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FUNAAB Students Union Elects First Female President

The whole environment of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta was set in a frenzy mood yesterday as the Students Supreme Ruling Cabinet election was done. Initially, the election was meant to hold on Wednesday, March 6 2019 but couldn’t due to logistics issue from the ICT unit so the Computer Based election was transformed into a Paper Based election and fixed for the next day Thursday, March 7 2019.

The election scheduled for 10am started around 1pm, the students were distributed into 5 polling units with two colleges in each units which goes thus

1000 seater Lecture Theatre –
Julius Okojie Lecture Theatre –
College of Engineering Auditorium –
Multipurpose Building 01 –
Mahmood Yakubu Hall –

No form of violence occurred at any of the units thus the election was peacefully conducted. The election ended by 2pm while counting process started immediately and continued till late in the night. Results from the election goes thus


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Office of the Public Relations
Waslaw (was unopposed) – 3,396

Office of the Sports Directorate
Omeiza – 2029
A. David – 1229
Void – 321
Rejected – 83

Office of Social Director
Preshiee – 1964
Pelexy – 1564
Void – 249
Rejected – 73

Office of the Treasury
MM – 861
Drey – 2495

Office of the Financial Secretary
Handy – 1841
Breeze – 1605
Void – 334
Rejected – 69

Welfare Director
Matom – 940
Shadow – 2618
Void – 257
Rejected – 36

Assisting General Secretary
Flexy – 1968
Prince Will – 1467
Void – 296
Rejected – 36

General Secretary
Bimfo – 1688
Ambowoo – 1873
Void – 283
Rejected – 102

Vice President
Toleen – 2012
Hon. Success – 1438
Void – 294
Rejected – 13

President
D’ola – 2320
Carbon 5 – 1032
Provost – 68
Egalitarian – 146

After the counting process, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Independent Electoral Commission (FUNIEC) announced the elected aspirants for each offices which goes thus

P. R. O. = Comr. Waslaw
Sports Director = Comr. Omeiza
Social Director = Comr. Preshiee
Treasurer = Comr. Drey
Financial Director = Comr. Handy
Welfare Director = Comr. Shadow
Assistant General Secretary = Comr. Flexy
General Secretary = Comr. Ambowoo
Vice President = Comr. Toleen

With the cabinet to be headed by Adeola Tawakalt (Comr. D’ola)

Adeola Tawakalt, FUNSAB SUG

Even though the decision of Comr. D’ola in contesting for the position of the FUNAABSU President was met with various obstacles and critics she still manage to emerge as the First Female President ever.

Stay glued to our social media platforms as we unveil the identity of the newly elected Supreme Students Ruling Council plus an exclusive interview with the newly elected President Comr. D’ola


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Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) SUG President, suspended for alleged misappropriation, reinstated October 5, 2018.

The Students’ Union of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has reinstated its president, Ayobami Popoola, who was suspended in August over alleged misappropriation of N612,000.

Last August, the Students’ Representative Assembly (SRA) had accused Mr. Popoola of breaching the union’s constitution that empowers the SRA to approve any decision, including spending, by the executives.

According to the Clerk of the SRA, Taiwo Ola, the president disbursed loans amounting to N439,000 from the union’s purse to members of his executive and some students without clearance by the union’s legislative body.

Those who took the loans were the Vice President (N50,000), the General Secretary (N90,000), the Assistant General Secretary (N45,000); the Welfare Director (N70,000), Sports Director (N30,000) and Director of Finance (N70,000).

Three other members of the union were also given N84,000 loans.

The SRA also accused Mr Popoola of misappropriating N173,000 through ”refreshments, world cup subscription, and purchase of unapproved accessories.”

He was also accused of supporting impersonation of other co-signatories to the Students’ Union account to gain unrestricted access to the union’s funds.

However, on Friday, PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the president had been reinstated having admitted to contravening the provisions of the constitution.

