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FUNAAB Concludes Post-UTME Screening Exercise

No fewer than 12,500 candidates participated in this year’s Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Screening Exercise, conducted by the University.

According to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed, the exercise was a huge success in a bid to getting the best candidates for the University. He likened the candidates to raw materials that any company would need before manufacturing its products.  Professor Waheed added that the University was not prepared to start training and re-training half-baked candidates when admitted, as this could lead to a draw-back in attaining the set objectives of FUNAAB.

While comparing the screening exercise with those of previous years, Professor Waheed listed the improvement recorded to include the adoption of finger-print screening and biometrics by every candidate before being allowed to sit for the examination.  He said this was made possible because every candidate’s data had been domiciled with the University with the relevant information, to guard against impersonation.  In addition, he noted that candidates were not allowed within the screening premises, to use their mobile phones, electronic devices, bags and luggage as part of preventive measures against cheating.

The Chairperson, Admissions Committee of the University, Professor Oluyemisi Eromosele, also gave a pass-mark to the exercise. She described it as highly successful as everything went on fine as scheduled in terms of logistics. Professor Eromosele, who doubles as the Dean, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), re-iterated the commitment of FUNAAB at encouraging students to study agriculture-related courses, when compared with other programmes run by the University.

The Director of Academic Planning, Professor Olukayode Akinyemi, while reviewing the exercise, commended the efforts of the Federal Government in bench-marking the admission process, because it would allow many prospective students to have access to other levels of higher education such as the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. He stated that it was imperative for Universities to have their own bench-marks, to maintain high standards. He noted that there were still other ways of screening-out candidates with bad characters even though they might have met the basic academic requirements in the interest of the system. Professor Akinyemi, however, advised candidates who could not be admitted into FUNAAB not to be discouraged as there were other institutions that could still admit them, because for now, FUNAAB could only admit about 3,500 applicants.

The Head, Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, disclosed that the candidates were made up of both Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry candidates. He added that the examination was conducted using the Computer-Based Test (CBT) method, which had been in practice in the University for some years now.

Some parents and guardians said they chose FUNAAB for their children and wards because of its high academic standard and the moderate fees being charged, when compared with other institutions, while a number of candidates interviewed stated that the conduct of the examination was smooth and hoped for the best. One of them, Mr. Adejuyigbe Oluwatobi, noted that the existing facilities and the way the screening was done was impressive, but wished that more time was allotted for them. Another candidate, Miss. Akinola Opemititi, lauded the University for making cheating impossible, as she also canvassed for more time for them to answer the questions in future.

During the two days of the exercise, the University gate was very busy as several business-minded persons used the opportunity to provide useful secretarial services to members of the public. Goods were also displayed and assorted food items sold to visitors. Many of the people who were interviewed expressed their appreciation at the efficient transportation arrangements put in place by the University.

Meanwhile, the results of the Screening Exercise have since been released. Candidates are required to log-in to the University website (www.unaab.edu.ng), for details.

PART TIME DEGREE PROGRAMME (PTDP) ADMISSION FOR 2014/2015 ACADEMIC SESSION

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the underlisted Part Time Degree Programmes of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD)
Bachelor of Agriculture with options in:

  1. Agricultural Economics and Farm Management
  2. Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
  3. Agricultural Administration

College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS)
Bachelor of Science with options in:                                                              

  1. Physics
  2. Statistics
  3. Computer Science

College of Food Services and Human Ecology (COLFHEC)
Bachelor of Science with options in:

  1. Home Science and Management
  2. Hospitality and Tourism
  3. Nutrition and Dietetics

College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT)
Bachelor of Agriculture with options in:

  1. Crop Protection
  2. Horticulture
  3. Plant Breeding and Seed Technology
  4. Plant Physiology and Crop Production
  5. Soil Science and Land Management

 College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM)

  1. Bachelor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management
  2. Bachelor of Environmental Management and Toxicology
  3. Bachelor of Forestry and Wildlife Management
  4. Bachelor of Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology

Entry Requirements
Applicants must possess the minimum entry requirement of five (5) o’level credit passes in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology or Agricultural Science at one or two sittings in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB. Applicants are to note that credit pass in Geography is required for Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology.

Direct Entry

  • OND and HND certificates with good grades in related courses from institution recognized by the University Senate.
  • Candidates with OND and HND certificates should ensure that their Academic transcripts are forwarded to the Registrar (FUNAAB) not later than 14th October, 2015.
  • Candidates having OND with Second Class lower degree are also eligible to apply

NATURE OF PROGRAMME
Part Time Degree Programme is a non-residential programme with lectures holding on weekends at the main Campus of the University. Duration of Programme for Agricultural courses is 7 sessions while 6 sessions is for Natural Sciences.
 
METHOD OF REGISTRATION

  1. Eligible candidates are to access the Federal university of Agriculture, Abeokuta Website (www.unaab.edu.ng) and click on Part Time Degree Portal or log on to portal.unaab.edu.ng/pt to generate and print their Application invoices stating the payment of a non-refundable fee of Fifteen Thousand naira (N 15,000.00) only (exclusive of bank charges), Reference Numbers and other information.
  2. Candidates should proceed to any of the listed banks (nationwide) on the print-out of the invoice and make payment using the reference number on the invoice.
  3. After payment at the designated banks, candidates are to proceed to FUNAAB Part Time Degree portal Programme or log on to portal.unaab.edu.ng/pt  to complete the processing of application.
  4. Only completed application forms will be considered for admission.
  5. No complaint of wrong Bio-data , O’ Level results, OND/HND results or blank photograph would be entertained after submission.
  6.  The sales of Application form opens on Monday, 31st August 2015 and closes on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

NOTE: The Screening Exercise is computer-based, The Screening will hold on Saturday,  October 10, 2015. Candidates are to check the FUNAAB Part-Time admission portal to verify the venue of the examination. Apply Now!
 
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(Signed)
Mr. Matthew O. Ayoola (JP)
Registrar

African Scholars End Summer School in Grand Style

The two African scholars living in America, who visited the University under the auspices of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (CADF), Professor Emmamuel Babatunde of the University of Lincoln, and Dr. Kelebogile Setiloane-Babatunde of the Delaware University, both in the United States of America, have successfully wrapped-up their Summer School programme with a workshop titled, "Carnegie Social Engineering Workshop on Grant Writing", for academic staff and postgraduate students of the University.

Speaking at the occasion, Professor Babatunde had described students of the University as "outstandingly bright, polite and purposeful youth", stressing the need for them and other scholars in the University system to be more proficient in grants-writing to support their research. According to him, the strength of academics and students rested in their abilities to successfully apply for grants that would help develop and advance their research activities. He pointed out that "there are three ways of making faculty very competitive in the globe, because faculty are no longer measured in terms of national credentials, but are measured against a general body which include research, grant writing and teaching. So, if you want to be relevant in any part of the world, things are not going to wait for you. You either move or things move you out of the way".

Professor Babatunde disclosed that the Summer School was aimed at preparing Nigerians for the kind of growth needed for the country to develop and compete globally with other advanced countries. "We have come to make sure that globalisation does not leave us behind in the global process. Nigeria has one of the most populous number of black people in the world and cannot be behind schedule", he said. Commending the high intellect of students in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of the University, the Don said, "What nutrition students do here is more vigorous than the students in America. We don't expect students in America to do as much as students over here. I sat in a Master’s defence session and what the student had to do was a lot, compared to what Americans have to do. I look forward to bringing American to come over here to see the very high level of achievement that you have here".

