AAUA VC Charges Administrators on Professional Etiquette
Prof. Ajibefun gave the charge on Monday during the Day-One of a Seven-Day training workshop for all administrative staff, entitled, “We Can Do Better”, organized by the Teaching and Learning Centre of the University.
The VC, who spoke on “Expectations of the Administrative Staff of the 21st Century University”, said, “Administrators are undoubtedly the chief drivers of the achievement of the University brand. Administrative staff must have strong and impeccable communication skills – expressive and receptive – and strong writing skills to function optimally.
“They must be competent and proficient in Information Communication Technology, ICT, have a good grasp of their beats, and be drivers of its (University) resolve to be an institution eternally committed to producing globally competitive graduates, confident problem solvers who are adequate in character and learning.”
While condemning what he called act of promoting personal and primordial interests over official interest by some officers, leading to leakage of official information, the VC urged administrators to treat the University’s information with utmost confidentiality.
He added, “An administrator worth that description must be an epitome of integrity and sense of belonging.”
The VC also counseled, “Administrators are encouraged to attend training and re-training programmes and to proceed on Sabbatical leave as a way of not only updating their skills and competencies but also discovering new ways of doing things in other climes and transferring such knowledge to the University for optimal results. While the University and TETFund have a list of training programmes for the non-teaching staff, the University provides qualified administrators opportunities to go on Sabbatical leave.”
He thanked the Administrative and Technical Staff Appointments and Promotions Committee for its wisdom, which he said informed the hosting of this workshop.
The VC appreciated the organizers (AAUA Teaching and Learning Centre) of this workshop under the leadership of Professor Niyi Akinnaso not only for organizing a befitting workshop, but also for creating yet another opportunity to retool the University’s operational strategy to achieve greater goals.
The resource persons at the workshop were; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Francis Oyebade; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Adebowale; Acting Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun; Director, Teaching and Learning Centre, Prof. Niyi Akinnaso; Prof. Kole Omotoso; Prof. Nkeonye Otakpor; Prof. Olusola Omueti; Deputy Registrar (Academic), Mr. Adedayo Adedeji; and the Deputy Registrar (Personnel), Mrs. Ajoke Araoyinbo.
AAUA Work-Study Scheme Beneficiaries Receive Stipend, Laud Management
No fewer than 100 students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, who participated in the Institution’s Student Work-Study Scheme, SWSS, for the second semester of the 2014/2015 academic session received their stipends last week.
The SWSS, which took off in July 2010, allows willing students to work for two hours daily and receive stipend to support themselves financially while studying in the University.
Speaking with the Information Unit of the University, the Acting Director of the Scheme, Dr. (Mrs.) Iyabo Omoniyi, thanked the Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun-led Management on behalf of the students, for the payment despite the paucity of funds in the University.
She urged the students to cooperate with the Management in order to sustain the Scheme.
Meanwhile, a cross-section of the beneficiaries, who spoke with the Information Unit after receiving their pay, commended the University Management for paying the stipend when it was most needed.
Olorungbeja Mathew Akinwumi (300-Level, History and International Studies), said, “I really want to appreciate the University Management for putting this programme in place. When I was given admission here, I was confronted with the challenge of how to survive. But when a friend told me about the Work-Study programme, I quickly applied and I was happy that I was picked after the interview.
“It was a surprise for me when I got a message that we should come for our allowance. My Dad was very happy too. I’m leaving here for the bank now to pay my reparation fee. And after paying my reparation fee, I will still have a token left to put in my pocket.
“I want to use this medium to thank those I worked with in the Department of Science and Technical Education. I learnt a lot from them, especially the Head of the Department, Dr. Adodo and his Secretary.”
A beneficiary, Kehinde Agbesanyin (400-Level, Adult Education) who claimed to be an orphan, said, “This programme has been helpful since my second year. I learnt a lot on the job, including punctuality and how to relate with people. Also, I have been looking unto God on how to pay my reparation fee because there was no hope elsewhere. I even thought I was going to have an extra year. I thank God because that thought has gone. I am going to the bank now to pay. I want to specially thank the University Management for running this Scheme. It has really helped us, especially the less-privileged ones.”
Glory Peters (300-Level, Educational Management), said, “I am happy that I learnt a lot from the Exams and Records Unit, where I was posted. I’m also happy that there is stipend to go with the experience. This stipend I have just received will fill many gaps, especially this period that we are asked to pay reparation fee.”
VC Calls for More Support as Akoko Consultative Forum Visits AAUA
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Amos Ajibefun has called for more cooperation for the University from groups and individuals across the state in general and Akoko land in particular in terms of provision of needed infrastructure and other resources.
He made the call on Wednesday when the executives of the Akoko Consultative Forum, a foremost Socio-Cultural group in Akoko land, paid a scheduled visit to the Vice Chancellor.
Prof. Ajibefun said the Institution needs the support of every stakeholder to move it forward and retain its enviable status as the Best State University in Nigeria.
He said, “This is a University we are all proud of as it has been ranked the Best State University in Nigeria on two separate occasions, and it keeps making progress. But we need the support of every stakeholder to continue to move forward. I learnt you had expressed the desire to partner with us. We will explore that and join hands together with you in moving this University, of which you are major stakeholders, forward.
“We have enjoyed a lot of support from our proprietor, the state government. Our Senate Building is rated the best in the country, just as our sports gymnasium is equally adjudged the best in Nigeria. But we need the support of all, especially groups and well-to-do individuals in the University’s host communities.”
Responding to the suggestions by the group that the University should go into Agriculture and farming and that it should float a Teaching Hospital, the Vice Chancellor said AAUA has floated the Faculty of Agriculture which has been accredited by the National Universities Commission. He also informed the ACF that AAUA has been given a large expanse of land by the Supare Akoko community, and that it intends turning it into demonstration farms to train a new breed of farmers.
On the Teaching Hospital, he said it is a capital-intensive venture. He, therefore, called for the cooperation of all stakeholders.
Speaking earlier, the President of the group, Prince F. O. Obaude had commiserated with the Management over the death of one of its students whose accident caused by a reckless motorist outside the campus, led to the unfortunate protest by students and the closure of the University.
The ACF made some requests, including the reactivation of the defunct School of Basic Studies affiliated to the University, located at Epinmi Akoko; training of Agric entrepreneurs, building of a Teaching Hospital, and the establishment of a School of Herbal Medicine.
Some other members of the group as well as Principal Officers of the University were present at the event.
AAUA Hosts Visitor, Wife as Centre Holds Lecture
Visitor to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, and Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, and his wife, Olukemi, are among the top government functionaries expected in the University as the Centre for Research and Development holds its 4th Lecture.
The event, which holds on Monday, June 6, 2016, in the University Multipurpose Hall, will have the Governor as the Special Guest of Honour, while the First Lady is expected to deliver the lecture titled “Women and Development.”
A statement from the Director of the Centre, Prof. Olu Aboluwoye, said the event would hold by 12 noon under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun.