CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS & PROTOCOLS

                                                     

        

                                                                                      VOL. 23 NO. 12

 

5th OCTOBER, 2017

ADMISSION INTO FUTA IS BASED ON MERIT

-VICE CHANCELLOR

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, Professor Joseph Fuwape has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the 2017 Post UTME Screening Exercise which began on the 5th of October and scheduled to end on 10th October, 2017.

He said thorough screening process was imperative to select the very best amidst so many candidates vying for few available spaces.

Fuwape said the aptitude test is designed to evaluate the competence and critical reasoning skills of candidates and to ascertain their level of intelligence.  The Vice-Chancellor said over 22,000 candidates applied to FUTA, with 13,500 meeting the requirement that qualified them for the ongoing screening exercise. He said FUTA’s carrying capacity of 3,500 necessitated the competitive selection process which is designed to ensure the admission of students based strictly on merit. Fuwape affirmed FUTA as a preferred brand and an academic destination of choice and wished the prospective candidates success. Speaking on the National Universities Commission (NUC)’s decision to halt admission into management courses for Federal Universities of Technology and Agriculture, Fuwape said affected students have been duly notified on the development. He said a committee has been set up by the Committee of Vice-Chancellor (CVC) to look into the issue.

Corroborating the Vice Chancellor, the Chairman of the University’s Admissions Committee, Professor Olatunde Arayela, reaffirmed that in line with extant tradition the admission process will be merit driven with the adoption of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) Central Admission Process System (CAPS) paradigm. He said each programme will have its own cut off mark which will be determined by its carrying capacity and only those who meet the cut-off point will be offered admission. One of the candidates, Josiah Babatunde, aspiring to study Architecture, described FUTA as high ranking Institution of higher learning.  He said the test was smooth, hitch free and conducted in a peaceful and conducive environment.

 

FUTA INTRODUCES NEW VARIETY OF TOMATOES

A new variant of tomatoes named Eva F1 has been introduced into Nigeria courtesy of a collaborative effort between the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) and the Teaching and Research Farm (TRF) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. The Eva F1 Tomato is a variety five times bigger in size than the commonly available one in the Nigerian market and it is capable of producing paste more than four times the latter. The Eva F1 tomato has the rare quality of imperishability over a period of two weeks from date of harvest.At a formal presentation of the first harvest of the product to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adeola Fuwape, the Dean, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Professor Taiwo Amos in company of the FUTA Farm Manager, Mr. Olajide Adedayo said the Eva F1 seedling was imported from Israel and carefully nurtured in FUTA’s Green House under controlled temperature. Adedayo described the development as the actualization of part of the mandate and determination of the University to put science to work for the society. He said the Teaching and Research Farm under the watch of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology has gone into the farming and production of Tomato Eva F1 variety in the Green House using modern farming technique.  He said High crop yield is achieved under a small area of land as a unit of the Green House covers 192m2 (8m x 24m).

 

Speaking further on the advantages of the new variety and its potentials, Adedayo said “with this technology, the Tomato crop will be grown and produce round the season.  The Eva F1 Tomatoes are organically produced and an indeterminate hybrid variety with an extended shelf life, good resistance to cracking with flower setting at high temperatures. On the gestation period, he said “the first harvest of the fruits started after three months of planting and we hope to continue the harvest for the next six months. Departments in the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology such as Agricultural Extension and Communication (AEC) and Food Science Technology, (FST) are already involved in a joint research effort through sampling the fruit for analysis and to determine the level of its nutritional content for finished product such as Tomato paste, Ketchup etc.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fuwape described the successful cultivation and production of the Eva F1 Tomatoes as another proof of FUTA’s robust contributions to the development of the country through pursuit of excellence in its area of core mandates.

 

He called on investors and interested agencies to partner with the university in order to engender massive cultivation of the new variety and stimulate its contributions to the economy.

 

FUTA road to the cultivation of Eva F1 tomatoes began with the immediate past Dean of SAAT, Professor Shadrack Akindele who saw the product on a working visit to Israel, got linked with Dizengoff Nigeria, had a discussion with the organization and sold the idea to the University Management and got approval for its cultivation and production   through a Green House modern farming technique.

 

FUTA’S GOVERNING COUNCIL VISITS AKEREDOLU

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Senator Joseph Waku has commended the Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his result oriented governance and clear vision for the development of the state. The Pro Chancellor gave the commendation when he led the Council of the University on a courtesy visit to the governor. He said the Governor has displayed leadership and commitment to good governance in his administration and governance of the people of Ondo State. Senator Waku also lauded Governor Akeredolu for the conceptualization of the Akure Tech-hub, collaboration between Ondo State Government and FUTA that is domiciled in the University.

 

In his response, Governor Akeredolu said FUTA was an institution to beat in academic excellence. He said the Institution has carved a niche for itself in learning and research.

 

Akeredolu assured the Pro-Chancellor and the Council of the total support of the State Government in enabling FUTA to hold its own among top Universities in the continent.

