by some Principal Officers and Management staff, took place.
An obviously jubilant Vice-Chancellor remarked that the injection of the seven buses will go a long way in substantially alleviating transportation challenges in the University, particularly as being experienced by the students.
Professor Balogun assured that Management will not relent in its resolve at improving the facilities, given the fact that the University population was on the rise. “The more we have of the students, the more we shall keep improving on the facilities”, he stated.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that arrangements were in the pipeline, to seek for the transformation of the University’s Management Committee on Transportation (MANCOT), to a full-fledged Bureau, taking into consideration the current capacity of the transport fleet under its control.
He, therefore, directed the Chairman of MANCOT, Dr. Jonathan Atungwu, to draw up a blueprint that will incorporate the establishment of a standard Transport Complex, for adequate maintenance of the fleet of vehicles.
It would be recalled that four coaster and a FOTON luxurious buses were recently purchased by the University authorities while the federal government, through the Education Trust Fund donated another coaster bus.
The University had earlier purchased a special van, equipped with wheel chair for the use of the physically-challenged students.
While commending members and staff of MANCOT for their dedication, the Vice-Chancellor urged the Bursary Department to expedite action on the release of the already appropriated funds for the construction of a befitting Motor-Park for the University.
Professor Balogun reiterated that the Park, when completed, will accommodate between 100 and 150 commercial vehicles plying the University routes.

UNAAB to Host WEB 2.0 Training Programme 20-24 September, 2010

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has assured the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Netherlands, of the University’s readiness to host the Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity Programme, scheduled for September 18 – 22, 2010 and 25 – 29, 2010 in UNAAB and Ibadan, respectively.
Professor Balogun gave this assurance during an interaction with the CTA’s Training Programme Manager, Dr. Rodger Obubo, who came on a courtesy visit, to officially inform that the University won the hosting right.

The Vice-Chancellor who disclosed that the University had set the necessary machinery in motion to ensure the success of the training programme, added that electricity would not be a hindrance during the programme.

According to him, “the University is noted for its commitment to duty and reputed for making a success of any responsibility it embarks upon”. He assured that the facilities in the University were “capable of hosting the entire West African countries on similar training”.

In his presentation, Dr. Obubo said the vision of CTA, is focused on agricultural and rural development with farmers and the rural populace as the main beneficiaries. 

Highlighting the advantages of the training, the Manager said the Web 2.0 Application will improve the networking and management of agricultural information amongst development actors, by enhancing information retrieval and collaborative generation of content. Other advantages  according to him include improved information sharing with an effective 
and cost-efficient communication.

Meanwhile, interested participants for the Web 2.0 Tools for National Learning Opportunities are enjoined to take note of the following schedule for the training programmes in UNAAB and Ibadan, respectively:

Date:  September 20 – 24, 2010
For on-line application, visit:

Date: September 25 – 29, 2010
For on-line application, visit:

Zenith Bank Becomes University’s Second Banker

General Manager/Regional Director (Western Zone), Zenith Bank, Mr. Tunji Olanipekun (standing) expressing his Bank’s gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (1st right)

The University Management has approved Zenith Bank Plc., to be the second official banker of the University.
Management’s approval Bank was as a result of the Bank’s ability to satisfy the set criteria and its exclusion from the list of ailing banks.
Giving the approval, during the official visit of the bank’s management to the University,  the Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun stated that the success of the bank depended on its mode of operation, noting that the financial sector had been corrupted by some individuals.
He stressed the importance of consistency, and sound Corporate Social Responsibility as factors needed for the success of any business organization and admonished the bank to work towards the overall development of the University.
Professor Balogun, however, pledged that the Bank would be given the necessary support by the Management, staff and students of the University.
Responding, the Regional Personnel Director of the Bank, Mr. Tunji Olanipekun expressed his organization’s gratitude for the approval, adding that efforts would be geared towards the realizations of the dreams of the University.
On Corporate Social Responsibility policy of his bank, Mr. Olanipekun promised of its readiness to build a 120-seater Female Hostel, which will be built concurrently with the new Branch Office.

UNAAB Students Are Progressive – VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun (left) in a warm hand shake with the Guest Speaker, Mr. Kuro Ngoboh

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has described the students of the institution as progressive and peace-loving.

