Tuesday, 20 April 2021

OAU Students drink Sniper, One Confirmed Dead

OAU Students drink Sniper, One Confirmed Dead

It was reported that two students of OAU took sniper and one of them died immediately.

On Tuesday 20th of April, 2021, Adedeji Emmanuel, a 200 level student of the department of Management and Accounting drank the deadly poison, sniper and was found dead. The reason behind his decision is unknown. 
According to one of his mates, prior to his death, Emmanuel took his friend out to hang out with them. So, he showed no sign of depression or sadness. 
The other student is unknown but is in critical condition. The student is currently receiving treatment at OAUTHC.
It is our prayer that God grants the parents and colleagues of the deceased  a strong fortitude to bear the loss.

Scarcity of Water in OAU Halls of Residence

 Scarcity of Water in OAU Halls of Residence

By Hamzat Abdulkabir
The students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, suffer acute absence of water across halls of residence.

Many students have shown concerns and distress because they gone many days without taking bath and using water for the essentials. It is really saddening that nothing could justify that the students, at this stage still battling water scarcity, are going to get help in this matter of serious concern.

Reports across the school revealed that the real cause of this situation has not been made known publicly. The situation is the same across all halls of residence and nothing has been done to exit from this critical situation. 
According to a recent survey report from some affected students, there has not been water in halls of residence for about a week. Meaning that students are going about their daily activities without the use of water. Most students have been relying on colored well water, stream water and even have to purchase sachet water to go about some of their daily activities.

OAU Peeps correspondent in a physical contact  with  a porter at the Awolowo hall of residence discovered that the school management is working towards fixing the water issue.  
He said; “there have been some technical issues from the major source of water into the halls of residence and that efforts have been made to get it right."

Some halls already have water running but many students are still lacking the supply of water. 

However,  the affected students feel there is nothing to show compliance or no sense of urgency to the issue. 
The situation is really annoying, I had to go to town to do my Laundry,” Femi, a student who resides in Awolowo hall of residence expressed. 

It needs to be reiterated that the provision of potable water supply is one of the primary responsibilities of the school management. Water is a basic amenity and the school management should not be acting as a lone ranger on this very important matter. 
The students implore the school management to fix the water situation as soon as possible. That the school management should look into the critical objective of making water available in halls of residence, through alternatives, so students can go about their normal lives.

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Senate Approves the Extension of the Harmattan Semester

Senate Approves the Extension of the Harmattan Semester

By Adesina Ayomide Emmanuel 

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University has added two weeks to the harmattan semester. 

In a senate meeting that lasted for up to 4 hours on Friday 16th of April 2021, the harmattan semester examination scheduled commence on April 26th was shifted by two weeks. The meeting had in attendance, the Vice  Chancellor, Prof Ogunbodede, The University PRO, Abiodun Olarenwaju, and some department HODs. 

However, lectures will continue till the 30th of April 2021 and examinations are now scheduled for the 10th of May 2021.

The extension of the calendar was necessary to allow students complete their lectures and practicals. 
OAUPeeps gathered that the two-week extension of the academic calendar was following its approval by the university senate. 

NASSORS Supends President, Treasurer, Impeaches General Secretary

NASSORS Supends President, Treasurer, Impeaches General Secretary

By Adesina Ayomide Emmanuel

National Association of Students Of Religious Studies has impeached the General Secretary of the association, suspended the President and the Treasurer respectively. 

On Friday 16th of April, 2021, there was a gathering. The president of the association, Abdul-lateef Mustopha Opeyemi was suspended for three weeks on the basis that he was trying to cover up for the General Secretary Enughu Joella who has not been available since the beginning of the semester. He claimed that the General Secretary sent a letter to the Executive Council.  Save the treasurer, the rest of the executives maintained that they had no knowledge of the letter. 
The president claimed that the General Secretary handed over officially to his Assistant General Secretary Ojo Jeremiah who denied the claimed in the presence of the congress Men and Women that he was not handed any official letter. 

This made Congress Men and Women to be furious with the President and the Treasurer for trying to cover up for the General Secretary without any proof. The motion for the impeachment of the General Secretary was moved by Honorable Temi representing Part 2 constituency  and seconded by Comrade Luwa. 

