Gov. Akeredolu Commends AAUA Management
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has commended the Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, for giving necessary support to his administration.
The Governor gave the commendation last week when he visited Akoko South West Local Government Area of the State, where the University domiciles, as part of his thank-you visit to all the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.
Addressing the gathering at Oka Akoko, the Governor said, “I want to specially thank the Management of Adekunle Ajasin University for faring well. You are a pillar of support to this government. You have stood by us at all times and the government is going to stand by you.”
Gov. Akeredolu, who is the Visitor to the University, added, “There are three state-owned varsities in Ondo State, you have managed your university in a very good way. You and your Chairman of the Governing Council are doing very well. And I thank you for that.”
Responding to the commendation at the end of the Governor’s thank-you visit, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, appreciated the Governor for recognizing the efforts being made by his team of Management, and expressed further support to the Gov. Akeredolu-led government.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “We are overwhelmed by the Governor’s commendation and we will continue to support his government and policies.
‘AAUA Will Continue to Prioritise Staff Training’
“There is the need to continue to train our staff for enhanced productivity and service delivery, and we will continue to do that by updating their knowledge through regular trainings.”
These were the words of the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, while speaking at the opening of a week-long computer training for some select staff.
The training is organized in partnership with Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) and sponsored by the Nigerian Communication Commission.
Prof. Ajibefun said the Institution has noticed a marked improvement in the output of staff members who had undergone the training.
In his words, “There has been a noticeable improvement in the output of staff that had been trained in the earlier editions of this programme. Therefore, we will continue to partner with Digital Bridge Institute to sustain the training.”
The week-long training will take the over 100 select staff through a deeper usage of computer programmes like Microsoft Word and Excel.
According to Mrs. Talatu Lawal of DBI, many Nigerians only use the basic aspects of Word and Excel as they lack knowledge of their deeper and more interesting uses.
She said, “We have different professionals from the various units of the university here attending our training. While we are not saying they are ignorant of MS Word and Excel, it is our intention to open their eyes to a deeper understanding and usage of these two popular and widely used computer applications,” she said.
AAUA Agro-Allied Services Boosts Local Farmers
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, has demonstrated its responsiveness to meeting societal needs and contributing to the social and economic needs of its community as the Institution’s teaching and research farms have become a source of food security and meeting the agro-allied needs of farmers and people in its locality.
The University’s demonstration farms, which are managed by the Faculty of Agriculture, have grown to become the sought-after centres for high yield seedlings and support services, a huge market for quality eggs, poultry products, as well farm produce.
Dean of Agric, Prof. A. B. Aromolaran, who disclosed these in a media chat, added that the farms have also become a source of employment for many able-bodied men and women from the local communities.
In his words, “Our teaching and research farms are growing into mini communities of their own. They provide essential agro-allied services like raising high-yield seedlings for sale to local farmers. Right now we are raising 5,000 seedlings of cocoa for the local farmers. We sold thousands of the seedlings last year, and already we are booked for the ones we are raising this year. This is another major contribution from us.
“We currently have 5,000 hectares of cocoa farm, and we have an equal number of plantains planted alongside the cocoa. We have started harvesting plantains which we sell to members of the University community as well as members of the larger community.
“I must also add that our poultry farm has become the biggest producer of eggs and other poultry products in this area. We raise broilers for sale and pullets for egg production. Our eggs are bigger and more nutritious than what obtains out there as we developed our own feed formular from our faculty here that has guaranteed that.”
Prof. Aromolaran added that plans are afoot to begin a cattle ranch while expanding the goat and pig farms, even as final year students are cultivating high-yield specie of tomatoes, groundnuts and other produce as part of their farm practice.
“We have the piggery section that has grown to about 20 pigs. Recently funds have been released to us to start our cattle farm. We already have a goattery, but when we complete the pens for the cows in the next couple of weeks, we should start bringing in the cows.
“We also have palm trees that we will soon start processing oil from. Our oil will be different from the manual processing used in the locality; ours will be mechanized and thus more hygienic.”
AAUA VC Calls Attention to Environmental Significance of Microbial Elements
The need to take advantage of interaction of micro and macro elements for the benefit of the environment has been brought to the fore at the maiden edition of a one-day National Symposium and inauguration of the Nigerian Society for Microbial Ecology, NSME, held at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State.
The Society is an affiliate of the International Society for Microbial Ecology, ISME, based in the Netherlands.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, made the call while declaring open, the symposium, tagged, Microbial Interaction and Advances in Microbial Ecology.
The VC, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, said, “The interaction or activities of micro and macro-elements (human, animals and environment) are reported constantly in our daily news. We need to know about the activities of the micro-elements (bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi etc.) in our environment, and how we can explore them to our advantage, especially in the light of the current global warning.”
Prof. Ajibefun, who said he was happy that the Nigerian arm of NSME domiciles in Adekunle Ajasin University. He thanked the organizers under the leadership of Professor Timothy Adejumo, noting that apart from founding the NSME, had won the hosting right of the prestigious Alexander von Humbodlt-Kolleg, and organized a workshop on Grant-Winning Proposal Writing for researchers in the University in 2018.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the National President of the Society and Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Timothy Adejumo, had said the importance of studying microbial diversity included the solution to new and emerging diseases, advancement of technology, improving lives via the use of microbes in environmental restoration, food productions, and bio-engineering of useful products such as antibiotics, food supplements and chemicals.
He noted that the essence of the symposium was to promote the exchange of scientific information on microbial ecology, and enable participants to interact and discuss more of the latest advances in the field.
Prof. Adejumo said the society has not only grown in carrying out cutting-edge researches, but also in membership strength.
Highlights of the symposium included, inauguration of NSME, presentation of certificates, and paper presentations at different plenaries by many academics from numerous Nigerian universities.