Professor Balogun made this assertion in his remarks at a symposium, jointly organized by the Halls of Residence executives of the University. 

He admonished the students to distant themselves from evil acts and eschew all forms of violence which  could destabilised the academic calendar. He expressed the hope that by October 28, 2010,  final year students’ results would have been released, to enable them participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the executives of both the male and female halls of residence for not allowing undue harassment by students. He charged them to continue to hold on firmly to their integrity.

The Guest Speaker, Mr. Kuro Ngoboh, in his lecture titled “Managing Your Finances ... Now and For the Future” urged students to cultivate the habit of saving, to help them prepare for trying days.

Mr. Ngoboh, the Group Head (Retail), Guaranty Trust Bank, Ogun State, called on the students to shun the habit of lavish spending.

He also lauded the students for their entrepreneurial disposition as he stressed the need for them to operate bank accounts.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun; Professor Samuel Adejuyigbe; Professor (Mrs.) Yemisi Eromosele and Professor A. B. Idowu, bagged awards, for their contributions to the development of the halls of residence.

Unreleased Fund: VC Solicits Speaker’s Assistance

... Speaker promises to rehabilitate UNAAB Roads

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has appealed to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Honourable Dimeji Sabur Bankole to facilitate the release of the University’s remaining capital fund for the year.

Professor Balogun made this appeal during a project inspection tour of the Speaker to the University.

According to the Vice Chancellor, only 400 million naira, out of the 1.4 billion naira appropriated for the University had been released.

He declared that the released funds had been adequately utilized, noting that all the projects embarked upon, were either 85 per cent completed or fully completed.

Responding to the plea of the Vice-Chancellor, Rt. Honourable Bankole said the life span of the budget might be extended till March next year, to accommodate uncompleted projects.
The Speaker stated that “the House will guard against situations where appropriated funds are unnecessary returned to the treasury”.

“If we have to, we will intervene like we did last year, by extending the life span of this year’s budget to March, to make sure funds are not unnecessarily returned to the treasury, but are utilized for projects which they are meant for”, he added.

In a similar vein, Honourable Bankole has pledged to rehabilitate the access road, leading to the University.

The Speaker made this pledge during a project inspection tour of the Unity House, Female and Male Hostels, which he donated to the University, in conjunction with some friends and associates.

The Speaker, who expressed satisfaction with the level of execution of the projects, stated that they will be due for commissioning by the end of October.

Bankole said that “I am satisfied with the state of progress of the projects and I can promise you that they will be commissioned by the end of October”.

On the University’s access road, he disclosed that he had directed the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to rehabilitate the roads and make them ready for commissioning, together with the projects, by October.

According to him “I am here with the FERMA officials and they have been directed to rehabilitate and make it ready for commissioning along side the building projects”.

In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun appreciated the Speaker for his first class treatment given to the University stressing that since the establishment of UNAAB; Bankole had been the first individual to endow such laudable projects in the University.


Director, Internal Audit, Mrs. Taiwo Aroyeun

In a bid to ensure better financial management and prudence in the University, the Directorate of Internal Audit is stepping up campaign to enlighten members of the community on the rudiments of internal auditing.
The Director of Internal Audit, Mrs. Taiwo Aroyeun, said the Directorate will periodically, through the UNAAB BULLETIN, educate the community on basic issues and bits they need to know about the processes required for a judicious public finance practices.
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What is Auditing?
An independent examination of financial books and accounts of an organization by a duly appointed person, for the purpose of determining, whether ‘true and fair’ financial procedures, with relevant statutory guidelines, were adhered to.
True:  the financial statement is a true summary of the books of accounts and records of the company, department or the organization.
Fair:  the interest of all the stakeholders were taken into consideration in forming an opinion.
Objectives of an Audit   
•    Primary objective
- To examine and express an opinion on set of accounts of an        organization
•    Secondary objective
-    Prevention of fraud or error
-    Detection of fraud or error
-    Internal control reporting
-    Management advice.

