AAUA Mgt Meets Non-Teaching Staff, Restates Commitment to Welfare
Clockwise: The VC, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun (speaking) flanked by the Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun (L) and Bursar, Mrs. O. V. Ologun. Various cross sections of staff members at the meeting.
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun has restated the resolve of the University Management to always prioritize matters of staff welfare.
He stated this while clearing the air on some salient issues affecting the welfare of non-teaching staff members of the University held on campus on Wednesday last week.
The Vice Chancellor assured them that Management has always and will continue to prioritize matters relating to their welfare.
Prof. Ajibefun cautioned that no national or international agency will be willing to do business with the University if there is no peace and stability of academic activities on campus. He listed various steps taken to move the Institution forward and better the career growth of staff members.
He reminded the staff of plans to put up a solar-power plant capable of powering the entire campus complex, a development he said would boost academic and research activities of the University, as well as makes the working environment more conducive.
He added further that the Management has struggled to cope with meeting its obligations despite mounting challenges and financial inadequacy due to dwindling economy nationally.
The Vice Chancellor went down the memory lane reeling out how the University coped with payment of salaries and emoluments, as well as other benefits despite dwindling resources.
He thanked the staff of the University for their support and cooperation which he noted has led to unprecedented growth, stability, development and peaceful coexistence on campus.
Several members of the union who spoke lauded the efforts of Management in terms of welfare despite dwindling resources. They however asked for more even as they pointed out sore points like hazard allowance and pending staff promotion.
Responding, Prof Ajibefun, assured them that Management is constantly thinking of how to address the identified issues. He said certain demands within the purview of Management would be addressed within the limits of available resources while those to be tackled by the Governing Council would be tabled whenever a Council is put in place.
The meeting ended on a cordial note with the union members loudly applauding efforts and promises of Management even as they urged a speedy implementation of the promises.
Present at the meeting were Principal Officers, including the Registrar, Mr. M. S. Ayeerun; Bursar, Mrs. O. V. Ologun, FCA; University Librarian, Rotimi Egunjobi; as well as senior academic and non-teaching staff members, union leaders and many others.
AAUA partners Export Council on Cocoa Value Chain
Ondo State Government-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), has scored another first as it entered into a partnership with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Cocoa Value Chain.
The Memorandum of Understanding, which was inked on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, is aimed at developing the Cocoa Value Chain, especially at the upstream, with the ultimate goal of increasing non-oil export activities in Ondo and Ekiti States in particular.
Speaking, Alhaji Sidi Aliyu, the acting Chief Executive Officer of NEPC, said it was his honour to welcome the team from Adekunle Ajasin University to the headquarters of the Council in Abuja.
He explained that cocoa, as a leading globally-traded commodity, is strategic to the world economy as it contributed over $10billion to the total global non-oil export in the year 2016, excluding its derivatives.
He said that in line with AAUA’s resolve to key into the National Cocoa Transformation programme of the Federal Government, the NEPC received the request of AAUA to collaborate with the Council in May 2017, a development that finally culminated into the signing of the MoU.
Alhaji Aliyu praised the lofty ambition of AAUA to become a major hub of research and a centre of excellence for cocoa development in Africa as the Institution has raised and planted 10,000 cocoa seedlings for the training, demonstration, and research in cocoa farming and processing.
Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, thanked the NEPC for the partnership, noting that it would go a long way in boosting the goals of the University on cocoa.
He explained that the University’s Faculty of Agriculture was established in the year 2015 with a deliberate effort to lay a solid foundation that would make it unique in the country.
Prof. Ajibefun said efforts are continually on to make AAUA the best in terms of infrastructure and academics, even as he expressed the hope that a new generation of cocoa farmers and processors would be produced from the University.
The Vice Chancellor was accompanied to the signing of the MoU by the Registrar, Mr. M. S. Ayeerun; Dean of Agric, Prof. A. B. Aromolaran; and the Consultant on AAUA Cocoa Value Chain Development Project, Dr. Jibayo Oyebade.
AAUA VC Attributes Varsity Successes to Staff’s Commitment – VC
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, has ascribed the successes the University has recorded in its 18 years of existence to the diligence and hard work of its workforce.
