Olusegun Agagu University of Science & Technology (OAUSTECH) wins US-Based Seeding Labsâ€™ 2020 Instrumental Access Program Award - Receives Scientific Equipment from Seeding Labs, Boston, USA.
Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa formerly known as Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) has won the 2020 Seeding Labs Instrumental Access Program Scientific Equipment award. The Department of Biological Sciences at OAUSTECH is one of the 18 outstanding Departments at universities in 10 countries across the globe chosen by Seeding Labs to receive scientific equipment through the Seeding Labs’ 2020 Instrumental Access program. The selection of awardees for donation of science equipment was carried out through a highly competitive and rigorous selection process. According to Christina Viola Srivastava, the Director of Programmes at Seeding Labs, “the 2020 Instrumental Access awardees were selected for their potential to solve problems and change lives through science.” Speaking in the same vein, Dr Melissa P. Wu, the Seeding Labs' CEO, stated that “it’s critical that all scientists around the world have the tools they need to solve problems that impact us all”. In his remarks, OAUSTECH's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday R. Ogunduyile expressed his delight at the development, stressing that the University would always be grateful to Seeding Labs for the donation of a large quantity of scientific equipment. He lauded the feat and asserted that the award is another milestone in the quest to make OAUSTECH a hub of research and innovation. The Vice-Chancellor expressed deep appreciation to the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) for introducing the Seeding Labs’ Equipment donation program to the University and for the Governor’s provision of tremendous support (financial and technical expertise) at every stage of the application process. He stated that this was a clear indication of Governor Akeredolu’s passion for the enhancement of quality of education in Ondo State. The Vice-Chancellor also thanked the Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Femi Agagu and the Chairman of Council of OAUSTECH, Prof. Akinbo Adesomoju for their immense contributions to make the application a success. He further expressed deep appreciation to Prof. Aina O. Adeogun of the Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan for her selfless and unquantifiable contributions to the successful outcome of the applicaOlusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa formerly known as Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) has won the 2020 Seeding Labs Instrumental Access Program Scientific Equipment award.
The Department of Biological Sciences at OAUSTECH is one of the 18 outstanding Departments at universities in 10 countries across the globe chosen by Seeding Labs to receive scientific equipment through the Seeding Labs’ 2020 Instrumental Access program. The selection of awardees for donation of science equipment was carried out through a highly competitive and rigorous selection process. According to Christina Viola Srivastava, the Director of Programmes at Seeding Labs, “the 2020 Instrumental Access awardees were selected for their potential to solve problems and change lives through science.” Speaking in the same vein, Dr Melissa P. Wu, the Seeding Labs' CEO, stated that “it’s critical that all scientists around the world have the tools they need to solve problems that impact us all”.
In his remarks, OAUSTECH's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sunday R. Ogunduyile expressed his delight at the development, stressing that the University would always be grateful to Seeding Labs for the donation of a large quantity of scientific equipment. He lauded the feat and asserted that the award is another milestone in the quest to make OAUSTECH a hub of research and innovation.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed deep appreciation to the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) for introducing the Seeding Labs’ Equipment donation program to the University and for the Governor’s provision of tremendous support (financial and technical expertise) at every stage of the application process. He stated that this was a clear indication of Governor Akeredolu’s passion for the enhancement of quality of education in Ondo State. tion for Seeding Labs’s 2020 Instrumental Access Program Scientific Equipment Award. In a chat with OAUSTECH News, the lead Researcher/featured scientist of the team that won the award for the University Prof Funmilola Agbebi and her co-recipient, Dr Soji O. Fakoya were happy with the development stating that it is quite rewarding that they have received this award as one of the 2020 Seeding Labs awardees for OAUSTECH and thanked the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN for all the assistance given to them and the institution towards receiving this award.
Prof. Funmilola Agbebi who also took the delivery of the items of equipment on behalf of the Management on Monday, 11th May, 2020 at the Main Campus in Okitipupa, expressed her happiness with the development. She maintained that the multi-million naira worth items of research equipment donated by Seeding Labs would be of great benefit to both students and staff of the University in the field of science and science-based disciplines.
Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa is a State owned University with a mission to provide sound scientific, technological and professional training, identify technological needs and problems, solve them within the context of community and national needs and sustainable development. The University was established in 2008 by the Ondo State Government as Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa but the name of the University was changed to Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH) on the 31st of December, 2019.
Seeding Labs is a non-profit making charitable corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA that strives to empower every scientist to transform the world. Seeding Labs has built a coalition of more than 170 public and private sector partners to provide scientists in developing nations with lab equipment, training, and opportunities to collaborate with experts in their field and to use these vital resources to improve education, research, and economic development. To date, Seeding Labs has shipped over 255 tons of lab equipment to 79 institutions in 36 countries around the world. Additional information on Seeding Labs and Instrumental Access is available at http://seedinglabs.org/; on Facebook at Facebook.com/SeedingLabs; and on Twitter at @SeedingLabs.
