Sunday, 30 July 2017

OAU: Angolans Foil Abduction Of Hall Chairman



The atmosphere in Obafemi Awolowo University campus became tensed in the late hours of yesterday, Saturday, 29 July, 2017 when report of an attempted abduction of the Angola Hall Chairman, Osungbade Akeem was thwarted by conscious students in the hall around 8:45pm.

The bandits who were identified as students of the University were led by a popular student regarded as Chaw Lee, a final year student of Dramatic Arts. They were said to have stormed the executive room of Angola Hall to rough handle the chairman and cart him away with a car parked outside the Hall.

The event which occurred in the odd hours of the day further raised alarm on the security of students on campus.

After the arrest of two of the suspected kidnappers, the others whisked away and have since then fled the university campus. After long interrogation they were paraded around Angola and Mozambique Halls after which they were transferred to Students Union Building for further interrogation.

As at the time of filing this report, efforts are being made to apprehend the others. While talking to students, the Students' Union President promised the students that his administration would uphold the tenets of the union and will not condone any cult like activities on the campus.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

University Students Protest Unfair Treatment By Lecturers

By Ipoola Ayodeji

Students of the Federal University, Oye - Ekiti on Monday staged a serious protest in the university environment. The students accused Dr. Dosu Malomo , who is the Ag. Dean of  Students ’ Affairs in the university to have been collecting N500 each from some students for tutorials without issuing them receipts.
The main gate of the university was barricaded to protest against the extortion by lecturers in the institution.

The blocking of the main gate of the institution prevented the academic and non-academic staff members from entering the campus and also destabilises normal activities.

As part of the students' protest, they also  demanded that the institution authorities put necessary machinery in motion that would facilitate the conduct of student union elections.

The speaker of the student representative council, Victor Akinnibosun then that they students' will not sit for the 2016/2017 second semester examinations until the SUG was inaugurated. The students also demanded for the immediate removal of Dr Malomo and the reinstatement and extension of the tenure of the outgoing Dean , Students ’ Affairs, Dr Olugbenga Adeyemi.

While the protest was still ongoing,  Akinnibosun and Dr Olugbenga Adeyemi jointly briefed the students on some resolutions reached after a brief meeting has been held between the duo and the university management. They said that the meeting had agreed to extend the tenure of Adeyemi as Dean, Students Affairs until the end of 2017.

The management also promised to refund the alleged money collected from students for tutorials from Tuesday, July 25, and the conduct of student union election in the next three weeks.

Dr Adeyemi advised the protesters to go back to their hostels and homes in peace and return for normal lectures on Tuesday.
The gate to the institution was later opened for business of the day around noon .


Source- Punch Ng


Sunday, 23 July 2017

OAU Pre-degree Students To Start Final Exams Tomorrow



The Pre-degree Students of the Centre for Distant Learning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife would commence their Second contact examinations tomorrow, Monday, 24th July, 2016.

We at OAU Peeps News Agency hereby use this medium to wish the students all the best in their exams.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

"Stale Students Should Complete Health Centre Registration Before 4th August Or Become Bill Patients"- OAU DSA

By Farombi Oluwaseun 

In a release signed by the recently appointed Dean of the Division of Student Affairs, Professor I. O Aransi, the division has stated that stale students of the University are expected to register at the University Health Centre on or before Friday August 4th 2017 or become bill patients.

However, reacting to the development, a student who chose to remain anonymous opined that many students do not go through the registration due to the complexity and tediousness of the process, he also further reacted that except the Health Centre is expanded, registering all unregistered stale students within 14 days might be unrealistic.

Find the release below;



Friday, 21 July 2017

Random Thoughts From Paris to Osun

By Koye-Ladele Mofehintoluwa

"I have no apologies for believing that education is the key with which all doors open to development- whether national or corporate or individual- are opened. I hold the same views with Obafemi Awolowo that this country will remain backward, unproductive and prone to tyrannical government as long as some people are ignorant"- Bola Ige

The news hit the waves yesterday that Osun state paid 8bn on salaries from Paris club refund and 2bn on pension. I think that was too much for recurrent expenditure. I doubt Osun generates as much and I am stunned by the possible impacts on the lives of those workers if the Paris Club Refund did not take place in the first instance. The current Nigerian structure creates states that exist just to maintain the state civil service, carry out some projects and feed the political class that their hunger never quenches.

The price we pay for Nigerian unity at all costs is a 36-state structure that emphasises dependence on the centre for revenue and on crude oil for survival. This structure ensures that the peoples of Nigeria are not granted enough cohesion to seek a dissolution but at the same time does not let us move forward.

Sincerely, I think our civil service is bloated and ineffective. However, I do not think the solution is a total scrap as we are slowly tending towards with the various neoliberal economics playing out evidenced by the pervading foulness of privatization which would have been better if it sought advancement but is merely a way of cutting out huge chunks of the national cake for less than the cost and to themselves, their friends, family and even lucky concubines.

Rather, I push the position that the solution is in remodelling the civil service to become productive.

Most civil service slots are held by people being rewarded for political loyalty. Promotions are not based on merit. The service has for a long time existed merely as a source of sustenance for those holding the offices but not as an investment for growth for the state itself.

What must be done?

There must be assessment tests especially for teachers to determine if they are fit for their roles. Often. We complain that students fall in final examinations but their teachers are worse off. Reassessing those who hold these offices is key.

