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Olori Releases Beautiful New Year Pictures

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See the beautiful pictures posted by the Students' Union Vice President, Oladejo Funmi a.k.a Olori on her FB wall recently





Students' Union Finally Call For Congress

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Just as the Students' Union President, Ibikunle Isaac mentioned earlier this week during his 'welcome back to campus' movement across Halls of Residence, a Congress of Great Ife students has finally been called. The Congress has been scheduled to hold between the hours of 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday, 14th January, 2015.
Though the agenda of the Congress has not been made public as at the time of filing this report but it is quite obvious that there are lot of issues to address ranging from the review of the struggle against the fee hike to the approaches employed at reinstating the suspended students.

Continuous and intensified clamour for Congresses was a popular demand during the last semester by many students who feel that is the only way the so called ongoing wrongs in the Students' Union can be addressed. The Save OAU Campaign group, Education Rights Campaign (ERC), Democratic Socialists Movement (DSM) among many other groups have raised their voices of call for a st…

2015 General Election: Some OAU Students May Not Be Able To Vote

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With about 35 days to the start of the 2015 General Elections, many registered voters may not be able to vote if they relocate from the constituency where they registered as voters except their voter's registrations are transferred to their new locations. This may affect many Great Ife students who reside outside Ife and had their voters registration done on campus. Another important reason why you need to transfer your registration to the exact constituency where you will be residing during the election is the usual restriction of movement. Some people registered where they will have to transport themselves a very long distance to be able to vote. Movement restriction on those election days may not favour this.
Do you fall in any of these categories of registered voters, below are the simple steps to transfer your voters registration:

Step 1
- The person who intends to transfer his registration will write an application to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Sta…

REMINDER: INEC Ad-Hoc Job Application Still Open

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to revalidate and upgrade its Ad-Hoc Staff Recruitment Databank in preparation for the forth-coming 2015 General Elections. The positions identified and the respective job descriptions are State Constituency Returning Officers, Senatorial District Constituency Returning Officers, Federal Constituency Returning Officers, State Assembly Constituency Returning Officers, Collation Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers, Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers.

ELIGIBILITYOutlined below are the various positions available and their requirements, Please make sure you read the instructions below before you begin your registration.

STATE CONSTITUENCY RETURNING OFFICER
Requirement: Must be a Serving Vice Chancellor of any University or Retired Justice/Judge of Federal High Court.

SENATORIAL/NATIONAL AND STATE CONSTITUENCY RETURNING OFFICER
Requirement: Must be a Serving Professor in any Federal Tertiary Institution or Retired …

Meaning Of Some Smartphone Features You May Not Know

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Today, many of you see these features LTE, OTG, OTA, SNS and NFC on smartphones, without actually knowing what they stand for or do to your phones. Have you being wondering what these hi-tech features of smartphones and other mobile device mean and their functions in your phone? Now lets break them down for your understanding.
1. LTE - This stands for Long Term Evolution and a phone that has LTE simply means that that phone is 4G network enabled.

2. OTG - This stands for On The Go meaning that devices with OTG supports USB On The Go. In other words, with such devices, you can use USB devices like flashdrives and printers directly with the phone.

3. OTA -it means Over The Air and therefore devices that support OTA can receive device updates and can easily be updated without needing a PC..

4. SNS -it stands for Social Network Service. Devices with SNS simply mean that the device can easily establish social networks of people via notable social network mediums.

5. NFC -this stands for Ne…

2015 Eisaku Sato United Nations University Essay Contest

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Submissions are now being accepted for the 31st Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone who has an interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality or profession.
The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest was inaugurated in 1980, and has been held annually since 1990. It is organized by the Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University, which was established by the late Eisaku Sato, former Prime Minister of Japan, with the monetary award that he received with his 1974 Nobel Peace Prize.

Theme
“Describe the current relationship between the USA and China with reference to their respective responsibilities and roles in international society. Discuss how the United Nations could work with these two superpowers in order to tackle global issues more effectively.”

Organizer
Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation for Cooperation with the United Nations University

The Hydra-headed Nature Of Political Parties And Their Effects On Democracy

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ByAdemola Ahmed Olaoluwa


When Nigeria successfully put in place a democratically elected government in 1999, after a democratic set up an anfractuous and flexuous transition programme, the citizenry was exhilarated by her success and the attention of international community was mesmerize by this feat. Democracy as a word originated from the word Greek city-state of Athens where democracy emerges a check on despotic aristocracy, dictatorship, monarchy, oligarchy and feudal system (Anyaele, etal :2006).

