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CENTS Skills Acquisition Programme Kicks-off

As part of efforts at mitigating the challenges of unemployment and enhancing the standard of living of Nigerian youths, the University's Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), has commenced the Vocational Entrepreneurial Skills Acquisition Programme for the year.

According to the Director of CENTS, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, the establishment of the Centre was in tandem with the attainment of objectives of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Vision 20:2020 of the Federal Government of Nigeria. He said the aim of integrating entrepreneurship studies into University education curriculum was to empower students and graduates, irrespective of their areas of specialisation with skills that would enable them engage in income-yielding ventures, if they were unable to secure paid jobs.

Professor Dipeolu disclosed that the skills acquisition programme would last for nine weeks and would cover soft skills areas, such as business plan development, business registration, funding, product patenting and hard skills in areas which the participants have chosen for themselves out of the array of skills. The Director pointed out that at the end of the programme, participants are expected to create their own micro, small and medium scale enterprises over time and in the process, create jobs and grow the economy.

The co-ordinator of the programme, Dr. Funmilayo Braide, disclosed that as part of the training, participants would be tutored by skill leaders from various fields in skills such as graphics, catering, aquaculture, beads-making, interior decoration, textile design, photography and automation fabrication. She highlighted the objectives of the centre to include creating and promoting entrepreneurial awareness and opportunities, imparting entrepreneurial skills on staff and students of the University as well as interested members of the public, encouraging the development and growth of entrepreneurship in Nigeria and creating career development for economic transformation.

The Skill Leaders were: Dr. Funmilayo Braide (Event Planning and Interior Decoration); Mrs. Chioma Olajide (Catering) and Mr. Yomi Aroso (Graphics Design).

Others were Mr. David Osinowo (Fish and Fingerlings Production); Mr. Jonadab Opebiyi (Automation and Mechanics) and Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunjimi (Bead and Wireworks).

Blend Academic, Vocational Education, Says VC

The need to incorporate academic and vocational programmes in institutions of higher learning in the country, to produce sound graduates, have been stressed. This was the piece of advice given by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, at the 3-Day Workshop on "Enterprise 'Start Up' Initiatives for Job and Wealth Creation among FUNAAB Youth Entrepreneurs", organised by the Gender Issues and Youth Development (GIYD) Programme of the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), of the University.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, for the country to overcome the high rate of youth unemployment, increased rate of enterprise failure and abject poverty, especially among Nigerian graduates, academic education must be complemented with skill acquisition, entrepreneurship and vocational education. Professor Oyewole, who is also the President of the Association of African Universities (AAU), lamented the fact that millions of Nigerian youths acquire education without knowing what the future holds for them, due to high unemployment in the country, which  according to the Minister of Youth Development, means that about 67 million youths in Nigeria are unemployed, representing 42 per cent of the population.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Professor Emmanuel Fakoya, the Director, Community-based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), called for the institution of vocational training and skills acquisition in Agribusiness for youths in tertiary institutions as a panacea to unemployment and job creation, stating that, "It should be noted that the technical, vocational and entrepreneurship education has been an integral part of national development strategies in many societies because of its impact on productivity and economic development. Vocational education is another means of empowering people in order to better their lives, and holds the key to national development and also makes for youth self-reliance". He charged the participants, who were mainly Nigerian students to make use of the opportunity to acquaint themselves with skills that could become their source of livelihood and repositioning them to become job-creators rather than job-seekers.

Delivering a paper titled, "Developing a Business Plan for a Successful Entrepreneurial Development", the Director of CENTS, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, identified a good entrepreneur as someone who has ideas, see opportunities where people see problems and identify the opportunities.

He added that having a business plan is essential because it serves as a source of reference, a guide and a bargaining tool which helps to pin-point areas of the business that had been neglected, and to access strengths and weaknesses in an objective way, while giving a framework for explaining the future direction of business to others. On the component of a good business plan, the University don said it must have an attractive front and content page, which should provide detailed information such as an introduction; comprehensive description of the proposed business venture; location analysis; industry analysis; main competitors; strategies and profitability; suppliers; buyers; substitutes; entry conditions; production plan; management; marketing plan; product; price; promotion and place.

In a similar presentation on "Soft Skills and Enterprise Development Strategies", Pastor Adebowale Onafowora, highlighted several enterprise ideas in agribusiness such as livestock production; hydroponics Technology for livestock fodders and vegetables production; black soldier fly worms culture; crops; vegetables and fruits; rice and cassava farming; food processing and value addition as well as energy generation through biogas, biomass and briquettes, among others. He noted that for Nigerian industries to grow, Agribusiness, which is the next green gold must not be stagnant, as he charged Nigerian youths to be ready to pick up skills in these areas, and to start to employ themselves in entrepreneurship ventures so as to bridge the gap in the market. Pastor Onafowora also recommended that the government and institutions should support youths to go into business with incentives especially in the area of Agribusiness.

