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OAU: VC warns students against cultism, other vices

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Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, the Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has warned newly admitted students to desist from social vices and acts capable of truncating their programme in the institution.

Ogunbodeded gave the charge at the orientation exercise of the new intakes  for the 2019/2020 academic session,  on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.

He said that the institution has zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractices, disregard for authorities, vices and  immoral acts, among others.

Ogunbodede added that the university held learning and culture in high esteem, and implored them to imbibe same, as they pursue their goals on the campus toward national development.

The Vice Chancellor noted that the university believed in responsible students unionism which it must be carry out  from a logical intellectual approach and not to be use as a tool for violence and discordance.

According to him, students can always belong to associations registered with the Division of Student Affairs.

Ogunbodede said that the university;  established in 1961, has earned international standard and recognition, as it has always been a bank of knowledge and intellectual excellence over decades.

He said that the institution has so far secured its place among the top ranking universities in Nigeria and Africa in the areas of research, telecommunications, sports and others, adding that the orientation would expose and prepare the students for challenges to achieve academic excellence.

The Vice Chancellor stressed that their success in the university dependent on their ability to use all tenable and provided resources in ensuring that they achieve the feat they desire.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Rabiu Sani Ali

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OAUSTECH wins US-based Seeding Lab’s multi-million naira scientific research equipment

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The Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa in Ondo State, has won the US-based Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access Programme Award as well as a multi-million naira scientific research equipment.

This information was contained in a a statement issued  on Wednesday in Okitipupa by Prof. Sunday Ogunduyile, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor and made available to newsmen.

Ogunduyile said that the Department of Biological Sciences of OAUSTECH was one of the 18 outstanding departments in 10 countries across the globe chosen by Seeding Labs to receive the scientific equipment.

The research equipment includes: spectrophotometer, balances, water bath, water purification system, co2 incubator, water jacketed incubator, microscopes, timer, aquafast multi-two meter, thermal cycler, 8 channel pipette, submersible water pump, and an ultra-low temperature freezer.

Ogunduyile said that the selection of awardees for the donation was carried out through a highly competitive and rigorous selection process in a scientific proposal considered worthy and honoured by Seeding Labs.

According to him, Seeding Labs is a non-profit making charitable organisation based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, which strives to empower every scientist to transform the world.

He added that Seeding Labs had built a coalition of more than 170 public and private sector partners to provide scientists in developing nations with lab equipment, training, and other vital resources to improve education, research, and economic development.

The VC also quoted Christina Viola-Srivastava, the Director of Programmes at Seeding Labs as saying that ‘the 2020 Instrumental Access awardees were selected for their potential to solve problems and change lives through science’.

Meanwhile, Ogunduyile, who confirmed the arrival of the equipment promised that the institution would put the equipment to good use and improve the department’s research productivity as well as enhance the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

“I am indeed grateful to Seeding Labs for the donation of a large quantity of scientific equipment, as this feat of the award is another milestone in the quest to make OAUSTECH a hub of research and innovation.

“I also expressed deep appreciation to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for introducing the Seeding Labs’ Equipment donation programme to the institution and for his provision of financial and technical support at every stage of the application process.

“This is a clear indication of the governor’s passion for the enhancement of qualitative education in the state.

“I also thanked Mr Femi Agagu, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology and Prof. Akinbo Adesomoju, the Chairman, Governing Council of OAUSTECH among others for their immense contributions in making the application a success.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OAUTECH, formerly Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), was established in 2008 with a mission to provide a sound scientific, technological and professional training for students.

NAN recalls that the state-owned institution was re-named after late Dr Olusegun Agagu, a former governor, by Akeredolu on Dec. 31, 2019 to immortalise him for his contribution toward establishing the institution.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

 

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Man, 25, docked over alleged theft of N1.6m cows in OAU

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A man, Sulaiman Ibrahim, 25, on Tuesday appeared before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, over the alleged theft of four cows worth N1.6million belonging to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Adesina Elijah, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on May 30, at 5:30 p.m.,at the Commercial farm of the  university in Ile-Ife.

Elijah said that the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: stealing of cows.

He added that the defendant stole four cows valued N1.6million , property of Students Economic Empowerment and Development Programmes of OAU, Ile-Ife, which has Dr Ajila Kehinde as its Coordinator.

Elijah said that the offence committed contravened Sections 383, 390(9) and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.

Mr Babawale Omodogbe, the Defence Counsel, applied for the bail of the defendant in most liberal terms, and pledged that his clients would not jump bail, but would provide reliable sureties.

The Magistrate, Mrs Muhibah Olatunji, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N750,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Olatunji said that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and one  of them  must be a state civil servant not below Grade level 08.

She added that the second surety must produce three years’ tax clearance certificate and each surety should produce three portrait photographs.

