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"The Profile of the Visitor, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura, Katsina. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old. He is a retired Nigerian Army Major General and was Head of State of Nigeria from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985.

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He attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua before proceeding to the Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. He then joined the Nigerian Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began. Buhari joined the Nigerian Army in 1961, when he attended the Nigerian

Military Training College, it was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna. From 1962 to 1963, he underwent Officer Cadets Training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England.

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In January 1963, Buhari was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria. From November 1963 to 1975, the Visitor attended several military courses and trainings both at home and abroad. He had also held many posts at different military installations. He was also Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters from 1978 to 1979 and member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979.

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From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of Colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and obtained a Master

COLENG Holds Induction


The College of Engineering (COLENG), recently held its 1st Induction Ceremony and Admission into the Engineering Profession, its graduating Engineering students for the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, stated that the University was fully committed to encouraging its Engineering students to procure equipment for road rehabilitation to be used by the College alongside the students.

In a bid to expose the students to practical-oriented teaching, Professor Oyewole revealed that the University had floated a consultancy firm and an Engineering company in the name of the College. He charged the young engineers not to rest on their oars but to take the occasion as a stepping platform towards enhancing their capabilities and preparing for greater challenges.

Delivering his lecture titled the “Prime Time” at the occasion, the Executive Director (Engineering), Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), Engineer Jimi Sokunle, advised the young engineers to take advantage of their youthfulness and make wise decisions as they go out to earn a living. Engineer Sokunle had described youthfulness as a time of tremendous strength, energy and a time of freshness. According to him, “being young comes only once, thus, any choice you make at your prime time of life are such that they make indelible marks on your life and destiny”.

Engineer (Professor) Olanrewaju Ojo, the Director, Material Research Laboratory, University of Manitoba, Canada had spoken on “Nanotechnology Research”. He defined nanotechnology as a technology at a very small scale level, which involved the manipulation of matters at the nano and atomic levels to create new application. He said such devices were now becoming smaller, compact and faster, thus nanotechnology is the current global trend that will change the nature of almost every human-made object in the next generation.

The induction ceremony was graced by the executives, national and state members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), who had earlier paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor in his office, where they conferred on him an Associate Membership of the Society.

 

FUNAAB Rewards Staff, Students

Twenty-three hardworking staff and students spread across different Departments and Units were appreciated during the just-concluded 21st and 22nd Convocation Ceremonies.

The Pioneer Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB and Chairman of the Occasion, Professor Nurudeen Adedipe, remarked that he was always happy whenever he came to FUNAAB, noting that God Almighty deserved the glory for the rapid human and infrastructural development witnessed by the University.

The erudite scholar advised that any position in the University should not be a family or personal affair. Re-counting his experience when he came alone to FUNAAB from the University of Ibadan (UI), without his Secretary and other aides accompanying him, he said "if you cannot work with anybody, then you can work with nobody”. He lauded the Management for the many innovations in the University, testifying that the transformation in FUNAAB was "a gradual process but certainly a recordable development. You don't know how esteemed this University is until you travel abroad". Professor Adedipe said the conferment of awards to outstanding members of the University community was good.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, charged the recipients not to relent in their efforts at raising the bar of excellence in the University, adding that they should strive at all times, to sustain and surpass the high standards. He added that the award should spur the recipients to greater responsibilities, as he admonished other staff to emulate the awardees.

Highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of plaques and financial rewards to the awardees. Present at the occasion was the former Acting Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Ishola Adamson and his wife, Principal Officers, Deans, Directors, Heads of Units and Departments, as well as other members of the University community.

The Chairman of the Award Committee, Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan, while giving a brief about the event, explained that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had earlier on April 23, 2014, constituted the Committee on the Determination of Criteria for Performance, Research Productivity and Nomination of Awardees for the Academic and Non-Teaching Staff (CODOGSNAS) in 2013/2014.

The Committee publicised the call for nominations and consulted widely with members of the University community to produce final recommendations for the different categories of awards based on some values exhibited by the awardees. These ten benchmarks, values and outstanding qualities are: Service to the University, Courage, Excellence, Dedication, Truthfulness, New Initiatives, Innovation, Punctuality, Selfless Service and Academic contribution. The Committee later submitted its report of nominated staff, based on their excellent and immense contributions to the University. The awardees are:  Research Productivity Award: Senior Academic Category -   

Dr. Kolawole ADEBAYO, Research Productivity Award: Junior Academic Category - Dr. John Adebayo OYEDEPO, Non-Teaching Staff Performance Award - Mr. Michael Ayoade JAIYEOLA, Best Deserving Academic Stff for Long Service Award -Professor Godfrey, Nnamdi Onyenoro EZERI, Best Deserving Non-Teaching Staff for Long Service Award (Senior Category) - Mrs. Titilayo Mobayode OKUBOYE and

Mr. Sunday Bola IJAODOLA, Best Deserving Non-Teaching Staff for Long Service Award (Junior Category) - Mr. Garuba M. Sokoto and Mr. Amoo Olubodun AKINBOLA, Staff who have made Outstanding Contributions to the University - Professor (Mrs.) Carolyn A. AFOLAMI and

Dr. Olukayode Dewumi AKINYEMI, Retired Staff of the University who have made Outstanding Contributions to the University - Professor

Babatunde OGUNTONA, Vice-Chancellor’s Productivity Awards - Professor J. K. ADEWUMI, Dr. Olufiropo Samson AWOKOLA, Mr. Sola Taniat RUFAI, Dr. Moses Olatunde OYATOGUN, Mr. Temitope Oluwole SORETIRE, Miss. Olutayo Titilope SOLANKE, Mrs. Taibat Josephine QUADRY, Mr. Ayorinde Joseph AJAYI, Mr. Aanu Demola MORENIKEJI and Mrs. Oreoluwa ASU, Increased Productivity Leadership Award - Professor F. A. SOWEMIMO, All-Round Best Student Award - ODUTAYO, Olusola Joshua.


Professor Arowolo Gets COLERM Award

The immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Toyin Arowolo, has received the Meritorious Award of the College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), of the University.

Speaking at the occasion, the Dean of COLERM, Professor Clement Adeofun, outlined the immense contributions of the awardee to the development of the College and the University, describing Professor Arowolo as a quintessential academic, who is very articulate, always well prepared for his lectures and willing to serve at any given opportunity. The Chairman of the event, Professor Adekojo Waheed, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, who was represented by the Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Professor Folake Henshaw, commended COLERM and the Dean for their initiative in conferring awards to outstanding members of staff, noting that people who deserved recognition should be appreciated while alive.

Staff also honoured for their meritorious services to the College and the University include Professor Olasunbo Martins, the oldest Professor and a Super Dean for six years (2000-2006);  Professor Samuel Oluwalana, former Dean of Student Affairs (2000-2012); Professor Michael Aduradola, former Director, FUNAAB/FMENV Linkage and Conservation Centre (2006-2012); Professor Moses Adedire, the immediate past Dean (2011-2014); Professor Olukayode Bamgbose, Pioneer Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies  (2011-2013); and Professor Samuel Onadeko, Pioneer Director, Zoological Gardens (2011-2013).

Others are: Dr. Femi Adekunle, the immediate past Director, FUNAAB/FMENV Linkage and Conservation Centre; Dr. Olufemi Idowu, former Deputy Dean (2011-2013) while Dr. Grace Oluwasanya, Dr. Adewale Taiwo, Dr. Olusoji Olujimi and Dr. Olawale Ajuwon were rewarded for their academic excellence. Also honoured were two retirees, Mr. Rufus Udolisa, a former lecturer in the Department of Aquaculture; Mrs. Funmilayo Adekunle, a former Higher Executive Officer and Dr. Andrew Agbon, a lecturer in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, who has transferred his services from the University. Mr. Ebenezer Olopade, Mrs. Elizabeth Benson and Mrs. Praise Ofuani were equally recognized for their excellent performance in sporting competitions in which they won medals for the College.

IFSERAR To Train 90 Researchers 

The Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), is set to train 90 Academic Staff on data analysis before the end of the year. The Director of the Institute, Professor Akin Omotayo disclosed this at a 3-Day Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and the SAS Analytical Package (SAS), held recently at the Computer Laboratory of the Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC).

Professor Omotayo noted with dismay that many scientists lacked basic skills to analyze data as they often relied on the results handed-down to them by data analysts and as such, results were often inaccurate because of the limitations inherent in specialized fields like Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Biological Sciences, among others. He recalled that before the advent of modern technology, scientists were used to only command-based software.

He added that the training programme would assist those who lacked prior knowledge in data analysis. The first batch of 30 participants were trained, while others, mainly postgraduate students will be trained later in the year.

… Hosts Climate Research Programme, Receives NUC Team

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), has shortlisted the University as a hosting institution for the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), Sub-Saharan African Programme. The shortlisting was communicated to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole by the Acting Head, Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometerology, Dr. Gideon Ufoegbune.

Dr. Ufoegbune said the objectives of the programme include strengthening research capacity in Sub-saharan African research institutions to support early career researchers by developing coordinated and strategic approach to climate change research; strengthening the capacity of African researchers to undertake research on climate change as well as strengthening the capacity of African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to set and implement research programmes based on credible peer-review processes.

In another development, the University has received delegates from the National Universities Commission (NUC) Board on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), who paid an inspection visit, to ascertainlevel of compliance with the directive on the use of ICT in classrooms and lecture theatres in the University.