OAUSTECH HOLDS MAIDEN CONVOCATION, ROLLS OUT PROGRAMME OF EVENTS...
The Maiden Convocation Ceremony of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH) has been scheduled to hold from Tuesday, 17th to Sunday, 22nd March, 2020. The convocation will open with a Press Briefing/Facilities Tours on Tuesday, 17th March, 2020 at the Council’s Chamber, Main Campus by 11:00am.
Day two, which is Wednesday, 18th March 2020, shall witness a sensitization talk for Secondary School Students at The Faculty of Science Auditorium, Main Campus, by 10:00am.
Also, there would be a friendly Football Match between OAUSTECH team and Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo team the same day at OAUSTECH Sport Complex, by 2:00pm. Inauguration of Alumni Association of the University will hold at the University Main Auditorium, Main Campus, by 11:00am on Thursday, 19th March, 2020, while an Alumni night will take place the same day at the Faculty of Engineering Auditorium, Mega School, Ayeka, by 7:00pm.
A Convocation Lecture would hold on Friday, 20th March, 2020 at the University’s Main Campus, by 11:00am with the title “Travails of Nigerian Nation: Science and Technology to the Rescue” to be delivered by a foremost academic and an eminent scholar, Prof. O. Ibidapo-Obe, OFR.
A Jumat Service would hold the same day at the Central Mosque, Okitipupa by 1:30pm while a Convocation Play titled: “This is our Chance” would hold the same evening at the Faculty of Engineering Auditorium, Mega School, Ayeka, by 5:00pm.
The Award of First Degrees and Presentation of Prizes would take place on Saturday, 21st March, 2020 at the University Main Auditorium, Main Campus, by 10:00am.
The maiden convocation ceremony would end with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, 22nd March, 2020 at Anglican Church, Lebi Street, Okitipupa by 10:00am.
DR.F.O AJEGBOMOGUN ASSUMES OFFICE AS NEW OSUSTECH UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN
Dr. Fredrick Olatunji Ajegbomogun has been appointed the second substantive Librarian of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, by the University’s Governing Council.
Dr Ajegbomogun, who has since assumed duty, on 1st October, 2019, hailed from Ayetoro-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The new University Librarian attended Ayetoro/Iloro High School, Ayetoro- Ekiti for his secondary education and the prestigious University of Ibadan where he bagged a Diploma in Librarianship, B.Ed (Adult Education and Political Science), M.Sc (Political Science and International Relations), MLS and Ph.D in Library, Archival and Information Science, all at UI.
Dr. Ajegbomogun who is deeply rooted, versatile and highly experienced in the field of Librarianship, started his career in library, as a library officer in the University of Ibadan and later moved to Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), where he rose steadily from Librarian II to the post of Associate Librarian (Deputy University Librarian).
He was at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode between December, 2012 and December, 2013 for his sabbatical.
As a professional and an academic in the field of Library Studies, he has taught and supervised a very good number of students at the post-graduate level.
His areas of interests cover library information resource use, information literacy, informatics and information technology use.
Ajegbomogun, who was one time PG programme Co-ordinator at FUNAAB,, is a member of many university committees.
He has attended more than 20 trainings in the field of library study within and outside the Country, with high impact research papers read in most of the conferences. Some of the major conferences attended include; 19th Shanghai International Library Forum, China in 2018, 16th European Conference on e-Learning, Portugal, 2017 and 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly held at Columbus, Ohio, USA in 2016. He was sponsored to attend the 36th National Library of Science and Technology (IATUL), Hannover, Germany in 2015 and participated at the 45th National Conference/AGM on Knowledge Management for National Development held at Abuja, Nigeria in 2010.
Dr. Ajegbomogun, who is a member to Nigeria Library Association (NLA), Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) and Association of Information System (AIS), Canada, USA, has received commendations, prizes, awards and scholarships at various times in his career-progression.
Dr Ajegbomogun has published over 35 research articles in reputable local and international journals. He is happily married and blessed with children.
His hobbies include farming, reading, singing and travelling.
OSUSTECH IS OUR PROPERTY - LG BOSSES
The Local Government Chairmen in the Southern Senatorial District of Ondo State have resolved to adopt OSUSTECH as their own property.
This disclosure was made by the Chairman, Ese-Odo Local Government, Hon. Shedrack Ojo while speaking at the “Inauguration of OSUSTECH Community Relations Committee” meeting held on Thursday, 28th November, 2019 at the main campus of the University in Okitipupa.
