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We are here to Serve - Pro-Chancellor Tells Staff

Some elated members of Staff at the meeting

Apparently impressed by the Council’s noticeable commitment to move the University forward within a short period of time, the Vice-Chancellor added that based on his interaction with Chairman and members of Council and their track record, he was confident that FUNAAB was on course. He therefore re-committed himself to utmost fairness, transparency, accountability and justice. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had earlier commended the composition of the recently constituted Council. “It is a new beginning and we are on a mission to rebuild FUNAAB”, he declared. He admonished members of staff further, “Regard us as one of you, we are going to work together.  It is our University. We must do it together so that at the end of the day we will be able to leave our mark on the sand of time”.  “We are here to serve you and add value to what you’ve done, I therefore, congratulate the entire staff and past and the present leaders of the University, you have done well”, he declared. Advising against fraud, Senator Ogunlewe said, “I have heard cases of fraud and this is not good for us.  If you indulge in it, they will catch you.  You can escape for a while but once they catch you, it is a disgrace to you and your family”.  “If others are doing it, don’t join them because it is not profitable.  Therefore, work with honesty, because what will come will come, don’t jump the queue because you can jump into fire”, he added. The Pro-Chancellor assured members of staff that the Council would run an open door policy in the interest of transparency and understanding.  In demonstration of his promise of transparency, he immediately gave out his mobile phone line and e-mail address to the cheering staff, who stored them with admiration.  Senator Ogunlewe stated that having laid the Council bare for staff, he expected them to reciprocate the gesture by shunning strike for dialogue whenever there were issues to iron out.  His words, “I don’t want any strike on issues we can discuss together”. Senator Ogunlewe who disclosed that the Council had earlier in the day met with the Executives of Unions in the University, stressed that based on the outcome of the parley, the Council would improve on welfare, especially in the areas of promotion and self-development.  He however warned that promotion to the next level would no longer be automatic for those who went on study leave, pointing out that such staff should be ready to compete with others when vacancies were advertised. Senator Ogunlewe pointed out that if it was possible for the University of Lagos for example, to attract multimillion dollars for the Centre of Excellence Capital Project, it was not impossible for FUNAAB under the new Council, to facilitate same for the University.  He disclosed that members of the Council had already resolved to use their linkages with Federal Ministries to attract projects and other benefits for the University.  The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Governing Council, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, earlier this week, told Members of staff that the recently appointed Council members were not in FUNAAB to chase contracts, but to serve them meritoriously and diligently.  Speaking at the maiden meeting with the institution’s members of staff, Senator Ogunlewe said members of the Council were highly connected and stupendously comfortable and that the entire budget of the University was small, when compared with their personal economic status.  Consequently, he stated that it would be erroneous for any member of staff to think that the politicians have come again to embezzle the University’s funds.  According to him, “You will ask yourself, why have they appointed those politicians again?  They have come to steal our money again.  We are not comfortable with them.  Let me say you can never be as lucky to have this illustrations Nigerians that have paid their dues as Council Chairman and members”.  “We are not looking for contracts.  Which contracts are we looking for?  What is your budget that you are worrying about?  Don’t bother yourself about gossip.  We are here to serve you.  All your problems are solved”, he assured.

Gates Foundation opportunity

Dear Colleagues

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has issued a call looking for projects led by MSc and PhD scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally.  It is not clear if some of the funding can be used for collaborator’s staff time but it does offer the opportunity to work with partners.

I attach the call details from the website at



John Orchard PhD
Director of Research and Enterprise
Natural Resources Institute
University of Greenwich

