Thursday, 28 May 2020

Schools to Reopen or Not

By Yusuf Qudus Olaniyi
When I hear students being merry over the fact that schools in the country will reopen for operations on June 8, I shake my head. As much as the story is false as the Minster of Education has come out to debunk it as well as Boss Mustapha; the Chairman if the presidential task force on  COVID-19, I am of the opinion "that there is an iota of truth in every rumor".
 As we are all aware that confirmed cases of the Pandemic that has bedeviled the whole world and not Nigeria alone, continues to rise astronomically as more cases are being confirmed. The truth in the rumor is that the opening of learning activities might be around the corner as it has been said that institutions should start drawing up plans to protect their students once learning activities commence. As much as no date has been set yet it is a thing of joy as some students have jokingly said they have forgotten their matric number. As for me, I have forgotten my E-portal password, well that could be partly due to the fact that we were asked to change it some months ago from the one I have been using for over two years.
 During a briefing in Abuja on the 27th of May 2020, Boss Mustapha said " I wish to inform Nigerians that the federal ministry of Education will rule out measures for the self-reopening of schools" he stated that work is going on in the pipeline for the reopening of schools.
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a halt in all activities including interstate travel, but the truth is people are still travelling by road; the only difference is that it has become more stressful and very expensive.
 There is no gainsaying that a policy or law ruled out by the government of this country is an avenue for some set of people to enrich themselves and cash out greatly. This time around not only drivers who drive their vehicle interstate are hiking their fees as a result of the risk involved, security agents are also cashing in on the opportunity.
Normally transportation from Ile-ife, Osun state to Lagos cost about 1500 naira which is often a direct bus, but as a result of the ban on interstate travel, the movement from Lagos to Ife cost about 5000 naira as the journey will have to be split into different part. 
According to finding, on will need to travel from Ife to Ibadan first, then Ibadan to mowe, the last phase is a motorcycle journey from mowe to Berger.
At the end of it all irrespective of the lockdown or interstate ban, it is best that students and everybody alike to utilize the time to equip themselves and also try to stay safe as "COVID-19 is real".
 

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

OAU Law, Dentistry, Others Finally Gets Full Accreditation

The long awaited accreditation has been granted to the Faculty of Law,Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
These Faculties have been unable to grant admission to aspirants because of the lack of accreditation. The university has worked tiredlessly and it has finally paid off as the National Universities Commission (NUC), which has the statutory mandate to accredit academic programmes in all Nigerian Universities, has given full (100%) accreditation to all the academic programmes being run by the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

However, programmes being run by other Faculties were also accredited by the NUC while all programmes at the Postgraduate level were also fully accredited.

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that 
"The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the Institutional Spirit of the University’s members of the Council led by Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Senate, Departmental, Faculty and National Alumni Associations whose commitment assisted, in much greater measure, in putting all necessary facilities in place which eventually culminated in the accreditation of all our Courses, particularly the programmes with initial outright denial or partial accreditation.  With the latest accreditation of 42 undergraduate programmes, all the 107 programmes in the university are now accredited.

Professor Ogunbodede, therefore, pledged that his administration would put in more efforts in ensuring the sustenance of the high moral, academic and cultural standards which the University is noted for.

He, again, called on all stakeholders in the education sector to do all within their power and means to assist the university in putting in place more structure and infrastructure that would make “us fully realise and bring into fruition the dreams of the founding fathers”.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Serendipity

