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Scientists Win IFS Grant

Dr. Kolawole Adebayo of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and Mrs. Kofoworola Olatunde of the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology have won the prestigious International Foundation for Science (IFS) grant, to be used for investigating ways of combating food insecurity through optimal cultivation and utilisation of cocoyam in Sub-Saharan Africa, using a multidisciplinary approach.
Dr. Adebayo, who is also the University’s Director of Grants Management, will explore farmers decisions on the potential adoption of recommended practices in rural-based cocoyam value chains, while Mrs. Olatunde is to co-ordinate the research, which will be carried out alongside Mr. JohnBosco Muhumuza of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Kampala, Uganda.
The research covers the variability in proximate/anti-nutritive composition of cocoyam as well as the potential of different soil fertility amendments in reducing oxalic acid accumulation in cocoyam and would evaluate the agronomic performance of cocoyam accessions under upland conditions using a farmer-led participatory approach. It would also measure farmers' decisions and potential adoption of recommended practices in the rural-based cocoyam value chains of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The research is a timely response to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP 2012) call for strategies to overcome food insecurity through agricultural productivity, nutrition, access to food, and empowerment of the rural poor. The grant is worth USD43,660 and is expected to cover 26 months.

 

Review Educational Curriculum – FUNAAB Don

An appeal has gone to the government and stakeholders on the need to review the existing educational curricula in the country. This clarion call was made by Professor Samuel Wara, Head, Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in his office when fielding questions on the ground-breaking on Alternative Power Generation System and Internal Voice Communication, developed by his Department.

According to Professor Wara, the relevant authorities should ensure that they produce graduates that could meet the needs of the society through curriculum development. “Let us re-think our processes. The graduates too should think of the needs of our people and should be met”, he emphasized.

To achieve this, there should be functional workshops, availability of electricity and practical equipment for students. He pointed out that the Solar/Inverter Power Supply System developed was an alternative to energy supply and stressed that products of the College could be marketed to the society. “We are looking for an avenue where FUNAAB products can be sold. People are looking for alternative sources of energy, which is why we are trying other means. In the world now, we are looking for numerous processes”, he said.

He also gave the reason why the College decided to produce the Internal Voice Communication device, based on the challenge being faced because of the epileptic services rendered by GSM operators. “What we are trying to do as an institution is that we want to see how we can bridge the gap  of communications. We have challenges with GSM operators’ network. We have storey-buildings here. How do we communicate with ourselves without moving from one place to the other and how do we save time to do our business? So, these are the reasons”, he added.

 

Researcher of the Week: Professor Dupe Christianah Akintobi

Professor Dupe Christianah Akintobi was the pioneer Coordinator of the Diploma and Certificate Programmes (DICEP) under the University’s Centre for Human Resources Development (CENHURD) now INHURD for 4years and 6months. She was formerly an Ag. HOD of the Department of Plant Breeding and Seed Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. In addition, professor Akintobi has served in almost all standing committees of the University including Ceremonials Committee, Publications Committee, Staff and Students Disciplinary committees, Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee, Member of first Committee on Establishment of College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Bifurcation of COLAMRUCS into COLAMRUD and COLFHEC, Housepac, Board of Surveys,  etc.

In fact she is the only woman that has ever served in the special Students Disciplinary Committee. Professor Akintobi is the first African woman under the Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment (AWLAE) programme, a programme funded by Winrock Intenational. She also enjoyed FAO scholarship for her M.Sc. Programme.

Professor Akintobi holds a B. Sc. Degree from University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University; a M.Sc. from California State University, Fresno and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Seed Technology from the University of Ibadan but with all course work and 50% of the research work done at Mississippi State University, Starville, USA. She is a member of eleven professional bodies including the African Crop Science Society, Agricultural Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Hortscience, etc.

Professor Akintobi has over 36 years of working experience in Agronomy and she has worked both nationally and internationally. Through her career, she has been privileged to be in many parts of the world as well as International Consultancy including Winrock International under which she was privileged to award fellowships to some Nigerian women of which one of them is now a FUNAAB Academic staff. She has developed special expertise in Seed Production, Seed Testing, Seed Storage and Seed Certification as well as many years of research experience in vegetables, legumes, cereal crops and sweet potato. She was the person to start research work in Sweet Potato in FUNAAB.

Professor Akintobi has developed a locally made material for Seed Germination which is now currently being used all over Nigeria by National Seeds Council of Nigeria (NASC).  She also has vast interest in Plant Physiology, Gender Issues, Rural Development and Women Empowerment/Development. She writes books and also serves as Editor for both National and International Journals.

She is also well experienced in training and technology transfer. She possesses good human and resource management skills, having undergone adequate training in communication skills. She has the ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines, as she enjoys seeing tasks through, from beginning to the end.

Professor Akintobi, an erudite scholar and a prolific writer, has a great wealth of research experience which has culminated into over 51 academic publications in international journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings, books, monographs etc. she has premier certificate in French.

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOCUS AND FOOD SECURITY QUESTION IN NIGERIA


INTRODUCTION

•Nigeria has considerable prospects for developing its agriculture: –Of the country’s land area of 98.3 million ha, 74 million ha is good for farming, but less than half is being utilized. –About 60 – 70% of the population is involved in farming. –Contribution of agriculture to the GDP is high –Crops, livestock and fish have potentials for providing food and nutrition. Read More

AAU President Identifies Challenges Facing Higher Education

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, has identified the major problems facing higher education in the country. According to him, the five main factors mitigating against the realisation of the country’s virile higher education policies bordered on quality, learning methods, relevance of programmes, access and research quality.

Professor Oyewole disclosed these during his presentation as a resource person at one of the Design Workshops that discussed Tertiary Education, Competiveness and Employability, at the 20th Nigerian Economic Summit, held in Abuja, recently.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that if the necessary machinery were put in place to address the five issues, there was going to be remarkable progress in the quality of academic programmes being run by institutions of higher learning. He noted that having coordinated quality assurance in Africa for several years; he had been able to ascertain that there was an urgent need by relevant stakeholders in education to address the key challenges, to attain what was desired.

The AAU President charged educational authorities to rather make learning student-based as against the current practice, which he noted was skewed in favour of the teacher (teacher-based), as he also renewed his call for the conversion of polytechnics into Technical Universities, as had been implemented in advanced nations like Germany. When this is done, the problem of disparity of HND/B.Sc dichotomy would have been addressed, among other advantages, he added.

Salient points discussed by participants at the Design Workshop IV, which was facilitated by Mrs. Nike De Souza, Managing Director, People Temp Limited, centered on the need to review pedagogy, funding, employability of Nigerian graduates, training and re-training of academics, imperative of redesigning the national policy on education to be more realistic, developing the institution-industry synergy through the setting up of an Industry Advisory Council, inclusion of practically-oriented teaching skill and the imperative of embarking on quality research.

Declaring the summit open, President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by the Vice-President, Architect Mohammed Sambo, challenged the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), to review the policy foundation of Nigeria’s education sector developed in 1969 to meet current realities. The President said: “More than forty years after, this policy foundation is ripe for review, to determine its relevance and fine tune its adaptability to national objectives, in this 21st Century”.

The Supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, stated that the Federal Government had invested N144.7 billion in basic education between 2009 and 2013. He added the money was given as grants to states to assist them in funding basic education.

The minister also said that through TETFund, the sum of N268.484bn was allocated to the Universities of which N233.33billion had been accessed, while the balance of N35.154billion had not been accessed. In addition to the funds released through TETFund, the minister said a total of N94.129billion had been released to Federal Universities, through the National Universities Commission for capital, direct teaching and laboratory cost, and teaching and research equipment.

In his address, the Supervising Minister of the National Planning Commission, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, said the summit would set agenda for “presidential dialogue” on national issues and would go a long way in transforming the nation’s education system.


The former World Bank Vice-President for Africa, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, said focus on early child education wouldthe development ofyoung generation in Nigeria. She called for permanent structural change that would enhance the quality of education and develop skills in Nigerian children. She noted that Nigeria had a lot to do to catch up with global trend. “That catching may be difficult except if it is strategic, the fastest way to do the catching up now is to make early child care education, put it on the front burner of the education system. Countries like Finland had shown clearly that countries that emphasized early child care education and expand access to both the poor and the rich alike make huge success", she said. Ezekwesili, who is now the Economic Advisor of the Open Society Foundation, said that the best time for formation of a child was between the ages of three and five when the neurons could stimulate well. She said both the public and private sectors should work together in core area of vocational, innovational and institutional building, as this would help to bring the private sector in building skills and capacity of the young ones. “Government has never had a great record in building skills for industry. Education needs intelligent champions. If society fails to bring intelligent champions for inclusion, the intelligent champions themselves will have act in an intelligent way,’’ she said.

Ezekwesili, therefore, canvassed need for good governance in the education sector as well as the need to intensify effort in training and re-training of teachers. She called on the government and stakeholders to ensure the employment of qualified hands into the education system. On achieving the Millennium Development Goals on education, she said it was unfortunate that Nigeria was not among the countries that would achieve the goal by 2015, but urged the government to focus seriously on basic education to help build a better society.

Earlier, the Director-General of NESG, Frank Nweke (Jnr), in his remarks stated that the decision to hold the summit on education was taken to redress the decline in the sector, being critical to economic development. “The Nigerian education sector is in dire straits and requires the intervention of both public and private stakeholders, if it is to fulfil its function of preparing Nigeria to compete in the global economy,” he said.

The Chairman of the Board of NESG, Folusho Phillips also stated that the summit on education would achieve three things: draw the attention of stakeholders to problems in the education sector, consider the capacity of the government in addressing the sector and device institutional mechanisms to address the problems. Phillips underscored the relevance of the summit in fast-tracking theof national policies and called on stakeholders to participate in the change process towards redeeming the education sector for future economic growth.

The 3-day summit with the main theme, Transforming Education Through Partnerships for Global Competiveness, which was structured into nine plenary sessions, eight design workshops that touched on all aspects of Nigerian education sector, was attended by the major players. The highpoint of the well-attended summit was a Presidential Policy Dialogue on the education sector, which aims to determine the gaps in the implementation of the Presidential Task Team (PTT) report that is to provide a platform, for meeting Nigeria’s developmental goals.

The NESG, which was founded in 1993, is an independent, non-sectarian organisation that is committed to fostering open and continuous dialogue on Nigeria’s economic development by seeking to define and facilitate the implementation of an economic agenda that would help to create a conducive environment to good governance, responsible private sector investment and sustainable private sector-driven economic growth and development.

Participants from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta were Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council; Professor Olusola Oyewole, Vice-Chancellor and Professor Adekojo Waheed, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Other resource persons at the Design Workshop include Professor Femi Bamiro, a former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan; Mr. Solomon Adegbie-Quaynor, Country Manager, International Finance Corporation; Mr. Niyi Yusuf, Managing Director, Accenture Nigeria; Mr. Nicholas Verveide, Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Dr. Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School and Dr. Aliyu Naiya, Acting Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).



Expedite Passage of Fisheries Commission Bill – Varsity Don

A call has gone to the National Assembly to pass without further delay, the Fisheries Commission Bill 2014 before it, with the inclusion of an important component, the Fish Health Management Programme (FHMP). Professor Godfrey Ezeri of the Department Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), stated this during his Inaugural Lecture, delivered recently in the University.


Professor Ezeri’s lecture, which was the 44th Inaugural Lecture of FUNAAB was titled, Fish Diseases: A Major Hindrance to Realization of ‘Fish for All’. According to the Professor ofFish Pathology and Health, the FHMP should be located in the various state’s Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs), for overall cost effectiveness and sustainability, through which other stakeholders such as the Fisheries Department in the state Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary departments, Universities, research institutes and non-governmental organisations can effectively participate in the objective of providing fish-for-all.
While explaining further, he said with FHMP in place, there will be better monitoring of eggs and fish stocks imported into the country, to ensure that they were certified properly for human consumption. It will also ensure that there are formal registration of fish farms, cold rooms and strengthening of networking opportunities among policy management and research outputs in Universities, research institutes and extension workers. Professor Ezeri’s well-researched lecture revealed that fish was becoming increasingly important in the diet of a large percentage of health provisions, accounting for 40 per cent of animal protein consumed in Nigeria and 16 per cent of consumption worldwide in which about one billion people across the world relied on as the primary source of animal protein. He added that fish is very nutritious, cheap and delicious, as is now “a major source of animal protein in most African and Asian countries”.
“The fisheries sector makes a vital contribution to the food and nutritional security of 200 million African and provides income for over 10 million engaged in fish production, processing and trade. Moreover, fish has become a leading export commodity for Africa with an annual export value of $2.7 billion”, he stated. As predicted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, Africa was capable of meeting up its fish needs. Therefore, to ensure constant supply of fish, the Inaugural Lecturer noted that Aquaculture remained the most renewable, sustainable and cost-effective alternative to fish production that could guarantee fish self-sufficiency even though a deficit of 2.04 million metric tonnes was required to meet the demand for fish in the country and this shortfall is augmented by massive importation of frozen fish.


Professor Ezeri, a Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), however, stressed the need to drastically reduce the various fish diseases, to ensure that the supply of fish products were not drastically reduced and thereby constituting a threat to the realization of the fish-for-all objective. He also warned against the infiltration of pollutants, which he said were harmful to both fish and human beings and cautioned against the use of harmful chemicals to harvest fish, such as herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, among others. The don opined that the desire to attain the goal of fish-for-all was laudable but could only be achieved when the necessary machinery was put in place by the stakeholders, as he commended the Federal Government for ensuring that “farmers at the grassroots, got a largesse of 500 juvenile and five bags of floating feeds and hoping that more of the programmes should be sustained”.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, charged Nigerian youths to acquire skills that would prepare them for the competitive labour market. “Please, be conscious of the skills and competences you need to acquire which will prepare you for the competitive labour market. Don’t just come to the University with the aim of acquiring the certificate only”, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, who chaired the occasion said the University would not relent in its efforts to further develop knowledge and improve skills by providing an enabling environment and facilities for teaching, research and extension services. According to him, FUNAAB was expecting the sum of N5 billion over a period of five years from the Federal Government, which will be utilized for the purpose of improving the quality of teaching and teaching methods. He also disclosed that the University would be building laboratories which would be of world class standard as well as a new Senate building.