Honorable Temi also moved a motion that the President be suspended indefinitely and it was seconded by Honorable Emperor. 
However, there was countered with a motion from Comrade Luwa that the President and the Treasurer be suspended for three weeks. After this, they decided that a committee contesting of Part 4 students would be set up to verify the claims of the President and the treasurer. 

The Vice- president Oke- Funmilayo has been ordered to assume the post of the President Constitutionally while the Assistant General Secretary Ojo Jeremiah assumed the post of the General Secretary. 

Monday, 12 April 2021

OAU Sets to Reinstate Student Union

OAU Sets to Reinstate Student Union

By Ifeoluwa Adegboyega 

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University has announced its intention to reinstate the Students’ Union Government that was suspended on November 6 2017.

The management announced the suspension of the union on Monday, 6th of November 2017 due to the total break down of law and order in the University by the union. 
The decision was made to curb the vices of the union of which involved embezzlement of funds and unruly attitudes in office. 
In a statement released by the University Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, the institution said incessant fighting and unruly behaviour during the Union’s Congress prompted the authorities to suspend the activities of the union.

Since 2017, there was no union representing the students but the management is set to reinstate the Students’ Union.

Following the statement released by the Dean, Divisions of Student Affairs; Prof I. O. Aransi that it has come to the knowledge of the University Management that the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) Zone D (south-west) is planning to stage a protest in respect of resuscitation of Students’ Union in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari Reconstitutes Governing Councils of OAU and 4 Other Federal Universities

President Muhammadu Buhari Reconstitutes Governing Councils of OAU and 4 Other Federal Universities
By Hassan Pelumi

President Muhammadu Buhari  has dissolved and reconstituted new governing councils for Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife and 4 different universities in Nigeria. University of Ibadan (UI), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)University of  Lagos (UNILAG), and Maritime University in Delta are the universities affected. The approval of the dissolution was contained in a statement by Mr Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja on Thursday 8th of April 2021. 

Here is a list of the new council of the universities:


Chief Odigie Oyegun, Chairman; Mr Masud Kazaure, Abba Yaro, Alhaji Abubakar Maikafi and Mr Emeka Nwagbo are listed members of the new council of UI.

For  UNIPORT, the governing council members are Sen. Andrew Uchendu as Chairman while Mr Kolo Uzamat, Cdre. D. T. Hinga, Mohammed Makarfi and Ahmed Al-Mustapha are members.

“...For UNILAG, we have Dr Lanre Tejuosho as Chairman,  with  Dr Aminu Ahmed, Dr Uro Gardner, Chief Chinedu Adindi and Mr Mustafa Salihu as members.

...also, OAU  has Chief Oscar Udoji as Chairman with Capt. Bala Jibrin, Mr Eugene Odo, Dr Lateef Babata and Alhaji Saidu Bako as members.”

“The Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Delta has Dr Elias Courson as Chairman and  Mr Nelson Alapa, Mr Victor Giadono, Alhaji Bello Dukku and Mr Godwin Ananghe as members,” he stated.

The permanent secretary also stated that all the governing councils of the five universities would be inaugurated in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on April 19. However, he directed Vice-Chancellors of the affected universities to attend the inauguration ceremony.

Source: Premium Times 


Thursday, 25 March 2021

OAU Staff Commits Suicide

OAU Staff Commits Suicide

By Olukanmi Abidemi Abeeb ÀBÍMÓ 

It has been reported that an OAU staff committed suicide. One of the staff of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, community identified as Fisayo Oyeniyi, hung himself in his residence after sending suicide text to his mother, wife and children on the 25th of March 2021.
Our correspondent gathered that Oyeniyi was one of the armed guards in the security department. He left his working place for his house around Kanmi bus stop, at Ifewara road, Ile-Ife to commit suicide.
Oyeniyi sent text messages to his mother, wife and his two children informing them that he was not interested in living again.
According to a source in the area, “the incident happened around noon. I saw people rushing to his apartment to get to see for themselves to be sure of what Mr. Oyeniyi has done to himself.
We saw where he hung himself, dangling on the rope inside. He has been buried. This is so sad.”

