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Funding, Strategic to Education - Varsity Don

The importance of well-funded education in the nation’s strive for development cannot be overemphasised. This was the submission of the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Professor Olusola Oyewole, at the 1st Conference of National and States Assembly Committees on Education, held recently in Abuja.

According to Professor Oyewole, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), education remained the most powerful weapon in changing the society for the better.

In a lecture titled Challenges of Funding Education in A Federal Nigerian System, which he presented alongside Professor Placid Njoku, former Vice-Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and President, Nigerian Institute of Animal Science, Professor Oyewole gave the historical trajectory of the major phases in educational development, which began in 1842 to date. He stated that financing education should be a joint responsibility of the federal, state and local government, as well as the private sector.

The AAU President bemoaned the paltry allocation to education and called for an improvement through statutory allocations, increased government investment, strengthening governance and the establishment of a framework for intervention from sectoral bodies.

The Vice-Chancellor said that over the years, there was no increase in statutory allocations to each University, but that the increase in the total allocation to Universities was due to the fact that they had increased in number.

In 2005, the education budget as a percentage of the total federal government budget was 8.8 per cent, which rose to 10.2 in 2008 and declined by 2010, when it declined to 7.4 per cent and over the years, the annual envelope had been inadequate to meet up with the ever-increasing demands by Universities, he stated.

Professor Oyewole, however, lauded the intervention of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), in reducing the financial burden of federal Universities, but added that such efforts had not been able to adequately provide for the actual needs of the institutions.

On the way forward, he cited the examples of some African countries namely Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda whereby government’s well-designed policies had been useful in meeting up with the challenge of funding education.

Speaking at the occasion, Professor Njoku identified the strategies that could be adopted in meeting the challenges associated with funding with a view to overcoming them. These include improved data gathering mechanisms, embarking on annual needs assessment to identify specific areas of focus, Strategic Plan Development Community-based Management Committee involvement, among others.

The former Vice-Chancellor noted that the nation’s educational system was near collapse because the basic level is non-descript while the senior secondary and tertiary levels are in comatose and unstable, respectively.

To overcome the funding crisis, the don recommended an emergency plan in education funding for the next five years by tapping into new sources of funding, as well as taking the necessary legislative actions.

Some of the prescribed legislative actions are the introduction of a performance-based funding system, improvement in the internally generated revenue by helping institutions to attract foreign grants and the conversion of polytechnics into Universities of Technologies.

Earlier, the organiser of the conference and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, stated that the theme of the conference, Transforming Nigeria’s Education Sector: The Legislative Agenda, was chosen “to underscore the keen interest of the education committees to support the drive by all governments; federal and state, to transform their economies through the diversification of opportunities, restoration and expansion of essential infrastructure and efficient management of resources”.

The main outcome of the maiden conference, is to make the legislative committees on education to be united in their vision of the Nigerian education sector by generating appropriate synergy between States and National Committees.

Be Prepared for Leadership - FUNAABite Tasks Youths

Be Prepared for Leadership - FUNAABite Tasks Youths

A wake-up call has gone to youths to prepare themselves for leadership positions at all levels in order to make the positive changes the nation requires for development. Delivering a presentation at a 2-Day Studership 2.0 Leadership Summit held recently, the Team Leader, All for Development Foundation and a 400L Plant Physiology and Crop Protection (PPCP) student , Mr. Aanu Moronkeji, described leadership not as a position, rank, privilege, title or money, but pure responsibility.

According to him, the qualities of an effective leader include having basic intelligence, clear and strong values, high levels of personal energy, the ability and desire to grow constantly, vision, curiosity and a good memory. Alluding to the maxim which says, “the future has no shelf life”, future leaders will need a passion for continual learning, a refined, discerning ear for the moral and ethical consequences of their actions and an understanding of the purpose of work and human organisations”. He advised the youths to be mindful of their character as competence would get them to the top, while character would keep them there.

Be Prepared for Leadership - FUNAABite Tasks Youths

 

Mr. Moronkeji added that the four things that stand leaders out are: having a clear idea of what they want to achieve and why. Secondly, leaders change the way people think and not just the way people do things, as well as living up to expectation when there is a crisis or special problem.

The Fellow of the M121 Social Leadership Academy, USA, demystified the ‘Studership’ word to be a combination of students and leadership.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, advised the youths of the country to be resilient, adding that they must accept the responsibility of leadership.