Receiving the team, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, appreciated NUC for its interest and for supporting the University with ICT facilities to make its classrooms up-to-date to meet the world-class standard. He assured the team that the Special Board that was awarded to it by the NUC had been put to good use. He informed delegates that the University had been enjoying the support of the Nigerian Communications Commission, with a donation of 109 laptops last year and another donation of 110 this year.  Responding, the NUC Board’s Chairman, Engr. John Ayere, stressed the importance of ICT in education saying it is "a central engine to drive Nigeria's transformation to a knowledge-based economy".

He pointed out that a robust ICT was capable of creating wealth, jobs and entrepreneurs and assured the University of the Board's willingness to support the growth of ICT in the University.

A 3-day Intensive Training Workshop on Proposal Writing, Grants Sourcing and Intellectual Property


Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta through the Directorate of Grants Management announces
A 3-DAY INTENSIVE TRAINING WORKSHOP ON:
TITLE: PROPOSAL WRITING, GRANTS SOURCING AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
DATE: 5th - 7th August, 2014
VENUE: International Scholar Resource Centre (ISRC), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta.
(FUNAAB). Nigeria

For further details, download the training flyer here

Let us keep moving forward...


It is my great pleasure to welcome all to the meeting of the University Congregation holding in June 2014. The first thing I want to do is to appreciate God and give Him glory for His grace and mercies upon us in the past two years. Let me also express my appreciation to the staff, students, families of our staff, our communities, our traditional rulers, the government, all our stakeholders, and indeed, all the well-wishers in our FUNAAB project.

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Human Wellbeing Depends on the Environment - Don

A Professor in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning, University of Ibadan (UI), Professor Babatunde Agbola, has called for sustainable environmental management in Nigeria, stressing that the wellbeing of the people depends on the environment. The Don made this call during the 2014 World Environmental Day celebration and Public Lecture, organised by the Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM).

Professor Agbola, who delivered the lecture titled; A Good Master Plan as an Essential Tool for Development of a Beautiful and Healthy Environment, said cleanliness required the collective efforts of all in maintaining a beautiful and healthy environment. He described a beautiful environment as the somewhere that delights the senses, attracts admiration and pleasurably illuminates its surrounding. The Professor, who headed the Planning Team that landscaped FUNAAB, said that to maintain a beautiful environment, a Master Plan was needed, which should be reviewed every ten years.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by Professor Clement Adeofun, the Dean of College of Environmental Resources Management, said FUNAAB was the first University to establish a full-fledged Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology. He charged the people to be conscious of their environment, bearing in mind that the continued survival of man on the planet depended on the sustainability of the environment.

The Director of Environmental Management, Mr. Emmanuel Bankole, expressed his appreciation for the support given to his Directorate by the University Management. He said the World Environmental Day began in 1972 and is celebrated globally on the 5th of June each year, to raise global awareness on the environmental challenges such as climate change, waste management, degradation of natural resources and disasters. He urged the participants to protect their environment by refraining from indiscriminate dumping of refuse and open defecation.

The Chairman of the occasion, Barrister Segun Odubela, Ogun State Commissioner for Education, represented by Barrister Onasanya, showered encomiums on FUNAAB and lauded its efforts at promoting a good environment, saying that Ogun State was always sensitizing the populace on the need to safeguard the environment. Other highlights at the World Environment Day celebration include tree planting and the presentation of plant seedlings to participating schools such as the Federal University of Agriculture International School (FUNIS); Abeokuta Grammar School; Omolaja Shodipo Memorial Anglican School, Abeokuta; Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro; Muslim High School, Abeokuta; and Remo Division High School (Senior and Junior), Sagamu.

We’ll Provide Focused, Transparent Leadership, Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has re-affirmed the current administration's commitment to providing a focused, transparent and disciplined leadership for the University.  The Vice-Chancellor stated this at the recently-held Statutory Meeting of Congregation, where he re-iterated his commitment and presented the University's achievements since he assumed office.

The Vice-Chancellor said he took over the mantle of leadership of the University twenty-five months ago with a vision, "to promote the advancement of FUNAAB towards a world-class status by providing a visionary leadership, empowering the human capacity, promoting quality and excellence in teaching, and research for development and community engagement for societal impact".

According to him, researchers in FUNAAB had become global players in their chosen fields by winning various laurels, while over 200 Academic and Non-teaching Staff had been given opportunities of traveling out of the country to attend several international conferences and meetings. On leadership, Professor Oyewole noted that leadership was strategic in development and expressed satisfaction that the leadership provided by Principal Officers, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments and Units in the University had been built on the values of excellence, integrity, discipline.

While appreciating everyone who had contributed to what he described as the modest achievement of the University, the Vice-Chancellor said, "we have proved that we can rule with the fear of God and provide great leadership for our people and fulfil the causes and visions that we have set for ourselves". The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that in promoting good leadership that is based on integrity; his administration had attracted unpleasant reactions but assured all that the University would keep moving forward.

Highlighting some of the achievements of the University, the Vice-Chancellor said the Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching was a new office, which emerged from the former Webometrics Centre while the Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies (CENTS) was another innovation that would assist FUNAAB graduates to acquire skills and competences in addition their degrees. Professor Oyewole said the Industrial Park Unit had been transformed into new enterprises for better services delivery, as FUNAAB Fisheries, FUNAAB Bakery, FUNAAB Seed and Nuts Company, FUNAAB Drinks, FUNAAB Oils, FUNAAB Roots and Tubers Company and FUNAAB Water, among others.

Others include the introduction of Commencement Lecture, Professors’ Retreat, leadership training seminars and workshops, producing a new Strategic Plan (2014-2020), prompt production of the University's Annual Reports and new Rules and Regulations for Senior and Junior Staff and Career Structure in the University. The Vice-Chancellor said the Congregation Meeting was a forum to get new and great ideas from stakeholders, explain emerging developments, share joint hopes and aspiration for the future, as he disclosed that the University would also be organising a Parents’ Forum, as part of activities lined up for its Convocation Ceremonies.

Senate Education Committee Lauds FUNAAB

Members of the Senate Committee on Education, who recently paid a working visit to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), as part of their oversight functions, have lauded the University for maintaining a cordial relationship with its stakeholders. Led by Senator Uche Chukwumerijie, who gave the commendation during a formal reception held in honour of the Senators said; "we thank you sincerely for your warm welcome to this great Institution. Infact, the hospitality began right from the Lagos Airport, where your friendly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor (Kolawole) Salako welcomed us” on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole.

According to him, "we salute you for the spirit of partnership. This is what your hospitable welcome has demonstrated". The Senate Committee Chairman added that, "with such evidence of a strong feel of oneness, we have no need to emphasise that our oversight tour is mutually-rewarding, as we jointly pursue a common goal of uplifting the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta". He charged the University to access its Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) allocation of N495 million, increase its Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) by 100 per cent in the next two years, provide information on its sources of income and the amounts received in the last three years and send to the Committee, within the next two weeks.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had paid glowing tributes to the past Vice-Chancellors of the University, which include Professor Julius Okojie, who is the current Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC). He added that the present Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, is also an alumnus of FUNAAB. The Vice-Chancellor stated that the University has a land mass of about 10,000 Hectares, a tripodal mandate of Teaching, Research and Extension, over 50,000 students both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and runs a Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS), which had impacted the various neighbouring communities positively.

Professor Oyewole, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), expressed gratitude to the Senators for their unflinching support for the University, stating that the Personnel and the Overhead Cost of the University were 100 per cent utilized while the Capital and Intervention Funds were under-utilised. He commended the Federal Government for establishing TETFund, saying that it had really assisted the University in its internationalisation drive as "over 200 staff of this University had been exposed internationally and we don't want to be a local champion".

The Vice-Chancellor, however, requested the Senators to facilitate the three important things he would want the government to do for the University:  Empowering the University to employ more academic staff to meet accreditation needs, provision of a turbine to generate electricity that will cost about N1 billion and the construction of a dam to provide regular water supply on campus at a cost of N900 million. Professor Oyewole added that even though the University had sunk over 72 boreholes so far, they had not yielded much as expected, as he stressed the need for adequate investment in education in the country.

Meanwhile, Senators Abubakar Bagudu and Emmanuel Aguariavwodo re-stated the Senate Committee on Education’s passion in ensuring the development of the nation’s education sector, adding that if FUNAAB could continue to do things creatively, it had what it takes to be among the leading Universities in the world.

Climate Change Not Caused By Green House Emissions - Don


A specialist in Cropping Systems from the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) of the University, Professor Philip Adetiloye, has faulted the widely-held opinion that green house emissions are responsible for climate change. The Don made this declaration during the 45th Inaugural Lecture of the University, titled From Grass to Grace: An Exposition on Western and Traditional Cropping Systems.

According to Professor Adetiloye, research findings had confirmed that climate change was caused by aerial bombing wars and not by green house emissions that western scientists had claimed to be the cause of climate change and that the analysis of climate data over the various latitudes in Nigeria had indicated that climate change became noticeable from the 1990s.

“The large variation continued to date. This sudden change in climate exhibits a distinct pattern and was more in the Northern States of Nigeria than in the Southern region. Temperature rise of 9 and 5 degree centigrade had been recorded in the North and South of Nigeria respectively, due to climate change. In Southern Nigeria, the pattern of variations appeared more diffuse. These two major findings confirm my earlier press conferences (2011 and 2014) that climate change is caused by aerial bombing war zones in the Middle East as Africans suffer the effects of this climate change more than any continent”, he stated.