Another source said, he committed suicide after two hours that he sent the suicide text to his family

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Pandemonium among OAU Aspirants Concerning the Online Post-UTME Screening

Pandemonium among OAU Aspirants Concerning the Online Post-UTME Screening

By Ganiyu Ayanniyi M.

Some days ago, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife shifted its Post-utme screening to online test to start on 15th March to 19th March 2021. This online screening for aspirants appears to be the first of its kind in the history of the great school. 

Even so, as the D-day draw nearer, aspirants are still  tensed. There seem to be many unanswered questions; How will the questions be answered? What if network delays? What if data gets exhausted during test? What if electricity fails? Won’t they postpone the screening process again? Why can’t they do the exams as stated in the previous directives since COVID-19 as reduced in positive cases but strengthen in recoveries?

Nevertheless, the school through its Post-UTME Screening Committee, released guidelines, recommendation and contact info in case anyone of them needs help. The information given for aspirants says:  

1. Candidates are advised to have a RELIABLE INTERNET CONNECTION before attempting the online
2. Candidates will be required to attempt the screening with a webcam and microphone enabled 
3. Candidates should not cover their webcams during the period of the screening. INABILITY TO SEE
the candidate at any time during the screening may result in disqualification.
4. DO NOT USE MOBILE PHONES for the screening.
5. During the screening, you are not permitted to leave your sitting position. 
6. In the course of the screening, do not open another tab or any other application. 
7. An online calculator will be available on-screen.
8. The duration of the screening is 60minutes. The time starts to count when you click the start button.
9. In the event that your time lapses, your responses will automatically be submitted.
10. Nobody is permitted to be around you during the period of the screening. 
11. Candidate’s face must be visible throughout the duration of the screening.
12. Candidates must comport themselves accordingly.
13. No form of breaks will be allowed during the period of the screening e.g. access to food, toilet 
breaks, etc. 
14. Your activities during the period of the screening will be MONITORED AND RECORDED.
15. Violation of any of these instructions will lead to DISQUALIFICATION.
Recommended Computer Hardware and Software:
a. Candidates are required to use a smart computing device that has functional Webcam, Microphone and 
b. Microsoft Windows 10 + activated ANTI-VIRUS or its equivalent (MacOS, Android) is recommended.
c. The following WEB browsers are recommended: Google Chrome (86), Mozilla Firefox (84) or later
For assistance before and during the screening, please contact the following numbers 
08159465607, 08113930151 or email: postutme@oauife.edu.ng

Monday, 8 March 2021

OAU Reopens Campus Halls of Residence

OAU Reopens Campus Halls of Residence

By Pelumi Hassan

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University has authorized the reopening of halls of residence for students. 
Following the release that the school will resume physically practical contents of some course, the halls of residence will be opened to students who had bed spaces before the COVID-19 pandemic. 
However, only students who have been grouped to resume would be allowed into the halls of residence. 
In a telephone conversation with the Dean of Students Affairs; Prof. Aransi, he revealed that the resumption is in phases to prevent students from violating the COVID-19 safety protocols.
“All students are not allowed to resume. Students are to resume as scheduled in the circular.”
Thus, these are the students that are expected to be on campus from Monday, 8th of March,2021 to Friday, 26th of March, 2021;

1. Science - Parts 1 to 4

2. Pharmacy - Parts 1 to 4

3. BMS Parts 1 to 2 Nursing and 1 to 3 Med. Rehab

4. Clinical - Parts 1 to 3

5. Dentistry - Parts 1 to 3

6. Education - Only students  offering the following courses:

(i) IED337-Experimental Chemistry for Secondary School Teachers I 

(ii) IED435- Experimental Physics for Secondary School Teachers II

(iii). IED231-Foundations in Biological Science I

(iv). IED335 -General Biology I       

7. Social Sciences - Only students offering the following courses:

(i) CSC201 - Introduction to programming.

(ii) CSC221 - Computer Appreciation
Note that the reason for this method is to manage and contain the spread of the second wave of COVID-19. 