It should be followed up with a salary review which would also affect the political class. The cost of governance consumes much in this country. Government officers must be willing to part with huge bonuses and in turn work on building the economy such that workers would earn less but the money has more value. Thus, in essence, if the currency becomes stronger, salaries across levels of government can be reviewed downwards as the purchasing value of money would have become stronger.

We must consider investments into education. The world is creeping slowly towards natural resources not being huge revenue sources. Tourism, education, healthcare are fast replacing natural resources as revenue source. Oil, gold, cocoa, timber and other such may in the next 20 years not be the source of the wealth of nations. Our education must be raised to a global standard and our youth should be encouraged to stay back and make returns into local economy.

Nigeria should work on developing models that are futuristic. We should see the future and seize it. There should be 10, 20 and as long as 50 year plans for growth. Our country continues to emphasise politics while no concrete move is being contemplated on the chessboard of global political economy.

Nigeria should begin thoughts of creating her own multinational companies. This relates with our education too. We must connect the lines between what our children are taught in school, their understanding of the world and their ability to solve the problems of the world. We must market these solutions on a global scale and have Nigerian equivalents of global brands.

Those who can read the times should hold office and not those who can appeal to the sentiments of immediate gratification. Elections are being bought across the country and they are bringing into political office complete simpletons.
As it appears, what we operate in Nigeria is not a democracy but an imitation of it that should be christened. The factors that determine ascent to power go beyond the imprint of thumbs on ballot papers. There are strings that those who really intend to serve cannot pull. These strings determine the eventual outcome of elections.
In a nutshell, leakage must be plugged. The Ministry of Works as a civil service agency for instance should be upgraded such that contracts such as road repairs and construction do not go out to the Julius Bergers or RCC but rather highly trained and skilled engineers in the Ministry. They would deliver just as well for far less. If our Ministry of Works can attain this height, other capital projects would become realistic dreams without the constraints of economic handcuffs.
We must have parties that we understand their ideology and methods. We must also begin to form organisations that will push the demands of the mass. If you vote PDP, what is their foreign policy? Any answer? If you vote APC, are they capitalist oriented or socialist? If you vote MDP, do you have a clear idea what the party will do in event of a global economic meltdown?
Ideology must surface. A people without ideas cannot leave the darkness in which Nigeria wallows.
Nigeria must first catch up with the world and then try to overtake her. Time is running out.
Can we achieve all these radical change through a democracy or do the people have to change the government by toppling it by any means necessary?

By any means necessary!


Koye-Ladele Mofehintoluwa is a 300L student of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University. He represents his Faculty in the SRC as a Parliamentarian. He is a Student Activist with an undying passion for societal development.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Properties Of Former Nigerian Petroleum Minister

By Ipoola Ayodeji

A Federal High Court based in Lagos State has ordered the interim forfeiture of an estate in Banana Island area of the Lagos state linked to former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Deizani Alison Madueke.

According to reports, Mrs Diezani and her cronies have fraudulently siphoned about $11Billion from offshore processing agreements (OPAs) popularly known as oil swap. The report also stated that during her stay in office, Nigeria lost about $50 billion in the petroleum sector.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of money that been fraudulently siphoned by the former Minister during her stay in office.

Justice Chuka Obiozor who presided over the case made the forfeiture order after listening to an exparte application brought by the Head of Legal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Mr Anselm Ozioko.

A directive has also been given to the EFCC to publish the court orders in newspapers so that any interested party who does not want the money to be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government could appear in court within 14 days.

Reports also made it known that the former minister will be ready to name over 200 accomplices who helped and participated in the alleged fraud.

The case was adjourned to August 7, 2017 for anyone interested in the property and funds to appear before him.


Kogi State Governor Threatens KSU With Sack Letter

Kogi State Governor Threatens KSU With Sack Letter
By Ipoola Ayodeji

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has announced the proscription of the Kogi State chapter of the Academic staff union of Universities (ASUU) with immediate effect.
The governor announced the proscription on Wednesday after an emergency State Executive committee meeting.
He then called for an immediate resumption of lecturers to academic activities or be sacked with immediate effect.

The governor said his decision became necessary as all efforts to make members of the institution see reasons to call off their over six month-old-strike action had failed.

Monday, 17 July 2017

OpenCon Ife Scheduled To Hold On 29th July 2017

OpenCon is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. Last year's global meeting was held November 12-14, 2016 in Washington DC. And this year's global event is coming up November, 2017.

In the light of these, OpenCon 2017 Ife is a satellite event, project led by the next generation to advance OpenCon's three focus areas - Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. It is to advance research works done by student in Nigeria Tertiary institutions. Have you ever thought about what could become of you, have you ever thought about, where your efforts will led too, or are you concern about what your efforts can turn too as a student that is Final year project. An open graduate academic research will create the following

- Bridging graduate with potential employees
- Advancing academic research output
- Appreciating well put efforts
- Leverages
- Better approach to environmental, societal issues.
-Discovery of innovations and inventory.
- Ownership of intellectual property.

Although, the question of, reliability of final year projects data, plagiarism, are issues that could hinder it's adoption or acceptance. But, the filtration to get the best that stands out, such as those that are specific, indigenous, innovative, with new idea, is something that will mitigate the other defaults or deficits.

Join us on July 29th, 2017, with
Wikimedia UG Nigeria, (Wikimedia, owner of the Internet domain name Wikipedia), who will provide a strategy workshop training.
Connected Development - An international award winning anti corruption organizations, tracking Government funding with date.

Venue: Cooperative Hall, Behind Banking Area, Obafemi Awolowo University.
Time: 10am.
Attendance is free.

