Fountain University Moves To Expand Courses, Partners US Institution, Others

By Nofisat Marindoti

Fountain University, Osogbo, State of Osun, has partnered Duke University, a North Carolina, United States of America (USA), based institution, on the transfer of technologies and equipments for the take off of its medical programme as part of measures to further increase the number of courses it offers and serve one of its core purposes.

The newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Amidu Olalekan Sanni disclosed this during a press briefing on Tuesday.

Other newly appointed principal officers include Mrs Kikelomo Wasilah as the Registrar, Mrs Silifat Ayinke, Bursar, Dr. Abdulsalam Abiodun, Deputy University Librarian and Engr. Abdulsemiu Idowu, Deputy Director, Works and Physical Planning Unit.

According to the new VC, Fountain university has also secured another partnership with Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia to make the institution centre for Open and Distance Learning Programme.

The vice chancellor said one of the programmes that would be offered by the centre is Diploma programme in Arabic, Islamic and International Studies.

According to him, the institution would meet proprietors of Arabic schools across the state and impress the need to teach their students with uniform curriculum to make them eligible for the Diploma programme.

While identifying funding as a major challenge for the institution, Sanni urged the federal government to assist private universities through provision of infrastructural and humanitarian supports.

Although the VC noted the recent declaration by President Mohammad Buhari that federal government was not ready to fund private universities in the country, he however urged the president to find means of assisting private university operators since they are playing a critical role of educating the populace.

On his plans to address the challenge of funding facing the institution, Sanni said: “we are looking inward to generate funds that can be used for our university. The federal government should consider infrastructural and humanitarian supports, because graduates produced from private universities are also Nigerians.

“With Harvard University in US and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, less than 20 per cent of their funding comes from the government.

“They get funding from grants, donations from private organisations. We are looking inward to generate funds that can be used for our university. We are thinking of Fountain University Ventures to generate funds. Our aim is to make the University world class and we are working assiduously towards achieving this.”

The Vice Chancellor thereby solicited for the support of the media in projecting the University to the outside world.

This is even as he cleared the air on the insinuations that the university is meant for Muslim students alone, adding that the school is open to people of all Faiths.

Aregbesola Tasks University Graduates On Good Conduct

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday charged new graduates of Fountain University, Osogbo to be good ambassadors of the institution and the nation.

Speaking at the seventh convocation and 10th anniversary of the creation of the university, Aregbesola charged the graduates to strive to be the solution providers to challenges facing the society.

Aregbesola said “you must study your environment, identify its problems and find solutions to them. Those that can think, innovate and seek means of finding solutions to challenges can never be poor”.

“You must take the present challenges confronting our nation as opportunity to make a difference and you must work hard as good ambassadors of this renowned university to transform your individual’s lives, your immediate society and our nation’s economy.”

“If our country in spite of her several years of independence could still be spending billions of naira on importation of refined petroleum, food items and other household equipment, thus we must be productive.

“Every sector in this country required productivity because it is unheard of that in spite our vast mineral resources and vast land, our productivity has been very low”, Aregbesola said.

Fountain University Graduates 284 Students

By Nofisat Marindoti 

No fewer than 284 students would be graduating from Fountain University in the State of Osun on Sunday, 14th of January, 2018.

Out of the 284 students, 23 would be graduating with First Class Honours, 107 with Second Class Honours (Upper Division), 128 with Second Class Honours (Lower Division) and 26 with Third Class Honours. 

Addressing newsmen on Monday, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdullateef Usman, said the students are mainly from the college of Management and Social Sciences and college of Natural and Applied sciences. 

He stated that the Acting Chairman of Economic Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu would be the lecturer at the convocation event with the topic “Unity And Solidarity Against Corruption In Nigeria”.

Listing the university’s achievements so far, the VC said all the courses in the institution are fully accredited by the National Universities Commission, NUC.

“In the ten years, some of our Computer Science students went to Malaysia to Complete their education based on the linkage programme arrangement between Fountain University and International Islamic University, Malaysia. Also, the first decade saw the university improve in both human and physical facility resources.”

Asked why the institution produced Third Class Graduates despite parents’ huge investment, Abdullateef said such issues cannot be totally controlled as students’ intelligence differ but that the institution would provide extra commitment to students who are academically weak. 

Other activities lined up for the event include a quiz competition among secondary schools on Tuesday, an awareness trek around the city of Osogbo on Wednesday, a novelty match and indoor games on Thursday, a Jumat service on Friday and a football match, Alumni day and Award night on Saturday. 

“Workers’ Welfare, Development Quest Should Be Given Equal Attention In Osun”

Nofisat Adeoye

The State Government of Osun under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been urged to give equal priority to both infrastructural development and workers’ welfare.