Professor Adetiloye disclosed that agricultural research started from the colonial days by focusing on the Western mode of cropping systems, which was highly dependent on input of chemical fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides in mono-cultural cropping. “It was not until the early 70s that significant research efforts were directed by scientists towards understanding why African farmers prefer complex, multiple cropping system to the relatively simple sole cropping method, that is commonly practiced in Western and highly industrialised countries”, he stated.

He enumerated the importance of agro-climatology, the role of crop physiology and goals of Cropping System to include improved productivity in terms of crop yield and income, achievement of sustainable yield and sustainable land use, increased yield stability with hazards of drought and equitable use of resources all year round.

He noted that agriculture; a multi-disciplinary science required a thorough understanding of various science disciplines that were required for a proper understanding of the performance, growth, development and productivity of crops and livestock. The Inaugural Lecturer observed that despite the huge resources committed to agriculture over the years, nothing much had been realized because “the approach of government to agricultural development has not been quite right” as he made far-reaching recommendations that would propel agricultural development through adequate and well-coordinated funding and making proper use of innovations and inventions from University researches, to fast-track industrialisation processes that would in turn encourage foreign investment in the country. Prof. Adetiloye, assured that if the extension service was well managed, enormous research innovations emanating from Universities would be better harnessed, rather than making such breakthroughs to rot away on the book shelves.

The 45th Inaugural Lecturer joined the services of FUNAAB as a Senior Lecturer in 1990. He became the pioneer Head, Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Ecology, now the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production, from 1995 to 2001 and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Cropping System in 2005.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole, said the 45th Inaugural Lecture was the first from the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production, eight from the College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT) and the ninth that he would preside over as the Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB.

Professor Oyewole stated that the lecture was coming up just after clocking two years as Vice-Chancellor, saying that it was an opportunity for him to take a retrospective look at the journey in the past two years because “the Almighty God has been our help. This will be our first time of having the Inaugural Lecture in this newly-completed 2,500-capacity auditorium tagged ‘University Ceremonial Auditorium’. Beyond the physical, I believe that this time is a divine turning point for this administration”. He described Professor Adetiloye as a very sound academic and seasoned scholar, who had contributed immensely to the development of the University.

 

Take SIWES Training Seriously - DVC


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Chairman, Students' Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Committee, Professor Adekojo Waheed, had charged students embarking on the SIWES Industrial Training (IT) Programme, to take the programme very seriously.

Professor Waheed, who gave this charge during the SIWES Orientation Programme organised for Non- Agricultural Students (Batch B) in the University, noted that SIWES was an important scheme that was structured to provide students with ample opportunities to be equipped with the requisite theoretical skills in real work situations, thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice. He admonished the students to be good ambassadors of the University, by being responsible wherever they find themselves, adding that by their good conducts, they could easily gain employment in reputable organisations after completing their degree programmes in FUNAAB.
Addressing the students on the topic; "Keeping Fit and Maintaining Optimum Health During the SIWES Year", the Director, Health  Services of FUNAAB, Dr. Olusola Talabi, advised these safety measures should be put in place by the respective organisations, where students carry out their Industrial Training, as they must not be prone to accidents. He also called on the students to cultivate healthy eating habits by eating balanced diets, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly. Other measures necessary to stay healthy include avoiding alcohol intake, smoking, taking only prescribed medications, maintenance of good hygiene and healthy body weight.

Earlier, the Director of SIWES, Professor Grace Sokoya, said SIWES was part of the approved Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS), designed for undergraduate degree programmes in Nigerian Universities. "It is a planned and structured scheme with specific career objectives geared towards developing participants' occupational competences, to prepare them for post-graduation real work situations". Speaking on the objectives of the scheme, Prof. Sokoya said it would expose students to good methods and techniques of handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in their institutions, by making the transition from school-to-the-world-of-work easier and networking for job placement.

The Area Manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Abeokuta Area Office, Mrs. Adesola Taiwo, enlightened the students on what was expected of them during the IT and how to complete their log-books and corresponding forms that would enhance their successful completion of the scheme.

 

FUNAAB Hosts NIFST Conference


Members of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technologist (NIFST), Western Chapter recently held their 4th Yearly Conference/General Meeting at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), with the theme, Challenges of Food Entrepreneurial Development.

Delivering a Keynote Address at the occasion, the Dean, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC), Prof. Folake Henshaw who spoke on “Food Entrepreneurial Development in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities”, defined entrepreneurship as “the process through which entrepreneurs create and grow enterprises to provide new services or product or add value to services or product”, while noting that the harsh business environment existing in the country had made the success rate in the making good entrepreneurs very low in Nigeria. Prof. (Mrs.) Henshaw summarized the challenges facing a potential entrepreneur to include limited market, infrastructure, support services, finance, information and technology, as she proffers a way out through the introduction of entrepreneurship education in secondary/vocational training, promotion of mindset of value creation and innovation, improved skills in business planning and management as well as strengthening public/private partnerships for centres of entrepreneurship.

The second Keynote Speaker, Mr. Ronald Olawale, a former President of NIFST and the Chief Executive Officer, FEEDME Ventures, Ogun State, identified environmental factors such as infrastructural challenges, bad roads and erratic electricity among others, as some of the challenges militating against entrepreneurship in the nation. He noted that there were significant entrepreneurial opportunities in the food sector of the economy and suggested that a prospective entrepreneur should have a good business ideas supported by a well-researched feasibility report, have adequate working capital and develop the proper marketing strategies.

The Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, who was represented at the occasion by Dr. Ibiyemi Olayiwola of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, challenged food scientists to embrace the requisite knowledge that would make them outstanding entrepreneurs in the areas of managerial, relationship and communication skills. The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Ogun State, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, tasked food technologists not to rest on their oars in promoting the transformation of the agricultural sector in Nigeria. He added that funding was a major challenge facing entrepreneurs in Ogun State and the nation at large, while reiterating the state government’s efforts at making Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) work in the state. The Regional Chapter Chairperson, Mrs. Lola Ajala, stated that the survival of any nation depended on food security, education of its people, and the prevailing business environment, among others. Mrs. Ajala said an entrepreneur serves as a factor of production that puts together all the variables for the creation of goods and services for the benefit of mankind.

Earlier, the Chairperson, Local Organising Committee of the conference, Dr. Ganiyat Olatunde, noted that the objectives of the conference were to foster networking/collaboration among participants and to facilitate the transfer of novel and innovative concepts to the food industry for enhanced productivity. The programme was graced by eminent scholars such as: Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan; Prof. Isaac Adeyemi, Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Science and Technology, Ota; Prof. Olugbenga Ogunmoyela, Dean, Faculty of Food Science, Bells University of Science and Technology, Ota and Chairman of the Conference. Others include Prof. Lateef Sanni, incumbent President of NIFST; Prof. Femi Onifade, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), FUNAAB; Prof. Charles Aworh, Fellow, NIFST/Academy of International Food Science and Technology and scientists from the various institutions of higher learning across the South-West.

COLVET Gets Full Accreditation


The Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), has awarded full accreditation to the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET). The accreditation, which was approved at the 107th Regular Council Meeting of VCN, is for a period of five years.

According to the Registrar of VCN, Dr. Markus Avog, the accreditation status was in accordance with Veterinary Surgeons Act, 2004. Sequel to the accreditation, a team from the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) had earlier visited COLVET on 4th February, 2014, to carry out a verification exercise.

Meanwhile, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
of the College is the largest hospital of its kind in Nigeria.

TRACE Gets Varsity Students Donation

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) programmes, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Student Union (FUNAABSU), recently donated 10 sets of reflective jackets to the Obantoko/Odeda Unit of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Ogun State.

Presenting the gifts, FUNAABSU Vice-President, Comrade Afusat Ladejobi, stated that the Union was delighted at giving back to the society, while she commended the men and officials of TRACE for the services rendered to the society in the area of traffic control and compliance. The Vice-President promised that the present Executive of the FUNAABSU, under the leadership of Comrade Kehinde Awosanya, was determined to champion a form of “developmental unionism, rather than a confrontational unionism”.

The General-Secretary of the Union, Comrade Olalekan Adesulu, also thanked the Agency for their services to the society, as he encouraged them to wear the jackets while on duty. Responding, the TRACE Unit Commander of Obantoko/Odeda, Commander Morolake Filani, appreciated the Students’ Union for the gesture and expressed her optimism that with the generosity displayed by the youths, there was bright hope for the country.

AMREC Empowers Farmers

The Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), has empowered over 120 farmers, drawn from the four agricultural zones of Ogun State with requisite skills in integrated agriculture, value addition and marketing of agricultural products and agricultural financing.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Kolawole Salako, expressed his delight over the theme chosen for the training, Integrated Agriculture for the Promotion of Food Security, which the Vice-Chancellor noted would assist the farmers in combating hunger and poverty in Nigeria.He expressed the hope that the training would further strengthen the collaboration between the University and stakeholders in the agricultural sector, because training and re-training of farmers was central to enhancing productivity, as he implored the farmers to take full advantage of the training programme to broaden their knowledge base for improved agricultural production.

Earlier, the Director of AMREC, Professor Carolyn Afolami, highlighted some recent activities and projects embarked upon by the Centre to include the National Agricultural Seeds Extension Village project; processing and marketing of agricultural produce; bee-keeping practice and honey production; cassava production and processing into money making products, and the provision of credit facilities, as well as various vocational and capacity building trainings for farm families in Ogun State and the South-West. The Director added that the Centre had started disbursing short-term loans to interested farmers within the FUNAAB catchment area. She also observed that the Agricultural sector in the Nigerian economy was facing challenges that required urgent attention. She disclosed that the title of the training programme was timely and appropriate, as she urged farmers to embark on integrated agriculture to alleviate poverty and promote food security in the nation.

