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Two OAU students graduate with First Class after a 21-year dearth in varsity’s English department

Two female graduates of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have reportedly broken the 21-yr-old jinx of no first class graduate at the institution’s English Department.

The graduates, Kehinde Lawal and Roheemah Arogundade finished with 4.56 CGPA.

Kehinde Lawal and Roheemah Arogundade will definitely be remembered in the history of the Obafemi Awolowo University. The ladies have reportedly broken the 21-year dearth First Class dearth in the English department ever since Akinmade Akande, now a professor of English, attained the feat in 1997.

Although they both graduated in 2015/2016, they recently had their convocation at the varsity’s 43rd joint convocation ceremony which took place at Amphitheatre Oduduwa Hall of the school. Lawal who spoke with Premium Times revealed that her parents were a major influence in achieving the educational feat.

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In her words: “My daddy was very strict about academics and he kept telling his children that his only inheritance for them was a good education and a wise child would make good use of the opportunity.

My mummy too, all she wants is the best. She complains when she sees 70A and she says always that she is sure there is someone in the class with 80A.” Speaking on her experience while in school, Lawal revealed that she was engaged in a lot of activities as an undergraduate.

Not only did she enrol in French classes and took the French international examinations, but she also became a member of Nasels communication bureau, the press outfit of the department of English. Lawal also stated that Nigerian institutions find it difficult competing with their international counterparts.

“This is why most rich people and even Nigerian politicians send their children to private schools in Nigeria or send them abroad, to have their degrees. The curriculum, which is generally the total learning experience put in place for learning to take place, is not so encouraging in most Nigerian institutions but I am optimistic that things will get better.”

Ms Arogundade, from Ibeju Lekki in Lagos also attributed her success to her background. “I grew up in the family where it is believed that education is a key to unlocking countless opportunities in the outside world,” said Miss Arogundade. “That is the reason I dedicate the success to my family.” Advising younger ones not to give up, she said: “You can achieve anything if your mind can conceive it. Never neglect prayers and God is the only owner of life.”

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Governor Fayemi honors OAU’s Best Graduating Student who broke 28-year-old record

Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State, on Thursday, honoured Dr Aarinola Olaiya, Obafemi Awolowo University Best Graduating Student who broke a 28-year-old record.

Governor Fayemi who praised Dr Aarinola Olaiya for demonstrating the core values of hard work and excellence which Ekiti people are known for added that she showed that Ekiti is not a state of stomach infrastructure but the country’s intellectual capital.

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The 24-year old Usin-Ekiti born graduate of Medicine, had distinctions in 11 courses, breaking a 28-year-old record of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.  The Governor said Aarinola would be given all the support she desires in her quest for greater heights.

“I want to pledge before this august audience and the council, she hasn’t told me what she wants to do but whatever she tells me, she can consider it done.

“If she wants to go into housemanship, residency or even a PhD in medicine, we will support her. It is very important to us that we restore the values for which we are known in Ekiti.

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“We are not a state of stomach infrastructure. We are the centre of excellence in this country and when it comes to intellectual capital, we really should restore our very first place and that’s what the government in Ekiti is about.

“It is about promoting the knowledge economy and celebrating the very best of us who have a lot to teach the rest of us because I know medicine is not a tea party. For her to have impressed all of her lecturers and broke all of the records here which excellent people have set here, I hope the college will retain Aarinola. Having produced her, it is only fair to let Ife have her, Fayemi said.

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OAU Sex-for-marks: Sacked Professor Akindele remanded in prison

Justice Maurine Onyetenu of a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun state, has ordered the remand of the dismissed Professor Richard Akindele of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, who allegedly demanded sex from a postgraduate student, Monica Osagie.

It should be recalled that it was reported that the accused Professor, a former lecturer in the department of Management and Accounting, will be arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, on a four count charges before the court on Monday.

The ICPC alleged that the accused unlawfully demanded sex from his student and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section A (1)(2) of the corrupt practices and other related offences.

“That you Professor Richard Iyiola Akindele on 16 September, 2018, did unlawfully solicit for sex from your student Monica Osagie, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 of the corrupt practices and other related offences, 2000.
Meanwhile, the accused Professor pleaded not guilty to the four count charges levelled against him by the ICPC.

According to an eyewitness account, his Counsel, Mr. F. Omotosho, urged the court to grant his client bail noting that he is a known professor and can not jump bail.
But, the prosecutor, a Senior legal officer with the ICPC, Mr. Kehinde Adetoye, opposed the oral bail application of the counsel, noting that the accused has refused to appear at the commission since he was granted administrative bail

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OAU management ignores ASUU strike, says school still in session

The Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State has said the school is not willing to send the students home before the end of the year holiday.