 

The Pro-Chancellor was accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, Principal Officers of the University and members of the University’s Governing Council.

 

US CONSULATE, FUTA TO DEEPEN COLLABORATION

The Public Affairs Officer of United States of America Consulate General, Lagos Darcy Zotter has signified the readiness of the consulate to partner with the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) on academic, exchange and research related programmes.  Zotter stated this during a working visit to the university. She said due to FUTA’s pedigree in research and related activities which recently culminated in the award of 2017/2018 FULBRIGHT Senior Research Scholarship to Dr (Mrs.) Folasade Olajuyigbe of FUTA’s Department of Biochemistry, the consulate would want a strengthened relationship with FUTA. She also encouraged FUTA staff and students to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship saying it would be an opportunity for FUTA students and middle level academic and non-academic staff to broaden their horizon and tap into cutting edge fellowship that would advance their careers.

 

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape commended the effort of the consulate at ensuring the advancement of academic and research related efforts of the University. Professor Fuwape said FUTA has institutionalized international collaborations going by extant working relationships with some key global Universities and institutions.  He told his guests that the Fifth Batch of FUTA students recently departed for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), USA to complete their studies in fulfillment of the collaboration between both institutions.

The Vice-Chancellor emphasized that FUTA will continue to welcome collaborations in its areas of core competence stressing that the partnership with the consulate will be a win-win situation for FUTA and the Consulate. Professor Fuwape also commended Dr (Mrs.) Folasade Olajuyigbe, FULBRIGHT Senior Research Scholar, for her contributions to the deepening of the University’s global rating and also encouraged staff and students to take a cue from her.

 

IBULE MONARCH PLEDGES TO SUSTAIN COOPERATION WITH FUTA

The traditional ruler of Ibulesoro, one of the host communities, to the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Oba Adenibuyan Falowo, the Onibule of Ibulesoro has paid a royal visit to the Management of the University. Leading his chiefs, Oba Falowo acknowledged the contributions of the University to the development of tertiary education in the country and praised successive administration for maintaining the position of FUTA as the leading University of Technology. The traditional ruler expressed his happiness with the existing cordial relationship between his community and the University and called for its sustenance and promised the extension of his palace cooperation to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape.

 

Oba Falowo however appealed to Professor Fuwape to carry his palace and Ibulesoro community along in the scheme of things in the University. He solicited the assistance of the Vice-Chancellor in appointing qualified indigenes of his community into the University. He also called for inclusion of artisans from his community in construction works. Onibule said “take us as your partner in progress. We are very happy with the monumental development in FUTA and proud to say the University is the pride of Nigeria and also our pride. We are proud to be your host”.

 

Oba Falowo gave kudos to staff and students living in his domain. He said, “Your staff and students who live in Ibulesoro are of good behavior. They add value both morally and financially to our community”.

 

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape appreciated the cordial relationship that has existed between FUTA and Ibulesoro. He said the Management would continue to partner with the community as a responsible organization. He also promised to look into some of the demands tabled by the monarch. Professor Fuwape assured the monarch of peaceful coexistence between Ibulesoro and FUTA.

 

FUTA ALUMNUS SHARES EXPERIENCES ON GEOSCIENCES

A United State based alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA in the field of Applied Geology has urged upcoming Geoscientist to always evaluate their career desire and explore new avenues that can strengthen and broaden their skills for optimal performance. Victor Ogunmola, a member of the Membership Career Sciences Committee at American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Houston, Texas Area, United State of America made this known at a training in career opportunities in the energy industry and related disciplines for the post graduate students in the School of Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEMS) of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, recently.

Ogunmola who addressed the students on the concerns of early professionals and students in a dynamic world of price ups and downs said “the energy industry needs new geoscientists with the talent and drive to find, develop and produce the energy that people will need. To attain this, market yourself as accomplished scientists, skilled data analyst, a highly computer literate and educator”.

Speaking further, Ogunmola with more than a decade experience in the downstream sector appealed to participants to take courses that will give them the depth and breadth of the local content and also urged them to get active in the school students AAPG and the local professional Geological meetings to familiarize with local Geoscientists.

Taking a look into the future of the profession, he said “we will need a lot of geosciences professionals to replace those retiring and to accommodate the predicted job growth. In addition to making new discoveries, we need to get more out of what we already have found and technology and people to develop and apply it.”

To meet the demand of the downstream industry, Ogunmola called on participants to consider altering their academic path by adding additional classes and look for academic research projects that will help them to acquire additional experience. “Evaluate your career desire and don’t be afraid to try new avenues that can strengthen and broaden your skill set. These connections and skills will be valuable assets during the next industry expansion” he added.

He also encouraged them to be flexible and willing to step outside their comfort zones by taking risks. “To be the best as a Geoscientist, stay involved in professional and local societies, acquire a broad set of skills, take continuing education courses, demonstrate curiosity and a desire to learn, cultivate leadership and entrepreneurial qualities and network with individuals in multiple aspects of the industry” he said.

