Thursday, 31 May 2018

Application For COC To BSc. Entrepreneurship & Industrial Extension Ongoing

The Obafemi Awolowo University has announced it is providing an opportunity for suitable and qualified PART-1 students who have already secured admission to the University for other courses to apply for a change of course to the above mentioned program - BSc. Entrepreneurship and Industrial Extension.

Qualified candidates must possess O'Level credits at not more than two sittings in the following subjects:

(i) English Language and Mathematics, plus
(ii) One Social Science subject (Economic/Government/Geography)
(iii) Any two from (Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Agricultural Science/Literature-in-English/Yoruba/Igbo/Hausa/CRK/IRK/History).

The university has said it will give "special opportunity for first respondents."

To proceed to apply, click here.


JOHESU Agrees To Suspend Strike Tomorrow

JOHESU Agrees To Suspend Strike Tomorrow
In consideration of the plight of health-seeking public and to give room for an amicable resolution of its dispute with the Federal Government, the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, on Wednesday agreed to suspend its 44 days old strike on Friday June 1, 2018.

This decision followed the intervention of the National Industrial Court, NIC, which offered to take over the mediation process between the striking health workers and the government.

Before now, an NGO, the Incorporated Trustees of the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation, KHRFI, had obtained a court order against JOHESU; mandating the health workers to suspend their industrial action on the 21st of May, 2018.

But, in pursuit of its constitutional rights to either comply or challenge the Court order, JOHESU filed an appeal at the Appellate Court.

However, the leadership of JOHESU decided to sheath its sword and direct the members of the union to resume duties since the NIC, as a neutral and impartial organ of the Judiciary, has mandated its mediation centre to take over the negotiation and reconciliation processes within the next 24 hrs in the interest of the public.

Awoyemi Bows Out, As OAU Appoints New Registrar

The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has appointed Margaret Omosule as the 12th Registrar and Secretary to the Governing Council of the university.

A press release issued on Wednesday in Ile-Ife by the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Abiodun Olarewaju, said Mrs Omosule was the Deputy-Registrar and Acting Director, Vice-Chancellor’ s Office, prior to her appointment.

The release said that Mrs Omosule, a native of Ughelli South Local Government of Delta, holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) (Ed.) Degree in History (1984) and Masters Degree in Guidance and Counselling (1990), both from OAU.

“She is currently on her Ph.D Programme in the Department of Educational Foundation and Counselling, Faculty of Education, OAU, Ile-Ife.

“The new appointee began to garner work experience as an Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, Akure, during her NYSC schedule between 1984 and 1985,’’ the release added.

It also said that Mrs Omosule worked at Moremi High School, OAU, between 1991 and 1995.

Mrs Omosule, it added, joined the service of OAU as an Administrative Officer 1 on Jan 23, 1995 and rose through the ranks to the post of Deputy Registrar in 2011.

It said that since she joined the university, she had served in different capacities and in various arms of the university.

Mrs Omosule, according to the release, acquired knowledge and experience in the university’s administration processes and procedures at junior, intermediate and higher levels.

Omosule will now take over from Dotun Awoyemi, who is the outgoing Registrar.


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

National Assembly Sets Up Committee To Investigate OAU ‘Sex Scandal"

National Assembly Sets Up Committee To Investigate OAU ‘Sex Scandal"
By Farombi Oluwaseun

Today,Wednesday May 30,2018, the National assembly through the  Senate has  called for the probe of the  sex-for-mark case at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Recall that the sex scandal  was exposed in April after a phone  recording of  a lecturer seeking sex from a female student to pass her in an examination was leaked.

The lecturer, Professor Richard Akindele, was caught on record to have requested five times of sex from Monica Osagie, a post graduate student of the institution. Though the OAU management has  placed the professor on indefinite suspension, the National assembly through the  Senate has  said more needed to be done to stem the trend.

The motion which was sponsored by Senator Abiodun Olujimi (PDP) representing Ekiti-South, entitled, ‘"The Growing Trend of Sexual Harassment in the Higher Institutions of Learning: The Case of Monica Osagie.’"

