UNIOSUN Students To Stage Protest Over Missing Colleague


By Nofisat Marindoti

Following the unknown whereabouts of a final year student of Accounting Department, Okuku Campus, Yemi Olaniyan, Students of Osun State University, UNIOSUN, are set to stage a peaceful protest.

The students made this decision during a stakeholders meeting held at the Ikire campus of the institution.

Olaniyan was reported to have gone missing after he spent a night at a Police Station in Lagos State where he had lodged after submitting some documents for Industrial Training at the ICAN office.

Olaniyan had informed his friends that he would be spending the night at the station but the officers on duty have however, denied accommodating a student on that particular night.

The president of the Faculty of Humanities Students Association, Atanda Francis, said the protest would serve as an avenue for the students to project their plight and other issues they have being battling with.

He also expressed dissatisfaction over the supply of electricity on campus, stating that the school generator was only switched on because of the ongoing JAMB examination.

“I asked the Chairman of works if there would be electricity supply on campus next week when students would be writing exam and he told me the generator is on because of JAMB examination alone. I don’t know if NASU is working for JAMB or the Students”, Francis added.

UNIOSUN Appoints New Registrar, Bursar 

By Nofisat Marindoti
The Governing Council of Osun State University, UNIOSUN, has approved the appointment of Mr. Gafar Ayodeji Adebayo Shittu as the Substantive Registrar and Mr. Abolarinwa Feruke as the substantive Bursar of the institution.
Mr. Shittu was a Deputy Registrar in charge of Personnel Affairs of the University and former Acting Registrar of the University from 22nd January, 2015 to 26th July, 2017, while Mr. Feruke was a Deputy Bursar at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Abuja.
The new appointees, according to a statement made available by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Jibola Oyekunle, emerged from the selection process from applicants shortlisted following a newspaper advertisement on Friday, 3rd November 2017.
The release stated that the appointments were made on Friday, February 9, 2018, sequel to the report of the selection boards.

Aregbesola Charges State University to Solve Global Problems

The Governor of the State of Osun has charged graduating students from the university to rise above carrying ‘bland certificates’ and put their competencies to work in creating solutions to global problems.

This, the Governor said can only be possible when every member of the university community begins to ask relevant questions and conduct research that solve problems.

The governor said this as part of his inspiring speech at the 10th year anniversary and 6th convocation of the institution.

Ogbeni Aregbesola acknowledged the strides the school had made in a decade, and appreciated all stakeholders including the past Governor Oyinlola, the chancellor, Mrs Folorunso Alakija and the vice chancellor, Prof. Labode Popoola; but he stressed the need for the school to punctuate the deserved merry-making with deep reflections.

He drew a comparison with the first university in Nigeria, then University College, Ibadan, which after its 10th year had produced two students the likes of Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Prize winner, Chinua Achebe, a Nobel Prize multiple nominee and other titans like Augustus Adebayo, Michael Omolayole, Chief Bola Ige and others who took the academia, politics, and the business world by storm.

Lamenting the vices that have plagued tertiary institutions in the nation, Aregbesola called on the school community to be relevant to the world outside its walls.

“I am therefore tempted to wonder and ask if, for instance, the university’s College of Education has any direct relationship or impact on any of the elementary, middle or high schools anywhere in the state or around its campus. What is the impact of the College of Agriculture on farming and food security in Osun? Is this university engaged in researches on the extant existential challenges faced by humanity, beginning from this state? Beyond graduating students, is there a way the immediate community of the university has benefitted from its researches?…

” The university should provide leadership in innovation and productivity. Earth-shaking changes are on the verge of breaking loose on our world and this should not catch us unawares. In the next 10 years, knowledge would have transformed the world beyond recognition. Self-driving cars, running on battery, using zero fuel, and programmed with all the addresses will be in the market in commercial quantity.

“The mobile phone will act as medical scanner that will, more than the doctor, accurately diagnose illnesses and diseases and prescribe medication, reducing the need for hospital visits.
Robots are being developed to take over works in the farms, eliminating the need for manual labour and fuel guzzling heavy machinery. These robots will do all the physical works and more: weeding, planting, watering, carrying our security surveillance on farm and crops, deterring pests and thieves, carrying out soil test, adding soil additives, harvesting, processing, storing and transporting. The farmer just programmes and supervises.

Robots will also take over the manual labour in the construction industry.
With hydroponic technology, fruits and vegetables planted on artificial soil in trays that grow and mature in days have been developed for astronauts and are now being made available for the larger farming community. It means, every home can provide its own fruits and vegetables, and in matter of days.

“Solar technology will become simplified and cheaper. This will make electricity abundantly available, also eliminating the use of generators and internal combustion engines. More worrisome from this is that oil will attract little or no value by then.

The overall consequence of all these is that low skill and menial jobs will be eliminated, meaning only highly skilled individuals would be relevant in this brave new world. This is the future that any student today should be prepared for, not just having a bland certificate but clueless about life, survival and competitiveness in a digital and ICT driven world. Any society without this vision is going to be backward and dependent when this future arrives. It now behoves on our universities to tailor their researches and prepare their students for this new world.”, he said.

Osun Appoints Richest Black Woman, Folorunso Alakija Chancellor, Osun Varsity

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has appointed the third richest woman of African descent in the world Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, as the Chancellor of Osun State University, Osogbo.

The Governor, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon stated that,‎ p‎ursuant to the provisions of clause 5(8) of the first Schedule to the Osun State University (Establishment) Law, 2006, Aregbesola is privileged to appointment Mrs. Alakija‎ as the Chancellor of the University.  ‎

The appointment, which according to the statement, takes immediate effect will be for a period of five years.‎

The statement noted that statute 3(1) (a) and statute 5 of the Osun State University Law (2006) provides that the University shall have a Chancellor, who shall, in  relation to the University take precedence before all other members  of the University and when he is present shall preside at all meetings of Convocation held for conferring degrees, diplomas,  certificates and other awards.‎

Aregbesola while congratulating the new Chancellor said that Mrs. Alakija’s antecedent and sterling qualities as a God-fearing woman, a person of honour, integrity and successful business woman will no doubt impact positively on the running of Osun State University.

The Governor pointed out that government of Osun will look forward to a great working relationship with the new Chancellor as she leads Osun State University, Osogbo, to a new height of excellence.‎

“‎I wish to inform you, that the investiture is expected to hold during the 4th Convocation ceremony of the institution, proposed to come up onFriday 10th and Saturday 11th February, 2016.‎

“‎While congratulating you once again, please accept the assurance of best regards of the people and Government of Osun”.

In her acceptance letter addressed to the Governor, Alakija said “It is with pleasure that I receive and accept the appointment as the chancellor of the University of Osun State. I pray for God’s grace and strength to execute my duties as Chancellor of the University during my five year tenure,”