Ogunmola emphasized the need to write a good and properly packaged proposal, because from experience most applications from Nigeria do not scale through selection processes as a result of deficiency in packaging.

Speaking at the training the convener, Professor Yunusa Asiwaju-Bello lauded the efforts of Ogunmola, saying that participants should tap into the rich lecture to broaden their horizon and reshape their future.

He said the idea of the workshop addressing the concerns of early professionals was first borne out of Ogunmola’s desire to give back to his Alma Mata.

 

ROTARY CLUB DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS FUTA

The Governor of the of the Rotary Club International, District 9125, Engineer Nnoka Mbanefo has stated that the mission of the organization is structured towards inculcating leadership qualities in the youths and improving the total well being of rural communities.  He said this while leading other members of the District on a courtesy visit to the Management of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

 

Highlighting some of its activities, Engr. Nnoka said that the Rotary club is an international organization with 34,000 clubs around the world.  He said members of the club cuts across all ages from primary to tertiary Institutions and the working class.  He said the club had 1.25 million members worldwide with 8,000 members in Nigeria.

 

Nnoka said the concerted efforts of the club at eradicating Polio in Nigeria could not be overemphasized as it had spent 3 million US dollars to combat the scourge of the wild polio virus.

 

He however attributed the slow pace of achieving a completely Polio free environment to the crisis the North East and expressed optimism that as the crisis abates, a polio-free Nigeria is achievable.

 

The District Governor commended the Federal government for its support and collaboration in the fight for Polio eradication in Nigeria.  Nnoka lauded members of FUTA’s Rotaract Club for keeping the flag flying and acknowledged the cooperation of the Institution towards creating an enabling environment for the club to thrive.

 

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape said Rotarians were distinguished people who are ethically sound and making remarkable difference wherever they find themselves. Professor Fuwape said if the contents of the four way test used by Rotarians were imbibed by all and sundry, corruption in Nigeria will be eradicated and that the nation will achieve development at a rapid pace.

 

He appreciated the clubs efforts at combating Polio in the country and urged them not to relent in human capacity building. 

 

Thereafter the District Governor, the Vice-Chancellor and other officials of the Rotary Club took turns to plant trees as part of measures to beautify the landscape as well as to protect the environment.

 

FUTA SIGNS MoU ON MINING OPPORTUNITIES

The Federal University of Technology, Akure has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ELLE JAY Company, an indigenous company specializing in the area of mining of precious stones. Speaking at the occasion the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape lauded the efforts of the company saying this is the very first Private Public Partnership (PPP) in mining as far as Nigeria is concerned.   He said he was happy to be part of the development as it will put Nigeria on the world map in the area of mining and add value to the country’s export opportunities. Professor Fuwape said FUTA was on the right track through its working relationship with key players in the industrial and mining sector .

 

He said intellectuals, professors and students from the Institution with the collaboration with representatives of ELLE JAY will achieve a lot through a win win situation for both parties and the country. The Vice-Chancellor said initiative of this great magnitude will add value not just to FUTA and ELLE JAY but to Nigeria as a whole, stressing that whatever field Nigerians find themselves they soar and always excel because of their doggedness.

 

Expressing his confidence in the success of the MoU, Professor Fuwape said “I believe in the success of this relationship because at the moment a lot of our mining activities are handled by expatriates who portend a lot of danger for us.  We have a lot of human resources domiciled in our Universities that can help solve our challenges in the mining sector.  I believe collaboration like this will take us to places and earn our country more revenue.”

 

In a chat with the Head, Department of Mining, FUTA, Professor Boluwaji Olaleye he said the MoU initiated by a former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebisi Balogun and facilitated by the Director, International Office, Professor Thomas Ofuya is designed to organize and execute joint research activities in the areas of mine design, mineral processing, mine machinery and equipment development for Nigeria mineral resources.  He said it will also aid the exchange Faculty staff for short, medium or long-term period which will enhance and guarantee further scientific, scholarly and professional cooperation in research and project execution.

Olaleye added that the MoU will facilitate access to funds from International Organizations and foundation for other collaborative research activities and provision of equipment to enhance teaching, research and development.

 

He also said it will enhance organization of joint conferences, seminars, symposia, special short-term academic programmes, the exchange of publications for scientific, scholarly, teaching and information purposes in order to strengthen existing friendly relationships between the two organizations.

 

Professor Olaleye acknowledged the contributions of Professor Balogun in initiating the relationship and that of the Dean, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET), Professor Aremu Akintunde and the University legal Unit.

 

Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of ELLE JAY, Ms Jumoke Lawoyin said it’s a rare privilege for her to be witnessing the signing of the MoU.  She said it was high time Nigerians stopped begging for assistance from International financial Institutions as the country is wealthy enough to feed the world.  She described FUTA as a great Institution in Nigeria and said this informed the choice of the University for the MoU.

