Showing posts from May 15, 2016

OAU Final Year Students Accommodation To Be Activated Soon

According to a post on the Obafemi Awolowo University Portal, the allocation of Bed Spaces for Final Year (1st Batch) who had successfully applied will be released very soon.

Ten Reasons To Be At GoPoethick2016

As the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ileife and larger poetry community awaits the second edition of GoPoethick; an annual celebration of music, poetry and arts, this post is to highlight ten REASONS to be at #Gopoethick.


1. There would be an epic theatrical performance by the dramatic arts students of Obafemi Awolowo University.

2. The event would feature 15 top notch poets in Nigeria (Names To Be Unveiled Soon)

3. We are also going to feature a legendary folk musician based in Lagos (Hint: He has dreadlocks)

4. There would be a book show case and Art exhibition at the event.

5. Anticipate a live painting at the event by a very young female artist in Nigeria

6. You can get to feature in the open-mic session

7. Everyone whether you are a poet or not will write at least, one poethick line

8. There would be a rugged mountaineering exercise that would feature Poetry readings, photography and Gyrations by Kegites

9. You would fall in love with the arts after your Gopoethick experience

10. You …

Fresher's Accommodation Request Reactivated

Following the inability of many Freshmen to obtain Accommodation on campus, the Portal has been reactivated today, 20th May, 2016 for further request by the freshmen. However, as at the time of compiling this report, some female students are still unable to secure bedspaces. We hope the portal would also be reactivated for the generality of the fresh female students soon enough.

Accommodation Request To Be Re-opened For Fresh Students On Friday (Last Batch)

This is to inform all fresh students who have not been able to secure bed space accommodation that the portal will be reopened on Friday, May 20, 2016 by 12:00 noon for request for bed space. This re-opening has been described by the Management as the last batch.


Breaking News: Course Registration For 2015/2016 Harmattan Semester Activated

The course registration for the 2015/2016 Harmattan semester for Obafemi Awolowo University students has finally been activated. Fresh and returning students who have paid their schools fees are required to login to their e-portal page to register their courses.


Wabba’s NLC, TUC Insist On Strike; Say Court Order Is Black Market Injunction

The National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Abuja, yesterday, stopped the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Unions Congress, TUC, from embarking on strike today.

This came as Organised Labour and its civil society allies, yesterday, vowed to go ahead with the planned indefinite strike from today to make government reverse the N145 per litre pump price of petrol, despite the restraining order by the court.

Meanwhile, Senate, yesterday, threw its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s hike in the price of fuel to N145 per litre from N86.50

Organised Labour’s position came on a day president of a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Joe Ajaero, said Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, and others would not join the strike.

Consequently, the Wabba faction and the Federal Government, yesterday, agreed to set up a joi…

NANS Renews Commitment Towards Mote's Reinstatement

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus Committee, Oyo state axis has restated its commitment to see to the reinstatement of Tunji-Ekpeti Michael, a student of University of Ibadan who was rusticated.

In a Press Statement obtained by UI Peeps from the leadership of the association, signed by its Chairman, Comrade Toheeb Niniola, the leadership condemns in totality, the attempt by the managements of some tertiary institutions in the Oyo State to silent, oppress and victimize democratically elected Students’ Union Government Executives and Students on campuses through obnoxious anti-students policies and summary administrative quasi-judicial processes.

"we restate to condemn the victimization of Mr. Tunji-Ekpeti Michael, a 500level student of Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Ibadan who was rusticated for a semester for being part of a peaceful demonstration to demand for better living conditions of his fellow students.

"This, no doub…

Senate Throws Out Social Media Bill

The Nigerian Senate has withdrawn the Frivolous Petition Bill sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.

The withdrawal followed the submission of a report by Senate’s Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters to the upper chamber on Tuesday.

Senator David Umar who submitted the report said during plenary that if passed, the provision of the bill will conflict with some already available laws.

The bill seeks to regulate the use of social media and short message service (SMS) in the country but it drew the irk of Nigerians who found a portion of the bill obnoxious.

Senate President Bukola Saraki had on December 2, 2015, said “if any part of the bill is found obnoxious or against public interest, it will be expunged during clause by clause consideration of the bill.”

The contentious part of the bill reads: “Where any person through text message, tweets, WhatsApp or through any social media post any abusive statement knowing same to be false with intent to set the public against any person and…

NYSC Batch A, Stream II Call Up Letters Now Out

The National Youth Service Corps has announced that prospective corps members for the Batch A, Stream II can now log into the NYSC portal to print their call up letters. Congratulations!!
#Finally:Pls all PCMs of #2016 Batch A stream II should log on 2 ur dashboard with ur email & password 2 print ur #CUL. You're #GoodToGo. — NYSC|#2016ACamp (@nysc_ng) May 17, 2016

This development was substantiated with a Release from the management of NYSC.

The National Youth Service Corps wishes to express profound appreciation of the Federal Government’s intervention through the release of funds for the 2016 Batch ’A’ Stream II Orientation Course.

Consequent upon government’s intervention, Management is pleased to inform prospective Corps members, parents, guardians and the rest of the general public that the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream II Orientation Course will hold as planned.