While introducing the Inaugural Lecturer, the Vice-Chancellor said the 44th Inaugural Lecturer, was the second from his Department and eighth from COLERM, having supervised over 50 undergraduate, seven Master’s and six PhDs.
An alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for his First Degree, Professor Ezeri also bagged his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at the University of Jos. He had served the University in various capacities. Professor Ezeri was a consultant to both Ogun and Lagos ADPs and had bagged several awards such as the Distinguished Merit Award of FISON, Contemporary Who-is-Who Award and the American Biographical Institute. He belongs to learned societies such as the Institute of Biology, Multi-Disciplinary Aquatic Studies Team and the Nigerian Association of Aquatic Students and he is currently the Editor-in Chief, Journal of Field Aquatic Studies (AQUAFIELD).
Dignitaries present at the occasion include Professor Chiweyite Ejike, Chairman, Council for Intellectual Cooperation of Nigeria (CIFICON); Dr. Bola Adekoya, Fellow, Fisheries Society of Nigeria; Mr. Mfu Orji, the Inaugural Lecturer’s secondary school teacher; Madam Margaret Ezeri, mother and Mrs. Bernice Ezeri wife of the Inaugural Lecturer, among others.




Researcher of the week: Professor Olusegun Ayodeji OSINOWO

Professor Osinowo was born in 1950 and spent his early childhood at the Federal Department of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria, an agricultural research station founded in 1896 and one of the oldest in the world. His father was an agriculturist. This background probably accounts for Olusegun’s interest in agricultural research. A Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with special honours in Animal Science from the University of Ibadan in 1972 was followed with a Master of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia in 1976, capped with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Veterinary Physiology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1979. Olusegun was mentored by a number of leading authorities in Reproductive Physiology at the time, including Professor Jorgen Steinbach at Ibadan, Professor Steve Salamon at Sydney, and Dr. H.M. Dott at Cambridge. Since graduation, Olusegun has had nearly four decades of unbroken tenure as a researcher at the National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Shika, Zaria (18 years) and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) (20 years).

Olusegun’s early research interest was on cattle. His first research publication was a pioneering study on skinfold thickness in Nigerian cattle breeds. This was followed by a detailed and systematic study on scrotal and testicular dimensions in West African cattle breeds and their relationship to spermatozoa production. During a one-year stint (1978) as a Visiting Scientist at the Animal Research Station, Cambridge, he co-authored three papers on efficiency of sperm washing, enzyme leakage from mammalian spermatozoa and reversible inhibition of sperm motility by low concentrations of formaldehyde.

Perhaps Olusegun’s major contribution to animal production in Nigeria was his pioneering work on intensive breeding of Yankasa sheep. This led to the development of protocols for the achievement of twice-yearly lambing, with its massive improvement in productivity. Spin-offs from this research included development and trial of first sheep artificial insemination in Nigeria, establishment of the largest and most successful sheep improvement programme in the country, assisted by the Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure, and a definitive study of gestation length in Yankasa sheep.

Olusegun’s movement to FUNAAB opened new vistas for research. Notable achievements included definitive studies on milking potentials of Nigerian goat breeds and their responses to heat stress. His pioneering work with his colleagues and students has firmly established FUNAAB as the leading institution in Nigeria and perhaps the world in research into the physiology of the Giant African Land Snails. This has led to the establishment of NETGALS, Research Network on Giant African Land Snails, which by June 2014 would have held three annual research meetings at FUNAAB.

Olusegun has served on several expert panels on livestock production set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria. As far back as 1982 he was Chairman of the First National Conference on Beef Production held in Kaduna. The recommendations of that Conference are even more relevant today in view of the increasing frequency of Farmer-Nomadic Fulani conflicts across the country.

Olusegun was the pioneer Dean of the Postgraduate School, pioneer Head of the Department of Animal Physiology and also pioneer Director of the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), FUNAAB. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production and also a Fellow of the Animal Science Association of Nigeria. He is married to Morountodun and they have three children. Olusegun has been a Professor of Animal Physiology for 25 years and was the pioneer head of the Department of Animal Physiology, FUNAAB, where he till lectures. Olusegun’s 93 publications can be viewed on Google Scholar Citations.

FUNAAB Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has recorded another landmark by winning a grant of USD18.8 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to implement the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Phase II (CAVA II).
According to the Project Director of CAVA II and University’s Director of Grants Management,   Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, the grant will be administered from the University and will increase the incomes of at least, 200,000 smallholder farmers and community processors through their participation in profitable and sustainable value-added cassava chains in five sub-Saharan African countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. The project will be implemented by a team of world-class experts that have gained significant and joint experience in value chain development since 2008. The project is expected to cover a period of five years.

CAVA II is a product of several months of intensive research by academics, whose outcome     would help immensely in the socio-economic transformation of the affected nations by stimulating employment and producing favorable balance of payments through a remarkable reduction in the importation of goods into the country. It will also improve rural incomes and productivity of small holders, especially women, by empowering them.
To achieve the objectives of CAVA II, a number of partners and sub-grantees will provide support and technical assistance including the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Food and Research Institute, Ghana; Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre; African Innovation Institute, Uganda and the Chancellor College, University of Malawi.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has congratulated the entire C:AVA family on the award of the grant. Elated at the news, Professor Oyewole said “let me assure you of the readiness of the University to make great success of this feat.  It is time to get to work. The work has started”.  

NILH Eyes Partnership with FUNAAB

Members of executive of the Nigerian Institute of Landscape Horticulture (NILH), have described the University’s landscape as very beautiful and have, therefore, indicated their interest to partner with the University in achieving the Institute’s certification programme.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole before the National Executive Council meeting of NILH, held recently in the University, the President of the Institute, Mr. Fatai Amodu, said the certification programme entailed that members of NILH, who wished to migrate from one class of membership to another wrote a qualifying examination. But with the while existing facilities on ground in FUNAAB, such as Information and Communications Technology (ICT), as well as experts and personnel, the University was better positioned to partner with the Institute in running the certification programme successfully.


