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Pioneer FUNIS Principal Bows Out in Style ... Attributes Achievements to God

The Pioneer Principal of the University’s International School (FUNIS), Mrs. Adeola Olumide, pulled out recently at a colourful Valedictory Ceremony held in her honour, having spent over nine years as the Principal. Fondly called ‘Mama FUNIS’, the 68-year old described her voluntary retirement as necessary, in order to take a break from a worthwhile career.

“Every child that has passed through this School has taken a part of me away and anywhere they remember, they would either send a curse or a prayer”. “I am a part of this School and this School is part of me”, she declared. Mrs. Olumide commended the parents for their support, praying that their children would continue to be sources of joy and pride to them. While appreciating the teachers, she urged them to continue to be committed, diligent and steadfast, cautioning that “without the children, we have no business being in the School”. To the students, she said they must learn how to speak out and not be rude to elders. Her words, “if you continue to keep quiet, things would elude you. Learn how to speak out, that’s where your salvation lies”.

Earlier, a member of FUNAAB’s Governing Council and the Chairman of FUNIS Board, Chief Olukayode Akindele, stated that his interest was rekindled when the pioneer Principal conducted him on a brief tour of the School. “Suddenly, I came across a group of five students, standing tall, smart and

exhuming confidence. These students approached and most courteously greeted us with pride and confidence and continued on their way. It instantly dawned on me that the good old African cultural values of decency, respect and discipline is at work in this School”. Chief Akindele pledged to transform FUNIS into a real international School of a University advancing to a world class status. His words, “We will add unquantifiable value across board to every area of FUNIS, God being our help. We are going to prepare and submit to Council a four year strategic plan with the vision of making FUNIS the first among the best”, he declared. He paid glowing tributes to the retiring Principal, describing her as a gem, and a woman whose forthrightness was unbeatable.

Corroborating this, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole noted that inspite of the School’s enormous challenges, it still remained the only arm of the University who had given Management the least challenge in the past 14 months. He added that, this would not have been possible if not for the focused and well-disciplined Principal who knew her onions, well. “Many parents brought their children to this School because of her. When her name is mentioned, what readily comes to mind is discipline, excellence, integrity and commitment”, he declared. “You have left a legacy and this is

not the end of you, as you are moving to greater heights. You cannot rest now as you will pick up another challenge”, he noted. Speaking to the students, the Vice-Chancellor said, “I want to assure you that you are in the best place as your future is bright”.

In his Address, former Federal Minister of Works and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of FUNAAB’s Governing Council, Senator Sir/Dr. Adeseye Ogunlewe, reiterated the earlier stand of the Council not to interfere in the activities of the School, but only to monitor, he declared. “We will turn FUNIS into a centre of excellence. If you have not attended the School, you have not attended any School”. He frowned at the government’s inability to fund primary and secondary schools again, asking “what has happened to us in this nation?” Senator Ogunlewe however advised the students to read as if examinations is tomorrow. “There is time for everything, a time to read and a time to play”, he stressed. “Seize this opportunity to read hard; your parents have supported you and you have to prove to them as a worthy child”, he said. He called on parents to make periodic visits to the School and ask questions from teachers about their children and how the School is doing and added, “Don’t be afraid; if you see anything we are not doing well, tell us”, he said.

Mrs. Adeola Olumide was accompanied to the programme by her husband, Rear Admiral Olufemi Olumide (Rtd), some of her children and many dignitaries from within and outside the state in a ceremony that featured colourful performances from staff and students.

Pioneer FUNIS Principal Bows Out in Style ... Attributes Achievements to God

The Pioneer Principal of the University’s International School (FUNIS), Mrs. Adeola Olumide, pulled out recently at a colourful Valedictory Ceremony held in her honour, having spent over nine years as the Principal. Fondly called ‘Mama FUNIS’,  the 68-year old described her voluntary retirement as necessary, in order to take a break from a worthwhile career.

“Every child that has passed through this School has taken a part of me away and anywhere they remember, they would either send a curse or a prayer”.  “I am a part of this School and this School is part of me”, she declared.  Mrs. Olumide commended the parents for their support, praying that their children would continue to be sources of joy and pride to them. While appreciating the teachers, she urged them to continue to be committed, diligent and steadfast, cautioning that “without the children, we have no business being in the School”. To the students, she said they must learn how to speak out and not be rude to elders. Her words, “if you continue to keep quiet, things would elude you. Learn how to speak out, that’s where your salvation lies”.