The African scholars said they were proud of their roots and passionate about the development of its people, stating that during the Summer School, they shared from their wealth experience with fellow scholars and students and promised to go back to America with fond memories of FUNAAB and Nigeria, while working on the possibility of winning more grants by making the Summer School more regular.

Speaking on the visit of the scholars, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said Professor Babatunde, who is a native of Imeko, Abeokuta in Ogun State, organised the Summer School for postgraduate students and lecturers in the Departments of Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), as well as Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) of the University.

The visit is expected to bring about partnership that would lead to exchange programmes, in which students and lecturers from FUNAAB could travel to the University of Daleware while those from there can also come to FUNAAB in addition to the development of mutual curriculum that would enhance teaching and research activities of both institutions.

The Dean of the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor Lateef Sanni, also stated that the partnership "would enhance the University's global relevance, it will be a good opportunity for both staff and students and I am sure that it will enhance our curriculum development and provide opportunities for us to exchange infrastructural support as well as create opportunity for joint research and lecture". Other benefits, according to him, include participation in joint lectures using e-learning platform.

FUNAAB Chancellor Decries Over-dependence on Oil

Too much reliance on petroleum resources as the nation’s main source of revenue has been blamed for the present economic downturn affecting the country. Making this observation was His Royal Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon, Abasi Otu V, the Obong of Calabar, Treaty King, Grand Patriarch of the Efik Kingdom and the new Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), while formally receiving the University delegation that paid him a courtesy call in Calabar, Cross River State. The delegation was led by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former Minister of Works.

The Obong of Calabar stated that until Nigeria retraced its step by going back to agriculture, the over-dependence on oil remained a shame and would continue to fail Africa’s most populous country. According to him, “The President has realised that we should go to the lands. How do we that? We need to heal up ourselves educationally, technologically on the agricultural aspects of it”. He lauded the Federal Government for now appreciating the importance of agriculture, as he challenged Universities to match their research findings with societal demands. 

His Royal Eminence, who was visibly elated about the visit, stated that the University was well-managed and recognized as a leading citadel of learning, adding that whatever had been lost was now restored to his kingdom through his appointment as the Chancellor of FUNAAB. He promised to support the institution in all ramifications and expressed his confidence that capable hands were running the affairs of the University. 

Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor, Senator Ogunlewe had congratulated the Obong on his appointment as the Chancellor of the University. According to him, “The structure of the University is very simple. We have Mr. President as the Visitor and the owner of the University. The second owner is your humble self, Sir. Without the Chancellor, there is no University because there is no Convocation without the Chancellor. No graduate of the University could be presented outside without the consent and permission of the Chancellor”. The Pro-Chancellor stated further that the University was available to the members of Calabar community to offer their assistance in the areas of research, learning and the use of modern technology in agriculture. 

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, traced the establishment of the University over 26 years ago when it was de-merged from the University of Lagos, highlighting the major developments that had taken place from inception till date. The Vice-Chancellor, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), stated that FUNAAB was committed to capacity building in the areas of agriculture and beyond. “Today, agriculture is no longer a developmental activity but a business. That is why in the University, apart from having programmes in various areas of agriculture, we also have programmes in the sciences, because without sciences, there cannot be agriculture. But beyond that, we have programmes in engineering”, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor told the gathering that the University now has a College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) and that its graduates were no longer job-seekers but job-creators. Commenting on the University’s emergence as one of the World Bank Centres of Excellence in Africa, he appreciated the steadfastness of the Pro-Chancellor and Management in propelling the University to greater heights. Professor Oyewole, while presenting edible FUNAAB food products to the Chancellor, said that they were made in the institution, in line with the charge given by the Chancellor for Universities to gear their research outputs to meet the needs of the society.

Present at the special reception were prominent sons and daughter of the Efik Kingdom and High Chiefs, led by His Royal Highness, Etubom Bassey Okor Duke, who is the Chairman, Etubom Traditional Council as well as High Chief (Dr.) Emmanuel Effiong Nsan, a former Minister of Health and Minister of Works during the Second Republic while the Principal Officers on the FUNAAB delegation include the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako; the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola; the Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi; and the University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam. 

In a related development, the FUNAAB delegation paid a condolence visit to the immediate family of a former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, late Elder Bassey Asuquo, a retired Brigadier-General, who served as Pro-Chancellor of the University from 2007 to 2009. 

Receiving the team, the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Bassey Asuquo, thanked the University for the visit. She noted with delight the great success FUNAAB had attained over the years, saying “Our eyes are now opened that if no one goes to tilt the ground, nobody can succeed. Every parent would want his or her child to gain admission into FUNAAB because the University is an agriculture-oriented one”, declaring that the country cannot survive without agriculture. Shedding light on her husband’s tenure as Pro-Chancellor, she said “even though my husband was not born and bred in Yorubaland, he was able to integrate and succeed because everybody was working as a team”.

Earlier, leader of the delegation and the Pro-Chancellor, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, noted that the visit to Calabar served dual purposes as the team was able to visit both the Obong of Calabar and the Asuquos. He said the late Pro-Chancellor was instrumental to the various developmental projects in the University, praying God to continue to be with his family.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, disclosed that the University really appreciated the great work of the former Pro-Chancellor. “We want to place on record that he is highly remembered, if he can do what he has done for this University and for our country Nigeria, he would forever be remembered,” he stated.

Briefing / Sensitization of Final Year Students / Prospective Corps Members

This is to inform all Final Year Student/Prospective Corps Members that in line with the NYSC 2015 Batch ‘B’ Mobilization Time-Table there shall be briefing and sensitization of Final Year Students by the officials of the NYSC Directorate Headquarters, Abuja. The briefing is scheduled as follows:

  • Date: Wednesday, 19th August, 2015
  • Time: 11.00 a. m.
  • Venue: Ceremonial Building

The Division of Student Affairs counts on the maturity and sense of responsibility of great FUNAABITES and appeals to all concerned students to comply with this information

AMREC Fosters Collaboration at Stakeholders

The University’s Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), is re-designing an effective strategy of bridging the gap between research and extension activities toward revitalising the nation’s agricultural fortune. This effort became a reality during the Stakeholders’ Forum themed, “Bridging the Gap between Research and Extension”.

The Stakeholders’ Forum was attended by agricultural researchers, extension personnel, farmers, input suppliers, processors and marketers in the South-West geo-political zone of the country. Declaring the programme open, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adekojo Waheed, applauded the Federal Government’s initiative at shifting focus from the oil sector to agriculture, because of the dwindling global oil price.

The Vice-Chancellor enjoined stakeholders in agriculture to effectively collaborate in providing the needed support for the government’s initiative at moving agricultural production from the subsistence to a sustainable enterprise level. He also opined that the only way to achieve the new initiative on agricultural development was through the review and implementation of holistic agricultural policies such as agricultural enterprises, value chain and cluster development for commodities, as well as institutional framework and support for agri-business investment.

The Director of AMREC, Professor Victor Olowe, observed that the current gap between researchers and extension personnel, if not curtailed, would keep farmers perpetually impoverished and ultimately pose serious threat to national food sufficiency. Delivering the Keynote Address, the Director of Grants Management, Professor Kolawole Adebayo, berated the neglect of extension, which used to make research information readily available to end-users by advocating for the adoption of an inclusive farmers-researchers’ and extensionists relationship that would foster demand driven and problem-solving research efforts.

Professor Adebayo frowned at the high rate of corruption in the nation’s agricultural sector, making a case for a better funding for the nation’s Universities of Agriculture in order to attain appropriate capital development in agriculture while soliciting for the scaling-down of national policies on agriculture, to specific ecological zones’ requirement. Several stakeholders at the forum spoke on the need for farm mechanisation, input and financial assistance, as well as agricultural insurance and re-appraisal of the extension and agent-farmer ratio. 