According to him, the Chairmen of the six Local Governments in the Southern Senatorial District, which consist of Okitipupa Local Government, Irele Local Government, Ilaje Local Government, Ese-Odo Local Government, Odigbo Local Government and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government resolved to adopt OSUSTECH as theirs.
He pointed out that the benefits that would accrue to the people of the localities in which the University is located and Ondo State in general cannot be over-emphasised.
“This is a welcome idea. We assure you that we will key into it and ensure that people at our various communities see and embrace OSUSTECH as their own and make meaningful contributions towards its development, success and sustainability”, he submitted.
He equally assured the Management that the Chairmen would get back to the University on what they would bequeath to the University in terms of project.
Similarly, Hon. Ojo promised that they would meet the Chairmen of Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) so as to spur them to complete their seemingly-abandoned hostel projects in the University.
“We shall as well lend our voice and efforts to the appeal to Mr. Governor to increase the subvention of the University”, he added.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of Okitipupa Local Government, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya pledged that the Chairmen and their people, henceforth, will see OSUSTECH as theirs and will work towards its survival and advancement.
He said the Chairmen will work to ensure the Obas in their Communities are also well involved in the OSUSTECH Project.
Omo’ba Adesanya, lauding the Management of the University for the “OSUSTECH Advancement Ambassadorial Awards” given to them recently, declared “even after leaving the position of chairman, we would still contribute our quota to move OSUSTECH forward”
He however appealed to the Management of the Institution to diversify in its courses so as to bring in more students towards impacting on the host communities and thereby improve its Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR).
In her remarks, the Chairman of Odigbo Local Government, Hon. (Mrs.) M. Y. Akinsiroju, represented by her Protocol Officer, Mr. J. A. Akinnusi, commended the Management of the University for the good initiative saying, “We embrace the idea and pray God Almighty give us the enablement to move the University forward”.
She noted that with the “OSUSTECH Community-Relations Committee” in place, people in the community would be properly carried along and get involved in the development of the University.
Hon. Akinsiroju lauded the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his unrelented efforts at making the University world-class.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sunday Roberts Ogunduyile told the Local Government bosses that the essence of the Committee is to maintain town and gown relationship, which he noted is the practice all over the world.
The VC stated that membership of the Committee would be drawn on equal representation, from both the community and the university.
According to him, members of the Committee from the Communities would be nominated by the Chairmen of the six Local Government Areas.
“The Committee is to initiate a number of projects, fashion out ways by which they can be achieved and carry along our people from the various communities to buy into the visions of the University so as to contribute meaningfully towards the accomplishment of those projects”, Ogunduyile hinted.
He informed the guests that the benefits in this kind of university-community relationship are enormous and will, among other things, enhance cordiality and accelerate economic and infrastructural development of the host Communities and its surroundings.
“By involving the community, the public image of the University would be enhanced and there would be continuous interaction and communication, which will minimise frictions and promote understanding that would be mutually beneficial to both sides”, the VC maintained.
Ogunduyile said the existence of such committee in FUTA had given birth to a number of projects such as FUTA radio and building of hostels among others.
He informed the Chairmen that the university will soon begin short term Diploma and certificate courses for the benefits of the people of the community and beyond. He added that courses such as Geology, Marine Engineering, etc already approved by the University Senate and ratified by the Governing Council will begin next year.
The Vice-Chancellor also seized the opportunity of the meeting to seek support of the Chairmen towards mobilising the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) to complete their abandoned hostel facilities in the University in earnest.
He solicited for their assistance in the areas of donations and building of high-capacity lecture theatres as well as other teaching and research enhancement facilities.
In his own contribution, the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Prof. Rex Aladesanwa stressed on the need to maintain the university- community relationship.
He reiterated that out of the three Senatorial Districts in Ondo State, Southern Senatorial District is the most blessed in terms of mineral resources and proximity to water, adding that the absence of electricity for long has been hampering developments in the area.
He said that there is a lot the university can do to impact meaningfully on the community, especially in the areas of research and Agricultural extension services.
Aladesanwa noted that without electricity, adequate funding by the government, and the support of the people, this might be difficult to achieve.
Also contributing, the Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Olujimi Folarin remarked that if the university survived, the Community will benefit immensely in terms of economic and physical development.
“It is in this respect that we ask for your maximum support as people at the helms of affairs at the various communities, so that we can together, move OSUSTECH and our people forward”, Prof. Folarin advocated
Also speaking, the Ag. Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Dr. Israel Megbonwon asserted that when OSUSTECH is known across the globe through this joint relationship, the locality would as well become more popular.