Professor Afolami stressed the need to access high quality agricultural inputs, finances, efficient technologies and engage in proper farm management techniques. The don sought the support of the agro-allied arm of the various governments to make their services readily available and accessible to farmers, as she noted that the training was an eye-opener for the farmers for better agricultural practice. Topics discussed at the training programme include, “Integrated Agriculture for the Promotion of Food Security”, “Agricultural Seeds Production and Management in South-West Nigeria”, “Livestock Production for Sustainable Livelihood”, “Access to Micro-Credits by Small Scale Farmers”, and “Value Addition and Marketing of Agricultural Products”.

Dignitaries present at the event include the General Manager, Ogun State Agricultural and Multipurpose Credit Agency (OSAMCA), Mr. Samuel Adeogun; representative of the Justice, Development and Peace Mission (JDPM), Mr. Oluwafisayo Adesanya; representatives of the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) and General Manager, Ogun State Agro-Services Corporation, as well as farmers’ representatives from Ogun State.

One of the participating farmers, Alhaji Oladunjoye Akorede, commended AMREC-FUNAAB for organising the Pre-Season Training, as he acknowledged that the training programme would go a long way in boosting the farmers’ productivity and economic status.

Professor Olukoju to Deliver Convocation Lecture

The Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Lagos, Professor Ayodeji Olukoju, will deliver the Convocation Lecture during the 21st and 22nd Combined Convocation Ceremonies of the University, titled, Leadership, Economic Nationalism and Development: Nigeria and the Challenge from the Global South. The Lecture holds on Friday, June 20, 2014 at the new FUNAAB Ceremonial Building, beginning at 2pm.

Professor Olukoju obtained a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honour’s degree in History and Archaeology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees from the University of Ibadan in 1980, 1982 and 1991, respectively. He lectured at the Ogun State University, now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, between 1984 and 1987, as well as the University of Lagos, where he was appointed Professor on October 1, 1998. He later served as Head, Department of History, between 2001 and 2004 and a two-term Dean in the Faculty of Arts, UNILAG, between 2005 and 2009.

The distinguished academic was twice the University of Lagos Best Researcher in the Arts/Humanities, between 2006 and 2009, and the first as well as the only African, Executive Committee of the International Maritime Economic History Association (IMEHA). He has to his credit, over 100 academic publications, having maintained a continuous sequence of international (offshore) publications on a yearly basis since 1991. He has equally served on the editorial boards of African Economic History, Madison, United States of America; Afrika Zamani: Journal of the Association of African Historians, Dakar, Senegal; History in Africa: A Journal of Method, Madison, USA; and Journal of African History, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The Convocation Lecturer is a Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Letters, the apex body of academic organisations in the Humanities. He is also the Convener, Network of Nigerian Historians; external examiner and professorial assessor at several Nigerian and Ghanaian Universities; consultant to many international organisations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO); Ford Foundation; The Netherlands Foundation for Tropical Research; the Israeli Science Foundation; and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), among others.

Give Your Best - CENTS Director Charges Trainers

The Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS), Professor Femi Onifade, has called on trainers of the various vocational skills to give in their best while imparting knowledge on the trainees under the Centre’s Skills Acquisition Scheme.

Professor Onifade made this call during a two-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop tagged,Trainers, Assessors and Verifier (TAV) in Vocation, Entrepreneurship and Skills (VES), organised by CENTS. He noted that the programme was developed because of the need to put quality into the Centre’s activities and to inculcate quality into the trainees of various vocations. On the rise of the unemployment level in the country, the Director called on parents to engage their children with various activities that would make them self-reliant in future.

The Resource Person for the workshop, Mr. Olaosebikan Olayide, stated that the main objective of the TAV programme was to create an alternative curriculum in Vocations Entrepreneurship and Skills (VES), as well as the Trainers, Assessors and Verifiers (TAS) applications in the various industries.

At the end of the workshop, Mr. Destiny Onyeamasiefe, Chief Executive Officer of Derric Photography, said it was highly educative, informative and interesting. He described photography as a vocation that demands creativity and capable of reducing unemployment. Another participant, Mrs. Chi Olajide, who runs Cakeville, a confectionary outfit, lauded the University for organising the workshop, which she acknowledged as having gone a long way in preparing them for a successful entrepreneurial life.

Nigeria is missing out 0n Biotechnology – Professor Adebambo

The first Nigerian female Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics and Director, FUNAAB’s Biotechnology Centre, Professor Olufunmilayo Adebambo, has observed that the country was missing out in the development and utilisation of its Biotechnological potentials.


The Director decried inadequate funding of the sector as a major challenge because Biotechnological experts require frequent travels around the country to take animal samples and analyse them to ascertain their productivity, a process that may take about four and five years to complete, as she cited United States of America and South Africa as good examples of countries that had fully embraced Biotechnology and are now enjoying its benefits.

Professor Adebambo, who was recently conferred with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and the first Ph.D degree holder in Animal Breeding in Nigeria, said the DNA of each human being is called the blueprint, stressing that everybody needed to know this for various reasons.“I am different from you because of my genetic makeup. You need to know your genotype yourself, to enable you know the type of food you can eat and those you cannot eat or whether you are carrying genetic diseases”, she added.


She said FUNAAB’s Biotechnology Centre was fully equipped to provide an array of services that border on Animal Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Protein Analysis, Bio-informatics, among others. The Director advised members of the University community to seize the 2014 training opportunities offered by the Centre to learn about Biotechnology. She added that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, had approved a 50 per cent discount for FUNAAB students wishing to learn about Biotechnology for the immediate and long term benefits.

… I Am Humbled by NIAS Honour – Professor Ikeobi

Meanwhile, the Dean, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) and member, Governing Council of the University, Professor Christian Ikeobi, has revealed that he was humbled by the recent honour bestowed on him by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS). Professor Ikeobi was conferred with the Fellowship of the Institute alongside Professor (Mrs.) Olufunmilayo Adebambo, the Director, Biotechnology Centre.

He said the award was in recognition of his professional experience and activities in the Institute.
“I have been a member of the institute since 2009 and also a member of the Governing Council since August 2011. I have also been the Chairman of the Mandatory Continuing Professional Education Committee of the Institute for about two years now”, he stated. Professor Ikeobi pointed out that the NIAS had been the vanguard of ensuring food security in Nigeria by enforcing standards in animal production. These include Poultry Production, Animal Feed Production, Animal Processing and other livestock production activities.

He noted that the honour was also a recognition of the University’s role in leadership, training and mentoring young Animal Scientists based on the Institute's perception that FUNAAB was highly-rated in the field of Animal Science, with the designating of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics (ABG) as a Centre of Excellence in Animal Breeding and Genetics and Animal Biotechnology.

The NIAS Fellow noted that FUNAAB could stand shoulder high among its contemporaries in academic standards, administration, manpower training and aesthetics, as hestudents to always maintain good relationship with their lecturers and to obey constituted authorities.

“WE SHARE A COMMON VISION”, SAYS VC

O n Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State will hold its 21st and 22nd Combined Convocation Ceremonies where about 3,859 First Degree and Postgraduate Degree students will be graduating. The University, since its inception, has witnessed qualitative leadership and great drive towards making the institution a world-class University. From its pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Nurudeen Olorun-Nimbe Adedipe, a Professor of Plant Physiology, who assumed duty the day the foundation of the school was laid on January 28, 1988; to others who succeeded him and finally to Olusola Oyewole, a seasoned Professor of Food Science, who assumed office as VC on May 24, 2012, landmark achievements and indelible marks have been left on the face of this great institution. Within  two years in office, Professor Oyewole, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), has made giant strides. Professor Oyewole speaks on his achievements and the journey towards moving the University to a world-class status (his primary vision), transformation into a conventional University to increase access, the forthcoming 21st and 22nd Combined Convocation Ceremonies, the first he will preside over as VC, among several other important issues. Excerpts:

We congratulate the VC for having sat on this seat for two years now. If you were to appraise yourself, how would you say you have fared?

Well, I will first of all want to thank God because without Him, we are nothing.  The second thing I would want to do,while appreciating God, is saying that God has prepared me for this job a long time before now, hence daily activities and challenges that need attention are not strange to me.  I have been exposed to bigger ones.

What would you say are the major challenges facing the University? In other words, how has it been, managing the various components in the University?

I think the very important thing is that one should have a vision, focus on your vision and refuse to be diverted from attaining your vision. I don't think anyone taking up this responsibility should expect that there would not be challenges. Indeed, I see leadership as the ability to have a vision and keep on focusing on that vision, getting people to buy into that vision despite the fact that there may be some people who would not agree with that vision.

As a visionary leader, you came in with a mission statement to...

I came in with a vision to make the Federal University of Agriculture,  Abeokuta a world-class University.

The University seems to be getting more international grants these days after that of the World Bank Africa Centre for Excellence. Can you tell us the secret?

The secret is that we planned for it. One of the strategies that we put in place to make FUNAAB  a world-class University is that: One, we set out to internationalise the University and we recognise that internationalisation involves being internationalised at home, building up an internationalised classroom, ensuring that the teachers operate in an internationalised environment, the curriculum and our delivery of teaching and learning are internationalised  and for that, I should appreciate the Units of the University that have been doing this.  Beyond that, when we talk about internationalisation, we also talk of internationalisation abroad. We have a Centre in the University, the Centre for Internationalisation and Partnerships, that we call CENIP. This Centre has been helping to promote the collaboration and partnership with other institutions, but I should mention that one of the Units of the University that has helped us to attain this, more than ever before, is the Directorate of Grants Management. This Directorate of Grants Management was established in January 2012 and within a spate of two years, it has been able to develop a culture of helping the community to seek for international grants and international fellowships. Through their activities, they make these grants available to all the staff within the University. Today, it is quite easy for us to gather people together within groups to train them on how to respond to some call for research grants and they would do that perfectly well.