According to him, “the Institute regulates the practice of the landscape horticulture profession in Nigeria and as a policy; NILH works with Institutions because it is the kitchen for cooking professionals, as we have graduates of horticulture, graduates of agriculture and graduates of plant science. They are potential members who would find a very rewarding career in landscaping horticulture”.
Corroborating the President, the Secretary-General of the Institute, Mrs. Lydia Halim, said that the Institute intended to have a domicile Secretariat in FUNAAB and partner the University in the area of manpower development, so that committed practitioners, who were in the field, would acquire the necessary competence to be exceptional professionals. On the expectation of the Institution, the Secretary-General said, “the expectation of the institute is high, as I was in FUNAAB about six to seven years ago, and I can say confidently that what I am seeing here is not what I met then. You have grown and you have also exhibited competence in what you are doing, so it makes sense to tie our boat on the winning side”.
Earlier, the University’s Director of Environmental Management Unit, Mr. Emmanuel Bankole, solicited that the University should approve the proposal, stressing that “FUNAAB is very lucky because two other Universities are being considered for this programme but what we have on ground has been able to speak for us and I see it as an opportunity that we must lash unto, particularly, the students that we have. It is going to go a long way to help them unlike the students elsewhere. They would have the opportunity of coming in as student-member and be exposed to practicals”.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, stated that FUNAAB was committed to any activity that was geared towards the advancement of the Institution, its work force and the community in general. He encouraged NILH to write to the University formally, to state its request, while assuring that the University would be interested in assisting the Institute in the development of its curriculum.

Researcher of the Week: Professor ADEBAMBO, Ayoka Olufunmilayo

Professor ADEBAMBO, Ayoka Olufunmilayo is the incumbent Director, Biotechnology Centre and Project Leader, FUNAAB Poultry Breeds Development, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. She started her academic career at the Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan as a Demonstrator and was the first graduate of Animal Breeding from the University. She worked with the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where she worked for 16 years in the development of improved Indigenous pig breeds for commercialisation. She was the first Head of Department, Animal Breeding and Genetics at FUNAAB and the first female Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics in Nigeria. She has similarly served as Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, FUNAAB and a member, Governing Council, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Roslin Institute, Scotland and Visiting Professor at Poultry Breeding Research Institute, Hessaraghata, India and Ohio State University, USA.

Professor Adebambo holds a BSc.degree in Animal Science and Doctor of Philosophy Animal Breeding (Ph.D) from the Premier University of Ibadan, Ibadan and several professional certificates.  She is a Life Member and former President of the Genetics Society of Nigeria; Life Member of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production, Member, British Society for Animal Production, American Society for Animal Science, Rare Breeds International (World Society for Conservation of Animal Genetic Resources), World Poultry Science Association and many more. Professor Adebambo is a Registered  and Licensed Member of the National Institute for Animal Science, a former  Council member and Fellow of the Institute and Animal Science Association of Nigeria.

Professor Adebambo’s major interest is to be able to empower women and youths in the area of poverty alleviation and job creation using her FUNAAB Alpha Poultry Breeds Production project. She enjoys assisting local farmers in establishing pig farms, organizing and Coordinating Short -Term Farmers Training on Pigs and Poultry production, organizing Capacity Building and Training Workshops on Biotechnologies applicable to livestock development, and organizes and participates in professional development courses on Monogastric Animal Breeding, Animal Biotechnology, Laboratory techniques in Molecular genetics, proteomics, etc.

She is a recipient of several awards and Fellowships including: the British Council Award, the Commonwealth Fellowship, Royal Society of England’s Third World Fellowship, World Bank Research Award, Indian Technical Cooperation/SCAAP Fellowship, National Universities Commission Oustanding Research Awards, Gbagura Indigenes Outstanding daughters Merit Award, FUNAAB Vice-Chancellors Research Productivity Award, Distinguished General Chieftaincy title of Gbagura-Land, Remo Secondary School, Old Students’ Merit Award, call to Nigerian Society of Animal Production Honours role and was  honoured with Egba-Lisabi’s Service Award as  Role Model to Womanhood  with several  other commendations.

Professor Adebambo is the Project Leader for Development of Improved Indigenous Chicken and Indigenous Broiler Lines for rural producers, a project she has been working on for the past 19 years.  She has trained several undergraduate and postgraduate students on several pigs and poultry breeding and production projects.

Professor Adebambo, an erudite scholar and a prolific writer, has a great wealth of research and teaching experience which has culminated into 6 monographs, 1 contribution to books, 10 books, and 4 Commissioned reports. She has 76 articles in highly reputable local and international journals and 62 conference presentations at both local and International Conferences, to her credit. She has supervised several B.Agric. students, completed 10 M.Agric., 9 PhD Students as Major advisor; 13 M.Agric and 3 PhD students as Co-Supervisor; and is currently supervising 3 PhD and 5 M Agric students.

In all, Professor Adebambo is a great scientist, a highly devoted lecturer, a committed and visionary researcher.

FUNAAB Celebrates Pioneer Librarian

The Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) recently organised a farewell reception in honour of the pioneer University Librarian, Dr. Taofiq Salisu, who retired after 22 years of meritorious service to the University.

Speaking at the occasion, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, statedthe occasion was to honour the pioneer University Librarian as "not everyone that commences a career ends up being alive".

Senator Ogunlewe, who was Chairman at the occasion, congratulated the Retiree and members of his family for finishing the race well, while praying that "similar honour would be done to so many of you when you retire". The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, also showered encomiums on Dr. Salisu describing as a man of wisdom, who also had the fear of God. The Vice-Chancellor said the former University Librarian had a good sense of humour. “No matter how disturbed you are, when you get to him, all your worries would disappear as he would crack one joke to ease it out”, he stated.

The National President of the Ijebu-Mushin College Old Students Association, Alhaji Korede Lawal, added that  even though, their alma mater was noted for the production of top-flight Engineers, Dr. Salisu came out as an outstanding student of Liberal Arts. His words, "He has impacted a lot. He has been a role model to many young ones and even colleagues and it has never been a dull moment with him".
The University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, thanked the Governing Council and Management for putting a befitting programme for her boss. She described the Pioneer Librarian as a transparent person, whose qualities of punctuality and cleanliness was a model any day.

In his response, Dr. Salisu, the former pioneer Librarian, who was also a former Director, University’s Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD) as well as the Pioneer Head, Office of Advancement, appreciated all for the honour done him by organising the farewell reception.

At a similar occasion, Members of the University community, relations and well-wishers also recently joined the staff of the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library in celebrating the pioneer University Librarian, Dr. Taofiq Salisu, who has retired from the services of the University.

The colourful ceremony which had the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor ‘Nimbe Adedipe as the Chairman, who disclosed that Dr. Salisu was employed during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor, described him as an achiever who was “found useful and was able to stay useful to the University for so long”.

According to the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, although Dr. Salisu completed his two terms as the University Librarian, he had served in various capacities in the University and had contributed in no little measure to the development of the University Library; the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library.

He advocated for better funding for the University Library because “the library, for me, is the heart of the Academia and should be well funded”. Professor Adedipe commended the commitment of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole and his predecessors for upholding the tradition of excellence in which the University was built on.

According to him, “laying a foundation is one thing, but maintaining and sustaining it is another thing. I want to thank you for upholding the tradition and still holding unto mantle of excellence”. He prayed that the University would continue to experience development, as he disclosed that he would always be proud of FUNAAB.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, appreciated the pioneer Vice-Chancellor for the solid foundation he had laid. “If the foundation had been faulty, the University would have been nowhere and it is not just about structure, but also content development and discipline instilled. Despite the indiscipline in the society, FUNAAB is still holding its head high in that regards”, he added.

While congratulating Dr. Salisu on his successful retirement, Professor Oyewole confirmed that even though he is retired, he is not yet tired, as he prayed that God would continue to renew his strength. The Vice-Chancellor said the University would continue to keep in touch with him, to tap from his wealth of experience, as he solicited his continued support for the University’s Office of Advancement.
Speaking at the occasion, the University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam, noted that “not every leader can retire with such grace, dignity, respect and a teary eyed farewell from the whole office after 13 years of completion of tenure as University Librarian”. She described her former boss, Dr. Salisu, as “a good mentor, a very transparent person, religious, God fearing, a just leader, amiable and very social”, Dr. Salaam said he would be greatly missed and wished him success in his future endeavors.

Highlight of the occasion was a lecture titled, Bridging the Gap Between Practice and Teaching of Librarianship in Nigerian Universities, delivered by Professor Iyabo Mabawonku of the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of Ibadan.Professor Mabawonku enumerated the challenges facing University libraries in Nigeria to include the appointments of non-librarians as Librarians. She suggested that there should be a distinction between job titles and descriptions of those who are Librarians and those who are not. She said those who had worked for at least five years in the libraries and were mature enough to identify problem areas in the practice should be allowed to enroll for PhD programmes.

Responding, the pioneer Librarian appreciated the Management of the University for availing him the opportunity to contribute his quota to the development of the University in many aspects and gave the assurance that his doors were always open. Dr. Salisu also specially lauded library staff for honouring him, stating that they would always occupy a special place in his heart.


… International Women’s Day Too

The National Association of University Women (NAUW), FUNAAB Branch recently celebrated this year’s International Women's Day with the theme, Women Inspiring Change, amidst pomp and pageantry.

The President of NAUW, Dr. (Mrs.) Comfort Onifade, disclosed that the United Nations (UN), had declared the annual celebration of the International Women's Day as a day set aside not only to honour women, but to also recognise and appreciate their various contributions to the development of the society.

Speaking at the occasion, Mrs. Iquo Ukoh, Director of Marketing, Nestle Foods Plc, noted that although a reasonable number of women were at the helm of affairs in their various organisations, the percentage was still very insignificant. She however stated that things were getting better today for women, in terms of opportunities just like their male counterparts, unlike before.

In her lecture titled, Gender Balance in Corporate Environment: Where Are We?, Mrs  Ukoh, the first woman to become a Marketing Manager and the only female on the board of Nestle Food Plc, said that women needed a lot of effort, preparedness, skill, emotional intelligence and professional maturity, to get to the top. According to her, women should be assisted to achieve their God-given potentials at their work place, while stressing the need to maintain a balance, in order for the woman’s home front not to suffer at the expense of her profession. She was quick to add that a woman cannot do it alone, but would require the full support of her husband, as she implored women to always carry their husbands along in whatever they do.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, appreciated the womenfolk for their impact in the society. Represented by the Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Professor Bola Akeredolu-Ale, the Vice-Chancellor stated that women have gone a long way in moving the University forward in many ways. He said the theme for this year’s celebration was very apt and could not have come at a better time, as he expressed his confidence that women could perform better in any chosen endeavour, if given the enabling environment.

Highlights of the occasion included the conferment of NAUW awards on deserving women such as: Chief (Mrs.) Alaba Lawson, the Iyalode of Yorubaland; Professor (Mrs.) Mosunmola Obidike; a University don and Mrs. Agnes Okodua, a courageous and resilient woman. In addition, two indigent students of the University were awarded scholarships. They are: Miss Sanni Fatimah of the College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET) and Miss Rasheed Fatimah of the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), respectively. The scholarships would be for entrepreneurial training at the University Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Others events included an Awareness Rally, Launching of the FUNAAB NAUW Crèche and Secretariat, Medical check-ups, Performances by the FUNAAB Theatre troupe, as well as students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta International School (FUNIS), whose presentation was titled, Empower A Woman, Empower A Nation.

 

Utilise TETFund Intervention Properly – Wike

Heads of Federal Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, particularly in the South-West, have been advised to utilise the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) intervention given to them judiciously and for the purposes the money was released.
Giving this advice was the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief (Barrister) Ezenwo Nyeson Wike, at the Stakeholders’ Town Hall Meeting on TETFund interventions in Tertiary Institutions in the South-West held recently at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan. The Minister, who debunked the claim that the Federal Government was not interested in education, was proud to say that 10 out of 13 Universities in Africa which won the World Bank Centres of Excellence were from Nigeria. This includes the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

Barrister Wike reiterated that the Federal Government was committed to qualitative and quantitative education in the nation, with the allocation of N1.3tr for infrastructural development in the Universities for a period of five years. He, therefore, called on institutions to access the N27b intervention fund with TETFund.

Earlier, the Acting Executive Secretary of TETFund, Mallam Aliyu Na’iya, said the agency was committed to adding value to teaching, learning and research through capacity building and knowledge acquisition in Nigeria.

Mallam Na’iya informed the meeting that TETFund discourages delays in execution of projects, which formed the basis of why intervention funds were released to the implementing institutions in three batches: 1st Tranche - 50%, 2nd Tranche - 35% and final Tranche - 15%, a system that gives no room for abandoned project.

The Acting Executive Secretary promised to work with institutions in moving higher education to the next level through prompt and timely release of intervention funds after all due process might have been followed.The Chairman, Board of Directors of TETFund, Dr. Musa Babayo said the Fund had continued to intervene in the critical areas of Library Development, Research Project, Journal Publication, Conference Attendance, Manuscript Development and National Research Projects in tertiary institutions across the country. Dr. Babayo said the goal of President Goodluck Jonathan administration to create access and quality for Nigerian child, which necessitated the formulation of the Educational Transformation Agenda.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Lagos, Professor Jerry Gana commended the Federal Government for the giant strides recorded in the education sector. The former Minister of Information supported the idea of allowing institutions to render public accounts of funds released to them, saying that the move should be sustained.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, represented by Mr. Akinbode Agbaoye said the Stakeholders’ Meeting was long overdue.He charged heads of institutions to involve TETFund intervention in their project planning process by creating the executive capacity to utilise the funds.
The head of each educational institution present showcased how the TETFund intervention and Federal Government capital funds were utilised in their institutions. The FUNAAB team was led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole who made a brilliant presentation on behalf of the University. Other University officials at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed; Registrar, Mr. Matthew Ayoola; Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi; Director, Academic Planning, Dr. Olukayode Akinyemi and the Director, Budget & Expenditure, Mr. Olukayode Osinuga.

Alumni Urged to be Worthy Leaders

The Guest Lecturer at the 17th Annual Convention and 16th Annual Lecture Series of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Alumni Association, Mr. Oludare Kodaolu, has admonished the executive and members of the FUNAAB Alumni Association to be good ambassadors of the University by leading and managing a virile Alumni Association.