The Chairman of the parliament’s committee on ethics and disciplinary matters, Ofubu Lucas, told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that Mr. Popoola was reinstated after providing requisition booklets and relevant documents to prove all expenses made by him and other executives.

“The student’s representative assembly voted unanimously for his reinstatement in their sitting having understood all that transpired,”

said Mr Lucas.

“The president apologised for his lapses and vowed he wo not repeat them again, stating that he won’t play with the mandate of over 15,000 students.”

Reacting to the development, Mr. Popoola told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that he was reinstated after the students’ representatives verified documents he made available to them.

“When the executives tried to carry the SRA along, they did not give us listening ears because there was rancour between us,”

he said.

“However, I begged them to set up a committee to check into the integrity of our finance. I submitted myself for investigation and when they went through the documents we submitted, they reinstated me.”

The Students’ Union President of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ayobami Popoola, has been suspended for two weeks over an alleged misappropriation of N612,000.

According to the Clerk, Taiwo Ola, the President loaned the Vice President N50,000; the General Secretary borrowed N90,000; the Assistant General Secretary was also loaned N45,000; the Welfare Director borrowed N70,000; Sports Director collected N30,000 and Director of Finance also borrowed N70,000 while other three members of the union were loaned N84,000. This brought the total amount of money loaned out from the union purse to N439,000.

Other misappropriated funds were said to be for ”refreshments, world cup subscription and purchase of unapproved accessories which summed up to N173,000.”

More so, the parliamentarians accused Mr Popoola of supporting an act of impersonation of other co-signatories to the Students’ Union account which enabled him to have unrestricted access to funds belonging to students.

Mr Ola, however, said the parliament has ordered the “freezing of the Union’s account till after investigations by the house”.

Also, the Social Director of the Union, Olalekan Ola, was directed by the parliament to refund N128,000 realised from sales of freshers’ party ticket on or before November 17.

“The law is respecter of nobody. The suspended president who is the orchestrator of the misappropriated funds is to appear before the Ethics, Privileges and Disciplinary Committee of the House, which has been empowered to carry out holistic investigations on the allegations within two weeks,” the clerk said.

Reacting to the suspension on behalf of the president and other union officers, who did not respond to phone calls and text messages at the time filling this report, the General Secretary of the Union, Opeyemi Awolowo said in a statement obtained by PREMIUM TIMES that the president’s suspension “is a miscarriage of decision by the SRA”.

He, however, did not directly address the allegations of misappropriation of funds.

“It is shameful and doleful that the SRA are always never commending the SRA (SUG) for whatever good works we have done. It should be noted that the university did not have SUG for about two years. Thus, this administration is trying her best to correct existing abnormalities and bring back the relevance of our dear union.”

Mr Awolowo said the “staged” suspension is as a result of ”personal beef (antagonism) and personal interests”.

“The action by the SRA is to intentionally cripple the grown up (growing up of) the Union by suspending the president,” he said.

On Monday, the authorities of another institution, Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, also in Ogun State, suspended the student union public relations officer for a session and sanctioned other executives for alleged misappropriation of union funds.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the suspension of the officer, Caleb Ijioma, was pronounced by the rector of the institution, Jumoke Bilesanmi.

Source: PREMIUM TIMES

 EXPENDITURE + REVENUE


The simple formula written above is as simple as ABC, with expenditure telling us how money would be spent and REVENUE tells us how much we are to expect or generate from every means legally possible. It’s quite unfortunate that the current leadership of the FUNAAB student’s union failed in their efforts to present a complete budget whilst presenting an over bloated expenditure chart.

May I state clearly that the STUDENTS UNION would be expected to generate between 6-7million naira as revenue from the collection of dues from its members but a budget of an excess of 18 million naira was presented for ratification.

Now please don’t get me wrong at this point because personally, I love the programs and events lined up for funaabites coupled with the projected A-list artists that the union would love funaabites to see in the school but it’s just sense knowledge that one must cut its coat according to its size.