Sunday, 7 March 2021

OAU Physical Resumption Explained

OAU Physical Resumption Explained

By Pelumi Hassan

Obafemi Awolowo University has released dates for physical resumption of students. On Saturday, 6th Day of March, 2021, the school management circulated a special release that students in some faculties are to resume physically for the practical contents of their courses from Monday, 8th of March,2021 to Friday, 26th of March, 2021. 
The resumption have been divided into two groups. The first group will resume on Monday, 8th of March,2021 to Friday, 26th of March, 2021, while the second group will resume on Monday, 29th of March, 2021 to Friday, 16th of April, 2021. 
To shed more light on the issue, another circular has been released and it contains the following information;

The First Group of students expected on campus from Monday, 8th of March,2021 to Friday, 26th of March, 2021 for the PRACTICAL CONTENTS of their COURSES, are as follows:

1. Science - Parts 1 to 4

2. Pharmacy - Parts 1 to 4

3. BMS Parts 1 to 2 Nursing and 1 to 3 Med. Rehab

4. Clinical - Parts 1 to 3

5. Dentistry - Parts 1 to 3

6. Education - Only students  offering the following courses:

(i) IED337-Experimental Chemistry for Secondary School Teachers I 

(ii) IED435- Experimental Physics for Secondary School Teachers II

(iii). IED231-Foundations in Biological Science I

(iv). IED335 -General Biology I       

7. Social Sciences - Only students offering the following courses:

(i) CSC201 - Introduction to programming.

(ii) CSC221 - Computer Appreciation
All the students concerned in relation to the above are to COMPLY WITH COVID-19 PROTOCOLS. 

Meanwhile, students who are not  within these categories are not expected on campus neither will they be allowed into campus.

Abiodun Olarewaju,
Public Relations Officer,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.”

Again, OAU Peeps wishes students happy physical resumption. 

Thursday, 25 February 2021

OAU Post UTME Exercise Changes to Online Version

OAU Post UTME Exercise Changes to Online Version

By Abidemi Olukanmi Abeeb ÀBÍMÓ
Today 25th of February two days to 2020 post utme examinations, the university has made a sudden announcement about the commencement of the examinations

After  a careful review of recent happenings within and outside Ile-Ife, the management has decided to change the mode of conduct of this year\"s Post UTME exercise to ONLINE VERSION. Kindly check back for further information on the new dates.

Best of luck to all Aspirant in the new mode.

OAU Virtual Classes: A Flop or Success?

OAU Virtual Classes: A Flop or Success?


By G.A.M.


It’s been almost a month since the students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife resumed school. The plan to start virtual classes and physical classes has been effective ever since and there have been a lot of reactions from the students.  

According to a popular & revolutionary musician, FelaAnikulapo-Kuti, says "My people are suffering and smiling". That quote is the actual situation for all these students who do not know what to do about the adopted system of learning due to pandemic. In the bid for education, 

It is necessary to note that, via the academic calendar, the school is into its third week of online and offline (for Clinical, Pharmacy part 5 & Agric part 4 students) lectures. Many students are yet to receive lectures despite being stocked with assignments, notes or materials. Some students are still battling with registration of courses on Google Classroom because theyissues with the students\" mails. 

Everyone seems to have a complaint or the other about this learning approach. Even lecturers are tired of running from one office to the other to get the ill-functioning emails resolved. Some special electives do not also have code for students to enroll on the official platform. All these issues are making the school community wonder if the virtual learning is really worth the stress. There have been a lot of rambling and reaction against the virtual learning. The virtual learning has been said to have brought a lot of stress to the school community.

In short, based on different interviews held, students wish that the school management should allow physical resumption in batches with strict compliance to COVID-19 guidelines. And that, even if there\"s going to be need for online classes, it should not be in a hunting or pressuring manner. According to Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, Covid-19 infection cases reduce daily and recoveries get higher in Nigeria. So, will OAU listen to the frustration of students and start physical classes like how some schools are attending classes physically in adherence to the required protocols?

The school community has their fingers crossed as they wait for a response from the school management soon.