She said " The Senate acknowledges that the case of the brave Nigerian and student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Monica Osagie, who, in an audio recording which went viral, was able to expose her lecturer demanding for sex in order to increase her grades.

“This has further brought home the point, further justifying the specificity and target of the new bill, and the need to ensure that this perversion is completely kicked out of our places of learning."

She further added that although she was informed the university management has acted on the matter, the Senate needs to act on it so that rge case will not be swept under the carpet of expediency, forgetfulness or deliberate abandonment.

Supporting the motion, Senator Olugbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos-East), he said, “We cannot pretend that sexual harassment do not exist in our higher institutions. This is an age-long behaviour on the part of lecturers particularly. There have been several reported cases of sexual harassment which have been swept under the carpet.”

President of the Senate,  Dr Bukola Saraki, in his ruling, commended  the bravery of Miss Osagie. He further added that any member of the Obafemi Awolowo University found to be involved must be totally disciplined.

Saraki  recalled the Senate to have passed the anti-sexual harassment bill in 2016, stating that the leadership of the chamber would ensure that the House concurs with it.

The Senate concluded by mandating  committees on Tertiary Institutions and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to “carry-out a full scale investigation of the case of Monica Osagie and the OAU lecturer in order to ensure that there is transparency and accountability, and that satisfactory justice is done to the victim involved and our laws are further strengthened for effectiveness.”

The Senate also urged the House of Representatives to move quickly to concur with the Senate bill on Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions (Prohibition) bill, which has been transmitted to the House as this will provide curb this kind of atrocities across the country in higher institutions of learning.

OAU New Accommodation Policy: See How Ife Landlords Exploit Students

OAU New Accommodation Policy: See How Ife Landlords Exploit Students

By Beloved John

Aside daily chronic transportation crisis rocking the system of Obafemi Awolowo university, Landlords within Ife city have taken accommodation challenges as a means of wealth accumulation, OAU Peeps News Agency can Report.

Dilapidated houses lacking proper maintenance and necessary facilities that qualifies an apartment are been leased out to students in their horrible state at high rates due to the clear fact that they believe no other means of abode for the Students.

Exploitation of students persistently rises as landlords continually increase rents even without any substantial retouch done on these buildings.

Houses with hefty charges are mostly within lagere, Mayfair, Parakin, Asherifa and Ede road as they are closer to the university campus gate.

OAU Peeps News Agency correspondent staying around Mayfair, a suburb area in the city, caught a glimpse of how one of the landlords, reportedly increased an apartment worth #40,000 to #75,000 and later to #80,000  without any prior information to the house inhabitants nor any significant changes on the building, leaving them with the choice of either staying or leaving.

Speaking with an affected student,  Miracle, a 300level Engineering student narrates his ordeal while trying to keep an apartment  earlier rented by his friends.
"We found the place quiet convenient and decided to take the apartment, The plan was to renew the rent which is to expire July when the rent was suddenly increased" he said

According to him, The landlord mentioned  that there is a student who was "willing to pay for the room at the newly stipulated price", miracle is now left with the the choice of either "pay or leave".

"There are people who are ready to pay #120,000 for the room so we are to pay the same amount".
We had to beg the landlord while we also tried, used our right as students before it was finally reduced to #90,000" Miracle added.

A house agent, Mr  Ayo blames the accommodation policy for these ridiculous charges
"Houses are very expensive currently, This is due to the OAU's new accommodation policy, Most students have forceful driven out of campus and are in a rush to get houses,The landlords are aware that this a rush hour"

This News Agency also confirm through series of undercover how caretakers and Student Agents operates.

This set of people (caretakers), while in contact with Students with enthusiasm to secure accommodation, they will charge a thousand naira for 'checkout'. This fee will serve as gratification for them helping the Student to find vacant accommodation.

If (probably) an accommodation is secured, the 'caretakers' will then add their own percentage of service to the Stipulated amount as dictated by the house owner. This percentage is based on total number of caretakers or agents that work out the Student seeking accommodation.