And when the budget was presented to the SRA arm of government, it was cut down back to fit the expected IGR from dues collection and lots of the cool programs were either awarded grants or were cancelled out rightly because the union can’t afford it. A grant is a certain amount of money allotted for an event, to be used by the organizing committee to plan the event and the grant mustn’t be touched by the person executing an event if he or she knows that the program won’t be feasible. In any case, I personally like this style, provided an effective audit committee and not public figure heads would carry out their duties when the time is right.

That’s how sports director added funaab Olympics to his own plan ooh. This one was very funny for me. The difference between what he wrote in his own part of the expenditure chart and intercollegiate competition is simply no difference. In other words, NA SCAM…lol. He messed himself up when he wrote for the purchase of equipment and sports accessories that the school’s sports center has already. To show that he didn’t carry out his research properly, he wants to buy CHESS, MONOPOLY AND SCRABBLE for N6000. Offside flag N8,000 and corner flag N10,000 as if they want to collect the one from Russia. Well, I am a chess player and 1 good chess board costs just N3500…lol. Thank god for the good men and women in the SRA arm of government who scrapped it sharp sharp.

PRO said he wants to build a website for N60,000 plus a camera(CANNON) for N100,000. It looked like a noble idea but the SRA members didn’t buy into that at all. SCRAPPED.

SOCIAL DIRECTOR brought a new innovation, requesting for a sum of N925,000 for FUNAABSU ULTIMATE SEARCH. This one is like saying PERU would win world cup… it was SCRAPPED my people.
Lastly, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT would have a lot to do as they have great and life changing initiatives that I believe can stand the test of time. But it’s important that misappropriation of funds must be avoided especially during the union week and the production of souvenirs through the office of the welfare director.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the SRA should address the issue of the expenditure chart by asking the executives to show them ways the union would be generating revenue and we can start to have a running system that can become a strong government in years to come.

Source: Ofubu Lucas Lugiboss Zeus for Fonny Clown Media

DJ Enimoney’s Tour didn’t hold in Funaab. While many schools benefitted from DJ Enimoney’s repertoire and the retinue of top notch artistes he was able to bring in, sadly, Funaab missed out. Not many students noticed though, probably we all were boggled down by the religious and academic activities that startled us last month May, but a section of the students observed the show which was billed to take place last month didn’t just happen.

Before school resumed for the session, graphics were already flying over social media about the show, partners and deals were sealed and all parties involved were gearing up for what could be the greatest music concert to be held in Funaab in the last five years.

And what consequences this could have for future music shows that would hold in Funaab.

DJ Enimoney’s Tour didn’t hold in Funaab. While many schools benefitted from DJ Enimoney’s repertoire and the retinue of top notch artistes he was able to bring in, sadly, Funaab missed out. Not many students noticed though, probably we all were boggled down by the religious and academic activities that startled us last month May, but a section of the students observed the show which was billed to take place last month didn’t just happen.

Before school resumed for the session, graphics were already flying over social media about the show, partners and deals were sealed and all parties involved were gearing up for what could be the greatest music concert to be held in Funaab in the last five years.

DJ Enimoney’s Tour poster for Funaab

Truth is many established acts have had the opportunity to come to Funaab, but no one has been able to shut down a venue before. Remember when Lil Kesh came in 2015, YAGI couldn’t fill half of Yakub. Kiss Daniel came in 2016, tickets had to be put out for free just to make the students attend, but was ceremonial building filled up to the brim?
Or have we all forgotten Reekado Banks Thank You Concert that had less than 500 studentsin attendance despite the array of top notch acts(Wale Turner, Mr 2Kay, D’prince) that came?

Reekado Banks performed to a scanty crowd at Ceremonial building in 2017

hat Happened? 
The same excuse we’ve been associated with…Funaabites are not social.