As a University in Nigeria, I think that we cannot also but recognise the role that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has been playing, because TETFund has also supported our internationalisation effort. For example, through TETFund, both Academic and Non-Teaching Staff of the University now have opportunities to attend international conferences outside the country. If I could now come back to your original question, what have we done that has made it possible for us to attract so many international grants into the University? I think that I should appreciate the Academic Staff of the University, who are more than ever before, committed themselves to writing proposals. We, as a University have created the environment for them to be able to do this. For example, last year, we organised a Professors’ Retreat, where we challenged  the Professors of the University on the vision of the University and their responsibility to promote mentorship within the system. I believe that it is the overall effect of all these that has resulted in our University attracting more grants now than ever before.

As the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), how would you assess Nigerian Universities in terms of having global recognitions?

I am a firm believer in a University fulfilling the vision for which it has been set up. Firstly, I believe that the vision of Harvard University is different from the vision of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta or that of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Each University should pride itself in its ability to meet its own vision. In the context of Nigerian Universities meeting their own vision, I believe that we can rate ourselves very well. In the context of Nigerian Universities doing research that are competitive world- wide, I think that we are doing very well. I also believe that our people are people who can adjust and do research in Africa. Throw them to other places; they would even thrive in greater measures. I want to give credence to our Universities and research centres for the great work they are doing. However, I still believe that we have not achieved the maximum that we should as African Universities. I wish that African Universities should be relevant to the development of their own people by doing research that would solve the problems of our nation and our Continent. I am still looking forward to that time when governments would look up to Universities, when industries in Africa would look up to Universities in Africa to solve the challenges facing them. We are yet to get there. We would get there by God's grace.

Coming home, how feasible do you think the clamour by FUNAAB to become a conventional University is?

I am even more optimistic now, than ever before. My intention is not merely becoming a conventional University. That is not the intention, but I feel that FUNAAB should create more access to our young people who are craving for higher education. I also believe that FUNAAB should not just create any access, FUNAAB should not restrict the brain of our people, of our young ones in this environment to only agriculture, we should be able to promote the talents and interest of our young people in other areas of life, including Medicine, Law, even Arts. Recently, a sister University; University of Agriculture, Markurdi was given an opportunity by the Federal Government to set up a Faculty or a College of Health Sciences, where they can run degrees in Medicine. If that can happen to that University, I believe that our University too should be very hopeful.

The University Management recently established the Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching. What makes this Centre unique?

There is a Centre called Webometrics and what they do is that they prepare the University to compete for Webometrics Ranking. I feel that as a University, we should go beyond that. My interest is not just to satisfy a particular ranking system especially when we know that there are many ranking systems in the country and that gives us the reason why our Centre for Webometrics has to translate into a Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching. So, what we have just done is to give that original Webometrics Centre a bigger vision beyond what we started with.

We are also aware that FUNAAB products like palm wine, cashew, cassava flour and the like, are  available from time-to-time, especially during ceremonies in the University. Why are these products not readily available to the public like other commercial foods?

Your observation is very correct. We have been producing at pilot scale level for so many years and we took some incorrect actions in the operations. For instance, over the years, the workers who worked on these production facilities were placed on the Universities Salary  Scale and worked like Civil Servants.

I believe that we may not be able to expand the scope of the production using this kind of orientation and that is why, within the past few months, we have been trying to re-orientate our strategy for the local production of our various products in the University. What we have done is that instead of saying that we have one single Industrial Park Unit, where all these products are produced together, we are transferring the products to different enterprises. We have been able to get about nine different  enterprises and the intention is that we would equip the enterprises with workers and facilities that would help them to operate as private independent entities.

What is the future of these enterprises?

With what we are doing with those enterprises now, products of our University will not just be available during ceremonies or just within our University. One should be able to get to markets in Lagos, Abuja … and you would find products from this University competing with other products in the market.

 

FUNAAB is replicating the Songhai experience in the University by establishing a FUNAAB Songhai-Modelled Integrated Farm. What are we to expect?

I think that one new development in agriculture is agro-tourism and I believe that our University should become a leader in that field. What we have done is that we know that one of the things promoting agriculture now,  is the model in Songhai  Farm and that is what we are doing. We just started  the FUNAAB Songhai-Modelled Integrated Farm in our University. We can say that we are at the planning stage, but we have already started our activities. I believe that a time would come when people can come from different areas of life to this University, not just to enjoy our environment but to be challenged by its innovations in agriculture that would be found in the FUNAAB Songhai-Modelled Integrated Farm.

It is obvious that the University is preparing for its forthcoming convocation ceremonies. Tell us about this, please.

Yes, to note that this convocation coming up this year is going to be a combined one; That of the 21st and the 22nd. We were affected by the Academic Staff Union of Universities strike last year and this made it impossible for us to have our convocation,  but we are combining both during this year's convocation, coming up on June 21, 2014. The whole of the week, we plan to bring in some activities that we have not been having before. For example, we intend to have an 'Open Day', where parents would be free to come to our University to see our environment, to see our academics and to ask questions about our operations.

That is novel to public Universities in Nigeria. Why does FUNAAB want to do this?

I think that we want to be innovative and we also want to involve our parents in what our University is doing for their wards; for their children. We also intend to have a research and agricultural fair, to showcase what is really making FUNAAB great at such a time as this. We have a day when we want to recognise our people who are contributing to the greatness that FUNAAB is recording at such a time as this and lastly, we have the final day on Saturday, June 21, the convocation proper. The unique thing about this convocation is that it is going to be very short and brief. We hope that we will make it a great day for young people, who are graduating.

The VC seems not to be leaving any stone unturned in his fight against plagiarism. Are you not scared that you might be creating more enemies than friends for the office and the personality of the VC?

I do not think that it is the VC really that is against plagiarism but the whole of the University. Our values for excellence do not accommodate plagiarism. One of our values, our commitment to the vision of being a world-class University demands of us to do things in the best possible way,a situation that prepares for this feat and that is why we do not tolerate and we do all our best to expose it wherever possible. I think it is a way of setting the pace for our nation. That for our nation to be great - for us to be competitive, to become a world-class and to have world-class institutions - our foundations should be such that it would not accommodate plagiarism and other vices.

FUNAAB has enjoyed relative peace, especially with the Students Union. Some people believe that the President of the Student Union is a stooge of the Vice-Chancellor. Is that true?

I think the peace that we enjoy with our students is not courtesy of the 'stooge' of the Vice-Chancellor. I think that our student leaders are becoming more matured than before. I also believe that the strategy that the University put in place to expose our student union leaders to leadership training programmes could also be one of the factors that are making them to be more matured. I believe that the focus of our University, to ensure that the quality of our graduates meet up with world standards could also be connected to this. I would say that God has given us focus, in the sense that in the past two years, we have had the grace of having very responsible student union leaders, who are not concerned about breaking things or violence but they are young people who are ready to be leaders of our country in the future. Every time I see the student leaders of this University, I think that I see in them, the future leaders of our nation.

New Vehicles for C:AVA II Project, Pension Unit

To enhance smooth operation, efficient and effective discharge of official assignments, brand new vehicles have been commissioned for the use of the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa II (C:AVA II) Project, as well as the Pension Unit of the University.

While commissioning the C:AVA II vehicles: Toyota Corolla saloon car, Toyota Land Cruiser-Prado Jeep and Toyota Hilux Jeep, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, expressed his joy that new things were happening in the University and that such advancements would further propel FUNAAB to competing favourably with leading institutions in the world, as he lauded the Director of Grants Management, who is also the the Project Director, C: AVA II, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, for his commitments to duties within the short period of time he was appointed in that capacity. Professor Oyewole enumerated some of the remarkable feats recorded by the Directorate to include the successful organisation of a training workshop on proposal writing, which he noted had contributed in no small measure to winning grants for the University.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vice-Chancellor appreciated members of the C:AVA II team comprising Professor Adewale Dipeolu and Dr. Idris Ayinde, both of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management amongst others, for their hard work that culminated into attracting funds into the University, as he challenged the team members to work harder towards building a befitting and permanent structure for the Directorate of Grants Management in the University.

In the same vein, the Vice-Chancellor has commissioned another Toyota Corolla saloon car procured for the Pension Unit of the University.  While presenting the keys to the Supervisor of the Pension Unit and Deputy Director, Establishment Matters (Senior), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Dawodu, the Vice-Chancellor observed that this was the second vehicle he will be handing-over to the Pension Unit within one year. Professor Oyewole, however, said he was glad to be commissioning brand new vehicles and not ‘tokunbo’ (used) vehicles, as he prayed that the University will continue to wax stronger.

FUNAAB Becomes African Learning Partner for CWNP

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has been designated as the first African Authorized Learning Partner (ALP) for the International Centre for Professional Development (ICPD), the premiere IT training-provider based in Nigeria, for the Certified Wireless Network Professionals. Being an ALP partner makes it possible to utilise CWNP’s official student courseware and Certified Wireless Network Trainers (CWNTs), to deliver training classes and create a learning hub for IT professionals in Africa.

