AAUA Students Win Scholarships, Attend Leadership Training
Fifteen students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, are among 66 others chosen from four universities from South-West Nigeria to undergo a week-long intensive leadership training programme sponsored by the Impact Your World Leadership Initiative.
The students also each won a One Hundred Thousand Naira Scholarship financial grant awarded by the Non-Governmental Organisation.
The beneficiary universities are AAUA; Federal University, Oye Ekiti; Federal University of Technology, Akure; and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State. The leadership training runs from Sunday, February 25, to Sunday, March 4, 2018 at a posh location in Lagos.
Addressing the students prior to their departure, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, urged the lucky students to be good and worthy ambassadors of the University.
In the words of the Vice Chancellor, “You are some of our good students who have been doing well. You are our good ambassadors, and I know you will do well where you are going. We are very of proud of you and we will always be proud of you.
“You have done well and you have been outstanding. That is why you have won the scholarship. It is my hope that you will win more laurels for themselves and for the University. You should never forget that you have become ambassadors of this great University. Therefore, you must never do anything that will tarnish the image of the university. You must keep flying the flag of excellence that the University has become known for.”
Prof. Ajibefun said the feat of the students lends credence to the quality of academic knowledge being imparted into students of the institution.
It will be recalled that Impact Your World Leadership Initiative had last year conducted some rigorous academic tests in the four designated institutions where the final 66 candidates were chosen. The organization gave each of the winners One Hundred Thousand Naira scholarship, and also booked them for an all-expense-paid leadership training programme.
AAUA Mourns, Holds Commendation Service for Fallen Deputy Registrar
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, received with shock, the news of the sudden death of one of its staffers, Mr. Abiodun Olaimolu.
Mr. Olaimolu passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, after a brief illness.
The late Olaimolu was, until his death, the Deputy Registrar in the Teaching and Leadership Centre of the University. He joined the services of the University in 2001 and served in various capacities, including being the pioneer Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Institution.
The University will hold a Commendation Service in honour of the deceased on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 10.00 a.m. in the University Multipurpose Hall.
The family said in a statement conveying the news of the demise of Mr. Olaimolu to the University, that Christian Wake will hold on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 4.00 p.m., while the Funeral Service will hold on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 10.00 a.m. at the deceased’s residence at 3, Fatuase Street, Oba-Ile, Akure.
Meanwhile, Encomiums continue to pour in for the late Olaimolu who was the first Public Relations Officer of the University.
Several groups and colleagues of the erudite administrator have continued to remember his friendliness and ever-cheerful disposition, as well as his eagerness to help all and sundry.
In a message from the Information, Protocol and Public Relations Unit of the University, the late Olaimolu was remembered for laying a solid foundation for the smooth take-off of what was a nascent unit.
The message, which was signed by Sola Imoru, Head of the Unit, stated that “We receive with sore shock, the news of the passing of the pioneer Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olaimolu.
“A thoroughbred and affable broadcaster, Mr. Olaimolu distinguished himself as the University’s Public Relations Manager before veering into core administration where he rose to become a Deputy Registrar.
“The Information, Protocol and Public Relations Unit mourn a leader whose life was devoted to service, professionalism and institutional building. The Unit commiserates with the family of the departed and the University on this colossal loss.
“May the Lord grant the departed eternal rest, and the family and the university, peace?”
In its own reaction, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, said the death of Olaimolu has robbed the University of his years of experience. The late Deputy Registrar was a member of the union for decades.
Also lamenting, the Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators, ANUPA, described the death of the former broadcaster turned administrator as a sad loss to the union, his family and the University Community at large.
Several of Olaimolu’s colleagues in the media industry have taken to the social media to mourn the exit of a great man. In a tribute posted on Facebook, Mr Sunkanmi Adebayo recalled Olaimolu’s smooth voice as a newscaster in the early years of the State television service. He paid tributes to his friendliness and easy-going nature.
In another tribute, a former staff of OSRC TV, Mr Obafemi Sogbe, recalled how the late Deputy Registrar helped in stabilising his broadcasting career through mentoring when he joined the television service decades ago.
General Circular to all Members of Staff
It has been observed that most staff of the University who are due or about to be due for retirement always foot-drag in doing the needful. It is either they refuse to write or they claim ignorant of their due date for retirement.
In a related development, a circular was earlier sent out on the need for staff to update their records with the Personell Division to enhance proper documentation. Staff responses in this regard have also not been encouraging.
Consequently, the Vice Chancellor has directed that there is need for staff to ensure compliance in giving notice of retirement as and when due. All staff are expected to note the mandatory retirement notice for strict adherence. For the avoidance of doubt, an employee shall give retirement notice of no less than six (6) months in the case of Professors and Principal Officers and three months in the case of all other staff, in writing and addressed to the Vice Chancellor.
Such notice shall co-terminate with the age at which he/she attains the age of Sixty (60) years in the case of non-teaching staff and sixty-five (65) years in the case of Academic Staff.
Please note that notice of retirement cannot be given retroactively, hence any staff that gives notice of retirement which is shorter than the required notice shall be liable to pay back in lieu of the shortage of notice.
The purpose of this circular is to remind members of staff on the above issue in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Rules and Regulations on retirement.
A. A. Adedeji
Deputy Registrar (P)