By Uthman Samad
Yesterday, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife matriculated fresh students Worth 6,650 for the 2018/2019 academic session.
The students who swore the oat of allegiance against all vices in the popular Amphitheater of the university were welcomed to the institution by the Vice chancellor of the institution, Prof, Eyitope Ogunbodede.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor Congratulated the students for making it out of over 37 thousand students that sat the Post Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination conducted by the institution late last year.
"Inline with the vision and mission of the founding fathers, the university has remained a model in best educational practices in Africa and a renowned institution the world over. Out of the Over 37,059 that made OAU their first choice, 6,650 were admission.
I congratulate you for being chosen out of the candidates that did the Post UTME admissions screening for the Obafemi Awolowo University"
He reiterated his commitment in creating an enabling environment for learning and productivity by plans to add over 10,000 bedspaces to the existing ones within the next one year through partnership
" The university management is partnering with investors to increase the current student's accommodation by an additional 10,000 bedspace within the next one year.
The VC also added plans to douse the transportation problem on campus mostly faced by students staying off campus since the proclamation of new accommodation policy since last session.
"The university is also procuring three 30 sitter buses to alleviate the challenges of students transportation"
Ayomide Israel, a newly admitted student of philosophy while speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency showed happiness being matriculated after several attempts.
In his words;
"I am very Happy to be a legal student on this institution after attempts. I am happy and can't even estimate my happiness"
Also, Ifeoluwa Mercy, one of the matriculated student from Department of microbiology who can't keep her happiness while speaking narrated how she has been praying for years to witness a day like this
"I have always dreamt of OAU. Though I have always wanted to be a medical student, but God brought still related to it. I am happy to be matriculated"
Moreover, Observations by OAU Peeps News Agency shows that since 2014 (2013/2014 academic session), this Year's admission capacity deviated from the rising figures yearly.
This arose by the non- accrediation of 5 departments(Nursing,Botany,Medical Rehabilitation, Law,Fine & Applied Arts) of the institution by National University Commission(NUC) last year, a claim, Abiodun Olanrewaju, the school public Relations officer substantiated.