In a presentation on Bio-gas, the Zoological Park Director, Dr. Moses Oyatogun explained the nitty-gritty of developing a bio-gas digester to the participants, which he said could be used to power a generator set, gas lamp, gas cooker and for electrification.

The Director of AMREC, who was represented by Dr. Olalekan Olaoye, described the workshop as timely and apt in addressing a major challenge facing the nation, while adding that some of the benefits of the workshop would include alleviating the standard of living for the citizenry and minimising the high level of national unemployment which has resulted in many youths constituting themselves into social menace and which can also be associated with the security challenge in the country.

The Co-ordinator of GIYD, Dr. Elizabeth Oluwalana, assured participants that at the end of the workshop, they would be better equipped and empowered with vocational and agribusiness skills in areas such as tufting, value-added herbal production, Benin ceremonial beads, flower vases, patterns made with zou machine, among others, while certificates would be presented to participants.

Meanwhile, academics, extension workers, farmers, financial institutions and non-governmental organisations have been charged to equip themselves with the appropriate principles of data collation and analysis, to assist them in obtaining useful research information from unprocessed and raw data.  

This call was made by the Director of AMREC, Professor Victor Olowe, during a one-day training workshop on “Basic Principles in Data Collation and Analysis in Adaptive Research and Diagnostic Survey”, hosted by the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation arm of the Centre. Professor Olowe, who was represented by Dr. Jacob Olaoye of the Centre, said data was indispensable because of its  usefulness to policy-making and management, saying that this call  was vital to government, policy makers, farmers, research institutes, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders. He added that the workshop was organised to address the problems of transforming data into meaningful information that could be used for research.

Welcoming participants to the occasion, the Acting Programme Leader, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mrs. Temitayo Adebayo, said that the workshop was aimed at correcting any misconceptions among researchers in adaptive research and to discuss extensively on data collation, analysis and interpretation processes for effective and quantitative reports that are vital to policy formulation in the agricultural sector. She, however, charged participants to tap from the fountain of knowledge of the resource persons present at the workshop.

NAUW Empowers Female Students, Women

The Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW), FUNAAB Chapter has held an empowerment programme tagged, “Be Your Own Boss”, which was designed at teaching interested female students and women, skills such as Bead-making, Cake-baking, Fashion Designing and Decoration.

While addressing the participants, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Dean of Student Affairs, Professor 'Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, thanked NAUW members for bringing young ladies together for the training programme which he observed would be very useful in transforming their lives positively.    

The Vice-Chancellor charged the participants to pay due attention to the training by learning well because “Any woman, who goes to her husband’s house without any trade may end up as a failure, both to her husband and children”. He described the participants as being lucky for making out time to attend the programme, rather than engage in frivolities because the acquisition of an extra skill or knowledge would make them independent and respected.

The Chairperson of NAUW, FUNAAB Branch, Dr. Comfort Onifade, said that the aim of the programme was to add value to the lives of the women. Dr. Onifade noted that the society seemed to have abandoned the womenfolk in the scheme of things, thus creating more burden for NAUW. She charged the participants to make use of the opportunity and have something to build on in the future.

VC Stresses Importance of Lab, Technical Assistants

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has reiterated the importance of Laboratory and Technical Assistants in the University, as the vital bridge between the students and lecturers in the process of teaching and learning. Professor Oyewole stated this while declaring open, a one-day training workshop on “Laboratory e-Techniques and Sample Handling”, for laboratory and workshop technical support staff, in the University.

Represented by the Director, Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching (CISLT), Dr. Olusegun Folorunso, the Vice-Chancellor emphasised that staff development was paramount to the University Management, noting that the training was aimed at updating the knowledge of technical support staff. He lauded the technical staff for contributing positively to academic work in the University. Professor Oyewole, however, charged the participants to continue to take more advantage of information technology while carrying out their duties.

The Acting Director of DITTECS, Mr. Olajide Ojo, commended the Vice-Chancellor for his support and for providing the enabling environment in making the technical staff to contribute their quota in realising the University’s mandate of teaching, research and extension service. According to him, “The training on laboratory e-techniques and sample handling was organised among other things, to equip and motivate laboratory and workshop technical support staff to boost their confidence, competence and give them a sense of belonging in the University”. He also charged them to seize the opportunity of the training workshop for self-development.

Former FUNAABOT Director Hands-over to Deputy

The former Director, FUNAAB Bureau of Transportation (FUNAABOT), Dr. Oluwafiropo Awokola, has completed his tenure of office by handing-over the baton of leadership to his deputy, Mr. Oludotun Sodiya.

In his handover speech, Dr. Awokola, who assumed office on September 30, 2011 as the Deputy Dean, Student Affairs and Chairman, Management Committee on Transportation (MANCOT now FUNAABOT), recalled that his appointment was on the recommendation of the then Dean of Student Affairs, Professor Samuel Oluwalana and that the number of functional buses had increased from 29 to 33.

