Gov. Akeredolu, AAUA VC Laud TETFund’s Interventions in Higher Education
• TETFund Boss Tasks Nigerian Varsities on Best Global Practices
The Governor of Ondo State and Visitor to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, have commended the enormous contributions of the nation’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, to the growth of the state-owned University.
The duo made the commendations on Thursday last week during the 2018 University Distinguished Lecture of AAUA, entitled, “Paradigm Shift in Infrastructure Development in Nigerian Universities: the TETFund Approach”, delivered by the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, said without the interventions of TETFund, higher institutions in Nigeria would have totally collapsed.
He pleaded with the TETFund representatives to continue to complement the efforts of the Ondo State Government to improve the infrastructure status of AAUA.
Prof. Ajibefun, in his welcome address, thanked TETFund for its remarkable impact on the University.
The VC said, “TETFund is our dependable ally in our resolve to deliver academic excellence. In the area of infrastructural development, TETFund has executed several projects at AAUA, of which nearly all the projects have been completed. Well over 400 members of staff have benefitted from postgraduate training and conference attendance sponsorship while a good number of active researchers have received research grants from TETFund.”
Prof. Ajibefun appreciated the Guest Lecturer, Dr. Baffa, for accepting to deliver the lecture, saying, “Words are inadequate to appreciate this distinguished Nigerian and astute administrator for laying solid bricks on the enduring foundation built by his predecessors in office.”
Interrogating the title of the lecture, Dr. Baffa stressed the need for Nigerian Universities to uphold best global practices in their dealings.
Dr. Baffa, who noted that TETFund had expended N652,913,687,145.64K on the nation’s tertiary institutions between 2006 and 2016, said, “International Best Practices are procedures and processes that have been tested and proven to reduce costs, improve efficiency and institutional effectiveness, improve quality and accuracy. It also includes improving environmental conditions, and generally enhancing the delivery of frontline services and the attainment of institutional goals and objectives.
“Best Practices also include the provision of Physical Facilities for teaching and learning hinge on the new paradigms of small group teaching and interactive pedagogy. These practices broadly cover quantity of the facility, quality of the facility, utility value of the facility, distribution and ratios, maintenance and replacement policy.”
The TETFund boss promised to continue to support AAUA in tandem with the rules and regulations guiding the operations of the agency.
Former Pro-Chancellor Donates Books to AAUA
A former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Ambassador Oladele Akadiri, has donated some copies of two books authored by him to the Department of History and International Studies of the Institution.
The books are Diplomacy: World Peace and Security; and his memoir, The Story of My Life.
Presenting the books to the University, Ambassador Akadiri said he was fulfilled to have served the University in the past few years when he wished he would have done for members of the University community in terms of academic activities and international affairs.
Ambassador Akadiri, who was represented by Mr. Jide Akadiri, however said, “I hope the donation of these books today will serve substantially the same purpose.
Receiving the books on behalf of the University, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, who was represented by the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Mr. Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, thanked the donor for his philanthropic gestures to the University over the years, which have in no small measure contributed the growth of the University.
Earlier in his address, the Dean of Faculty of Arts, Prof. Olu Alana, had urged other philanthropists within and outside Ondo Stete to emulate Ambassador Akadiri’s gesture.
The Head of the Department History and International Studies, Dr. (Mrs.) Kikelomo Olugbemi, in her remark, appreciated the donor, acknowledging that the books would serve good research materials for both students and staff of the Department.
NOTICE TO THOSE FARMING ON CAMPUS
It has come to the knowledge of the Management that some members of staff are farming within the University campus, especially area earmarked for landscaping (grassing and ornamental plants/trees) to ensure we have good serenity and healthy campus. Some of them even resist the lawn maintenance Vendors from carrying out their duties on their respective Lots. This action is illegal and affront on the University development programme. Such people are hereby warned to desist from such actions that are detrimental to the progress of the University and co-operate with the Management to have a University of our dream (“……….21st University, properly called”).
However, the Management in its magnanimity is advising those interested in farming to register with the Director of Physical Planning and Development for portions of land at a safe area earmarked for farming activities on campus.
This University is ours, and we must co-operate with the Management to take it to a greater height to be envied by all.
Thank you for this understanding.
Arc. E.A. Orimoloye
STAFF AUDIT AND VERIFICATION EXERCISE
This is to inform all members of staff that staff audit and verification exercise has been scheduled to commence by the second week in March 2018 and last for one month in line with the decision of the University Management.
Consequently, all members of staff should log on to https://staffdirectory.aaua.edu.ng to complete an online form on the staff audit and verification exercise. The form should be submitted online, printed and presented along with credentials, letter of appointment, letter of last promotion, letter of confirmation and any other relevant document(s) that may be required by the organization handling the verification exercise. After clearance, every member of staff is expected to proceed for biometric capturing.
By copies of this circular, all Deans, Directors, Heads of Department and Unit Heads are requested to kindly pass this information across to their members of staff for compliance. All Deans are to also note that this circular is in addition to the decision extract of the Extended Management Meeting of Thursday, March 1, 2018 earlier circulated to them.
Please treat as very important and urgent.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR SECOND SEMESTER: CENTRE FOR DIPLOMA AND PRE DEGREE STUDIES
Week 1: Feb. 19-Feb. 25, 2018 – Lectures begin
Week 2:Feb. 26-March 4, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 3: March 5-March 11, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 4: March 12-March 18, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 5: March 19-March 25, 2018 -Lectures continue
Week 6: March 26-April 1, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 7: April 2-April 8, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 8: April 9- April 15, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 9: April 16-April 22, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 10: April 23-April 29, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 11: April 30-May 6, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 12: May 7-May 13, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 13: May 14- May 20, 2018- Lectures continue
Week 14: May 21- May 27, 2018- Revision
Week 15: May 28- June 3, 2018- Second Semester Examination
Lectures: -Thirteen (13) weeks
Lecture/Revision – One (1) week
Examination – One (1) week
Total – Fifteen (15) weeks