The Vice Chancellor stated this while giving his remark during the University’s New Year Prayer Meeting, themed: Repositioning. It was held at the Multipurpose Hall of the University last week.
According to Prof. Ajibefun, “There is no doubting the fact that AAUA has recorded great achievements since its creation, and especially in the recent years. These successes are not the doings of the Vice Chancellor alone; the University has been able to attain this height because it had members of staff who are hardworking and dedicated to the vision of the University for greatness.
“The quality of staff that we have are such that will go the extra mile for the University to move forward, working under intense pressure, combining tasks and yet achieving successes. I believe that God is just starting with AAUA; He’s taking the University to greater heights. I pray that these people who are working laboriously to move the University forward will be partakers of its prosperities. ”
The VC mentioned also that the country is going through hard times, which is expectedly affecting all sectors of it. Yet in AAUA, God has been faithful and kind to us. The University continues to thrive and do well in all spheres so much that even first time visitors attest to the great achievements of the University. We must acknowledge that it’s by the grace and mercies of God that we are scoring these points, and He deserves our praise and thanksgiving.”
The Preacher, Pastor M. K. Adaramola, whose sermon was hinged on Deut. 11: 10-12 of the Bible, talked about the need to live according to God’s plans and purposes for our lives so that, just as He did to the Israelites, He can reposition us to benefit from His goodness.
According to Pastor Adaramola, “Man needs to always be in agreement with the plan of God for him by heeding His instructions and living in tandem with His standards, and it’s in doing this that we can be positioned to receive from Him.”
AAUA Staff voted 4th Most Influential Young Nigerian
A staff of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Mr. Louis Omolayo Adekola, has emerged Nigeria’s 4th Most Influential Young Nigerian for the Year 2017 in a poll conducted by a media group based in Ghana.
Winners were announced on 11th January, 2017, on the website of Avance Media, organiser of the contest after the public voting which officially opened in December 2017 and ended January 4, 2018, on ng.avancemedia.org.
The finalists for 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians ranking 2017, honouring distinguished young Nigerians, were announced, December, 2017, and Adekola made the list of nominees.
Other winners include ex-international Victor Moses who was voted Overall Most Influential Young Nigerian, followed by John Odidi, Kenneth Okwor and Louis Adekola respectively.
Hailed as one of the most credible, Avance Media’s Most Influential Young Nigerians rankings are the most respected system that honours youth excellence in Nigeria.
The 2017 Nigeria ranking is the second in the series.
The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians ranking recognises distinctive service across 10 different categories: Business, Entertainment, Law and Governance, Leadership and Civil Society, Lifestyle and Media.
Others are Personal Development and Academia; Science and Technology; Sports and Social Enterprise and Philanthropy.
Avance Media is Africa’s Leading Media and Public Relations Agency focused on creating varied contents for the Global Market. Located in Accra, Ghana, Avance Media is built on several years of distinct values of persistence, and its story remains a source of inspiration and pillar to the rapid growth of a company yearning to become a Global Brand.
The previous edition ranked Actress, Funke Akindele as the Most Influential Young Nigerian for 2016, and similar rankings by Avance Media and partners were done in Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, DR Congo and Kenya.
In his remark, Adekola said, “This achievement is a fulfilling one for me. It’s a feat that seemed uphill but which God made possible. The feat is also the product of the overwhelming support that I received from my dear fathers, mothers, uncles, aunties, sisters, brothers and buddies. I thank you all so much for the invaluable support that I received from you during the voting process and for all the kind words. I am indeed very grateful.”
A staff of the University’s Advancement Office, Adekola was a delegate to the National Youth Leadership and Economic Summit (NYLES) organized by GOTNI in 2012 as well as the Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s “Bring Back The Book” event held in Lagos.
He is also a youth delegate to the Nigeria Economic Summit and in 2014, he was selected by World Merit as one of the world’s 24 most exceptional youths in the area of community development and global education. He was selected, in 2015, as one of the delegates to the Nexus Global Summit and the One Young World Summit.