AAUA VC: Student Union Leaders Should Be Role Models, Embrace Dialogue
Student Union leaders in the nation’s tertiary institutions have been described as potential future national and societal leaders. They, therefore, must learn to eschew violence by embracing dialogue to resolve issues, and be good role models to their fellow students.
This was the submission of the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, while speaking at a Leadership Training Programme organised by the University for newly-elected leaders of the various Student Unions in the Institution. The programme was held in Igbara-Oke, Ondo State, between Thursday (9th August) and Sunday (12th August, 2018).
The leadership training is organized annually to instill the University’s leadership culture and etiquette in every set of student leaders. It is also aimed at training them for future leadership roles.
The Vice Chancellor said, “Occupying leadership position at any level is a rare privilege that must be guarded with utmost care and caution. As leaders of the larger body of the students, your colleagues look up to you for good examples. Therefore, you must realise that violence or destructive Aluta does not solve any problem, it rather worsens things. Thus, you must embrace dialogue at all times to resolve issues.”
Prof. Ajibefun, who was represented by the Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun, advised that while providing leadership to their fellow students, they should not lose focus of their academic programmes.
Similarly, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, who presented a paper, titled, “Understanding Necessary Bureaucracy in Student’s Union Administration,” said the Student Union Executives have a mandate to act as a bridge between the body of Students and the Management of the University in order to carry out identified roles and functions. These, he said, should be achieved through the various communication media, including Memos, Interactions, and Dialogues.
Represented by the Principal Assistant Registrar in his office, Mr. Victor Akinpelumi, the DVC added that Union leaders and students alike should remember that their primary duty in the institution is to acquire skills and knowledge.
“They should avoid actions that may lead to suspension, expulsion, prosecution and even imprisonment. They should always be guided by the oath of allegiance they took during their matriculation which ends only when they have successfully graduated,” he cautioned.
Presenting his own paper, titled, “Students Unionism in Nigeria: Trends and Expectations”, the University Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun, enjoined the students’ leaders to resist any act capable of truncating the University’s programme and stable academic calendar
Also, the University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi, who spoke on “Reading Culture – A Veritable Tool for Excellence In Student Unionism,” advised the student leaders to take advantage of the facilities and opportunities provided by the Institution to develop a concrete reading culture and habit.
In his own paper, the Director of the University’s Teaching and Leadership Centre, Dr. Lanre Olu-Adeyemi, in his paper, “Challenges of Restive Students’ Unionism to the Academia,” noted that Students’ unionism is an ideal breeding ground for leadership, and that the type of leadership disposition that is demonstrated at the level of students’ unionism has serious implications for leadership output in later years.
Mrs. Olubunmi Ologun, the University Bursar, talked on “Financial Propriety as Hallmark of Students’ Union Leadership”.
Earlier in his Welcome Address, the Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Francis Gbore, had explained the rationale behind the leadership training for the University’s Students’ Union Executives, saying it is part of the vision of the University to create an effective avenue for training the leadership of the Students’ Union for effective performance.
In his words, “The University Management recognizes the importance of investing in leadership training. Through leadership competencies, results orientation and effective decision-making are built. Good leadership requires deep human qualities beyond conventional notions of authority.”
Other resource persons at the workshop include: Dr. Olusegun Owolewa, who delivered a paper on “Communication and Right Attitudes as Helices to successful Unionism; Dr. Simon Erhiabhi, examined, “The Nigerian Students Unionism and the University System,” while Ayoola Akinkuotu, a former Senate President of the Students Union, spoke on, “Diplomacy as a Nexus Between Students Union and the University Management.”
Tree Planting Protects, Beautifies Environment – AAUA VC
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, has stressed the need to keep a clean, green and healthy environment, while commending the Tree Planting initiative of the Department of Forestry and Wildlife of the Institution’s Faculty of Agriculture.
Prof. Ajibefun gave the charge while leading the maiden tree planting programme by the 400- level students the Department, who had already raised about 2,000 seedlings of teak as part of their final year practical projects.