He emphasised that as University is known for teaching, learning and research, OSUSTECH will focus on available raw materials in the area. One of such is the sand that is highly rich in silicon which can be used to manufacture electronic gadgets and the likes.
“Concluding, Megbonwon remarked; “How wonderful will it be to have Ikale Hall, Ilaje Hall, Ese-Odo Hall, Irele Hall, Odigbo Hall and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Hall on OSUSTECH Campus”.
In his reaction, the Ag. Dean, Students’ Affairs, Dr. Ilemobayo Oguntimehin represented by an Assistant Registrar in the Unit, Mr. Abiodun Kayode appealed to the Local Government bosses to find a way of building hostel facilities for students in Igodan-lisa Community, so as to bring down the exorbitant accommodation fees in the Community.
He claimed that, this would ameliorate the sufferings of indigent students who are in the majority in the area.
In his submission, the Farm Officer, Mr Temidayo Temola enjoined the Chairmen to embrace the idea of building lecture theatres in the University by each of the six Local Governments, saying lecture halls are among the most pressing needs in the university at present.
Others present at the meeting include the University Bursar, Mr. Kehinde Oladeji, the University Librarian, Dr. Fredrick Ajegbomogun, the Head of Works, Physical Planning Unit, Arch. Frank Akinpelumi, Coordinator, Legal Unit, Barr. Temitope Kolawole and P.A. to the Chairman, Ese-Odo Local Government, Mr. Adebayo Ezekiel.
VC TASKS SUPERVISORS ON OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS ON I.T.
The Vice-Chancellor, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, Prof. Sunday Roberts Ogunduyile has tasked lecturers going for the supervision of students of the University on attachment at the various industries to ensure proper supervision and objective assessment of the students without any bias or favour.
The VC, who was represented by the University Librarian, Dr. Fredrick Ajegbomogun gave the charge during the first orientation programme / interactive lecture organised for supervisors by the (SIWES) Unit of the University on Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 at the main campus.
Ogunduyile opined that industrial attachment is meant to augment what students learn in the classroom, adding that the lecturers should give the supervision necessary attention and seriousness.
He appealed to them to conduct themselves well and be good ambassadors of the University at the various places they will visit.
Speaking on a lecture titled: “The New Face of SIWES Supervision”, the University SIWES Coordinator, Dr. Dipo Akomolafe observed that in the past, supervisors had been using their own initiatives for the supervisions.
He stated that henceforth, the supervisors would be adequately guided on the dos and donts, as well as laid down standards and expectations in order to ensure a very effective and quality supervision.
Akomolafe added that he drew the inspiration to organise the Orientation Programme from the post-supervision report submitted in 2015 by the former Acting VC, Prof. Adegoke Adegbite. He opined that with the programme, supervisors would be acquainted with the requisite knowledge of what supervision encapsulated.
Akomolafe therefore commended Prof. Adegbite for his diligence and particularly, for taking his time to write and submit a comprehensive report after carrying out the supervision of students at their various IT destinations at that time.
According to him, supervisors are expected to visit the students at the places of their placements at regular intervals, so as to appropriately authenticate and appraise their performances.
He asserted that during the supervision, supervisors are also expected to establish the relevance of the placement with the student’s courses of study, discuss with the industrial-based supervisors about the performance of students, identify the entrepreneurship opportunities in the students’ course of study, make necessary observations about the student concerned and build a relationship with the industries and the University.
Akomolafe said the supervisors are equally expected to sign students’ logbooks, observe their activities, ask questions and present well written report of his/her findings after the supervision/visit.
Emphasising the importance of logbooks, Dr Akomolafe stated that it is an important tool in which students must record their daily activities during the course of the IT. He stressed that OSUSTECH, in this respect, has developed a logbook that is comprehensive, up-to-date and simplified to allow easy and flexible entry of activities by students.
He stated that aside the logbook to be properly examined, the University supervisors, as well as the industrial-based supervisors, must ensure they fill and submit form A and form 002 with respect to every student supervised.
Akomolafe, who stressed that the University holds her staff in high esteem, warned supervisors against all forms of unprofessional conducts before, during and after the supervision.
He warned that on no condition, should any supervisor accept any gratification from any student stressing that unnecessary familiarity should not be covertly or openly displayed during the course of supervision and afterwards.
The SIWES Coordinator hinted that all the activities of the Unit are now fully computerised. He added that with cooperation of the University’s ICT Unit, his office can now interact with all students, their industrial-based supervisors and university supervisors online.
Ending his lecture, Dr. Akomolafe assured the supervisors that all their allowances and entitlements would be adequately paid by the University, stressing that necessary mechanisms are already in place to ensure this.