Similarly, the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of AMREC has organised a workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation in Agriculture and Rural Development, to empower farmers in tracing and documenting the results of development and intervention in modern agricultural practice. Speaking during the flag-off of the training programme, the Director of AMREC, Professor Victor Olowe, who was represented by the Programme Leader, Gender Issues and Youth Development of the Centre, Dr. Olufunmilayo Oluwalana, enjoined participants at the workshop to make planning and evaluation a regular practice in order to achieve full re-vitalisation of agriculture. The Director expressed optimism that proper monitoring and evaluation of agricultural projects would enable the country retrace its steps towards the path of greatness, especially in the face of dwindling fortune in the oil sector. 

He lamented the shortage of adequate skilled personnel among extension service professionals on the subject of Monitoring and Evaluation, which had necessitated the quest by AMREC to organise the workshop to equip members of staff of the various research and extension outfits to effectively manage results and outputs of agricultural projects through measurement and assessment of performance in relation to the set objectives.

Earlier, the Acting Programme Leader of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of AMREC, Mrs. Tayo Adebayo, said the workshop was organised to identify the best practices, as well as develop tools and guidelines for effective monitoring and evaluation in agriculture and rural development. Participants were drawn from the Ogun State Government, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, the Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme, as well as staff of Research and Extension-related arms of the University.

Be Patriotic - Don Tasks Youths

In a bid to have a better Nigeria that would be free of corruption, every citizen, most especially the youth, should practice converse patriotism where loyalty is first towards the nation before state, local or tribal loyalty, as practiced in most developed nations of the world. This was the submission of Professor Adewale Dipeolu, a Chief War Marshal of the Man O’ War Nigeria, during his lecture titled, The Role of the Youth in Building a New Nigeria.

Speaking at the Pre-National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) campaign, held for final year students of the University to prepare them ahead of their NYSC programme, he said, “although the world has changed a great deal from the times of our national fathers to a global village of today, but the issues and facts that gave rise to their patriotic movement towards the demand for independence from our Colonial Masters are still the same issues and facts that we are still confronted with today, 55 years after independence

Professor Dipeolu, who identified corruption as the major challenge facing the country, defined the malaise as the abuse of bestowed power or position to acquire personal benefits. He said corrupt practices include stealing, bribery, embezzlement and nepotism, among others. The Chief War Marshal stated that corruption could occur at different levels involving a few persons, to grand and systemic corruption, involving many sectors such as the police, judiciary, educational institutions and the organisedlabour.

Stressing that the youths had a vital role to play in bringing about change that the country needed, Professor Dipeolu pointed out that, “young people are social actors of change. They are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also partners of today. The youths are a powerful force to be reckoned with in any nation where the government is mindful of its future. The power of the youth can be utilized as a constructive or destructive force. I like to characterize the Nigerian youth as an enormous mass of potentials, not only for economic growth and development, but for national reconstruction, which is why you have talked about a new Nigeria”.

Speaking on what it takes to have a New Nigeria, the Guest Lecturer said "re-branding Nigeria simply means to redefine our nationhood and engage wholly in the process of national renewal to attain a lofty height, where national interest is exalted far and above personal, ethno-religious and regional interests. In other words, it connotes the renewing of our dreams, hopes and aspirations. It is a wholesome rededication and recommitment to the dictates of the National Anthem and Pledge and recognizing the lines as sacred oaths of allegiance to a country. It is also to rekindle the fire of patriotism, not as a conditional loyalty and love to a nation, but as an unflinching and unconditional love and loyalty to same. It is a scenario where, the domestic and international image of the nation matters to all and sundry.
The Chief War Marshall explained further that nation building is the constructive process of engaging all citizens in bringing about social cohesion, economic prosperity and political stability in an inclusive and democratic way. According to him, a New Nigeria should be one where everyone, irrespective of their status or social standings are equal in the eyes of the law. That is, where the constitution is not seen only as a document for legal and legislative arguments, but as a sacred guide to national greatness; where privileges are not used for massive intimidation, but as opportunities for service; and where access to public information, freedom of the press and of speech are respected and guaranteed as well as a nation where corruption and looting of public treasury is an aberration.

Electioneering seasons are not perceived as opportunities to misuse innocent youths as instruments for political banditry or the settlement of political scores. We should have mutual respect for one another in spite of our religious and ethnic differences. We would solemnize our campaign promises and democratic dividends and bring promises and practice into closer alignment. A New Nigeria, where we would have genuine industrialization, where national wealth is for no one in particular”, he stated.

A Nigeria where the gap between our professed ideals of change and transformation as a nation and the day-to-day realities we witness are bridged; where federal, state and local government appointments, honorary degrees, chieftaincy titles and national honours are dished-out purely on merit, rather than as political compensations; and where the National Anthem or Pledge are not recited as mere signatory tunes to announce arrivals and departures; and where the flag/map pins are not used by a selected few for decorations, but by all citizens as symbols of National pride”, he added.
Professor Dipeolu charged the youths to see nation building as a lifetime opportunity given to them to discharge their obligations to their beloved country adding that, "despite our enormous challenges as a nation, we still have the faith that we shall get to the Promise Land someday". Highlights of the activities for the Pre-NYSC camping programme included: an Endurance Trek from the Man O’ War base to the Camp area in Abeokuta, back to the University; physical exercises; parade training; and the award of certificates to participants.

In a similar vein, the Man O’ War Club has also held its 21st Investiture, Passing-out Parade and the 27th Anniversary of the Club. The outgone Co-ordinator of the Club, Patriot Alli Joshua, advised the incoming executive to ensure that they keep the flag flying, expressing gratitude to the University Management for all support given to the club. Patriot Joshua later handed-over the mantle of leadership to Patriot Alao Tomilola. Highlights of events at the occasion were the decoration of some members of staff of the University as new War Marshals. They are: Mr. Charles Geteloma, Mr. Roland Iyeh and Mr. Adeoye Adeniyi.

APH302 Continuous Assessment Test Notification

This is to bring to the notice of students offering APH302 that the CAT will hold as follows:

DATE:? Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TIME:??? 1.00pm.

Sitting Arrangement

Venue

Department

JAO1

ANN

JAO2

AGAD & PPCP

JAO3

ABG, AE&FM, and AE&RD

CAD

APH

ENGINEERING Auditorium

CPT & HRT

MPB01

ANP, HSM & PBST

Mahmoud

PRM, SSLM & VET

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AAU President Harps on Funding, Academic Standards in Varsities

The President, Association of African Universities (AAU) and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has restated the call for better funding and academic standards for African Universities, noting that the quality of teaching and research in such institutions remain a big challenge leading to students and staff unrests, poor infrastructure and migration of talented academics to developed countries. 

              Professor Oyewole, who made this call during the 1st Soils of Forest Islands in Africa (SOFIIA) Workshop on “Scientific Methods and Communication, Scientific Proposals and Ecosystems of Africa”, held in the University, lamented that despite the African Union’s commitment to the allocation of at least, one per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of its countries to Research and Development (R & D), only very few countries had complied, resulting in low research publications.

  The Vice-Chancellor was represented at the occasion by the immediate past Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor ‘Goke Bodunde, who commended the sponsors of the workshop, the Royal Society for pushing forward capacity building activities and ensuring that students from developing countries benefited from them, adding that research activities in FUNAAB, which is one of the hosts of the SOFIIA project cut across all the various aspects of agriculture, soil, environment and beyond. According to him, FUNAAB is reputed for research and academic excellence, effective grants management and conducive atmosphere, assuring the sponsors of the SOFIIA project that the University was capable of executing the project.