Three prominent Nigerians including the head of Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Mr Tunji Ogunyemi, the director of Ola Oni Center for Social Research, Comrade Wale Adebisi and the secretary of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC,  Comrade Rufus Adeyemi, made this assertion during a roundtable discussion on Monday.

The discussion was organised by the College of Management and Social Sciences, Fountain University with the theme, “Development Quest and Workers’ Welfare In a Receding Economy; State of Osun in Focus”.

In his welcome address, the chairman of the college editorial board, Mr Olusegun Laidi, said the roundtable was geared towards examining the dilemma of which to prioritize between developmental projects and the workers’ welfare especially in a receding state like Osun.

After locking horns on the topic, the discussants agreed that as the state belongs to everybody, the State government should embark on projects which the ordinary citizens would also benefit from aside from paying workers’ salaries.

“Nigeria is fundamentally poor and Osun doesn’t not exist in isolation, it’s exist as a unit in Nigeria which has problem. Salute leadership for seeing a tarred road at all in Osun because its allocation from the Federal Government is nothing to write home about.

“If Osun were to pay full salary, the Government will not embark on any other infrastructural development and Government belongs to everybody, not just the civil servants.

“Everybody should be given equal right in terms of dividend of democracy, Government is not about paying salaries alone, that would be an injustice to other citizens.

“We can only urge the Government of Osun to give equal priority to both infrastructural development and workers’ welfare. The Governor should work on both sides.”

153 gratuates Fountain Varsity,honours Sarikiyau Babalola, Yusuf Ali

Fountain university, oshogbo, osun state recently steered out 153 graduate during their 6th convocation ceremony, out of which 17 of the graduate had a first class grades.

The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries including the state of osun governor- Ogeni Rauf Aregbesola and the executive Secretary of the national university commission(NUC), and also some traditional leaders and among others, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed,and those who attended from the board of trustees led by Alahaji Abudulwaheed Adeola as chairman, and also the members of the university council which was led by Pro-chancellor and chairman Prof. Is-haq oloyede.

The ceremony also featured some presented honorary award to two eminent Nigerians, Alahaji  (Dr) Sarikiyau Babalola and Legal luminary and senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Malam Yusuf Olaolu Ali, for the immensely contribution to the nation building.

Several prices were awarded to the graduands who distinguish themselves in various categories, the most award went to the graduate whose cumulative was the highest grade point average of 4.83, Mrs Oni Omobukola Azizat who granered six awards..

Osun Students Applaud Aregbesola’s Socio-Economic Revolutions

The Muslim Students’ Society, Fountain University, Osogbo has commended the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for building remarkable legacies capable of creating an enabling environment for better economic drive of the state.

The group also applauded the governor for treading the paths of economic revolution which would in the long run, place the state as one of the best in the country.

The Muslim Students’ Society gave the commendation through its leader, Mr. Surakat Musbau, during a visit to the Governor in commemoration of its 2016 Annual Da’awah Week Programme titled “The 21st Century Muslims”.

Mr. Musbau who described Governor Aregbesola as a virtuous leader and a pride not only to the muslim community or the state of Osun but to the entire black race, said his impacts and roles on the need to effect positive change has liberated the state.

The Muslim Students’ leader who could not hide his feelings on the transformations and changes in infrastructure ubiquitously flooding around the state, however saluted the state’s policies on security which he described as one of the best in the socio-political history in the country.

He said the visit to the Governor was also premised on the anticipation of the students to identify with the present government most especially on its high sense of fairness, justice, honesty and commitment to the welfare of the people.

Mr. Musbau further attributed the achievements recorded by the current administration to the display of exemplary quality leadership by Governor Aregbesola.

He said the state through its social security consciousness had provided better hospitality to the residents, most importantly the students of tertiary institutions in the state who are of different regions and backgrounds.

The Muslim Students’ leader noted that the visit of the group was also to corroborate Mr. Governor’s concerted efforts towards the propagation of Islam in good light, as the first bonafide muslim Governor who has never compromised his faith to circumstances.

According to him, “We are here to demonstrate our high sense of appreciation to Mr. Governor for making us proud in all aspects of his policies since he became the Governor.

“It is our joy that we have a passionate Governor whose faith has never been compromised as this has reflected in his approach to good governance.

“The successes recorded so far by the current administration is a pointer to us that muslims are good and faithful leaders if given the chance to rule.

“Our stay in the state has been so peaceful and for this reason, there is need for us to salute the efforts of Mr. Governor”, he said.

On the theme of this year Daawah, Mr. Musbau said the title was chosen so as to reach out to muslims on the need to strengthen the propagation of Islam.

He called on the muslim faithful to emulate the sterling leadership qualities of Governor Aregbesola in whatever position they found themselves.

In his response, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who described knowledge as the basis of existence called on muslims to attach more importance towards the acquisition of technological knowledge.