Earlier, a member of FUNAAB’s Governing Council and the Chairman of FUNIS Board, Chief Olukayode Akindele, stated that his interest was rekindled when the pioneer Principal conducted him on a brief tour of the School. “Suddenly, I came across a group of five students, standing tall, smart and

exhuming confidence. These students approached and most courteously greeted us with pride and confidence and continued on their way. It instantly dawned on me that the good old African cultural values of decency, respect and discipline is at work in this School”. Chief Akindele pledged to transform FUNIS into a real international School of a University advancing to a world class status. His words, “We will add unquantifiable value across board to every area of FUNIS, God being our help. We are going to prepare and submit to Council a four year strategic plan with the vision of making FUNIS the first among the best”, he declared. He paid glowing tributes to the retiring Principal, describing her as a gem, and a woman whose forthrightness was unbeatable.

Corroborating this, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole noted that inspite of the School’s enormous challenges, it still remained the only arm of the University who had given Management the least challenge in the past 14 months. He added that, this would not have been possible if not for the focused and well-disciplined Principal who knew her onions, well. “Many parents brought their children to this School because of her. When her name is mentioned, what readily comes to mind is discipline, excellence, integrity and commitment”, he declared.  “You have left a legacy and this is

not the end of you, as you are moving to greater heights. You cannot rest now as you will pick up another challenge”, he noted. Speaking to the students, the Vice-Chancellor said, “I want to assure you that you are in the best place as your future is bright”.

In his Address, former Federal Minister of Works and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of FUNAAB’s Governing Council, Senator Sir/Dr. Adeseye Ogunlewe, reiterated the earlier stand of the Council not to interfere in the activities of the School, but only to monitor, he declared. “We will turn FUNIS into a centre of excellence. If you have not attended the School, you have not attended any School”. He frowned at the government’s inability to fund primary and secondary schools again, asking “what has happened to us in this nation?” Senator Ogunlewe however advised the students to read as if examinations is tomorrow. “There is time for everything, a time to read and a time to play”, he stressed. “Seize this opportunity to read hard; your parents have supported you and you have to prove to them as a worthy child”, he said. He called on parents to make periodic visits to the School and ask questions from teachers about their children and how the School is doing and added, “Don’t be afraid; if you see anything we are not doing well, tell us”, he said.

Mrs. Adeola Olumide was accompanied to the programme by her husband, Rear Admiral Olufemi Olumide (Rtd), some of her children and many dignitaries from within and outside the state in a ceremony that featured  colourful performances from staff and students.

“Let’s Emulate the Germans”, FUNAAB Challenges Aspiring Entrepreneurs

At one of the Exhibition stands.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, has challenged aspiring entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the education sector to toe the line of the German government in their approach to the  process of upgrading our citadels of learning.

Prof. Oyewole threw up the challenge during the flag-off of the 8-week intensive skill acquisition training, organised by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) of the University. The Vice-Chancellor recommended the German model where all polytechnics were converted into universities.

He expressed optimism that such conversion will afford the participants the impetus to acquire first-hand-skills required in their various fields of specialization, while commending CENTS for the steps taken in ensuring that students or graduates of FUNAAB were equipped with additional skills that will stand them out among their peers after graduation.

The Vice-Chancellor declared that the training will afford the trainees the “ability to keep on learning”, enhance their “skills of learning new things” and afford them the “skills of communicating and relating with people” as he called on students and parents to take the advantage of the long vacation as an opportunity to learn.

He urged the people to believe in the certificates issued by Nigerian Universities. He said “our certificate is not worthless, if you have knowledge and it is not applied, it becomes useless, what we are doing is to ensure that the certificate of FUNAAB is different from others”, as he charged the trainers to challenge their students and make the best out of them.

The Vice-Chancellor lauded the skill leaders’ passion to impact knowledge on their trainees and hoped that a “time will come when people will struggle to gain admission into FUNAAB not because of the academic qualification alone, but because of the skills to be acquired”.

He enjoined the skill leaders to feel free to exhibit what they had as CENTS is open to all of them.

Speaking earlier, the Director, CENTS, Prof. Olufemi Onifade, thanked the University Management for its support and informed that the skills acquisition programme will be the first to be organised since CENTS was established in 2011.