The Exquisite : Feyi Agbaje

The Exquisite : Feyi Agbaje

By Adesina Ayomide Emmanuel

Feyi Agbaje is a graduate of the faculty of law of Obafemi Awolowo University and a professional fashion designer. She owns the fashion brand; TheFeyiAgbaje which introduces versatility. She believes in making dresses that will make your you yelp for joy anytime you wear them. 

She recently emerged as the winner of the sew to win challenge organized by Airvy training Center; an Instagram fashion school that teaches young people how to go about sewing clothes with good and extraordinary designs with classes ranging from beginner class to intermediate class, to Advanced class. 

She won a brand new industrial 3-thread overlock machine. 

The challenge was announced on there Instagram page on 30th of January 2021 with over 100 entries before they were shortlisted to the top ten, top four after which Feyi agbaje was announced the winner with 1,838 votes on the 16th of February 2021. 

In an interview with OAU Peeps Correspondent, Feyi Agbaje sharehow she was able to win the challenge.

 She got to know about the challenge while she was scrolling randomly on her Instagram feed. She found the post on their page and decided to go for it. When she was asked about what gave her the boost to accept the challenge, she replied;

“...to be honest, it was a 50/50 chance for me. I knew I could do it. I mean there’s no harm in trying. But no one wants to lose. It’s a very bad feeling, particularly when you’re a perfectionist like me. There was a part of me that was willing to try. While the other part wasn’t ready to. But luckily, it came at a time I was doing my “Bridal Dress series” (You can check @feyi_agbaje on Instagram for more). So I basically told myself I was going to try it and if anything happens, I’d add it to my bridal dress series and simply move on.”

Speaking about her experience during the challenge, she replied and said it made her super patient. 

Usually, I don’t replicate styles verbatim. I ensure I infuse a part of me in what I do. But the rule here was to replicate the design verbatim so you could win the prize. So I basically sat down. Checked it over and over like three to four days before I started work and I simply prayed for direction. After, my mind became open to the kind of fabric combination to use and I ensured I followed it detail after detail. I wouldn’t lie. I got tired at some point. But mehn, eyes on the ball. So I got up to work and continued as my creative director led me.”

In order not to be discouraged or disturbed by the large number of people that applied, she made up her mind not to check the other people who signified interest in the challenge. She focused on just herself and winning. Although she was tempted to check their pages at some point. 

But she restrained herself from seeing how big the challenge or the opposition were. 

She expected that she will win the challenge so when she make it to the top ten and the top four and finally the winner she was not surprised. But she admitted to being shocked with the number of votes recorded for her within 24 hours. This made her realize that people notice the efforts you put in what you do. 

On a final note, she sent a word of encouragement to those who might want to partake in a challenge whatsoever that they should  go for gold when they see it, regardless of the opposition. 

“...and always focus on getting the work done. Rest when you get tired, but never lose focus of the prize! And stay where the fire is, in the community of those who believe in you and challenge you to do better”

Feyi Agbaje represents the extraordinary graduate who was able to balance work and school. She is beautiful, friendly and hardworking. In spite of being the sister of the Famous Timi Agbaje, she has chosen her own path and she is already blossoming. Whether it is a family thing or not, Feyi Agbaje is simply exquisite. 

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Guidelines for Students Email Activation

Guidelines for Students Email Activation

By Abidemi Olukanmi Abimo
In preparation for the virtual resumption, the school management has released a guideline for student. Students are required to do an email activation as the preparation for the OAU online Classes. 

To activate your email, take the following step

2. A page will be display your Registration No (e.g. IRS/2011/013). Click on \"Verify Reg. Number\" if the Matriculation no. is yours otherwise Access this facility through OAU EPORTAL.