 

Also speaking a member of the team, Dr. Segun Lawoyin acknowledged the greatness of Nigeria and FUTA.  His words: “as opposed to what we hear about Nigeria and Nigerians outside, my interaction in recent time from the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development in Abuja to your mining department, everyone has been very friendly and very receptive toward me and others.  This is to justify the great human and material potentials in Nigeria and also make us confident that this MoU will not fail”.

 

OFFER OF APPOINTMENT AS TEACHING ASSISTANT

The following have been appointed as Teaching Assistants in the University:

S/N

NAME

DEPARTMENT

1.

Mr. M. O. Ogungbe

Estate Management

2.

Mr. Ibukun Oluwafemi Oyebamiji

Architecture

3.

Mr. Victor Momoh

Architecture

4.

Mrs. Olusola Omolofe

Statistics

5.

Mr. Osafu Augustine Egbon

Statistics

6.

Miss Oluwatoyin Fasusi

Statistics

7.

Miss Ifeoluwa M. Ojo

Microbiology

8.

Mr. Moses O. B. Ajayi

Microbiology

9.

Mr. O. O. Owoyemi

Microbiology

10.

Mr. I. O. Afolami

Microbiology

11.

Mr. A. Akintomide

Mathematical Science

12.

Mr. T. O. Adeloye

Mathematical Science

13.

Mr. J. Adegboro

Mathematical Science

14.

Mr. B. D. Obideyi

Mathematical Science

15.

Mr. E. O. Senewo

Mathematical Science

16.

Miss Deborah Oluwaseun Idowu

Computer Science

17.

Mrs. Ifeoma J. Umunakwe

Chemistry

18.

Mr. O. E. Ojo

Chemistry

19.

Miss O. S. Oludoro

Chemistry

20.

Mr. Oluwaseun Oyinsanmi Oyinlade

Industrial Design

21.

Mr. Ebenezer Odji

Industrial Design

22.

Mr. Onyemaechi John Nnamani

Surveying and Geoinformatics

23.

Mr. E. A. Oguntola

Biology

 

24.

Mr. O. D. Fapohunda

Biology

25.

Mr. Oluwafijimi Adetuyi

Biochemistry

26.

Mr. Ayodeji Adeola Adedeji

Biochemistry

27.

Mr. Oluwaseyi Gabriel Sunday

Project Management Technology

28.

Mr. Matthew Opemiku Oluwaloni

Project Management Technology

29.

Mrs. Bolanle Aderibaki

Business Administration

30.

Mr. E. O. Eresanya

Marine Science Technology

31.

Mr. O. S. Adeagbo

Marine Science Technology

32.

Mr. Sheriff Olumide Sanusi

Applied Geophysics

33.

Miss Motunrayo M. Odeyemi

Applied Geology

34.

Mr. Imoleayo O. Fatoyinbo

Applied Geology

35.

Mr. Samuel Akinyemi Shittu

Metallurgical & Material Engineering

36.

Mr. Ayotunde Oladimeji Faleye

Metallurgical & Material Engineering

37.

Mrs. Oluwafolakemi Ayo Olaniyan

Agricultural Extension & Communication

38.

Mr. Gbenga Gabriel Akinyemi

Agricultural Extension & Communication

39.

Miss Temitope Mary Jones

Crop, Soil & Pest Management

40.

Mr. Olufemi Dayo-Olagbende

Crop, Soil & Pest Management

41.

Miss Adelanke R. Daramola

Crop, Soil & Pest Management

42.

Mr. Bodunwa Ogunleye

Crop, Soil & Pest Management

43.

Mr. Olayinka O. Idumu

Crop, Soil & Pest Management

44.

Mr. Hammed Oluwatobi  Yusuf

Fisheries & Aquaculture Technology

45.

Mr. Joshua Oluwatobi Akinola

Fisheries & Aquaculture Technology

46.

Mr.  Kehinde Olusesan Babayemi

Agricultural Resource & Economics

47.

Mr. Tobi Jerome Aminu

Agricultural Resource & Economics

48.

Miss Comfort O. Iyiola

Building

49.

Mr. Charles G. Williams

Electrical & Electronics Engineering

50.

Mr. Emmanuel D. Philip

Mechanical Engineering

51.

Mr. Opeyemi Boboye

Forestry & Wood Technology

52.

Mrs. Adeola A. Adeboyejo

Forestry & Wood Technology

 

                                                                                   

 

                                                                                  VOL. 23 NO. 11

 

 23RD August, 2017

 

FUTA DEEPENS GLOBALIZATION DRIVE AS ANOTHER BATCH OF STUDENTS LEAVES FOR AMERICAN VARSITY

The fifth Batch of students for the exchange programme between the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) United States of America, have been charged to be good ambassadors of the University, the nation and their families. This charge came from the Management of FUTA at a departure send forth organized for them.

