Saturday, 26 January 2019

ASUU Clears The Air On Receiving Money From Federal Government

ASUU Clears The Air On Receiving Money From Federal Government
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Friday, has clarified that it does not directly spend or receive money from the federal government.
It said the clarification became necessary following insinuations that it does.

In a statement made available , the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Ade Adejumo said that reports by some media houses that it received N163 billion was a “misinformation”.

Dr Adejumo, in the statement entitled: “Re: N163 billion released to ASUU: Putting the records straight”, disclosed that the government knows that it is the council and the university administration that receive and spend all the money coming into the university and not the union.

He said, “Once again, the attention of our union has been drawn to another piece of misinformation which gives the impression that ASUU collects money from government.

“For umpteenth time, let it be known that our union is a patriotic organisation whose activities are driven by principled conviction that the resources of the country can better be managed for the ultimate benefit of the Nigerian society, especially the education sector which is our immediate constituency.

“The government and all civilized individuals are aware of how the university is managed, so also the resources available to it. The government knows that it is the council and the university administration that receive and spend all the money coming into the university.

“ASUU doesn’t receive money from government and doesn’t spend it. Even money meant for our salaries and other allowances come directly to the university administration which prepares the the budget and manages it.

“ASUU members collect only their salaries as paid by the university. Contracts and all the capital projects are awarded by the councils that are appointed by the government, not ASUU.

“It is in the context of the above that our union calls on the Vice-Chancellors and council chairmen to stop behaving like vultures that wait silently by the sidelines, waiting for the game to fall only to descend on the carcass.

“They should join forces with ASUU in its struggles to attract requisite funding into our public universities rather than working at cross purposes with us.
“Part of the least expected from them is to come out openly to put the record straight each time the government come out with the deliberate falsehood that money has been released to ASUU.

“They, the council and the vice-chancellors, are the receiving and spending agents. Simple honour demands that they publicity own up to this fact. Their silence in this regard leaves room for unfair speculation about ASUU.”

Recall that the ASUU Strike started since 4th November over issues mainly related to funding public universities is yet to be called off. The Don charged the federal government to take appropriate action that could put an end to it rather than “cheap propaganda”.

“The government also should concentrate efforts at finding a quick resolution of the impasse rather than dissipate energy on fake news and cheap propaganda aimed at tarring ASUU’s garment. It will not fly.”

Saturday, 12 January 2019

FYNESTDEALS Donates Sponsored Jerseys To SCASSON FC Of OAU

By Farombi Oluwaseun

Popular Online Shopping Mall known as FYNESTDEALS has donated sponsored jerseys to the Football Club of Students Counselling Association popularly known as SCASSON FC.

OAU Peeps News Agency learnt that the donation was born out of free will by the FYNESTDEALS Management to give back to the society and also boost the sporting activities of the students of department of Educational Foundations & Counselling,Faculty Of Education.

Speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency, the project manager of, Mr. Gideon Olaiya, said as  fynestdeals is poised to delivering the best e-commerce service to  customers, they also give support in developing lives both in cash &kinds.

He  further stated that this is not the first time FYNESTDEALS will be donating or collaborating with departmental/faculty associations in Obafemi Awolowo University & beyond.

The Project Manager concluded  that FYNESTDEALS is a company always committed to guaranteeing  quality at an amazingly affordable price.

In his words, "We go through thorough process to check for the quality of our goods and work with only reliable suppliers to that only the best quality products are on offer.""

Speaking with  Owolabi Rasheed , the sport director of student counseling associations of Nigeria, OAU Chapter, he appreciated  the management of for their kind support & gesture towards the football club. He further stated that a landmark has been laid which will further encourage the students of the department to participate in sports .

Recall that is an online shopping website established in 2018 by the immediate Secretary General of the Great Ife Students Union, Boluwajaiye Adeoluwa popularly  known Fynestboi.

 FYNESTDEALS as fondly known is a  customer-centric startup on a mission to relieve people of the stress of getting their desirable goods, thereby keeping them happy at prices that keep them happy.

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Lecture Free Week: The Comic Heartbreak

Lecture Free Week: The Comic Heartbreak

by Kingsley Ndimele 

Bosun, my room mate was preparing lunch yesterday, when suddenly he was notified that timetable for his exams have been officially released by  his department.

Unlike the usual tense academic atmosphere during the lecture free week, many students are yet to wake up to the reality of the fact that semester exams start next week.

Everyday, several departments keep releasing examination timetable, while some departments had released theirs before the Christmas and New Year break.

Like seriously! Exams start next week! So, VC refused to add extra two weeks. I've read nada! This is gradually becoming a reality. I pray I don't jones this semester.

Few hours after the threat letter released by ASUU OAU, Federal Government made head way in their agreement with ASUU National Body. Predictably, the ASUU strike will be called off officially any time soon.

As I was writing my last test scheduled for this week, I saw exams staring strongly at my face. The gradual reality that exam is loading when I'm yet to recover from the festive break is a comic heartbreak.

Somebody, help my solution. Where do I start from?  Which course do I read first?  Do I even have all the materials? Some of my friends are still at home waiting for the extra two weeks.  Even some 'ASUU departments' rumored to have been on strike have released their timetables. UJCM Exam Prayer Meeting even starts next week. Lobatan!

Awo cafe is half filled, while lazy ones like me is still on the look out for breaking news for an extension of this semester.