The out-gone Director listed his major achievements to include the construction of drainage pipes to prevent flooding and speed-breakers at the Camp Area bus-stop, purchase of a 4,000-litre tank at the FUNAABOT Tarmac to aid easy washing of cars and the adoption of in-house servicing of buses to save funds for the University. He commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, for providing an enabling environment for the Directorate to thrive, as he also appreciated members of the University community, most especially, the FUNAABOT board members, drivers and ticket sellers for their efforts, dedication, sacrifice, sincerity and co-operation given to him throughout his tenure.

Responding, Mr. Sodiya, who has been a member of MANCOT since 2009, appreciated University Management for the confidence reposed in him with his appointment as Acting Director, FUNAABOT, the first Non-teaching Staff to hold this position. He implored members of staff of FUNAABOT to see the assignment as their personal responsibility, by putting in their best at all times, adding that his appointment was not for him alone but for everyone in the Directorate.

Professor Oluwalana, a former Dean of Student Affairs, had described Dr. Awokola as man, who is free from scandals, charging the new Acting Director to be a good decision-maker and team-player. Similarly, members of staff of the Directorate showered encomiums on the out-gone Director, describing him as a man of the people, a man of wisdom, a father that can be relied upon, an articulate man, humble and a God-fearing man. They implored the Acting Director to imbibe the sterling qualities of his predecessor in order to take FUNAABOT to greater heights.

Former FUNAAB Student Bags Award

Mr. Lateef Omonayajo, a fresh graduate from the University’s Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG), has bagged the 2015 edition of the Tatarillo International Thesis Award. Omonayajo's thesis titled, "Development of Low Cost Emitter for Drip Irrigation", was selected as one of the winning theses, because it was well-structured and showed a rigorous approach to the study of the topic, having been adjudged the best out of the 259 entries received from 57 countries of the world.

According to Dr. (Engr.) Adeyinka Sobowale, who is of the same Department and Mr. Omonayajo's supervisor, the Tattarillo jury chose the best three theses by evaluating among  others, the scientific value, respect for local traditions, local people’s inclusion in the decision processes, the multi-disciplinary approach and the sustainability of the proposed solutions in the research.

The competition was the 9th in the series under the auspices of Ingegneria Senza Frontiere Firenze - ONLUS (Engineering without Borders Florence), Italy. The Tattarillo Award is international in nature for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate Theses, organised by EWB Florence in co-operation with the “Environmental Councilor of the Municipality of Florence”. The main objective of the Tattarillo Award is to encourage technology students and the scientific community to research themes related to appropriate technologies in the “South-of-the-World”.

Keep Yourself Busy, DVC(D) Charges Students

The Board Chairman, International Centre for Professional Development (ICPD) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) of  the University, Professor Felix Salako, has charged students not to be idle but to always keep themselves busy. He made this call during the closing ceremony of the ICPD Summer School, held recently.
Professor Salako, who expressed satisfaction at the completion of the programme, urged participants not to take what they had learnt for granted, but to rather build on it. He drew examples from countries like the United States of America and India, which used various computer software developed by them, for human advancement. He expressed satisfaction at the rate at which young people were keying-into computer technology, which according to him was one of the reasons why the Summer School was put in place.

The Co-ordinator of the Centre, Mr. Lawrence Kazeem, said that the focus of the ICPD was to train participants and make them employable. He disclosed that the Centre was established in June 2014, and is affiliated to the Bright Sword Technologies (Pte) Limited, Singapore; the National University of Singapore (NUS); Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP); and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, among other organisations.
Mr. Kazeem expressed satisfaction that the first set of students had graduated from the Summer School, while thanking the Chairman of ICPD Board and parents of the graduating students for the successes recorded so far. A board member of the ICPD, Hon. Biodun Adeogun, also congratulated the participants, as he described the training exercise as worthwhile, stressing the need for the University to publicise the programme for better awareness in order to increase the number of participants before the commencement of the next edition.

Two successful participants, Tomisin Owoade and Christopher Ofooluwayan, who spoke on behalf of other participants, stated that the training afforded them an opportunity to gain more knowledge in computer technology and feel the beautiful scenery of FUNAAB, as all the students were also presented with certificates.

