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OAU Staff sets to Resume

By Pelumi Hassan 
Prior to the directives of FG, on the 15th of October, 2020, OAU Staff sets to resume for work on Monday. The Federal Government directed civil servants who have not been working since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic to return to work on Monday, 19th October 2020.  This was disclosed by Boss Mustapha; the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Sanni Aiyu; the National Coordinator at a press briefing of the task force on Thursday ,15th October 2020. However, the resumption of the OAU staff was disseminated through a press release from the Office of the Registrar. All staff are advised to comply with the advisory on COVID-19 prevention. While there is still no news on the resumption of students, they are advised to stay safe and protest peacefully. Stay safe. Na person wey dey alive dey go school.  #EndSwat #Endsars

We Have Seen 3 Vice Chancellors & Yet To Be Matriculated - OAU Freshmen

Fresh students of Obafemi Awolowo University have started to reflect on their experience of the institution so far.  The students said they have experienced three different Vice Chancellors of the institution and yet, they have not been matriculated as full students.
"I have witnessed Omole, Salami and Elujoba's tenures and i have not even done my matriculation" one fresh student of OAU said.Assuming the school was on, the academic calendar had scheduled last Thursday for the matriculation ceremony for the fresh students.The fresh students resumed on the May 28 this year when the much embattled former Vice Chancellor, Professor Bamitale Omole was there. After spending less than a month, the students were sent home due to the crisis that came with the appointment of Omole's successor.Recall, on June 6 this year, OAU Peeps News Agency reported that the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Professor Ayobami Salami was appointed the substantive 11th Vice Chancellor of OAU.…

OAU Drops Out Of Nigeria's Top 10 In the Latest University Ranking

In the recently released Webometric University Ranking, the crisis ridden Obafemi Awolowo University dropped from the best ten academic institutions in Nigeria.
The openness ranking of World universities for the second half of 2016, within which less than 50 Nigerian universities were included has Harvard University (USA) coming first in the world as usual.Nigeria's usual best university however dropped from the third position it occupied before to the 11th spot.Below is the list of the top 30 Nigerian universities in the Webometrics 2016 Openness ranking for world universities. Their respective world ranks are those enclosed within brackets.1. University of Nigeria, Nsukka. UNN (1433)2. University of Ibadan, Ibadan. UI (1613)3. University of Ilorin, Ilorin. UNILORIN (2114)4. Covenant University, Ota. CU (2161)5. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. UNIZIK (2173)6. University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt. UNIPORT (2190)7. University of Lagos, Lagos. UNILAG (2243)8. University of Cal…

My Nomination As OAU Acting Vice-Chancellor Is God’s Will – Prof. Elujoba

Prof. Anthony Elujoba, the newly elected Acting Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, says he is on rescue mission to complete the appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor.

Elujoba made this known in his maiden address to staff and students of the institution at NASU, SSANU Freedom Park on Friday in Ile-Ife.

He said that he did not wish to spend a day extra after the expiration of his acting tenure in the office, while expressing hope that there would be solution to the problems before then.

“I will by God’s grace support of all workers within the six months of his tenure, rewrite the story and correct the abnormalities of the past administrations,’’ he promised.

Elujoba pledged not work contrary to the will of God who made it possible for him to witness this day and assured that staff welfare would be given priority.

“My nomination as the acting Vice-Chancellor is the will of God and it is marvelous in my sight.

“It remains just two years for me t…

The Prophecy: Elú Becomes King

He must have come before.
Why else would mother call him 'Tale?
Even now we feel the pains from the sore;
The ones he caused when he came as Wale

Maybe this is what the elders saw
When Odewumi and his comrades were singing.
As they rose to solidarity's call,
Not knowing where the road was leading.

Finally the August Visitor has sent orders
To cancel the sinless Council's wrong.
Tor'àgbà kìí wà lójà,
Kórí omo titún wó.

Now it is the turn of the Village Chemist.
The one who must help us find some order.
This chosen one must justify the Visitor's visit.
As Elú's prophecy comes to pass; I welcome you to Ìjoba Elújoba.

Pope Jay

Cartoon illustration by Pelumi Ponmile

I Will Meet With Students When The University Reopens – OAU Acting VC

The newly voted acting Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Anthony Elujoba, has said he will meet the students, once the University reopens.

According to reports, the acting VC, while addressing the public today in front of the University Senate Building, said he is ready to ensure the problem currently experienced by the institution does not happen again.

