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.

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.

ASUU UNIBEN Protests, Says No Going Back On Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Benin Chapter has called on the Federal Government to honour the agreement it reached with the union in 2009.

Members of ASUU UNIBEN who took their protest to the NUJ Press Centre in Benin City said they were on a sensitization as to the reason why they must continue in their strike to press home their demand.

The Union Members in their various speeches said the Federal Government convinced them with promises of sincerity and determination to fulfil the agreement before they called off their strike in 2009.

They however said there was no going back on the strike until all the demands have been met.

ASUU’s  decision to embark on the strike which commenced on July 1st, 2013 was reached at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye.

Nigerian Universities Are Inadequate, Dilapidated and Overcrowded – Mahmud Yakubu

The former executive secretary of Tertiary Education Tax Fund, Prof Mahmud Yakubu has said the facilities in our universities are inadequate, dilapidated and overstretched.

Prof. Mahmud made these remarks while speaking at the 30th anniversary of the Olabisi Onabanjo University which is tagged Nigerian Tertiary Education In Crisis “The way forward”.

The professor said physical facilities for teaching and learning in Nigerian universities are inadequate, he further explained that many lecturers including professors share small offices.

He also stated that most universities are dilapidated with poorly ventilated and over- crowed classrooms.

Mahmud noted that the state of the poor facilities of the universities has been brought to the notice of the government.



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.