FUNAAB Companies Wax Stronger

As part of Management’s initiative at making FUNAAB a leading University of Agriculture, the former Industrial Park Unit (IPU), has been transformed into FUNAAB Companies for efficiency, revenue generation and better service delivery. According to the Production Manager of the FUNAAB Companies, Mrs. Modupe Agbotoba, apart from generating income, the outfit is also to serve as an industrial training centre for the students through training and re-training methods in production techniques. Other immediate and long-term plans include ensuring that all the companies’ products were duly registered and made available to many markets. And unlike before, when the bakery section used to produce five to six bags of flour per day, it would now produce between many more bags on daily basis.
     Responding to how the companies sourced for raw materials, Mrs. Agbotoba disclosed that the companies buy from the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) and other centres in the University as well as other farmers, among others.   Mrs. Margaret Bamgbose, the Chartered Accountant to the organisation, re-iterated the commitment of staff at making the companies truly self-reliant. She lauded the University Management for recently purchasing two buses for operational use. Mrs. Bamgbose, however, said just like other new and evolving company, funding was still a major challenge, urging the University to invest more funds in the outfit. Giving a word of advice for the many unemployed youths, who are looking for white-collar jobs, Mrs. Bamgbose encouraged such persons to go into private business in line with the policy of government on self-employment.

     The Industrial Park Unit (IPU), now FUNAAB Companies, was established in 2009 to revive the production of edible food products as income-generating venture for the University.
            These products include the odourless fufu flour, bread, honey, palm wine, cashew nut and palm oil, among others.

Prospective NYSC Candidates Get Pre-Mobilisation Brief

Final year students of the University have been briefed on current developments about the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, for effective participation. The Deputy Director, NYSC Mobilization Division, Directorate Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Isaac Fasanu, conducted the briefing and sensitisation programme, organised for final year and prospective corps members from the University.

     On the deployment of corpers, Mr. Fasanu said no prospective corps member is deployed to his/her state of origin or state of study, except on marital grounds or proven state of life-threatening health cases. He listed the health challenges to include hepatitis, cancer, tuberculosis, sickle cell, mental disorder and visual impairment, among others. According to him, the Management of the NYSC was also not unaware of the security challenges in some states in the country. Mr. Fasanu gave a brief history of the scheme, borne out of the need for reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the country after the devastating effects of the Civil War that took place between 1967 and 1970, and also to meet the yearnings and aspiration of the people for unity.
     On eligibility, the Deputy Director stressed it that only Nigerians, who had obtained First Degrees or Higher National Diplomas from accredited institutions of higher learning within or outside the country can participate in the scheme, while those who were above the age of 30 as at the time of graduation, those that had served in the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air-force) or the Nigeria Police Force for a period of more than nine months were also exempted from national service.
     Mr. Fasanu and the NYSC State Relocation Officer, Alhaja Kuburat Asogbon, took time to explain to the students the procedures for mobilisation, using the NYSC registration portal,, as he charged them not to pay money to anybody in a bid to influence their postings or for other reasons. The briefing afforded the students an ample opportunity to ask questions on grey areas about the scheme.

Lecturer, Students Donate to FUNAAB

In a display of generosity, a Professor in the University’s Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management (AQ&FM), Samuel Otubusin, in conjunction with six of his final-year project students, have donated a Fish Hatchery and Nursery Flow-Through System to their Department.

According to Professor Otubusin, who is a specialist in Aquaculture Systems’ Bio-Engineering, Fisheries Management and Economics, the Hatchery is ideal for experimental research, both for undergraduate and postgraduate students, while the Flow-Through System consists of 24 circular concrete tanks that has a capacity for 1,000 fingerlings each. The project was designed, supervised, installed and co-funded by him.  

Professor Otubusin named the six final year students, who participated in making the project a reality as: Badmus Suliat, Dada Christiana, George Oluwafunmilayo, Adebayo Monsura, Ogunyomade Modupeola and Adeniji Ahmed.

Appreciated by Management

The University Management has appreciated Professors ‘Goke Bodunde of the Department of Horticulture, Reuben Arowolo of the Department of Veterinary Physiology, Folake Henshaw of the Department of Food Science and Technology and Christian Ikeobi of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, for their exhibited dedication and dynamism, which culminated in the raising of the bar of excellence in their various Colleges during their tenures as Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT); Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET); Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), respectively.

In the same vein, Dr. Olufiropo Awokola was appreciated for his excellent performance and selfless service, during his tenure as the Deputy Dean, Student Affairs and Chairman, MANCOT/Director, FUNAABOT.

Remain Responsible - FUNAABSU Charged

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has admonished the new executive officers of the FUNAAB Students’ Union (FUNAABSU), to sustain the value which their predecessors have laid in the system. The Vice-Chancellor gave this charge during the Swearing-in/Handing-over ceremony of the newly-elected FUNABSU officers in the University. According to the Vice-Chancellor, “students and executives of the University have been known to be focused and I hope such value will be sustained.

He said that the swearing-in would be the fourth among the set of Students’ Union Executives to be sworn-in during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor, promising to partner with the students at ensuring that the University moved forward. Professor Oyewole also advised the new executives to stand by the oath of office they took and discharge their duties effectively without being found wanting at the end of their tenure. The Vice-Chancellor added that the University Management would continue to do its best in meeting the needs of the students.