Following the decision of the University Senate to present him as the acting VC yesterday, the formerly aggrieved members of the Non Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) and that of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have expressed satisfaction at Elujoba’s candidature.

Elujoba, 68, is the first indigene of Ile-Ife, Osun state – where the school is located – to become the institution’s Vice Chancellor. He was supposed to proceed on a sabbatical starting August before he was voted to take up his current position. Any moment from now, President Buhari is expected to make the official an…

ACJ OAU Officially Close #ReOpenOAU Campaign With A Thank You Message

The Executive President of Association of Campus Journalists OAU, Oyedeji Olanrewaju, officially beat the drum announcing the end of #ReopenOAU campaign which had lasted for over a week.

This development is not unconnected to the emergence of the newly recommended acting Vice chancellor of the University which  conceivably will bring normalcy back to the ivory tower after 100days of logjam.

Below is the complementary ACJ president's Thank you message;

"As resumption date will be announced anytime from now, it is important to write this thank you message especially as #ReopenOAU Campaign ends today.

We are not winners when we refuse to try the impossible and make it possible, not as a person but as a united body, this may not be the best way to introduce a thank you message but it to some extent summarizes how we have won a struggle via the Social media as OAU Students, an occurrence that has not taken place in recent years especially as Students and in Nigeria.

We have togethe…

A Cynical Prescription For An Otherwise Intractable Crises In OAU

Following the directive of the Visitor that the university senate convenes a meeting to nominate an acting vice chancellor, I have found myself in a deep moral quandary as I reflect on the probable evolution of scenarios and their implications for the sanity of an environment otherwise consecrated for learning. It is a dilemma between my idealistic love of democracy and the practicality of deliberate gerontocracy as we rummage through this mud; it is a huge shame that theuniversity finds itself dancing shoki naked in the village square.

The unprecedented nature of this challenge in the annals of university administration in Nigeria and the particularities of Obafemi Awolowo University senate incite fear and anxiety that the whole exercise could turn out to be the beginning of another journey through a labyrinth. It offends one’s republican ideal.

That most of the decisions that have almost brought the university to its knees are democratically taken in avowedly democratic institution…

More On Professor Anthony Elujoba; ‘The Village Chemist’

Some moments ago, the emergency Senate meeting which was called to elect and recommend an acting Vice-Chancellor for the Obafemi Awolowo University has presented Professor Anthony Elujoba of the Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy as its nominee. According to reports, Prof. Elujoba won the in-house election with 201 votes ahead of Prof. Lamikanra, also from the Faculty of Pharmacy, who had 5 votes.
Prof. Anthony Adebolu Elujoba is a professor of Pharmacognosy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, a Royal Society of UK Research Fellow looking into Nigerian Medicinal plants, a Public Analyst (FDA) and recipient of numerous professional awards. He has served as acting head of Dept of Pharmacognosy, Dean; Faculty of Pharmacy, Chairman Committee of Deans, Chairman Faculty PG Committee/ Board of studies, Research and selection committee, member Faculty review panel, Senate Representative on OAU Teaching Hospital Management board, Member Management board of natural history museum a…

Breaking: Professor Elujoba Emerges OAU Acting Vice Chancellor

Professor Anthony Elujoba of the Department of Pharmacognosy, has just been voted by the Senate of Obafemi Awolowo University as the acting Vice Chancellor.
Read More On Professor Anthony Elujoba; ‘The Village Chemist’

Celebrating Matriculation At Home: The Tale Of OAU Freshmen

Like every other student who has just gained admission into a University; the joy of the newly admitted freshmen of the Obafemi Awolowo University knew no bounds as they eventually resumed on the 28th of May, 2016.

It was all smiles as they trooped into the campus, with their parents and guardians, with a view to having a ‘smooth’ stay on the Great Ife campus for the next four, five or six years depending on their respective course of study. Only a few of them could have predicted the current situation – an indefinite shutdown of their dream University, perhaps those who are familiar with the OAU stories. With less than a month in school, the freshmen were told to take a chill pill, only after some registration processes completed. So sad!

If we are to follow the original academic Calendar of the University, today – July 21, 2016 – is supposed to be the Matriculation Day for the freshmen. However, as it stands now, instead of the conventional Amphi Theatre ceremony, where they tak…

Who Will Emerge As OAU's Acting Vice Chancellor Today?

Among relevant stakeholders, the question of who emerges as the next top man of Obafemi Awolowo University may be the most popular question lately, and perhaps, a very difficult one for anyone to accurately answer. However, there is no doubt that a Professor will be recommended by the University Senate today to the Education Minister to become the university acting Vice Chancellor.

