Ondo CRP Boss Scores AAUA High on Cocoa Production, Seeks Collaboration
We’ll Make Practical Contributions to Nigerian Economy Through Cocoa Production – VC
Efforts of the Management of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, at making its Faculty Agriculture the best in the country, have received a boost as the Director of the State Cocoa Revolution Project, Dr. Ajibayo Oyebade, rated the Varsity’s cocoa seedlings the best among the over 10,000 nursery locations in the State.
Dr. Oyebade made the revelation on Wednesday last week when his team visited the AAUA Cocoa Nursery. The visit was to inspect the seedlings and expand the relationship between the University and the State Cocoa Revolution Project.
Dr. Oyebade said, “I am so impressed that your seedlings have a touch of University. If I take you to other locations, you will see the differences. This means the position of the University Management in terms of research and Cocoa production in Ondo state for establishing the new rehabilitation of plantation of the seedlings is the first key point.
“We have seen today that AAUA is on course. This cocoa nursery is very encouraging and very impressive. This University is in good standing. Collaborate with us, particularly in the areas of research and educating the farmers. And I use this medium seek the cooperation of the University Management.”
The Director expressed the hope that the University would use its first batch of seedlings to establish a cocoa farm as promised by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, noting that the cocoa revolution would continue to collaborate and ensure that farmers make use of University’s seedlings as a way of re-launching cocoa plantation chain in the Northern Senatorial District of Ondo State.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele, who had earlier commended the efforts of the Ondo State CRP at making the State to maintain it number one status in cocoa production, said the University, through its Faculty of Agriculture, would influence the nation’s economy.
The VC added the AAUA Faculty of Agriculture would be the best among the leading faculties in Nigerian University in terms of agricultural research and quality production.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “Our University is located in the State (Ondo) that has the highest cocoa production in Nigeria, and we will take cocoa production very seriously. We have started already. Our Faculty of Agriculture which is less than three years old has taken up the challenge and I can tell you that in the next few years, the Faculty that will be outstanding among same faculties in Nigeria because we want to make practical contributions to the economy of Nigeria.
“We are going to have a Demonstration Farm so that we can demonstrate the best practices in Cocoa production, so that in the few years, Cocoa production in Ondo North Senatorial District will be phenomenal.”
The VC promised that the 1,000 cocoa seedlings would be planted on the Varsity’s farmland, adding that plans were on to expand the cocoa nursery.
NUC Ranking: AAUA VC Attributes Feat to Commitment of Stakeholders
The Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has attributed the latest improved ranking of the Institution by the National Universities Commission, NUC, to the commitment of all stakeholders – Management, staff, alumni and students.
It will be recalled that in the latest ranking released last month, AAUA was ranked 31st among the 152 Nigerian Universities, up from the 46th position it occupied in 2015.
Prof. Ajibefun expressed his delight over the development in an interview with the Information Unit of the University.
The VC said, “I am very happy that AAUA is doing well. I am happy for this because when one puts in huge efforts and one is getting good results from such efforts, it spurs one to put in more efforts. Despite the financial challenges faced by the University, we were able to improve on our ranking from 46th to 31st. And if we continue on this track, I believe that within the next few years, we shall rank among 10 Universities in Nigeria.
“I must acknowledge that this feat was a joint effort – from the Management level to the least member of staff. The academic and non-academic staff, our students and alumni have all contributed to this success.
“It is my vision to take AAUA to an enviable height and everybody has worked very hard to make this vision a reality. It is laudable that every stakeholder has keyed into the vision and that’s why we have achieved this success.”
He stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to improve on the latest ranking, urging all stakeholders to continue to be peaceful so that development could thrive in the University.
AAUA Digitizes Administration of Academic Transcripts, Certificate, Hostel
Alumni Set to Build Hostels in Six Months
As part of efforts to further boost governance and improve students’ welfare, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, has commenced the process of digitizing administration of academic transcripts, certificates, students’ clearance and allocation of hostels.
This was the upshot of the symbiotic engagements between the University Management and the leadership of the Alumni Association to make AAUA globally competitive.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, revealed the development on Friday last week during a Feedback Meeting between the University Management and the worldwide leadership of the AAUA Alumni Association under the Presidency of Mr. Patrick Oluyide.
The VC hinted the meeting that the University Management was only waiting for the final demonstration of the software for the digitization which, according to him, would take place next week.
Prof. Ajibefun, who appreciated the association for being a committed partner in building the desired 21st Century University, said the challenge of administration of academic transcripts and issuance of certificate would be a thing of the past before the end of the first quarter of this year.
The Alumni President reiterated the resolve of the association to be a dependable partner in progress, adding that the association would not renege on its promise to donate the necessary equipment that would fast-track the processing of the academic transcripts and certificates.
Mr. Oluyide noted that provision of accommodation for students and staff was on the association’s wish list last year.
He, therefore said, “In the year 2017, in addition to other projects and programmes, the Alumni looks forward to easing students’ accommodation challenges in the university, by building a hostel for students. We are hoping to start building in April and we hope that it will be completed in October.”
He appealed to all members of the association, well-meaning individuals and corporate organizations to contribute towards the hotel project and the Alumni Multipurpose Secretariat Building.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige; the Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun; Representative of the Bursar, Mr. … Fapohunda, the University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi, among others.