The VC said, “We all have a role to play in ensuring that our environment is clean, green and healthy for human use. Tree planting is one of those ways to protect and beautify our environment. So, I congratulate the Faculty of Agriculture on the success of today, especially the Department of Forestry and Wildlife for piloting this great initiative.”
The tree planting was done to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day. It is meant to raise awareness about the declining condition of the environment as a result of deforestation and to inform people about the importance of healthy environment to mankind.
In her Address, the Head of the Department, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluwayemisi Arowosoge, noted that tree planting is a practice that should be adopted by all agriculturists and farmers as it alleviates poverty. She described it as an agro-forestry practice which would, henceforth, be a yearly programme.
She added that of the 2,000 seedlings of teak raised, half of them had been planted as their contribution to a greener environment and that it would, henceforth, be a yearly programme. “It’s a practice which should be adopted by all agriculturists and farmers as it will go a long way in alleviating poverty among farmers – who in most cases depend on arable crops for livelihood, while also minimizing the damage which would have been done to the environment. ”
Top members of management, who with the Vice Chancellor, participated in the planting of trees, include the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige; University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi, and Dean, Student Affairs, Professor Francis Gbore.
AAUA Law Graduate Makes Oxford Varsity Distinction Grade
– Wins Winter Williams’ Prize
In what appears to be another stamp of attestation to the rising profile of the Law Programmes of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State, one of its graduates, Akeem Opeyemi Longe, has recorded a new feat by making the coveted Distinction grade in Master of Law (LLM) Degree from the prestigious Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Longe, a serial award winner, had earned a First Class in the Faculty of Law of AAUA in 2012. He repeated the feat in the 2014 Nigerian Law School Final Bar Examinations as he emerged the overall best student and bagged eight prizes in the process.
Speaking after the graduation ceremony held on Friday 27th July, 2018, at the Sheldonian Theatre, Longe, said he was quite delighted to have won again and that the attainment marked the fulfillment of a dream for him.
His words, “This marks the fulfillment of a dream. A great delight to have completed my BCL journey here at the University of Oxford after a rigorous intellectual engagement. I am thrilled to have obtained a Distinction, a Distinction Mark on all modules and to have been awarded the Winter Williams Prize for the best student in International Economic Law. It’s exhilarating to have received this global stamp of excellence!
“Oxford brought a remarkable opportunity to meet, dine and interact with the finest brains across the globe and in the process form long lasting bonds of friendship. In all of these, I have enjoyed the great grace of the Almighty God, the love and support of family and friends.”
AAUA NSiEMS Conference: NASS Member Urges Govt to Diversify Economy
A member of the National Assembly, representing Akoko South-East and South-West Federal Constituency, Hon. Babatunde Kolawole, has berated what he called a lack of demonstration of the required political will by the federal government to diversify the nation’s economy.
Hon. Kolawole stated this while delivering the Keynote Address at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Studies in Economics and Management Sciences, NSiEMS, Conference, organized by the Departments of Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, and Economics of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, on Tuesday.
In his words, “Since the advent of the administration of President Buhari, it has been touted that there is the need for the country to redefine its economic dependence on oil. Though past governments had only paid lip service to diversify the nation’s economy, how prepared is this government to follow through on its diversification agenda?
“Some of the factors militating against diversification include, lack of political will; inadequate funding of agriculture sector; inappropriate and inconsistent policies; insecurity; and herdsmen and farmers’ clashes.”
Hon. Kolawole, who spoke on, “Nigeria’s Economic Diversification and its Challenges,” advised the government to be courageous and demonstrate its political will to diversify the nation’s economy.
Earlier in his address, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, who represented the Vice Chancellor on the occasion, had thanked the leadership of the four Departments for their collaborative efforts, adding that such joint initiative would be needed to solve most of the nation’s economic problems.
Also speaking, the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Prof. Sola Olorunfemi, said the conference was to allow young and leading researchers and practitioners from industries to find national linkage for future collaborations in their career path, as well as to share new and advanced research results in the fields of economics and management sciences.
He thanked the Planning Committee under the leadership of the Head of the Department of Accounting, Dr. Felix Olurankinse, for organizing a befitting conference.