Definition and Objectives of Internal Audit
Internal Auditing has been designed as an independent appraisal activity within the University System, for the review of Accounting, Financial and other operations as a basis for protective and constructive service to Management.  It is a Management control system which functions by measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of other controls.
The overall objective of Internal Auditing therefore, is to assist Management to discharge its responsibilities properly in enhancing effective and efficient utilization of Government funds.  Nevertheless, the Internal Audit is to ensure that the University achieves its set objectives at a minimum cost and in accordance with laid down rules and regulation of Council/Management, standard practice and the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Internal Audit Functions
•    Maintenance of adequate check against fraud and misappropriation;
•    Verification of assets and liabilities at regular intervals;
•    Examination and constant scrutiny of all system of authorisation of payments to ensure adequate control of expenditure;
•    Ensuring that various policies put in place by the Management were strictly adhered to;
•    Periodic examination of internal checks to ensure the highest possible standards of accuracy and efficiency;
•    Review of accounting systems and related internal controls;
•    Examination of financial and operating information for Management, including detailed testing of transactions and balances;
•    Review of the implementation of corporate policies, plans and procedures;
•    Collaboration with the statutory auditor on all matters affecting statutory audit;
•    Special investigations.

Audit Queries
Before any voucher is passed, many things are looked for to ensure compliance with the University laid down rules and in line with best audit practice.
These include (but not limited to):
•    The purpose for the expenditure;
•    The justification for the expenditure;
•    Due and proper authorisation;
•    Is it in line with the University policies?
•    Is the voucher or claim backed with relevant documents?
•    Is the price reasonable when compared with prevailing market price?
However where the auditor is of the opinion that any of the aforementioned is missing or additional information is required to adequately form an opinion, an audit query would be issued.

Areas of Audit Operations from which Queries are Usually Raised
•    Expenditure control
•    Salaries
•    Pension and gratuities
•    Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), and
•    Grants.

Zenith Bank to boost accommodation in UNAAB, donates 120-bed space hostel

(L-R) Regional Director, Zenith Bank, Mr. Tunji Olanipekun, DVC, Prof. Segun Lagoke and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwafemi Balogun during the meeting.

The University will soon witness an upsurge in the area of Student accommodation as Zenith Bank has promised to endow a 120-bed space hostel for the school.

The hostel facility which is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year will be fashioned after the already adopted en-suit prototype in the University.

Dropping this hint recently was the bank’s General Manager and Regional Director (Western Zone), Mr. Tunji Olanipekun, when he led other top officials on a business meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, recently.

The Regional Director said the gesture was meant to demonstrate the corporate social responsibility principle of the bank which he noted to be deeply rooted in mutual symbiosis with the community.

Mr. Olanipekun disclosed that no effort would be spared in the bank’s preparation to be the University’s second major banker as the construction of a befitting branch in UNAAB will commence very shortly.

He noted the strong influence of the University in the development of its adjoining communities and that corporate organisations, particularly banks, considered as official partners should consider themselves lucky.

Mr. Olanipekun assured that the bank would not disappoint the University, but will remain committed to its value system of adopting the best technology in the service of the people.

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the presence of a second major bank in the institution will further boost efficiency and time management amongst University staff.

Professor Balogun enjoined corporate organisations to always be guided by the principle of ‘give and take’ with their host communities.

ANUPA holds 2nd Public Lecture

The Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (ANUPA) UNAAB Chapter will hold her second Guest Public Lecture on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the Auditorium of the College of Veterinary Medicine at 12 noon.

The Registrar, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Dr. (Mrs.) E. F. Oyebade, will deliver the lecture titled Corporate Work Ethics: University Professional Administrators Guide to Academic Excellence.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun will be the Chairman at the Lecture, while the Acting Registrar and Branch Chairman of ANUPA, Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, is the Chief Host.

Professor Waheed Becomes Director, Academic Planning

Professor Mufutau Adekojo Waheed of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has emerged as the new Director of Academic Planning of the University.

A release signed for the Registrar by Mr. Adeleke Adeboye, said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun has approved the appointment which took effect from Monday, September 13, 2010 for a three-year tenure.

He will be replacing Professor K.A Okeleye whose has just tenure expired.

The release added that the appointment was in recognition of Professor Waheed’s academic capability for academic leadership as well as his positive contributions to the development of the University.

Professor Waheed had both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Ilorin before proceeding to the Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) Aachen, Germany, for his Ph.D which he obtained in 2001.

He was Best University Scholar and Best Graduating Student in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Ilorin in 1990.

The new Director is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and until his appointment was the Deputy Dean, College of Engineering of the University.

