Ondo First Lady, AAUA VC, Receive Award of Excellence
Our Entrepreneurship Programmes in line with Economic Realities – VC
The First Lady of Ondo State, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, and the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, have been honoured with the Award of Excellence by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, CED, of the Institution.
The duo received the awards on Friday last week during the grand finale of the 2017 Entrepreneurship Week, organized by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development of AAUA.
Presenting the awards, the CED Director, Prof. Sunday Amuseghan said the awardees were honoured in recognition of their contributions to the development of entrepreneurship at AAUA and Ondo State at large.
Prof. Amuseghan said the CED, has over the years, has focused on relevant skills acquisitions for job-creation opportunities, including shoe and leather making, agriculture and agro-allied businesses, fashion designing, bead-making, and hospitality.
He thanked the University Management for its deliberate support to the centre.
Responding, the Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, who was represented by the Special Adviser (Women Affairs), Mrs. Titi Adeyemi, thanked the Centre for honouring the First Lady, and commended the University Management for making the University environment conducive to learning.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor appreciated the leadership the CED for making the centre effective.
Prof. Ajibefun said, “From time to time, the University has re-focused and re-engineered its entrepreneurship programme to make it relevant, dynamic and solution oriented in line with the prevailing and perceived economic realities.”
He appealed to well-meaning individuals, corporate organizations, and government at all levels to lend a hand to the University through financial assistance and donations of equipment and capacity building in order to fully achieved its dream of producing self-reliant and competitive graduates.
Highlights of the programme include, cash prizes for 45 AAUA student entrepreneurs who were winners in various entrepreneurship contests, and seminar on “Entrepreneurship: Think Global, Act Local.”
Akoko Group Tackles Inadequate Accommodation with Hostel Project
Another blow aimed at cracking the hard nut of acute shortage of hostel accommodation for students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, has been struck as the Akoko Development Group commenced the construction of a 200-bed hostel building on the University campus.
President of the group, Dr. K.B Shaba said the gesture is the group’s modest contribution towards solving the seemingly intractable problem of lack of accommodation being experienced in the institution.
Dr. Shaba stated further that the project is being built in phases with the first phase of 100 bed spaces meant for female students already taking shape since it started three years ago.
Explaining the delay in the completion of the project when the Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun visited the site on Monday, Dr Shaba said funding has been a major impediment since the group has only been sourcing funds from among its members. He, however, added that the group intends to host a big fund-raiser early next year with a view of completing the project.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun commended the move saying it is a pointer to the plans of the Akoko Development Group for the University. Prof. Ajibefun said he now has an answer whenever he is asked about how Akoko indigenes are supporting the Institution. He thanked the group for the laudable initiative.
The VC was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin), Prof. Olugbenga Ige; Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun; Bursar, Mrs. Olubunmi Ologun, FCA; and the Ag. Director of Works and Services. They are joined the Vice Chancellor in appreciating the Akoko Development Group for the move.
Adekunle Ajasin University has an estimated 17,000 student population with an overwhelming majority of about 95 percent of them living in the host town of Akungba, as well as adjoining communities. Two gigantic hostel complexes being built by Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) respectively have remained uncompleted decades after their commencement.
ICAN Pays Catch-Them-Young Visit to Ajasin Varsity
· VC Urges Students to Sustain Peace on Campus
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, on Tuesday last week, paid an official visit to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, to sensitize students and staff on the benefits of being a chartered accountant.
According to the ICAN Chairman, Mr. Peter Akingbade, the visit, tagged “Catch Them Young”, was an initiative aimed at enlarging the Institute’s ranks and encouraging the students and staff to imbibe the ideals of the Institute and generally improve on the fortune of the accounting profession.
Mr. Akingbade called on students and staff to enlist in the accounting profession and reiterated that becoming a registered member of ICAN is the pinnacle of the accounting profession.
The ICAN boss said being a chartered accountant and imbibing the ideals of the profession would lead to a drastic reduction in corruption cases in the country.
Earlier in his Opening Remark, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, had commended ICAN for thinking it necessary to visit AAUA and add value to the lives of members of the University communities.
While noting that the initiative would go a long way in grooming the career of the students, especially students of Accounting Department and related disciplines, the VC called on other professional bodies to emulate ICAN by embarking on sensitisation visits to would-be members, especially students of tertiary institutions.
Prof. Ajibefun added, “I want to use this medium to urge our students to continue to maintain the peace on campus. If anyone or group is asking you, under any guise, to disrupt the peace on campus, say no!”
In her remark, the University Bursar, Mrs. Olubunmi Ologun, advised the students to take to the advice of the ICAN boss by registering and taking the examinations that would lead to their early membership.
The event was attended by other Principal Officers of the University and Staff of the Accounting Department of the University.
AAUA VC Pledges Support for Students’ Association
The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has pledged to continue to support students’ associations on campus as long as they continue to engage in meaningful activities in and around the University Community.
The VC gave the pledge on Thursday last week during the public lecture and award presentation of the 11th Anniversary of the Department of Mass Communication of the University.
The VC, who was represented by the Dean Faculty of Arts, Prof. Olu Alana, added that the University Management would not rest on its oars in making the University environment conducive to academic and social activities.
He urged the students to continue to comport themselves responsibly, adding that they should intensify preparation for their examinations which will begin in few weeks’ time.
Interrogating the title of the public lecture, “Media and Politics: Divergence and Convergence”, the Political Editor of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Mr. Victorson Agbeson, noted that irrespective of the kind of medium (traditional or new media) being used by journalists, they should operate in tandem with the rules and regulations guiding journalism profession.
He added that journalists are not politicians. They should not take sides. Journalists are to hold government accountable. They must be neutral and objective.
Corroborating the Guest Speaker, the Head of Public Relations Unit of the University, Mr. Sola Imoru, said media and politics operate at the realm of convergence when a government is doing governance – delivering on its mandate; and that they fall apart (divergence) when a government results to propaganda at the expense of governance.
He advised the future journalists to protect their integrity, adding that they should shun selfish and pecuniary gains and tendencies in order not to fall foul of the ethics of their profession.