3. A page opens requesting for Authentication code. This also shows the steps for retrieving the authentication code.

4. Login to gmail with the credentials displayed on the screen.(go to this web url :mail.google.com) An email with the subject like this \"Authentication Code for Login - IRS/2011/013\" will be seen. Open the one that matches the registration number used for this verification (for this scenario IRS/2011/013)

5. Copy the authentication code from the email and paste on the page of step (iii) above.

6. Click on the \"verify code\" button to complete the verification process.

Note: it was stated that the official page for the online classes is Google classroom apps as it was the only platform the lecturer was trained on during the online class lecturer training, however some lecturers may choose to use another platform like telegram or Whatsapp.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

OAU Fixes New Dates for Post UTME Screening Exercise

By Mutiu Saheed Abiodun

Obafemi Awolowo University released new dates for the screening exercise of aspirants that registered for the  2020 Obafemi Awolowo University Post UTME. 

Prior to the news about the cancellation of 2020/2021 academic session, many aspirants have been doubting whether this year admission has been cancelled.  However, the management explained that aspirants have nothing to fear that the it was only the title of a session that was cancelled and not the admission exercise.  To clear the doubt, the management in response has released guidelines and new dates screening exercise for utme candidates.

The screening exercise will be held in Ile Ife (main campus and Moro campus) and Abuja between 27th of February and 3rd of March 2020 .

The circular goes thus:
  "All candidates that registered for the 2020 Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Post UTME Screening Exercise are hereby informed that the new dates for the exercise are as follows:

Ile-Ife Centre: 27th February, 2021 – 3rd March, 2021 (On OAU and Moro Campuses) – Abuja Centre: 6th March, 2021 (JAMB CBT Centre, Bwari, Abuja) Screening slips (containing actual dates and venue for each candidate) on the University official website for admission http://admissions.oauife.edu.ng from 14th February, 2021 (By logging on to your profile page).

All candidates are enjoined to adhere to their schedules and strictly comply with all COVID – 19 Protocols as recommended by the NCDC. Thank you OAU Post UTME Screening Committee."

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

OAU to Resume Virtual and Physical Classes on 8th February 2021

The Senate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, in a meeting held on ,19th of January 2021 has approved 8th February 2021 for the resumption of lectures; both online and physical classes. 
The meeting was a virtual meeting that started by 10am and ended in the evening. The meeting was held to discuss and review the proposed calendar for the academic session and this is the outcome.
Consequent upon the directive of the Federal Government that schools should re-open, the Senate of Obafemi Awolowo University at its meeting held today, 19th January, 2021 announced the following resumption time-table for continuation of the 2019/2020 academic session that was suspended in March 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19:

1.  7th February, 2021 - Final year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Clinical Students in the College of Health Sciences and year four (4) students in the Faculty of Agriculture are to come into residence. All other students are to attend their classes virtually.


2.   8th February, 2021 – Resumption of Lectures.


The approved resumption programme is subject to periodic review in line with the realities and trend of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Senate approved cancellation of 2020/2021 Academic Session.

Furthermore, in line with the directives of the Federal Government on prevention of community transmission of COVID-19, the Senate was emphatic on the need for both staff and students to strictly adhere to the following COVID-19 protocols:

ü  Regular handwashing with soap and running water

ü  Use of hand sanitizer

ü  Compulsory wearing of face mask; and

ü  Social distancing.

Staff, Students and other members of the University Community must also adhere strictly to the recommendations of the COVID-19 Committee of the University.

We wish all our students a very Happy New Year and a peaceful continuation of the 2019/2020 Academic Session.

OAU Students Frown Against Online Lectures

By Ganiyu Ayanniyi M.
Students of Obafemi Awolowo University have said they are not in support of the proposed plan by the institution to switch lectures online, an online poll conducted by OAU Peeps News Agency has revealed.

Last week Thursday, the Federal ministry of education stood firm in its decision on the safe reopening of schools.

Upon the confirmation, various schools, both public and private announced the resumption of academic activities in compliance to safety protocols. Though, few schools are yet to announce theirs.

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is yet to announce the official resumption date and the means in which lectures would be delivered. However, the school is taking serious steps to let these done on time.

There is a proposed academic calendar which will be reviewed by the School Senate on 19th January, 2020. The calendar proposed that only final year, all clinical, pharmacy (part V) and part IV agric students are allowed to resume the school residence on 7th February in order to continue with physical lectures while other students would continue with online classes.

