FUOYE GOVERNING COUNCIL HOLDS INAUGURAL MEETING
The FUOYE Governing Council held its inaugural meeting on June 3, 2015. The meeting took place in the vice chancellor's Conference Room with the Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council, Engr. Bawa Magaji Kufana at the head of the meeting.Other external members of the Governing Council present were Chief Hon. Augustus Elliot Osomu, Mohammed Hamza, Mrs. Irene Chinwe Mbanefo and Dr. Yusuf Michael Omojo.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Isaac U. Asuzu led the Council members from within the university which included Secretary to Council and Registrar, Mr. Daniel Abiodun Adeyemo, acting Bursar, Mr. Obadiah Dyiltu, representatives of Senate in Council, Prof. Sylvia Uzochukwu and Prof. Olugbenga Amu. Prof Wole Atere was absent on the first day on permission duly acknowledged by the chairman but joined the team the second day. Representatives of Congregation in Council, Prof. Adeolu Aganga and Mrs. B. O. Obabire were in attendance.
The Chairman and Pro-chancellor, Engr. Bawa Magaji, assured the house that the Council would guarantee stability in the university, disclosing however that “not everything done in Council is for the market place.” He emphasized the need for Council members to engage the host communities, more importantly, the state government, and let them know that the university is here for them. He however cautioned against partisanship, reminding members that they were not politicians but people who have been called to serve the country in this capacity.
After the opening remarks, the Council members retired behind closed doors for business of the day.
They were later to emerge to undertake exhaustive tour of projects and facilities within the main campus as well as Ikole campus. All on-going project sites were visited and some contractors on site had a one-on-one with the Council members. Dean Faculty of Engineering and Director of ICT, Professor Christian Bolu had his hands full explaining lots about the projects and facilities at Ikole especially on the novel
Universal Testing Machine which was reputed to be the largest UTM in Nigeria at present. Acting Director, PPU, Engr. F. O. Adebayo, was also on hand to guide the visitors to the projects and offer explanations where sought.
The second day of the meeting saw the Council members pay a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose. Later they were at the Palaces of the Oloye of Oye-Kingdom, Oba Michael Oluwole Ademolaju and the Elekole of Ikole Kingdom Oba James Adewumi Ajibade Fasiku. At both palaces the visitors were received with pomp and pageantry. Prayers were offered for the success of the Council and the university at each palace.
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING COLLABORATES WITH PROTOTYPE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (PEDI).
In pursuance of its mandate to provide state of the art training and quality education to students, the Faculty of Engineering on Tuesday June 2, 2015 had a project collaboration meeting with representative committee of Prototype Engineering Development Institute (PEDI). Prof. Christian Bolu initiated the discussion by stating how far PEDI had gone particularly in the area of Autotronics and 3D Printing. This he said was the motivation for seeking understanding with them. Prof. Bolu further spoke about the need and importance of educating and developing the students through PEDI to bring out the best in students. The don pointed out three areas the faculty intended to focus on in the proposed relationship with PEDI. These areas include developing training tools for teaching and research as well as commercializing them, investing in Autotronics and 3D printing and collaborating with them in training students.
Managing Director Prototype Engineering Development Institute, Engr. Adetunji Adelana applauded FUOYE management for their interest in PEDI and welcomed the prospect of collaborating with the nascent university. He disclosed that the institute wants to encourage students in higher institutions in the production of 3D printing and Autotronics, stressing that 3D printing is used to produce spoons, phone cases and souvenirs, among other products. He said that General Electric (GE) has already started an outfit on 3D printing in Lagos, admitting that the institute was favoured to have partnered with FUOYE in the area of sponsorship. He reiterated the effort of the institute at developing both 3D printing and Autotronics software which he promised would be tested in FUOYE. Engr. Adetunji also said that
the software and training modules being produced at the institute would be useful and easy to understand for even road side mechanics. He thereafter suggested proper advocacy in this area, summarizing the major advantages of 3D printing and Autotronics as basically creation of jobs and generation of income.