The University Senate comprises of Professors in the institution. Today's Senate will be chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor O. Ajayi. So many names have been coming up in several media as to who may be the favourable candidate, which ever way, the President has warned that consideration should be restricted from those who initially vied for the Vice Chancellor position of the institution.

In the mean time, OAU Peeps News Agency has been able to gather reports of uneasy calm amidst several camps within the university stakeholders, as to will emerge as the acting Vice Chan…

#ReOpenOAU: Here Is What The Senate Was Briefed With Today

Today, the Upper Chamber of the Nigerian National Assembly finally discussed the continued closure of Obafemi Awolowo University.

Raising a Point of Order on the matter, Senator Babajide Omoworare representing Osun East Senatorial District intimated his colleagues that the institution has been shut for over a 100 days now.

In the lawmaker's submission, he noted that the shut down was owning to three major concerns including:

1. NASU and SSANU strike due to welfare related issues

2. School closed due to issues of hygiene and sanitation caused by workers union.

3. The process of selection of the Vice-Chancellor and the dissolution of the Governing Council

Prior to today's sitting, Omoworare said he had engaged the Senate leadership and Minister of Education to seek for a solution to the crisis.

However, the Senate of the University is expected to sit tomorrow, Thursday, from where the appointment of an Acting Vice Chancellor will be decided, as earlier directed by President Muha…

OAU Screening Application Deadline Extended To July 30

The deadline for the ongoing online Screening exercise for both UTME and Direct Entry Candidates of the Obafemi Awolowo University has been extended till July, 30th 2016. This announcement was made on the University's e-portal a few moments ago.

ERC Condemns OAU Exorbitant Admission Screening Charges

The 'Education Rights Campaign', Obafemi Awolowo University chapter has condemned the fees charged by the management of the institution for the 2016 admission screening.

In a Press Statement issued and signed by its Coordinator, Olamide Adabale and the Secretary, Omole Ibukun, the group described the charges as exploitative and does not reflect the FG's essence of scrapping Post-UTME. It however urged the students to reject the fee scheme.

"It is also necessary to note that this exorbitant amount defeats the essence of the scrapping of the exploitative Post-UTME exercise, for which OAU charged about N7,700 last year on aspirants. Aside the exploitation shielded with a mysterious ICT development fee and screening exercise fee, the short time frame given for the payment is an outright victimization on the Nigerian working masses. In fact, we could have recommended that students should boycott the payment of such illegal fee, but the economic state of the country already…

OAU Senate To Decide Acting VC On Thursday

Following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that the Senate of the Obafemi Awolowo University recommend an acting Vice-Chancellor for the Institution, the Senate has called for a meeting on Thursday, 21st July 2016 to this end. The meeting, which was announced on the University's website is to be chaired by the Vice-Chancellor Administration, Professor O. A Ajayi. Find the release below;

"This is to give Notice of a Special Meeting of Senate scheduled as follows:

Date: Thursday 21st July 2016
Venue: Conference Hall, Conference Centre and Guest Houses
Time: 10.00 am

1.“To recommend a qualified member of Senate to the Honorable Minister of Education for appointment as Acting Vice-Chancellor” as directed by the Visitor to the University.

Kindly note that this meeting has been called and will be chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. O. A. Ajayi, pursuant to the following provisions of the Standing Orders of Senate:

“1b. The Senate shall also me…

2016 OAU Admissions (DE & UTME): How To Calculate Your Merged Screening Score

There has been much controversy before now, as to how the O'level results will come into play in the screening of candidates for 2016 admission into Obafemi Awolowo University. As reported by OAU Peeps News Agency, the school portal was activated on Friday, signalling the commencement of the admission screening exercise. Following this development, here is what we now know.

For UTME Candidates
1. Both the UTME score and your O'level results' grades are computed to assess you.
2. For the screening, UTME result weighs 70% of your total score and the remaining 30% from your O'level results.
3. Your best 8 subjects are computed; With A1 = 8, B2 = 7, B3 = 6, C4 = 5, C5 = 4, C6 = 3, and so on.
4. Maximum points from your best 8 O'level subjects is 64 ( A1 = 8 X 8 subjects).
5. Your O'level points is then converted to 30% (Assuming y is your O'level points, then, it will now be calculated thus: y/64 X 30).
6. For your UTME points, it will be calculated thus: Your …

President Buhari Reopens OAU

The members of the Obafemi Awolowo University Community have been directed to resume administrative and academic activities by the Visitor of the University, President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a publication on the University's website ( and on some other platforms, circulars stating the compliance of the University Community to the Visitor's directive have been published and with the recommendation of the University Senate after it's Thursday's meeting, there are strong indications that academic activities would also begin in earnest.

