OOU Boosts Learning With Over N1b Worth Of Equipment

oou students protestThe Management of the Ogun state owned university, the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, says it has procured over N1bn worth of equipment to enhance teaching and learning process in the institution.

The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Saburi Adesanya, disclosed this while conducting members of the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, led by Victor Fasanya on the State-of-facility-visit to the OOU main Campus and the University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu.

He added that a total of 30 projects had been completed while four others were on- going.

According to him, the rationale behind the infrastructural development in the varsity was to ensure that it earned a pride of place among its peers in terms of quality, manpower, infrastructure and facilities.

The Vice Chancellor added that efforts were in top gear towards ensuring that the university provided accommodation for its students and members of staff within the school premises by the next academic session to ease learning.

Furthermore, he requested for more public-private partnerships in the provision of students hostels within the institution.

On his part, Mr Fasanya said the essence of the over-sight visit was to have first-hand information on the state of infrastructure put in place in the institution, while acknowledging that the school could now compete favourably with other nationally acclaimed institutions.

The Chairman in company of other committee members including Akanbi Bankole, Olayiwola Ojodu, Rasaq Oduntan and Adejuwon Olufowobi, commended the management of the institution for its feat, which earned it a recent rating as the best State University in Nigeria by the National University Commission (NUC).

On-going projects visited by the Committee included the University Senate Building, OOU Foundation Building and ICAN lecture theatre.

Anti-Corruption War May Not Yield Results – Femi Falana

Femi FalanaHuman rights lawyer and activist, Mr Femi Falana says the current anti-corruption war by the Federal Government may not yield any meaningful result after all.

This, according to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is because the criminal justice system in the country has been hijacked by those individuals who have looted the treasury.

He was speaking at a public lecture organized by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye chapter, with the title ‘The Limit Of Anti-Corruption War’.

Mr Falana blamed the nation’s value system for the level of impunity it has witnessed.

The human rights lawyer called for an urgent review of the nation’s criminal justice system to make it more accountable and effective in fighting corruption.

Cultists Renounce Membership, Get Pardon In Ogun

OgunThe government of Ogun State has granted pardon to some persons who renounced their membership to different cult groups.

The 25 cult members including students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye and artisans were given amnesty by the Ogun State Police Command on the instruction of the State government.

While addressing them at a ceremony, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, warned youths against drug abuse and bad gangs identified to be the root cause of cultism.

Also launching the re-branded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr Ali warned officers and men of the command against excessive use of force, human rights violation and misuse of firearms which had resulted in the loss of many innocent lives.

The Commanding Officer of the Ogun State SARS, Bode Ojajuni, expressed optimism that the improvement would aid efforts to tackle insecurity in the state, such as the menace of armed robbery and kidnapping among others.

Cult activities in and around Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu-North Local Government of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria have led to loss of many innocent lives in recent times while robbery activities have been on the increase.

Road Accident: University Students In Ogun Issue Fresh Ultimatum

OOU_Students-ProtestStudents of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye in Ogun State, have issued a fresh seven-day ultimatum to the State government, demanding justice over the death of some 11 students of the institution who died in a road accident.

The students died two weeks ago, along the Sagamu-Ore road when a container fell on a bus they were in.

Their colleagues are demanding for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the killer driver and investigation and prosecution of government agencies for their alleged culpability in the death of their colleagues.

They are also asking for the prosecution of the private company whose vehicle caused the accident and payment of 10 million Naira as compensation to each family of the slain students by the private company.

Addressing reporters on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the capital of the state, the President of the Student Union of the institution, Adegbesan Adenola, said the fresh ultimatum was a reminder of their demand to the State government.

He demanded the full participation of the State government and the private company in the burial arrangements of the victims.

They threatened to sue the government and the company if their demands were not met.

University Students Protest Death Of Colleagues

 Onabisi Onabanjo University Students ProtestStudents of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, have held a protest at the scene of the fatal road accident which claimed the lives of 11 students of the institution.

The students, dressed in black attires, also held prayers for the repose of their former colleagues killed last week in a ghastly motor accident at the Ilisan area of Ogun State, along the Benin/Ore express road.

Backed by security operatives, they drove down to the scene of the accident in five buses of the institution.

