Showing posts from March 13, 2016

‘Be Transparent In VC Appointment’

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of University and Allied institutions (NASU) in the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have sought a level playing ground in the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor.Speaking at a joint congress yesterday, the SSANU Chairman, Ademola Oketunde, said the unions want the appointment process put on hold because “the process is fraudulent”.According to him, the governing council did not follow due process, adding that they are not sincere and fair to all the candidates.He added that the council has usurped the power and responsibilities of the selection committee.He said the prayers of the unions are that all qualified candidates be granted a level playing ground.He prayed the Federal Government to dissolve the governing council as “it has outlived its usefulness”.

Source: The Nation

Fajuyi Hall Residents Stop Construction Work In Hall

Some residents of Block 3 of Adekunle Fajuyi Hall in Obafemi Awolowo University have stopped the construction of a buttery beside their block describing it as illegal and unacceptable.Fajuyi Hall residents woke up this morning to see the construction of an extra structure suspected to be a buttery at the end of block 3. One of the recharge card sellers in the Hall was recently granted the permission to erect the structure, it was learnt.Aggrieved by the development, the residents complained that the structure was illegal and cannot be allowed. In their outpour, they challenged the jurisdiction that allocated the space saying some fellowships use the same space to keep their equipments and properties during week days. They asked what their fate will be if the buttery is constructed.Reacting to the students’ stoppage of the construction work, the person who was allegedly given the space said he has been granted an official permission by the Hall Warden and hall management to erect the s…

LSS Orientation Committee Screening: Adetunji Oluwatobi Asked To Take A Bow & Go

The Part three (3) class representative of the students of the Faculty of Law, OAU, Adetunji Oluwatobi has gotten an exceptional embryonic approval of the student lawmakers of the faculty to be the secretary of the Orientation Committee for the 2015/2016 administration.During the plenary session of the LSRC yesterday, one of the agenda of the sitting was the presentation of the chairman, vice chairman and secretary of the Orientation Committee by the Executive Council. The committee is expected to be in charge of the orientation programme that will welcome the freshmen for next session. The president named Adekanye Adeola from the Part 4 class as the proposed Chairperson and Oyewole Omolola as the Vice Chairperson. The two nominees were thoroughly screened as the honourables took time to ask them questions as regards their preparedness to take up the responsibilities before them. The nominees had served in the same committee during the just concluded administration.Upon the request of…

Mixed Reactions Greet Proposed NANS Protest In OAU

Several reactions have continued to pour in since the news of the proposed intervention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Obafemi Awolowo University over the suspension of some Union leaders filtered in.NANS has vowed to hold OAU to a standstill come Monday, March 21, 2016 should the University management fail to accede to their demand for reinstatement of the suspended trio of Akande Omotayo a.k.a TY, Oketooto Oluwaseun a.k.a Hon. Seun and Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant.Many students have asked why NANS has chosen a delicate time like this examination period to embark on the 'intervention'. Asides that, some students doubt the sincerity of NANS intervention and ability to sustain the intervention in the face of possible financial enticement considering the corrupt history of NANS. If this should be the case, students of OAU are scared that they may be sold out to the authority after OAU students must have pledged their allegiance to the struggl…

LSRC OAU Mandates Former President To Transfer Account Before Tuesday

The legislative arm of the Law Students’ Society (LSS), Obafemi Awolowo University; the Law Students’ Representative Council (LSRC) has ruled that the former president of the society, Olaniran Quadri and the other affected persons should transfer signatories of the association’s account to the new leadership on or before next week Tuesday.In a plenary session of the honourables that held at the Mock and Moot chamber of the faculty on Friday’s evening, the new president,  Ekpa Stanley highlighted the state of the association among which he talked about the handing over of the society’s account, the endorsement of the Orientation Committee leadership, the creation of the Audit Committee for this administrative tenure. The LSS OAU President in his words complained that the bulk of examinations before members of the society has not afforded them the time to change the signatories. He also read to the read to the house a text message sent to him by the former president requesting that the…

Osun State Will Not Pay State Workers March Salaries

The Osun State government has announced that it will be unable to pay State workers their March salaries.Osun State received only N6.23m in funding for the month of March. According to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the government will not be able to pay the State Secretariat’s electricity bills, let alone its N2.6bn wage bill.March’s federal allocation represents a significant decline from February’s allocation of N1.677bn. Additionally, Osun State received N19.418m and N726.1m from the exchange rate gain and value added tax, bringing the total February allocation to N2.423bn.The reason for Osun State’s insufficient funding comes from debt obligations amounting to over N2bn. The debt payments included external debt and an irrevocable standing payment order (ISPO).Every other state was granted a March allocation of at least N1bn, with Akwa Ibom, Delta, Lagos, and Rivers States topping the list with N8.557bn, N6.062 bn, N6.612 bn and N5.427bn, respectively.

