VC Clocks One Year in Office

VC Clocks One Year in Office

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, today, Friday, May 24, 2013 clocks one year in office, leaving on his trail, remarkable innovations, reforms and overall developments that are deeply rooted in sound vision and mission to succeed.

Exactly this time last year, divine providence smiled on Professor Oyewole when his predecessor, Professor Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun handed over the baton of leadership to him as the fifth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Professor Oyewole assumed office bringing with him, his rich experience as an international Administrator and Researcher with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and African Union Commission in addition to his first class knowledge of the workings of the University, as a pioneer staff.

Little wonder that he left no one in doubt of his ability to move FUNAAB forward, based on his track records and pedigree which speak volume.

Lending credence, the immediate past Chairman, Governing Council, Chief Lawrence Ayinde Olakunle Osayemi declared that, “I am always for excellence. I can say with all sense of responsibilities that our choice, Professor, Olusola Bandele Oyewole is the right choice. Professor Oyewole emerged as our Vice-Chancellor after a rigorous search, selection and interview.

We, in the University are quite sure that the steps Professor Balogun had taken in bringing FUNAAB from obscurity to high visibility will be sustained. I am very sure that with Professor Oyewole’s rich experience as a Senate member, success is already on his way”.

Corroborating him, Professor Oyewole’s predecessor, Professor Balogun testified of him, “The baton (Vice-Chancellorship) is going not only to a Pastor but a Church Founder. I don’t know what to expect other than the enhancement of growth, progress and peace, so shall it be in Jesus name”.

Speaking in the same vein, a distinguished Honorary Awardee of the University and Chairman, Boards of Directors of Nestle Plc and Lafarge Cement Company, respectively, Chief Olusegun Oshunkeye stated, “We are lucky to have an experienced man who has been in the University since its inception, as Vice-Chancellor. Professor Oyewole has the much-needed experience, not just in FUNAAB, he’s been to other countries as an international man.

Given the experience he has gathered, there is an opportunity to move the University forward. I have really seen that he’s a man of vision and he’s driven by genuine passion to actualize that dream”.
One year in the saddle, Professor Oyewole has laid a solid foundation of achievements for FUNAAB. For the Vice-Chancellor and his Management team, it has been 365 days of promise made and promise kept.

— Stable Academic Calendar
— Trained 74 members of staff abroad through TETFUND Intervention.
— Utilised 10 Million Naira for the execution of 32 Research Projects, under the TETFUND-Research Project Intervention.
– Commissioned 20 brand new push-mowers and three motorized mowers in the Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM).
— Facilitated the rehabilitation of the FUNAAB-Camp Road by FERMA.
— Resuscitated the Yam Roasting Festival
— Introduced Commencement Lecture
— Enhanced the emergence of FUNAAB as 2nd Best World Universities in Nigeria/29th in Africa in the World Universities Webometrics Ranking
— Provided institutional support for COREN and NUC Accreditations of the University’s Engineering Programmes.
Peace on Campus

Highlights of Project Inherited and Completed in One Year (Infrastructure)
–The 2000 – Capacity Professor Mahmood Yakubu Lecture Theatre
— The 500 – Seater Central Computer Laboratory
— Zoological Garden
— New Female Hostel, Block C
— New Female Hostel, Block D
— Interlocking Walkways for Postgraduate School, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC) and Biotechnology Centre
— Interlocking Walkways for College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM) Phase 2 and the 500 Capacity Computer Central Laboratory
— Central Car Park
— The Lodges Complex Road to the Health Centre Road
— FUNIS Road to Staff School Road
— Landscaping of the new Female Hostel Complex
— The Walkway, Car Park and drainage of the new Female Hostel
— The University Souvenir Shop
— The 3000 – Capacity Poultry Building
— Staff School