 

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape said he is pleased with and proud that the University is sending out another set of good, responsible and well-groomed students to FAMU. He said the FAMU/FUTA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2013 for research, collaboration and exchange programme has remained consistent whereby selected undergraduates with CPGA of not less than 3.0 from relevant departments complete their fifth year of undergraduate at FAMU but earn a FUTA degree under a split-size programme coded 4-1-1 and thereafter study for their master’s programme at the American University. The Vice-Chancellor said as ambassadors of FUTA to FAMU they should be diligent in their work and not lose focus. He urged them to make FUTA and Nigeria proud.

 

Professor Fuwape appealed to the parents of the students not to relent in supporting them spiritually, financially, emotionally and physically because the American environment is open to many vices. He said the students need the support of everybody to make them succeed.

 

Corroborating the Vice-Chancellor, the duo of Registrar and Director, International Office, Mr. Richard Arifalo and Professor Thomas Ofuya congratulated the students and urged them to be worthy ambassadors of FUTA. They encouraged them to work hard to qualify for the Master’s and Doctorate programmes after their first degree.

 

The immediate past Director of International Office, Professor Akintunde Akindahunsi admonished the students to be of good behavior and be focused, emphasizing that the visa granted is not a working visa but a student visa, so they should not engage in activities that would make them run afoul of the host country and the Institution.

 

Responding on behalf of the parents, Mrs. Temitayo Odewale thanked the University Management for making available the opportunity. She expressed her delight and urged her co-parents to rally round their wards financially to make them successful. She appealed to the students to be of good behavior and make their families, FUTA and Nigeria proud. She said opportunities like this are very rare and should not be jeopardized.

 

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Jegede Oladipo expressed his delight in scaling through the selection and thanked the University, their parents and the International Office for their various roles in making the trip a reality. He assured the University and their parents of making the best use of the opportunity and being of good behavior and worthy ambassadors.

 

The FUTA/FAMU Class of 2017 are: Odewale Opeyemi Tobiloba, Tokode Olayinka Ayodeji studying Quantity Surveying, Olaborode, Oluwaseunfunmi Samuel, Adetoyese Feyisola Mubarak, Food Science Technology, Arigbede Olumide Muyiwa Statistics and Jegede Oladipo Abiola, Metallurgical and Material Engineering.

 

FUWAPE DECRIES HIGH LEVEL OF MORAL DECADENCE AS FUTAMGA UNFOLDS PLAN FOR CONFERENCE

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Professor Joseph Fuwape has described increasing level of moral decadence in the country as the bane of national development. He made the assertion while playing host to the FUTA Muslim Graduates Association (FUTAMGA) that paid him a courtesy visit. Professor Fuwape who frowned at high moral decadence like robbery, kidnapping, killing for ritual purpose, religious intolerance, nudity, covetousness, among others said religious organizations like FUTAMGA have roles to play in curbing this negative societal menace. He said “in the seventies and eighties when we were growing up these vices were not pronounced. We saw ourselves as one, relating with and tolerating one another. When FUTA started in the eighties, we were all relating together as brothers and sisters helping one another to develop academically. It was so all over the nation too but what we see today among our youth is alarming. They demonstrate greed, nudity and so many other vices that are anti-development. This is why groups like FUTAMGA and other religious association should come in to stem the tide”.

 

Speaking further Professor Fuwape emphasized the need for religious harmony within the campus saying it is only when peace prevails on campus and the nation that development can be achieved.

 

Speaking earlier, President of FUTAMGA, Professor Buliaminu Kareem congratulated the Vice-Chancellor on his appointment describing him as one of the pillars of the University. Professor Kareem intimated the Vice-Chancellor about FUTAMGA’s conference slated for 30th August – 2nd September, 2017. He said it would be an opportunity and avenue to inculcate and show case what FUTAMGA entails regarding its vision and mission.

 

Also speaking, Dr. Olorunisola Saheed a former Futarian based in Malaysia said he has been part of the association for a long time. He said the association is forward looking, helping in building youth for the future. He commended the effort of FUTA Management for supporting FUTAMGA in its Green campus initiative.

 

Dr. Oluwanisola said part of the FUTAMGA’s activities is award of scholarship to high performing students and inculcating entrepreneurship into them. He said as a responsible organization with keen interest in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) the organization is already building hostels for students that will be given out at subsidized rate. The Chief Imam of FUTA, Dr. M. A. Idris expressed his happiness that peace is prevailing in FUTA and prayed that the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor will be remembered for taking FUTA to higher heights.

 

FG APPOINTS OGUNSEMI INTO BUILDERS REGULATORY BOARD

The Federal Government of Nigeria has appointed Professor Deji Rufus Ogunsemi of the Department of Quantity Surveying, (FUTA) as a member of the 6th Board of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON). The appointment is in recognition of his academic prowess and professionalism as an astute Quantity Surveyor who has contributed immensely to the building profession and also produced graduates at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Professor Ogunsemi is to represent tertiary institutions on the Board.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape has congratulated Professor Ogunsemi on his appointment. “I felicitate with you on your recent appointment as a member of the 6th Board of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) by the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is hoped that your representation on the Board at this time would be of immense benefit to the Building Profession and the University as well” the Vice-Chancellor said.