The Dean of Student Affairs, Professor ‘Yemi Akegbejo-Samsons, reminded the officers to be prudent in managing resources under the care, as they would give account of their stewardship. He also appreciated the outgone executives for their contributions to the development of the University. The Dean charged the new executive members to make the best use of their tenure by taking the University to greater heights, not only in Abeokuta, but throughout the country. Delivering his handing-over speech, the outgone President, Comrade Olajumoke Peter, appreciated all his colleagues and others who worked with him during his tenure as the President. He noted that his administration and its members have heaved a sigh of fulfillment, as they have witnessed another team being sworn-in. 

The newly sworn-in President, Comrade Dennis Nwenonye, while appreciating the University Management’s efforts towards making FUNAAB a leading institution, said they would be partners in progress. According to Comrade Nwenonye, “We can never attain world-class status without being world-class students” while appealing to the Vice-Chancellor to help look into the challenges facing the students.

The newly sworn-in FUNAABSU executives are: Dennis Nwenonye, 400-level, Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometereology as President; Olamide Balogun, 400-level, Environmental Management and Toxicology as Vice-President; Habeeb Oyekunle, 400-level, Horticulture as General Secretary; Wahab Ojokuye, 200-level, Horticulture as Assistant General Secretary and Ayobami Oyelere, 400-level, Environmental Management and Toxicology as Welfare Director.

Others are: Tobi Braimoh, 300-level, Department of Accountancy, Social Director; Lawal Olaotan, 200-level, Crop Protection as Public Relations Officer; Oludotun Aribo, 200-level, Agricultural Administration as Sports Secretary; Yusuf Azeez, 200-level, Banking and Finance as Financial Director while Ayotunde Akitemi, 400-level, Plant Physiology and Crop Production is the Treasurer.

Human Trafficking Awareness Tour Comes to FUNAAB

A former victim of human trafficking, founder of Enitan Story and the Producer of Imprisoned Show, Ms. Bukola Oriola, would begin Human Trafficking Awareness Tour of Higher Institutions, which would be berthing in the University on Monday, September 14, 2015 at the FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, beginning at 2pm.

During the tour, she is expected to share her real life experience through a motivational talk show tagged, “Bringing the Story Back Home”, that would showcase events on “Human Trafficking: The Dehumanising Fate of Nigerians Living in or Visiting America and Europe”. Ms. Toriola, a United States of America-based motivational speaker, was a recipient of the 2009 Minnesota Women’s Press Change Maker Award and has been using her organisation and series of television programmes to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking, as well as educate members of the public on the social problem.

The author of the celebrated book, “Imprisoned: The Travails of A Trafficked Victim (Her True Life Story)”, she was among the 20 survivors selected in January 2014 by the Department of Justice to participate in a Survivors’ Forum at the White House, an event organised by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Centre (OVCTTAC), in commemoration of the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention’s month in the USA. Ms. Oriola has participated in over 100 public presentations, seminars and had been granted approval by Nigeria’s Federal Agency; the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP), to create awareness aimed at putting an end to human trafficking.

Secretaries, Administrators Sharpen Skills at ICT Workshop

In a bid to improve their productivity in the University, some secretaries and administrators have participated at the 5th Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Executive Workshop, organised by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Ogun State Chapter, themed "Advanced e-Document Management Techniques".

The Chairperson, Ogun State Chapter of the Society, Dr. Bukola Onashoga, said the workshop was held in FUNAAB, to enable the University appreciate better the benefits of Information Technology while "the objective of the workshop was to provide the platform for building and enhancing ICT skills of participants".

She noted that attending the workshop would improve the job performance of participants, adding that such workshops had been held at other State and Federal Government-owned Institutions, as well as for secondary school proprietors and health sector professionals.

In his lecture titled, "Maintenance and Installation Techniques", Mr. Akintunde Olubiyi of the Department of Computer Science, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS), described hardware as what can be seen or touched, adding that software were those components that one cannot see nor touch in a computer system, noting that "once a system does not work properly, it might have virus and one should get an antivirus to make it work properly".

Mr. Sodiq Onaolapo of the Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching (CISLT), whose lecture was titled, "Internet Technologies", disclosed that the Internet had made the world easy in terms of communication, while Mr. Sanni Waheed of the Information and Communications Technology Resources Centre (ICTREC) spoke on, "Preparation of Presentation Slides", a hands-on-real practical session. In addition, Mr. Niyi Orisakiya of ICTREC gave the lecture titled, "Tips for Mobile Phone/Devices Usage for Effective Administration", as Mr. Tunde Tijani of the NCS, Ogun State Chapter, spoke on the topic, "Advanced e-Document Processing Technique".