The Vice-Chancellor encouraged Nigerian youths to make the most of their leisure, taking advantage of their time to engage in productive programmes, instead of idling away.

In his Goodwill Message, the Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Honourable Olugbenga Otenuga, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Youth Development, Mr. Salami Adetokunbo, commended the organisers for the well-organised summit.

Answering questions from FUNAAB Bulletin after the programme, one of the Participants, a member of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana, Mr. Abdul Basit Osumanu, said “we face the same challenges of leadership in Africa. We have frustrated youths across Africa not trusting the leadership”. He, therefore, advised the youths saying “we need to trust whoever is leading us, adding that “the change we need should come from us”.

Also, Mr. Serge Kpoglo, a student at the University of Lome, Togo was elated to have been privileged to visit Nigeria for the first time and promised to share the knowledge gathered at the Summit with his colleagues back home.

Similarly, Mr. George Gambadatoun, a student at the National School of Applied Economics and Management, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, lauded the hospitality of Nigerians, a country he had visited thrice, saying that “I feel at home whenever I visit Nigeria”. He said his country shared a lot with Nigeria in terms of culture, dressing and language.

Engage Building Professionals to End Building Collapses - NIOB

This piece of advice was given during a parley recently held between the Management and the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB).
Stakeholders in the construction industry have been tasked to always use the services offered by building professionals, to guarantee the construction of durable buildings and end collapse of buildings in the country.

This piece of advice was given during a parley recently held between the Management and the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB).

He regretted that while the incident of collapse of buildings was increasing in the country, it is evident that most buildings do not adhere strictly to building specifications.


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development, Professor Felix Salako, reiterated the significance of building professionals in construction.


He further called for collective responsibility, noting that it is necessary for all stakeholders to increase awareness on why appropriate professionals and materials are essential in the construction of buildings.


Corroborating this position, a staff in the Department of Building, Covenant University and a pioneer lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Tim Mosaku, described Building as a unique profession that is different from engineering when it comes to construction. He condemned the incessant collapse of buildings in countries like China, Malaysia etc, saying that it is rampant in Nigeria these days.


Mr. Lasabi decried the low level of awareness of the course in the nation’s higher institutions, noting that there are 19 Universities and three Polytechnics offering Building as a course. He advised that the University should take advantage of its vast potentials to join other Universities in the country to offer Building as a course of study.


The President of the Institute, Mr. Tunde Lasabi, said Building started as a profession in Great Britain in 1854 and later began in Nigeria in 1965. He added that the Ahmadu Bello University was the first University in Nigeria to offer Building as a full course in 1970, followed by the Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Jos in 1979.


He added that Building is a specialised area of discipline and that when the hurdles of the process of NUC accreditation, human and material resources are passed; there is a likelihood of the College of Engineering being the anchor College.


According to him, “we are not averse to making progress, your visit to us has sensitised us to start to think in that line. With dedication, we shall succeed”.


The Vice-Chancellor however said that the University would not restrict itself in the areas of educational expansion, as it is open to run courses that are beneficial to the society.

INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION AND SUBMISSION OF TENDER

INTRODUCTION

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is desirous of undertaking a Pre-qualification exercise and Tender submission for the under-listed projects. Consequently, the University wishes to invite reputable Contractors to indicate interest in the submission of Technical and Financial bids for the projects. The projects are as follows:

S/N

PROJECTS

Non-Refundable

pre-qualification Fee

1

Deployment of Campus Wide Internet Coverage (cable and wireless) for the main campus and other Annexes of the University

N50,000.00

2

Establishment of an adequate, modern and Secured Data Centre for the University to accommodate all servers rendering services to the University

N20,000.00

3

Supply and Installation of Power Backup i.e Uninterrupted Power Solutions, Inverters, Solar Power systems to sustain all the components for the distribution of campus wide internet coverage and Data Centre

N20,000.00

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The specifications detailed below correspond to the minimum requirements of the equipment. Bidders are required to quote for superior components and products with comparable prices.

S/N

SPECIFICATIONS

A

Wireless Access Point (WAP) Specifications

1

AP should support 802.3af PoE/ PoE+ ports with 10/100/1000BaseT capability.  Should have

dual radios to support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standards simultaneously in 2.4 and 5Ghz bands as

permitted by the regulatory body in Nigeria.

2

Both   ceiling   and   wall   mounting   options   should   be   available.   Should   also  have   mast

mounting for outdoor antennas.

