15th Commencement lecture By: OTUNBA GRACE TITILAYO LAOYE-PONNLE, Former Deputy Governor, Osun State

A former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Ponle, has decried low funding of research and innovation in both private and public universities.

Laoye-Ponle, who stated this at the 15th Commencement lecture of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, lamented that universities in the country are like glorified secondary schools due to absence of research funding.

The former deputy governor said: “We should not just feel that private universities should be funded by founders. We should bear in mind that our children and the future of this nation are being developed in these various universities. We need to spend more money on research and innovation.”

These are the critical implements and tools that can bail this nation out of these present problems. If we sit back and expect the universities to fund themselves, we are wasting the lives of our children. There must be a special project by the Federal Government dedicated to funding university education, especially for research.

“They need to invest in research and innovation. We have young inventors we should encourage them. Singapore started small, it is now a great nation. We can’t sit back and be churning out university in every corner of Nigeria without funding them. Universities are not secondary schools. They are centres of excellence, intellectual developments and this is why the Federal Government should focus on special funds developmental projects for all Nigerian universities.

“Now we have over 190 universities. It is scandalous. Some of them are glorified secondary schools. Because they don’t have what it takes to be called universities. We call them universities by intellectual capacity and capabilities of the lecturers and the students they produce. How would they develop their intellect? How do you invent things if they are not funded. Nigerian universities, private and public, need to be funded by the Federal Government.”

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, urged the students to see women such as Okonjo-Iweala and others as models.

While saying women could accomplish whatever men have achieved, the VC pointed out that accomplishment is not by gender.


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First Semester 2020/2021 Session Examination Time-Table


  • The 2020/2021 First Semester examination will commence on the 15thMarch 2021
  • Students are expected to be at the examination venue 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination.
  • Students must come in with their examination cards, ID card and bursary clearance.
  • 400 L online examination for Spill over and 400 L students who are on campus will hold at Alma Rohm 1 and III.

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Advert for the Position of BURSAR

Bowen University is a first rate private institution owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention and established in July 2001 with a commitment to high performance and adding a distinctly moral dimension and Godly value to tertiary education in Nigeria and beyond. 

The University is interested in hiring a qualified individual to fill the post of BURSAR.

The Position

The Bursar is the Chief Financial Officer of the University and shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day administration and control of the financial affairs of the University. He/she shall also, from time-to-time, provide expert advice on issues of investment to generate revenue as well as disbursement of funds. He/she will perform oversight functions over the University’s Commercial Services.

The Bursar shall oversee all financial, accounting, reporting, resource mobilization, fund raising, sponsorship, grants, subventions, endorsement drives, revenue generation activities, taxes and insurance functions of the University.

The Candidate, Qualifications and Experience

The candidate for the post of Bursar must:

  • Be a Christian (Preferably of Baptist Denomination)
  • Possess a good University degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division in Accounting, Finance, Economics or any related discipline from a recognized institution.
  • Be a registered member or Fellow of any of the following Professional Bodies: ICAN, ICMA, CPA, ACCA etc.
  • Be ICT compliant and conversant with current trends in financial reporting – IFRS, IPSAS.
  • Have proven knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office Package especially Microsoft Excel.
  • Be between the ages of 45 and 55 years as of the time of assumption of duty.
  • Have not less than twelve (12) years of relevant post qualification experience in University Administration or similar institution.

Salary and Conditions of Service

  • The appointment shall be for a single term of five (5) years.
  • Bowen University runs a unique remuneration package, which is similar to what obtains in other tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
  • Fringe benefits include furnished accommodation, an official vehicle and driver and other benefits as approved by the Governing Council.

Method of Application

Candidates are required to send their application, curriculum vitae and all other necessary credentials as attachment in PDF format to apply@bowen.edu.ng using the following format: 

  • Full name with surname first in capital letters
  • Post applied for
  • Date of birth, town and state of origin
  • Nationality
  • Religion and denomination
  • Current postal address including GSM number and email address
  • Permanent home address
  • Marital status
  • Names and ages of children
  • Institutions attended with dates
  • Academic qualifications with dates
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • Work experience
  • Present employment, status and salary
  • Service to national and international bodies
  • Names and address of three (3) referees
  • Signature and date

The application should include candidate’s statement of Vision and Mission for the University for the next five years in not more than 1,000 words.

Candidates are also requested to submit twenty (20) copies of their Applications, Curriculum Vitae and necessary credentials under confidential cover in sealed envelope marked “Post of Bursar, Bowen University, Iwo” to:

The Registrar,
Bowen University,
P.M.B. 284,

Osun State.

