ERELU @ FUOYE LANGBODO GALA

It was another wonderful episode in the history of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Federal University, Oye- Ekiti, when they presented a stage play called “LANGBODO” as part of the ceremonies marking the award of Pillar of Theatre Arts (POTA) conferred on the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi by the department. The event took place on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at the University Main Auditorium.

Langbodo, is set in a certain distressed communityin need of solution to myriads of problems plaguing their existence. In this context emerges the leader whose zeal for success prompted the summoning of the young AKARA OOGUN (powerful hunter), who in turn solicits for and eventually presents to the entire populace a team of uniquely gifted hunters –Kako, Elegbede Ode, Olohun Iyo, EfoIye and Aramonda.

Langbodo on stage display

These hunters were collectively consecrated for a mission of returning to the community a certain archetypal symbol that would be or provide solution to all their problems.

But in the course of the voyage, several natural and ethereal challenges put up seemingly insurmountable challenges on their way as personalized in the first medium,Agbako, Egbere, Were orun, Sand Elves etc. In this situation, it must be notedthat in all their challenges were solution divinely suggested by either the Second Medium, benevolent spirits or compassionate mortals etc. The unique hunters on this expedition successfully overcame all obstacles when they lived beyond their personal sentiments.

The odyssey took them through six culturally endowed regions where peculiar challenges were met and triumphed over amidst obvious imbibing of the caution/ disciplinary lessons therein. The travelling hunters eventually got the supposed object of esteemed value against all odds only to be intimated by their most recurring challenger the Firstmedium who reminded them that in seizing the esteemed symbol, their sojourn was never beyond their immediate community. This therefore publicized the futility of such an odyssey – a feat to which the native of the community concurred to.

The play ended with the reconciliation by the community of all moral lessons the three surviving hunters shared with the larger populace in recommending the exact traits worth imbibing and the irrelevant ones worthy of rejection for the speedy growth of the community.

Langbodo as presented is an English version and drama adaptation of D.O Fagunwa’sOgbojuninu Igbo Irumale (literarily translated to mighty hunter in an occultic forest).                                         Erelu displaying the archetypal symbol of authority

Erelu Bisi Fayemi, at the end of the drama presentation, appreciated the efforts of Prof. Rasaki Bakare, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in producing the interesting drama. She also commended the brilliant performance that was put up by the students, describing the actors as “simply amazing”. Finally, Erelu pledged her support towards the development of “this noble department”. She solicited the cooperation of all concerned in the development of the university and assured “I will be coming here again and again”.


Professor Asuzu, Erelu Fayemi and Oloye of Oye Kingdom.

 

 

Erelu with the actors after the stage performance

 

 


Prof. Asuzu presenting the Award to Erelu Fayemi. On the VC’s right are Chief Jimoh Aliu

and Pa Ayo Ogunlade while at Erelu’s left is Oba Michael Oluwole Ademolaju, the Oloye of Oye Kingdom.

 

 
The award was presented to Ekiti First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi,by the Vice Chancellor,Prof. Isaac Asuzu, assisted by the paramount ruler of OyeKingdom, Oba Sir Michael Oluwole Ademolaju, the former Minister of Information, Chief Ayo Ogunlade and Chief Jimoh Aliu.

Other principal officers of the university presentwerethe Ag. Registrar, Mr Daniel Adeyemo,Ag. Bursar,  Mr Obadiah Dyiltu,Liberian, andMr Michael Afolabi. Also present were Dean Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Chris Bolu,Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Erelu displaying her award after presentation.   Sciences, Prof. Razaki Bakare, and the out-going

Director of Maintenance,Engineer Echi Nwogu.

 


 

 

Guiding Framework for Entrepreneurial Universities and the FUOYE Vision - A public lecture presented by Engr. (Canon) Echi Nwogu.

 

 

The outgoing Director of Maintenance, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Engr. Echi Nwogu presented the March edition ofUniversity monthly public lecture titled ‘’Guiding Framework for Entrepreneurial Universities and the FUOYE Vision’’ on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at the University auditorium at the main campus. Hedescribed entrepreneurial studies and the practice of entrepreneurship “as a way of life, which is a late 21stcentury phenomenon that has risen to meet the challenges of population explosion and dwindling resources on planet earth”. He said the world has embraced entrepreneurship as a viable means to mitigate unemployment and to enhance national development. “Entrepreneurship”, he said, “seeks to promote the maximization of innovative enterprise to harvest opportunities available both latent to be ignited and inherent to be created”.

He mentioned some aspects of entrepreneurship such as basic, social and political entrepreneurship and further outlined some guiding framework for entrepreneurship in the universities as leadership and governance, organization capacity, people and incentives. He stated that social range of entrepreneurship has been carried out by some individuals. The likes of likes Chief AfeBabalola (SAN) have reached advanced level in this range of entrepreneurship through his agricultural initiative and development. In the years ahead he will be exporting varieties of agricultural products to earn foreign exchange.