3

Operating channels should be as allowed by the regulatory body in Nigeria.

4

The APs should support the following  data rates: 54Mbps, 48Mbps, 36Mbps, 24Mbps,

18Mbps, 12Mbps, 9Mbps, and 6Mbps and also 2 Mbps & 1 Mbps.

5

Transmit Power 1dbm or less increments  as per regulatory body in Nigeria

B

Environmental Specifications for Outdoor Wireless Access Points

1

Should withstand temperature in the range 10­40ºC

2

Should withstand relative humidity in the range 10­90% non condensing.

3

Should support storage and transportation temperature in the range of 0­60ºC.

4

Should have weather rating of IP66/IP67

5

The antenna should  have a transmit power of at least 20dBm

Note: the pre-qualified Contractors should include one (1) year comprehensive warranty for each of the items to be supplied.

Item

Capable of Handling AP Quantity

Wireless

Controller

Redundant controller capable of supporting at  least 2000 access

points even in a situation in which 50% of the controller has failed.

Wireless Access

Point

Access points (Dual Radio Dual Band) with

Access Point mounting kit and power adapter.

Indoor

Outdoor

Installation

Installation and configuration of controller and AP 1 R4

AMC

Comprehensive AMC for three (3) years. (Four hours response time   with   99%   uptime   commitment. This   should   be available on  24x7 basis).

All Power backup solutions

Note:

(i) The University Main campus has an area size of about 10,000Ha circumference with a population of about eighteen (18) thousand.

(ii) Annex (A) INHURD has an area of about 3Ha circumference with a population of about five (5) thousand and it is 12.7 km away from the main campus.

(iii) Other annexes are located around and between the main campus and Annex (A) with an average distance of about 3 - 4km.

INVITATION

Contractors are hereby requested to indicate their interest in participating in the Pre-qualification and Tender exercise. Only Tenders submitted by qualified Contractors shall be opened.

PRE-QUALIFICATION AND TENDER REQUIREMENTS

To be considered, potential companies are required to submit their tender in accordance with the above specifications for the works. Intending Contractors must submit all the under-listed verifiable documents for the purpose of pre-qualification:

1. Evidence of Payment of non-refundable pre-qualification fee.

2. Evidence of company registration with Corporate Affairs Commission.

3. Certified true copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company with CAC07.

4. Corporate profile, to include list, CVs, and copies of Credentials of company and technical staff, indicating

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

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

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

7. Current Company's audited Statement of Accounts duly stamped by a registered Auditor.

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

9. Original Bank Statement for the past Twelve Months.

10. Bank Reference from reputable Bank with evidence of overdraft Facilities of at least Fifty Million Naira,

and cash at Bank of at least Fifty Million Naira (N50m).

11. Verifiable evidence of similar jobs successfully executed or being executed within the last Five (5)

years, indicating type, cost, location and evidence of award and completion.

12. List of equipment to be used for the projects, listed as owned, hired or leased, with evidence.

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

14. Reference letters from Three (3) previous clients of similar projects, satisfactorily completed. The completed project must consist of a minimum of 50 access points during the period.

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

16. A sworn Affidavit certifying that: the documents submitted for the pre-qualification exercise are not only genuine but correct the Director(s) seeking for pre-qualification have never been convicted by any court of law

the company is not bankrupt

none of the Officers of FUNAAB or BPP is a former or present Director of the company

For further inquiries, please contact the Director, ICT Resource Centre at International Scholars and Resource Centre, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

SUBMISSION OF PRE-QUALIFICATION AND TENDER DOCUMENTS

The pre-qualification and tender documents arranged in the order listed above are to be submitted in A4 size, paged and neatly bound and sealed in two separate envelopes indicating either pre-qualification or tender document as appropriate, project title and name of Company. Intending Contractors are to submit four (4) copies of pre-qualification documents and one (1) copy of tender document. The pre-qualification and tender documents bound separately in two different envelopes are to be sealed in one big envelope marked ''SECRET – Pre-qualification and Tender for…'' (Quoting the appropriate project's name boldly written on the top right hand corner of the envelope) and delivered to:

The Head, Procurement Unit

Room A136, Unity Building 'A'

Federal University of Agriculture,

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

To reach him not later than Tuesday 22nd October, 2013 at 12.00 noon.

OPENING OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

The Tender documents will be opened on Tuesday 22nd October, 2013 at 12.00 noon same day at Senate Chamber of the University.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This invitation is for Pre-qualification and tender for the projects.