Dr. Bukola Onashoga’s lecture was titled, "Research Design and Methodology", where she described research as an enquiry into a problem while its intention is to find a solution to a formalised and systematic approach involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, stressing that the main reason for carrying out a research was to contribute to knowledge. 

Varsity Students Counselled on Good Conduct, Time Management

A University Don, Professor Ademola Ladele of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AE&RD), University of Ibadan, has called on final year students in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of FUNAAB to build acceptable character, cultivate savings habit, network with people, avoid social vices and always be focused, while a 2010 graduate in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management (AE&FM), College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD) of FUNAAB, Mr. Japheth Omojuwa, has also joined in advising students to manage their time effectively.

Professor Ladele gave this piece of advice while delivering his lecture at the Department’s Annual Valedictory Lecture Series tagged, “Personal Development for Future Career Diversification”, organised for the final year students in the AE&RD Department while Mr. Omojuwa charged the students during his presentation titled, “The Principles of Time Management”, at the African Liberty Students Organisation (ALSO) Conference themed, “Fundamentals of a Prosperous Society”. Delving into real life experience, Professor Ladele disclosed that there was no “end” to life experiences, he charged the students to remember that what they faced as undergraduates would certainly be different from happenings outside the University environment.

He admonished the students to be focused, avoid any form of distractions and strive for personal development. The Guest Speaker called on the students not to be weighed down by disappointments when they come but look for avenues to cope with life’s challenges. Buttressing Professor Ladele’s point was Dr. Mercy Adeogun of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos, who challenged the students to remove unnecessary fears from their minds that could impede their progress. Dr. Adeogun, an alumnus of FUNAAB, enjoined the students to be courageous in order to attain greatness in future.

The Dean of COLAMRUD, Professor Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale, described AE&RD Department as a role-model in the College, as she tasked the final year students to replicate the good things they had learnt from the University and never fail to remember their alma mater. Speaking at the occasion, the Acting Head of AE&RD Department, Dr. Eniola Fabusoro, stated that the lecture was an innovation by the Department at spurring the students into becoming successful after graduation. He said the Department was set to graduate about 69 students and hence, the need for the lecture, to prepare them ahead of life outside the four walls of the University.

The Director, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Professor Akin Omotayo; Director of Grant Managements, Professor Kola Adebayo; and the Director, Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), Professor Emmanuel Fakoya; were on ground to also give useful and fatherly advice to the students. During the event, Professor Omotayo; Professor Adebayo; Dr. Fabusoro; Dr. Petra Abdulsalaam-Saghir, a Senior Lecturer in the Department; and the Head of Class for the final year students, Mr. Sadiq Abdullateef; were given awards for their contributions to academic development of the students. 

On his part, Mr. Omojuwa, a popular Nigerian Social Media Entrepreneur said, “You can't give back to the society if you don't think and dream big because you can only give what you have.  Dream big and the more you achieve one, you venture into another and that keeps you going”.  According to him, “I am a typical example of how everyone could be a blessing to the society”. He stated that in spite of his activities as an undergraduate, he was determined never to have any carry-over of courses, having graduated with a Second Class, Upper Division degree. His words, “Your activities are not an excuse for your failure if you manage your time effectively”.  He charged the students to make best use of their time and blend academic work with extra-curricular activities.

In his lecture titled, “Principle of Individualism”, the Outreach Director/Publisher at African Liberty Organisation for Development, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, also speaking at the occasion, stated that students should develop their individualism, which emphasizes the need for the prosperity of an individual that in turn makes a prosperous society. He described the advantages of the concept of individualism as leading to an independent personality that is not likely to be a burden to the society.

Earlier, the Management Coach of Mind-shift African, Mr. Olaleye Rosiji, admonished the students to think beyond the four walls of the University. He gave tips on how a student can maximise, lead and make the best use of himself/herself in the society. His words, “It is beyond certificate. A life well spent is not by money but by fulfilment”. Commending the speakers, the President of ALSO, FUNAAB Chapter, Mr. Oladimeji Oguntoyinbo, a 500-level student in the Department of Agricultural Administration, COLAMRUD, said that the Association was proud of them. Present at the Conference were the former FUNAAB Students’ Union (FUNAABSU) President, Comrade Olajumoke Peter; the Pioneer President of ALSO FUNAAB Chapter and 2014 Graduate in the Department of Home Science and Management, Mr. Moronfolu Adeniyi; The Nation Newspaper Campus Life Editor, Mr. Adewale Adetunmobi; as well as members from the Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ojere, both in Abeokuta.

