FUNAAB gets NUC approval to start Geology as a course – VC

The Vice-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof.Kolawole Salako says the institution has received approval from the National Universities Commission to start Geology as a course of study.
He disclosed this on Wednesday in his convocation address at the 28th and 29th combined convocation ceremonies for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic sessions which held within the campus.
He told the gathering of scholars,graduates, students and their parents that the institution got the approval after resource verification by NUC in 2021.
Prof. Salako further added that the Veterinary Council of Nigeria also gave full accreditation for the teaching and practice of Veterinary Medicine in FUNAAB in 2022.
He said his administration equipped the College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Teaching Hospital between 2019 and 2022 with state-of-the art equipment, and field facilities including a borehole, ambulance and other vehicles.
The Vice-chancellor said this has led to permission by the NUC for the institution to increase admission of students into the college from 30 to 60 in 2021.
He recalled that the institution had its 27th convocation on January 8, 2020, stating that  a month after, the world went into a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and consequently  the 28th convocation
could not hold as due in 2021 because of the roll-over effects of the pandemic and worldwide lockdown.
While still reeling out part of his administration-led management achievements, Prof. Salako added that the October/November 2019 accreditation exercise led to full accreditation of 27 programmes and one interim accreditation for Mechatronics, making 28 accredited programmes out of 30.
He said the re-accreditation exercise for Mechatronics was conducted in November 2021.
The Vice-chancellor explained that although the National Universities Commission maintained the Federal Government policy on delisting Management courses in the university, it has, however, on August 17th, 2021 recognised the need to sustain a rebranded “Entrepreneurial Studies”.
He noted that this necessitated the change of name from College of Management
Sciences (COLMAS) to College of Entrepreneurial and Development Studies (COLENDS) in 2021 by the University Senate.
Prof. Salako said despite this development, there are students who are yet to graduate from COLMAS, and their courses were also subjected to accreditation exercise in the last quarter of 2021.These courses are:
Accounting,Banking and Finance, and Business Administration
Still on accreditation, the Vice-chancellor stated that the following courses at the College of Engineering (COLENG),
•Mechatronics (at interim accreditation) and
College of Biosciences (COLBIOS) – new programmes,Pure and Applied Botany and Pure and Applied Zoology, also went through accreditation exercises by NUC in the last quarter of 2021.
While he noted that the institution was committed to continuously improve staff and students welfare, he urged graduating students not to despair but to go into the world and conquer having been charged by the former deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Tunde Lemo in his convocation lecture titled: ‘Nigerian Youths: Opportunities for Gainful Employment in Spite of Economic Circumstances.’


On Thursday, Prof. Salako charged the graduating postgraduate  students to continue to lift the image of the university in good light, urging them to continue explore more opportunities to improve themselves, as he argued that “having PhD is not the end of knowledge seeking.”


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