Aregbesola said Islam is a region that preaches knowledge acquisition, and thus urged the need to seek knowledge from cradle to grave.

Governor Aregbesola said one of the ways to liberate the country from the bondage of economic adversity that currently envelopes it is for all to double efforts in pursuing knowledge of Information and Communication Technology as the country is striving in seeking for better alternatives to revive the economy.

He called on the students to align their academic pursuits with the current trends of technological advancement, saying the only way to rescue the nation from its present economic situation was to invest more in scientific technologies and arts.

Governor Aregbesola who expressed delight over the level of comportment and decorum being exhibited by the muslim community in the state, said muslims must not relent to demonstrate the virtues of islam in all they do.

He said muslims as part of their characteristics must be of good example to others in both their actions and inactions, in order to retain the favourable impressions held on muslim faithful.

He said, “with the advent of technology, nothing is secret in the world. This shows that everyone must rise to the occasion and ensure adequate acquisition of knowledge in sciences, technologies and arts to move the nation forward.

“This is a period of combining both revealed and scientific knowledge to rescue the nation from the current economic situation as government is working round the clock to alternate the economy.

“We must also develop strategy, method and art of living as muslims to showcase to the world that Islam is a religion of peace that preaches unity, love and neighbourliness.

He therefore called on the muslims to emulate the virtues of Prophet Muhammed whom he described as an enigmatic epitome of good character and virtues.

Photonews: FUMSS Visits Aregbesola

Representatives of the Fountain University Muslim Students Society paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola And were warmly received at the Government House in Oshogbo. See pictures below:

FUMSS Visit Aregbesola 1
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,in a warmth handshake
with the, Leader of the Team, Ameer, Fountain University Muslim
Students’ Society (FUMSS), Mr. Surakat Misbau during a Courtesy Visit
to the Governor, at Government house, Osogbo on Friday 6/5/2016.

FUMSS Visit Aregbesola 2
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (4th left), Leader of
the Team, Ameer, Fountain University Muslim Students’ Society (FUMSS),
Mr. Surakat Misbau (4th right), Students Coordinator, Fountain
University Muslim Students’ Society (FUMSS), Mr. Adebayo Ibrahim (2nd
left), Former Chiarman Daily Times Newspaper, Chief Tola Adeniyi (3rd
left), and others during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at
Government house, Osogbo on Friday 6/5/2016.

FUMSS Visit Aregbesola 3
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,in a warmth handshake
with the, Former Chiarman Daily Times Newspaper, Chief Tola Adeniyi
during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Government house, Osogbo
on Friday 6/5/2016.

Oyinlola Advises FG On Boko Haram War

Former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has called on the Federal Government to build on the success recorded so far in the war against Boko Haram.

Oyinlola also advised the government to disabuse the minds of those who might still be sympathetic to the violent group.

He said this in an interview with reporters after receiving an honorary doctoral degree in Public Administration from the Fountain University, Osogbo.

The university also conferred an honorary doctoral degree in Political Economy on the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Mohammed, at the event.

Oyinlola said, “If we look at the beginning of the insurgency, there was a time when Boko Haram members were in charge of a sizeable part of our land. That is no longer happening. They can no longer hoist their flag and they have been reduced to stragglers.

“They will not want to give up easily. But while the military is carrying on with their operations, the government should begin to disabuse the minds of those already indoctrinated. That will be good way to maintaining the success recorded so far.”

The Sultan warned Nigerians against trying to force their religions on others.

The monarch said he had so many things in common with Oyinlola, who he said, was his commanding officer in the Nigerian Army.

The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, urged universities to stop being certificate-awarding institutions to problem-solving centres.

Universities, she added, should endeavour to equip their graduates to be job creators rather than jobseekers.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bashiru Raji, said 11 out of the 350 graduating students, obtained first class degrees.

The VC said that 102 of them obtained second class upper division; 172 second class lower division while 59 bagged third class degrees.

Raji also noted that the National Universities Commission accredited all the programmes in the university.

According to him, the university is ranked 18th among private universities.

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Land Encroachment: Fountain University Seeks Govt Assistance

Authorities of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, have deplored the constant encroachment on the school’s land perpetrated by locals in its host community, and have called on the state government to intervene in the matter.

Speaking Tuesday during a meeting with state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, at the Government House, Osogbo, the school’s Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Yinka Adeola, lamented that in spite of the fact that the university has a genuine Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) for the property, some individuals still encroached on it and erected houses.

President of Nasiru-llahi Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) (which owns the university), Mr. Yomi Bolarinwa, who was also in the delegation appealed to Aregbesola to urgently intervene in the matter.

Governor Aregbesola in his response assured the university that necessary legal measures would be put in place to address the problem, urging the school authorities to be peaceful in handling the matter.