This should be submitted on or before Monday, 22nd March, 2021.


  • Referees should be contacted by each candidate to submit signed electronic copies of their report in PDF format to the same email address stated above, attesting to the candidate’s academic and managerial abilities as well as his/her moral character and uprightness.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

B. T. Adetona
Bowen University,

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Dr. Dahunsi Bags L’Oréal-UNESCO Award For Women

A senior lecturer at the College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Dr Adekemi Titilayo Dahunsi, has emerged as one of the beneficiaries in the 2020 edition of L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa, a research-based competition for the female gender in the academic world.

Recently, Dr Dahunsi (nee Adesulu) was among the 20 female scientists selected by the jury of the 2020 Sub-Saharan African Young Talents Award from 330 applications for the competitive L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women and Science Prize for Young Talents in Sub-Saharan Africa (the Post-Doctoral category).

Tribune Online gathered that Dr Dahunsi is an Associate Professor in the Food Science and Technology Programme at Bowen University, and specialises in Food Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Her research interest focuses on complementing the method of food production and enhancing stability in food end-product via biotechnological intervention and achieving standards related to food security in Africa, toward ensuring safety and quality of African fermented foods through her research outputs.

She prioritises safe food development for her country, Nigeria and Africa at large, as her area of interest, with a passion to also transform lives and make positive impacts.

While announcing the winners of the 11th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Sahara Africa Programme, the Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences, Professor Nelson Torto, disclosed that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the Foundation L’Oréal launched the ‘For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Programme’ in 2010.

According to him, both L’Oréal and UNESCO have since showcased 159 outstanding women scientists and 134 Young Talents at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

He noted that the purpose is to bring visibility to the achievements of women researchers and recognising their contribution to advancing scientific research to address today’s most pressing challenges.

He added that both bodies also support women researchers to pursue their research through grants of €10,000 for PhD students and €15,000 for post-doctorate.

The jury stated that the awardees were selected from 16 countries in the Sub-Saharan African region, adding that all the awardees had certain similarities which include excellence projects and the desire to contribute to igniting innovation on the African continent.

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Togetherness has Helped Us Thus Far – VC BOWEN

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the University so far. He stated this during the investiture of some key principal officers of the University on Wednesday 20 January,2020 .

Professor Ogunwole – Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University

Professor Ogunwole stated that “way before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, Bowen University had launched the smart School Hub (SsHUB) to effectively engage the students in productive academic activities anywhere they are. It was therefore easy to transit to online lecture delivery despite odds, while the pandemic and lock down lasted we were in session with continuous assessment and examinations for university wide courses effectively administered.

The inducted officers are Professor Ebenezer Oluwatosin Atobatele who was inducted as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr Babatunde Adetona- Registrar and Mrs Aderonke Otunla as the University Librarian.

Professor Ebenezer Oluwatosin Atobatele – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University
Mr. Babatunde Adetona – Registrar, Bowen University
Mrs. Aderonke Otunla – University Librarian, Bowen University

Rev Dr Dickson Madogwhe , the Vice President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention charged them to turn their opportunities to a profitable one as they will in one day give account to God.

Rev. Dr. Dickson Madogwhe , the Vice President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention

The programme was attended by the Chancellor of the University Rev Dr M.A. Abodunrin, some Governing Council members, Senate members and other officials of the Baptist Convention.

Toba Adaramola

Head, Information & Public Relations

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School Resumption Agreement/Consent of Parents

The Directorate of Students’ Support Services wishes to inform students that a form titled Agreement/Consent of Parents is to be filled by parents and delivered at the school gate on resumption. Students are encouraged to kindly persuade their parents to fill this form before they travel to the University on Monday 18th January 2021 and Tuesday 19th January 2021, respectively. This is a vital condition for entrance into the University.

Students whose parents find it difficult to access the form online should kindly request for the form to be sent to them via WhatsApp platforms. This request could be made through the Student leaders otherwise known or referred to as BBSF Executives. The form is also in editable Microsoft document and PDF; and it is very easy to fill.

The form is aimed at achieving two things. First, it seeks the consent of parents in writing for their wards to resume school amidst the second wave of COVID-19.  It also captures relevant medical information on the student, especially in the last six months should there be a need to make timely decisions. Therefore, students are advised to ensure the form is truly filled by the Parents.



Dr. A.A. Aderibigbe

Director, Directorate of Students’ Support Services



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