The other way round that is adding salt to the wound of rent is 'Student Agents'.
These set of students will run BCs on OAU based WhatsApp platform amidst other social media hubs, stating to help secure accommodation for the needy.

These student agents will collect a thousand naira from the Student as their bosses do off campus for ' check out'. Most of these students Agents are in affiliation or directly working with those caretakers off campus.

After securing the apartment, the percentage of the student agent adds up to that of the 'caretaker', Making huge the amount the subjects will pay to secure a place to lay  heads.

This same fee hike in rent, not only peculiar to hostels off campus, but also to 'Maintenance'( set of hostels on OAU Campus).

Towards the end of last year, the Association of Campus Journalists, Obafemi Awolowo university, issued a press Release where the school Management is called upon, to immediately intervene in the worsening state of the private hostels on campus, Maintenance Hall despite the continual increase in rent cost.
"...Following the outcry of the occupants of maintenance hostels about the horrible state of the pocket-tearing hostels which are owned by the management and private individuals and in a bid to find a lasting solution to the inhumane treatment, some occupants of the hostel have deem it fit to relay their horrendous experience with ACJ's representatives. A few number of them narrated their ordeals anonymously because of the fear of victimization by the caretakers of the hostel. An occupants of De Gold hostel has this to say "despite the incessant increment in the hostel fee, that's from N75,000 to N95,000 and now N105,000, though its two persons in a room, there is no maintenance, our fans are not working since we packed in, The WC toilets are not working perfectly, The net has been torn which gives room for mosquitoes of different types into the room"

Another part of The Press Release reads:
Another occupant from Bever hostel says ; "the hostel fee which was initially N75,000 is now N85,000 yet there is no maintenance, The bed is bad to the extent that a laptop was destroyed, though N10,000 was given after we lodged complaints , but the owner later spent additional N15,000 to repair it and up till now, no measure has been taken to avoid such scenario from repeating itself. The table meant for reading and dinning is not in a good state, toilets pipe has broken which makes the place to be polluted, lastly we've been warned to pay before resumption hence we will meet our loads out of the hostel when we resume from the end of the year break"

An occupant also revealed to our correspondent about what she is passing through in the hostel;" there are scorpions in our rooms, and we are being denied access to the owner of the hostel. Construction of Another building is going on in our hostel, and the workers who are mostly male are always passing their night in the same hostel with us instead of them to be given an apartment to pass night outside the hostel that is basically for female students, we used to be disturbed by their noise in the midnight and we are not free to work anyhow as ladies because of the fear of having opposite sex passing night in the same hostel with us." she said. After much investigation to this inhumane issue..."

It would be recalled that the OAU new accommodation policy was fully applied following the resumption of student for 2017/2018 Academic session .

The policy which  had earlier led to the renovation of hostels after the struggle and forceful eviction of students in the hostels, which led to the incarceration of OAU5 , also drastically limiting the number of students in Halls of residence, which its multiplier effect spread through off campus.

Although the new policy was made to improve school accommodation standard, students outside school campus are compelled to endure the threats of this new policy.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Former Great Ife Students Union President Emerges As President Of African Youth Organization

By Farombi Oluwaseun

The Former President of Great Ife Students Union , Oyekan Ibukun as yesterday emerged as the President of the African Youth Organization.

Dr. IBK as popularly &politically known is a medical student of Obafemi Awolowo University and now the presiding officer of the organization that has a  strong representation and participation of youth in championing social, political and economic development in Africa.

The election which was conducted at the Grand Towers Hotel, Abuja saw the Nigerian representative emerging as the President. The immediate President of the Organization, John Kwame Nkrumah , a Student from Pretoria, South Africa has immediately congratulated  Oyekan Ibukun over his emergence.

Speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency after his emergence, Dr IBK,
he appreciated the council for trusting him by voting in him as the next President. In his words, he further said said ""  This position to me is not a commendation  because the end of a thing is better than the beginning thereof. This position is a call to service to do more and be better in our ways of serving the generality of African Youths. I see this new position as a big responsibility and a test of discipline, diligence and hardwork and with the grace of God and support of the people, I am sure we shall deliver more than our imagination. "".

OAU Peeps News Agency further learnt that the other executives of the organization especially the Vice President will be five which will be elected from  different zones. i.e. West Africa, South Africa, East Africa, North Africa and Central Africa.

African Youth Organization  is a Continental organisation registered in  all regions of Africa; West Africa, South, East, North and Central Africa and operating with more than 35 chapters in Africa.

Friday, 18 May 2018

NANS Meets OAU Management Over Students’ Suspension

NANS Meets OAU Management Over Students’ Suspension
The leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Zone D have met the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, over the suspension of students’ union leaders and union activities.

The NANS’four-man team, led by zonal coordinator, Comrade Lukman Adekitan, was received by the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, and other  principal officers.

Lukman said the meeting focused on reconciling the management and students, with the aim of facilitating the restoration of union activities in the school. He added that NANS pleaded with the school management to recall the students’ leaders suspended last year.

According to NANS coordinator, the meeting yielded positive results and a number of agreements were reached with the school management.

He said: “As NANS leaders in the Southwest, we have responsibility to facilitate reconciliation between students’ leaders and their schools’ management. The objective of this meeting with the OAU management is to settle the differences on ground and pave the way for the reopening of the school portal.

“We urged the management of the school to reinstate students’ leaders that were suspended and restore unionism unconditionally as socio-political tensions on ground diminish to the minimum.”

The Dean of Students’ Affairs (DSA), Prof Isiaka Aransi, confirmed the meeting between the management and NANS leaders, but said “no agreement” was made.

CAMPUSLIFE spoke with the school Chief Security Officer, Mr Babatunde Oyatokun, who was at the meeting. He confirmed that the school met with NANS leaders, pointing out that the suspended students would only be recalled if they pledge to be of good conduct.

Oyatokun said: “About five of them (NANS leaders) came and we all had a meeting in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. Everything we discussed had to do with the issues of reinstatement of students’ union activities. We also discussed how the suspended students could be reinstated.

“Management is working on the reinstatement of the students, but if the students would comport themselves when they are reinstated. The VC made it clear to NANS members that before the reinstatement process starts, the affected students must stop all the subversive publications that they are putting on the internet. It is when they stop this that the management will know that they are ready for reinstatement.”


How We Lost Him Due To JOHESU Strike and Inexperience Health Personnels

How We Lost Him Due To JOHESU Strike and Inexperience Health Personnels
 Following the death of a final year student of faculty of  pharmacy named Abidoye Yusuf yesterday, a colleague and friend of the late has this to say.


Its a long story, a long sad story. On Monday 14th of May 2018, I just arrived campus from home. While I was in my faculty(pharmacy) catching up with some folks , I received the late Doyen's call . His voice was pale and he told me he was in the school's health center that he needed me to get some stuffs for him. I had just bought them when he called again to inform me he has being rushed to the Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy Teaching Hospital. So i just had to stay where i was(Students Union Building) so the ambulance could pick me up. When i saw him , he looked very weak and he had jaundice in the eyes and skin. He complained of abdominal pain, vomiting , diarrhea, and hematuria.

  We(myself and the nurse at the university health center) had to carry him to the doctors because he had become very weak. The doctors at the hematology clinic of the teaching hospital where he was carried to on seeing him recognized him as he has been regularly attended their clinic and suggested he was carried to SDA(Seventh Day Adventist Hospital) due to  the present JOHESU strike and the fact that he was very dehydrated.   However, they examined his vital signs and asked a whole lot of questions about his condition and the drugs he was on, so they wrote a very long profile on his condition to help the doctors at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital before he will be transferred. Meanwhile, a gastroenterologist was fetched and he also examined him meticulously so he wrote down his observations too. They(the hematologist and gastroenterologist) both wrote letters of referral addressing any consultant available at Seventh Day Adventist Hospital. All of that took more than an hour at the OAUTHC  and the guy was already complaining that the pain was getting more intense. He was eventually released and was returned to the ambulance. By that time his brother's female friend, Taofeeq already joined us. 