Sequel to this, there have been reactions from students in different social platforms as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter etc. that there should be physical lectures for all because they believe that being at home won't help them to focus in studying online.

But, what is the fear of these students? Mass failure ? Frequent power outage ? Lack of phone or browsing gadget?  The cost for the online classes? These are some of the questions that disturb students.

As a result of various reactions, OAU Peeps News Agency, did an online poll to know students' choice about the online classes. 510 students voted; 20% want the decision as earlier stated in the proposed calendar, 67% do not support the idea of online courses; they prefer physical classes for all students while 13% are fine with both online or physical lectures.

Many tertiary students opined that if some market places could open in full air without the observance of Covid-19 protocols, schools could open while respecting the guidelines as a civilised area. All the same as some students are worried that if some schools could fully open for physical lectures, why not so for Obafemi Awolowo University with total compliance to safety measures ?

Saturday, 9 January 2021

OAU Approves Reopening of Mosques in Halls of Residence.

By Ganiyu Ayanniyi M.

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife via its Council has approved the reopening of the halls of residence mosques ahead of students resumption.

This was made known in a responsive letter signed by the acting director of the Vice-Chancellor's Office, I.O Adejuwon on 24th of December 2020, informing the approval after the matter was presented to the School Council.

The mosques was closed since 2017 following the clash between members of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), OAU branch due to varying Islamic views and insubordination to authorities.

This achievement was obtained after the relentless efforts of Muslims leaders outside and within the school especially the Chief Imam, OAU Muslim Community in name of Professor Abubakr Sanusi in seeing peace reign amidst all odds. 

The Chief Imam of OAU Muslim Community, Professor Abubakr Sanusi through his letter dated 19th December, 2020 has urged the school management to reopen the mosques within the halls of residence while assuring that peace and sanity would reign.

However, the School management via its Council has given three terms and conditions which the mosques should follow:

1. The mosques should be designed such that the inner portion would be visible to those outside.
2. Activities in the mosques should be conducted in ways that will be visible to everyone and not in any way shrouded in secrecy; and
3. The activities of the students should be supervised by the office of the Chief Imam, and biannual reports to the office of the Vice-Chancellor would be appreciated.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

OAU Students To Know Resumption Date After Senate Meeting

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University can now hope to know the exact date academic activities would resume after the University Senate meeting on Tuesday, 19th January 2021. 

Since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its 9-month old strike on the 23rd December 2020, students have continued to expect that they would be recalled back to school soon. But no news has come since then for students of OAU. 

In a telephone conversation between OAU Peeps News Agency correspondent and the university Public Relations Officer, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju earlier today (Thursday), we were able to gather that it is unlikely that students would be asked to resume back to school before the speculated date of 18th January.  

According to the university PRO, the Senate of the University has a sitting already scheduled for the 19th of this month and the resumption of academic activities is expected to be one of the top issues that would be up for discussion. He further urged students of the institution to exercise patience and ignore any rumour flying around until the school management releases date for resumption. 

Meanwhile, OAU students have continued to urge the university management to announce resumption as soon as possible so that they can continue with their studies. 



As at the time of filing this report, some universities, including the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), and Lagos State University (LASU) have already announced the resumption of academic activities in line with the directives of the National University Commission (NUC) asking schools to reopen by 18th January, 2021. For some of these schools, learning will be virtual and online for the meantime while the possible impacts of the second wave of the COVID19 infection on physical gathering for learning are being assessed.

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year

I'd rather not start this little note with how bad or tough 2020 was, but here goes...
Yes, we lost an academic year, we had to stay indoors for months; I agree, it was a tough year.  Some would say it was a year meant for lessons and hard work.  The truth is that it was a year that tested our sanity and mental health.  
However, since we have agreed not to dwell on that year, here’s to you for making it and finishing that year strong. And here's the future that promises to be better.
I hope that this year brings you the joy, laughter, and the best.  May you have all that your heart desires and may you keep basking in the grace of God.  As we prepare for the most anticipated resumption ever, I pray that the student in us finds a way to resurrect and resume with us. 
2021 will be an amazing year. This time, stay jiggy and excited.  Happy new year from OAU Peeps News Agency.