An alumnus of the University, who is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Achilles Group Limited, a leading United Kingdom-based Group Oil and Gas Servicing Company, in his lecture titled, Leading and Managing for a Robust and Sustainable FUNAAB Alumni Association, described leadership as an essential ingredient for effective management, adding that the performance of any organisation rested upon leadership because this determined the characteristic shape and behaviour of the organisation.

Mr. Kadaolu, who noted that there was a wide difference between leadership and management, stated that management in business and organizations were meant to coordinate the efforts of people, to accomplish stated goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. He pointed out that every leader may not be a manager, but every manager should be a leader because any manager who lacked effective leadership traits will run a business aground.
The traits, which an outstanding leader should possess include vision, passion and self-sacrifice, confidence, determination, persistence, image-building and role-modeling. Others are external representation, having expectations and confidence in followers, selective motive-arousal, frame alignment and inspirational communication.

The National President, FUNAAB Alumni Association, Professor Lateef Sanni, appreciated members of the Association for their overwhelming dedication, support and contributions to the development of their alma mater. He said over the years, the Association had recorded enormous successes through its numerous welfare schemes and mentoring activities to indigenous students of the University, adding that very soon, the alumni would institutionalize an endowment programme, to be managed by the Office of Advancement in the University. Professor Sanni added that the Association would soon venture into the accumulation of blue-chip investments by registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

The Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented at the occasion by the Dean, College of Natural Sciences, Professor Tope Popoola lauded the Alumni for being worthy ambassadors of the University and promoting the image of the University positively, in their different fields of endeavours. He charged them to continually support the University’s strive towards attaining a world-class status.






Enhancing Research Collaboration between the Academia, Government and Industry


(Protocols)

INTRODUCTION

It is a great honour for me to be here in “Great Ife”, the famous Obafaemi Awolowo University (OAU) to deliver this keynote address on “Enhancing Research Collaboration between the Academia, Government and Industry”. I wish to thank the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) for organizing this important workshop which provides a platform for scholars, industry representatives and policy makers to share ideas and discuss critical issues in Computer Science/ Information Technology Research and Development. Read More

Governing Council Receives Annual Report

It was a memorable event recently, when the University Management formally presented the 2012/2013 Annual Report of the University to the Governing Council.
While handing-over copies of the publication to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe and other members during the 77th Statutory Meeting of the Council, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole pointed out that the Annual Report was a detailed account of events in the University within the last academic year.

He commended all members of staff of the University for the successes recorded in the past year, as well as the Annual Report’s Editor and Director of Academic Planning, Dr. OlukayodeAkinyemi, for coordinating the timely production of the report.
Responding, Senator Ogunlewe lauded the team spirit and cooperation displayed by members of staff of the University and recommended that copies of the report be sent to all the necessary government ministries, departments and agencies, as well as other stakeholders of FUNAAB to showcase the numerous activities and achievements of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, while speaking on the 7-Chapter report titled, We Are Advancing To Greater Heights  reminded that in the year 2013, the University was “designated a World Bank Centre of Excellence in Agriculture through our proposal on the establishment of the ‘Centre of Excellence in Agricultural development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE)’. Our University now has increased support and scholarship for foreign students. Our researchers are now involved in more international collaborations and partnerships. We are progressively attracting more international grants from big funding agencies more than ever before”. He stated, that the University would not rest on its oars, but work harder to record greater achievements again soon.

New FUNAABSU Executive/sworn-in 

The newly-elected members of the Student Union executive and Students Representatives Council of the University have been sworn-in.

They are: Comrade Kehinde Awosanya, President; Comrade Afusat Ladejobi, Vice-President; Comrade Olalekan Adebulu, General Secretary; Comrade Abiodun Ojediran, Assistant General Secretary; Comrade Rotimi Oladele, Treasurer; Comrade Oladotun Aderibigbe, Financial Secretary; Comrade Olamide Adelusi, Social Secretary; Comrade Modesta Eze, Sports Secretary; Comrade Taofiq Popoola, Welfare Secretary and Comrade Abeeb Oyekunle, Public Relations Officer.

In his acceptance speech, Comrade Awosanya said his regime was coming into office with a practical approach to student unionism, adding that members of the new Executive were true representatives of FUNAABites and promised to work in harmony with Management towards consolidating on the achievements of his predecessors.

The immediate past President of FUNAABSU, Comrade Temitope Adesipo, on his part, thanked Management for giving him and his team the opportunity to lead the students’ body well, saying the University was fortunate to have Professor Olusola Oyewole as its Vice-Chancellor. He charged the new executive to  avoid rancour and in-fighting amongst themselves, if they wish to succeed in office while the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons congratulated the new students’ representatives and wished them success in office.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, appreciated the immediate past executive members for partnering with Management in a bid to make the University a world-class institution. He urged the new team to carry out their duties with the fear of God; even as he said that student unionism was no longer about hooliganism but a call to responsibility.

The Vice-Chancellor advised the students to have a good vision for themselves, thereby adding value to the University community. He urged them to shun cultism and other anti-social vices. He promised to organize a leadership training programme for the new student leaders, to equip them with basic leadership qualities, expectations and goals.

Meanwhile, Comrade Awosanya promised a peaceful tenure in office as FUNAABSU President and assured that his administration would employ dialogue to resolve any crisis between the students and Management of the institution, rather than using violent or destructive means.

P. Kenny, as fondly called by admirers, promised to give purposeful leadership to all FUNAABites. "As far as I am concerned, I'm going to put in all my best with my team members, to make sure that our names remain an indelible mark in the hearts of all FUNAABites", he had said.

 

Uphold Good Moral Virtues – Don Counsels Varsity Students

The Acting Head, Department of Communication and General Studies, Dr. Helen Bodunde, has called on young ladies in the nation’s ivory towers to live exemplary lifestyles that would make them responsible members of the society. Dr. Bodunde gave the advice while delivering a lecture titled, Damsel of Excellence, duringin a Role Modelling event organised by a Fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Dr. Iyabode Kehinde, held recently at the Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD).

The Guest Speaker enjoined the young ladies to imbibe good virtues and aim for success in life by having positive visions and goals that should be followed with action. As students, she advised them never to give away their body for pre-marital sexual gratification of men noting that, if a man truly loves a woman, he should be patient and ready to walk the path of success with her, as she recollected the popular duet song by King Sunny Ade and Onyeka Onwenu titled, “if you love me”, you go wait for me…to buttress her point.

Welcoming guests to the event, Dr. Kehinde, a 2010 AWARD Fellow, said the programme was aimed at giving the female-folk a purposeful direction in life. She added that AWARD was a professional development initiative, which strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in Agricultural Science, empowering the women to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation as well as food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dignitaries present at the occasion included the Dean, Postgraduate School. Professor Ololade Enikuomehin; Director, Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD), Professor Francis Sowemimo; Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Femi Onifade; and Mrs.Oyedeji Eniola, a Mentee to Dr. (Mrs.) Kehinde. Others are, a former Acting HOD, Food Science and Technology, Mrs. Joan Babajide; Acting HOD, Agricultural Administration, Dr. (Mrs.) Kemi Fapojuwo, Acting HOD, Hospitality and Tourism, Dr. (Mrs.) Bolaji Omemu; and a former student in the Foundation Science Programme of INHURD with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.64, who is now studying Mechanical Engineering in the University, Miss Lawal Gbemisola.