By Bernard Nasamu

In Lagos, the city that never sleeps, time was everything. Everyone found a way to be busy, pacing around, doing one bidding or the other. At the same time, it is known to provide the best opportunity for basically anything and everyone. A city characterized with unending road jams, crazy transport system, noisy nooks and cranny, and of course frustrated inhabitants. Above it all, it was a beautiful nest for as many lovers as possible.
It was 8pm already. The exact time of the day for B&B food factory entertained lovers with the best steak in the whole of Lagos. Not only was the restaurant beautiful, it was notable for the best customer service, of any restaurant around. And just like in any restaurant in the world, the drama never ends. Every day, there were auspicious dates; breakup, make up, proposal, contract deliberations. All came in different pockets and shapes.
 "What could be taking him so long?" 
Anything could make anyone late to a special date. Its Lagos, everyone is believed to be unbalance. Besides, since businesses close by 6pm; movement by road can as well be considered as “the battle of troy”.
Mitchell kept adjusting her wine flair gown decorated with lovely floral petals design. She signals to a waiter, who keeps smiling like someone that won a lottery.
“Excuse me, can I get another glass?" She was beginning to get very nervous. 
“The number you’ve dialed is unreachable” was the response she got after several attempts of calling him. And just as expected, the frustration was crawling up her sleeves.
"But what’s taking him so long,” she thought to herself as she kept checking the time.
It was 9:15 already, and Jeff was never late to any appointment. She couldn’t seem to get a hang of herself. He had called her hurriedly that morning. 
"Good morning beautiful. I have something very important to tell you. Let's meet where we had our first date”.
For a hopeless romantic, Jeff did a lot before he could get Mitchell’s indifferent heart. But, in two years, she stood no chance against his charms. He was attentive, had the right words and most of all very meticulous. There were a bunch of things she admired about him like his bravery. We never plan for a lot of things. Sometimes, love just happens and all we get to do is move along with it.
You remember how they say you know love at first sight? Theirs was not the normal Hollywood where both parties accidentally collide; books fall to the ground and maintain eye contact for three minutes. It was nothing like the contemporary love meets. In contrast, it required a bold step. The sands of time could bear witness to the clash of temperaments. 
Jeff never failed to tell Theo about how he found his amazing love with Mitchell over drinks once. Today, he was going to recount the story in style.
”She stepped into the banking hall that afternoon, and joined the queue like every other person. While I sat in the waiting room, trying to sort out my account malfunction with the customer care attendant. Everyone could sense the change in atmosphere, when she started giving a random dude some intellectual insult. And trust me, she had and awesome way of dishing out a piece of her mind.” Jeff started that day.
"How dare you touch me? What nonsense? You’re such a pervert? You deserve to be castrated”. He continued, mimicking Mitchell.
”With a voice as subtle and commanding as hers, she had the attention of the banking hall. What everyone could see was her rage. All I could see was how her hair fluttered in different directions. It felt like an Indian movie remake. Kathrin Kaif couldn’t act this scene any better, even if she wanted to."
“Dammmmmmnnnnnnn…” Theo remarked with a thrilling smile.
“Dude that’s not all," Jeff paused to continue his love tale. 
"Trust me naw, as warri lawyer wey I be, I took charge of the situation”. Theo and Jeff burst into laughter.
” What did you do?” Theo inquired with a big smile. He was so engrossed and thrilled, he couldn’t hide his excitement.
"I walked up to her and said, pretty lady let me handle it. Trust me, Theo, I regretted that statement. She just blew me off with a disgusting stare. But I didn’t let it get to me. I turned to the accused and give him several offences he could be charged for. Thankfully, an average Nigerian fears what he doesn’t know, especially when “Kirikiri” pops up. He just went on his knees and started pleading. I was so cool with myself. I was expecting the American ‘thank you’ with a peck on the cheek or at least a name and number.” He threw his hands in the air visibly tipsy; he brought his hands to his chest to knot his tie.
“And, let me guess, she totally ignored you,” Theo suggested with a mouth ready to explode with laughter.
Jeff just resorted to get a glass of 1885 Baltimore Shardon, his favorite, and he continued to knot his tie.
"She just looked at me and said, I could handle it, but you just had to throw your weight around. Then she stormed out angrily. But as fate would have it, her complimentary card dropped from her bag".
