Ajasin Varsity Cocoa Plantation Receives Boost
Efforts of the Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, at making the Institution the best in the training of new generation of cocoa farmers in the country through its Faculty of Agriculture, have received a boost as the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, is set to partner the University.
The leader of the NEPC delegation to AAUA, Mr. Mathew Iranloye, on Thursday penultimate week, said the Council is aware of the efforts being made by the University to have a thriving plantation for quality cocoa production and for the training of students, hence, the need for the partnership.
Mr. Iranloye said, “Our mandate at the NEPC is to promote the non-oil products and ensure that such products are of international standard. We are aware of what you are already doing in terms of cocoa production. Achieving our mandate is not what we can do alone. We need organizations and institutions like yours. All things being equal, NEPC will partner with you.”
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, who was obviously excited by the purpose of the visit, said the AAUA Faculty of Agriculture was conceived and structured to be the best in the country by its outputs.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “Our Faculty of Agriculture is a unique one. We deliberately made it unique so as to be able to provide solutions to contemporary agricultural challenges. Though the Faculty is about three years old, it is going to be the best in Nigeria.
“We are focused. Already, we have 10,000 cocoa seedlings ready for plantation. Very soon we are going to be producing cocoa for exportation.”
AAUA Students Get IYW Scholarship
No fewer than 15 students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, benefited from a Scholarship Award of the Impact Your World, IYW.
IYW is a non-profit organization poised to bring about transformation and positive change in leadership at all levels in the economic and socio-political sectors of the nation. The organization raises purpose-driven leaders as change agents to transform the society and make lasting impact.
The award ceremony, which took place at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, has other recipients from the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye, and the host institution, FUTA.
The President and Founder of IYW, Engr. Akin Odumakinde, in his remark, congratulated the awardees on their selection, having gone through some rigorous screening exercise, including interviews in their respective universities.
Engr. Odumakinde added, “IYW Scholarship Award goes to students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities worth being nurtured.”
He charged the awardees to explore all the opportunities being offered by the scholarship.
The Scholarship Award has, among other components, N100,000 cheque issued to each participant, an automatic enrollment into the life-transforming Leadership Academy of IYW and automatic membership into IYW’s prestigious Impact Leaders Club, ILC.
‘AAUA Staff School, Top-Rated Institution’
Adekunle Ajasin University Staff School, Akungba Akoko, has called on parents and guardians to take advantage of its wide-ranging benefits and facilities that make the Nursery/ Primary School the number one in Akokoland, and Ondo state in general.
Headmaster of the School, Dr. Oluwole Ehineni, made the call in his office while unfolding what he called the unique selling points of the school.
According to him, the AAUA Staff School combines serene and conducive learning environment with experienced subject teachers as opposed to the class teacher syndrome common to other schools.
Dr. Ehineni added that other incentives include pocket-friendly fees, convenient payment procedures to make things easy for both parents and pupils, bus shuttle service and teaching methods that prioritize learning and aptitude development.
“We practice subject teaching, and not class teacher method (where one teacher teaches all subjects) that is common to other schools. That means that we have teachers teaching specific subjects. This automatically reduces their workload and enhances their ability to effectively teach.
“We also do not have over-population in our classes as the highest number we have per class is 25, which is the ideal ratio that a teacher could handle and supervise effectively. The pupils’ work is thoroughly supervised because the work load is not too much on the teacher. That is different from others where they could have 35 to 50 pupils in a class.
“Another thing that stands us out is that we don’t ask our pupils to cut grass or weed the environment unlike other schools where pupils spend the first weeks in a term weeding, cleaning the environment. The university has been kind enough to use its men and machines to do weeding and cleaning for us whenever the need arises. Once we resume, we start normal academic work immediately.”
The AAUA Staff School Head Teacher thanked the University for giving the necessary wherewithal to excel, including a good welfare package for staff.