 

COLENG Organizes Career Talk for Students

Undergraduates are said to be generally bewildered about life after school and the uncertainty of the future. As such, an institution that is committed to building future leaders such as FUNAAB will ensure that its students are well educated on the reality that awaits them outside the school gate. This assertion was made recently during the College of Engineering (COLENG) Career Talk, organized for the 300 to 500 level students of the College. According to the Guest Speaker, Engineer Adeyemi Ariyo, students needed to brace-up to meet the challenge of the modern world.

Speaking on how to become a global engineer, Engr. Adeyemi said the best way is to be entrepreneurially-inclined and goal oriented. “Every engineer spends money; good engineers save money but the best engineers make or create money. Every establishment wants engineers that can make money for them”, he added.

He, however, advised Engineering students to close all gaps of bias and establish good friendly relations with one another, as many of them will become influential people in the future that will help to raise others up. Some students, who spoke with FUNAAB Bulletin, expressed their joy that the seminar had made them better equipped to take on future challenges.

IITA Researchers Visit FUNAAB

The University recently hosted a team of researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan on Sustainable Weed Management Technologies for Cassava Systems in Nigeria. The team was led by Dr. Alfred Dixon, the Project Leader, who was assisted by Professor Friday Ekeleme, Principal Investigator.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole appreciated the team for the privilege afforded FUNAAB to be partners in progress with IITA. He added that FUNAAB had been granted approval to host the Cassava: Adding Value to Africa II (C:AVA II) programme, which means that the University will be leading institutions from the other countries in the research work. Professor Oyewole said the University would ensure that befitting office and laboratory were provided for the smooth take-off of the research, as well as prompt release of funds that will ensure the sustainability of the programme.

Dr. Dixon, the Project Leader thanked the University Management for its usual support in the implementation of the project while former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Segun Lagoke of the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Protection, also thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his support, which had made FUNAAB to be in forefront of cassava production and research in the nation. At the occasion, Professor Lagoke noted that the major challenge facing farmers in cassava production and appealed to the participants to sacrifice their time in ensuring total eradication of weeds.

A resource person, Mr.Kayode Awobajo, Deputy Head of the IITA Project Administration Office in his presentation said that, the main objective of the visit was to improve the financial reporting skills of researchers by gaining better understanding of the rudiments of contractual requirements and budgeting. Mrs. Nike Osuolale from the Special Project Unit of IITA Finance Directorate was also a resource person, who spoke on ‘Overview of Project Finance and Budgeting’.

Invitation for Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services on New Developmental Projects

INTRODUCTION

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is seeking Consultants in the following areas:

  1. Architecture
  2. Quantity Surveying
  3. Civil/Structural Engineering
  4. Electrical/Mechanical Engineering

Consequently, reputable firms interested in rendering Consultancy Services to the University in the categories listed above are requested to send in their Expression Of Interest (EOI) for that purpose.

PRE-QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Intending Consulting Firms must submit all the under-listed verifiable documents:

1. Evidence of company registration with Corporate Affairs Commission.

2. Corporate profile, to include List, CVs, and copies of Credentials of company and technical staff, indicating

qualification and year(s) of cognate experience and registration with necessary professional bodies.

3. Evidence of renewal of practicing License or registration with the relevant professional bodies

4. Evidence of Technical Competence covering the range of services contained in the scope of work

5. Evidence of compliance with Pension Commission (PENCOM) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Amendment Act,2011.

6. Evidence of payment of tax for the last three (3) years duly stamped.

7. Copy of VAT registration and evidence of past VAT remittances for completed projects.

8. Current Company’s audited Statement of Accounts duly stamped by a registered Auditor.

9. Evidence of registration of Principal Partners with relevant professional regulatory bodies e.g ARCON, COREN,QSRBN as appropriate.

10. Verifiable evidence of similar projects executed over the last Five (5) years with copies of letters of commission/engagements.

11. List of equipment to be used for the Consultancy Services on the projects, listed as owned, hired or leased, with evidence.

11. Company’s registered address, functional contact address, GSM phone number(s) and e-mail addresses.

12. Reference letter from Three (3) previous clients of similar projects, satisfactorily completed.

13. Original copies of documents would be requested to be made available for sighting whenever required.

14. A sworn Affidavit certifying that:

  • the documents submitted for the pre-qualification exercise are not only genuine but correct
  • the Director(s) seeking for pre-qualification had never been convicted by any court of law
  • the company is not bankrupt
  • none of the Officers of FUNAAB or BPP is a former or present Director of the company

SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The pre-qualification documents arranged in the order listed above are to be submitted in four (4) copies, A4 size, paged and neatly bound and sealed in two envelopes with the outer envelope marked ‘’SECRET – Expression of Interest (EOI) for New Developmental Projects’’  written on the top right hand corner of the envelope and delivered to:

The Head, Procurement Unit

Room A136, Unity Building ‘A’

Federal University of Agriculture,

P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

To reach her not later than Monday, 31st March, 2014 at 2.00 pm

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Failure to comply with the above requirements would automatically result in disqualification
  • The University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of any claim made on the Pre-qualification document submitted by companies.
  • The University reserves the right to reject any pre-qualification document and is neither committed nor obliged to give reasons for the rejection of any of the companies responding to this invitation.
  • Only contractors that have been pre-qualified and found suitable will be invited to competitively tender for the projects.

 

(Signed)

Mr. Mathew O. Ayoola (JP)

Registrar

FUNAAB Should Go Conventional – Ogun Monarch


The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, has added his voice to the call for the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), to become a full-fledged conventional University.

Oba Olugbenle, the Asade Agunloye IV, disclosed this recently, while receiving members of the Governing Council of FUNAAB, led by a former Federal Minister of Works and Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Council, FUNAAB, Senator/Sir. (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, who paid him a courtesy visit in his palace. According to the monarch, the increasing demand for University education and the challenge of access to such higher education had made the call imperative more than ever before; as he urged the Federal Government to ensure that specialised Universities go conventional without further delay.

The Pro-Chancellor solicited the cooperation of the monarch in ensuring that more indigenes from his domain, which remained a catchment area of FUNAAB, secured admission into the institution. “We want our catchment areas to benefit from the advantages the University possesses for the development of such communities by bringing the academics closer to the people”, he added.

Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’Abba, the former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, who also spoke at the occasion, noted the importance of Yewaland in the history of Yorubaland and its patriotic and well-educated indigenes, as he expressed his happiness that he could be part of the memorable visitation.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said the Council members embarked on the trip as a follow-up to an initial one made by the Management of the institution, where the Royal Father had shown great interest in moving the University forward. He expressed the determination of FUNAAB to impact positively by touching the lives of the people positively through collaboration.