Failure to comply with the above requirements would automatically result in disqualification.

The University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of any claim made on the Pre-qualification documents submitted by companies.

The University reserves the right to reject any pre-qualification documents and is neither committed nor obliged to give reasons for the rejection of any of the companies responding to this invitation.

The tenders of the pre-qualified contractors for the projects would be opened.

(Signed)

Mr. Mathew O. Ayoola (JP)
Registrar

FUNAAB gets Video Conferencing Software

The National Universities Commission has developed a Software Package; Nigerian Research and Educational Network (NgRen), which interconnects all the Universities in the country.

The package is a video conferencing platform that allows for the exchange of research and educational exploits amongst  Universities.

In a brief chat with FUNAAB Bulletin during one of the test-run sessions, the Head, Information and Communications Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC), Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, stated that the essence of the package was to promote collaboration through research, teaching and extension services.

According to him, “the Honourable Minister of Education could hold a meeting with all the Vice-Chancellors without physically going  to Abuja. A Lecturer in the Ahamdu Bello University can lecture students in the University of Ilorin and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) altogether through the platform without them coming together”.

He added that the package had been extended beyond video conferencing by including the sending and receiving of data in addition to calling through Internet Protocol (IP) Phones to one another, free of charge.

Dr. Ajayi added that the only feature that is not included in the package is the ‘shaking of hands’, which eludes the people meeting on the package.

He said South Africa had been using the package for over three years while Nigeria has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with some foreign universities based in the United States, United Kingdom, among others.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole,  had a conversation with the NUC Project Coordinator, Dr. Joshua Attah, in the course of test-running the equipment.

Sharpen Your IT Skills - Google Ambassador Charges Students

The Google Student Ambassador (GSA) of the University, Mr. Mosopefoluwa Adefuye, has charged students in the nation’s ivory towers to sharpen their skills in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and make use of Google applications in their educational pursuits.

Adefuye, a 300-level student in the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering gave the advice recently, during the training workshop organised for students titled, “Power Search and Effective Usage of Google Apps”.

According to him, Google has a variety of applications, which can aid the research and academic activities of students, by offering them a broad choice to select from the available options, thereby avoiding time wastage.

He revealed that the training was meant to introduce students to Google apps programmes for education, as the University will become more visible on the Google platform soon, while using Google apps in its activities such as sending of e-mails, cloud computing and making it possible for students to have customised e-mail addresses such as: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other products in the Google education services include the Google Docs, which will enable students on group assignments to access a particular document at the same time whenever they are online. He added that the Google Docs could also be used simultaneously by a supervisor and the student, through which the project supervisor could edit a student’s project materials and make corrections without having any physical contact with the student, he stated.

Adefuye said that the training would be continous for students, as well as staff of the University, and that Google had proposed to provide free Internet access on campus wifi and give research grants to the University, among other benefits.

He added that the existing partnership between FUNAAB and Google would further be enhanced, as the University and its activities would be showcased online for the global audience.

Co-operative Society: Unifying Platform for Staff –VC

The FUNAAB Staff Co-operative Multipurpose Society Limited, has been described as a unifying platform for the promotion of oneness, as well as enhancing the standard of living of its members. This was the observation of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, while delivering his address at the 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society, held recently.

The Vice-Chancellor lauded the selfless service and commitment shown by members of the executives, noting that the society has its membership spread across the entire staff of the University Community.

He pointed out that through the Co-operative Society, members of staff have been able to build their own houses and afford basic amenities that make life comfortable for them, adding that with the capital strength of the Society, it could now be referred to as a “Microfinance Bank”.

Professor Oyewole commended the contribution of the President of FUNAAB Staff Co-operative Society, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, who by virtue of his position, is also a Director in the Board of the University’s Microfinance Bank, for his role at re-positioning the bank, assuring that very soon, stakeholders in the bank would have cause to smile.

The Vice-Chancellor thanked members of staff for their understanding and patience during the on-going strike, stating that very soon, normalcy will be restored to the Nigeria’s higher educational system.

Earlier in his Address, the President of the FUNAAB Co-operative Multipurpose Society Ltd, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, disclosed that though the Society previously experienced financial turbulence, it is now waxing stronger.

He said that the Society recorded a higher net surplus profit this year than the preceding year from N39,505,028.94 to N47,540,293.53, due to the large volume of loans that it gave out.