The students were held in unison as they mourned the departed. Christian and Muslim prayers were offered for the repose of their dead colleagues.OOU-Students-accident

While demanding justice for the lives lost, the President of the Student Union, Adegbesan Adenola, handed down a seven-day ultimatum to the government to bring the ‘killer-driver’ to justice, just as they demanded immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the accident and the alleged culpability of security agencies around the area.

After all, the students proceeded to the private company whose truck was believed to have wrecked the havoc, forced the gate opened and vandalised some of the company’s property, including vehicles..

12 Students Die In Auto Crash In Ogun

Ogun-StateAbout 12 persons suspected to be students of the Ogun State owned Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, have been reported killed when a container crush a fully loaded bus.

It was gathered that the incident occurred along Sagamu/Benin expressway near Ilishan Remo North Local Government of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria.

According to the commander of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Tommy Hamzat, the truck driver, who was driving against the traffic, lost control and collided with a bus heading towards Lagos and killed all 12 occupants including the bus driver.

Report has it that the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the mortuary of the Olabisi Onabanjo university Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.

A spokesman for the police, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, also confirmed the incident.

Ogun Government Shuts Olabisi Onabanjo University To Maintain Peace

oouThe Ogun state government has ordered the immediate and indefinite closure of the state owned university,  Olabisi Onabanjo university ,Ago Iwoye to forestall breakdown of law and order.

The government also advised all parents whose wards are students of the university to immediately call them to order as the government will not tolerate any act that will disturb the peace being enjoyed by the people of the state.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the decision to close the university was taken in the overall interest of peace and order as the students of the university have continued to issue threats while rejecting all entreaties and concessions made by the government on their various demands concerning the recently announced reduction of school fees.

It will be recalled that the government had on August 12 after extensive deliberations involving the leadership of the student unions in the 10 state-owned tertiary institutions, heads of the institutions and government representatives, announced reductions in school fees by as high as 61 percent.

The student leaders were allegedly within the week sending text messages round, urging their colleagues ‘to get ready for action’ as they are ready to unleash violence on the state capital.

In view of this the state government said it has no option than to order the immediate closure of all the campuses of Olabisi Onabanjo University to protect the students and other residents of the state and their property urging all parents to impress on their wards the need to maintain peace in the interest of all.

Meanwhile the State Police Commissioner,  Ogun State CP Ikemefuna Okoye has directed all area commanders and divisional police officers as well as heads of departments to be on ground and make sure adequate security is provided within the state as any students’ gathering or protest or procession after the closure of the University,for the same purpose,will be an unlawful gathering or act which is capable of causing chaos if not checkmated by the police and other law enforcement agencies in the state.

The Commissioner of Police therefore warns the concerned students of the affected institution to leave the school premises as directed by the government and do away with any act that will be unlawful and security-threatening.

In the new policy the government also abolished the indigene/non-indigene dichotomy in the school fees regime and announced the 2014-2015 academic session as commencement period for the policy which the students of the Oabisi Onabanjo,Ago Iwoye rejected during a two day protest held in Abeokuta,the state capital.

Olabisi Onabanjo University Stage Protest In Abeokuta

Olabisi Onabanjo University A protest by students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, has paralysed activities in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. 

The protest which began on a peaceful note later got violent after the police fired tear gas to disperse the students.

The students vandalised vehicles and other public property, forcing civil servants, who were on their way to work, to return home as the protesting students occupied the Presidential Boulevard leading to their offices and the governor’s office.

The students, who started their protest as early as 6.30am, caused traffic jam on major roads like Oke Ilewo, Kuto and Ibara among others.

An armoured personnel carrier had been stationed at Kuto Roundabout to prevent the students from moving to the governor’s office.

The Olabisi Onabanjo University students have demanded a further reduction of their school fees, after the governor announced a reduction earlier in the week. They also want the reduction to commence from the current academic session and not the next as proposed by the State government.

The protesters had on Thursday had a brief clash with rival students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic who came to declare support for the governor

Ebenezer Obey Made Professor Of Music

imagesVeteran musician, Ebenezer Obey was recently made the Professor of Music at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

The ‘Juju’music icon was honoured by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Saburi Adejin Adesanya, at the Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) Hall in the institution.

He is said to have donated musical instruments worth millions of Naira to the department as part of his promise and commitment to the university.

At the event were notable dignitaries in the Ogun state traditional and political circle which includes the Alake of Egba land, Aremu Gbadebo, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, and former president Olusegun Obasanjo‘s wife Bola Obasanjo.