Stop Buying “Ẹșa” - Aiyelaagbe

A FUNAAB don and expert in Fruit Science, Professor Isaac Aiyelaagbe, has decried the neglect of fruits as a panacea to food insecurity and malnutrition in Nigeria.  Delivering the 39th Inaugural Lecture of the University titled, “Fruits:  Food for the Birds?”.  Professor Aiyelaagbe  elicited the laughter of his audience when he admonished them not to buy “ẹșa” (rotten tomatoes), any more.  He also lamented that though the country had between six and fifteen per cent malnutrition rating, nutritional and health benefits of fruits remained unexploited.
A Humboldt Fellow and an ordained Anglican Priest serving in non-stipendiary capacity in the Ibadan Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Professor Aiyelaagbe called for a re-orientation of the mindset of the Nigerian populace that fruits were not food meant only for birds or the sick.  According to the University don, World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002, reported that low fruit and vegetable intake caused about 31 per cent of Ischemic heart disease and 11 per cent stroke worldwide, adding that many Nigerian children less than five years old suffered from Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) due to poor nutrition.
Professor Aiyelaagbe joined the services of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta as a Senior Lecturer in 1999. He rose through the ranks to become Professor of Pomology in 2005. He has contributed seventy-five (75) publications in learned journals articles, referred proceedings, Technical Bulletins and papers read at conferences.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the occasion, Professor Olusola Oyewole, stated that the Inaugural Lecture is another facet  of the Gown and Town interaction: An opportunity to share the products of learning with society as they address contemporary issues.
The occasion was graced by dignitaries within and outside the University community including a former Minister of Works, who is now the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University’s Governing Council, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe.

Strategic Planning 2011-2020 Call For Memoranda

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has approved the constitution of  a 41-member Committee On 2011-2020 Strategic Plan, under the Chairmanship of Professor O. A. Osinowo, Director, IFSERAR with the following Terms of Reference:

Terms of Reference
(i)     To evaluate the strengths in the 2000 – 2010 Strategic Plan for the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta;
(ii)    To identify the weaknesses in the implementation of the 2000 – 2010 Strategic Plan; and
(iii)   To envision growth and development for the University I the next ten (10) years, that is 2011-2020

The Vice-Chancellor has also requested that the proposed University Strategic Plan should include sub-sector strategic plans for

· Quality Assurance,
· University Research Strategy ,
· University Internationalization, Partnership and Linkages,
· Environmental Charter,
· Enterprises And Consultancy Strategy
· Academic Planning and Academic Programs Projections,
· ICT Strategy
· University Community Engagement and Extension Strategy,
· Human Resources and Management Strategy,
· University Marketing and Communication Strategy,
· University Health Strategy,
· University Sports and Recreation Strategy,
· University Students Affairs and Students Management Strategy.

Submission of Memoranda
In order to assist the Committee in its assignment and as a participatory bottom-up approach, memoranda are invited from Units, Centres, Departments, Colleges, Student Associations/Union,  Staff Unions as well as interested members of the University Community. Memorandum should be on compact disc, in sealed envelope and submitted to the address below not later than May 13, 2013.

Coordinating Secretary,
Committee on 2011-2020 Strategic Plan
Federal University of Agriculture
Abeokuta. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Memoranda could also be sent electronically through email, addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submitted on compact disc to any sub-committee Chairman/Secretary listed hereunder;