Democracy as a concept may be defined as a system of government under which the people exercise the governing power either directly or through representative periodically elected by them. It is required that the minds of the citizens should be relied and held together by certain predominant ideals and this cannot be the case unless each of them sometimes draws his opinion from the common source and cogent to accept matters of belief. Merriam-Webster (2003).

Paradoxically, the Nigerian …

Vice Chancellor's New Year Message To The University Community

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Happy New Year to you all. As we celebrate the start of a new year, I wish you the best of health and happiness in 2015. I welcome, in particular, our students who are resuming studies after the Christmas and New Year break.

I wish to convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you as we wrap up an eventful 2014 and shift our attention to 2015. The past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievements and changes. Therefore, as we reflect on the past year, I believe that we have many reasons to have enormous pride in our accomplishments and look forward with enthusiasm and hope to achieving more in 2015.

Permit me to cite a few outstanding examples: (1) the new webometric ranking released in July 2014, by the Cybermetrics Lab of Spain, a world-renowned Research Council, and which was circulated round the world, again rated our University as the first and the best University in Nigeria. This was the first time that a Nigerian University would be so ranked four times …

Press Release: Students' Union Leaders Give Mid-Term Account Of Stewardship

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FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNION

WELCOME ADDRESS AND MID-TERM ACCOUNT OF OUR STEWARDSHIP: “AWE 2014”

"A man without answers for posterity is an epitome of failure"
We like to use this medium to welcome everyone back on campus and wish us a happy new year. With due civility and veneration we salute the doggedness, consciousness cum resoluteness of Great IFE students in standing with the current leadership of the Students’ Union in ensuring that the dividends of a 21st century Union are delivered to Great IFE students and the Great IFE community as a whole.

OUR MANDATE:
Over the years, in the history of our union, confrontation of issues with massive mobilization of students for demonstrations had been the means of venting disapproval and grievances on issues as it affects them. This measure due to the then existent order, had produced results as well as its attendant consequences on all and sundry in its diverse pictures.

Today, the question is no longer whether the course we …

UN Moves To Halt The Execution Of 54 Soldiers For Mutiny

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The Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions, Christof Heyns, has stated that “appropriate action including communication to the government of President Goodluck Jonathan is being considered regarding the imminent execution of 54 soldiers in Nigeria.”

This followed a petition submitted to Mr. Heyns by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, in December 2014 in which the group asked five UN human rights independent experts to individually and jointly use their “good offices and positions to urgently request the Nigerian government and its military authorities not to carry out the mass death sentences imposed on 54 Nigerian soldiers for what the government claimed was disobeying a direct order from their commanding officer.”

The development was disclosed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni in a statement dated January 4.

According to Mr. Mumuni, “SERAP has been in discussion with Johel Dominique at the Office o…

Why Bovi Did Not Host The 'Headies 2014'

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Many followers of Nigeria’s most prestigious musical awards were left stunned when they got to know that comedian Bovi would not be hosting the Headies 2014.
Questions started coming from all angles and some even came up with different suggestions like something went wrong between the organizers and the popular comedian.

Well, the real reason he couldn’t host the show has finally been revealed. The show was initially slated to hold on October 25, 2014 and he was in for the date and preparations and rehearsals had already started when the organizers decided to change the venue and the date due to some logistic reasons and he was already billed to have a show on the new date picked. So he couldn’t just combine two shows in one night.
Considering the calibre of the awards, the organizers had to get someone of a like mind with him in the name of BasketMouth and everyone present at the awards knew it was a job well done by our host.


Source: Vanguard

Life Returns To OAU Campus As Rain Semester Begins

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Obafemi Awolowo University for the first time in year 2015 witnessed the most influx of students who are returning to commence academic activities for the Rain semester of the 2013/2014 session on Sunday, 4th January 2015.
Students and staff members also resumed work today, Monday January 5 after the prolonged Christmas and new year breaks. Some students who have not resumed yet continued to troop in numerously as at this evening. Academic activities have also started in some departments while some are yet to commence. The general timetable has been out and few departments visited also had their departmental timetable already out and pasted. Department of Botany as at 6:00pm on Monday had its draft timetable for the Rain semester pasted on their notice board and also Chemistry department had their finalized timetable up.
Department of Chemistry once again proved their attitude of early lecture commencement as the department held some of her classes today. CHM 102 was held as early as …