Source: Sahara Reporters

University Of Ibadan Expels 80 Students

Eighty students were expelled from the University of Ibadan at the end of the last academic session for poor academic performance.

Vice Chancellor of Nigeria’s premier University, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, disclosed this today at the matriculation of 4008 students for the 2015/ 2016 session. The event which was postponed last week held at the university’s International Conference Centre.

Twenty-eight of the expelled students came from the sciences, while 20 came from Agriculture and Forestry department. Arts produced 13 of them, Basic Medical Sciences 1, Public Health 1, Social Sciences 6, Education 4, Technology 5, and Veterinary Medicine 2.

Olayinka told the freshmen that other reasons students could lose their studentship include: examination misconduct, unruly behavior, indecent behavior, vandalism, miscellaneous hall offences, unauthorized use/displacement/damage to university property, pilfering, insubordination, direct sale of bed space/squatting in halls of residence, …

NANS Set For Action In OAU, Sets March 21 For Massive Protest

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has vowed to occupy Obafemi Awolowo University come Monday, March 21, 2016 over the non-reinstatement of the three suspended Union leaders of the citadel.In a Press Statement issued out today and signed by the Coordinator NANS Zone D, South West, Comrade Okikiola Ogunsola, the umbrella body of students has described all diplomatic approaches used as futile and not yielding any desirable fruit, thus the body is set to occupy the institution for a massive Protest."The lingering issue/crises between the management of OAU, the student’s union and the three (3) unjustly suspended students’ union executives, consisting of the students’ union president, general secretary and the public relation officer respectively is no longer news to Nigeria students, Security agencies, the monarch (Ooni of Ife) and the entire public."It will be recalled that the leadership of NANS Zone D, mediated in the crisis when it first erupted, even befo…

OAU Hostels Collapse, Students Given Two Weeks Break

As at yesterday around 5:30pm, the roofs and ceilings of a hostel collapsed inside the Obafemi Awolowo University pre-degree campus situated in Moro. The name of the hostel is BVER Suites commissioned less than two (2) years ago which accommodates the female students living inside the school campus.The affected sections of the hostel include Suite 1 Block A, D and E and Suite 2 Block D, G & H. One of the lecture theatres (LT D) was also affected by the rain storm. The collapse of the building left most students who were on their beds injured which led to them being  rushed to a nearby hospital.OAU Management Sends Students Home
Following the collapse of these structures, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University Centre for Distance Learning has given the students a compulsory two weeks break.Though in the Release communicating the development, it was not stated that it has anything to do with the collapsed structures but several indications asserted that the break was given so …

OAU Lecturer Assaults Student

On Wednesday, 16th of March 2016 at 1000 SLT, at a little past noon, Dr. Ogunkunle a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science was reported to have assaulted a student from the Department of Demography and Social Statistics named Alaaka Tobi Jibola. The student who could not contain the treatment later took to the social media to demand for the prosecution and punishment of Dr Ogunkunle. In his release, he said he actually mistook the venue of a Special Elective course which he had registered for, expected to hold at the same hour with the CHM 102 exam the lecturer was coordinating right in that venue. According to Tobi, just as he was making to leave for the exit, the lecturer called him back, to which he  responded and explained himself."But in a dramatic turn of event, he landed some repeated slaps on me, dragged my belt buckle, pushing me angrily in an attempt to shove me to the ground but eventually ripped my shirt to shreds." Alaaka Tobi recounted.The…

Medical Students To Spend 11 Years In Medical School

The National Universities Commission has disclosed that medical students will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 to 11 years in school.This was made known by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie in a lecture delivered at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State.Prof. Julius Okojie who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, in a lectuyre titled ‘Development of Medical Education: Prospects and Challenges‘, stated that this development was imperative in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession.According to him, the 2015 document for the training of medical students made provision for students to spend the first four years in studying basic sciences in university after which they would proceed to the medical school to spend another seven years.