  The Project Manager of SOFIIA, Professor Jon Lyloyd of the Imperial College, United Kingdom, disclosed that the SOFIIA project was sponsored by the Royal Society through the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UK DfID), African Capacity Building Initiative with special focus on Masters and Doctorate students in Universities in Africa to effectively engage in research and on how to communicate the research findings to the international community.

  The Principal Investigator, Nigeria, Dr. Jamiu Azeez, stated that the DfID African Capacity Building Initiative was aimed at strengthening the research capacity of Universities and research institutions by supporting the development of sustainable research networks. He further disclosed that the project was manned by a consortium of scientists from London, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso. He added that the project was capable of achieving the objectives of facilitating sustainable multi-disciplinary partnership between research groups in sub-Sahara Africa and the UK; strengthening research and training capacity in sub-Sahara African institutions of Higher Education through skills transfer between partner organisations of the research consortia; producing a cadre of young, talented researchers through integrated Ph.D scholarships and shared supervision of postgraduate students between the UK-based and African consortia members and evaluating the contributions of the Africa initiative to supporting Universities and institutions in Africa in developing sustainable research and training capacity.

  In another development, the AAU President, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has disclosed that the national regulatory agency of any country has the right to offer advice on the quality of educational delivery that its citizen could subscribe to. Professor Oyewole stated this while responding to questions posed to him by an education reporter recently.  He noted that the current stance of the National Universities Commission (NUC), on the regulation of academic programmes in Universities, was based on its perception of the expected standards in educational delivery, saying that the commission desired the best for the nation. “The non-acceptability of online degrees by the NUC does not mean that on-line mode of educational delivery is bad. Indeed, many institutions now combine both face-to-face delivery with on-line delivery modes, for effective teaching and learning”, Professor Oyewole said. “A study of the fraudulent on-line degree providers reveals that the process of examination is compromised and credits are offered without actual learning. Some of these on-line degree providers are 'degree-mills'', where degrees are offered for cash without learning. In some dubious on-line courses that ought to run for three to four years in conventional programmes, they are offered for six months. Until the on-line delivery providers can provide assurance of the quality of their contents and process, their credibility will continue to be in doubt”, he added. 

  The Don, however, disclosed that the decision of the NUC will not affect well-structured distance learning programmes of institutions who already have in place, good quality control activities for their course materials, delivery and examination processes as many of the distance learning programmes had already included face-to-face contact hours with the students while the delivery mode may be on-line, the examination process still demanded that the students were physically present for examinations.

 

Staff School Holds Prize-giving Ceremony

The University Staff School has held its Annual Prize-giving Ceremony, to mark the end of 2014/2015 Academic Session and the Graduation of its Primary Six Pupils. The Head Teacher, Mrs. Florence Alade, disclosed that the event was organised to showcase talents, reward outstanding pupils and staff, as well as rejoice with the outgone Primary Six Pupils, who were leaving as grown-up boys and girls.

                  She said the 2014/2015 Academic Session went on smoothly, as the school experienced outstanding performance by the students; both academically and morally, despite the interruption caused by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic, the general elections and the perennial fuel scarcity. She added that the graduating pupils won scholarships in various renowned secondary schools, which they sat for, at the entrance examinations, while they also came within the first to fifth positions in the Federal College of Education Model Secondary School entrance examination. 

  Mrs. Alade appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, the University Management, the Chairman of the School’s Board and other members for their prompt attention and response to the needs of the school, while appreciating the Parent-Teacher Association for contributing variously to its development. She equally commended the teaching and non-teaching staff for their hardwork, dedication and team work. The Head Teacher, while wishing the outgone pupils success in their future endeavours, charged them to continue to build on the solid foundation that they had acquired and be good ambassadors of the school. 

  The Chairman of the occasion and Director, Institute of Human Resources Development (INHURD), Professor Francis Showemimo, commended the pupils for their outstanding performance, reminding them that this was just a starting point to a greater future and charged them to remain obedient to their parents and teachers. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended the pupils for their academic and moral excellence, adding that this was the end of a phase in their lives and a very good reason to celebrate them, as he wished them greater achievements in life. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed, also appreciated the school and its members of staff for their dedication, hardwork and efforts at impacting positively on future leaders.

  Delivering his farewell speech, the outgone Head-boy, Master Emmanuel Adejumobi, attributed the success and completion of their primary education to the Almighty God, adding that they remained  grateful to their parents and teachers for their show of love and for impacting positively on their lives. He reminded his colleagues that this was an important, historical landmark in their lives, as he implored other students to make adequate use of the sound foundation they had been given, by building enduring structures that would stand the test of time.

  Major features of the day included the presentation of gifts to outstanding pupils in the various subjects and Overall Best in each class, as Miss Grace Njah emerged the Overall Best amongst the outgone students, Miss Fareedah Jibrin was Second Best, and Master Opemipo Koleoso was Third Best. There were also rendition of songs, cultural displays, handing-over of the baton of leadership to the new prefects, and drama presentation by the outgone students titled, “Agony of An African Child”.

 

Disregard for Culture, Bane of National Development, Says Don

A University Don, Dr. Oye Taiwo, of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan, has disclosed that the continued disregard for culture and indigenous languages remain a big setback holding the country back from developing. Dr. Taiwo made this known while delivering a thought-provoking lecture titled, “The Role of Indigenous Languages in Educational Development”, at the 10th Speech and Prize-giving/6th Valedictory Ceremony of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, International School (FUNIS).

  The Guest Speaker defined ‘language’ as the human use of spoken or written words as a communication system, or the speech of a country, region or group of people, including its vocabulary, syntax and grammar, while ‘being indigenous’ meant belonging to a place, originating, naturally living, growing or occurring in a region or country. He lamented that indigenous languages were dying due to the neglect and denigration of our languages, which were not being properly handed-over to the children in homes and schools, noting that most people see local languages as being inferior to the English Language, causing loss of identity and culture.

  According to the Don, most people learn and comprehend best in their Mother Tongue, adding that the rapidly growing and developing countries such as China, Japan and Taiwan, teach science and technology-related classes in their indigenous languages, adding that “until we incorporate the indigenous language component into our science and technology, including agriculture, there will be no meaningful development in our nation. Instead, we will continue to consume what others are producing”.

  The Guest Speaker recommended that parents should start speaking local languages such as Yoruba to their children, saying “let them know that Yoruba is their God-given identity and they should be ready to promote our language not English”, while he called on schools to devote more time to the teaching and learning of Yoruba language. He also called on the government in the South-West geopolitical zone to make it mandatory for all state houses of assembly to adopt Yoruba as the official language, by making all government documents to be written in Yoruba and making the language a compulsory subject in secondary schools, as well as a general course in all state Universities.

  In her remarks, the Principal of FUNIS, Mrs. Toyin Juba, said the occasion marked the end of another academic session and an avenue for celebrating excellence and integrity by honouring students, who were outstanding in their various academic pursuits. She added that the event afforded the school an opportunity to rejoice with the 2015 graduating set known as The Viables. According to Mrs. Juba, the school was continually recording successes because its students topped the list in external competitions as 99 percent of them scored above 200 in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), adding that she and her team had promised that the students would always make their parents and guardians proud. She further reminded The Viables, that the graduation marked the end of an important phase in their lives, urging them to excel because the sky was their limit. The Principal appreciated the Vice-Chancellor and the former Chairman of the School’s Board, Chief Olukayode Akindele, for their immense support and ever responding swiftly to the needs of the school. She also appreciated the Parent-Teacher Association, teaching and non-teaching staff as well as students for their co-operation.

