Reconstitute Governing Council for FUNAAB, chancellor appeals to President Buhari 


. FUNAAB Chancellor,His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V

The Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute Governing Council for the institution.

He made the appeal on Wednesday while delivering his speech at the 28th and 29th combined convocation ceremonies of the institution for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic sessions.

The Royal father noted that since the exit of the 6th Governing Council on 6th May, 2021, FUNAAB has been operating without a Governing Council,adding that the situation is the same with all other universities of Agriculture in the country.

He said this became necessary since many of the principal officers of the FUNAAB including the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Kolawole Salako would be completing their tenures of office this year, and the process for the appointment of new principal officers would soon commence.

The monarch appreciated the Federal Government for the partial restoration of courses in the college of management sciences which were delisted about six years ago, he however appealed for the full restoration of all the other Management Courses “so that the teaming population of our youths far and near will have access to tertiary education through these courses.”

He argued that the establishment of the said College was borne out of the call for diversification of academic programmes in specialised Universities with the assurance to retain courses in Agriculture as the flagship in Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

“The existence of the College of Entrepreneurial Studies is to add value to what we are doing because of the strong inter-relationship between Agriculture and Management,” he said.

The Chancellor who expressed his deep appreciation to the Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari for approving his reappointment as the Chancellor for another term, said it was a rare privilege that he will never take for granted.

Speaking further, he said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kolawole Salako and FUNAAB’s Management team have done very well in placing the University on the right path to academic excellence.

“I am proud to say that since my appointment as the Chancellor of this great University, FUNAAB has grown from strength to strength. Certainly, the sky is the limit for this citadel of learning to continue to wax stronger,”he added

While he expressed his appreciation to the Federal Government for the increase in the capital budgets which has enabled the university to undertake the construction of a Dam to promote irrigation and water provision for the University community, but like Oliver Twist,  “we wish to request for better funding especially to cater for the overhead expenditure of the University.

“I also wish to lend my voice to those of the Committee of the Pro-Chancellors on the need for the Federal Government to ensure adequate staffing of the Universities.”

Making veiled reference to the current impasse between the FG and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Obong said “there is an urgent need for the Federal Government to have fulfilled engagements with all the universities- based staff unions to stem the tide of incessant industrial strikes and unrests which seem to have become a relay race in the university system in Nigeria.

“There is no gain saying the fact that the incessant strikes by the staff unions due to the usual disagreements with Government on issues of the welfare of their members as well as issues of lack of work tools are having crippling effects on the quality of education at the tertiary level.”




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