Olatunji, thereafter,ordered the remand of the defendant in ‘A’ Division Police Station, Moore, Ile-Ife, pending the perfection of the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned until June 30, for hearing.


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada (NAN)

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NEMA donates building materials to OAUTH, Ile-Ife

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday donated building materials worth millions of naira to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife in Osun, to rebuild buildings affected by natural disaster.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the items donated include: ceiling boards, bag of cements, roofing sheets, zinc and nails, among others.

Donating the items in Ile-Ife, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, NEMA Director-General, said the building materials were meant for repair and rebuild of some of the collapsed buildings affected by natural disasters in the hospital.

Muhammed, represented by Mr Olusegun Afolayan, NEMA Zonal Head of Operations, said donation of the building materials to the hospital was necessitated when the attention of the agency was drawn to some of the buildings within the hospital that needed urgent repairs.

He said: “NEMA came on assessment tour to check the level of damage and the repairs needed to be carried out across some departments in the hospital, before the delivery of these building materials.

“Our attention was drawn to some of the buildings within the teaching hospital in March 31, and we came on an assessment tour in April to see things for ourselves.

“During the assessment tour, we visited the staff quarters, hospital wards, operation theatres, laboratories, consultant offices, among other departments affected by the disaster.

“And, that is why NEMA is donating these building materials to fix the affected building for better healthcare services.”

He commended the Federal Government for donating the items, urging the management of the teaching hospital to make judicious use of it.

In his remarks, Prof. Victor Adetiloye, the Chief Medical Director of OAUTH, thanked NEMA for the donation of the building materials to the hospital.

Adetiloye noted that the materials would be used judiciously for the purpose for which it was given without any diversion.

He said the institution would continue to maintain synergy with NEMA, especially in the areas of managing issues with urgent concern.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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OAU secures NUC’s full accreditation for Law, Dentistry, others

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given full accreditation to all the academic programmes in the Faculties of Law, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences and Social Sciences of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.
He said that the NUC, with the statutory mandate to accredit academic programmes in all Nigerian universities, had fully accredited all the programmes.
Reacting to the accreditation, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, lauded the patriotic zeal of the Professor Abubakar Rasheed-led NUC.
Ogunbodede praised NUC for giving in its best to ensure that all academic programmes being run by the universities in the country were of international standards.
He also appreciated what he called the institutional spirit of the institution’s Governing Council, led by Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Senate as well as all the departments, faculties and alumni associations.
The vice chancellor said that their commitment had assisted, in much greater measure, in putting all the necessary facilities in place, which eventually culminated in the accreditation of all the courses, particularly those 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,” he said.
Ogunbodede pledged that his administration would put in more efforts at ensuring the sustenance of the high moral, academic and cultural standards which the university was noted for.
He called on stakeholders in the education sector to do all within their powers to assist the university in putting in place more structures and infrastructure.
According to him, such support will enhance the full realisation of the dream of the founding fathers of the institution.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Coronavirus: Professor of Public Health warns people against unnecessary visitation to OAUTHC

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Prof. Adedeji Onayade of Public Health Department , Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, has warned the public against unnecessary visitation to the hospital, especially, during  this period of Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Onayade gave the warning in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.

 

He appealed to families of patients on admission at the hospital to rather stay at home praying for the patients’ quick recovery than coming on visitation.

 

He said that the management of the hospital had been proactive by putting necessary measures in place for the safety of its staff and patients against contracting Coronavirus.

 

“ We are trying all our best possible and working seriously toward guiding against the pandemic disease spreading into the hospital complex.

 

“We don’t want any contagious disease from anybody outside the hospital,that is why we are trying to minimise unnecessary visitation this time around.

 

“By now, there is the restriction of movements within the hospital; no room for unnecessary gathering of patients’ families or sitting under the tree claiming they are taking care of their beloved ones.

 

“We have asked some to go home, retain just one for each patient in case of buying drugs or other necessities,” he said.

Onayade said that at the entrance of each office, ward and department, buckets of water and sanitisers had been placed for them to wash their hands as part of the precaution against COVID-19.

 

He, therefore, urged the masses to cooperate with the Federal Government to jointly kick against Coronavirus, saying government alone could not do it.

 

The specialist said that only the living souls would tell the story of Coronavirus later in life.

 

He charged Nigerians to ensure the safety of their lives.

 

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Peter Dada
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MDAs must respond to queries raised on 2015 audited report of OAUGF-Senate

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The Senate Committee on Public Accounts says Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) must appear before it, to answer queries raised in the audited reports by the Office of Auditor-General for the Federation (OAUGF).

Sen. Mathew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo), Chairman of the Committee said this, when officials of some MDAs appeared before the committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Urhoghide said the MDAs were invited to answer queries raised on public finance spending in the 2015 audited reports of the OAUGF.