The prayer of majority of the students of the institution may be getting desirable answers very soon.

Find the Released Circular Below,

"The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the Obafemi Awolowo University, has noted with concern the report of the crisis at the University on the process leading to the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor.

The President, in line with his powers as the Visitor to…

Answers To Some Frequently Asked Questions On OAU Screening


1. You must have made Obafemi Awolowo University your
*first choice*
2.You Must have scored 200 and Above in the Last UTME
3.If you have not been posted by JAMB,you can go ahead with your screening so far OAU is your first choice and you scored 200 and above..
4.If your passport"s background doesn't change to Red,go ahead with the screening..
5.You are to scan and upload only your Olevel Result(PrintOut or Certificate)
6.In the Olevel,Two sittings is allowed and there is no preference of one sitting to two sittings
7.Candidates who are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. Such Candidates will be allowed to upload their results when they are released only if they applied within
the specified period...
8.Awaiting result candidate should click on "AR' and submit..The date to update your Olevel will be released later..
9.The exercise does not require physical presence of candidates on campus[No Exams]
10.Closing Date for Screening of UTME Candidate…

OAU Crisis: Buhari Wades In On Appointment Of An Acting VC

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Senate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, to immediately recommend a qualified person for appointment, as an acting Vice Chancellor for the university.

According to Channels Television, the President made this order in a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission. The President directed the Senate not to consider any of the candidates who earlier contested for the position. The letter further says the Senate of the university should take immediate steps to implement the directive of the President and report back to the Federal Ministry of Education.

Workers and students of the institution recently trooped out in jubilation following the dissolution of the school’s governing council and the suspension of the selection of the Vice Chancellor by the Federal government. In the view of many students and staff of the institution, the federal government’s decision was a step towards the redemptio…

2016 OAU Admission Screening Application Ongoing

The deadline for admission screening registration for both UTME and Direct Entry candidates has now been extended to July 30, 2016.

The eportal of the Obafemi Awolowo University has been activated for aspirants screening process. This is following adverts in the National dailies which further states that the closure of UTME and DE applications would close on the 30th of July, 2016.

✔ You must have made Obafemi Awolowo University your first choice.
✔ You Must have scored 200 and Above in the Last UTME

Log on to the university Eportal ( and click on 2016 ADMISSION SCREENING - UTME/DE APPLICANTS by using your JAMB registration number to generate and download your RRR (Remital Referral Reference) and use it to pay the following dues.

The dues comprise of:

TOTAL FEE - N6,850

Payments can be via branch…

GoPoeThick 2016: Students Defy School Closure

14 Year Old Oyinkansola Making A Painting

A Cross Section Of The Audience

On Friday, 15th July, 2016, Organisers of GoPoeThick, a program organised to promote poetry, music and arts, played host to a large turnout of students, poets, musicians and lovers of arts. It started with a poetry class around 11am facilitated by Mr Shittu Fowora. Later that evening, participants and lovers of arts were treated to inspiring poetry, mind-blowing music and impressive artworks.

The venue, OAU Cooperative Centre was filled to the brim and had audiences from within and outside Osun state. Despite the closure of the university, there was a massive turnout from students, many of which came from outside campus.

It highlighted Open Mic segments from members of the audience and performance from featured poets and musicians from and beyond Obafemi Awolowo University.

The program, organised by Victor Adewale, had notable appearances like Aj Dagga Tolar, Arch Angel, Agarau, Samurai amongst others. Emi, a vio…

FG Clarifies Ban On Post-UTME, Admission Procedures

The Federal Government on Saturday clarified its ban on the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the general admission procedures, saying it “does not in any way affect the statutory role of the Senate of any university or the academic boards of any tertiary institution conducting its admissions.”

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated this in a statement by the Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations) in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben. Bem-Goong.

He said the clarification became necessary following conflicting reports in the media over the roles of universities and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in admission under the new dispensation.

According to him, the role of JAMB is to conduct the UTME, compile the list of candidates whose scores meet the cut-off marks (180 and above) and send same to the universities.

The universities, the minister emphasised, would shortlist the candidates using the agreed guidelines and thereafter return …