The Academic Unit of the Students' Union of the Obafemi Awolowo University on Saturday 7th February held the maiden edition of the Bamidele Aturu’s Inaugural Debate in celebration of the life and times of the great icon.
The Program which was supposed to start around 10am did not start until around 11:30am with opening prayer from one of the students. The Opening speech which was given by Barrister Femi Aborisade whom was later given an honorary professorship by the students of OAU was based on the exemplary life and values of the late Barrister Dele Aturu. Barr. Aborisade then spoke on the forthcoming elections describing the candidates of the two most prominent political parties as calamities.
The Debate kicked off proper with the Chief Speaker of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta taking the podium first. The Debate however seemed to get hotter with every speaker giving the Judges a hard time making their decisions. The Debaters of the Obafemi Awolowo University however beat their competition to the prize with 161 out of 200 points; the Premier University came in second with 154 points and the Lagos State University third with 145 points. EKSU, FUNAAB and FC E Abeokuta then filled the remaining spots.
Awards were presented to the various dignitaries present and members of the Academic Unit of the Students' Union by the President of the Union and the representative of the Aturu Chambers who also represented Mrs. Aturu; the widow of the Barr. Dele Aturu, also appreciated the Union for the initiative and efficient coordination of the program.
Some of the other Dignitaries who also spoke at the event was Professor Sola Olorunyomi of the University of Ibadan, The ASUU President OAU chapter; Dr. Caleb Aborisade, Adunni Oluwawa of SWAG and MINDS and other Comrades. There were also presentations from Kunle Ajayi who recited a poem dedicated to the Late Barrister and OAU’s own Arole who gave the audience a reason to show their teeth.
PS- The fresher’s package distribution was announced to have commenced to today at the level of the Students Union Building and continues on Monday within the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.