High Point of the AGM was the return of the current leadership, their positions as a result of the trust that members reposed in them.

The returned officers are: Professor A. O. Dipeolu, President; Alhaji K. A. Adedo, Vice-President; Mrs. T. M. Okuboye, Treasurer; Mrs. B. A. Olusoji, Secretary; Professor A. B. Aina, Ex-Officio Member; Mr. D. D. Giwa, Ex-Officio Member; Mr. S. O. Obimakinde, Ex-Officio Member; Mrs. A. A. Labulo, Ex-Officio Member and Mrs. T. O. Tijani, Ex-Officio Member

Manage your Boss – Secretaries Charged

Cross-section of  participants at the Workshop. Inset: The DVC (D), Prof. Felix Salako, addressing the participants during the Workshop on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.

 

The Chairperson of the association, Mrs. Camilla Fatunmbi, while welcoming all to occassion, charged members to always develop themselves through the attendance of workshops and the acquisition of relevant knowledge on their jobs and by also upholding the association’s professional ethics. At the end of the programme, many members agreed that the programme was very enlightening.


He therefore called on them to cooperate with Management, because as stakeholders, they have a role to play in moving the University forward, adding that the stability of any organisation depended largely on how well information is managed. 
Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Kolawole Salako, he said that the functions of secretaries cannot be over-emphasised in any organisation.


Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, had called on secretaries to embrace training, to make them better professionals in order to contribute significantly to the advancement of the University.


He also charged “Most disagreements at work are the result of differences in working style rather than wildly different goals. Investing time in understanding what kind of manager you work for will help you to understand how to communicate with them effectively and prioritise your time”.
He gave vivid definitions of the boss and the secretary, noting that no individual can single-handedly achieve an organisation’s goals, without the cooperation of everybody, irrespective of their calling.


“Being able to manage your manager is not about manipulating them, it is about understanding your manager’s needs, identifying their style of working and being able to communicate with them so you can complement their style”. These were the words of the Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, while delivering a lecture titled, “Managing the Boss – A Principal Obligation for Secretaries”, at the 5th In-House Annual Workshop, tagged “Secretarial Profession: The Journey So Far”, organised by the University’s Secretarial Staff Association (USSA). 

Manage your Boss – Secretaries Charged

ANAN to Build Research Centre in FUNAAB

The immediate past President, ANAN, Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim, addressing delegates.

 

In his remarks, the University Bursar, Mr. Moses Ilesanmi, confirmed that the University does not discriminate among its staff members but rather evaluates them based on their performance and competence. Professor Oyewole assured the ANAN delegates that their request would be presented to the University’s Governing Council, adding that FUNAAB was proud of its staff.


Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako thanked the Association for choosing FUNAAB to build its research centre, stating that the centre would contribute to the development of the University’s new College of Management Science which offers programmes in Accounting, Economics, Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies.


She encouraged accounting members of staff to register with the Association, stressing that “We expect that every professional body are members of either of the bodies and must be registered with the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), because you would not be able to accept their accounts except you are registered with FRCN”.

ANAN delegates with some University Management Staff

 

Corroborating the President, the immediate past President, ANAN, Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim warned members against financial indiscipline, stating that the Association was committed to keeping the socio-economic activities of the country moving in the right direction.
Chief Olabode encouraged Management to report any of its members, found wanting or is involved in any financial misdemeanor to the body, stating that ANAN has a disciplinary panel that would sanction the erring staff.


The ANAN President, who expressed satisfaction that the era of bitterness and misunderstanding between the two accounting institutes in the country; Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nigeria (ICAN) and ANAN was over, commended the Management of the University for not discriminating between their members, while adding that ANAN operates using international standards.


The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, represented by the DVC (D) Prof. Felix Salako, with the President of ANAN, Alhaji Sakiru Olabode (Right) and others during the visit.


He stated that the Association already had five research centres spread across the country, namely: Governmental and Financial Accounting Research Centre, at the Nasarawa University, Keffi; the Leadership Accounting Development Investigation Centre, Ladi; Kogi State University, Ayangba; Centre for Accounting Postgraduate Research, University of Jos; and Centre for Financial and Accounting Research at the Nigerian College of Accountancy.
Chief Olabode stated that considering the peculiarity of the University, whose flagship programme is agriculture, the centre would train people on good record keeping, in agriculture, noting that aside building the Centre, ANAN is interested in its Management and would give annual grants to support the running of the centre.