 

CORBON is the preeminent regulatory body for all professional builders in Nigeria.

 

OGUNTUASE BECOMES OAU LIBRARIAN

The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has appointed Dr. Femi Oguntuase, the immediate past University Librarian, FUTA as the new Librarian of the Institution.

 

Elated by the development the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape has congratulated the new OAU Librarian.

 

The Acting Director, Directorate of Establishment and Human Resource (DEHR), Mr. Ademola Bobola on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape in a congratulatory letter said “I write to convey to you the warm felicitations of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape and the University Management on your recent appointment as the University Librarian of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. The appointment which speaks volume of your track record of professional competence is not only well deserved but recognition of the University’s high standard of excellence”.

 

Professor Fuwape prays that God grants Dr. Oguntuase sound wisdom and robust health for a successful.

 

JEGEDE: A PRODUCTIVE, DILIGENT AND REMARKABLE TEAM PLAYER – VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape has described the late Dr. Gabriel Jegede, a Reader in the Department of Applied Geology, who passed on recently as a productive, diligent and remarkable team player. He stated this during a commendation service held in honour of the departed scholar at the Francis Idibiye auditorium of the Institution on Thursday, August, 17th, 2017.

In an oration on behalf of the University Management, Professor Fuwape in an emotion laden voice said “if there were people who made indelible mark on people and their chosen career, late Dr. Jegede was one of them.  He lived a life that was completely filled with service to humanity and worship of the Almighty God.  In all the places where he had worked, our late colleague was always singled out as one of the best example of highly committed, consistency productive, ever diligent and remarkable team player and team leader.”

 

Speaking on the numerous contributions of Dr. Jegede to knowledge, Professor Fuwape said “our dear friend has left indelible mark in the sand of time through his enormous research work, knowledge impartation and selfless community service.  Testimonies abound to show that he made tremendous contributions to the development of the University either as Acting Head of Department or as member or Chairman of several committees in the University.  He discharged these responsibilities conscientiously.  Therefore his valuable contributions to any assignment given to him will be greatly missed”.

 

Speaking relatedly, Dean, School of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Professor Pius Enikanoselu, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU (FUTA), Dr. Bola Oniya represented by the ASUU Secretary, Dr. Rotimi Adewumi and the Head, Department of Applied Geology, Dr. Opeloye Adelayo eulogized the late Dr. Jegede describing him as an amiable and hardworking colleague who will be sorely missed by all.

 

In a sermon, Professor Emmanuel Okogbue called on the living to make amends and change the course of their lives where necessary because death is inevitable.  He reminded the living of two destinations above – heaven and hell.

 

PROMOTION

Messrs J. O. Ogunleye and Johnson Asojo have been promoted to the grade of Workshop Supervisors in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural and Environmental Engineering of the University respectively.

 

UPGRADING

Dr. J. B. Olatujoye an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Technology have been upgraded to Lecturer II.

 

APPOINTMENT AS ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AND LECTURER

Professors A. B. Rabiu and A. S. Aguda has been appointed as Adjunct Professors in the Departments of Physics and Transport Management respectively.

 Also, Dr. O. S. Akinsomisoye, Dr. C. O. Akanni and Arc. (Chief) O. Bamisaye have been appointed as Senior Adjunct lecturer and Adjunct lecturers in the Departments of Physiology, Transport Management and Architecture respectively.

 

APPOINTMENT AS HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Professor (Mrs.) M. T. Olaleye has been appointed as Head, Department of Biochemistry for three years.

 

APPOINTMENT AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Doctors S. A. Adeduntan, O. O. Ojuri and E. A. Owoputi of Departments of Forestry and Wood Technology, Civil Engineering and Transport Management Technology have been appointed as Associate Directors, Water Production and Sales, Consultancy and Engineering Services and FUTA Bakery respectively, in the Business Development Company (BDC) of the University for one year.

 

COMPLETION OF Ph.D

Messrs O. O. Omosowone and O. K. Gbadamosi have completed their Doctorate programmes in the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology of the University.

 

RETIREMENT

Professor A. A. Oshodi of the Department of Chemistry is to retire from the services of the University with effect from 8th January, 2018.

 

VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT

The following staff are retiring voluntarily from the services of the University

S/N

NAME

DEPT.

SCHOOL

1.

Mr. M. S. Olorounfemi

MEE

SEET

2.

Mrs. T. N. Okoli

Dean’s Office

SAAT

3.

Mr. M. A. Sunmonu-Ogunmodede

EWM

SAAT

4.

Mr. Christopher Usifo

MEE

SEET

5.

Mrs. G. O. Shedowo

Works & Services

 

6.

Mr. Michael Olasoji Italoye

Works & Services

 

 

RESIGNATION

Mr. Babatunde John Ogunbadeniyi is resigning his appointment as Office Attendant II in the Students’ Affairs Division with effect from 1st November, 2017.