Click  HERE to register


OAU Student To Launch Online Business Summit

Ndimele Kingsley

Kingsley Ndimele, a young African Entrepreneur is set to host an online business summit. Kingsley, who is currently an undergraduate of the Department of Agricultural Economics in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria is also the Managing Director/Consultant of NOVEL Nigeria (a fast growing international business brand and organized, purpose driven company with several subsidiaries).

          In a quest to carry forward its core belief (excellence) internally, enriching lives of societies to next generations, the management of NOVEL Nigeria initiated a plaform tagged; YES! Online Interactive Forum. One of the objectives of the online platform is to develop and nurture the young, dexterous workforce and aggressively promote the creative drive, sustainable development and foster unique values in upcoming entrepreneurs.

          In October 2017, NOVEL Nigeria is bringing the first online business summit to Africa cyberspace tagged YES! Festival.
          YES! Festival is a 30-day online business summit for successful business leaders, brand owners and aspiring entrepreneurs from different fields of business leaders all over the world.
          The event is targeted to feature at least top 30 business leaders across 25 African countries and at least 500 participants.
          The program line-up includes; business lectures, book reviews, YES! Charity Tour, YES! Essay Contest and lots more.
          The event scheduled to hold on 2nd - 31st October, 2017 is undoubtedly the most anticipated online event in Africa.
Registration for YES! Festival commenced since June, 2017.

For registration, enquiries and updates, visit www.novelnigeria.blogspot.com or Call/WhatsApp +2348102969700


Sunday, 16 July 2017

OAU Students Dreading Or Anticipating Strikes?

By Akinfenwa Olaitan

For us in the OAU community, the past week has been a particularly dramatic and interesting week. Quite a number of events that erupted based on the Professor Elujoba trial reflected a lot of opinions of both students and staff members of OAU. In fact, we can say that every faction of the university had a role to play in the events of this week.

First off, recalling to mind that the erstwhile Vice Chancellor was arraigned to court by the EFCC, leading to the call for the solidarity strike by the ASUU OAU Chapter on Monday and Tuesday, and then the controversy with the national body of ASUU. In addition, the power outage and water scarcity on campus and all the ruckus that ensued led to lecture boycotts by the Students' Union that generally brought only one thing to mind - Strike.

The all too familiar feeling of impending strike was so pronounced that students envisioned that all academic activities would be suspended for a long time.
What surprises me most, however, is that the feeling of impending strike was gladly welcome by OAU students, rather than feared. I was amazed to realize that many students actually wanted the troubling events of the week to result into a strike! Isn't it interesting that this is OAU, where embarking on a strike used to be a most dreadful thing for us. This weird anticipation resulted in a conflict of desires for us because while we wanted better welfare conditions, we also secretly wanted the poor conditions to result into a protest and consequent strike.

And so we've had a smooth session for once and we're already missing the old days of  This is quite funny, as students were actually asking for a few weeks of strike so as to relax. Many already seriously preparing to go home, many discarded their upcoming tests and stopped preparing for them altogether. In fact, the jubilation that erupted when a lecture was boycotted made it all too clear what students wanted.
However, regrettably for some, the crisis has settled, electricity and order has been restored. Classes are holding and the looming strike has been forestalled for the meantime. So, we can all forget our fanciful ideas of a premature holiday and go back to our studies peacefully. Finally, tests and exams are fast approaching and our OAU has a new reputation of a smooth calendar which should be a cause of joy to us, not of displeasure.


Friday, 14 July 2017

Elujoba's Trial: Court Grants Erstwhile VC Bail, VC Urges Workers To Resume Work

By Farombi Oluwaseun
The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife was today filled with positive emotions as the erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Anthony Elujoba was granted bail by the Federal High Court, Osogbo on the basis of Self Recognizance.


Professor Elujoba, who is facing trial on alleged misappropriation of funds during is time as Acting Vice-Chancellor has been held in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the past ten days. Despite being reputable for restoring peace to the Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, there are claims that the Professor of Pharmacognosy might have broken the law. 


Members of staff and student unions would however not subscribe to these beliefs as many claim that the allegations arise from a witch-hunt by some caucuses that have deterred the progress of the University over the past few years.

Upon Professor Elujoba's arrival to the University Campus, workers, Students and other members of the University Campus could not contain their emotions as they took to the streets to welcome the former acting Vice-Chancellor. However, although Professor Elujoba would not address the crowd for safety reasons, the current Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor​ Eyitope Ogunbodede appreciated the members of the University Campus present for their support for Professor Elujoba, he then went on to further encourage the workers to resume back to work, reiterating that he was going to uphold the peace that the former Vice-Chancellor had brought to Campus.

However, the case remains in court and many hope that the truth would ultimately be revealed. In the meantime, Professor Elujoba has been granted bail on Self Recognizance, while Mrs Akeredolu, with whom he faces trial has been granted bail under the condition of the payment of N50m and the provision of two sureties.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Fajuyi Hall Lower Buttery Gutted By Flames


The lower buttery of the Adekunle Fajuyi Hall was engulfed in fire at about 9:15pm last night.

The outbreak was as a result of the negligence of the buttery operators. They allegedly left a container of petrol beside the exhaust pipe of the buttery's generator. It took the effort of Fajuyians led by the hall's Financial Secretary (HOLOYE) and some residents to extinguish the fire before the arrival of the Fire Fighters.