The university’s position on the ongoing ASUU strike is contained in a circular signed by the Registrar, Mrs M. Omosunle and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria.

Reacting to a rumour that students had been asked to vacate the campus, Omosunle said the university’s academic calendar for the 2017/2018 session was still very much on course.

The circular reads:

The attention of the University Management has been drawn to the rumours being widely circulated that the students of the University are expected to vacate the campus.

We wish to assure all students the University Academic Calendar for the 2017/2018 session is very much on course. As there are no plans to compel students to vacate the campus until the end-of-year holidays. All members of the university community must be unanimous in the resolution to ensure that the calendar remains sacrosanct.

The management, therefore, enjoins all students and staff to continue their normal activities in line with the approved guidelines.

The University management will like to assure all staff and students of their welfare and safety at all times.

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OAU Accounting SRC Suspends Three Excos over misconduct.

OAU Accounting SRC – The Obafemi Awolowo University, Accounting Students’ Representative Council in the sitting held on Saturday, suspended three members of the executive council.

The suspended executives include the Public Relations Officer,  Osotimilehin Adegbolahan, the Sports Director,  Adewunmi Olalekan and the Librarian, Olajuwon Jeremiah Joy.

In a report released by the council hours after a short broadcast released notifying the students of the suspension, the reasons for their suspension were explained.

It started when Mr Osotimilehin was told to refund and follow due process in expending an amount of N12,000 on the composition of the association’s anthem.

A motion moved according to a section of the constitution was then unanimously agreed to after the PRO was accused of disrupting the sitting.

After the resolution, the Mr. Osotimilehin caused a commotion which led to contempt of the house. The PRO who has previously depicted this act was suspended for two weeks based on a motion adopted by the house.

Moreover, Mr Adewumi was suspended for two weeks after he slammed the table and walked out of the sitting. “This act constitutes an aberration to the house and due to this fact made the house to also suspend him for two weeks,”  the report stated.

Also, the Librarian was suspended for an act he had been told earlier to excuse the house for 30 minutes.

The house also made known that they have been trying to avoid cases like this. “Before the suspension saga, the house has been lenient enough to avoid cases of suspension for the executive members.”

Contrary to what the representative council released, Mr Osotimilehin, when contacted by OAU KILONSHELE, gave a different reason as to why he was suspended.

“I was falsely accused of disrupting the sitting. I raised a constitutional matter of which I was recognised by the speaker.”

“I finished my statement and sat down gently and to my greatest surprise, an honourable moved a motion that I should excuse the sitting for 10 minutes,  I was really disappointed and asked why? Next thing I saw was an honourable coming towards me, maybe to slap or beat me, I don’t know. This actually provoked me and I insisted that I’m not leaving.”

He also made it known that he was disappointed.  “We are all intellectuals but it’s disappointing when people being called honourable are seen as an opposite of the meaning of the word.”


By: Peter Oyebanji

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OAUvsUNILAG: Twitter brings back supremacy battle between two great universities

OAUvsUNILAG – If you think Nigerian students and graduates have stopped dragging their schools on social media, you need to get on Twitter to see the hilarious stuff people are saying about two first generation universities in Nigeria.

The battle about supremacy among Nigerian Universities is not new on social media, but this time Twitter takes it to a whole new level with funny memes, hilarious tweets and video skits.

You’ll probably have heard about how big the OAU campus is and about the smallness of its Lagos counterpart which someone on Twitter describes as a microscopic campus.

You’ll also have heard about how lively it is to combine academic and social life in UNILAG and how many think campus life in OAU is as boring as beans.

But the Twitter bants between OAU and UNILAG peeps is nothing you’ve heard before.

So, ladies and gentlemen here are some of the tweets that jokingly tell you what you probably don’t know about the great Obafemi Awolowo University and the elites and prestigious University of Lagos.

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OAU students demand fire extinguishers from university management after three fire outbreaks

Three fire outbreaks have been recorded in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, between January and October 2018, which were worsened by the failure of the university authorities to provide functional fire extinguishers in the hostels.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that one of the butteries in Adekunle Fajuyi hall, a male hostel, and a room in Moremi hall, a female hostel, were affected by fire outbreaks in the last six months.

On Tuesday evening, an inferno, caused by a cooking gas explosion, destroyed the properties of four occupants of a room in Alumni female hostel, which rendered the victims homeless.

A student, Olarotimi Olajumoke, who stays close to the affected room, said four of the occupants of the room were actually around when the incident happened but they could not help the situation.

Narrating how the accident started, she said; “when I got to the burning room while the fire was still a bit controllable, I saw the fire coming out from the gas cooker while the pot the lady was using to cook was still on it.