(i)      Sub-Committee On Strategic Planning Workshop (LOC) - Areas of focus: Strategic Plan Workshop  
Prof. Henshaw (Chairman), Mrs. Dawodu (Secretary).
(ii)     Sub-Committee On Physical Resources Management - Areas of Focus: Works and  Services, Physical Planning,             Technical/Laboratory, ICT Development, Environmental Charter
Prof. Adejuyigbe (Chairman),  Mr. Akomolafe  (Secretary)
(iii)     Sub-Committee On Mandate & Organizational Structure - Areas of Focus: University Mandate, Organizational Structure
Prof. Popoola (Chairman),  Mr. Ogundimu /Mr. Babatunde (Secretary)
(iv)     Sub-Committee On Human Resources Management - Areas of Focus: Human Resources and Management Strategy, Staff Recruitment, placement and redeployment policy and guidelines, Training and development policy, Staff discipline policy and guidelines, Promotion policy and guidelines, Annual performance appraisal and evaluation policy and guide-lines, Issues on attendance, Staff motivation and reward system policy , end of academic session/year bonus, Commendation letter, responsibility allowance (Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Heads of Units, College Officers etc., Overtime policies, Staff quarters
Prof. Ajayi (Chairman), Prof. Popoola, Mrs. Banuso (Secretary)
(v) Sub-Committee On Academic Programmes - Areas of Focus:  Quality Assurance, Academic Planning and  Academic Programs Projections   
Prof. Ikeobi (Chairman) ,    Mr. G. A. Adewuyi (Secretary)
(vi)     Sub-Committee On Research & Extension - Areas of Focus:  University Research Strategy, University Community Engagement and Extension Strategy
Prof. Onagbesan (Chairman),   Mr. Ogunyemi (Secretary)
(vii)    Sub-Committee On Financial Resource Management - Areas of Focus: Enterprises and Consultancy Strategy,
University Marketing and Communication Strategy
Dr. Salisu (Chairman),   Mr. T. G. Kazeem (Secretary)
(viii)   Sub-Committee On Social Services - Areas of Focus: Health Services, Sports, Wellness and Recreation Strategy, Student Welfare (Hostel, Transport, Utilities), Students Affairs and Students Management Strategy
Prof. Akegbejo-Samsons (Chairman), Mrs. Ogunyebi (Secretary)
(ix)    Sub-Committee On Internationalization, Partnerships & Linkages - Areas of Focus: University Internationalization, Partnership and Linkages
Dr. Oyekanmi (Chairman),  MissKomolafe (Secretary)

Public Hearing On Memoranda
There will be a public hearing on memoranda submitted at a date to be announced later.

The Committee is sitting for three months from the date of its inauguration, Tuesday, 30th April 2013.

Thank you.

Obafemi Oginni
Coordinating Secretary

Staff School Moves To Permanent Site

The University Staff School, has moved to its permanent site on Alabata Road, main campus of the University.  This is after a period of fifteen years at the mini-campus, Isale-Igbein, a property which was leased from the Anglican Communion.  Speaking at the colourful commissioning ceremony, the  Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole,who was visibly elated, reminded the pupils that they were the future of the country. He admonished all present that “what we do with the children now will determine the future of the country”.
Prof. Olusola Oyewole expressed appreciation to the founding fathers of the University for initiating the idea of the Staff School. The state of the art edifice, as well as the products of school were worth being proud of. The new building also boasts of modern furniture and equipment, aside the large compound and beautiful landscape. The University Staff School has some luxurious buses that can take over 90 pupils at time from Abeokuta town to the school campus. Professor Oyewole expressed satisfaction that sixteen out of the twenty five inherited projects he met on assumption of office had been completed in less than a year, with a resolve not to allow any inherited project remain uncompleted.
The Head Teacher of FUNAAB Staff School, Mrs. Florence Alade, was glad that the school has now moved to its “Canaan Land”.  Bishop (Prof.) Dapo Asaju, the Rector of Crowder Graduate Theological Seminary, former “landlords” of the school stated in an emotion-laden voice, that the Anglican Communion would indeed miss FUNAAB Staff School.
The occasion was attended by Principal Officers, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments/Units, including the Chairman, FUNAAB Staff School Board, Professor Toyin Arowolo. Others include the Chairman-Elect of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), Dr. Amzat Mohammed, the outgoing Chairman of the Association, Mr. Yemi Ajibola, the Principal of FUNAAB International School, Mrs. Adeola Olumide and former Acting Headmistress of the Staff School, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Barnabas.

FUNAAB Holds One-Day Professors’ Retreat

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), will on Thursday, April 4, 2013 holds One-Day Professors’ Retreat, the first-of-its-kind at the Conference Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

A release dated and signed by the Director, Directorate of Grants Management (DGM), Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi stated that the theme of the Retreat is, “Developing Strategies to Reposition University Professors Towards a Greater Future”. Time is 8.00a.m.

Expected at the Retreat are: FUNAAB Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Registrar, Bursar and University Librarian.

Others are Readers and Professors in the University.

Shun Cultism, Examination Malpractices – FUNAAB, VC … Matriculates Part-Time Degree Students

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole addressing the matriculating students during the ceremony.

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has admonished matriculated students of the Part-time Degree Programmes to desist from Cultism, Examination Malpractices and other social vices.