The buttery has since been shutdown for security reasons due to the fact that during the course of extinguishing the fire, some cases of theft occurred as some unscrupulous individuals seized the opportunity to loot some goods in the buttery.
More info on the fire will be provided as it unfolds.

DSA Addresses Power Outage On Campus, Says Fault From Faulty Transformer

Following the power outage on the Obafemi Awolowo University campus over the past 24 hours, the Division of Student Affairs has come out with a statement detailing the cause of the fault.

In contrast with speculations that the power outage is as a result of the current trial of Professor Anthony Elujoba, the Division has stated that the power outage is as a result of a faulty transformer and some cables.


The release, which was signed by Professor Aransi, the current Dean of the Division, went on to state that the University Management was already on top of the issue and electricity would be restored as soon as possible.

Elujoba's Trial: Court Adjourns Case, University Students And Workers Protest Detention


For members and friends of the Obafemi Awolowo University, the ongoing trial of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University is on issue that has rocked the University Campus over the past few days.

Whilst many are holding on to the belief that the Professor of Pharmacognosy is being witch-hunted by some political forces that might have not agreed with his emergence as the Vice-Chancellor and the events that followed. The trial which was continued today at the Federal High Court was adjourned to the 19th July 2017. However, the members of the University community that went with him would go into protests when it was stated that the  Professor, who is on the verge of his retirement, would be held at the Ilesha prison.

Some other parties have made claims that the adjournment was a means to unjustly detain the Professor as there are speculations that the court would go on holidays from Monday 17th July 2017. More details to be brought to light as events unfold...

Sunday, 9 July 2017

ASUU National Dissociates Self From Local Chapter's Solidarity Action

Following the announcement given by the OAU Chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities that lectures scheduled for Monday and Tuesday 10th and 11th July 2017 would not hold in Solidarity with Professor Anthony Elujoba, immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University who is being arraigned by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission. The National body of the Union has come up with a different stance, find the details of the release below;


New Dean DSA, Professor Aransi Promises To Ensure Students' Welfare

By Uthman Samad

Sequential to his appointment as the new Dean of Student Affairs, Professor I.O Aransi has reacted to certain issues concerning the Obafemi Awolowo University in a brief interview with a correspondent of OAU Peeps News Agency.

The head of department of Local Government Studies of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife who also doubles as the Chairman of the muslim community of the university was recently appointed as the new dean of the Division of Students Affairs, succeeding Professor Grace Akinola and becoming the first male to hold the position in recent times.

In the interview, whilst addressing some issues on campus, Professor Olalekan Aransi stated that the welfarism of students would remain paramount in his heart during his tenure, in his words, ‘‘I will discharge my duty and ensure that welfarism of students takes my number one agenda because if the student are in good condition, there won't be break or strike and good products will be produced along the line as supports will be sought for from far and near for the embracement‘’. He also disclosed the support of the Alumni association of the university to give some materials to students.

While taking about the need for cordial relationship between the DSA, the management and the students’ union, the new Dean stated that he has met with the suspended president of the Union and his cabinet and they promised​ to give support to the administration to foster peace in the university community.

Talking about student security and the frequent attacks​, Professor Aransi promised​ to look into this amidst other issues as reports were filed, cases upon cases, and proper consultation has been indicted with the security unit of the university to put an end to the frequent occurrences​.

Whilst talking about the allocation of rooms to finalists and fresh students, he pledged to do justice to it as the university management needed to look into the number of students admitted yearly. As this number was often higher than what the available resources could cater for. The professor promised to approach individuals, various companies and organisations for assistance and aid.

Talking about the senate building extension and the new senate building, the new dean of DSA has said, ‘‘there’s nothing bad in development, we should encourage new innovations, new ideas and there’s nothing bad in that, let the university continue to grow. We are in a dynamic world. Building hostels​ are very crucial but that does not stop us from having a befitting senate building’’


Faculty Of Arts Hosts Executive Governor Of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu

By Alabi Aderonke and Titus Isreal


The executive governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) graced the Oduduwa Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife on Thursday, 6th July, 2017. The governor was hosted by the Faculty of Arts in her annual Distinguished Guest Lecture which was themed "BEYOND RECESSION: RE-INVENTING THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION".

Akeredolu, in delivering his address, stated that although he supported the idea of restructuring, the only way to solve the Nigeria's problems was to ensure that a serious integration programme was established. He reiterated that the proliferation of ethnic based groups​ is the main cause of the distinction which had found its way into political parties. He further said that it was brash to respond to those who want to break away, that the unity of Nigeria was not negotiable.


He also urged students not to hold ethnic affinity rather they should live in unity to help the country's situation. However, the governor of State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, duly represented by permanent secretary on education, Mr Festus Olajide, said in solving Nigeria problems, we needed to practice true federalism, fiscal federalism and restructuring our economy because doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results is the highest height of insanity. Nevertheless, it must be done without shedding blood and the educational system should be functional in order to solve part of our problems.

While giving his address at the lecture, the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University confirmed his administration's willingness to work. He said he already had a contract of 8 megawatts gas turbine on electricity which will let OAU community be having 24 hours uninterrupted power supply that will be complete in a year time. He also said the agric farm will be heavily visited with development.

Some of the notable guests at the event include, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II, the Orangun of Oke- Ila Oba Dokun Abolarin an alumnus of OAU at the faculty of Law, the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Professor E. Ogunbodede; the Dean of the faculty of arts and facilitator of the programme​, Professor Gbemisola Adeoti; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Dean of the faculty of Agriculture, Professor Adeagbo Amusan; Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Popoola; several heads of department in the Faculty of Arts; the Vice-Chancellor Adekunle Ajasin University, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun; Former chief of staff in Ondo state, Femi Agagu; former vice Chancellor Adekunle Ajasin University, Professor Femi Mimiko, former vice dean, Dr Mike Olatunji and a lot of other dignitaries.