Professor Oyewole commended Oba Olugbenle for providing adequate security and the enabling environment for students of the University, who undergo the Farm Practical Year programme, under its Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), which will soon be expanded to cover more locations. He also informed the traditional ruler that prominent sons and daughters of Ilaro were currently serving the University well in various capacities.

The Vice-Chancellor said the University’s Institute for Human Resources Development (INHURD), runs series of courses that will be of interest to young people in the Oba’s domain and expressed the readiness of INHURD officials to visit schools in Yewaland, to avail them of its various admission opportunities. He also informed the gathering that a reasonable number of students admitted into the University came from Yewaland.

Professor Oyewole enjoined the Olu of Ilaro to endeavour to be closer to FUNAAB by regularly participating in its programmes by “getting his subjects to build a big auditorium in the name of Yewaland in the University”.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako and an internal Council member, Professor Lateef Sanni of the Department of Food Science and Technology, spoke one after the other on a number of projects that the University was involved in such as the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa and the Cassava bread initiative, which had been extended to Yewaland since 1999, among others, which could contribute meaningfully to the agricultural component of the transformation agenda of the Federal Government.

The benefits derivable from the Cassava-based projects include constant training of rural farmers, access to soft loans from the Bank of Industry (BoI) and networking with Small and Medium Scale entrepreneurs, for necessary assistance.

While responding to the various speakers, Oba Olugbenle admonished members of the Governing Council to leave behind a good legacy by serving the nation meritoriously in their appointments. He urged the Council to work in harmony with Management in the overall interest of the University and to ensure that an administrative structure was put in place that would facilitate the optimal collaboration between FUNAAB and Yewaland.

The Olu of Ilaro thanked them for paying him homage, which he noted had added value to their existing relationship. He said it was the first time any chief executive of FUNAAB visited him, describing Professor Oyewole as a good team player, going by the enormous success he had recorded within the short spate of time he had been Vice-Chancellor.

He gave his royal blessings for the continued progress and development of FUNAAB, as the Secretary to Council/Registrar of the University, Mr. Mathew Ayoola specially thanked the monarch for the warm reception accorded the delegation.

 

Avail Farmers on Latest Agricultural Technologies


A call has gone to the relevant stakeholders to provide timely and adequate information to farmers on the latest agricultural technologies that will boost farming. This charge was given by Prof. Olusola Oyewole, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), during his keynote addressed delivered at the workshop on Effective Extension Service Delivery in Nigeria, organised by the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) of the University.

Represented by the Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), Prof. Clement Adeofun, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the history of Agricultural Extension was interwoven with that of Agricultural Development because Agricultural Extension covered all areas of agriculture. The Vice-Chancellor stated that the information exchange between the farmers and researchers was being accomplished through different extension methods used by the extension agents and agencies. He noted that effective Agricultural Extension services depended greatly on the available information that could aid farmers’ production and quality of life. He enjoined participants to see the workshop as an ‘eye opener’ for them, to re-appraise their proficiency in technology acquisition.

The Director of AMREC, Prof. (Mrs.) Carolyn Afolami, said the decision to organise the workshop was “deliberate” because it was specifically targeted at renewing the skills and competencies required to provide quality and efficient extension service and networking of researchers to the farmers, to attain sustainable and rewarding agricultural value-chain. She stated that AMREC was repositioning itself as a formidable arm of the University that would foster food security and national development through enhanced agricultural enterprises, while working with the farmers in promoting the adoption of agricultural innovations and technologies.

The Director called on extension workers in the country to be versatile and abreast of technological developments, to effectively disseminate vital information that would stimulate agricultural production and enhance the livelihood of rural farmers. She added that the workshop was organised to rejuvenate the knowledge of extension officers on the use of modern techniques and skills that could make them more resourceful, as she urged the participants to contribute their quota in realizing the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government.

IFS Grant for Varsity Don

The International Foundation for Science has approved an application submitted by the University’s Director of Grants Management, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo and awarded him a grant of $14, 960. Dr. Adebayo’s study, which won the grant is titled, Farmer Decisions and Potential Adoption of Recommended Practices in the Rural-based Cocoyam Value Chains of Sub-Saharan Africa.

His first IFS grant was utilized to carry out an examination of “the dynamics of the technology adoption process in rural-based cassava processing systems in southwest Nigeria between 2004 and 2006”, while his second IFS grant was used to “explore the potential adoption and profitability of the cassava peeler in the cassava processing systems of southwest Nigeria between 2008 and 2011”. Dr. Adebayo is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD).

 

 

FUNAABSU Gets New President

Out of the five candidates who contested for the highest position in the FUNAAB Students’ Union, Mr. Awosanya Kehinde of the Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), has emerged the winner. Recently, he presented his manifesto and programmes alongside other contestants to the students’ electorate at the maiden Presidential Debate, organised by Top-Notch Writers Organisation in collaboration with the African Liberty Student Organisation, Future Savers Club, Idea Processing Nigeria, Tagwa Station and FUNAAB Juice.

Addressing the large turn-out of students, who thronged the Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre III venue of the debate, the aspirants promised to take the Students’ Union body to the next level as student welfare issues would top their priority.

When asked, “On what ground would you resign from office”, Awosanya Kehinde said he may quit the seat if his integrity was at stake, while Edunjobi Azeez promised to throw in the towel if his followers no longer trusted his leadership capabilities. Responding to the question, “how would you handle the situation if a negotiation with Management is deadlocked”?  Muritala Yusuf said he would consult with his constituency, before taking further steps even as Eniobanke Kazeem was of the opinion that negotiation remained the only tool to relate with constituted authorities

Other aspirants were Okewale Boluwatife and Edunjobi Azeez.. All the contestants agreed that consultation, consolidation and confrontation were the hallmarks of students’ unionism through which the symbiotic relationship between the Management and students could be sustained.

Present at the debate were the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons; immediate past Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Femi Onifade; Dean, College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale and the outgoing FUNAABSU President, Comrade Tope Adesipo, among others.

Top-Notch Seeks DPR’s Assistance in Media Practice

A team of FUNAAB student writers, under the aegis of Top-Notch Writers’ Association,  recently paid a working visit to the University’s Directorate of Public Relations, to solicit for professional assistance in realising the objectives of the group.

The President, Mr. Aliu Oluwafemi, stated that the purpose of the visit was to work out ways by which the Directorate could assist his group in promoting creative writing, public speaking and press journalism. Receiving the team on behalf of Mrs. Emi’ Alawode, Head, Directorate of Public Relations; Mr Adewale Kupoluyi, Assistant Director, Protocol and Passages, commended the students for their activities on campus and the bold step they had taken to become relevant in the system through effective information dissemination.

Mr. Kupoluyi enumerated the activities of the Directorate and assured the group of the necessary support in areas of news coverage of their events and mentoring, using in-house professionals, as he urged the students to make use of every available opportunity to practice their God-given talents. He further encouraged them to regularly send their write-ups for publication in the FUNAAB Bulletin.

Mr. Aliu expressed his appreciation to the Directorate for the words of encouragement with a promise that the group would enhance communication between the University Community and students in particular.