 

REGULARIZATION OF APPOINTMENT

Dr. B. Oluwaseyi Owolabi’s temporary appointment as Lecturer II in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning has been renewed.

 

RENEWAL OF CONTRACT APPOINTMENT

The contract appointments of the underlisted have been renewed

S/N

NAME

POST

1.

Mr. Jimmy Nse Udoh

Kitchen Attendant II

2.

Mr. Ayorinde Oluwasola Fatunla

Motor Driver I

3.

Mr. D. A. Sebolatan

Agricultural Technician II

4.

Mr. I. M. Ogunmakinwa

Project Officer II

5.

Mr. Alade Temitope Emmanuel

Farm Attendant II

 

REDEPLOYMENT

The underlisted members of staff have been redeployed

S/N

NAME

DESIGNA-TIONS

PREVIOUS

POSTING

NEW POSTING

1.

Mr. J.  I. Oluwole

Deputy Registrar

Council Affair’s

VC’s Office

2.

Mr. Y. T. Olugboji

Deputy Registrar

SEET

SAD

3.

Dr. T. S. Onayinka

Deputy Registrar

Registrar’s Office

SEET

4.

Mr. D. S. Daramola

Deputy Registrar

VC’s Office

Council Affair’s

5.

Mr. S. B. Akinsipe

Prin. Asst. Registrar

SEMS

SHHT

6.

Mr. E. Y. Olukolade

Prin. Asst. Registrar

SPGS

SEMS

7.

Mrs. E. O. Akosile

Prin. Asst. Registrar

Registry

(ERO)

CERAD

8.

Mrs. O. O. Adewumi

Prin. Asst. Registrar

SAAT

ERO

(Registry)

9.

Miss B. C. Mogaji

Prin. Asst. Registrar

CERAD

SMAT

10.

Mr. G. O. Ajayi

Prin. Asst. Registrar

SHHT

SMAO

11.

Mr. I. A. Kolawole

Prin. Asst. Registrar

SMAT

SAAT

12.

Mrs. O. F. Ariyo

Asst. Registrar

Registrar’s Office

CEGIST

13.

Mr. O. O. Adetokunbo

Asst. Registrar

DVC(A)

VC’s Office

14.

Mr. O. O. Ewuola

Admin. Officer I

DEHR

DVC(A)

15.

Mr. F. A. Adunbi

Admin. Officer I

Registry

(DEHR)

SPGS

16.

Mrs. A. A. Akinyugha

Admin. Officer I

Registrar’s Office

Registry (ERO)

17.

Mr. A, A. Oluwakoya

Admin. Officer I

DVC (D)

 

DEHR

18.

Mr. E. O. Boboye

Admin. Officer II

SMAO

DEHR

19.

Miss O. O. Agbelusi

Admin. Officer II

SET (Dean)

SPGS

20.

Mrs. K. A. Fagbohun

Admin. Officer II

Registry (DEHR)

Registrar’s Office

21.

Mrs. B. L. Akande

Admin. Officer II

Registrar’s Office

SET

22.

Mrs A. A. Adebiyi

Admin. Officer II

SPGS

DEHR

 

 

 

VOL. 23 NO. 10

 11TH August, 2017

AGRICULTURE IS CRITICAL TO HUMAN SURVIVAL

--FUWAPE

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape has encouraged students to embrace agriculture as a profession or vocation and become future agripreneurs.  He stated this while officially flagging off massive planting of crops and animal rearing for students in their practical session of General Agriculture Practical, CSP 210. Professor Fuwape accompanied by the Dean, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT), Professor Taiwo Amos and Farm Manager, Mr. Joseph Adedayo and other staff of the Teaching and Research Farm expressed the importance of farming to human survival.  They said Nigeria is blessed with fertile land and adequate rainfall suitable for planting all year round.  In view of this they encouraged students who are willing to embrace the back-to-land policy of the government by engaging in substantive or full farming.  The exercise is to train students on the art of farming.

 

While on a tour of the farm facilities, the Farm Manager, Mr. Adedayo described the Green House as a method of intensive cultivation that gives maximum productivity for vegetable.  Mr. Adedayo said the Green House serves against pest attack and some diseases that will ordinarily plague the crops on normal farm land.

 

He said the soils within the Green House are sterilized manure and humus soil expected to yield maximum output.  The Manager added that as small as the Green House is compared to hectares of land the yields will be more than what will be harvested on several hectares of land.

 

Also speaking the Dean (SAAT), Professor Amos said the idea of engaging the students in this exercise is to make them self-reliant and future agripreneurs.  The Professor said that the specie of the Tomato planted in the green house is rare saying the vegetable will do better as they are not exposed to the vagaries of harsh weather conditions.

 

At the Fish pond, the Field Consultant, Mr. Mike Ojuola described the project as a profitable one, saying it will not only serve as a fish farming depot but also an irrigation scheme to the nearby farm land around it.