FUNAAB To Mentor Mountain Top, Chrisland Varsities

The University is set to mentor two newly-approved private Universities at becoming a force to be reckoned with, as citadels of learning. The institutions are: Mountain Top University and Chrisland University, both located in Ogun State.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, disclosed this while receiving officers of both institutions, who paid him courtesy visits to seek partnership in terms of staff development, knowledge exchange, facilities sharing and other areas that would promote teaching, learning and research in line with the set standards by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

While receiving the team from the Mountain Top University, a faith-based University, owned by the Mountain of Fire and Ministries (MFM), Professor Oyewole, said that FUNAAB was delighted when it received a memo from the NUC, urging the institution to mentor MTU for a period of five years. The Vice-Chancellor reminisced on the establishment of FUNAAB on January 1, 1988, saying it sits on approximately 10 hectares of land within a 12km radius, as he highlighted the University’s mandate, motto, vision and mission statements.

Commenting on the University’s staff strength, he said there were 562 Academic and 1,421 Non-Teaching Staff with an approximated undergraduate population of 15,000, as well as 1,500 postgraduate students. He added that the University has 10 Colleges and a Postgraduate School with 136 programmes, out of which 27 are undergraduate courses. According to him, the University has a world-class agenda that bordered on the provision of visionary leadership, commitment to quality in whatever it does and sound funds management.

Professor Oyewole stressed further that the University was open to collaboration from within and outside the country, adding that the institution places emphasis on the acquisition of skills and competencies in teaching, as well as engaging in quality and relevant research. The Vice-Chancellor stated that the University has unique programmes, which would be of paramount interest to MTU such as the Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), Graduate Farming Employment Scheme (GRADFES) and the commercial Tree-Crop Plantation Programme. He, however, charged the MTU team to prepare a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would include their expectations, as well as define the extent of the collaboration between both Universities.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of MTU, Professor Elijah Ayolabi, who noted the visit was not his first time of coming to FUNAAB, disclosed that he had earlier come as a resource staff to the Physical Sciences Department in 1994, and was glad that the campus was still developing. According to him, “Today, I can see a lot of transformation around. When the NUC told us that FUNAAB would be our mentor, I think God must have been working behind the scenes. In the sense that, University of Lagos is the closest to us. We were not given to them but we were sent here and only to discover that, it’s like sending us home, because we found out that we have our own, someone who understands our language, who understands the mission and the vision of the Proprietor of the University, who would be able to support us, both physically and spiritually”, he declared.

Professor Ayolabi stated that the vision of MTU was to be a dynamic centre of academic excellence in the liberal tradition for the production of top rated, morally sound graduates of distinction, who would be globally competitive for making outstanding impact on the Nigerian society as well as global development. According to him, “one of our cardinal objectives is to be able to raise leaders, who would have both moral and spiritual strength required to build a nation and to transform our country from this present state to what would be enviable by everyone in the world”. He described a mentor as a wise and trusted counsellor, stressing that MTU had found that in FUNAAB. He added that he was happy that NUC used the word ‘mentor’, while connecting the institution with FUNAAB, noting that from time-to-time, FUNAAB’s counsel could be relied upon. Earlier, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of MTU, Professor Akintunde Obilade, had stated that “It is not by accident that this University has been appointed as our mentor”. The delegation was later taken on a guided familiarisation tour to places of interest like the Directorate of University Farms (DUFARMS), Industrial Park Unit and the Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR).

In a related development, while welcoming the Chrisland delegation during their own visit to the University, Professor Oyewole expressed the readiness of FUNAAB to mentor the institution and other Universities that required such intervention, as a member of council of the University. Professor Adebayo Odebiyi, stated that the visit became imperative, as it would pave way for future interaction between both ivory towers. Professor Odebiyi, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Achievers’ University, Owo, Ondo State, lamented the bad state of the education system in the country that had led to brain drain. According to him, “Our education system is bleeding; we need to put our heads together to salvage it”, while calling on public Universities to come to the aid of the newly-established private institutions. He noted that Chrisland University would appreciate the mentorship, whereby both Universities can benefit maximally from each other. Three officials of FUNAAB namely; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Adekojo Waheed also re-affirmed that FUNAAB was ready to give the support whenever it was being called upon while the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, re-emphasised that FUNAAB had been given an explicit mandate by the NUC to mentor both Universities and hoped that the partnership would turn out to be a “robust interaction” while the Dean, Postgraduate School, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, observed that it would be a worthwhile experience for lecturers to have work experiences in both private and public Universities in their academic careers.

The Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Professor Olusola Odeyemi, expressed optimism that her University was going to receive enough co-operation from FUNAAB, as she appreciated the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB for the support given so far. Another delegate from the Chrisland University, Professor Olufunke Egunjobi, disclosed that she was proud to learn that Professor Oyewole was the current President of the Association of African Universities (AAU), describing FUNAAB’s edible agro-products, most especially Palm-oil, as of high quality. The Registrar of Chrisland University, Mr. Elvis Lawale, a former staff of FUNAAB, on his part, described the visit as ‘home coming’ for him.  