Lawrence Kazeem, a Senior System Analyst in FUNAAB and the pioneer Centre Manager for ICPD, disclosed that “I worked three years to become an ALP. I am honoured to achieve this title for my University. We shall make the ALP a learning hub for Africa so that we can educate IT professionals in our continent and provide them with practical training. We also hope to use ALP as a platform for wider advertising about our CWNP training classes in FUNAAB".



Meanwhile, Brad Crump, President of CWNP has congratulated the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, Management and staff of FUNAAB on the accomplishment of being the first ALP in Africa, saying that “ICPD’s expertise on wireless networks and passion to educate IT professionals in Africa shows that the FUNAAB Centre will be an asset to CWNP and professionals across the globe”.

CWNP is the recognized industry standard for enterprise Wi-Fi certification and training. Its certifications cover the full range of technologies underlying all enterprise Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) products. It offers four levels of WLAN certification and prepares IT professionals to specify, design and manage wireless LAN systems, regardless of the vendor solution utilised and has clients in more than 150 countries and authorized training partners.

Dr. Awokola Becomes CPV Stakeholders’ Chairman

Dr. Olufiropo Awokola, the Deputy Dean, Student Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University has been elected as the Chairman, Cattle Production Venture (CPV)Stakeholders of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), during the venture’s stakeholders’ Meeting held recently.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako,  acknowledged the efforts of the Chairperson, Professor (Mrs.) Daisy Eruvbetine, in transforming the venture. He expressed the readiness of the University Management to give full support to the project, so as to reduce the financial burden on the nation caused by cattle importation. The Vice-Chancellor added that the project had also been impactful on the teaching and research activities of the University.

Professor (Mrs.) Eruvbetine appreciated the support so far given to the venture by the University Management. She disclosed that the project was made up of 33 stakeholders comprising 19 members from FUNAAB and 14 other members from outside the University. Apart from providing investment opportunities for the stakeholders, she added that other services rendered by the venture include popularising cattle production in the South-Western states,  students training and income generation for the University. She, however, appealed to the stakeholders to always pay up their monthly dues to aid the smooth running of the venture.

Dr. Awokola, who was unanimously elected as the substantive Chairman, called on the stakeholders to be more united, focused, committed and determined to take the venture to greater heights.

Professor Adetiloye to Deliver 45th Inaugural Lecture

A Professor of Cropping Systems in the Department of Plant Physiology, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor Philip Adetiloye, is expected to deliver the 45th Inaugural Lecture of the University.

The lecture titled, From Grass To Grace: An Exposition on Western and African Cropping Systems, comes up on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. According to Professor Adetiloye, the lecture will examine the factors affecting the productivity of western and African traditional cropping systems with a view to making African cropping systems more productive by contributing meaningfully to national economic development.



Professor Adetiloye is a recipient of several national and international awards among which include the Federal Government of Nigeria Scholar (1973-1976); Grantee, Research Award, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja (1995); International Socrates Award, Oxford Summit, United Kingdom; Who-is-Who in the World, Marquis, New Jersey, United States of America; the Outstanding People of the 21st Century, United Kingdom; and the Albert Einstein Iconic Achievers Award, IBC, United Kingdom. He is also a member of the following bodies: Nigerian Soyabean Association, African Crop Science Association, E-forum American Society for Scientific Exploration and GLG Global Consortium, Texas, United States of America.

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Olusola Oyewole is expected to be the Chairman at the Inaugural Lecture.

MANCOT Transforms to FUNAABOT

The University has approved the transformation of its Management Committee on Transportation (MANCOT), into the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Bureau of Transportation (FUNAABOT). According to the decision extracts of the 77th Statutory Meeting of the Governing Council held recently, the Council noted that the new company, FUNAABOT, would operate as a Limited Liability Company and is to domicile within the University campus.


FUNAABOT is expected to provide better services for staff and students, make the highly-subsidized transportation system self-sustaining and render other allied commercial activities such as shuttle services within and outside the campus. The Bureau is also expected to increase the existing fleet of buses and generate more revenue for the University.

We Are Set for Convocation - CERECOM Chairman

As preparations are on top gear to host the 21st and 22nd Combined Convocation Ceremonies of the University, the Chairman, Ceremonials Committee, Professor Babatunde Idowu, has promised that members of the committee will put in their best to ensure the success of the  event.

Professor Idowu gave the assurance during an inspection tour of the proposed venue for the convocation, which is ready for use. According to him, the event would be unique in the sense that, unlike in the previous years, where an open-field was used, the newly-constructed 2,500-Capacity Auditorium, will be used.  Highlights of interesting activities to expect include drama and stage performances, exhibition and Convocation Lecture, as he lauded the invaluable commitments of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole at ensuring that the venue of the convocation was ready.



On the number of graduating students and whether there will be conferment of honorary awards, the Chairman, Ceremonials Committee disclosed that between 3,500 and 4,000 First Degree and Postgraduate students will be convocating, while there will be no honorary awardee. Professor Idowu also promised that nothing will be left undone to provide adequate security, ease transportation and movement of persons during the events.

2,500-Capacity Auditorium Is Ready for Convocation, Says Contractor

The Construction Engineer of Nidave Construction and Industrial Venture Limited, Engineer Olowoniran Davies has disclosed that the 2,500-Capacity Auditorium was virtually ready for the 21st and 22nd Combined Convocation Ceremonies of the University.

Engineer Davies stated this during an inspection tour embarked upon by top officials of the University, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, in preparations for the forthcoming convocation. According to him, the building had been adjudged by Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) to be the best structurally-stable building in FUNAAB.He noted that the beams of the building were increased significantly to prevent any incident of cracks on the walls, adding that the Waffle Floor that was used was unique. He further informed that an industrial borehole had been sunk to supply water to the building, which hasat least 48 toileting facilities and that necessary provision had already been made to increase these toilets to almost 60.

On electricity, he disclosed that bigger electrical panels were used to guarantee adequate electrical supply in the building that can comfortably seat between 5,000 and 6,000 people. The Construction Engineer said extra about 20-30 air-conditioners had been procured for the building, which contained five other halls of varying sizes, two mini-halls, basement hall and two cafeterias. Engineer Davies disclosed that plans were underway for the landscaping of car parks, as he commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewole, for his interest and commitment to completing all inherited projects in the University.

COLNAS Lecturer Wins Schlumberger Fellowship

Dr. Mopelola Idowu, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, has won the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future 2014-2015 Fellowship. She was picked for the award following a competitive selection process, out of which a total of 84 new grants were awarded from 558 applications received. By the award, she is now a Schlumberger Foundation Fellow, comprising 405 other women pursuing scientific research from 68 countries.

Dr. Idowu, a specialist in Physical Chemistry, said with the Fellowship, she is expected to carry out a research at the University of Michigan, United States of America, to develop Multi-Chromo Phone System, as a candidate material for harvesting solar energy. She added that the offer would go a long way in furthering skills, collaboration, linkages and partnership between FUNAAB and foreign Universities for the benefit of members of staff and students.

URGENT NOTICE TO FUNAAB STUDENTS ON IT/FPY

The FPY/IT  students have been advised as a matter of urgency  to cross-check their names from the attached list of IT/FPY if incomplete should report immediately at the SIWES Directorate, Unity Building Block A on or before Thursday 15/05/2014 to provide important information pertaining to their eligibility for the SIWES allowance. Download List

SIWES Directorate Tours COBFAS Communities

In fulfilling the mandate of the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), the SIWES Directorate of the University recently embarked on a 2-day familiarization tour of the University’s Community-Based Farm Scheme (COBFAS) locations, to sensitize students on the Farm Practical Year (FPY) programme.

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, the Director of SIWES, Professor Grace Sokoya, said the visit was in line wi SIWES’ mandate “to co-ordinate the acquisition of Relevant Production Skills (RPSs) of students and their Industrial Training, in order to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom and actual practice in the industrial world”. She stated that her Directorate was the link between National Universities Commission (NUC), the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the various industries and organisations where FUNAAB students would acquire the relevant skills and experiences. She added that the visit also enabled the students in the various COBFAS locations to know what was required of them as far as SIWES was concerned and that the training programme would equip the students with the relevant field training experience that will make them familiar with the job after graduation.

Meanwhile, students at the locations expressed joy at the visit and thanked the University Management for exposing them to field work in agricultural practice. On the team were: Dr. Idowu Osinuga, representing COLNAS Board; Dr. Martha Bemji, representing COLANIM Board; and Dr. Segun Odeyemi, representing COLPLANT Board, among others.

FUNAAB currently has four COBFAS locations spread accross the geo-political zones in Ogun State. They are Isaga-Orile, Odogbolu, Ode-Lemo and Iwoye-Ketu. In fulfilling the mandate of the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), the SIWES Directorate of the University recently embarked on a 2-day familiarization tour of the University’s Community-Based Farm Scheme (COBFAS) locations, to sensitize students on the Farm Practical Year (FPY) programme.

Speaking with FUNAAB Bulletin, the Director of SIWES, Professor Grace Sokoya, said the visit was in line wi SIWES’ mandate “to co-ordinate the acquisition of Relevant Production Skills (RPSs) of students and their Industrial Training, in order to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom and actual practice in the industrial world”. She stated that her Directorate was the link between National Universities Commission (NUC), the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the various industries and organisations where FUNAAB students would acquire the relevant skills and experiences. She added that the visit also enabled the students in the various COBFAS locations to know what was required of them as far as SIWES was concerned and that the training programme would equip the students with the relevant field training experience that will make them familiar with the job after graduation.

