New Pro Chancellor Pledges to Raise Standard of Academics, Research
Caption: Ondo State Governor and Visitor to AAUA, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, (in white), congratulating the new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, while other Council members and government officials applaud at the Inauguration of Council in Akure
The new Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, has vowed to work assiduously for the promotion and advancement of academics and research in the award-winning Institution.
Dr. Abayomi also pledged to mobilise the individual and collective strengths of Council members to add value to the University.
He made these pledges shortly after the inauguration of the Council by the Governor of Ondo State and Visitor to the University, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, at the International Event and Cultural Center (The Dome) in Akure.
While acknowledging the challenge of funding, Dr. Abayomi said he would mobilise other Council members to explore and attract alternative sources of income to the University. These, according to him, include sponsorships, endowments, grants and honorary ambassadorships, among others.
He said the Council under him would be fair, courageous and just in addressing issues.
In his words, “Our ambition is to raise the University to international standard in terms of academic and research. That is our major objective. We intend to build a university that every graduating student will feel very proud of. That’s what we intend to do.
“We know there are various sources of funding for universities worldwide, but unfortunately a lot of them many are not taking advantage of. There are lots of individuals who have foundations, give grants and endowments and so on. And we are going to have Honorary Ambassadors to help galvanise funding for our university.”
The Council has the following distinguished Nigerians as members; Prof. Wole Akeredolu; Princess Dupe Adetuwo; Mr. Wale Gbakinro, FCA; Arc. Tosho Ale; Mr. Sam Erejuwa; Special Adviser on Education; and Commissioner for Finance.
Others are Commissioner for Economic Planning; Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology; Engr. Remi Osiberu; Mrs. Ibim Semenitari; Dr. Ibrahim Eneye; and Dr. Emmanuel Onyeama.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has commended the new Council and expressed optimisms of better days ahead. He opined that the Council is peopled with accomplished technocrats and academics who have made their marks in their chosen careers.
Prof. Ajibefun said all the members of the University Community are looking forward to a fruitful tenure with the new Council members as the driving force.
AAUA VC: Investment in Agric‘ll Reduce Poverty
…As Philosophy Dept. Holds Maiden Int’l Conference.
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, says both the government and the private sector must invest heavily in agricultural research and development in order to lower poverty, improve societal well-being, and improve access to food in the country.
Prof. Ajibefun made the call while delivering the Keynote Address during the opening session of the maiden International Conference of the Department of Philosophy of the University on Thursday (last week), tagged, Philosophy of Food.
Prof. Ajibefun spoke on Food Production in the 21st Century: the Role of Critical Thinking and Agricultural Technology.
The VC, who was represented by the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Francis Gbore, said, “Heavy investment in research and development by government and effective interaction between researchers and the farm households are key elements to success in raising agricultural productivity and poverty reduction.
“Raising agricultural productivity will require functional and vibrant industrial sector that will support agricultural sector with the development and provision of productivity-enhancing inputs and techniques at affordable prices to the smallholder farmers.”
The VC commended the Department of Philosophy under Dr. Sylvester Itanrin for throwing up such a human-interest topic and expressed the hope that the outcome of the conference would not only be beneficial to the academic environment, but also the society at large.
In his Welcome Address, the Head of the Department of Philosophy, Dr. Itanrin, said the essence of the conference was to provide a veritable platform for the generation of diverse perspectives on such issues as the globalization of food, role of technological fertility in agricultural productivity, and rights and responsibilities of consumers and producers.
Other speakers at the opening session were: Dean of Faculty of Arts, Prof. Olu Alana; Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Benson Akinnawonu; President of the Philosophers Association of Nigeria, Prof. Jim Unah from the University of Lagos, and Prof. Eteba Amaku from Imo State University.
SSANU COOPERATIVE ELECTION
This is to inform all members of the above-named society that nomination forms are available for collection by those who are interested in any of the posts of the society to run the society for the next two (2) years.
Available Posts are:
iii General Secretary
v Ex-officio (i)
Interested members are to be guided by the following:
1. Interested members should be bonafide members of staff whose appointment has been confirmed by the University.
2. Interested members should be members of SSANU CMS for at least two(2) years before the date of election; and
3. The minimum monthly deduction of such interested members should be N30, 000.00 and N25,000.00 for President and Vice President respectively; and for Secretary and Treasurer, it is N15,000.00 each.
Election Time Table:
Date Time Details Venue
14/03/2018 — 28/03/2018 10.00am – 2.00pm Collection/Submission of Nomination Form Chairman’s Office (Engr J. Akinrinmade- Physical Planning (Senate Building) or Secretary’s Office (Mrs. H.F. Ige- Student Affairs Division)
03/04/2018 — 09/04/2018 11.00am – 2.00pm Entertaining of Complaints from Members Chairman’s Office/ Secretary’s Office
10/04/2018 1.00pm to 3.00pm Manifestoes by Contestant Multipurpose Hall
11/04/2018 12.noon to 2.00pm Voting
11/04/2018 2.00pm Counting of Votes
11/04/2018 Immediately after counting Declaration of Results
H.F. Ige (Mrs.)
Secretary, Electoral Committee