  The Chairman of the occasion, who is also a parent of one of the graduating students, Engineer Babalola Olatunji, commended the school, the Principal and the teachers for their hardwork, dynamism, honesty, probity, transparency and accountability, which he said had led to the outstanding successes recorded over the years. He equally appreciated the parents for their moral, financial and spiritual assistance. Engineer Olatunji, lauded the graduating students for their hours of hardwork, which he noted had paid-off, saying the journey to great things had just begun.

  The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended the Principal and staff for their commitments and dedication by making the University proud through the maintenance of good academic standards. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic,  Professor Adekojo Waheed, charged the students to continue to build on the virtues, morals and academic excellence which the school had imparted in them.

  Highlights of events included rewarding outstanding students in the various subjects with a variety of gifts donated by the school, parents, teachers and corporate bodies; the unveiling and launching of FUNIS Year Book which, was anchored by the Vice-Principal, Mrs. Emily Okpete; cultural display by students, presentation of gifts to the 2015 Teacher of the Year, ------------ Mr. Raphael Agboola; and the induction of graduating students into the Alumni Association. Meanwhile, Miss Olufunmilayo Ogunbona, emerged the Best Overall Graduating Student, having scored 280 marks in the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

 

Urgent Action Needed to Improve Education, Says FUNAAB Student 

A 500-level student in the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production (PP&CP), College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Mr. Damola Morenikeji, has called on the government and stakeholders in the education sector, to take urgent action at improving the quality of education in Nigeria. Mr. Morenikeji, who is also a Global Youth Ambassador (GYA), disclosed this during a meeting of the national delegation of 'A World at School Global Youth Ambassadors in Nigeria', held with officials of the Ogun State Government, at the Deputy Governor's Office, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.

  According to him, "there is a global crisis in the education sector which has made over 58 million children of school age to be out of schools globally, while 10.5 million of them are in Nigeria".  He added that with the exception of few cases, there was a decline in the quality of education, stressing the urgent need for schools to be safe havens for learning. He stated that education provided the required foundation for young people to get through life and contribute positively to their society, adding that research had proven that if young people were provided with quality education under an environment that promotes innovation and learning, it would have positive impact on the economy by bringing about rapid agricultural development, enterprise growth, improved health, global partnership and poverty alleviation.

  The Global Youth Ambassador stated that the Association had already presented a 30-point Youth Recommendation on Education to the Ogun State Government, while seeking public support for education, through the Up-For-School campaign. He noted that Education Advocates, in a bid to promote education, had declared that the Up-For-School campaign with about 8 million signatures collected globally, would be delivered to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, slated for September 2015.

  While receiving the delegation on behalf of the Ogun State Government, the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, appreciated the dedication of the Global Youth Ambassadors, stressing the commitment of government at providing access to free and improved quality primary and secondary education in the state. According to her, "government is committed to fishing out 'out-of-school' children and showing them the way to school". She assured that the percentage of educated youths in the state would increase astronomically by the end of the year 2015 and subsequent years. While signing the Up-For-School petition, she charged the youths, parents and institutions to work with the government in achieving improved quality of education in the country.

  Present at the meeting were the Director of Administration, Deputy Governor's Office, Mr. Babajide Adejumo; representative of the GYA from Abuja and CEO, Youth Power Initiative, Ambassador Joy Tiku Enighe; representative of the GYA from Edo State and member, World Co-ordinating Team of World Without War and Violence, Ambassador Purpose OsaIserhienrhien; representatives of the GYA from Lagos State and Executive Secretary, Association of Private Educators in Nigeria, Ambassador Adebukola Orenuga; as well as Ambassador Daniel Nwaeze.

  Also present were the representatives of the GYA from Osun State and Director of Advocacy,  Organisation of African Youth for Development and Peace, Ambassador Temidayo Musa; the Team Leader, i-Speak Nigeria, Abeokuta, Mr. Ayodele David Salt; the Executive Co-ordinator, Grow the Child Network, Lagos, Miss. Alli Olajumoke;  and the representative of All for Development, Miss. Adenike Adewuni.

  Meanwhile, the Global Youth Ambassadors group, which comprises 500 youth leaders from 85 countries, was inaugurated by the United Nations' Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr. Gordon Brown, on April 10, 2014 in Washington DC, to basically ensure advocacy for education and development.

 

FUNAAB Shines in Geneva 

The University has received another accolade in faraway Geneva, Switzerland, during the 38th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), as part of activities marking the World Health Day celebration.

      Commending the University, the Deputy Director, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mrs. Margaret Eshiett, disclosed that Nigeria was recognised as one of the countries that celebrated the World Health Day because CAC, in the course of reviewing the news publications of the various countries that celebrated the last World Health Day, appreciated the one organised by the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), as reported in the weekly FUNAAB Bulletin, while applauding the University for being proactive.

     Reacting to the development, the Dean of COLFHEC, Professor Lateef Sanni, described the feat as "a very good landmark success story, a leveraging opportunity for our University and it is a combination of collective efforts, not only by the technical team in our College, but also that of the Directorate of Public Relations ofthe University”, stressing the need for Colleges and his professional colleagues to leverage opportunities in their areas of specialisation with a view of creating global relevance for the University.

      The Dean, who is the immediate past President, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and currently the Chairman of NIFST Foundation, said “already, our Department, Food Science and Technology, if it's not number one, we should be at least number three in Nigeria. My dream is for the College to be in the forefront of innovations, global relevance, excellence and productivity. So, it is going to enhance more of our innovations". The University Don revealed that COLFHEC had just completed an international training workshop on “Food Safety and Nutrition”, while another international conference on “Food Science and Human Ecology”, would hold in July, next year.

  On how the country intends to mitigate the challenges of food security, Professor Sanni suggested that Nigerians should embrace and support the implementation of the current government’s policy on the expansion of the local production of agricultural products. “For us to be able to be food secured, food must be available, it must be affordable and it must be accessible and if we do not have that, then we are far from the point. Presently, the availability of the food is limited because we are unable to add value to the food and we are equally unable to preserve the food. For instance, for maize, after the raining season, we allow it to dry up but if there are no silos to store most of them, the food value of the maize would be lost and the same thing with other food products".

  He challenged Nigerians to invest in the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformational Agenda. "I am not talking to the government. Government’s role should be that of a catalyst; a champion to provide viable environment, electricity supply, road network and security. That is the role of government and instead of a federal ministry to budget huge sums of money, those budgeting could be leveraged on the banks to give single digits interest rate to the private sector to develop agriculture, water system while the government can use the remaining money to expand physical facilities, as these facilities will ensure that we are food and nutrition-secured in Nigeria".

  Professor Sanni advised that the private sector should be allowed to drive the commodity value chain system, while the government should work seriously to ensure that there was consistent power supply, very viable road network and security in the country. Professor Sanni, who is also the President, International Society for Tropical Root Crops, African Branch, promised that he would continue to champion the course of Food Science and Technology.

  The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a joint inter-governmental body of the World Health Organisation  (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, comprising 185 countries and the European Union. The commission meets annually to compile the standards, codes of practice, guidelines and recommendations that protect consumer health and ensure fair practices in food trade.