Meanwhile, students at the locations expressed joy at the visit and thanked the University Management for exposing them to field work in agricultural practice. On the team were: Dr. Idowu Osinuga, representing COLNAS Board; Dr. Martha Bemji, representing COLANIM Board; and Dr. Segun Odeyemi, representing COLPLANT Board, among others.

FUNAAB currently has four COBFAS locations spread accross the geo-political zones in Ogun State. They are Isaga-Orile, Odogbolu, Ode-Lemo and Iwoye-Ketu.


PenCom Verification Exercise for Retiring Varsity Staff

The National Pension Commission is set to organise verification and enrollment exercise for employees in the service of the Federal Government that are due for retirement between January and December 2015, having attained 65 or 70 years of age, for employees of tertiary institutions.

The University Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola, said that the exercise was in line with the provisions of Section 12 of the Pension Reform Act 2004 and part of the implementation process for the issuance of the Federal Government Retirement Bond. Members of the University community, who are due for retirement between January and December 2015, have been requested to submit their data to the Senior Assistant Registrar (Pension), Pension Unit, to enable them participate in the Retirement Benefit Enrollment Exercise, to be held this year.

The exercise, which is held once in a year also covers employees, who intend to retire; withdraw their services from the University between January and December 2015; and those that retired voluntarily or withdrawn their service from the University but are yet to be enrolled by the Commission. The Registrar enjoined the would-be participants to utilise the opportunity of the exercise to enroll, so as to get their benefits.

FUNAAB to Collaborate on Improving Cassava Fertility

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, has approved a formal collaboration between the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and  the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, on the development of a proposal for the actualization of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative on ‘Improving Fertility Management System for Cassava’.

Granting the approval at a meeting with the Co-ordinator of the project, Mr. Cecil Osei ofIFDC, the Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako frowned at the practice which excludes turning natural resources into the value-chain process, stressing that this played a vital role in productivity.

According to him, lots of research proposals had ignored the importance of Soil Management to their researches, terming it as just applying fertilizer to soil for soil fertility. The Vice-Chancellor commended the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, while assuring all of the unflinching support of the University. He stated that the University, through its Grants Management Directorate, had managed numerous research grants successfully and with a track-record of accountability in the course of executing the projects. He said, “I am happy that you have come to look at the critical area of soil management and like I said earlier, you are in the right place, with the right people and we believe strongly in the personnel we have that they shall do the right thing”.

Responding, Mr. Cecil Osei ,lauded the University for operating a vibrant Grants Management Directorate and for successfully hosting the last International Society of Tree and Root Crops Conference held in 2012, which speaks volume of the high standard of the University. Giving an update on the proposal, he said that it will be in the form of a unique consortium in which the main focus of the donor would not only be on detailed agronomy research,, but also on how to improve research focus.

He expressed confidence that going by the antecedents of FUNAAB in managing the C: AVA project, he was sure that the University would deliver when the proposal finally sailed through. Earlier, the Director of Grants Management, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo stressed that “FUNAAB is expected to work on soil fertility for cassava farms; IFDC is going to contribute on the fertilizer aspect in terms of which is the best fertilizer regime for growing cassava; IITA will put in agronomy and breeding while Umudike and Crop Research Institute in Ghana will add cassava farm management system into it”.

He said that the proposal, when approved would be of immense benefit to the University because presently, FUNAAB was working on the C:AVA project, which is a value-chain, market-led project and that its inclusion allow afford the University to research into how to boost the productivity of cassava farms.

Ogun State FCC Coordinator Seeks Varsity’s Support

The new State Coordinator, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Ogun State Office, has paid a courtesy call on the Management of the University to solicit for its support in realising the mandates of the commission.

Giving a brief account of FCC, the State Coordinator, Mr. Ademuyiwa Adeniran, said the commission was set up to ensure equity, fairness, justice and to give a sense of belonging to all Nigerians. He said that corporate organisations were expected to advertise job vacancies in at least two national dailies; one in the south and the other in the north while short-listing and recruitment should be based on merit.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Felix Salako, assured the State Coordinator of FUNAAB's continued support. “The FCC is not strange to FUNAAB, as no interview is conducted in the University that the FCC is not invited for”, he stated. He added that the University had always complied with due process in its recruitment exercises and expressed the hope that the country would soon become a place where unemployment had become a thing of the past.


FUNAAB Fulfils Research Agreement Mandate

The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), under the competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) funded Tomato Transformation Project in the University, has fulfilled its part of a research agreement, by presenting a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine to its collaborator in the project; the Biotechnology Advanced Laboratory, Abuja.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Principal Investigator, Dr. Akinola Popoola, disclosed that at the inception of the project, an agreement was reached that a PCR machine would be handed over to its collaborator (BAL).to him, the major objectives of the project include developing the protocols for efficient regeneration of the variants of farmers-preferred local varieties of tomato. Dr. Popoola stated that by the development, the first three objectives of the initiative had been completed with the assistance of Italian collaborators.appreciated ARCN for the level of work done under the CARGS-funded Tomato Transformation Project and solicited for the support of Management in bringing the project to a successful conclusion.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, who was represented at the occasion by the Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT), Professor ‘Goke Bodunde, commended BAL for the existing relationship, as he expressed the desire of the University to maintain collaborative relationship with the laboratory. Reiterating the University’s commitment to fulfilling all agreements it entered into, the Director of Grants Management, Dr. Kolawole Adebayo, also said FUNAAB was engaging in a wide range of collaborative research activities without compromising accountability and transparency, as he encouraged the Principal Investigator to liaise with the Directorate of Grant Management for the necessary support. “In that budget, our University annually has its own research grants other than what we get from outside and this year; the University has increased its budget for research, from 12 to 20 million Naira”.

The representative of BAL, Mr. Charles Osuji, appreciated the University for fulfilling its side of the agreement, while assuring that on the part of BAL, it would ensure that the existing formal agreement between the two organisations was sustained.

One-Day Strategic Plan Workshop

THEME: Strategic Plan (2014-2020): Roadmap Towards a World-Class University

(i)      Objectives of the Workshop

The underlisted were identified as the objectives of the workshop:

(a)      Sensitization and mobilization of stakeholders to harvest inputs towards the generation of a new Strategic Plan for the University.

(b)     Setting the Agenda for a new Strategic Plan (2014 – 2020).    Read more

FUNAAB BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTRE TRAINING PROGRAMMES 2014

The Federal University of Agriculture Biotechnology Practical Training Programmes comprising:

  • Molecular techniques in the detection of Human Food-Borne pathogens and Toxing using DNA isolation and PCR amplication
  • Molecular diagnoses of Animals and Plant diseases- Pathogenomics
  • Basic genomic transformation and sex reversal for improved growth in fishes.
  • Basic genomic analysis in Plant and microbes.

will be running concurrently from 22nd to 28th June, 2014.

Intending participants are to send their letter/SMS of intention to participate to any of the following addresses.

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Training Fees: N40, 000

Postgraduate Student with I.D. card 25% Discount

Nomination for Staff Award

The Committee on Determination of Criteria for Staff Nominations of Awards (CODOCSNAS) invites all interested members of the University community to nominate deserving staff for

  1. Research Productivity Award for Academic Staff (Senior and Junior Categories)
  2. Performance Award for Non-teaching Staff (Senior and Junior Categories)

 

Nominees must have spent at least 5 years in the service of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta to qualify for the award in the Senior Academic Staff, Junior Academic Staff, Senior Non-teaching Staff and Junior Non-Teaching Staff categories.

Download and fill the nomination for the category of your nominee below

Attach filled nomination form as an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 12 noon Wednesday 14th May, 2014

For enquiries: contact 08033187654

Researcher of the week: Professor Babatunde A. ADEWUMI

Professor Babatunde A. ADEWUMI has post graduation professional and academic experiences of over 25 years. He obtained Bachelor of Science (BSc.) and Master of Science (MSc.) degrees at the University of Ibadan in 1986 and 1988 respectively in Agricultural Engineering. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in 2005. He has been privileged to work at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (1988 - 2008); University of Ilorin, Iliorin (2000 - 2001), Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India (2005 - 2006); and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (2008  to date). His major areas of research focus include:
Development of machines for handling animal and crop materials
Storage of crop materials
Aerodynamic modeling and trajectories of material flow in cross flow systems
Classification of heterogeneous materials in horizontal air flow
Material transport in air
Agro-material handling
Professor Adewumi rose through the ladder of academic prowess to become a Professor of Food Engineering in 2008. As an erudite scholar, he has a great wealth of research experience which culminated into over 100 academic publications in reputable journals, peer reviewed conference proceedings, books, technical reports etc. He has also developed an aerodynamic model for determining the dimensions of grain classifier and for particle dynamics studies. He has supervised over 200 undergraduate and post graduate students. As an international scholar, Professor Adewumi has won many national and international scholarship/award/recognition such as United Nations University (UNU) Fellowship for advanced research in food engineering in 2005 and awards of excellence by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Abeokuta Branch and Nigerian institution of Agricultural Engineers, Ondo State Branch in 2008 and 2012 respectively. He is editor and reviewer for several reputable journals. He has served and serving as external examiner for undergraduate and post graduate programes for many polytechnics and universities both witin and outside Nigeria.

Professor Adewumi is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers and Nigerian Society of Engineers; and member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, India and the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology. He has developed over 30 agro-food processing machines and original inventions, many of which were published in reputable journals.