HOD Mechanical/Mechatronics, Professor S.B. Adejuyigbe offered that since the aims of FUOYE and PEDI are alike (i.e. training and income generation), there was need to produce and package effective and efficient software with full understanding so that both sides would benefit adequately. Responding to Professor Adejuyigbe, Prof Bolu said that it was a miracle to have come up with this kind of collaboration with PEDI, describing the relationship as a win-win situation.
The highpoint of the interaction was a resolution that both FUOYE and PEDI be involved in regular interchange of ideas in the area of 3D printing and Autotronics for capacity building and manpower development. A committee was selected to work on a project proposal to be forwarded to TETFUND.
SSANU INAUGURATES FUOYE INTERIM MANAGEMENT TEAM.
It was yet another day of colourful union activities at the FUOYE main auditorium as the national delegation of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), South-West zone, inaugurated a five-man provisional executive that would coordinate the course of SSANU activities in the young institution.
According to leader of the delegation, Mr. Alfred Jimoh, the pro tem officers were going to occupy five executive positions that would last for the remaining part of 2015, until the Union (FUOYE Chapter) established a well-defined structure that would enable it eventually run a full-fledged election in the coming year. These executive positions included offices of the chairman, executive secretary, financial secretary, treasurer and public relations officer.
Under a very animated atmosphere, nominations for the executive positions were zoned to the two campuses of Oye and Ikole to ensure proper representation and coordination. Offices of the executive secretary and financial secretary went to Ikole Campus while chairman, treasurer and PRO were zoned to the main campus.
At the end of nominations which was quite keen, the following persons emerged: Mr. Ayodele Olayiwola, Protem Chairman, Mr. Ademola Mutui, Executive Secretary, Mrs. Esan Oyemomi, Financial Secretary, Mr. Kolawole Samuel, Treasurer and Mr. Babafunso Awe, Public Relations Officer.
National Vice President, SSANU South-West Zone, Mr Jimoh charged the new executive to be ready to serve and to always create an open platform to listen to the needs and aspirations of its members rather than merely celebrate their victory. He further urged them to work harmoniously
with management of the university and never to see the union as an instrument of war and open confrontation against the young institution. After this charge, he conducted the swearing-in ceremony.
Addressing the newly sworn-in executive, then acting Registrar, FUOYE, Mr. Daniel A. Adeyemo, expressed satisfaction at the process that produced the new executive, which he described as free and fair. He stressed that any association that hoped to achieve its objectives should press home its needs legitimately, urging them to see the union as an instrument of dialogue and not as a mechanism for power.
Speaking on behalf of the new executive, the Chairman, Mr. Ayodele Olayiwola, expressed his profound gratitude to God for giving him such a huge platform to serve his colleagues and the union. He also thanked the organizers and leadership of SSANU at the national level as well as senior non-teaching members of staff for exhibiting high level of maturity during the process. In his words, “We, members of the executive, are not going to confront management but will display competence and consistency in getting whatever we deserve from management.” He finally promised to make the welfare of his members, his other members of the delegation include: Comrade A Salami, Zonal Secretary, Comrade K. T. Fashola, Zonal Treasurer, Comrade Taiwo Egberongbe, Chairman, OOU, Alhaji S. Shuaib, Chairman, Tai-Solarin University of Education, Comrade Mrs. O. BAdebayo, Treasurer Ekiti State University, Comrade I. K. Falade, Chairman EKSU, Comrade S. O. Afolabi, SSANU Scribe, EKSU, Comrade B. E. Adeoye, Financial Secretary, EKSU, Comrade Oluranil, S. A., Chairman, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IART), Comrade Wale Akinremi, Chairman, University of Ibadan and Comrade Aleshinloye, Chairman LAUTECH. The event took place on Thursday, May 21, 2015.