 

 

Skills Facilitation, Vital To Organisation - Don

Skills facilitation has been identified as a unique and important activity that is key to attaining organisational goals and objectives. Delivering the Fourth Lecture Series of the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) titled, "Facilitation Skills: Panacea For Successful Meetings, Workshops and Adult Training", a Don, Professor Michael Ajayi, of the Department of Agricultural Administration of the University, said facilitation entailed planning, guiding and managing an event to ensure that an organisation attained its objectives.

  According to him, facilitation of skills was one of the most important requirements for the field staff working with farmer groups and those invited to facilitate meetings and workshops because they help in creating good atmosphere for participants to contribute maximally at meetings. Explaining further, Professor Ajayi pointed out that a facilitator should be able to use a variety of communication techniques to facilitate the exchange of experiences among participants and create opportunities that participants can learn from.

      The guest speaker highlighted some qualities which a successful facilitator should possess such as being a role model,a teacher, an interpreter, an organiser, a listener, a moderator, a leader, a coordinator, a time keeper, an entertainer and a motivator. This he said is because "the role of the facilitator is more or less directive and show how particular activities, and indeed complete sessions, can vary from being more teacher-centered to being more learner-centered".

        Enumerating the benefits of facilitating meetings and workshops, Professor Ajayi said they include taking high quality decision-making, aiding greater buy-in from all stakeholders, building of team spirit and consensus. He also advocated for an increase in facilitation of skills because it makes decision processes more collaborative.

  The Dean of COLMARUD, Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, said the Programme was to address key issues, current trends, designed developments, evolving philosophies and surmountable challenges of the present time through the provision of workable and acceptable solutions. She added that the Lecture Series was the College's unique way of stimulating academic discourse on issues germane to agricultural development of the country through the provision of sound policy framework recommendations which were capable of re-launching the country into a first rate producer of food.

  The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed, lauded the College for its contributions to knowledge and the development of country as a whole, as he charged other Colleges in the University to take a cue from the idea.

 

 

FUNAAB Empowers Women in Fishery Production, Trains Female Farmers

The University’s Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), in a bid to empower women in fishery production, has organised a five-day training workshop on “Aquaculture and Fisheries Production, Management, Processing and Value Addition”, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and a group, Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria.

      Declaring the workshop open, the Vice-Chancellor and President of Association of African Universities, Professor Olusola Oyewole, appreciated the collaborators in organising the programme, in an effort to increase food production, create employment and reduce poverty. He congratulated the participants for being part of the maiden and specialised training programme, exclusively designed for women. He added that fishery production was an important aspect of the nation’s agricultural development because of its huge consumption, by virtually every segment of the country. Professor Oyewole said FUNAAB had played a significant role in the development of fisheries sector over the years, particularly in South-West in the areas of fingerlings, brood stock production and distribution under the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in the last 12 months.

  The Director of IFSERAR, Professor Akin Omotayo, while welcoming participants, said the training had been structured in such a way as to make a layman to understand it, as there would be practical sessions outside the classrooms to enable participants gain more knowledge. He advised the participants who came from different states such as Kwara, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Oyo and Ogun state, to take the advantage of the programme, to acquire more knowledge on fingerlings production.

  The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Architect Sonny Echono, represented by the Deputy Director, Women in Agriculture, Mrs. Zainab Towogbola, said the training was important because it was in line with the present administration’s effort at addressing the problem of unemployment in the country which had become a threat to good quality life.

  She added that the present government recognised the need to harness and mobilize the human resources of the country into actionable programmes that would make meaningful impacts on the economy, as government had set up a deliberate and aggressive drive for the training of unemployed youths and women nationwide on different agricultural enterprises along the value chains under crops, livestock and fisheries platforms. She added that at the end of the training, each co-operative society would be further supported and encouraged with a starter pack comprising fish tanks, smoking kilns, electric aerators, water testing kits, fish juveniles, medications and supplementary feeds that will promote technology adoption and economic engagement in aquaculture table fish production and processing. She urged the trainees to show a high level of participation, involvement and seriousness during the training so as to be fully integrated and put into practice, what they had learnt. The workshop was rounded-off with series of lectures on fish farming, fish pond construction, fish feed formation, fish marketing, processing and record keeping.

  In a related development, women farmers from the FUNAAB Extension Areas as well as the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) communities, have again been trained by the Gender Issues and Youth Development (GIYD) Programme of Agricultural Media Resource and Extension Centre (AMREC). This time around, in Snailery farming and the production of disinfectants.

  While welcoming participants to the training workshop tagged, “Training of Trainers (TOT)”, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended members of staff of AMREC for their interest in the development of womanhood and for being good ambassadors of the University. Professor Oyewole, who was represented by the Director of AMREC, Professor Victor Olowe, described vocational training as the training for specific career or trade by focusing on the practical application of skills learnt and not necessarily based on theoretical or traditional academic knowledge. He added that it entailed hands-on-training and the link between education and the

working world in attaining poverty alleviation, self-empowerment, self-reliance, decreased youth unemployment and sustainable development.

      He congratulated the beneficiaries for being chosen as representatives of their respective communities, adding that they stood to gain a lot from the TOT vocational training in the areas of enterprise development, enhanced income generation, self-esteem and marital stability. The Vice-Chancellor urged the participants to maximize the unique opportunity provided for them to acquire the needed skills and in turn, train other women in the various communities.

  The Project Co-ordinator of GIYD, Dr. Olufunmilayo Oluwalana, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for his support and interest in the empowerment of women as well as the resource person, Mrs. Aderele Gbemisola, for giving back to the society. The Co-ordinator noted that the knowledge gained from the training would boost their economic status and contribute to making their environment bacteria-free. She enjoined them to ensure they transferred the skills acquired to others in their various communities, while imploring them to strive to become entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

Grasshoppers Are Highly Nutritious, Don Tells Nigerians

A University Don has disclosed that the consumption of insects like grasshoppers remained good sources of nutrients such as protein, vitamins, fiber and mineral contents for man. Professor Adewumi Idowu of the Department of Pure and Applied Zoology, College of Biosciences (COLBIOS), made this known while delivering the 50th Inaugural Lecture of the University, titled “The Animal in Lens of a Zoologist”.

       
The Professor of Zoology defined zoology as a scientific study of animals, beginning from the simplest animal, which is the protozoa to the most complex, which is mammals, while animal physiology refers to the science that deals with the analysis of the functions of living organisms that involves the application of physical and chemical methods to the study of biology, among others. Professor Idowu stressed that physiology was such a diverse subject that should be exploited for national development rather than being misconstrued unnecessarily because “there seems to be a parallel line in our concept and direction as animal physiologists”.

  The lecturer, who is also a member of the Zoological Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Entomological Society, stated that despite the vast and complex nature of animals, the typical zoologist still faced the reality of seeing representatives of the animals in the practical classes that could rather help him/her to unravel the mystery behind the complexity. He noted that “lack of Nigerian specimens is one major constraint in the teaching of zoology in higher institutions. We still depend mostly on foreign species in practical classes and even as examples in textbooks authored by Nigerians. It is a major task that will need government motivation and support”.

  Professor Idowu disclosed that there were some missing gaps in the study of the physiology of the African grasshopper (Zonocerus Variegatus), that his research work had been able to address, hoping that the remaining areas would be addressed so as to bring about better agricultural yield for the country, as there is “lack of proper co-ordination between the scientists, either in the laboratory or the field and the applied scientists, who are in regular contact with the farmers, who bear the brunt of this pest”.