As a reminder, all are to note that the Orientation Course …

No Money To Mobilize Batch A, Stream 2 Prospective Corps Members To Camp - NYSC

Brig.-Gen. Sulyman Kazaure, Director-General, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), on Monday told the Senate that lack of funds may stall mobilising 2016 Batch A Stream 2 prospective corps members for orientation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that orientation for the batch is expected to commence on Friday in 37 camps across the country.

Kazaure told the Senate Committee on Sports in Abuja that the money required for the exercise was yet to be provided.

He said that the NYSC had written several letters requesting for the money but that as at Monday, it was yet to receive response from the Federal Government.

According to him, we had written to Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Finance, Budget and the Presidency even before the end of the orientation camp for Batch A, Stream One.

“We are presently at a loss in NYSC now as there is no money for us to mobilise thousands of prospective corps members in the Batch A Stream 2 to camp this Friday.

“This is in spite of efforts…

2016 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from June 21 to July 1, 2016. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. The Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie.

The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspective to the art of storytelling.

Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

To apply, send an e-mail to Your e-mail subject should read ‘Workshop Application’. The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
1.Your Name
2. Your Address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writi…

Soon, My Solar-powered Cars ’ll Sell In Nigerian Market - OAU Graduate

Do you remember Oyeyiola Segun? You can read our interview with him in 2014. 'Oyeyiola Segun, A Student Of OAU Builds A Solar-powered Car'.

In a recent interview with Ronke Sanya of the Nigerian Tribune, Segun Oyeyiola talked about the present state of the solar-powered car which he invented in 2014 and the new projects he is presently working on.

You made headlines in 2014 when you converted a Volkswagen Beetle car, using mainly scrap, into a solar-powered car which you drove around Ile-Ife town, where is that car now?
The solar car which I made in 2014 is presently undergoing some upgrading process. I describe the solar car as ‘model one’ and it is presently in my workshop. Right now, we are upgrading. We are upgrading it, both in the chassis and its main electronics components. After we are done with the upgrading, it will be called the ‘model two.’ It is a form of upgrading whereby we will not use scrap as materials but materials that are much better.

Owing to you…

Fuel Subsidy Removal, What Has Changed Since 2012?

A popular Yoruba adage reads: “Nkan ti Taye se, ti o mu je, ti Kehinde ba dan wo, o le te si” meaning ‘What Taiwo (a twin) does and he goes scot-free, Kehinde (the other twin) may do the same and be in serious trouble.

What I am saying in essence is that, what Mr Goodluck Jonathan did in 2012 and he got lashed for it by Nigerians, Mr Muhammadu Buhari has done the same in 2016 and same persons that meted the previous judgement on the former are cool with it and are even praising the latter. Why? Is this not double standard in display by Nigerians?

Protests greeted the Nigerian streets immediately the former President on January 1, 2012 during his New Year broadcast to the nation announced the removal of fuel subsidy jacking up oil price from the official N65 to N141 per litre. I can remember vividly how the Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos State hosted the biggest and wildest protest Nigeria has ever witnessed in a decade, this in a bid to force the former President to swallow his decisio…

Association Disburses N4.3m Scholarship To 73 OAU Students

The Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates’ Association has disbursed N4.3 million scholarship grant to 73 students of the University.

The grant was issued to the students during the association’s 2016 National Annual Reunion Public Lecture on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The association’s National President, Prof. AbdulWahab Egbewole, said the scholarship was issued to indigent students to help ease their difficulties and for them to concentrate on their studies.

Egbewole said since the formation of the association 12 years ago, it had engendered unity among members and helped to correct many wrong perceptions of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.

He noted that Nigeria was passing through various challenges such as economic downturn, political quagmire, social imbalance, kidnapping, money laundering among others.

According to him, it is the duty of every Nigerian to support the present administration to overcome the challenges facing the nation.

“As faithful Muslims that believe…

ASUU Resolves To Join Protest On Wednesday Over Fuel Subsidy Removal

Official Release From ASUU National Secretariat

The National Body of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have resolved to join the planned protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress on Wednesday, 18th May, 2016. This resolution was made known in a release signed by the new ASUU Chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.

Tomato Scarcity: Result Of Tuta Absoluta Not Corruption

Nigeria grows some 1.5 million tonnes of tomatoes every year, making it the 14th biggest producer in the world. But less than three months after its richest man Aliko Dangote’s tomato processing factory came on stream, it has suspended production.
Managing Director of the Dangote Tomato Processing Factory in Kadawa, Kano State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kaita told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the factory had to stop production due to lack of fresh tomatoes to process into paste. The scarcity of the fruit has also led to price increase of about 125 percent. Many Nigerians have again been quick to point accusing fingers as regards the Tomato Scarcity to various reasons.
The tomato processing company was intended to fill a huge gap in the agricultural sector where about 750,000 tonnes of tomatoes are said to be wasted following harvest. However, this year’s harvest has been hit by a devastating tomato pest Tuta absoluta. Kaita said most of the tomato farms in Kano, Jigawa, Plateau, Kats…