While appreciating the skill leaders and trainees, he informed that the idea of skill acquisition in the various higher institutions of learning was at the instance of the Federal Government. This he noted, was in line with a line in the University anthem which describes FUNAAB as a “school of learning, science and skills”.

Various participants and skill leaders expressed their gratitude to the University for the training and encouraged the University to keep it up by ensuring that all FUNAAB students learn new vocations before graduating as they promised to give their best to the training.

The various skills available include fashion designing, automation and fabrication, clothing and textile, events management, hotel management, construction/plumbing, fish farming, forex trading and shoe making.

Others are poultry production/hatchery, furniture making, jewellery making; creche management and Web design among others.

Watch Less TV – UL Tells Parents ... As Staff School Holds Prize-Giving Day

The University Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam addressing the pupils at the event. With her from left is the Father of the day, Prof. Babatunde Idowu, the Director, Academic Planning, Prof. Adekojo Waheed and the Director (OGHA), Mr. Ade Ademosun.

The University Librarian (UL), Dr. (Mrs.) Mulikat Salaam has charged parents to watch less television so they could be good examples to their children. Rather, they should instil in them the culture of reading.

Speaking at the 2012/2013 Prize-Giving Day Ceremony held in the school premises, Dr. (Mrs.) Salaam stated that although Nigeria’s culture does not promote reading, parents should encourage their children to read.

According to her, “Not when they are preparing for examinations but they should read everyday. How can you tell your children to read when you too are glued to the television set for hours?”

She advised, “And if they are to watch television, let them watch educative programmes. I remember when my children were growing up; I allow them to watch Sesame Street, only”.

The Dean-elect, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), Professor Clement Adeofun, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole,

also advised pupils to be good ambassadors of the School.

Earlier, the Head teacher, Mrs. Florence Alade appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole for hastening the relocation of the School from Isale-Igbein to the gigantic and modern edifice near the University Campus.

Mrs. Alade was elated that the outgoing pupils had already secured admission into various notable secondary schools in the country, adding that the pupils had never went out for competitions without winning prizes.

Alluding to the maxim that says, ‘A tree does not make a forest’, she acknowledged the cooperation of the members of staff in achieving the laudable feat.

Commending the parents for their perseverance, the Headteacher stated that, “you are highly appreciated for your endurance and understanding especially at the early stage of our relocation when there were challenges with transportation.

She prayed that as they proceed to the secondary school, the outgoing Primary Six Pupils will excel in their Academics, bring fame to the School as well as joy to their parents.

In his address, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and the Chief Host at the Ceremony, Professor Toyin Arowolo who was represented by the Director, Academic Planning, Professor Adekojo Waheed noted the significance of the day to the Pupils, saying that later in life the children would think of it and would be highly delighted.

He thanked the parents for their efforts on the children, praying that it will not be in vain. “They are the hope of the town, the state, the country and the world at large”, he declared.

Corroborating the earlier statements, the Chairman of the day, Professor Babatunde Idowu said that the role of the parents in the present day Nigeria was enormous, adding that parents should be friends to their children. “Chase money a little and pay more attention to them”, he charged. He admonished husbands to encourage their wives at home as they prepare good meals for them, to be good mothers, stating that “the best teachers are our mothers”.

In her Farewell Speech, the outgoing Head Girl, Miss Ifeoluwa Alebiosu thanked the School’s Management for their support, pledging that they would always look back to their Alma mater. Highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of prizes, testimonials and certificates to the pupils as well as awards to deserving staff.

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR 2013/2014 POST-UTME SCREENING EXERCISE

This is to announce to the General Public and particularly to candidates seeking admission into the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, that the 2013/2014 Post-UTME Screening Exercise scheduled to hold between Monday, 15th and Friday, 19th July, 2013 has been POSTPONED.

A new date for the screening exercise will be announced in due course. The University Management regrets any inconvenience arising from the postponement.

Thank you. FUNAAB Post UTME Exam has been Postponed

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR 2013/2014 POST-UTME SCREENING EXERCISE

This is to announce to the General Public and particularly to candidates seeking admission into the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, that the 2013/2014 Post-UTME Screening Exercise scheduled to hold between Monday, 15th and Friday, 19th July, 2013 has been POSTPONED.

A new date for the screening exercise will be announced in due course. The University Management regrets any inconvenience arising from the postponement.

Thank you. FUNAAB Post UTME Exam has been Postponed