  He made it known that even as grasshoppers, even though they're re characterized by several features including having an offensive body odour, they always remained highly nutritious, as he called on relevant authorities to embrace the practice of entomophagy, which simply means ‘insect-eating’, by making insects one of the common delicacies that could be comparable with other conventional and unconventional protein sources such as beef, pork, elephant, and African giant snail, and that these are “likely to play significant roles in the survival of 

 

FUNAAB, ITOCA Hold Training on TEEAL, AGORA

The ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library of the University, in collaboration with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), held a “Train-the-Trainers” workshop on The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) for librarians, academic staff, researchers and students.

        Declaring the programme opened, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, noted that the goal of the programme was to integrate library electronic resources in education and research institutions, through strategised, institutional training workshops. He added that ITOCA needed to Train-the-Trainers, who would in turn, teach others in the various institutions, charging the trainees to ensure they disseminated the knowledge acquired to other library users, colleagues and students in a bid to actualising ITOCA’s objectives of being advocates of the use of the e-resources for research and teaching.

 
The University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam, revealed that FUNAAB was the first University in Nigeria to acquire the  TEEAL package, as well as conduct training in AGORA. She informed the participants that the new version of TEEAL was now available in the University Library and could be accessed by scholars and researchers. She also appreciated the Albert R. Mann Library, founder of ITOCA at the Cornell University, United States of America, for the successful collaboration, urging participants to seize the opportunity offered by the training to develop themselves.

  The representative of ITOCA, Mrs. Olayinka Fatoki, expressed her delight over the training workshop, as a fall-out of the existing relationship between the University and ITOCA. She described FUNAAB as the home to TEEAL and ITOCA because her first contact with TEEAL was in the University. Mrs. Fatoki said the training, which signified the joint partnership between ITOCA and the Albert Mann Library, was funded through a grant obtained from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as she appreciated the Vice-Chancellor and Management for accepting to host the training workshop.

 

FUNAAB Staff Wins Commonwealth Scholarship

A Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science of the University, Mr. Oluwatimilehin Salako, has won a Commonwealth Scholarship, tenable in the United Kingdom during the 2015/2016 academic session. Mr. Salako was one of the 387 applicants that were offered the scholarships, funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID).

           The Executive Secretary, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, John Kirkland, commended the University for producing such an excellent candidate, noting that successful candidates were those with strong academic backgrounds, having demonstrated in their applications, a clear and realistic plan of study as well as the likelihood of tangible development impact after the end of their fellowship period. The Executive Secretary further stated that the gender balance in selecting the candidates was taken into consideration, advising nominating agencies to continue to put forward, strong female candidates.

 
Mr. Oluwatimilehin Salako holds a B.Sc degree in Computer Science (First Class Honours) from FUNAAB. He teaches practical classes as well as undergraduate students’ tutorials in courses like Organisation of Programming Languages, Introduction to Computer Programming, Data Structures and Algorithm since joining the services of the University, four years ago. He also assists other lecturers in the Department in carrying out research and has published papers in international journals. In 2011, he won the FUNAAB Senate Prize for First Class graduates in the Department of Computer Science, College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS) and he was also a member of the National Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS).

 

University Libraries: Pivot for Academic Activities - UL

The University Librarian, Dr. Mulikat Salaam, has observed that University libraries remain the pivot on which academic activities rest in achieving the ivory towers' mandates of teaching, research and community development. Speaking at a two-day Information Literacy Training Workshop for postgraduate students of the University, organised by the Automation Department, 'Nimbe Adedipe Library, Dr. Salaam said starting first in the series information literacy workshops, with the postgraduate students, was necessary, since serious research work usually began at the postgraduate level, which required the use of specialised information sources, noting that students who were interested in going into academics, would gain tremendously from attending the workshop.

The University Librarian, who was represented by Dr. Fehintola Onifade, a Principal Librarian in the University Library, added that the workshop would help the postgraduate students to easily recognise when information was needed, how to navigate the computer and the library to locate credible sources of information and how to effectively use the skills gained and that this was part of efforts at increasing the level of computer literacy for members of the University community.

The Dean of the Postgraduate School, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, explained that the selection of participants was done through an open and transparent process with representatives drawn from all Colleges and Departments, involving both fresh and old students. He admonished participants to make good use of the opportunity by listening attentively at the workshop and putting all that were required to pass and transfer the knowledge gained to their colleagues.

Dr. Fehintola Onifade, who was also a resource person at the workshop, spoke on "The Role of the Library in Research", describing the library as a systematic collection of information resources in a variety of formats, organised and accessible to users with the purposes of educating, informing, stimulating learning and advancing the society in general. She added that the library was enriched with several books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, films, maps, prints, documents, microform, compact discs, cassettes, videotapes, digital videos, e-books, digital materials and others, which would help the researcher in carrying out his/her research.

According to Dr. Onifade, there was a strong link between library and research, as the library remained the first point of call for a researcher and a learning zone where the researcher collects facts and information that would help him/her in carrying out active intellectual investigation.

She noted that librarians always study the needs of their users by selecting, organising and disseminating informative materials to researchers, they also train them on how to use the resources for
richer information, adding that information was the building block of research. Mr. Oyintola Amusa, a Librarian also spoke on "Literature Review/General Evaluation of Information Sources". He observed that literature review cannot be over-emphasized because it creates the context from the past for which the new study is to be conducted,
adding that it also provides insights and limitations into the previous
studies, thereby assisting the researcher to avoid repetitions through further investigations.

 Mr. Amusa, however, warned participants to be wary of plagiarism and intellectual dishonesty, but be focused, guard against being unnecessarily influenced by the views of earlier researchers, provide critical review of earlier studies, arrange reviewed materials in chronological order and have a good grasp of library procedures.

Other resource persons at the workshop include Mrs. Abosede Oladeinde, who took the participants on the "Use of Basic MS Word Package Feature for Research", Mr. Emmanuel Ogunlana, who delivered the talk on the "Use of Latest Information Technology to Retrieve and Manage Information: A Focus on Mendeley" and the Deputy Dean, Postgraduate School, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, who spoke on "Sourcing, Analysis and Interpretation of Research Data".        

Similarly, Dr. Abiola Abioye's presentation was titled,
"Copyright and Plagiarism: Social, Legal and Ethical Impact in Research", as Mrs. Bosede Akintola took participants on "General
Introduction to Citation and Referencing", while Mrs. Bosede Ajiboye, gave a presentation on "The Use of Referencing Features of MS Word Package for Research".

DUFARMS Opens Agro Mart Shed

To enable members of the University community have access to agricultural products at affordable prices and to showcase research findings, the Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS) has commissioned its Agro Mart Shed.

While commissioning the Agro Mart Shed, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, expressed his delight to be part of the remarkable achievement being made by the University, and said it was indeed one of the happiest days of his life, as he saw different kinds of agricultural products of FUNAAB being displayed, in line with the policy thrust of the Federal Government at ensuring that food security was achieved with the existence of the Universities of Agriculture. Senator Ogunlewe congratulated the Vice-Chancellor and members of staff of DUFARMS for the feat, urging them to ensure that the products get to government offices and companies in the state.

Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities, Professor Olusola Oyewole, said the agricultural products displayed were made possible due to the experience gained by DUFARMS staff that were sponsored by the University to the Songhai Farms, Republic of Benin Republic, last year to understudy and replicate a prototype of the farm in FUNAAB. He added that the activities of the project would be complemented with the operations of the FUNAAB Radio through the broadcast of information on University farm products to the public, thereby promoting better community interaction and co-operation.

The Acting Director of DUFARMS, Mr. Michael Jaiyeola, appreciated the level of support given by Management to the farm, noting that the construction of the Agro Mart Shed was done using various products from the farm with the intention to generate more income for the University and enhance the production process at zero wastage level. He said the various end products from the farm would include cashew nut, palm oil, garri, cassava flour, yam, cucumber, moringa tree products, pinapple, maize, bush-meat, snail, plantain, banana, tomatoes, palmwine, among others.