Professor Oyewole made this known while delivering his address at the Fifth Matriculation Ceremony of the Part-time Degree students of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor who cautioned the new students against social menace that have destroyed many lives, stressed that the University authority will not hesitate to expel, with dispatch, any erring student.

“Let me sound a note of caution to all our students that the University will not tolerate any form of immoral and provocative mode of dressing within the Campus.  It is our expectation that every student who passes through FUNAAB “becomes a total “man” in every facet of life”, he added.

Professor Oyewole urged the new students to work hard, believe in themselves, shun pride and arrogance and make the best use of the facilities, noting that they should consider themselves fortunate to have been offered admission to the University considering the high number of prospective students who applied to be considered for the Part-time degree programme.

Earlier, the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola led the new students in taking the oath of allegiance.

A total of 283 students were offered admission into six of the nine Colleges of the University which admit students into their Part-time degree programmes.

Let’s Imbibe the Culture of Celebrating Together – VC tells Nigerians … As Tantalizers Begins Operations in FUNAAB

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole commissioning the Tantalizers Cafeteria while the Executive Director, Tantalizers, Mr. Gabriel Ojesekhoba lends support.

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has charged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of celebrating together.

Professor Oyewole disclosed this while commissioning the Tantalizers Cafeteria in FUNAAB.

The Vice-Chancellor said the commissioning is an opportunity to celebrate some staff who had worked assiduously to get the University a second position in the recently released Webometric Ranking.

He, however, stated that the Eatery is not for the students alone as staff can come around as well during lunchtime and dine with the students.

According to him, “staff should be free at lunchtime to sit with the students as it is the practice in overseas, where Vice-Chancellors sit with students to have lunch”.

“This is the kind we are trying to replicate here”, the Vice-Chancellor added.

In the meantime, Professor Oyewole has also commended the Management of Tantalizers for employing an ex-student of FUNAAB, Mrs. Ileayo Cherish as FUNAAB Campus Supervisor.

Earlier in his Welcome Address, the Executive Director, Tantalizers, Mr. Gabriel Ojesekhoba described the cafeteria’s foods as affordable, adding that it has been regulated to student/staff friendly prices.

According to him, “all the meals are at very low prices and we are looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the long run”.

Mr. Ojesekhoba however declared that FUNAAB is the 6th University, Tantalizers had partnered with.

Also, the President of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Student Union (FUNAABSU), Mr. Tope Adesipo who could not hold back his emotion, praised the Managements of both FUNAAB and Tantalizers for the historic development .

His words, “I am grateful to the Management for making this to happen

CASSAVA BREAD: VC Lauds FG Transformation Agenda


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has reiterated the University’s Commitment to the transformation programme of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration.

Speaking at a One-Day National Cassava Stakeholders’ Forum at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja, Professor Oyewole described the evolution and commercialization of cassava bread in the country as part of government’s transformation agenda, which is highly laudable.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that “as a matter of fact, what we are discussing today (cassava bread) was inaugurated in our University (FUNAAB)”.

Speaking further at the Stakeholders Forum, organized by the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) in partnership with FUNAAB, Professor Oyewole who is a renowned Food Scientist assured that the University won’t relent in supporting government’s transformation agenda.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that “the commencement of Cassava Agricultural Transformation Programme (CATP) in September, 2011 brought high hopes to cassava utilization starting from the inclusion policy of  High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) in wheat bread”.

He stressed that “our university associates with the drive of the Honourable Minster of Agriculture and Rural Development in making cassava an engine of industrial growth in  Nigeria”.

Professor Oyewole therefore appealed to stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians at large” to display high level of national commitment and productivity” adding that “ I have a dream that if we all accept to adopt Cassava bread, the product will get to all nooks and crannies in the country and beyond”.


Commercialization of Cassava Bread: - Agric Minister Commends FUNAAB, says: Cassava bread has come to stay


Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (CON) has commended the University (FUNAAB) for being at the fore-front of the quest and realization of production and commercialization of Cassava Bread in the country.

Arrowed form Right: Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, FUNAAB Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole and the the President, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Prof. Lateef Sanni and other stakeholders displaying cassava bread at the forum.

