OAU Students Suffer Transportation Crisis

By Sodiq Lawal

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

Shortly after resumption, transportation in and out of the school premises has become 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 blame 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 stipulates that a restricted number of not more than 100 buses are allowed to ply the campus road.

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

Amidst this controversial struggle, Balogun Oladimeji 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 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”

Mr Ahmed, a campus bus driver  who spoke with our  correspondent, explained that the transport limitations is an effect of the school new accommodation policy.

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.

Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, OAU Public relations officer  while speaking, 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.

OAU Loses Final Year Student

By Sodiq Lawal

The  Faculty Of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University on Thursday lost a final student of the faculty.

This was made known through a release 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 deceased is Mr  Abidoye Yusuf Segun.

According to the information made to our newsmen, 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 on May 17,2018.

Reacting to the death of his colleague and friend, Drug Free Club President, Mr Akanmu Oluwasanya , 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 our correspondent , 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.

A report from the Dean, Faculty Of Pharmacy, Prof. Erhun Wilson, obtained by our correspondent stated that the interment of the late student takes place at the University’s Cementery before 4pm today (Friday) according to Islamic rites.

A School Without Students Union Is Like Man Without Blood,  NANS Tells OAU Management

By Sodiq Lawal

The leadership of National Association Of Nigerian Students (NANS ) South West on Friday met with the Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU ) to demand the reinstatement of the students union.

The meeting witnessed the presence of the Vice Chancellor of the institution,  Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Dean Students Affairs, Chief Security Officer and other top Management team with the Coordinator of NANS South West, Comrade Adekitan Lukman and his fellow student leaders.

While speaking with the management, the Coordinator described a school without students union like a man without blood flowing through his veins.

He  demanded for an independent and formidable Students Union for the students of Great Ife and explained how very germane it is to have an operating Students Union.

In his reaction, Vice Chancellor who spoke on behalf of the  management team appreciated their approaches to crises that nearly bedevilled the institution not quite long.

He however promised to reinstate the students union as soon as possible.

OAU Reopens A Week After Closure

By Sodiq Lawal

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has re-opened one week after Osun State authorities shut the school over tax default.

Workers returned to the reopened Senate Building and other administrative blocks on Tuesday.

“The Senate Building is presently open and I am in my office likewise other staff, the Senate was reopened yesterday evening for activities,” said Abiodun Olanrewaju, the spokesperson for the school..

The Osun State Internal Revenue Service (IRS) closed the school last week over alleged N1.8 billion tax debt to the state government.

The IRS sealed the Senate building, administrative block, and the bursary department following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum issued to the school to clear its debt.

The IRS said corporate bodies, including OAU, are indebted to the tune of N12.5 billion.

The State Government through Gbenga Akano, special adviser to the state governor on tax matters, said “several meetings have been held with affected organisations, but it has been a continuous imperviousness and indebtedness. We are left with no option than to openly mention some tax defaulters who failed to perform their civic responsibilities.”

OAU Campus Agog As Students Resume For 2017/2018 Session

By Sodiq Lawal

The Campus of Obafemi Awolowo University was on Monday and Tuesday agog as fresh students of the institution resumed for the 2017/2018 academic session.

Our correspondent tour round the campus on Monday and Tuesday indicated that various socio-economic and many activities are at their peak.

Several students thronged the campus, as they were seen taking pictures and proceeding for their registration.

Traders took advantage of the resumption to display their wares while food vendors, souvenir sellers, photographers, commercial cyclists,  drivers among others made brisk business.

Osun Shuts OAU Over 1.8 Billion PAYE

By Sodiq Lawal The Osun State Internal Revenue Service has closed down the Obafemi Awolowo University OAU, Ile-Ife over an alleged non-payment of taxes.

The official of IRS arrived the campus exactly 7:00am. Our correspondent gathered that officials of the revenue agency swooped on the university and sealed the Senate building, the administrative block and the bursary,the main gate along read seven but the lecture rooms and hostels were said to have been left untouched by the tax collectors.

Confirming the closure, Mr Oladipo Babatunde who led the team confirmed the closure saying the institution owed the state government about N 1.8 billion.

It would be recalled that the state government had earlier issued seven days ultimatum to the companies that owed the state government.

Sex-For-Marks: Monica Osagie Appears Before OAU Panel

A former female student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Monica Osagie, whose leaked audio conversation with Professor Richard Akindele, allegedly demanding for five rounds of s3x to secure marks, on Tuesday, appeared before the panel, constituted by the university to investigate the matter.

Though, the panel was sitting at the Vice Chancellor (VC)’s lodge, located around the staff quarters of the institution, only two lawyers were allowed entranced into the fenced premises with tall black gate.

Tribune Online authoritatively gathered at the venue that officials from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) were prevented from the observing the proceedings which began at 10.00 am, just as journalists were also barred from gaining entry to observe the proceedings.

A white colour Hilux van, belonging to the university security department was parked at the entrance of the gates leading into the VC’s lodge with about four plain cloth security officials, led by the Chief Security Officer ( CSO) of the institution.