"The rest is history," Jeff said with a smirk on his face. Jeff takes a look at the time.
“It is 6:30pm already, dude, you caused this” Jeff said with a slight frown.
“And you know today is special!” Jeff exclaimed. 
Theo scoffs “my bad bro, I was just engrossed in the gist.” Theo apologized.
Jeff was a very composed young man. He was slow to anger and of all things hated keeping anyone waiting. Like the popular saying, if you want it, you have to put a ring on it. Jeff was going to propose at dinner. He went to a jewelry store where he got the jeweler to remake his dad’s ring. He stepped out into the lonely garage. He got jumped and before he knew it. It was lights out.
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"Doctor! Doctor!! Doctor!!! We have an emergency,” the nurse called as they rushed a patient in to the hospital.
"Rush him down to the ICU immediately. I need the report for the patient."
“His wallet says Jeff Coker and his phone has been buzzing all the way here,” an eye witness related.
"Please, call the last caller on his phone and explain what happened," the doctor implored. 
Mitchell decided to call Theo, since Jeff wasn’t picking, after waiting for close to two hours at the restaurant.
Theo was as confused as she was. 
"He left the house well over three hours ago," he kept saying to an inattentive Mitchell.
Just as she stepped out of the restaurant to get a cab home, her phone rang. She angrily ignored when she saw the caller ID. Jeff should know better than to try to apologize for keeping her waiting for 2 hours. Her phone rang for the tenth time.
"Hello, I don’t ever want to see or talk to you again," was all she said before ending the call.
 Tears started to race down her cheeks, the caller called again. In the moment when she was the weakest, Theo broke the news that Jeff was in the hospital. She felt like running mad. She took off her heels and wig as she hassled the cab driver to the hospital.
“Quickly, take me to St Augustus memorial hospital.” She screamed with a feeble voice
Theo was standing at the hospital counter when she arrived. Then it dawned on her, she couldn’t handle the way her heart felt like jumping out of its chamber. And just out of curiosity she asked Theo with a shaking voice, like a bird drenched in rain.
“What did Jeff want to tell me so badly?”
Theo took a deep breath and said,
"He wanted to propose to you. They found it in his wallet." He reached into his pocket and brought out the ring.
She was trying to piece it all together when the doctor intruded the moment of truth with very disheartening news. 
“Which of you are his relative?” 
“We both are.” They both chorused.
"Well, we did all we could, but we lost him unfortunately. Please, accept my condolences." The doctor stated to them in his office.
At that moment everything stopped. She felt the cold that gripped her feet push the buttons on her shared memories with her heartthrob. Tears seized, wailing stopped, her heart felt pierced with a 12’ inch tornado nail, her body lost strength, her mouth resist the urge to scream. It felt like the death of her. All she could think of was the words of the Italian painter; “life takes the most unexpected turns, just trust to have the right map guide”. She literally slumped into unconsciousness, with her eyes wide open.
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A matron just stitched up the patient’s head in the ward next to the ICU.
"Sorry ehn, make sure you take your drugs oh, how will you get home now? This is Lagos oh, be careful next time. She cautioned.
"Matron what happened to this fine bobo?” One of the nurses inquired.
“Ahh! My dear, he was robbed just as he was about getting into his car. The thief must have used gun to hit his head. But he is okay now."
"Thank you, Ma" was all Jeff could muster to the lousy matrons.
 He was about to leave when an officer came in to cross check the report from the witness. The officer follows the doctor into the ICU to confirm the identity of the deceased
“Officer, you’re sure this is a criminal? His ID card says otherwise.” doctor inquired.
“Well, turns out the person lying on your hospital bed is a fugitive” officer Ray continued.
 Apparently, a convicted criminal who broke out of jail was the patient rushed in earlier. He’s been out in the wind for three days. And he has been tailing Jeff the whole day. Robbing his car and impersonating Jeff to commit a crime felt like the perfect revenge plan. After all, Jeff was one of the reasons why he was locked up. That bloody barrister. But, the Big G had other plans. 
Jeff was assisted out of the ward. He entered the reception. He stood numb before what he saw. Standing right there are the people he wanted to see the most. With mouths left opened wide. Shock enveloped the room. 
“Jeff!!!”
 “Mitchell!!!” 
They embraced each other.
  