Alumnus Commends Prof. Balogun’s Administration

An alumnus of the University, Mr. Tolulope Durojaiye has commended the Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun-led administration for the positive transformation of the University.

In a letter of commendation, Mr. Durojaiye described the massive infrastructural development and the captivating landscape of the University as awesome.

He noted that the improvement of the official website of the University has tremendously assisted them in keeping track with events, particularly in keeping in touch with their past lecturers.

Mr. Durojaye informed that efforts were on with his former colleagues to assist the current University students with books and other essential academic materials.

An excerpt of his letter to the Vice-Chancellor reads:
“I am an alumnus of UNAAB.  I graduated in 2002 from the Biochemistry Department.  I am currently a Ph.D student of Applied Chemistry at the Delaware State University.  My other colleagues and I that graduated from UNAAB have been hearing the good works you’ve been doing in UNAAB.  I came to Lagos for my wedding and I decided to use the opportunity to take a tour of the University.

I am really impressed with what I saw and I can’t wait to get back to the States to share my experience with my other colleagues.  My prayer is that God will continue to bless you and give you divine wisdom to run the institution better.   We really appreciate the good works!

I remember when we were doing our Masters in 2007 we tried to keep up by searching for the UNAAB’s website and the result was not impressive but now the story has changed.  We can search and see the details about our past lecturers now and it’s been awesome.

My other colleagues send their greetings too.  Tope Sabitu, Samuel Orefuwa, Adetunji Ojo and I, all graduated in 2002 as Biochemist while Adeola Ibikunle graduated as a Chemist in 2002.  We all did our Masters together at Delaware State University and we’re together as well for our Ph.D except for Adetunji Ojo who’s gone to Med. School.

I discussed with Mrs. Kuforiji and Prof. Ademuyiwa separately about working with my other colleagues to get books and some other materials that might be of help to students in UNAAB.  I believe God will help us”.

Police Commissioner Charges Youth on National Development

Cultural attraction from the recently celebrated Annual Delta Week in UNAAB. Inset is the Lagos State Asst. Comm. Of Police, Mr. Vincent Brown.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Marvel Akopyibo has called on Nigerian youths to abstain from inordinate ambitions, restiveness and other vices, capable of militating against youth development and national security.

Mr. Akopyibo made this call while delivering a Lecture titled The Role of Youths in National Security and Development: A Review of the Niger-Delta situation, during the Annual Delta Week organized by the National Association of Delta State Students of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
The Commissioner who called for a positive correlation between youths, national security and development appealed to the youths to channel their dynamism and energy towards driving the nation’s economy.

Mr. Akoyibo, represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Vincent O. Brown highlighted several factors militating against youth development and national security to include drug abuse, delinquency, inordinate ambition, prostitution and militancy.

He, however, pointed out that these social vices can be curbed through quality education; skill acquisition; job creation; constructive social scheme and poverty eradication.

Mr. Akopyibo called for a halt in the attitude of some leaders who are in the habit of travelling abroad for medical help or send their children to schools overseas, while neglecting the opportunity of improving the standards of infrastructure in the country.

The Commissioner attributed youths’ restiveness especially in the Niger-Delta area as a direct consequence of years of callous exploitation of the oil resources in the area without ploughing-back an equitable portion towards the development of the communities and the people.

According to him, “the long term effect of this unfortunate development is the emergence of arms struggle by militants who believe they could achieve though arms struggle what dialogue have failed to achieve”.

He encouraged the youths to consider the vast opportunities in the small and medium scale enterprises in manufacturing local products, for the nation to experience meaningful breakthroughs in development and overcome global recession.

Earlier in his welcome Address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Chryss Onwuka, commended the Delta State students in the University for being peace-loving and law abiding.
Professor Balogun encouraged the students to take advantage of their training in the University, as a platform to offer quality representation and needed change in the Niger-Delta area and Nigeria as a whole.

Appreciating dignitaries at the occasion, the President, National Association of Delta State Students, Mr. Ayamre Eduvie noted that the objective of the Association was to foster unity and cultural understanding among the different ethnic groups in Delta State.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olaiya Balogun, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Chryss Onwuka and the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Daura, bagged separate awards for making the Campus and the State peaceful, comfortable and habitable for all.