The Minister spoke at a One Day National Cassava Stakeholders’ Forum on High Quality Cassava Flour Inclusion composite Flour Production in Nigeria, held at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja.

Addressing Stakeholders and participants at the Forum titled, “Cassava Bread Production in Nigeria: Viability, Sustainability and Challenges”, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, declared with joy, “cassava bread has come to stay in Nigeria”.

Speaking further, Dr. Adesina expatiated, “cassava bread is not a political decision, it is an economic decision. We are not just trying to make it work, it is already working”.

“Commercialization of cassava bread is not what we are talking about, it is already happening.  We have succeeded in going beyond production and pilot testing of cassava bread to commercialization”, he added.

Thereafter, the Minister paused a bit, directed his gaze at FUNAAB Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole and commended the University for being at the Vanguard of the evolution, production and commercialization of cassava bread.

He specifically thanked the Country Manager of Cassava:  Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA), Professor Lateef Sanni for his “untiring efforts” at making cassava bread a reality.

The Minister who recalled that a week before the forum, FUNAAB held a Workshop where Master Bakers and other stakeholders were trained on cassava bread production, urged the University not to relent in its support of President Jonathan’s transformation agenda.

Revisiting the issue of cassava flour inclusion in composite flour production, Dr. Adesina disclosed that “though Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world, President Jonathan’s administration want our dear nation to become the largest processor of cassava in the world”.The stakeholders’ forum, organized by Professor Lateef Sanni led Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, in partnership with FUNAAB and Cassava:  Adding Value for Africa was well attended.

Besides, the Forum also lent credence to the fact that cassava bread has indeed come to stay as breads, chips, cakes, meat pies, sausage rolls, among others that were made with cassava were massively exhibited by UTC and other master bakers from all over Nigeria.

As a matter of fact, the Minister for Agriculture and FUNAAB’s Vice-Chancellor led others in doing justice (eating) to the cassava bread and snacks.

Stop Reckless Driving - Management warns FUNAAB Staff, Others

Speed barriers erected at some major parts of the road to avert possible re-occurrence.

The University Management has called on members of the University Community, especially motorists to obey traffic regulations, especially while plying intra and inter campus routes.

Rising from a meeting on Saturday, Principal Officers of the University, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors (CODAD) and Directors of essential services decried the rising spate of reckless driving of members of the University community within and outside the campus.

The Management observed with serious concern, incessant over speeding of staff while in haste to meet resumption deadline.

It condemned the development, describing it as dangerous, uncalled for and least expected of members of an enlightened academic community.

The Management, therefore, warned motorists, especially in the University Community to desist from reckless driving or be ready to face the music.

Meanwhile, speed barriers have been erected on FUNAAB’s portion of the Alabata-Camp road, in addition to those on campus.

The erection was based on the directive of the Management and it is aimed at curbing reckless driving on the road .


Professor Akegbejo-Samson Becomes New Dean, Student Affairs

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has appointed Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samson of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), as the Dean, Student Affairs of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

A release signed by the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola informed that Professor Akegbejo-Samson’s appointment is in recognition of his capacity to give quality leadership and make positive contributions to the overall development of the University.

The release further informed that the appointment is for a period of two years with effect from March 18, 2013.

Professor Akegbejo-Samson, a former Students’ Union Leader in the early eighties graduated from the Premier University, University of Ibadan and is widely travelled.

He has held several administrative positions in the University including Deputy Dean, COLERM under two Deans (2004 – 2006), Deputy Dean Postgraduate School (2006-2007) and Chairman, Time Table and Examination Committee (TIMTEC), 2005-2007.

Professor Akegbejo-Samson was also the first full Head of Department of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management (2009-2011).

At the religious level, the University don is a youth Pastor, a motivator and a seasoned Student Counsellor


New Deran, Student Affairs
Prof Samson Akegbenjo

FRIDAY INCIDENCE: FUNNABSU Exco Lauds Management For Proper Handling


The Executive of the University’s Student Union (FUNAABSU) has commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole and other Principal Officers of the University for the high level of maturity they exhibited, while calming the frayed nerves of students, who were protesting the killing of their colleagues by a reckless driver (not a member of the University Community) on Friday.