Saturday, 8 July 2017

A Fanciable Rubbish System: The Definition of our Immediate Society.

A Fanciable Rubbish System: The Definition of our Immediate Society.
I don't know when to point to in exactness the last time parity took charge for real (or to a very considerable extent) in this society. I am sure in my own head anyway, for things to be this goodly poor; in the past, things had to have been directly the opposite. Realistically now, when I think figuratively deeply about the superstructure of the kind of rulership this society used to have way back when capitalism was beginning from communalism or even before that, before the slave trade kick-started. There used to be peace. Humankind on these selfsame lands upon which we tread today as pin-riddened paths used to be together in oneness, in utter sufficiency of almost everything in all their aspects of being as they multiplied and subdued their earths as the Lord God has directed. Although, there would be misunderstandings and some negative natural occurences constant with man but such would be... or was at a very miniature weight. Thus, they were together sharing fine myths and legendary tales of past leaders to children to pass them over too. They cultivated farms well and ate well and died quite applaudably old enough.
However today, life has become quite easier through machine or technology and through what any sane human could down-tone today, our democratic system of government. However, it is all a fa├žade. Common! open your eyes wide! "shine your eyes"! and smell the acrid odour of the rubbish around you. Can you not see? Look at what we have all around now. Every bit of the system makes me cry as though broken bottles, gun powder mixed with hot water and chili pepper are poured in my eyes. These are nothing compared to the gravity of pain few good minds in this society enjoy through the dark light our democracy shines upstairs. Truth has been taken to be a terrible sin off the grace of rulership libation. It is now only those who lie and cause serious woes for millions at once that are right.
This is no good system. This system was never there. If we call what we have a democracy, we must be out of our right minds or being jocular. What is the difference betwixt Marxism and this Democracy ah! For you to talk at all you must have practised well how to cover your semblance for afterwards, justice would only be given you after your head bounces back and forth away from the guillotine. This is oligarchic as the few rich become richer and they have had us all packed lonely to one corner and they serve us all with stubble as we run around in kilter doing for them their terms to cause us more trouble.
In conclusion, this I have written bleeding way too deep inside my heart as I project always considering my future kids, our posterity. I am begining to pity them already as they are already on their way to us in this shameful pit of gory. If this feeling could make me be singly good and do well to keep every bit of the state's structure as Nigeria's "Pledge" as it. Why must you not pray for the same, my fellow person? Although now, it seems God has abandoned us to suffer on and on like this as it is much like pragmatically, the world is not bad, it is us in it that always want to blow it apart. Justice has lost its virtue and would only bear its true self (again) if only we would for real, for once, once and for all fear the rules and regulations of the state, having kept them each for the goodness of the other neighbour.


-Kayode Emmanuel.

#FreeElujoba: Nigeria On The Brink Of Slaughtering One Of Her Finest Administrators On The Slab Of A Nepotistic Anti-corruption Drive

Some of us (Nigerian youths) have made up our mind and sworn to ourselves to uphold the great values of humanity that are obviously lacking in the country’s leadership today, even while we are yet to lead, when we are privileged to lead and for the rest of our lives. The simple reason is because we clearly understand, feel and suffer what selfish and corrupt governance, incompetency and anarchy have made of Nigeria and her defenseless citizens.

Unfortunately, as I write, the failing Nigerian system is once again bearing so hard on our resolve, our resilience and motivation to remain true to this noble decision of ours. You know it’s quite pathetic and saddening right?

I have been a community member, an ardent follower of events and a critical observer of administrations in Obafemi Awolowo University for a while, especially in the last 6 years or thereabout. I have never witnessed a kind of the leadership brought on board by Professor Anthony Elujoba.

To tell the obvious, it was more than a smooth academic calendar for an institution that usually strikes pretty better than thunder. I mean, that was just one of the many goodies that have since come the way of Nigeria's best university while the Village Chemist lasted at the helm of affairs.

Now, he’s been made to pay for probably going a long extent to ensure normalcy restored to the once tattered system. While I believe no one should truly be above the law, it is a shame that the case for us in Nigeria cannot be described any better than a Yoruba adage has put it; “Ńse ni a fi ètè silè pa làpálàpá” (We are ignoring leprosy for the cure of ringworm).

I feel if Professor Anthony Elujoba is eventually jailed for restoring sanity, pride and peace to #GreatIfe after several years of struggles and apparent maladministration of the institution, then, Nigerians (especially members of OAU community) need to be convinced about the real values of the present central government and where its interest lies.

More importantly, this is the best time for the direct beneficiaries – students, staff, parents, Ile-Ife community, Osun State, Nigerian students and all sincere Nigerians – to raise their unified voice in rejection of the obvious selective corruption fight and victimization of 'distant' Nigerians by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Of course, we know those who ran our system aground and surely, we know they have political immunity from the leprous claws of justice. If not so, now tell me, for how long are we going to reward the real thieves with appointments instead of breaking their heart of crime?

By the way, where is the Great Ife student's Union whose members have benefited the most from the leadership of the Pharmacist? Oh, my bad, I almost forgot a soon-to-be medical doctor, who currently leads the Union is allegedly in the business of doctoring the doctrines of the same Union.