ACJ OAU @ 45: Do More Of Campus Stories - NIJ Deputy Provost

The Deputy Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, NIJ, Mr Joseph Johnson has encouraged campus journalists in Obafemi Awolowo University to focus more on their own community and report news happenings on the campusOn Saturday, 12th of March 2016, the mother body of all Journalists in Obafemi Awolowo University, the Association Of Campus Journalist (ACJ OAU) celebrated its 45th anniversary.The program which had in attendance the Deputy Provost Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Mr Jide Johnson; the Campus Life Editor of the Nation Newspaper; the South-West Editor Daily Sun, Mr Yinka Fabowale amongst other distinguished dignitaries. The Program featured activities like an inter-news agencies debate, guest lectures, alumni re-union and many others. Speaking at the event, the South-West Editor, Daily Sun, Nigeria, Mr Yinka Fabowale, spoke on the trials and travails of journalists and encouraged the aspiring Journalists on the need to spiritualize journalism; to see their wo…

Blackout In Academics Area Turns Night Class To Market Square

The situation of the few powered lecture theatres on Obafemi Awolowo University campus especially the biological science lecture theatres can be perfectly likened to that of a market square, courtesy of the blackout ravaging other reading venues.Despite in the heat of examinations, for some days now, night classes have not been the best for OAU students because only few venues have power supply to light them up. A study of situation by OAU Peeps News Agency correspondent on Monday night showed that right from the Halls of Residence towards the academics area, most places were dead dark. The popular White House including its long standing neighbour, Yellow House had no light. The three faculties standing together also at the heart of academics; Faculty of Admin, Law and Social Sciences buildings too were in blackout. The Faculty of Education and Arts buildings were also not lighted.Coming down to biological sciences building that houses the Department of Botany, Microbiology, Zoology a…

Angola Hall Warden And Excos Clash Over DSTV Subscription

The TV Sets in the common room of the Angola Hall have gone on vacation for the past few days as the monthly subscription for the DSTV remains unpaid.According to a Release by the Hall Warden, Mr Femi Kuku, on the 7th March, 2016, he claimed that the University had paid N14,000 for the first year's subscription and according to an agreement with the 2013/2014 Ibiyemi-led administration, the Executives were now responsible for the bill. He admonished the Executives to pay the bills from the N200 collected from the inhabitants of the Hall upon resumption and even further alleged the Hall Executive Council was owing the Hall a sum of N12,000 for the replacement of the Decoder. Responding to this via same mode, the Chairman of the Hall, Adebayo Oluwatobi a.k.a Ekiti claimed that the damaged decoder had been faulty since before the onset of his administration and even though efforts had been made to repair it. He said he had spoken with the hall warden to cut it off to avoid the paymen…

OAU Dramatic Art Students Disrupt Event At Pit Theartre Again

In Obafemi Awolowo University, learning and culture is our general slogan but it is disappointing that recent happening regarding Dramatic Arts students is not looking that way as some of the students of this department threw caution to the wind.I witnessed an event today and the conduct of these students has left  me thinking loud. In a venue where people have to pay to hold events, should they be subjected to embarrassment by students of the department? It was another disappointing display by these students at the 45th Anniversary of the Association of Campus Journalists as they showed lots of characters that depicted OAU in bad image, for an event that had scholars present. It was a big embarrassment as these students said "it is our department and we own the venue even after the venue has been paid for".The students of this department led by one Femi  unapologetically disrupted the event today and kept on causing disturbance with their music and drums at the venue even w…

NASS OAU: Election Petition Tribunal Revalidates ATOM As President-elect

The Departmental Representative Council (DRC) of the Nigerian Association of Science Students (NASS), Obafemi Awolowo University has revalidated Olasunkanmi Elisha Olaoye a.k.a Atom as the genuinely elected president of the Association having polled the highest number of votes.The Faculty of Science students' Association conducted her poll a fortnight ago where Olasukanmi Elisha a.k.a Atom was eventually announced winner having polled slightly higher votes against what was recorded by Ogunyonye John and Akoledowo Eniola a.k.a DaCaptain his co-aspirants. One of the contestants, who is also the runner up, John obviously not satisfied with the election result last week petitioned the Electoral Commission over the number of void votes recorded for him and requested that the votes be recounted.On conveying the parliamentary sitting, the honourables who were aggrieved over the unconstitutional step taken by John to seek for clarity on the election expressed their disapproval. John had e…