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, the President of FUNAABSU, Mr. Tope Adesipo, who disclosed that the protest was hijacked by non-students of the University said it was almost getting out of hand until the timely intervention of the Vice-Chancellor restored normalcy.

He stated that the Vice-Chancellor who was accompanied by fellow Principal Officers was not just at the scene of the protest, “he was cool, calm and focus while telling the students not to take laws into their hands”.

Adesipo stressed, it takes a committed father, a true child of God and a seasoned Administrator like our Vice-Chancellor to bring the Friday incident under control”.

Adesipo commended Professor Oyewole for also responding to their demand on the day of the incident promptly.

FUNNABSU President, however, called on fellow students to cultivate a prayer life, or improve on it by frequently asking the Almighty for His divine protection. He also charged them to be mindful of their environment.

Adesipo prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and their relations the  fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.



Mr Adesipo


The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has received with sadness, the untimely death of two students of the University.
They are: R. A. Babatunde and Aromire Sheriff, 100-level students in the Department of Water Resources Management, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM).
The sad event occurred in the evening of Friday, March 15, 2013, when a fast-moving vehicle knocked down the two students in the Isolu area, Alabata-Camp Road, Abeokuta.
However, the driver of the vehicle is not a lecturer or staff of the University, as is being speculated and erroneously reported in the media.
The Vice-Chancellor heartily commiserates with the parents of the deceased students, members of staff and the entire students of FUNAAB on this tragic loss.
He prays that their gentle souls rest in the bossom of the Lord.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, has approved a two-day Lecture-Free Days on Monday, 18 and Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

The Lecture-Free Days is to honour the two students of the University that died in a ghastly motor accident in the Isolu area, Alabata-Camp Road, Abeokuta, on Friday, March 15, 2013.

Similarly, Management is embarking on the erection of speed-breakers on the Alabata-Camp Road, to ensure the safety of lives of motorists and pedestrians on the road.

Management enjoins members of the University Community and visitors, plying the road to bear with it while the construction work lasts.

Ogun State Government Commends FUNAAB … Seeks more Collaboration

The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Ogun State, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun has described the Capacity Building and Extension Mandate Programmes by Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) as highly laudable and capable of addressing the food security challenges in the country.

Mrs. Sokefun made this disclosure in an address she delivered at a Capacity Building Workshop on Broiler Production for Youths of Secondary Schools in Ogun State organized by the Extension and Adaptive Research (EAR) programme arm of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC).

Speaking on the relevance of the workshop to agricultural development in Ogun State, the Honourable Commissioner who was represented by Deputy Director, Livestock Services, Mr. Emmanuel Oluseye Adeosun noted that the workshop would aid in the attainment of self sufficiency in poultry meat production, create employment for the teeming youths through entrepreneurship development and improve the nutritional status of the populace.

According to the Honourable Commissioner, the Capacity Building Workshop will also “Encourage Broiler Production and reduce our over dependence on beef as the source of animal protein, as well as enhance the income of schools/farmers engaged in broiler production ventures.

Mrs. Sokefun disclosed that the state government is highly impressed with the University’s record in youth development adding that “we wish to complement the effort by involving schools which had undertook such in our school Agricultural programme”.

The Honourable Commissioner also solicited for an effective synergy between FUNAAB and Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture and all its parastatals in the area of training and retraining to facilitate comprehensive extension programme as well as create an effective link with private sector for commercialization of various research findings.

Corroborating the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, the Honourable Commission for Education, Barrister Segun Odubela who was represented by Alhaji Ambali Ishola, a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, stated that the immense benefit obtainable from the investment and development of agricultural activities cannot be over emphasized.

According to him, the greatest launch to be experienced will not be from rockets but from the farms of dedicated agronomists and farmers.

Broiler Production Has A Number of Advantages – FUNAAB VC

Representative of the Vice-Chancellor, the Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management  (COLERM), Prof. Oladepo Adedire addressing participants during the Capacity Building Workshop on Broiler Production for selected Secondary School Students in Ogun State.