“She (one of the occupants) was stirring Amala (yam flour) on it and unknowingly to her, the burner got loosened and the fire engulfed from there. So, I think that caused the fire,” she said.

Ms Olajumoke further added that the unavailability of water at that particular moment worsened the sad occurrence while another occupant, who refused to disclose her name to our correspondent, identified two of the victims as Elizabeth and Faith.

She said; “Elizabeth, Faith and other two members of the room present tried to put out the fire but their fear of fire rendered them powerless.”

All efforts to contact the victims were unsuccessful as all them, displaced, had gone to stay with friends outside the school premises.

It was also rumoured that the victims will pay a fine of N200,000 to the school for the damages which may have made the students abandon the hostel.

Some of the students who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES lamented the lack of fire functional extinguishers in their halls of abode.

Uthman Samad, a 300 level student, told PREMIUM TIMES about the outdated fire extinguishers which the school used to have on each floors of the hostels.

“There was a day, when I got to the ones seen last two semesters ago, I discovered that the fire extinguisher had gone rusty and no longer functioning. Now we don’t even have any,” he said.

“If there are necessary equipment, we would not have recorded much loss in this case. It would be minimal,” another student, Folorunsho Habibat said.

A segment of the burnt dormitory

Ms Folorunsho added that if no pro-active step is taken by the university authorities, “students will wake up one day to see their hostels ravaged with fire overnight”.

During a visit to the halls on Friday, our correspondent discovered that most hostels are without fire extinguishers and the few ones sighted are either broken, old, or expired.

Architectural Challenge

One of the challenges that may be faced by fire service men in the case of fire outbreaks in university is that the structures of most of the halls do not make provisions for access to combat infernos.

Visits to most of the hostels, particularly Adekunle Fajuyi hall, Awolowo hall, Alumni hall and Angola hall revealed that there is no way a fire service truck can gain entry into the blocks of these buildings to combat fire.

According to a final year student of the faculty Environmental Design and Management, Akeem Lasisi, “the Israelis architects that designed the school’s building plans didn’t take the case of fire accidents into cognizance”.

“They failed to add that to their plan. It’s a costly mistake and will cost the university a whole lot if they want to alter the existing structures,” he said.

Also, one of the porters in Fajuyi hall, who spoke with our correspondent under anonymity, admitted the structural ‘error’. He said the only way to save victims during inferno, “is to break through one of the iron barricades leading to the hostel as there are no gates for vehicles to gain access”.

A segment of the burnt dormitory
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Some student representatives, when contacted, said the union had once approached the management of the university to provide fire extinguishers.

It was gathered that the chairman of hall executive council, Akindipe Israel, in the company of other members, after the fire incident in Moremi hall two months ago, approached the management to make provisions for fire extinguishers in the halls but their demand has not been met.

Also in a public release sent by the Great Ife students’ ‘action committee’ on Wednesday, the committee admonished students to demand for fire safety equipment in order to prevent future occurrences.

“While we sympathise, we believe that it is high time students began demanding for necessary fire safety equipment to curb subsequent occurrences. It is rather unheard of and condemnable that despite issues of several fire outbreaks that have occurred in various halls in recent times, the university administration has not deemed it necessary to put fire safety equipment in any of the halls of residence,” the statement noted.

Speaking on the compensation for the victims, the committee headed by Gbenga Oloniniran said, “the victims of the fire accidents who have lost their property to the incident should be compensated and not indicted.”

Officials React

In a telephone interview with our correspondent on Thursday, the Dean of the Division of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, assured that a renovation exercise will commence in the affected room very soon.

“Any moment from now, everything will be sorted out and the students will be back in their rooms.

“It was only one room but it was burnt beyond repairs. We will start the renovation from the roof of the affected room and it will come very soon.”

However, Mr Aransi, a professor in local government studies, debunked the rumour of a fine levied on the students.

A segment of the burnt dormitory

“We have not told any student that they will pay any money. Under normal circumstances, it is students, who are supposed to that ( the renovation) but considering the circumstances, it is expedient to do something to assist our students,” he said.

Also, the spokesperson of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, when contacted, told PREMIUM TIMES “the university is doing its best to make the students comfortable”.

Mr Olanrewaju blamed the students’ carelessness for some of the fire accidents.

“If not that we overlook a lot, the students ought to be sanctioned,” he said.

He promised that the school authorities “will do the needful” by providing fire extinguishers in the halls of residence.