Professor Adewumi has served served in many committees in the University system. He was the Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering Department at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta for 4 years (2008 to 2012). He was a member of the immediate past Governing Board of the National Center for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), Ilorin. He is the current National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers and a member of the National Executive Committee and Council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He is the current Chief Inspector of the Ogun State Engineering Regulation Monitoring for the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria. Professor Adewumi is a member of the team that drafted the document that won the centre of excellence in Agriculture and sustainable environment in 2013 for the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Some of his recent scientific publications include:

  • Waheed, M.A., Oni, A.O., Adejuyigbe, S.B., Adewumi, B.A., and Fadare, D.A. 2014. Performance enhancement of vapor recompression heat pump. Applied Energy 114:  69–79. UK.

 

  • Adewumi B. A. 2013. Strategies for transforming agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy. Proceedings of the International Engineering Conference and AGM of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria. December 9 – 14, 2013.

 

 

  • Adewumi B.A, 2012. Process equipment design. Specially invited article in the maiden edition of Process Equipment Plant Magazine: A publication of the Raw Material Research & Development Council, Nigeria. 1: 1-10

 

  • Ogedengbe, T.S., Adejuyigbe, S.B., Ismaila, S.O., Adewumi, B.A.,  and Ali, D.M. (2012).     Computer Aided Plant Layout Development for an Aluminum Product Factory. The     Pacific Journal of Science and Technology. 13 (1): 358 – 371.     http://www.akamaiuniversity.us/PJST13_1_358.pdf.

 

  • Adewumi, B. A. 2010. Important engineering issues in the post harvest technology and quality assurance for fruits and vegetables in Africa. In: Biotechnology Development and threat of climate change in Africa: The case of Nigeria (Vol. 2), Adebooye, C. A., Taiwo, K. A. and Fatufe, A. A (Eds.). Book Project of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation published by Cuvillier Verlag Gottingen, Pp 53-62 Germany.

 

  • Adewumi, B. A. 2009. Agricultural and food process engineering in Nigeria: Trends, challenges and prospects. Journal of Science, Food and Hospitality. 1 (1): 6-12. Nigeria.

 

  • Mangaraj, S., Singh, R and Adewumi, B. A. 2009. Wild caster (Jatropha curcas, L): A viable raw material for bio- diesel production in developing nations. Raw Material Update. 2(2): 32-34. Nigeria

 

 

  • Mangaraj, S., Singh, R and Adewumi, B. A. (2008). Impact of milling techniques on the particle size  distribution of turmeric powder. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 45 (5): 416–419. www.afsti.in/art_journ_jfst.php?journalid=12 - 95k. India.

 

  • Adewumi, B. A., O. C. Ademosun and A. S. Ogunlowo. 2007a. Design, fabrication and preliminary testing of a thresher-cleaner for legume. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 44(3): 276-280. http://www.afsti.in/art_journ_jfst.php?journalid=2. India.

 

  • Adewumi, B. A. 2007b. Modeling the performance of a manually operated legume dehuller using dimensional analysis technique. Botswana Journal of Engineering. 16 (2): 29 – 35. Botswana.

 

  • Adewumi, B. A. 2007c. Effect of some crop parameters on the performance characteristics of a manually operated plantain chipping machine. Botswana Journal of Engineering 16 (2): 23 – 28. Botswana.

We Can Manage Multi-Million Grants, Says VC

The Vice-Chancellor, and President, Association of African Universities, Professor Olusola Oyewole had stated that FUNAAB was very experienced in managing and participating in large, multi-country research and development projects such as C:AVA I and C:AVA II. The Vice-Chancellor spoke during the Project Launch and Business Meeting of the Cassava: Adding Value to Africa II Project (C: AVA II), held recently in Lagos.

He acknowledged that “the choice of Nigeria and a Nigerian institution to coordinate the C:AVA II Project had been made easy by the recognition of the effort our country had made in the last few years of transforming our Agriculture through the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), the relentless positioning of Nigeria’s Agriculture in the right perspective by our Honourable Minister, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina and our drive of a Cassava Transformation Agenda in particular, as befitting the world’s leading nation in Cassava production and consumption”. He described FUNAAB’s work in the cassava sector as historical, noting that the University had worked in partnership with several world-leading institutions, many of who were represented at the launch, to chart a course for the development of the crop.

Meanwhile, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina has launched the Cassava: Adding Value to Africa II Project, as he described the cassava industry as wealth and job creator that could turn around the economy of the country. The Minister, who was represented by his Senior Technical Assistant, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Adetunji, stated that the Cassava Transformation Agenda (CTA), which was developed by his ministry was aimed at commercialising the cassava industry in five different value-chain, in order to bring the glory of cassava up to the global competitive level.

The Minister described Nigeria as the largest producer of cassava in the world, with an annual production of 40 million metric tonnes, representing 19 per cent of the world’s production. According to Dr. Adesina, Nigeria, being the leading producer, it is expected that the cassava industry alone would generate an estimated 1.3 million jobs among Nigerians, while it is envisaged that the number would increase. He stated that the major feature of the CTA was the production of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF), which is aimed at promoting the Cassava Bread value-chain that would reduce the annual import bill being incurred on wheat and encourage local production of cassava flour.achieving this goal accordingly, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had embarked on the mission of providing the enabling environment for the commodity and its derivatives.

He added that the intervention of his ministry to the CTA initiative include the establishment of Cassava Bread Development Fund, upgrading of Small and Medium Scale enterprises, floating of 22 medium high quality cassava flour plants and the training of Master Bakers. The Minister commended Professor Lateef Sanni, Country Manager and Dr. Kola Adebayo, Project Manager of C:AVA II, both of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), for the impressive handling and execution of C:AVA I Project, which culminated into the newly-launched C:AVA II Project.

Highlights at the occasion include special messages from Professor Andrew Westby; Orin Hasson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; of goodwill messages by partners from Ghana; Tanzania; Uganda; Malawi and the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom; and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan as well as panel discussion on the cassava sector in Nigeria.

Zuriel Oduwole’s Lecture thrills FUNIS Students

It was an educative, informative and interesting time, awhile ago, at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta International School (FUNIS), as students were held spellbound by the young, talented and dynamic Zuriel Oduwole, who challenged them never to give up on their dreams to attain greatness in life. Delivering a motivational talk titled, Dream Up, Speak Up and Stand Up, was the 12-year-old girl Nigerian, based in the United States of America.


The 8th Grade student of Connections Academy, revealed that she would love to become an author, an athlete and President of the United States of America and that “dreaming is important because your dreams, along with your actions, could help determine the future and if it is big enough, it could determine the future of many other people as well”.

The Global Ambassador of the Ethiopian Airlines, said the likes of Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr, the American civil right activist fought for the empowerment of the African child because in the past, African-Americans were being discriminated against and this awareness had now culminated into the emergence of the first black American President, Barack Obama.

She added that President Nelson Mandela also had a similar belief in his dream for South Africa, when he fought against the apartheid of South Africa, which led to its eventual collapse. On the value of education for the girl-child, she said the call is arousing more interest with another young, a Pakistani girl speaking on the issue, despite being attacked by the terror group, Taliban, in 2012.

Zuriel charged the students never to give-up when they fall but should rather rise from such experience and wax stronger because successful people often fall before succeeding in life. Those whom she said did not give-up after failing include Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC outfit, who was turned down after 1009 attempts to sell his recipe, as well as Walt Disney, the founder of Disney World, who was turned down 302 times before making success out of his Disney World.

She charged them to make God the strong foundation on which they would build their dreams, disclosing that just as her name Zuriel suggests; "God is my rock, God is her foundation", she stated.

We caught up with Zuriel and here is what she had to say;

:Looking at your journey so far, is there anything you think you would have done better or that you would like to change?
Z:I have no regrets or anything I would love to change except for wishing that I wasn’t doing and I try to see if there is anything that I can improve upon, anything I can add to a speech, and anything I can do to help improve the life of the girl-child.In Nigeria, I still see a lot of girls on the streets, trying to sell things and I think what Nigerians could do is to do their best to get all the girls in Nigeria to get educated.
Q:What is the motivation behind the girl-child education and Rebranding Africa Campaign?
Z:What motivates me is the girl-child because I see problems that they are facing everyday and because I am a girl-child and specifically, an African girl-child. I don’t like seeing those things. So, I want to do something about that problem.
Q:Do you have a role model?
Z:My role model is Jesus Christ because I follow Him in the right ways of life.
Q:What parting words do you have for the students of FUNIS?
Z:My parting words for the students of this school are that they should stay educated and make sure they make good grades.

Ademola Oduwole (Zuriel’s Father)was also there. Excerpts:
Q:this part of the world, Sir, parents place more emphasis on certificates
before allowing their kids to venture into anything that is not traditional. What is your take on this, Sir?
:Culture is a major issue that we cannot overcome in a day, or a week, a month, a year or 10 years or so. It has to look at the upbringing as well. But again, we can’t turn down the culture because they are some serious value of culture of respect of honour but there are also new opportunities. The world has changed. For instance, 30 years ago, there were no computers as they are today and then the computer revolution has happened. So, parents can’t say, be a doctor, be a lawyer. How about be a Software Engineer, be a Software Designer, be a Computer Programmer or a Graphic Artist? Those things were not available 30 years ago. So, parents need to educate themselves a little bit about what is going on out there and that would help kids because times have changed but a lot of us parents haven’t changed with the time. So, we are still trying to hold the kids back and say you have to be a lawyer, or you have to be a doctor. No, you don’t have to be.