 

Mr. Ojuola said the aim is to supply fish and replicate the idea in the neighbouring villages.  He said by the time the fish farm takes off, a minimum of ten tones will be harvested on a daily basis.  However the Field Consultant said funding is a major bottleneck they are experiencing.

 

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape commended the entire staff of SAAT and  the Teaching and Research Farm in their effort at ensuring that the back-to-land policy of the Federal government is sustained in FUTA. He also said that efforts will be fast tracked at ensuring that all required for the Farm and Fish pond to produce at optimum are provided as long as the normal due process is followed.

 

The training saw enthusiastic students planting seeds and caring for the animals.  It is truly a reflection that some of them may eventually become agripreneurs to help in food production to banish hunger and reduce poverty in the land.

 

FUTA SHOW CLASS IN CISCO COMPETITION

The Federal University of Technology, Akure emerged second in a competition organized by UNITES CISCO recently held at Victoria Island, Lagos.Seven higher Institutions participated with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria coming first. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, University of Jos, University of Lagos, University of Port Harcourt and Covenant University, Ota also took part in the competition. FUTA Cisco Team comprising Alayande Abdulwaheed, Emmanuel Afolabi, Clement Dike and Adegbola Adegoke all undergraduates students in the Department of Electrical Electronics Engineering (EEE) addressed the problem of Road Traffic Accidents in their project presentation that eventually clinched the second position. After identifying factors responsible as human, mechanical and environmental they focused on human factor which from statistics from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is the single most dominant cause of road traffic accidents.

 

To win silver medal Team FUTA developed Hermes project which is a cloud-based crowd sourced solution where end users (commuters) may rate the performance of a driver on a scale of 1 to 100. The project further stated that highly rated drivers attract reward and a poorly rated one is suspended from operation by the National Union of Road Transports Workers (NURTW) and will face Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) fine. The report of the findings further says that the current rating of a vehicle displayed on a Hermes box (H-Box) screen whereby a prospective commuter consults it and uses it to make a decision whether or not to take a ride on a particular vehicle.  A mobile application and websites are the end-user interface for rating and checking the rating of a vehicle.

 

In a chat with Team Manager, Babatunde Ige, he said prizes attached to the performance is 100% discount voucher to write Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Rating and Switching composite examination currently valued at $325, and also offers to engage participants on summer employment in 2017 and 2018.

 

The Head of Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Dr. Akinlolu Ponnle expressed his delight with the feat of the students, saying it is a further demonstration of the quality of students of the University.

 

In a congratulatory message, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape wrote “the University is indeed proud of this laudable achievement which has not only brought glory to the University at large and your Department in particular, but has further confirmed the status of our University as a Centre of Excellence.”

 

One of the participants, Adegbola Adegoke expressed his delight in the quality of teaching at FUTA and remarked that the University is a training ground for the willing.

 

He said the benefit of being Cisco Certified in CCNA is to make participants more talented and give them edge over their peers in the labour market.

 

He said “this competition has exposed us to the outside world better.  It is worth having.  I therefore appeal to my co students to partake in it”.

 

HOD, Dr. Akinlolu Ponnle and Cisco FUTA Team Manager, Babatunde Ige said the competition brings career prospect, exposure, friendship and collaboration to participants.

 

They said the competition in a fall out of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in September, 2016 between FUTA and Cisco.

 

FUTA HOSTS VETERINARY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA EDUCATION SEMINAR

The Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) from the Southern geographical zone of Nigeria has held a one-day professional continuing education seminar at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

 

Declaring the seminar open, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Engineer Alex Aragbaiye said the seminar was organized in accordance with the provision of the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1969, with the objective of raising the standard of veterinary practice in the country.  It is also to meet the challenges facing veterinary practices and finding solutions to the emerging and re-emerging diseases and other problems in livestock and other animals (pets and wild life).

 

He added that the theme of this year’s seminar which is “Sustainable Veterinary Contract System for Livestock and Livestock Products in Nigeria” is very timely at this time when animal disease control and surveillance are at their lowest ebbs. The governor assured that his administration will continue to provide the enabling environment for sustainable livestock production and guarantee safe public health in Ondo State.

 

Also speaking, Chairman, VCN, Professor Gabriel Ogundipe said the seminar is mandatory for the professionals, adding that it is educating and enlightening. Professor Ogundipe said quality of market produce for both local and foreign consumption must be checked.  He added that diversification is very important this time in the development of the economy, emphasizing on the dwindling price of fuel and that alternatives must be sought out in other areas of income generation, like animal rearing and production.  He commended FUTA management for its continuous support for the growth and development of the association.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academic), Professor Olatunde Arayela said that FUTA is always ready to accommodate the association whenever necessary.  He called on related Departments in the University to seize the opportunity of the seminar and key into the wealth of experiences shared by various lecturers.

 

Professor Abayomi Adebayo of FUTA’s Department of Animal Product