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OAU Student, Ahmed Baruwa Wins Data Science Nigeria Inter-Campus Machine Learning Competition

Ahmed Baruwa, a 500-level student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, has emerged winner of the Inter-Campus Machine Learning competition. Mr Baruwa and other successful students will go on to participate in a 5-day Bootcamp organised by one of the competition’s sponsor, Bluechip Technologies.

Organised by Data Science Nigeria, this is the maiden edition of the competition. The competition is geared towards improving the reach of data science in Nigeria, and also to improve the employability of Nigerian graduates.

“We have come a long way… [and] believe we must give back. And the best way to give back is through investment in the knowledge that will shape the future – Artificial Intelligence and make the world a better place”, says Bluechip Co-founder Lumide Soyombo.

According to a press release, students from 92 universities and polytechnics (local and foreign), as well as other institutes participated in the competition. Microsoft and Bluechip are two of the competition’s sponsors. This is a huge morale booster for all parties involved.

As a result, the competition was of two parts. Using the global machine learning resource, Kaggle, students were asked to build models for sales forecasting (for Bluechip) and a recommendation system (for Microsoft). Both models are two in-demand business tools with a variety of real-world usage.

Winners To Participate in Microsoft and Bluechip Data Science Bootcamps

Interestingly, over 100 students and other participants emerged victorious in this phase of the competition, alongside Baruwa. Baruwa led the pack for sales forecasting for the Bluechip arm of the competition. While Kone Ismael, from a PhD student from Ivory Coast, won the Microsoft arm of the competition focused on a recommendation system.

Successful participants from each segment of the competition will participate in the 5-day residential Bootcamps organized by each of the competition’s sponsors. The Bootcamps have been slated to hold between 10 and 14 October 2018.

During the bootcamps, participants will be privy to face-to-face teaching, virtual online classes, and a hackathon using the Kaggle platform. Leading data scientist personalities from several companies and institutes are also slated to lead some training sessions.

At the end of the boot camp, another hackathon is scheduled to hold. And this one is to select the overall winner.

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#HiFLNigeria: OAU, UNILORIN Win As Semifinals Unfold

UNILORIN Warriors secured a first leg win at home against UNICAL Malabites in the first round of the semifinal matches of the 2018 Higher Institutions Football League, HiFL. Unilorin Warriors striker, Kabir Akanbi scored the only goal in the 55th minute to put the home team in good standing for the second leg in Calabar.

At another venue in Ife, OAU Giants showed class at home against the Tillers from Makurdi, winning by five goals to three in what could be described as one of the most exciting fixtures of the tournament. Seyi James gave the Giants an eighth-minute lead with a superb strike before Ogbole Emmanuel equalized for the UAM Tillers in the 15th minute.

OAU Giants’ Toba James converted a penalty kick in the 40th minute before leading HiFL goal scorer, Ebuka David equalized for the visitors also with a penalty kick to close out the first half.

 UAM Tillers’ Ebuka scored his second in the 61st minute, but OAU Giants equalized through a penalty converted by Toba James six minutes later. OAU Giants and HiFL 2018 awesome revelation, Kehinde Oripelaye put the home team ahead in the 84th minute with an amazing strike to make the scores 4-3.

However, the visiting team had a player sent off when Shaibu Benjamin fouled OAU forward Toba James and the home team took advantage of their numerical superiority to seal the victory with a late strike from Toba James. The game ended 5-3 in favour of the home team.

The second leg of the semifinals is scheduled for October 17, 2018.The HIFL is organised by Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).

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OAU orders students out of hostels as renovation continues

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has ordered students out of the halls of residence in order to continue the renovation it embarked upon at the end of last session.

In February, it was reported the plans of the university to renovate the halls of residence after an exclusive report on the poor state of eight undergraduate hostels.

The school authorities gave three male hostels: Awolowo hall, Education Trust Fund (ETF) hall, Angola hall and two female hostels; Mozambique hall and Alumni hall, a face-lift before the resumption day in May.

It was gathered that hostels like Fajuyi hall, Moremi hall and Akintola hall are yet to be renovated.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued by the Dean of Students Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, and dated September 17, the school explained its actions.

“In view of the renovation/repairs currently being embarked on in the various halls of residence in the university, the division hereby advises all students to vacate the hall of residence on or before 6pm Tuesday, 18th of September 2018.

“This will enable the university management to continue the renovation and repairs of halls of residence,” the release read.

However, the management exempted foreign and the medical students who are currently in session.

“Students should please note that only medical students whose semester is ongoing and foreign students are exempted from this directive,” it was further stated.

The management also reaffirmed the resumption date.

“As contained in the university’s calendar approved by senate, all students are expected to come into residence on Sunday, 30th September 2018 when the rain semester of the academic session 2017/2018 will commence.”