 

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Pro-Chancellor, Others Laud Former Council Members

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Senator/Sir (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, on behalf of the Council, has commended the duo of Professor Ololade Enikuomehin and Dr. Olusola Akinwande, for their immense contributions during their tenures as representatives of Congregation on the Governing Council of the University.

Professor Enikuomehin, Dean of Postgraduate School and Dr. Akinwande, Co-ordinator, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) of the University, were lauded for their diligence, maturity and commitment during Council meetings and on the different Council Committees, where they had served.
            The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, described both outgoing representatives as ‘stabilising agents and strategic thinkers’. According to him, "beyond Council, Professor Enikuomehin and Dr. Akinwande are very useful people to the system who can be called upon when you need to stabilize things”. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated them for all they had done in the past, saying the University would not hesitate to call on them from time-to-time.
            The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, also lauded the former Council members for their maturity, fearlessness and ability to speak truth to power, while the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed, said the University was highly favoured to have both as members of staff.

; Prof. Femi Otubanjo, described Professor Enikuomehin as very humble, respectful and with profound and analytical mind, while he said Dr. Akinwande, was fatherly, a man of peace and always suing for peace. On his part, Chief Olukayode Akindele, described Professor Enikuomehin as a dependable and practical person who could be relied upon to do a thorough job on any task assigned to him. He said he would miss the duo and would continue to call upon them for advice, as Alhaji Abba Dasuki, described Professor Enikuomehin as diligent and passionate in his service to Council and Dr. Akinwande a gentle and a stabilizing factor.
            Mrs. Susan Oludiya said the former members of Council were dedicated, passionate and good team players that discharged their tasks in a very professional manner. Another member of Council, Professor Christian Ikeobi, said he looked up to Professor Enikuomehin and Dr. Akinwande with admiration as his predecessors in Council, adding that he had learnt and gained a lot from them. Professor Lateef Sanni described Professor Enikuomehin as a student of positive thinking, who performed excellently well on Council, saying Dr. Akinwande had a gentle and subtle way of counseling and bringing out the best from every situation. Professor Wilfred Alegbeleye lauded the duo for leaving a good antecedent and prayed that they both achieve giant strides in life. For Dr. Olusiji Sowande, the former Council members stood for the truth, had the interest of the system at heart and were highly respected, with indelible characters.

; The Secretary to Council and Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, said Professor Enikuomehin had a good antecedent, was well loved, respected and could be relied upon whenever you wanted the truth told in an unbiased manner, as he described Dr. Akinwande as a father, who was always showing concern, adding that they would miss them.
            Responding, Professor Enikuomehin expressed gratitude to the Council members for the opportunity and for the plaques of honour given to them, noting that it was the first time such an honour would be accorded to a representative on Council. He said, "I feel I owe this Council a lot of gratitude and I will continue to serve the system wherever I find myself. I also promise to be available to work for the system whenever I am called upon". On his part, Dr. Akinwande said he acknowledged every call to duty as a call to service guided by the scriptures. He also thanked the Council for the opportunity, adding that during the period he served, he gained a lot intellectually and administratively.

Aberdeen, Marshall Universities to Collaborate With FUNAAB

The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom and the Marshall University, United States of America are seeking collaboration and linkage opportunities with the University. For the University of Aberdeen, the proposed collaboration in the areas of student and staff exchanges, would involve the possibility of utilising the first two years in FUNAAB and the remaining two years in Aberdeen, while carrying out joint research visits and grant application.
The Dean, Sub-saharan Africa Affairs of the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Alfred Akinsanya, said the University was established in 1495 and that graduates of the University had won Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Medicine, Physics and Peace. According to him, the University had over 16,000 students with 20 percent drawn from 120 nationalities worldwide. Dr. Akinsanya stated that the University had over 550 undergraduate and 120 Master’s degrees programmes, stating that it was one of the top 1 percent of the world's leading Universities. He stated that, 85 percent of research outputs in its Engineering, were rated as 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent'.
            Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, stated that FUNAAB would follow-up on the areas of interest, which could open up more opportunities with the University of Aberdeen, saying "our students are eager to have this kind of experience". Also speaking, the Director of Academic Planning, Professor Olukayode Akinyemi, requested for a rebate in the fees, on behalf of the intending students, noting that international accreditation for FUNAAB’s Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE), programmes was very important and so the collaboration was necessary.

For the Marshall University, a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics of the institution, Alfred Akinsete has met with the Management of the University to work out the possible linkage. Professor Akinsete, who was a former staff of FUNAAB before he relocated to the United States of America about 20 years ago, said the linkage would be mainly in the area of manpower development. According to him, he had been interacting with the University on a personal basis for quite some time and had been able to recruit students from FUNAAB into the Marshall University Graduate Programmes who had graduated, while others were still pursuing their postgraduate programmes. He added that he could only do only little through his personal efforts, hence the need to follow up with the University Management to expand the linkage between Marshall University and FUNAAB.

The primary collaboration involves the students, but there is an extension to that being that academic staff, who are undergoing their Ph.D programmes may also want to apply to Marshall University for a period of six months or one year to be supervised by an academic staff in the Department of Mathematics in our University, but the persons would have to come back to FUNAAB to complete their Ph.D programmes. The linkage therefore involves students and academic staff who have not had their Ph.D programmes or are undergoing Ph.D programmes either in FUNAAB or any University but who are members of staff of FUNAAB", he added.
            Professor Akinsete said the component for the undergraduate students was called the ‘2 + 2 Articulation Agreement’. In this component, he said "undergraduate students would do their first two years at FUNAAB and then they would come to the Marshall University to spend their remaining two years". He, however, said that how the degree certificate would be issued and would incorporate FUNAAB would still have to be worked out. Another component in the graduate programme, the University Don said, was one in which students would spend their time with the Marshall University for a period of two years utilising the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
            Professor Akinsete further said, "there is one success story where a gentleman from here, a student who finished from the Department of Mathematics, his name is Olusegun Otunuga. What I did was to tell my colleagues from the Department of Mathematical Sciences in FUNAAB for them to introduce to me their best student and they did in 2009. The student came over and we gave the student admission and also Assistantship because then, I was the Director of Graduate Programmes. So, he came to my University, got is Master’s, pursued his Ph.D programme at the University of Western Florida and now, he is teaching in my Department. We just employed him back to my Department. So, there is that possibility. However, it is not automatic, the reason being, that why the gentleman was able to get a position is that there was a vacant position he applied for, it was not because I was the Director, he applied for the position and got it by merit".
            Professor Akinsete, who described his visit to the Univeristy as ‘home coming’ because he had spent about 20 years in FUNAAB before leaving, noted that he was highly impressed with the developmental changes that he saw and was quite elated that, “FUNAAB is a success story with many expansions and buildings and fortunately, the two students that came to my Department at the Marshall University also laid down a very good foundation. They were the best in their classes. They had 40 out of 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) at two different times. So telling my Department that I want a possible linkage between FUNAAB and Marshall University, was not a difficult thing to do because they have interacted with students from here and they know that they are of very good stuff and I hope that the students that will come to my University after this, will be the same quality of students that we have had before”.
            Professor Akinsete disclosed that when he was in FUNAAB, he was the Head of Department, Mathematical Sciences for about seven years combined and was also at one time the Director, Computer Centre and was responsible for managing the e-mail facilities at the inception of e-mails for many years in the University before he finally left the University.