The Student Affairs Unit is under the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. It was created in January, 1988 out of the defunct Provost’s office of the old College of Science and Technology, Abeokuta. The Division is headed by the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor S. A. Oluwalana who is a member of the University Senate and is also responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day running of the Division. The Division also has a Deputy Director, Mr. P.T. Akinlabi, who oversees the administrative activities. The Division oversees the welfare of students including Undergraduate and Postgraduate of the University.
Philosophy and Objectives
In order to ensure the teaching, research and extension mandates of the University, the Student Affairs Unit strives to maintain peace and harmony on the campus by focusing mainly on students’ welfare, union activities and hostel management. It ensures that students, irrespective of their religion, race or political affiliations, are treated equally and are found worthy in character as they pursue their legitimate academic aspirations.
Structure of the Unit
In actualizing the enormous tasks mentioned above, the Unit has the following sections under it:
i. Student Affairs Office
ii. Sports Division
iii. Hostels (male and Female)
iv. Scholarship, Bursary and related matters
v. National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) matters
vi. Secretariat, Student Disciplinary Committee
Report of Activities in 2009/2010
1. Orientation Programme: The Orientation for new students was held in the year under review and it was well attended by the students. It was an opportunity to inform the students on what to expect during their stay in the University and how to ensure a peaceful co-existence with others.
2. Students’ Union Election: The Division saw to the smooth conduct of election into the various offices of the union during the 2008/2009 session. The new Student Union Executive members were sworn-in on 6th April, 2010.
3. Mobilization of Corps Members: During the period under review, One thousand and ninety (1090) qualified graduates were presented for the 2009 Batch ‘B’ Service year mobilization exercise.
In December, 2009 additional Eleven (11) qualified graduates were presented to NYSC Directorate Headquarters for the 2010 Batch “A” corps mobilization.
The 2010 Batch “A” pre-mobilization meeting was held on 19th November, 2009 during which vital issues affecting the entire NYSC mobilization process were discussed.
The Unit is currently processing qualified graduates for the 2010 Batch “B” corps mobilization.
4. Sports: The University participated and won Medals during the 2008 Nigeria University Games finals held between 25th February and 8th March, 2009 at the University of Nigeria, NSUKKA, Enugu State.
Internally, series of organized matches in various sports were held yearly. In 2009, the Sports Office coordinated the annual Student Union 7-a-side football competition among 30 departments in the University; Intra-area competitions for student resident in various locations on Campus and in town; Inter-club games; inter-association games, inter-hall sports and open championships.
Through the efforts of the University Management, Sporting activities were enhanced through provision of facilities at the new Sports Centre and a number of competitions were organized and held at the Centre. There was remarkable improvement in Staff participation in Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Table-Tennis and the game of Chess.
5. Monitoring of UNAABSU Social Activities: Social activities of the Student Union, which were held during the session, were effectively monitored by the officers in the Unit.
6. Student Hostels (Student Welfare and Hostel Management Committee SWEHOMAC): SWEHOMAC is a statutory committee in the Student Affairs Division. It generally deals with issues that have to do with students’ welfare and student hostel management. During the year under review, the Committee was responsible for the allocation of hostel bed spaces to students and day-to-day management of the students hostels.
The Unit processed State Scholarship/Bursary Awards for various student organizations. For instance, five students of the University benefited from the Egba Club of New York Scholarship Award. Their names are as listed.
S/NO NAMES MATRIC NO. DEPARTMENT
1. ONIYIDE, Motunrayo 07/0498 Animal Production & Health
2. OGUNMUYIWA, Tunde 07/0706 Aquaculture & Fisheries Mgt.
3. SALAMI, Alimat Sadiat 07/1547 Home Science & Management
4. ADEYEMI, Adeyanju J. 07/1651 Veterinary Medicine
5. FASHINA, Ibrahim Olufemi 07/0629 Electrical/Electronic Engineering
Finally, we wish to place on record the massive support received from the Vice-Chancellor which assisted the Unit in no small measure in maintaining peace and stability on Campus.