Water, Everybody’s Business, Says NWRI Boss

The Executive Director, National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna (NWRI), Dr. Emmanuel Adanu, has stated that water is everybody’s business, adding that everyone is a stakeholder in the task of managing water resources. Dr. Adanu disclosed this during the visit of the Advisory Team to Capacity Building Institution (CBI), which is domiciled in FUNAAB and also host for the Southwest geopolitical zone.

According to the Dr. Adanu, “All capacity building Universities were contacted around the country and they responded, while the National Advisory Council of NWRI assessed the Universities which has a mandate of picking one University from each geopolitical zone and based on its submission, we chose the best from each zone and for the Southwest, this University (FUNAAB), happens to be the best and that is why FUNAAB is part of the network”.

Represented by the Director, Research and Technical Services of the Institute, Dr. Dogara Bashir, he noted that, “When we were assessing the Universities, we made sure that the University has all the complements of the various sectors”. In his Discussion Points to the six National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet) institutions, the Executive Director said that Water Sector Capacity Development Networks had advanced over the past few decades globally, saying that the functioning of these networks had helped to bridge the human capacity and skill gaps in the sector, serving as platforms for sharing multi-disciplinary information, experience, skills, materials, tools and knowledge in building capacity.

He traced the origin of water sector capacity building in Nigeria to the National Water and Sanitation Training Network (NWSTN) in 1993 which was an initiative of NWRI in collaboration with the National Urban Water Sector Reform Project (NUWSRP. He added that the success of the network led to the establishment of the NWRCBNet in 2006 by the National Council on Water Resources.

Describing one of the objectives of the Network, he said it was basically meant to strengthen institutions and human capacities through partnerships for the successful implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management in Nigeria. According to him, the expected impact of the Network in Nigeria was the sustained availability of
appropriate manpower, skilled and knowledgeable in Integrated Water Resources Management throughout the country.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended the visiting team, headed by the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Johnson Adewunmi. He enumerated the scope of the Southwest Network, including states such as Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo. Professor Oyewole, however, assured the team of the University Management’s full support towards the activities of the Network, adding that the Management would give the Network all the necessary backing to ensure that it achieved its objectives. According to him, “This Network has some special responsibilities in the areas of capacity building and research on water resources. Our University is blessed in that we are one of the few Universities that has a dedicated College on issues that have to do with the environment and water resources”. He added that the University was also blessed with Water Specialists, spread across the Departments, who were ready to deliver on the expectations of the Network.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, assured that the capacity building through short-term courses would be given great emphasis within the next one year.

Present at the meeting were the Dean, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), Professor Clement Adeofun; Director, Academic Planning, Professor Olukayode Akinyemi; Professor Jonathan Bello also of the College and other team members from both NWRI and FUNAAB.

FUNAAB, NRI Partnership Count Gains

The University, in collaboration with the National Resources Institute (NRI), United Kingdom, have reeled out the benefits of their two decades of partnership and development initiatives, which began in 1995.

Speaking at the Natural Resources Institute, Greenwich University, Kent in the United Kingdom, the Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor Lateef Sanni, re-iterated the tripodal mandates of Teaching, Research and Extension on which the University was established. Professor Sanni, who is currently the President, International Society for Root Crops, Africa Branch disclosed the essence of fufu drying, stating that fermented cassava product in wet form was highly perishable. Professor Sanni, who is the Country Manager of the Project, Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA II), stated that organic acids produced during fermentation remained the sources of the odour in fufu, causing a reduction in acidity and increased Potential for Hydrogen (PH) values.

According to him, “Drying generally resulted in major losses of volatile gases. Butanoic acid reduced from 46.61µg/g dry matter of fufu to between 0.01 and 0.12 µg/g dry matter of fufu at the end of the drying process”. He noted that the study showed the adequacy of controlled drying, as a good method of reducing the suspected volatile components responsible for the offensive odour in fufu, stressing that the sensory acceptability of dried and wet fufu were conducted, in which significant differences were observed.

Professor Sanni highlighted other benefits to include increase in farmer income and employment opportunities, adding that intermediaries such as the private sector, would enjoy the benefits of more business opportunities in fufu flour. He stated further that the end-users would get increased profitability and lower consumer prices, while nationally, it would provide a platform for reduced imports. On CAVA II, he said the project sought to increase the income of smallholder farmers and community processors, through participation in profitable and sustainable value-added cassava chains in five African countries, namely: Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi, as “CAVA II is facilitating investments in the cassava processing or utilisation sectors in each project country”. He mentioned other future areas of collaboration to be the sustenance of the two decades of research partnerships, as well as regional capacity strengthening for equipment fabricators and food regulators, adding that Joint Academic Programmes in Food Safety and Value Addition would enhance such partnership. Professor Sanni also disclosed that the Joint International Conference on Food Science and Human Ecology, is to be hosted by FUNAAB in July 2016, adding that the Regional Food Safety and Nutrition Training Workshops would also be part of the future areas of collaboration for both institutions.