So I learnt, as I was gathering thought for this piece that the Union Executives, in a statement purportedly signed by the Union PRO said “…as Students' Union, we firmly maintain our position not to be used by any Union, organisation and even the University Management to achieve their selfish agenda.  Nevertheless, it is essential that students decide on what is right and healthy for our Union and mass of students at this critical point in time.” Applaudise!!

Well, I am not certain about those advising the Union’s CEC to tow the line of denying a man who promised the restoration of its proscribed Union and reinstatement of its rusticated comrades and did not eventually renege on fulfilling those promises on assumption of office, among many other developments that came to OAU during his time.

I have read comments by some campus Leftists and probably that is where the CEC stole this silly idea. One thing is sure, whatever position the Union takes at this time is well capable of changing narratives in the near future. Therefore, there is a need for OAU students to assert a notable and noble stand on the current Magu's danse macabre.

Let me even ask, is anyone still in doubt if selective corruption fight is not what this present government is best known for? Do you not think it is really high time any sincere Nigerian youth reassessed his/her loyalty to this seemingly incompetent government?

Without mincing words, I am strongly of the opinion that Nigeria is at the brink of slaughtering one of its finest administrators on the slab of nepotism. If it does, the martyr’s blood will spill over and clog the intent of doing any good in many. Sadly, Late Major Daniel Bamidele now comes to mind again...

The writer of this piece, Omooba Dafidi is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University. You can reach him via davospeaks@gmail.com


Friday, 7 July 2017

Read Full Details Of Charges Against Erstwhile OAU Vice-Chancellor, Anthony Elujoba

Find snapshots of the document detailing the Charges levied against Professor Anthony Elujoba, immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife and Mrs J. Akeredolu, the Bursar of the University attached to this post.

Meanwhile, whilst several controversies still surround the claims of a solidarity protest by Students in defence of the Professor of Pharmacognosy, other claims that classes in the University scheduled for today, Friday 7th July, 2017 are. Also being circulated, this however remains unconfirmed.




Elujoba To Appear In Court Today Over Misappropriation Allegations

A former Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Anthony Elujoba, is expected to be arraigned today (Friday) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over allegations that he stole N1.4 billion while in office.
Last year, Mr Elujoba was quizzed by operatives of EFCC at its Ibadan zonal branch for allegedly diverting the sum meant for projects without approval of the school’s governing council or federal ministry of education.

He was specifically said to have used the money to pay illegal allowances to staff including himself through it.
He has been detained since Thursday by the anti-graft commission, PREMIUM TIMES learnt; and his international passport seized.

Although he is accused of wrongdoing by the EFCC, Mr. Elujoba is popular among staff and students at the university, who believe he is being witch-hunted for bringing normalcy to the institution during the short period he was in office.
His wife in a brief interaction with PREMIUM TIMES pleaded that her husband be spared the humiliation.

“He has been there since morning please help us beg everyone to come to his aid,” she said on Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Olarewaju Abiodun, told PREMIUM TIMES that the university will wait for Friday’s trial.

“When we get to the court tomorrow (today) we will know what next to do, we will take steps but first let’s get to the river first,” Mr. Abiodun said, expressing sadness at the development.

Some students have also come up with a campaign on social media- #EFCCFreeElujoba in obvious solidarity with the embattled professor.
The EFCC said it received the petition against Mr. Elujoba in December 2016.

Source- Premium Times
 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

JAMB 2017/2018 Direct Entry Admission Form Out

This is to inform the General Public and all interested applicants that the Joint Admission Matriculation Board [JAMB] has officially announced the 2017/18 registration guidelines for Direct Entry Candidates [Nigerians and Foreign Students] and all approved Registration Centers.

Online Application commences from July 10th, 2017- August 12th, 2017.

1.0 STEPS FOR 2017/2018 DIRECT ENTRY REGISTRATION AND APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
2.0 JAMB Pin Vending Procedures & List Of Authorized Banks For Sales Of Form

i. Each candidate must have personal e-mail address and mobile phone number .
ii. Each candidate is to use his/her functional and valid personal e-mail address. The system would reject at the point of registration any already used e-mail address.
iii. Each candidate must personally create a JAMB profile on the JAMB portal through JAMB Mobile App available on Android, Windows and iOS platforms OR visit a Bank, NIPOST to create his/her JAMB profile on the JAMB portal:
Name, www.jamb.org.ng date of birth, personal e-mail address and place of origin are required to create the profile.
iv . Payment for JAMB's E-PIN-registration and the recommended reading text is done at
the banks and NIPOST . Banks have also agreed to make these services available at CBT centres and JAMB State Offices.
v . Each Candidate should visit any accredited CBT centre (the list of accredited CBT centres are on our website i.e. with his/her personal details, the www.jamb.gov.ng profile and evidence of payment.
vi. The CBT centre or JAMB State Office, supplies, at no extra cost, the prescribed reading text and the CD containing:
a) e-brochure showing guidelines on admission detailing list of tertiary institutions and available programmes of study .
b) Step by step guide on completing the application form.
viii. At the CBT centre, Candidate's ten fingers biometric and image will be captured and uploaded.
ix. O/L and/or A/L grades are to be provided by candidates. Candidates who are awaiting result should supply the result online as soon as the results are available on JAMB'S portal.
No recommendations from any Institution will be considered by JAMB if the candidate has not supplied his/her O/L result on the portal of JAMB.
x. Each Candidate is to collect his e-slip at the end of registration as evidence of registration.
There will be no offline registration, as all the accredited CBT centres have been empowered for real life online registration. No candidate should register at any centre other than the accredited CBT centre and JAMB State office. Any candidate who is registered outside approved centres will be identified and disqualified.