“Fate is overwhelming”. And once again two lovers reconnect in the most auspicious conditions.
 ...happiness is found in the most unexpected places, tranquil situations and unflinching faces
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                   
 
 
 
 

Nigeria: Under the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari

 
By Ganiyu Ayanniyi M.
Nigeria is regarded as one of the Africa great nations which is expected to lead other fellow African and even non-African countries by examples. But, is the nation showing her great resourceful prowess by leading herself and other nations? That is what many people ask "Where the greatness of Nigeria does now lays?”
Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari had faced and is still going through a lot of criticism both from her citizens and non-citizens. This led to brutal condemnation that has been camouflaged as "hate speech" to put the emotions of the government before their duties.
The president’s policy is seen as many as being silent through voice but louder through action. This is to say that Buhari is a man of few words but full of actions which might be positive or negative.
It is no longer breaking that Prof. Agboola Gambari, a native of Ilorin in Kwara state, is the new Chief of staff of President Muhammadu Buhari. The new chief of staff, who is in his seventies as well as President Buhari, replaces Abba Kyari that died on the 17th of April, 2020 at the age of 67 as it was reported. Prof. Agboola Gambari was officially sworn in as the new chief of staff by the president on the 13th of May, 2020. It can be recalled that Prof. Gambari had also served as Minister of External Affairs when Muhammadu Buhari was Head of state from 1984 - 1985.
The opinion of some Nigerians is that the new chief of staff is very old for the job, while some buy the idea that he is fit since he had served in different places, nationally and internationally.
 Yemi Alade, a popular Nigerian artist expressed that she wasn’t impressed with the appointment of Prof. Agboola Gambari through her one of her tweets.
"75 years old as chief of staff. God save Nigeria".
Also, the Nigerian Army and President Buhari had been slammed by the public in the recent time of April after the republic of Chad gained ground in fighting the Boko haram around the Lake Chad. This development was made known in April, 2020 by the Chadian Spokesman Azem Bermenda Agouna that less than 60 Chadian soldiers were killed by the terrorist group while on their part they executed more than 1000 terrorists and recovered huge weapons through an operation launched on March 31, 2020. This brave ambush on Boko haram which was led by the Chadian president Idriss D├ęby Itno, a military oriented, gained international stance as many people think Chad did great compared to Nigeria which had seemed to have relented on her battle against terrorism. 
However, Nigeria is still respected for her current and past military might in West Africa (ECOMOG) and other part of Africa, like Liberia, in assuring peace. Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, chief of army staff of Nigeria, instructed his relocation to the northeast to redefine the fight against Boko haram. It is assumed that all these developments had been yielding positive results since Shekau, the leader of the terrorist group Boko Haram, was rumored to had voice out in two different audios that he would like to surrender to the right authority and recently in the early of May 2020, he announced while crying that the Nigerian armed forces are hitting hard on him and his men, terrorists.
Nigerians insisted on the death of Shekau to pay of all his atrocities and to let justice to be served. Nigerian army claimed that he would be received if he raises the white flag and frees the dove.
It is impossible to forget that the Economic and Financial crimes commission (EFCC) under President Buhari is lauded for doing great in prosecuting financial criminals and bringing them to book. This commission had helped the nation in recovering billions of naira. Recently, in the early hours of 12th May 2020, one of the news topping the headlines was that two Chinese men were involved in bribing one EFCC official with the sum of 100 million to maneuver their probe. 
 Despite EFCC getting appraisals, some Nigerians feel the commission is not doing well by not investigating some men of the ruling party, APC.
 However, many Nigerians were excited to hear that some portions of Abacha’s loots were recovered by the government. As a result of this development,, some Nigerians are of the idea that Abacha did not loot but saved money for future in case if Nigeria is in need as a good father does for his children. 
 Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday 6th May 2020. He opined that Abacha stole from the Central Bank of Nigeria;
“First of all, this fund was stolen from the federation account in the Central Bank of Nigeria. So, if the money is going to be returned, it’s being repatriated, it has to go back to the federation account. The money does not belong to the Federal Government alone; it belongs to the three tiers of government. If money was taken from the federation account, taken away, and is being brought back, it must go to the federation account for sharing by the three tiers of government. So, it cannot be spent alone. The money cannot be used for funding the budget of the Federal Government alone. So, that is number one.
Number two, the United States of America has no right under our law to dictate to us how to spend our recovered money. It was insulting, and embarrassing on the part of the Buhari administration to have accepted the insult. The Federal Government should have told the American government how dare you; this money was stolen from our country, taken away and kept for 20 years, 20 years, nobody is talking of interest; nobody is talking of penalizing the banks that kept the loot. But as far as the law is concerned, this money does not belong to the Federal Government, so it cannot be used by the Federal Government alone”.
 The renowned lawyer insisted that Federal Government cannot deploy money, cannot spend money without appropriation. Things must be accounted for.