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has said Broilers production has a number of advantages over other livestock farming as initial investment is a little lower than layers production.

Professor Oyewole made this assertion in his Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremony of a Capacity Building Workshop on Broiler Production for Selected Secondary School Students in Ogun State organized by AMREC.

The Vice-Chancellor who was represented by the Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management, COLERM, Professor Oladepo Adedire noted that the broiler production can be the main source of family income, gainful employment to farmers and their families throughout the year.

He stressed further that rearing period is shorter and more number of flocks can be taken in the same shed,adding that Broilers have high feed conversion efficiency i.e. faster return from investment and demand for broiler meat is more when compared to sheep/goat enterprise.

“This University, in a bid to impact the spirit of entrepreneurship in youths especially at the Secondary School level, has through AMREC incorporated Agriculture-in-Schools project into its programmes.  The Agriculture-in-Schools project was floated about six years ago.

The goals of this project are to impact through training in practical skills and knowledge relevant to agricultural activities; develop positive attitudes towards manual labour thus encouraging self-reliance; make education relevant to culture; equip school leavers for job opportunities that are most likely to be available in the rural areas thereby reducing the rural urban drift in population, make fresh food available for schools’ canteens and finally; generate income for schools”, he added.

Professor Oyewole implored the State Ministries of Education and Agriculture to lend support to the University noble project especially animal husbandry which has been made one of the entrepreneurship subjects in secondary schools, adding that it will enable secondary school students to embrace entrepreneurship at an early age of their career.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Director AMREC, Professor (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami stated that Broiler production is a component of agriculture which can be taken as a means of livelihood and it can also play significant roles in revitalizing our ‘mono’ economy.

She made it clear that the workshop is in tandem with the agenda of the Federal Ministries of Education and Agriculture to ensure that every senior secondary school graduate is well prepared for higher education and acquire the relevant functional trade/entrepreneurship skills needed for poverty eradication, job creation and wealth generation.

The Director, AMREC, implored State Ministries of Education and Agriculture to massively support the initiative of the Federal government through legislation of policies, as well as provision of fund and necessary infrastructures that will promote entrepreneurship among the youths.

FUNAAB Don, UTC Nigeria Make Case For Cassava Bread

The Country Manager, Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (C:AVA), Prof. Lateef Sanni and the United Trading Company (UTC), Nigeria have called on Bakers to key into the Federal Government’s call for Cassava Bread.

The call was made during A One-Day Training Workshop For Master Bakers, organised by C:AVA and UTC in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Welcome Address, Prof. Sanni charged the bakers to be attentive during the course of the training in order to learn more about baking with cassava flour.

He stated that a time will come in the country when the price of wheat will be on the high side due to acute shortage, while 3rd grade wheat will flood the market and bakers will be left with no other alternative but cassava flour for their baking.

Addressing the bakers, the Managing Director, UTC Nigeria, Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan confidently stated that “cassava bread is good, enjoyable and possible”.

She debunked the rumours  in some quarters that cassava bread does not last, smells or scatters when handled.

Mrs. Olaniyan stated that the training process is designed to take the bakers through the raw material analysis which includes Bromate test; Wheat flour ascorbic acid test; cassava flour quality/colour test; cassava flour quality smell test and cassava flour purity test.

The training will also include cassava bread production processes such as weighing; mixing; panning; proving; baking; discharging; cooling and packaging.

To cap the training, the bakers will also be training on bakery equipment selection, pricing and purchasing; product registration procedure with NAFDAC and commercial packaging, inventory management, marketing and distribution channels development.

The high point of the training was the presentation of the baked (cassava bread) product to the Vice-Chancellor and other people present at the training workshop.

UTC, C:AVA Baker’s Workshop: ...FUNAAB Students to be Equipped with Entrepreneurial Skills – VC ...Cassava Bread has come to Stay – UTC MD

One-Day Training Workshop for Master Bakers in the University, the Vice-Chancellor stated that it is important that students should be equipped with a special skill before they graduate in order to look beyond their academic qualification.