2.0 GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
1.0 The general entry requirements for admission into the First Degree, National Diploma (ND), Natinal Innovation Diploma (NID) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes in Universities, other Degree-Awarding Insitutionns, Monotechnics, Polytechnics, Innovation Enterprise Institutes and Colleges of Education are available in the e- Brochure which would be given to each Candidate at the accredited CBT centres and JAMB state offices or
2.0 Candidates with one of the following qualification may be considered for admission by Direct Entry:
(a) A minimum of five (5) GCE/WASCE credits at not more than two sittngs with at least two Principal or Advanced level G.C.E. and the others.
(b) Two passes at the IJMB Advanced Level Examination, Cambridge moderated Schools of Basic Studies Terminal Examination, JUPEB or Institute of Baccalaureate from recognised institutions with SSCE/GCE, NTS/NBC credits equivalent in three other subjects (SUBJECT TO UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS).
(c) Passes in two major subjects in the NCE with S.S.C.E., NTC/NBC credits or equivalents in
THREE other subjects (mainly for Education Courses) and ND. Education may be accepted as a third A' Level subject for those taking courses in Education.
(d) Minimum of lower credit grade in National Diploma or NaƟonal Innovation Diploma inc


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Fatile Emmanuel: We Did Not Mean To Be Comrades!

By 'Joba Ojelabi

(Dedicated To The Loving Memories of Fatile Emmanuel)


In the faculty of Pharmacy of the Obafemi Awolowo University, there are two major kinds of students; the typical pharmacy students and the “comrades”. The typical pharmacy students are the ones who take pharmacy “very seriously”. Somehow, they have managed to design their lives around the faculty and its demands. They attend almost all classes, go to all practical labs, write all reports, do all assignments, and as much as possible try to avoid every other thing that is not pharmacy. For to them, every other thing is a distraction. These are the kind of students the average Nigerian parent would be proud of; they mind their business, “face their books” and most times have comparatively good results to show. The comrades, on the other hands, are the ones who try to be more. These class of students, either by some realistic necessities, a flair for adventure or developed ideals and beliefs, have managed to add something else to their primarily being a student of pharmacy. For quite a number, the added factor is often politics but a wide array of things outside politics can also be added; business, journalism, sports, several forms of art, and even in some cases; religion. Certainly, being in this class does come without its price, after all, the old saying does go along the lines “one cannot eat his cake and have it”. Reputable for her tasking demands in diligence, Pharmacy can be a very difficult place for comrades as finding the required balance is, in itself, herculean. It is thus not totally surprising that a huge percentage of the comrades are not usually represented in the academic blue books of the Faculty. This is not to say that the comrades do not also pass their exams, as a matter of fact, a lot of comrades have graduated from the faculty with a fine number even claiming the golden prize in the course.


Fatile Emmanuel bought me a bottle of Cocacola at a time when I was expected to do the buying. I had just made public my intentions to contest for the position of Public Relations Officer of the student association of our faculty and coincidentally, he was also contesting in that election. He had also earlier applied to join the OAU Peeps News Agency, an organization in which I was, at the time, serving as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and so when he introduced himself to me at the buttery of the Faculty of Pharmacy, we immediately found a lot of things to talk about. By the time I stood up to leave, he insisted that he paid for the bottle of Coke that I downed in the course of our conversation. I believe this incident gave me an above-average impression of the Mr. Fresher, an impression that would eventually form the foundation of a casual friendship and warm camaraderie with a number of others.


Max, as he was more fondly called, certainly had his flaws. He, like every other person, was not infallible. Sadly, these flaws tend to be more highlighted and maybe even exaggerated when one is not a typical pharmacy student. One’s aspirations to explore new frontiers, to attempt to seek alternative sources of income or to even “live” can become an Achilles heel.
Sometimes, I try a lot to be a typical Pharmacy student, to just face my books and be nothing else but those who know me would know how woefully I have failed at these attempts. Many have come tell me that there is a time for everything, citing ecclesiastical references of course; imploring me to be nothing else but a pharmacy student for the main time for in their words; “It would soon end”. The Comical part is as much as I agree with them, sometimes I do not know which they are talking about; the school or the whole life. For indeed, life itself is too short, too short to not live. Fatile Emmanuel, like many of us was a “comrade”, and maybe that is his legacy; that even in the midst of this curriculum that manages to take all our attention, this work schedule that somehow steals all our time, Max strived to be more…

How To Calculate Your OAU Screening Score

This is to inform all OAU Aspirant that they can calculate their screening marks using UTME/ O'level 50:50 ratio utilised last year.

How to Calculate Screening Result

1. Both the UTME score and your O'level results' grades are
computed to assess you.
2. For the screening, UTME result weighs 50% of your total
score and the remaining 50% 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 50% (Assuming
y is your O'level points, then, it will now be calculated
thus: y/64 X 50).
6. For your UTME points, it will be calculated thus: Your
UTME score/400 X 50.
7. Your final merged score, which will be used for
admission now = UTME points (maximum of 50) + O' level
points (maximum of 50) = 100.

All Aspirants are to note that no official cutoff mark have been released and the above calculation method was used last year and not guaranteed to remain this year.