 

OAU Management Suspends Randy Prof Akindele

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has suspended Prof. Richard Akindele, OsunDefender has learnt.
Prof. Akindele has been in the eye of the storm, following the release of an audio conversation between him and a female student in his department, where he purportedly requested for sex five times to pass the said lady who had failed a course.
The panel set up to investigate the allegation, according to findings submitted its report Tuesday.
Though details of the report is not available yet,  but multiple reliable sources told our correspondent Akindele has been suspended.

OAU VC Speaks On Sex-For-Mark Scandal

The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University has reacted to a leaked audio that shows a professor in the institution demanding sex from a female student to help her pass her examination.

Students and staff of the institution, who have heard the audio, have told journalists it is the voice of Richard Akindele, a Professor in the Department of Accounting at the university. The don, whose name was mentioned in the audio by the victim, is yet to publicly speak on the scandal.

In a statement he personally signed on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor, Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the university has begun the process of identifying the person involved. He said the act is a breach of regulations of the university’s code of conduct and anti-sexual harassment policy.

“In full compliance to all applicable laws, the university has set up a high powered committee to investigate the allegation and submit its report within one week. Anyone found culpable will be dealt with decisively.

“The university considers sexual harassment as an offence punishable contrary to the code of conduct and anti-sexual harassment policy. The university will never condone such act by any staff or students,” the professor said.

Also the Chairman of Congress of University Academics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Niyi Sunmonu, said if it is established that the leaked audio is true, the perpetrator is not fit to be in academic environment.

“Lecturers are expected to mould the lives of students,” the lecturer said.

Also, the national coordinator of Educational Rights Campaign, Hassan Soweto, condemned the act, saying previous sexual harassment cases in the university were not properly dealt with.

While speaking on a radio program, Frank Talk, on Rave 91.7 FM, Osogbo, the activist, a former student of the university, called for an independent panel that should include elected representatives from staff unions, students and women NGOs.

OAU Students Cry Out Over Rising Cases Of Sexual Assault By Randy Lecturers

By Sodiq Lawal

Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have cried out over what they described as rising cases of sexual assault on female students by randy lecturers.

Reacting to the recently sex-for-marks scandal that rocked the university, students who spoke with our correspondent asked their management to tackle the allegations headlong before the scandal escalates.

They also demanded the resuscitation of their Students Union saying the absence of the body has been giving the lecturers levaera to harrass female students.

One of them, who simply identified self as Grace warned her fellow females to be wary of the lecturers who do not mind failing them at will in order to secure their bodies on bed.

Meanwhile, the Student Union Action Committtee condemned the allegation that a lecturer in the Account Department of the institution, Prof. Richard Akindele demanded five round of sex from a female student for marks.

A statement released by the Student Union Action Committee on Tueaday read:

“We use this medium to appreciate Great Ife Students for their anger at the obvious misuse of position. We are aware that frequently than ever, girls on OAU campus are forced to trade their bodies for marks and refusal to do so would mean carrying courses.

“We want everyone to know that we are trying our possible best to find the lady who recorded the Voice note if she is still a student after which we will lodge a formal complaint with the school management. We want this lady to get in touch with us first so that we can guarantee her security and closely monitor her from possible sponsored physical attacks.

“If anyone knows her, they can forward her number to us too. She should not be scared. She would be kept confidential. We may also proceed to declare Prof. Richard Akindele wanted to clear his name from the mess as it is possible he has a good narrative which we consider unlikely.

“We use this occasion to urge all girls who have come under such requests and assaults to lodge their complaints with the Action committee. We advise guys too as the case may be to lodge their reports. A University for learning and culture cannot have a lecturing system that targets the sexuality of students instead.

“We urge all to remain alert as our strength is in our joint force. We also urge students to call for the reinstatement of the Union as issues like these become more rampant when there is no central body to agitate for the students.”

 

Sex Scandal: OAU Reacts To Alleged Involvement Of Professor

By Sodiq Lawal

Following the report that a Professor at department of Accounting in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun State, Richard Akindele is in trouble for reasons to have sex five times with his female student before passing her, the students, staff and management of the institution have reacted to the scenario.

When contacted, the spokesperson for OAU told our correspondent the management already knew about the scandal.

“The university is aware and we are setting up machinery to critically look at the issue to determine the veracity otherwise there won’t be conclusion,” said the spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju.

Commenting, Remi Sonaiya, OAU retired professor and former presidential aspirant, said: “Terrible! Unfortunately, many universities don’t have strong deterrence or punishment for abusers.

 

“Students should be encouraged to speak out when such things happen. There must be at least someone in the institution who can be trusted and confided in. Justice must be done.

 

“The good thing about such cases becoming public is that it will force the institutions to address them more seriously – if only to protect their name.

 

“Sadly, our universities have not dealt seriously with the issue of sexual harassment.”

A senior staff in the accounting department, who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that Professor Akindele was caught three years ago for engaging in sex for mark practice.