Friday, 15 May 2020

OAU Security Department Intensifies Protective Measures against the Spread of COVID-19 on Campus

The indigenes and school community have been obedient to curfew given by the Governor of the State of Osun. The 6am-6pm rule has been strictly followed and it has helped with containing the spread of COVID-19
While there is still no news on the resumption, the security department is determined to keep the school safe.
OAU security department have added measures to keep the campus COVID-19 free. 
As at 12th of May, 2020, these orders have been effective;

1. All persons shall be required to wear face masks before they can be permitted to enter the University campus. Please note that this is compulsory
2. The number of persons in a car must NOT exceed four(4),the driver inclusive. 
3. All team sports (football, basket-ball etc.) are hereby prohibited within the University estate until there is a decline on the growing cases of Covid- 19. 
4. No commercial vehicles is allowed into the campus until full resumption of activities on campus. 
5. OAU staff resident on the University campus shall be expected to receive their visitors at the Campus Main Gate as no Visitor shall be allowed to enter the campus
6. Fellowship, meetings and all forms of ceremonies that attract crowds are prohibited in line with the federal government directive. 
7. All categories of staff that are authorized to be at the offices are advised to always be in possession of hand sanitizers. Please note that social distance must be observed. 
8. No Students is permitted to be on the Campus premises except if fully resident in the University Staff Quarters.
9. Members of staff are encouraged to be very security conscious during this period as a few unscrupulous elements have been apprehended while trying to break into offices or attempting to cart away University equipment at the academic area. All of these culprits have been handed over to the Police
10. The University community is strongly advised to cooperate with security operatives in enforcing access control at the university gates and other places on campus.
11. Please call any of the underlisted phone numbers for clarifications or if you have
useful security information.
08035801206
09034592436
09058292737 
Thank you.

Please stay safe.

Art, Flower and Beauty

 By Emmanuel Dominic

Art, Flower and Beauty 
Since we are tasked with staying safe and being responsible, let’s talk about the things that make the heart jump. Art, flower and beauty are three concepts that have shaped the human race for centuries. They bring colors, creativity and even nature to life in a unique way. Often, these concepts are combined in the making of a master piece. Art, flower and beauty are intertwined when they are used in the same context. 
ART
Art is commonly defined as the creative demonstration of skills in expressing emotions with imagery. And this can actively occur when a man is sensitive to capture moments of others, and use that experience to express the emotions conversed. Wikipedia sees art as a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.
Some see art as an expression of oneself, the creative work of a human. Art can be entertaining and used for communications. Art is just creativity.
Purpose of Art
* Art isn't just made for amusement. Have you ever seen a work of art and remain speechless? Not because of its beauty, but because of the perfect perception. 
* Art as a basic Human instinct. It is a "must do" activity for humans by nature to actively express feelings.
* Art provides a function, of expressing imaginations. Both in imagery painting, or in unique way of words formation
* Art, as people perceive is also a means of entertainment.
* Art can also be used for psychological purposes, it is called Art therapy, and most therapists use it as a process of helping their patients.
* Lastly, Art is a means of communication. It is a major purpose, as art in every aspect is a mean to communicate emotions, feelings and mood to the other individual viewing it or reading it.
Flowers
Flowers are known for beauty. It serves as a means of admiration. They also serve as a means of passing messages across, so they are used for varieties of events. Varieties of Color beautification have made flowers so known round the globe. They are the artistic structure of nature, so amazing. As funny as it sounds, flowers have purposes other than beautification 
Purpose of Flowers 
* Flowers can be used as a means to express love and feelings  
* It is also use for Wedding and Funeral Functions. 
* Also for Birth and christening
* It can also be used for the creation of art
Flowers like daisies; which symbolize Innocence, Lily/Irises; life or resurrection, and Roses which symbolizes love, passion and emotions are good for easy communication.
However, before you take your money to the florist, make sure the person you want to gift it to appreciate flowers. Most Nigerian gifts prefer a box of chocolate.
 
Beauty 
Beauty is everywhere and easy to see. You can see a trash can but someone else sees that trash can as a good picture concept. According to Wikipedia, beauty is the ascription of a property or characteristic to an animal, idea, object, person or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. In other words, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Beauty is not only picture attractiveness or something pleasing to the eyes; it also has a lot to do with Psychology. Beauty can be seen in intelligence, charisma, elegance and so on. 
Art is a way of showing the beauty in flowers. The three concepts have attractiveness and interest in common.
Man has been able to accomplish so much by harnessing these three Concepts.
It's therefore said, Art, Flower and Beauty are the bedrock of creativity, emotions and expression.