However, we all were looking forward to DJ Enimoney’s Tour for a nice timeout.
With the Wobey sound still on at the max level, we were sure DJ Enimoney was coming with the creators of the Shaku Shaku Wave and having been briefed about that students are not moved by average artistes, DJ Enimoney made it known he was coming with the originators of the wobey sound. Idowest and Slimcase were confirmed for Funaab and alongside the two YBNL acts, Limerick and Lyta coupled with Lil Kesh, Ceremonial building was billed for a shutdown.

Then, All of a sudden, Hopes were dashed! The Tour was cancelled.

Funaab didn’t just missed the chance, the students also did. Everyone from the creators, facilitators of this event down to the students and upcoming artistes missed out on a crucial chance to witness a performance from some of Nigeria’s best entertainers. The timing was right, a few weeks into the semester, the tickets were affordable and ceremonial building was scheduled for a shutdown.

But it failed to hold. Why? The SUG, Your SUG, Our SUG!

Surprised the SUG is involved in this? For the first time since last year when Mayorkun came to JAO3, we were having a grand event at a very high standard.

The official media partner, Ogbeni Opa, a social media influencer and brand promoter sums it up

“The SUG wanted a share of the gate fees and since they were the paramount students’ body, we obliged. Thing is other students’ unions in other schools that the Tour held didn’t even ask for a dime.

After agreeing on the cut, the SUG social secretary didn’t show readiness in helping the team to secure the proposed venue. And with the school strict with the use of ceremonial building for social activities, running the proposal through the SUG would help propel the cause but the social sec wasn’t forthcoming and since the event was just weeks away, and putting other factors into consideration, we decided to cancel it.”

All efforts to reach the SUG Social Secretary to hear his side of the story has been met with a brickwall as he said he’s busy. Calls to Spicey have received no response as the time of this story.

“The SUG wanted a share of the gate fees and since they were the paramount students’ body, we obliged. Thing is other students’ unions in other schools that the Tour held didn’t even ask for a dime.”— Ogbeni Opa.

There’s a reason why it’s a disappointment for Funaab and its music creators. We missed out on a chance to see these artistes perform live in our own dormitory. We’ve always been wasting data streaming videos on YouTube watching them perform. Now they had the chance to come. Imagine the “G boys” singing to Lyta’s Time or the wild screams that will be heard when Lil Kesh performs Baby Favour to the ladies. This was the Music Industry coming down to us. We missed a lifetime opportunity and we continue to bear the stigma “Funaab Students are not social”

DJ Enimoney having fun with the students of TASUED

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This would be a signal to other artistes thinking of holding a tour around schools.
“Don’t go to Funaab, you would run at a loss”.

While schools like Unilag, Uniben and UI often experience the best talents in the industry coming down to their schools, it just seems we are content listening to them from our phones. We might never have any top notch artistes coming to Funaab. Can Reekado Banks ever think of coming to Funaab again? Lil Kesh didn’t even fill half of Yakub. We might just continue to have deadbeat artistes coming for our SUG night. We might just have Skuki and DJ Zeez coming back again.

DJ Zeez and Skuki performing at GTCrea8 concert in 2017

I felt disappointed not only for the students but for the upcoming artistes who missed out on a special opportunity. It was certain Funaab artistes would open the stage for these guys and also perform at certain intervals. These artistes would have been impressed by the performance of our own guys. We could have secured a Hamydgrey X Idowest feature or a Bernito and Limerick collaboration.

There are concerns that there will be repercussions as a result of the failure of the event to hold. But the bigger worry is that it will not be limited to the students alone. The fear holds that such occurrences will potentially spill over into future dealings between The SUG and Nigerian artistes and by extension, these artistes might not want to explore the Funaabmarket.

Overall, I’m disappointed. Everyone is disappointed. The Slay Mamas who had hoped to follow some of these artistes into their hotel rooms were disappointed. The upcoming artistes missed out on a chance to showcase their music to the established acts. Some of us missed out on an experience with Otunba Lamba, Slimcase. While majority missed out on the opportunity to take a selfie with some of these acts.

Source: Funaab Juice