With the way this drama is unfolding, I pray that I don't fail too much.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Important Information To All OAU Newly Admitted Students

Important Information To All OAU Newly Admitted Students
A big Congratulations to you on your admission to the great ife citadel. This is to inform you that payment & registration is drawing closer. In a bid to serve you better and reach you more readily, OAU Peeps News Agency has decided to create a WhatsApp Group for all newly admitted students of Obafemi Awolowo University.

The primary aim is to disseminate targeted information to this class of persons faster.

To join the WhatsApp group, send a direct message to any of these numbers;

Babafaros: 08064189480
Samad: 07067539342

on WhatsApp using the format below.

Kindly add me to the OAU Peeps Freshmen's group. My name is Ajanlekoko Dotun, admitted to the Department of Chemistry.

You will be added once we receive your request.
NOTE: Send your request once and to only one of the numbers above.

Kindly Tell Others

Monday, 7 January 2019

BREAKING: FG Reaches Agreement With ASUU, Releases N15.4bn

BREAKING: FG Reaches Agreement With ASUU, Releases N15.4bn
The Federal Government has reached an agreement with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Addressing journalists on Monday evening after the meeting with the striking lecturers in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the majority of their demands have been met including the release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls.

According to him, the Federal Government is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.

Meanwhile, the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the National Executive Committee of the union will review their decisions based on the new commitment by the government.

According to him, it is only after that meeting of the ASUU leadership that the union will announce its position on the ongoing strike action.

Its been over two months since the union went on strike following the alleged inability of the government to respond to its demands.

OAU Releases Examination Timetable, Reacts To ASUU Strike

OAU Releases Examination Timetable, Reacts To ASUU Strike

By John Beloved

The management of Obafemi Awolowo university(OAU) has released examination time table in a bid to continue with the academic session despite ASUU strike.

Report have it that the strike was declared  by the National Body of Academic staff union of universities(ASUU) on the 5th of November 2019 over some demands which based on the agreement  reached with the federal government in 2009.

 Throwing OAU students into dilemma,  the strike had  been effective in some  departments and at the same time placed no hold on others hereby dividing academic activities within the institution.

OAU Peeps News Agency gathered that students panicking heightened with the  decision of the management to conduct a general examination for all students despite the halt in some classes.

Speaking with some OAU students, they have however  clamoured for an extension to  cover up for their loss and to enable them  finish the syllabus before test and exams would be conducted.

Speaking with an affected student Dauda Nahimot, a  student from the department of botany, she lamented over the perceived effect of the situation

In her words, "We should be given at least two weeks extension  to cover up what we missed,  even two weeks won't be enough, we can't cover up for the practicals anymore. We missed  more than five weeks of practicals which spans for 3hours every week.

Another student,Laide stated that the examination date fixed is causing unrest among students.

In his words " We are meant to start exams on the 14th of January as scheduled. Our timetable is out  already &practicals can no longer hold. We are only coming  to write test and exams like other students that have been attending classes."

Speaking with OAU Peeps News Agency, the public relations officer of the institution, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju stated that regardless of the strike the school has been opened, academic activities have continued and  lecturers have been teaching.

"Eighty percent of the lecturers are teaching in OAU. Some classes might have not been holding but that doesn't mean lecturers have not been teaching."

Also in an interaction with OAU Peeps, the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Aransi, stated that the management would put into consideration students whose classes were halted due to the strike.

In his words, "Definitely the management  have taken a position on the matter .Just let the student resume. I'm not saying there would be any change but the lecturers are in position of how they are going to be teaching  these courses.

So there is no course for alarm."
He added.

National Strike: ASUU OAU Declares Examination In OAU Invalid.

National Strike: ASUU OAU Declares Examination In OAU Invalid.

By John Beloved & Ganiyu Ayanniyi 

The OAU chapter of Academic staff union of universities(ASUU) have declared examination in Obafemi Awolowo university(OAU) invalid.

Reacting to the decision of the school management to conduct exams despite the ongoing Nation wide strike embarked on by lecturers.

The union has called the attention of both parents and students, pointing out the criteria for conducting examinations.

In a release signed by the chairperson, Mr Adeola Egbedokun and the general secretary, Mr Kayode Atilade  received by OAU Peeps News agency, the union declared examination conducted by the school null and void stating several criteria would be left unsatisfied.

It emphasised that the decision of the school management to coerce students to sit for examination in courses where the required minimum of 75% attendance as stipulated in the school regulations have not reached calls to question the integrity of the institution.

The release further stated that the school is operating against the university regulations by operating this semester for barely (five) 5 weeks of lectures instead of twelve (12) weeks of intensive teaching, one (1) week for Lecture Free Week and two (2) weeks for examinations, making a total of fifteen (15) weeks alleging the school of reallocating courses to some lecturers illegally.

According to the school current academic calendar, examinations are to start on Monday 14th January 2019.

" The current rain semester of 2017/2018 session commenced 2nd October 2018 while ASUU strike commenced on the 4th of November
Consequently the semester was barely five weeks  at the time lectures stopped, with the implication that courses have not been fully taught." It stated

The union condemned the reallocation of courses by the management to lecturers with low expertise stating that courses are to be distributed based on lecturers area of  specialization and experience.

The Union Concluded by indicating that the Vice chancellorship, Deans and Head of departments would be accountable for the implications of this action.