 When we got to Seventh Day Adventist, he was already in serious pain. First off, the casualty ward was overcrowded and smelt of death. Secondly, his National Health Insurance Scheme was rejected. So we had to pay an emergency bill of #2000 and also get some infusions and materials. I was directed to where to pay but they were not going to attend to him until i made the payment. On getting there, the queue was far longer than i thought, so the payment and all took more than 30 minutes. To my utmost shock, the materials to be bought include -IV set, 2 500ml (Normal saline, 5%Dextrose Saline, Ringer's lactate), needle and syringe , and some pairs of gloves amounted to be #5,210 which is overly expensive being conversant with the prices of these stuffs in pharmacies being a pharmacy student.  I paid the emergency bill so he would be attended and eventually we were able to afford the infusions. 

However, the system of procuring drugs was irritatingly bureaucratic and took too much time. When the infusion was brought, one of the nurses who was one of the only 2 people who seemed to care about his state started him on the infusion. Meanwhile, a student doctor had already circled out the tests to be carried out , about 10 of them which amounted to be #15,060. At that time, the nurse from the health centre had to leave because  she had to return the school ambulance So it was clearly we had to wait for his dad who was already coming from Ibadan. I returned to the casualty ward and Late Abidoye Yusuf was already in tears complaining that no doctor would attend to him. I looked around to plead with the doctors(because there was only 1 doctor in that ward) to come check him.  It was that time i was told another test had to be carried out first before the doctor would be able to attend to him. That sounded like nonsense to me as my friend was dying and NOBODY even took time to check the medical profile and letters sent by his doctors in OAUTHC.
 The only thing i regret doing is not advising his dad to move him out of that hospital. When he came we paid the fee for the test and they did it in the lab. We were told to come back an hour later for the result. Some minutes later , our friend and colleague, Gafar arrived. It took no time for him to observe and complain about the flaws of the hospital. We went for the result and his PCV was  9%(meanwhile he had a blood transfusion a week before) and also the WBC count was about 48,000+ an extremely high value which indicated an infection. The doctor checked the result and ordered for 3pints of blood.

 There was no donor but the people at the lab pointed to a man they called 'commercial donor'. He was going to sell screened blood to us. So we bought 2 pints, #10000 for the blood and #12000 for the screening. I don’t know if the doctor checked his history at any point but he ordered a nurse to start him on blood. The doctor left work about 5pm and only the student doctor was left in the ward. He was moved to a better ward later in the night, he had been asleep since evening. We stayed with him throughout the night while his dad left for his sister's place to get what he would need the next day. He woke up and he was stable, we talked and joked about some stuffs, then he ate. Only 30 minutes later, the abdominal pain returned and he didn’t leave until he vomited all he ate.  Twice, we had heated discussions with the nurse on duty . The first was when he complained of joint pain, and she injected him with diclofenac.  We told her he had not eaten throughout the day and ulcer was probably while he was on the hospital bed in the first place. The second was when he complained of itching after the blood was given, and the student doctor wrote a prescription of IM hydrocortisone, we told her she was supposed to exercise caution in administering immunodepressants in infections, yet he was eventually injected with it. I even went to the length of asking when a doctor would properly assess his condition and tell us what was wrong. They told us there would be a ward around by morning, and that we should give the doctors our complains  that time. I waited till around 8am when the dad was back, there was no doctor. I had to leave to settle some things in school but my other friend Gafar waited till around 10:30 , yet no doctor. It was when i was back in the night that i was told the doctors came in the evening. They had reviewed his case, moved him to another ward, ordered 2 more pints of blood, some antibiotics and antacids .But yet, nothing was said about his state or what caused it. He was half asleep that time and only spoke briefly. I left , sadly that was the last time i was going to see him. In the night, i was told he was on oxygen and his stomach was swollen while he was continually given pentacozine and diclofenac injections at intervals.