Faculties, Students And Reputations- Akinfenwa Olaitan

By Akinfenwa Olaitan
There's this popular notion that majority of OAU students have about some departments and Faculties. It's quite funny actually. Have you ever wondered why some departments and Faculties in OAU, for example, the Department of English and by implication, the Faculty of Arts, and probably the Faculty of Law, have a reputation for being quite socially loud and quite morally indecent, compared to other departments? Surely, there must be a reason why these departments are highly rated as the home of party goers and 'baddest guys'. Actually it's no news to most of us that when we want to talk about the most interesting parties and events on campus, such departments are usually in charge. Of course, having a reputation for being socially popular is not bad, but when it crosses the line to indecency, that can be quite demeaning.

Despite being a proud student of the Faculty of Arts, I cannot totally deny the allegations, because there is actually some truth in them. I can say without any bias that indeed, the Faculty of Arts, being a very large and outgoing Faculty, has a wide variety of intriguing stories at every point in time. I, personally, have seen quite a lot of ridiculously dressed students in my beloved department that left me aghast. I suppose I can safely say that many students like to make loud statements in their fashion by simply going out of the norm. As a result, many tend to go overboard by dressing outrightly indecently. We see girls wear unbelievably skimpy clothes to attend lectures, and we are hardly surprised, because it's so common. Eccentric hairstyles and makeup are very common. I once saw a lady in my department with bright red hair, and I could see that she enjoyed the attention it brought her. All these contribute to the sizzling stories that endlessly trail the departments I stated earlier.

There is also this notion that students of the above named faculties and departments are mostly unserious and lackadaisical towards academic activities. Other students in the seemingly 'tedious' departments have the opinion that students in the Arts are usually lazy and unserious. I vividly remember when an older friend once asked me what course I was studying. On hearing my response, he looked at me with surprise and asked why I chose such an irresponsible department. I tried to defend my department but my concerned friend couldn't see any value in my chosen course, because of the stories he had heard . I began to wonder why the stigma of recklessness stuck to my Faculty like flies around ripe mangoes.

As a result, I feel the need to say that it is wrong to assume that all students in the department of English or other departments in the Faculty of Arts or Law are indecent or unserious. Such assumptions are highly fallacious. Just as well, it is false to assume that other students in other departments are all morally decent and academically sound. Despite the rumours and allegations, and even though we might be more socially inclined, I can assert that there are quite a lot of responsible, calm and serious students in the Faculty of Arts, just as there are in other faculties.

So, I would conclude by saying that as intellectuals, we shouldn't form wrong opinions based on hasty generalisation. Also, students who find themselves in the infamous departments should rather choose to be pace setters of decency amidst the dark stigma of partly truthful allegations. You know, it is actually better to stand out, rather than blend in and flow in the wrong direction.

Finally let's all endeavour to be confident in our decency, even as we are decent in our confidence.

Rampage In SUB As President Allegedly Walks Out On Congress

By Olabimpe Samiah O.

"Step Aside! Step Aside!! Step Aside!!!"

These were the words that rented the air as agitated students or congressmen were shouting at the OAU Students' Union Congress held on Thursday, 29th June 2017.


The congress, which is still likened to many as staged drama, was supposed to start by 4pm but was delayed till some minutes after 6pm. The SU PRO, Mr Okediji Simeon, stated that the congress started late due to inaccessibility to the university sound system at Amphi theater. The Engineer in charge of the sound system who according to the PRO and SEC GEN promised to be available was nowhere to be found when it was due time for the commencement of the Congress. It was reported that the Engineer lamented on the mismanagement of some of the sound systems at the last Congress.

"Engineer in charge of the sound system said the microphone and the mixer were destroyed and are to be repaired." Boluwajaiye Adeoluwa, the Secretary General of the Students' Union claimed.
"He complained that the microphone we used for the last congress was damaged due to rough handling. When he told us this , we apologized and we gave him part of the money" attested the Public Relations Officer.
The congress started with the president moderating it, Submissions​ were taken from individuals and the congress seemed to be going on smoothly until the congressmen asked the president to step aside as the moderator of the congress and allow a neutral individual to moderate instead. These arguments were backed by the fact that a man cannot be a judge at his own case. Congressmen insisted that the President should not preside on the congress but the president turned deaf ears to their demands and hot arguments, agitations and Rants engulfed the theatre. The Hullabaloo was on for 30-45minutes and later on the President single handedly declared the congress closed. According to him he said the environment is not safe and conducive enough for a Congress.

Following his declaration, the President Walked out of the theatre with Congressmen shouting and ranting behind him. He was followed to the the Union building and minutes later, It was discovered that the president was nowhere to be found and Certainly had made his way out of the building through a backdoor. A considerable number of students who most people alleged to be member of the left movements on campus were asking for the wherabout of the President. Consequently, Students were seen trying to force themselves into the Union offices. They managed to force their ways into the Office of the Secretary General and from there to the President's office.

Meanwhile as this was going on, some students might have used the opportunity to attack and perpetrate evil things. As the PRO of the Union was reportedly mobbed while his female classmates that came to collect notes were harrased. Consequently the PRO, SPEAKER, DSP, CLERK offices were broken into. The PRO reported that his phone SAMSUNG C5 was stolen from his drawer and that he could recognise some of the students that barged into his Office. There we're lots of damaged doors in the Union building. The Secretary General lamented on how the doors were just repaired and that the money used was from his own purse.

Conclusively, some individuals are saying that the destructive act of the mob should not be completely condemned as a standard has been laid down for them by the destructive incident and the irrational act of the Sports Director on the protest in Akintola hostel.