He said the report raised some queries on the spending activities of the MDAs, hence their invitation.

He said many of the agencies were yet to respond to the letter inviting them to respond to the queries.

Urhoghide said the committee would give fair hearing to the MDAs to defend their queries as indicated in the report.

He said it was the responsibility of the committee to ensure that MDAs give account of their expenditure, noting that the committee’s report on its interface with the MDAs would be presented to senate at plenary for onward transmission to the executive.

Urhoghids said heads of MDAs must appear in persons to respond to the queries, noting that there were serious consequences for breaching financial regulations.

He, however, said the committee after consideration of the 2015 audited report would also consider the 2016, 2017, 2018 audited reports of the OAGF.

Urhoghide, who later adjourned the meeting for the heads of MDAs to appear on Feb. 14, due to the demise of Sen. Longjan, urged the media not to be sensational in its reports on the discoveries in the report when the MDAs appear to give response.

Officials of MDAs who appeared before the committee included those of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, National Pension Commission  and Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Others were the Nigerian Customs Service, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, among others.

Agencies not present at the meeting included Federal Inland Revenue Services, Debt Management Office  and Office of The Head of Service of the Federation among others.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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OAU 8.05 megawatt power project to be completed soon – minister

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The Minister of State for Power, Prince Goddy Agba, has assured authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, that 8.05 Megawatts power Project embarked on by the Federal Government would soon be completed.

Agba gave the assurance during his inspection of the power project at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Saturday.

He said the project was initiated by the federal government in collaboration with other agencies.

“The institution will no longer experience national grid challenges, for education is the bedrock of developed country, we have no choice than giving our best.

“The Project will generate 8.05 megawatts of electricity, which will be more than enough for the community at the present time,” he said.

The minister added that the projects would cut across universities in the six geo political zones.

Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi , said the visit of the minister to the university marked the joyful day for the institution.

Ogunbiyi added that with efforts of the minister on the power project, the university community believed that things would work out very well for the university.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, explained that the inspiration behind the project was due to epileptic power supply presently being experienced in the institution.

Ogunbodede noted that completion of the project would alleviate the suffering of residents of the university community.

The vice chancellor stressed that successful execution of the project would improve the economic situation in the area and also enhance effective security of the university.

Ogunbodede added that the power project had huge academic relevance as it would enrich the students,  particularly those of the Electrical Electronic Engineering with more unquantifiable practical knowledge.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide

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Another OAU lecturer suspended over alleged sexual molestation

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The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has suspended another lecturer, Mr Monday Omo-Etan, over alleged sexual molestation of a 19-year-old female student of University’s Centre for Distance Learning.

This was contained in a Press Release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, to the Nigeria News Agency , on Wednesday Night, in Ile-Ife.

Olarewaju observed that the University management reported another case of sexual harassment again, less than three weeks when a lecturer of the Department of International Relations, Mr. Olabisi Olaleye, was investigated and suspended.

According to him, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, expressed her zero tolerance against sexual harassment.

“The management has reinstated her commitment to the total eradication of any form of sexual harassment, molestation or other social vices.” he ascertained.

EDA /MNA

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu

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OAU undergraduate bags 4-month jail term over $150 cyber crime

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Justice Patricia Ajoku of a Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Friday sentenced Ezekiel Orimolade, an undergraduate student at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) to four months imprisonment for defrauding an American man of 150 dollars.

Ajoku held that the court sentenced Orimolade, based on the evidence before her and the plea bargain agreement he had with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“I have considered the plea bargain agreement entered into by the convict as well as the provisions of Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 in this judgment.

“I also consider the fact that Orimolade is a very young person, preparing for his final exams at OAU and that he had shown great remorse.

“However, to serve as warning to others intending to engage in cyber crime, Orimolade is sentenced to four months in prison and the sentence starts from the date he was first arrested and detained.

“All the exhibits found in his possession are hereby, forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Ajoku said.

The defence counsel, Mr Austin Fadugba had before the judgment prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client.

Earlier, counsel to the EFCC Ibadan zonal office, Mr Babatunde Sonoiki had told the court that the convict was facing a one-count amended charge bordering on impersonation.

Sonoiki added that the convict committed the crime on Sept. 28 2019 in Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to the prosecutor, Orimolade disguised as a white U.S. citizen to one American man, Nelisa Snell that he was deeply in love with him through the Internet.

“Snell therefore sent Orimolade 150 dollars, believing that he had found a lover,” Sonoiki said.

The offence he said, contravened Section 22 (A) of the cyber crime law of the Federation 2006.

Nigeria News Agency reports that anyone convicted of the offence was liable to a minimum of seven years imprisonment.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza

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