Gafar's call woke me the next morning some minutes to 9am, that our friend was gone. I just stood expressionless for some minutes trying to understand the weight of that statement. I got to Seventh Day Adventist in no time and i saw the father in tears. While the clearance was done, we still had to pay #69,000 before the corpse would be released. That fueled enough anger in me, we paid them to kill him. It was insane!!!!!

It is a sad irony that the one (JOHESU) supposedly fighting for us took one of us. It is more sad that our hospitals are deathbeds and are filled with lackadaisical, inexperienced or incompetent hands. He had been in worse conditions and survived. Just in October He was diagnosed of Hepatitis B and Chronic Kidney Disease, yet he was sound and living fine due to proper treatment
Like i said, this is one long sad story. It’s a pity!!

Written by Akanmu Oluwasanya
Part 5 Pharmacy student, OAU

Edited & Truncated by Farombi Oluwaseun
Journalist, OAU.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

OAU Students Suffer Chronic Transportation Crisis

By Beloved John

Rising as an effect of the varsity new accommodation policy, students of the Obafemi Awolowo University suffers serious transport defects.

Shortly after resumption, transportation in and out of the school premises becomes daring for students as they  are often seen in large groups queuing while waiting for buses to convey them to their  destinations.

This means have been against the pleasure of students who blames the school authority for such an unfavorable decision.

While expressing his thoughts
Oluwasogo Isreal, a part 3 student of political science Education laments over troubles of movement in the school

In his words, he said "you need to be in school between the hours of 5 to 6 pm to witness things for yourself,
Long queues for  students who have to wait long hours before getting bus, you have to be smart as it is now the survival of the fittest.
 Everyone is rushing while some persons after waiting for so long would not get  bus and then be forced to trek from the campus to the school gate"

Aside the sudden population sprout of student accommodated outside the campus

A law limiting the number of available buses allowed to function on campus have been allegedly set up by the school  administration.
This law stipulate that a restricted number of not more than 100buses are allowed to ply the campus road.

 While some students blames school accommodation others claimed that  this is a reason for the deficiency in road movement.

Amidst this controversial struggle,
Balogun Oladimeji. I. From the department of
Electronics and Electrical Engineering
grouses over the effects of this poor state on the students.

"It has really not been favourable for students, Especially in situations where   students have to struggle everyday to get bus to their various destinations after having a stressful day on campus. This is really not a palatable thing because students needs a  comfortable conditions to ease learning.
This also wastes their time and keeping them behind schedule because they also have a lot of things to attend to in their various hostels after lectures on campus. Students who have early morning lectures now will have to compete for buses to convey to school, making them look untidy afterwards. While in some cases would either miss classes or be late for them"

Although there currently seems to be no change on the struggles and the tedious task of waiting for a fast means of transportation

Mr Ahmed, A campus bus driver  who spoke with an OAU peeps correspondent explained that the transport limitation is an effect of  the school new accomodation policy.
 An increase in the rate of student living off school  campus has raised the numbers of daily bus users.

He however stated  that although there is a rumoured law that stipulates a regulated number of bus drivers per day but added that  regulation has no effect on the current transport crisis stating that it has  have not been properly implemented.

While students await the action of the management towards these movement disabilities.

Mr olarewaju, OAU Public relations officer  while speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency said the university has no relationship with whatever transportation difficulties faced by the students.

"It has nothing to do with the university and i'm not aware of any transportation problem in the school but if there is, it is not the duty of the school to provide transportation for anybody, so the students should individually find their way in and out the campus" he said.

He however added that there is no  policy that stipulates bus movements stating that he is ignorant of such policy because the management  has no affair with movement of students.

