AAUA Campus Has Tourism Potentials, One of Africa’s Best –American Researcher

AAUA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun (7th L), Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun (6thL), University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi (3rdR), Guest Lecturer, Dr. Isaac Oyeniran (4thR), and other officers of the University and Faculty of Science in a group photograph at the end of the 2017 Faculty Lecture…on Tuesday. Photo: IPPRU, AAUA

A Nigerian-born American Researcher, Dr. Isaac Oyeniran, has described the scenery of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, Nigeria, as a potential tourist haven and one of the best in the West-African sub-region.

Dr. Oyeniran, a researcher with Syngenta Crop Protection L.L.C, North Carolina, U.S.A, and Guest Lecturer at AAUA’s Faculty of Science Lecture, last week, delivered his lecture on the topic entitled, “Sustainable Food Production Systems in Nigeria: Invention by Syngenta Inc.

He said, “Adekunle Ajasin University has a unique landscape. I have been to many universities in West Africa, and must confess that the beautiful landscape and mountains that decorate the Campus differ from others. These, he said, make it touristy and conducive for knowledge impartation. God has already blessed this University. It’s left to the managers to make the most use of the natural resources here.”

Syngenta is one of the biggest Biotech Companies in the world with a mission to solve food related problems through Biotechnology by helping the Small Holds Farmers – who are the major food producers especially in the developing countries to yield more, protect crops from insects, preserve their environments, thereby enhancing global food security.

Dr. Oyeniran, who said Biotechnology is not a new phenomenon, explained that it has to do with the bringing together of genes from related or distant species to form a new variety.

He regretted that many countries that are not as developed as Nigeria have adopted Biotechnology, yet Africa is not moving in this direction despite its incremental population growth, and despite global subscription to it.

“The world population is growing at a very high rate and the land is shrinking. Despite these realities, the third world countries who are major contributors to global population growth seem to worry less about how to ensure that there is food security for the growing population”, Oyeniran said.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, in his Remarks, thanked Dr. Oyeniran, on behalf of the University for accepting to deliver the Lecture, and congratulated the Dean and members of the Faculty of Science on the success of the Lecture. He noted that the University is very proud of the Faculty Science for the strides it’s making.

The VC described the topic of the Lecture topical and relevant, not only to Nigeria, but to the world at large. He stressed the importance of food security to the world and promised that the University would look into possible areas for partnership with Syngenta.

He said, “The topic of the Lecture has, beyond Nigeria, a global relevance. Of the three man’s basic needs, food is the most critical of them. Food security is a global problem as there is an increasingly competitive need for it. As a country, Nigeria needs sufficient food production to meet up with her level of food consumption.”

Poor Funding, Threat to Functional Education – AAUA VC

AAUA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun (4thR); DVC, Prof. Olugbenga Ige (3rdL); Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun (5thL); University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi (3rdL); Chairman, House C’ttee on Education, Hon. Bankole Felemu; and other officers of the University and Lawmakers in a group photograph at the end of a familiarisation visit to the University…on Monday. Photo: IPPRU, AAUA

The Vice Chancellor, of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has identified poor funding as a major threat to achieving a functional, comparable education in Nigeria.

Prof. Ajibefun said this, last week, in the AAUA Senate Chamber, while playing host to Ondo State House of Assembly’s Committee on Vocational, Technical and Tertiary Education, who visited the campus on a familiarisation tour.

He said, “Poor funding of Nigeria’s educational sector causes setbacks for its inherent ability to compete globally. Adequate funding is inevitable if Nigeria must compete globally with her peers in the education sector, while Universities must be up and doing in finding creative ways of sourcing funds. Asides dependence on governments, parents, corporate organisations, and wealthy individuals must aid the education sector for it to soar with peers.”

The VC, who thanked the Committee for their time and for finding AAUA worthy of visiting, said, the University strives to always give its best, producing the best in the various fields even in the face of dwindling economy and meagre resources. He explained that universities need good facilities to inject the best skills that would enable students to have relevant skills and compete globally.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Bankole Felemu, who led the team to the University, commended the level of infrastructural development at AAUA, especially the Senate Building, which he described as one of Nigeria’s best.

Other members of the team are: Rt. Hon. Malachi Adeniyi Coker, Hon. Jamiu Suleiman Maito, Hon. Kazeem Musa, Hon. Fasogbon Akinyele, Hon. Ebiwonjumi Sola, Hon. Mukaila Musa, Hon. Akinsoyinu Olugbenga Ifedayo, Chief Oyadeyi O.K, Mrs. Tope Abiona and Mr. Anota.

AAUA Staff School Honours Outgoing Staff

Headmaster of AAUA Staff School, Dr. J. O. Ehineni (4thL) in a group photo with the outgoing staff members of the school…on Tuesday. Photo: IPPRU, AAUA

Four outgoing members of staff of the Adekunle Ajasin University Staff School have been commended for their commitments and hard work in the course of their services to the school.

The Head Master of the school, Dr. J.O. Ehineni, gave the commendation on Tuesday last week, during a send-off programme organized to honour the staff.

Two of the four staffers, Mrs. Olugbode and Mrs. Faduyi, retired from the services of the school, while Dr. Osakuade and Mrs. Ayodeji were redeployed to different departments in the University.

Dr. Ehineni said, “I want to sincerely thank our outgoing staff for their immense contributions to the development of this school, and that is why you are being celebrated today.

“I use this medium to encourage others who are still here to imitate those that are being honoured today and surpass their achievements. Remember that whatever you do today is being taken note of.”

Responding on behalf of the outgoing staff, Dr. Osakuade, thanked the school management for honour done on them. He said it was a privilege to part of the numerous successes recorded by the school in the past 15 years of its existence.

AAUA Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige (5thL), with the Alale of Akungba, Oba Isaac Adeyeye (4thL), veteran actor, Pa Peter Fatomilola (6thL), with other Nollywood stars and some students during a visit to Isese Lagba Group of the University…on Thursday. Photo: IPPRU, AAUA