Engr. Nwogu identified key ingredients to a realization of the full potentials of this phenomenon called entrepreneurship. Prominent among such ingredients, according to him, are organization, people and incentives which he said workbetter where people see one another as one, where tribalism does not exist, where everybody workstowards the same goalwhich is to achieve success.

Finally, Engr. Echi Nwogu used the avenue to inform everybody in attendance that the lecture will be his last official assignment as an employee of the university. He however, promised to be available whenever the university needed his services.

In his closing remark at the lecture, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, ProfessorUzoma Asuzu noted the importance of entrepreneurship and how FUOYE as a university has made entrepreneurship courses and practice compulsory for its students. He revealed that FUOYE is training as well as building a people that will be entrepreneurial in all their vocations. Every professional will discharge his proficiency with a mind-set of an entrepreneur. “If you are a medical doctor then you see yourself as an entrepreneurship doctor so also to other disciplines”, Prof. Asuzu said. He encouraged those with good talents to come forward and showcase their talents so that they will contribute their quota in the development of entrepreneurship in the university. He assured that development of agricultural farm in Ikole campus of the university is a task that must be accomplished, not minding the cost to the university.

Some dignitaries present at the lecture were Ag.Registrar, Mr Daniel Adeyemo, other principal officers of the university, Deans of Faculties,staff and students.Also in attendance was the former Minister of Information, Chief. Ayo Ogunlade.

 


 

THERE IS A GAP BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND INDUSTRIES.

- PROF. ASUZU

The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, has said that there exists a gap between the industries in Nigeria and the universities.

The Vice Chancellor made this disclosure during an interview with pressmen in his office at Oye- Ekiti. Lamenting over this phenomenon, the University Don observed that education is capital intensive and therefore must not be left to government alone to fund it.

“Industries”, he said, “must support Nigerian universities by moving in to mass- produce machines and other inventions of the universities, instead of simply depending on the importation of ready made goods”.

Citing the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as an example, the researcher cum teacher of long standing noted that the Department of Agricultural. Engineering has produced machines such as bitter leaf washing machines, melon shelling machines, yam pounders, and a host of other gadgets found necessary in the homes. These, he said, lie in the run waiting to be patented and mass produced while the “so-called” captains of industries junket the world importing similar gadgets produced in other climes without due consideration for climatic variations.

Prof. Asuzu, therefore, called on the private sector to look inward and create with the universities, the synergy needed to boost the economy in the area of tools and machineries fabrication.

He further disclosed that governments in advanced countries do not fund education alone. “Over there, a synergy exists between the universities and the industries whereby the latter supply facilities to the former, who on demand, produce items needed by the industries which are then patented for mass production”.

Identifying one source of this gap, the Vice Chancellor revealed that the existing academic curriculum has not exposed students to the ability to think. Thought, he asserted, produces innovation. He therefore called for the need to incorporate entrepreneurial studies into the curriculum so that every student would have an opportunity to learn one skill or two through which to contribute to the national economy on graduation. He further revealed that Federal University, Oye-Ekiti views entrepreneurial studies with every seriousness and has already designed the template for its realization.


 

FUOYE establishes Bilateral Exchange linkage with SWEDISH University.

Federal University Oye Ekiti has entered into a bi-lateral agreement with Boras University of Sweden with a view to promoting academic co-operation based on mutual exchange benefits amongst students and staff for teaching and research.  This historic event took place on Thursday, March 7, 2014 at Ikechukwu Iheanacho ICT centre. Present to witness the event were top management staff of FUOYE which included the Vice Chancellor, Professor Uzoma Asuzu, the Acting Registrar, Mr. Daniel Adeyemo, University Librarian Mr. Michael Afolabi, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, Dean Faculty of Science Professor Sylvia Uzochukwu,  Director Physical Planning Unit, Professor Amu and Professor  V. I. O. Ndirika.

Boras University Sweden was represented by Dr. Michael Titus, Associate Professor of Control Engineering, Deputy Dean, School of Engineering and Coordinator, International Linkages and Collaborations.  

 

The following were specific objectives of the collaboration:
i      Exchange of students
ii     Exchange of teachers
iii    Exchange of staff for research development purposes
iv    Research collaboration on Resource Recovery(Conversion of Waste to Energy) and Industrial Biotechnology.

Mr. Samuel Oluware, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Scandafric International Consultants Ltd, Sweden, facilitated the arrangement.

 Boras University representative, Dr. Michael Titus, through the use of a multimedia projected their study environment reflecting infrastructure, equipment and facilities that make their environment conducive for learning. He therefore wooed the university to partner with Boras University, Sweden, with emphasis on Agriculture, Science and Engineering. Attention, he said, would be paid to how the departments and faculties convert their waste products into valuable goods. The institution also intends to assist FUOYE build effective human capacity to enhance development.

According to Dr. Titus, European standard for Bachelors degree programmes is 3 years. Thereafter, qualified students may enrol for Masters degree programmes for a period between 1 and 2 years.  M.Sc graduates will then be offered doctorate degree programme positions at Boras University to continue their research work. Afterwards, the graduates return to their country with world class qualification to build up strong and sustained research centres in their universities.

Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, commended Boras University for counting FUOYE worthy to partner with. He said FUOYE should be interested as a university because the wastes around here are enormous enough to be refined into valuable needs for human benefit. He further stated that areas of need have been effectively covered in the presentation by Boras representatives, and encouraged both students and staff to avail themselves of the opportunity by applying and submitting their proposals to the committee in charge of selection. He promised that the university could send two or more staff in the relevant disciples earlier highlighted.

Thereafter, both the University management and Dr. Michael Titus of Boras University, Sweden signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU).


NUC TEAM VISITS FUOYE ON RESOURCE VERIFICATION

A four-man inspection team from National Universities Commission (NUC) recently paid a working visit to the Federal University Oye-Ekiti. The team was at the University for Resource Verification Exercise. According to leader of the team, Mrs. Zainab Sani, the visit was to “find out if FUOYE has adequate man power and physical facilities to take up the programmes they (FUOYE) have applied for”. 

Receiving the team in his office, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, explained that the University Senate had, at his behest, applied to the NUC for the creation of three departments out of the existing Biotechnology Department. This was necessitated by the fact that Biotechnology was an “omnibus of many departments that could stand on their own. As such, a graduate of Biotechnology would be a jack of all trade….”, the Vice Chancellor quipped.

Conducting the team round science laboratories, library and other facilities in the university, the Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Prof. Sylvia Uzochukwu told the visiting team and journalists that the resource verification exercise was for the creation of three departments in the Biological Sciences which include the departments of Biochemistry, Plant Science and Biotechnology, and Animal and Environmental Biology.

At the University Library, the Librarian, Mr. Michael O. Afolabi assured the team that the university will continue to improve on quantity and quality of books stocked in the library. The library he said was barely three years old. He however revealed that efforts were being made to further improve the standard of the library by stocking more current and equally relevant academic materials. He mentioned the N14m library take off fund from the TETFUND as well as several book donations the university had received in the recent times as part of those drives. He further disclosed that TETFUND had allocated the sum of N60m for the further development of the library. Mr. Afolabi told the visitors that he was currently compiling a list of books on different courses to be submitted to TETFUND in this regard. According to him,” more than 5,000 titles will arise from this list”.Other members of the NUC team were Prof. Fred Opute from University of Benin, Prof. I. A. Onimawo from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma and Prof. Mukhtar Mohammad Dauda. On a parting note, Mrs. Zainab Sani head of the NUC team, disclosed that the second part of their visit would be on curriculum and staff verifications.

The verification was considered comprehensive and there are high hopes NUC will grant the reliefs sought by the university.

 


FUOYE ORGANIZES FIRST BOOK FAIR

A university librarian, Dr Femi Oguntuase, has said that encouraging the culture of reading among the younger generation will help curb the current wave of crime, corruption, conflict and other social vices in the society.

Delivering a paper titled ‘Reading as a Dying Culture in a Digital Age’ as part of the opening ceremonies of the first FUOYE book fair, organized by the University Library, he said some notable books such as Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie, A Man of the People and Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe and Oil on Water by Helon Habila, among others, have strong bearing on the socio-political development and needs of the people.

Quoting Jesse Lee Bennett, he went on to say that “Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life”. Dr Oguntuase maintained that reading is not only stimulating to the mind and soul, but also is the key to national re-orientation and re-awakening.

He decried what he referred to as a dying reading culture in Nigeria which he attributed to low literacy rate, falling academic standard, high cost of books, poverty, and distraction from home video as well as poor funding of public libraries. According to him, a greater influence to the dying reading culture is the growing adoption of digital formats as the default method of communication, information and publishing.

Dr Oguntuase, University Librarian, Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, however, acknowledged the many attractions of e-books such as convenience, portability, ease and quick access to information.

He was resolute in his submissions that no matter the advantages e-books might have over the print, when the issue of harmful light rays transmitted from the screen of a computer comes into question, these advantages pale into insignificance. According to him, printed materials are stable and tangible. They ensure focused and reflective reading; aiding recall and sparing the reader of data overload as against e-books which he said are ephemeral, tiring and boring. It even depends on links and keyboards with attendant multi-media distractions. Worst still, it poses great danger to human sight.

  “The key to the future in the knowledge economy is to foster a creative and dynamic reading culture in an age of digital abundance” through a balanced attitude that places printed books and digital formats in their proper perspectives.

Dr Oguntuase commended FUOYE for organizing the book fair, which he described as a  strategy for promoting the use of books and developing the book industry.

Earlier in his opening address, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Prof. Isaac Asuzu encouraged students to develop the habit of reading, not just to pass exams but also to widen their scope of knowledge in topics of general concern.

Finally, the Vice Chancellor, Ag Registrar, the University Librarian, other officers of the university and students as well as visitors to book fair were conducted round the book stands. Brisk purchases of books of interests spanning various disciplines were made. The book fair, which ran from March 10-14, attracted publishers and book vendors from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti States.