Prof. Oyewole noted that students will be trained in various skills of their choice like “baking, sewing, event planning, brick-laying, carpentry and furniture etc.

Declaring the Workshop closed, the Vice-Chancellor thanked the Management of UTC and urged them to always visit FUNAAB whenever the need be for further research work.

He urged the master bakers not to relent, but keep on moving forward in their work.

In her closing remark, the Managing Director, UTC Nigeria, Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan employed the bakers to get more equipment that could speed up their production, which will in turn translate to more revenue.

She thanked the University Management, C:AVA and Prof. Sanni, stating that she look forward to visiting FUNAAB again, as she declared, “Nigeria has come to stay with cassava bread”.

Making case for the master bakers, Chief Richard Olanrewaju Aderemi called on Federal Government not to neglect the bakers to their plight, as it has been with several governments in the past where policies will be made on cassava flour for baking but all eventually died naturally.

Also, Chief Mrs. Ronke Daniels, also known as madam cassava and CEO, Ladmok Company Limited urged the bakers to learn from the UTC team and don’t depend wholly on government to develop themselves.

The Workshop came to an end with the presentation of UTC souvenir pack made up of cassava flour baked foods and the newly baked bread during the course of the workshop.

NAUW to Celebrate International Women’s Day

The golden attributes ditto the enviable pedigree of the women folk will take the centre stage on March 8, 2013 as the World celebrates the International Women’s Day.

At the vanguard of the celebration is Dr. (Mrs.) C.A Onifade led National Association of University Women (NAUW), FUNAAB Branch which will roll out drums that will set the University community agog.

A release signed by the President, NAUW, Dr. (Mrs.) C.A Onifade informed that the line-up of programme schedule is as follows.

Date:  March 6, 2013

Activity: Parade round the campus to create awareness for the International Women’s Day

Time: 10:00a.m

Date:  March 6, 2013

Activity:  Seminar

Title:  Adding Value to Women for a Fulfilled Life through Effectiveness Stress Management

Time:  1:00p.m

Venue: Postgraduate Lecture Theater

Activity: Practical checking of BMI (Body Mass Index) and BP (Blood Pressure) of Women

Time:  12:30p.m

Venue: Postgraduate Lecture Theatre

Prof. Oyewole Is A Visionary Leader ... He must have seen the direction as a Pioneer Staff - FUNAAB’s Pioneer Director, Physical Planning

The University’s pioneer Director, Directorate of Physical Planning, Architect Akin Akiode has x-rayed the leadership style of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, concluding that he is a “visionary leader”.

Speaking exclusively to FUNAAB Bulletin at his Abeokuta private residence, Architect Akiode attributed Professor Oyewole’s visionary leadership to his track record as a pioneer staff of the University who was part of the team that evolved the vision and contributed to its reality and sustenance.

According to him, “Professor Oyewole was part of pioneering staff. He saw it all. I believe he must have seen the direction”.

Architect Akiode who worked alongside the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nurudeen Olorunimbe Adedipe was instrumental to the massive infrastructural development of the University at its inception, ranging from the University Library, Senate Building, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) etc.

A veteran Architect of national repute who had been privileged to work with three Nigerian Universities, namely Lagos State University (LASU), FUNAAB and University of Abuja as well as private universities which include Fountain University, the University of Petroleum Resource, Effurun, stated that he had never experienced abandoned projects.

According to him, “I saw the result of my efforts and it was like when you give birth to a new baby, you thank God”.

“I am very proud of the University and I am happy that the University established by the Babangida Administration in 1991 has come of age”, he noted.

The astute Planner said his sole responsibility was to see to the delivery of projects in terms of management, adding that it was the distinction between the Director, Physical Planning and a Project Manager.

Architect Akiode attributed the success of the projects to ability to identify good design, assembling of resources and good funding.

He, however, stated some challenges that confronted the movement to the permanent site as skepticism on the part of some staff who were aversed to change.

His words, “the then Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nimbe Adedipe called me and said, ‘we are moving’, he also called his DVC and instructed that his table be moved to the permanent site”, adding that it was the beginning of the movement.