According to the President, the focus of the research centre would be to help in the development of small and medium scale enterprises and would be called, “Linking Accounting with Business of Developing Economies”.


The President of ANAN, Alhaji Sakiru Olabode, made this known during a parley with Management of the University when delegates from ANAN paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole.


In a bid to advance the study of Accountancy and to develop good accounting practice, the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) has unfolded its plans to build a research centre at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

ANAN to Build Research Centre in FUNAAB

Create Market Access for Farmers …Agronomists Charge Govt., Stakeholders

An Agronomist in the University’s Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production, Dr. Akeem Oyekanmi, has stressed the need for government and other stakeholders in the nation’s agricultural sector to create market access for farmers, to enable them sell their products easily in order to maximize returns.

Dr. Oyekanmi, the University’s Director, Centre for Internationalization and Partnerships (CENIP), lauded President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation programme on agriculture as well as the initiative of the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina. He pointed out that government will do better “by creating market access for farmers, to be able to sell their products”.

The Agronomist said the call for the creation of access market became imperative because “most farmers are not making money. They are only doing it (farming), as a means of survival, moreso, they have no alternative”.

He stressed that apart from peasant farmers, the elites are not favourably disposed to farming because they prefer to put their money on a profitable investment. Dr. Oyekanmi, therefore, pleaded with government and other stakeholders to make farming attractive, by providing the enabling atmosphere.

Commenting on low farming output during the dry season, the don lamented that the situation will remain so until the cost of irrigation is within the reach of an average Nigerian farmer.

IGR is Non-sustainable -FUNAAB ASUU Chairman

The Chairman of the University’s Branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Biodun Badmus, has declared that given the lean purse and prevailing economic challenges in the Country, an average Nigerian University can never be self-sustained.   Fielding questions from callers on an interactive programme recently, the Associate Professor of Applied Geophysics pointed out that no government-owned University in Nigeria could generate internal revenue that could take care of its needs.   He disclosed that what the Universities had been generating internally was too paltry to augment statutory allocations.

Citing FUNAAB as a reference point, Dr. Badmus commended the University administration for being able to impact on its public through the additional efforts made at increasing the internally-generated revenue.   Dr. Badmus said he was not unmindful of Nigerian government’s financial commitment to Universities, especially, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), but noted with dismay, the low level of commitment to education when compared with what obtains in smaller African countries like Ghana and South Africa.   Dr. Badmus therefore appealed to government to rapidly increase the budgetary allocation to education, as well as its financial commitments to Universities.

Improved Internet Access for Staff, Students

As University students looks forward to resumption, FUNAAB is working assiduously towards expanding Information and Communication Technology facilities to the members of staff and students of the University. According to Dr Olutayo Ajayi, Head, Information and Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC) FUNAAB is on the verge of linking up with other Universities to provide the Students’ Centric Application that will enhance their academic pursuits and the University’s strive at attaining the world-class status.

Dr. Ajayi added that Management had provided students with smart cards which will be used for access control during lectures and had also introduced the inclusion of official e-mail addresses, on the platform of Google, for easy correspondence.

The Head of ICTREC also revealed that Management would soon provide document digitalization and presentation that will enhance deliberation at meetings and when in place, it will drastically reduce the use of bulky papers at meetings.

He added that members of staff would equally be provided with the high quality Senior Smart Identity Cards that are used globally.

NUC Accredits Food Service and Tourism Programme

The National Universities Commission (NUC), has granted full accreditation to the University’s Food Service and Tourism Programme in the College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC). The accreditation is the result of the mop-up accreditation of Academic programmes exercise organized by the NUC in the University in June, 2013. The full accreditation status is valid for a period of five years.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole has congratulated the Dean, COLFHEC, Professor (Mrs.) Folake Henshaw, the Director, Academic Planning, Professor Adekojo Waheed and the entire University, for the worthwhile feat.

 

VC Calls for Increment in Varsity Admission Quota

According to him, while over 17,000 candidates sought admission to FUNAAB in 2011, over 24,000 applied in 2012 while over 28,000 are now seeking enrolment into the University.


Professor Oyewole made the plea after inspecting designated centres for the Post-UTME examination at the University campus. The Vice-Chancellor, who expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the exercise, regretted that out of the over 28,000 admission seekers, the University would only be able to admit 3,500 based on the regulation of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Professor Oyewole, therefore, encouraged the candidates whom “space won’t avail admission”, not to give up, while commending President Goodluck Jonathan’s effort at admitting young Nigerians with the establishment of more Federal Universities.  He, however, stressed the need to expand the horizon because of the sharp increase in the number of candidates.