Also present were Tony Okoroji, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Demola Dada, Senator Lekan Mustapha, Hon Adejare, Barrister Segun Odumela and ace music producer, Laolu Akins.

Closing the event, Obey thanked the university and promised the school that he would serve the institution with his heart and might.

Ogun Education: OOU Lecturers Protest Irregular Payment Of Salaries

OOU2Members of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities, ASUU, of Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ogun State, have embarked on a work to rule over alleged irregularities in the  payment of salaries.

The lecturers, during a peaceful demonstration at the premises of the university in Ago Iwoye, alleged poor funding of the state owned university named after the first civilian governor of the state, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo.

Armed with placards with various inscriptions, they were unanimous in their decision to effect a work to rule over the irregular payment of salary, heavy taxation and other factors affecting quality of teaching and learning in the institution.

The situation, however, was acknowledged by the school authorities, as the Vice Chancellor, Professor Saburi Adesanya, sued for peace and understanding, saying that the plights of the agitating  lecturers were being addressed.

Addressing the lecturers, Professor Adesanya, appealed  for understanding, saying that the university was undergoing a critical situation.

CPC Caucus Cries Foul Over APC Registration In Ogun

Leaders of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) caucus within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State have called on Governor Ibikunle Amosun to urgently caution his supporters not to divide the APC ahead of the forthcoming party congresses in the state.

This plea was made by the leaders on Sunday in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State, while monitoring the on-going APC membership registration in the state

Speaking on behalf of the group, State Secretary of the defunct CPC, Godwin Odeyemi, said the activities of the Governor’s loyalists, put in charge of the on-going membership registration were divisive and if not urgently checked can jeopardise the strength and chances of the party at the next general elections.

“As leaders of the defunct CPC in Ogun, we do wish to express deep worry about how these elements have been going about the harmonisation of our new party in the state.

“We think it was totally mindless and unhelpful for anybody within the APC to hoard registration materials and prevent other co-founders of the party at the grassroots from registering for the party, when there is a greater battle ahead of the party at the 2015 general elections,” the group lamented.

The caucus cited cases in Atikori ward of Ijebu North among other centres in the state where loyalists of the governor hijacked membership registration and prevented other prospective APC members from registering for the party.

The group said it took separate interventions of the State deputy governor, Prince Segun Adesegun and Senator Gbenga Kaka at different times for some level of sanity to prevail at some of the registration centres.

The leaders also expressed serious concerns about the way the national leadership of the party allegedly skewed party harmonisation and membership registration against former governorship candidates, who are also state leaders of their legacy parties, while tacitly handing over the process to state governors.

They contend that such arrangement may affect the desired cohesion critical for party building and electoral victory due to inherent marginalisation in the process of harmonising the party stakeholders.

The leaders, who later stormed Abeokuta to formally receive Ms Bukky Wright, a Nollywood actress into the APC at Ijoko Ward in Oke Ijeun area of Abeokuta, were received with fun fare and pageantry by associates and supporters of CPC state leader and former governorship candidate.

 

Union demands removal of Olabisi Onabanjo University’s VC

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and eight other unions of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, have called for the immediate removal of the Vice chancellor Professor Wale Aare-Olaitan and the institutions registrar and the bursar.

The workers, who on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest within the institution’s campus in Ago Iwoye, accused the school’s leadership of “high handedness coupled with allegations of unpaid salaries and arrears running into several millions of Naira.”

The protest had several barricades set-up across the campus with one along the Vice-chancellor’s office and the administrative block.

The agitated union members called for the removal of the Vice-chancellor and the registrar over issues bothering on their welfare

While reeling out the challenges facing the institution which were allegedly perpetrated by the Vice-chancellor, the chairman of ASUU, Dr Adesola Nasir asked the state government to “as a matter of urgency release the government white paper of the visitation panel to the institution while a new governing council should be constituted to give a new lease of live to the state owned institution.”

Responding to the development, the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Segun Odubela, urged the union members to be “calm while a solution to the problem is being sought.”

Although effort to get the reaction of the Vice chancellor on the ongoing strike by the union was unsuccessful, as the state government through the Commissioner for Education, said the issue was being addressed in the best interest of all stakeholders in the institution.

It will be recalled that in the last three years, peace seem to have lost its calm in the tertiary institution, since the reforms ordered by the institution’s management led to the sack of many academic and non-academic staff of the institution.