Ife Pharmacy Loses Final Year Student

By Farombi Oluwaseun

The  Faculty Of Pharmacy, Obafemi  Awolowo University has  earlier today lost a final student of the faculty. This was made known to OAU Peeps News Agency through a release  made to the public  from the Public Relations Officer of both  Pharmaceutical Muslim Students Society Of Nigeria(PMSSN) and Pharmaceutical Association Of Nigeria Students, OAU Chapter. The name of the demised is Mr Abioye Yusuf Segun who was  also a final year student of the faculty before his death.

According to the information made known to OAU Peeps News Agency , Late Abidoye Yusuf  was on Monday   ill and was reported to the health centre of the institution.  He was later transferred to the Obafemi  Awolowo University Teaching Hospital(OAUTHC) from where he was referred same day to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital , Ile-ife. He was however managed there till he gave up by 9am this morning (May 17,2018).

Reacting to the death of his colleague and friend, Drug Free Club President,  Mr Akanmu Oluwasanya , he said ‘’ You exuded a unique strength I never knew where it came from. Always smiling and making others smile. ‘’’. He further added that the loss of his friend  is a void he doesn’t know how it will get filled.

 Speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency,  the President of the  Pharmaceutical Association Of Nigeria Students(PANS),OAU Chapter, Mr Ojelabi Jesujoba,  said the death is a shock to the Ife pharmacy students at large as the late student is loved by students especially his efforts to the sport life of pharmacy students. . ‘’Brilliant, a sport coach, diligent, strong  and a dedicated PANSite’’.  The President added.  The President  concluded by praying for the parents, family, friends , ife pharmacy students ,etc  for God to grant everyone the fortitude to bear the great loss.

According to a report obtained by OAU Peeps News Agency , made by the Dean, Faculty Of Pharmacy, Prof. Erhun Wilson, he stated that the interment of the late student takes place at the university cementery before 4pm today according to Islamic rites.

May His Soul Rest In Peace.

Monday, 14 May 2018

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Why We Haven’t Issued ID Cards To Students – OAU

Why We Haven’t Issued ID Cards To Students – OAU

By Uthman Samad

As controversy rages in Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) over the issuance of Identity cards by the University Management, the University in an exclusive chat through her Public Relations Officer, Olarewaju Abiodun spoke on why the University has not issued identity cards, the University image maker also denied that the varsity charged any money for identity cards stating that no amount was charged for the purpose in the last academic session of the University.

Media reports had accused the University of ’embezzling’ over 17million naira (amount collected for identity cards) from the over 35,000 students in the varsity, a claim Mr Olarewaju faulted.

Students had also lamented the restricted opportunities due to lack of identity cards .

A student who simply identified herself as Sarah said she missed a scholarship opportunity due to lack of identity card: “I couldn’t meet up with some scholarship opportunities due to lack of a valid identity card and it was really painful”.

Another Student who spoke under anonymity due to sensitivity of the issue said “The identity card opens us to lots of issues and anomalies,i have gone through harassment in town because i was not given identity card and the varsity is not saying anything about it”.

While speaking on the development with OAU Peeps News Agency, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Abiodun Olarewaju said the accusation is merely propaganda

“First and foremost, the university management never collected a dime from any body for ID card, so let us get that clear. So the idea of ‘they collected money from us and they didn’t give us ID card’ is exceptionally propaganda.

“Secondly, we had some logistics with icons and because we don’t want to commit any error because OAU is a brand on its own, there were two instances why we noticed some errors and such errors could pass if it were not to be OAU but because there’s a particular level of excellence below which we can be expected to fall, so we have decided that Instead of a man bringing is this and that, we have decided, we will bring everything together this session and that’s what’s going on here.

Actually, the issuance of ID card for this session and for the last session are in top gear.

Abiodun olanrewaju, while commenting on whether the school Management is aware of the latest move by Students of the institution by tabling the issue to Economic and Financial crime control (EFCC) said “well, we are an institution, whether the Students have taken it to EFCC or not is not in the matter for us now. We have not received anything from EFCC, and I will like to tell you loud and clear that EFCC does not deal in frivolities. So if we don’t collect money for anything, and I want to also believe that anything you post on social media by now on what the Senate has passed, you must make sure that it’s correct.”