The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has called on government and other stakeholders to increase the admission quota of the nation’s tertiary institutions, in order to give “more access” to admission seekers.

The meeting was attended by Fulanis from Opeji, Alabata and its environs.


After the parley with Fulani Herdsmen

 

Responding, the Acting Seriki Bororo of Alabata Fulanis, Alhaji Usman Abdulahi, appreciated the parley and urged the University to always call for such meetings. He said this would be used to solve pressing problems in Nigeria. The Seriki of Fulanis from Opeji, Alhaji Ahijo, also promised that they would pass the message to various groups in order to avoid anything that will lead to destruction.


His words “That is why we decided to tell you because what you are doing is of benefit to Nigeria. If your cows eventually die, it won’t benefit the University, the Fulanis and even the government. In the same vein, it is of no benefit, if your cows destroy the research projects.’’ He explained that the University often used chemicals to carry out research, which may be harmful or cause sudden death of their cows, if eaten. Professor Omotayo remarked that the University is not interested in the death of their cows. He therefore, implored the Fulanis to stop their cows from straying to designated research areas.


According to him, “About two weeks ago, a report got to me that your cows have destroyed some research farms.  Before now, your cows have destroyed grazing plants meant  to feed University animals. We don’t want this any more, that is the reason of this meeting”.
Professor Omotayo re-called that on several occasions,the Fulani cows destroyed the University Research Farm to which a lot of funds had been committed.


“The University may employ some of your men to rear our cows. The people rearing the University cows  are your people”, he added.
Arising from a meeting on campus, the Director of the Institute, Professor Akin Omotayo said the University and its host community were partners in progress and should work together to improve  research activities of the University which will in turn benefit the society.The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR) and  neighbouring Fulani herdsmen have reached an agreement to foster stronger ties of peaceful co-existence.

Fulani Herdsmen Promise Co-operation with FUNAAB

“October Rush”: Over 28,000 Candidates Scramble for FUNAAB Admission

Some candidates in one of the Examination Halls.

Some candidates in one of the Examination Halls

FUNAAB has remained the choice University for admission seekers as over 28,000 candidates were on campus for the 2013 Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). The 3-day screening exercise, which took place in three centres was hitch-free as adequate logistic arrangements were made for the movement of candidates in and out of the University.

Candidates outside the Mahmoud Yakubu Lecture Theatre

Candidates outside the Mahmoud Yakubu Lecture Theatre

 

According to the Co-ordinator of the exercise and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, about 9,800 candidates sat for the examination on daily basis and in batches, adding that over 700 computers and relevant accessories were provided for the electronic tests. Professor Arowolo stated that it was very difficult for candidates to engage in malpractices or perpetrate any form of disturbance given the tight security in place.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole at one of the Test Centres

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole at one of the Test Centres

Meanwhile, parents and guardians of candidates for the Post-UTME examination have commended the University for the smooth conduct of the exercise. Mr. Amoo Kolawole (Lagos) and Mrs. Bello Mariam (Sango-Ota), expressed satisfaction over the fleet of University luxurious buses that were specially designated for the conveyance of students to and from campus, as well as provision of tents which provided sun-shields for parents at the campus gate.
Candidates being screened before entry

Candidates being screened before entry.

They described the restriction of parents and guardians, and wards who did not have any examinations to the main entrance of the campus, as a welcome development, which prevented congestion and encroachment on examination centres. The Guidance and Counselling Team of the University, led by a Principal Assistant Registrar, Mrs. Modesta Ofodile, were also on ground to keep parents and guardians engaged with motivational talks and enlightenment campaigns.

Accrediting’ Candidates

Accrediting’ Candidates

Expose Varsity Students to ‘real-life’ Practicals – Ogunlewe

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, FUNAAB Governing Council, Sir/Senator (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, (middle), with the VC,  Professor Olusola Oyewole, (2nd left), the Director, Physical Planning, Mr. Babatunde Ayodele, (right) and  other Principal Officers of the University, during the assessment tour of on-going projects in the University.

Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, FUNAAB Governing Council, Sir/Senator (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, (middle), with the VC, Professor Olusola Oyewole, (2nd left), the Director, Physical Planning, Mr. Babatunde Ayodele, (right) and other Principal Officers of the University, during the assessment tour of on-going projects in the University

Former Federal Works Minister and Pro-Chancellor/Chairman, FUNAAB Governing Council, Sir/Senator (Dr.) Adeseye Ogunlewe, has charged authorities of the nation’s ivory towers to, as a matter of necessity, involve their engineering students in construction works at projects sites on University campuses. Ogunlewe, who gave the charge during his on-the-spot assessment tour of on-going projects at FUNAAB, frowned at the increasing spate of half-baked graduates being produced in the country’s tertiary institutions. He attributed the ugly trend to the in-exposure of students to the practical aspect of their study by the school authorities. Pointing out affirmatively that such would not be condoned in FUNAAB, as he stressed the need for stakeholders to involve their students. Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The Council Chairman expressed satisfaction at the quality of work done so far in the University, as he charged contractors and consultants handling the projects to expedite action and avoid cutting corners in order to ensure that they deliver quality projects of international standard, which could stand the test of time. Accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole and other Principal Officers of the University, the Pro-Chancellor was guided on the tour by the Director of the Physical Planning Unit (PPU), Mr. Babatunde Ayodele and his Deputy, Arch. Babatunde Anasanwo, to inspect the projects at the College of Management Science (COLMAS), 2500-Capacity Auditorium, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Swimming Pool, Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC) and the Road Construction to the third gate of the University.

Newly-constructed Road

Newly-constructed Road

Appraising the COLMAS project, a N500m donation from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Site Clerk and a Chief Planning Officer of the Physical Planning Unit, Mrs. Odunola Akinsola, rated the project to be 60 per cent completed, while the plastering, tiling, electrical, piping and plumbing work are on-going. She stated that the consultant and contractor had agreed that the project would be delivered by October, 2013. The Urban and Regional Planner said that the project consisted mainly of Lecture Halls, Offices, Laboratory and Conference Rooms.Inside the 2,500 Capacity Auditorium

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, had earlier noted that the building would also have an auditorium, stating that the University had written to the CBN for additional funds to complete this.

At the 2,500-capacity Auditorium Complex, the Deputy Director, PPU, Architect Babatunde Anasanwo, said the project was 90 per cent completed and would be delivered soon.

According to Arch. Anasanwo, the auditorium was designed basically to take care of major social and academic activities of the University, like Convocation Ceremonies, and expressed hope that the coming convocation would be held in the new auditorium. The Chief Technical Officer, PPU, Mr. Timothy Odedunmoye, who was one of those who received the Pro-Chancellor at the ICTREC building, described the project as a state-of-the art project and the first being initiated wholly by the administration of the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole. The Surveyor disclosed that the contract is for the construction of 22 rooms, 3 cyber cafés, computer room as well as the server room.

He said that the project is at about 30-40 per cent completed with the casting work on-going. Meanwhile, an undergraduate in the University, undergoing his Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), at the Physical Planning Unit and attached to the proposed ICTREC building has shared his experience on the project. Shittu Yusuf Olatunji, a 300-level student in the Department of Civil Engineering said he chose to undergo his Industrial Training (IT) at the PPU because he wanted to have practical and first-hand experience in the drawing of designs and field work. According to him, “so far on the training site, I have experienced how to design and cast a staircase, I have also been taught how to cast a beam, placement of form work, reinforcement and mixing ration of concrete, among others.

Speaking on the Veterinary Teaching Hospital project, Messrs David Orhemba and Babatunde Otesile said that the project was 98 per cent completed aside some set- backs which were identified during the pre-handing over inspection by the consultant, and these were being rectified by the contractor. He disclosed that the Teaching Hospital is divided into three blocks A, B and C and is expected to house the Administrative Offices, Reception, Laboratories, Washing and Weighing Rooms, Animal Pens and Stables, adding that the hospital also has an elevator within the complex, to lift heavy animals.

Both Pro-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor commended the contractor and made some observations on how to improve the flooring of some parts of the building. At the Swimming Pool and Auxiliary Building, Mr. Adeniyi Folawewo, a Senior Planning Officer (Architecture), revealed that the project had two recreational types of Swimming Pools- a Children or Learner Pool and an Adult Pool, which were designed to complement the International Scholars’ and Resource Centre. He gave the progress of work done to be 70 per cent. According to Folawewo, the auxiliary building is expected to accommodate the Changing Room, Office, Counter, Toilet, Shower Area, Store and Filtration Room.