OAU Suspends Convocation Amidst ‘Workers Strike’

The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have postponed the 43rd convocation of the university earlier scheduled for December 13 to 16, 2017.

This was contained in a release on Wedneaday by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, who stated that the postponment was unavoidable.

He said, “Due to unforseen development occasioned by the ongoing national strike action of the non-teaching staff unions of universities, it has become imperative for the authorities of the OAU to postpone our 43rd convocation.

“The non-definite date for the suspension of the strike action has made the suspension of the 43rd convocation of the university an unavoidable alternative.

“University management regrets any inconveniences that the postponement might have caused the general public, most especially our invited guests, the graduating students, their parents and guardians, friends and well wishers, the alumni, lovers of Great Ife and all other stakeholders.”

It will be recalled that the non-teaching staff unions of universities, comprising the Non Teaching Staff Union, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University and National Association of Academic Technologists have embarked on an indefinite strike action against the Federal Government over an alleged disparity in the disbursement of Earned Allowance to all the staff unions in Nigerian universities.

Earlier, the withdrawal of services of the members of these unions had compelled the management of the OAU to ask its students to proceed on “End of the Year” break.

OAU NSRC Speaker Expresses Concern Over Nigerian Youths Political Leadership

By Adejumo Kabir

The Speaker of National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies Representative Council, Obafemi Awolowo University chapter, (NSRC OAU), Adelowo Adegboyega, has questioned the capacity of youths in taking a huge leadership responsibility.

He stated this in reaction to the #NotTooYoungToRunBill, recently passed by the National Assembly in an interaction with our reporter on Tuesday.

He said, the natural resources used to measure the richness of a country are important, but not as important as youths of the nation and on that basis, youths play vital role in the growth of the country.

He expressed concern over the capacity of youths in taking such responsibility considering their prevailing attitudes.

He said, “Most Nigerian youths may not be better than the ‘elders’ in governance presently due to evidence in the various cases of misappropriation and some other vices that are rampant among students’ union leaders in the country today”.

Adegboyega said that it is unequivocally clear that the current leaders in the country have been at the helm of power since the youthful hue sits on their skins and have since then retained their spots at the top.

He charged Nigerian youths to be good assets that could be useful and be catalysts  for a better Nigeria.

“What we, the youths can do for our country is to be ready to take the bull by the horn by shunning all sorts of societal vice, by thinking critically and also do our utmost in making Nigeria skirmish the irony of being a rich and a poor country. Just then, we won’t be too young to run”, he stressed.

OAU Commences Distance Learning Degree Programmes In Accounting, Nursing And Economics

By Adejumo Kabir

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has introduced e-Learning for some of its programmes, which are to be administered through its Centre for Distance Learning.

Following the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC), OAUCDL has started receiving applications into its E-Learning programme for B.Sc. Degrees in Accounting, Economics and Nursing.

Since its establishment, the Centre has been striving to keep abreast of the most up-to-date methods of distance learning practice by continually updating its modes of lecture delivery to reflect the latest proven concepts, methods and practices.

The centre is designed in a way that open and distance education is best accomplished through E-learning, which is the mode adopted by OAUCDL.

The programme is administered online through a customised study tablet called the Vigitab. Students do not have to report to a physical classroom. Their lecture room is on the Vigitab which would be given to each student upon resumption.

Quizzes and assignments would be taken and submitted online while lecture videos, hand-outs in PDF format and other additional materials and references as the instructor deems necessary would be distributed through the Vigitab platform.

The curricula for various programmes are the same as for regular in-house programmes within the University; hence, certificate for degree and diploma programmes are the same as for full-time students.

The total time to complete an online course is equivalent to that of campus regular programme and the same degree would be awarded after the completion of the programme.


OAU Union President, Financial Secretary Tender Public Apology Over School Bus Controversies

By Adejumo Kabir

After the expiration of two weeks suspension of the Students’ Union President, of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Oyekan Ibukun and the Financial Secretary, Omisakin Kehinde, the duo have apologised publicly to students of the university.

The two executive members were recently suspended by the union Students’ Representatives Council over alleged constitutional breaches in the procurement of the controversial Union Bus.

Omisakin in his apology said, if the process that led to the procurement of the bus had been more transparent, the controversy that generated would not have occurred.

He said, “While I am committed to ensuring this does not happen again, I strongly believe the best apology I could ever tender is to be open and transparent in all financial dealings henceforth. To that effect, a copy of the union’s income and expenditures from inauguration till date will be made available before the end of the week along with statement of account”, Omisakin said.

Also, the President of the Union, Oyekan Ibukun, in his apology statement promised not to make future procedural error.

“No one is happier than I am that the bus purchased is being investigated by a committee set up by the house.

He further reiterated his earlier position that if he is found to have committed any financial crime; he would not hesitate to step down as president.

It would be recalled that the SRC has setup an investigative committee to vigilantly scrutinize the purchase of the bus which has divided students of the institution.