The Public Relations Officer of OAU also said that Students who according to him spread false rumors can be prosecuted

“Otherwise, don’t forget that these students are more than 18 of age, so they can be prosecuted too for spreading false alarm and anything related to rumours.
So there must be a clear demarcation between responsible citizenship and youthful brigandage, so that’s clear.

“So as am talking to you now, we haven’t seen anything from EFCC because EFCC will investigate first, then after that if we have a case to answer, EFCC will send on us, this is a free country. OAU is a brand that train Students to dominate its environment, but we still want our students to be very much conscious and careful on whatever they do, particularly the aspect of names or rumour in the social media because there’s a law now that says that if you spread anything false or rumour in the social media in the name of anything and is now found to be false, there are sanctions behind. So, our (OAU) Students should be careful, in as much as we believe in freedom of speech for them, because in OAU, we don’t guide our students. If OAU has given a free land for leadership for our Students, at the same time, we wouldn’t want to exhibit undue youthful exorbitance that can land them in trouble.”

Obafemi Awolowo University resumed for a new session on April 29, with returning students expected to be on campus from today (May 14), 2018.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

SSANU, NASU, NAAT To Resume Indefinite Strike Next Week

SSANU, NASU, NAAT To Resume Indefinite Strike Next Week
NON-academic staff in the nation’s universities under the auspices of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologist (NATT) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) on Wednesday, threatened to resume indefinite strike action over the failure of the Federal Government to honour the agreement reached with the unions.
Speaking on the planned strike, the Chairman of Joint Action Committee (JAC), at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Mr Dele Durojaye, said the industrial action by the union may commence next week.

According to Durojaye, the strike action became imperative because of the failure of the Federal Government to honour its pact in the agreement reached with the unions five weeks ago.

The unions had embarked on strike action September last year in order to demand the implementation of the National Industrial Court judgment on the issue of university staff school teachers, payment of earned allowances, payment of shortfalls in salaries and funding of the university system.

The Federal Government through the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige signed a Memorandum of the term of a settlement between the representatives of the unions and the government which culminated in the suspension of the strike action.

But the unions said the federal government has failed to implement the terms of the agreement between the union and the government that made them suspend the strike action in March.
Durojaye said “I wish to inform the public that as at May 1, the Federal Government has not implemented the agreement freely entered into with the Unions.

“The National executive council of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), will be meeting next week where this issue will be exhaustively discussed and chart a way forward, NASU has taken a position last week at its National Executive Council meeting. ”

Durojaye however, called on the Federal Government to implement the agreement reached with the unions before the three unions embark on strike, saying, this is important before it leads to the total shut down of the nation’s universities.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Osun State Revenue Agency Seals OAU Over 1.8 Billion Tax Debt

By Farombi Oluwaseun

The Osun State Internal Revenue Service (OIRS) has shut down the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, over an alleged non payment of taxes worth  N1.844,770,939.45 to the agency.

The institution was shut by officials of the Revenue Task Force who arrived the campus at about 7:00 on Wednesday morning, May 2,2018

The team was led by Mr Oladipo Babatunde, sealed the Senate building, the administrative block and the bursary,the main gate and Road seven of Quarters but the lecture rooms and hostels were said to have been left untouched by the tax collectors.

The closure of OAU and other establishments in the state followed the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum issued to all affected establishments by the state government.

Mr Babatunde revealed  they had no choice than to seal  since the OAU  management   has refused to meet up with the deadline given to them.

He added that  the money owed is outstanding unremitted PAYE withholding taxes and developments levy which had become due and payable since year 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, the school management through the  Public Relations Officer has reacted to the development. Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju,OAU Public Relations Officer confirmed the debt and stated that the debt was inherited from the past administration of the institution.

In his words , "I must add this that the present university administration since 2017 has been paying consistently but the backlog of debt inherited from the past administration is what is causing this little problem.""

He however assured that  the issue will soon be sorted out with the state government.