OAU Gets New Vice Chancellor

OAU, OAU VC, ASUUA new Vice Chancellor, albeit in acting capacity, has emerged for the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.

He is Professor Anthony Elujoba of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

His emergence comes barely 24 hours after the Federal Government ordered the Senate of the school to use its internal mechanism in selecting a new Vice Chancellor.

There has been series of protests against the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole, who has been accused of mismanaging resources of the institution.

In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, President Buhari directed the Senate not to consider any of the candidates who earlier contested for the position.

The Senate of the institution approved the appointment of Professor Anthony Elujoba as the acting VC.

Workers and students of the institution recently trooped out in jubilation following the dissolution of the school’s governing council and the suspension of the selection of the vice chancellor by the federal government.

According to the staff and students, the federal government’s decision was a step towards the redemption and integrity of the institution, which for weeks had been hit by crisis after the exit of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole.

OAU Workers, Students Protest, Demand Outgoing VC’s Probe

OAU, OAU workers,Students and workers at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife Osun State are calling on the federal government to set up an investigative panel into what they call the “corrupt activities” of the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Bamitale Omole.

To show their grievances against Professor Omole, the workers comprising members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Unions and students attempted to stall the book launch organised in his honour.

It was less than three weeks to the expiration of the tenure of Professor Bamitale Omole as OAU VC and the protesters gathered in front of the school’s bookshop to disrupt the book launch.

From the book shop, they moved to the OAU Conference Centre, venue of the book launch, dragging the banner of the launch along.

At the conference centre, the aggrieved workers and students were told that the event had been cancelled for security reasons.

Speaking to newsmen, leaders of the unions claimed that they were on the protest to register their grievances against the mismanagement of the institution’s resources and an alleged planned imposition of a new vice chancellor by the outgoing vice chancellor.

They called on the federal government to set up a panel of inquiry to probe the about-to-wind-up administration of Prof Bamitale Omole.

The students also blamed management for the condition of the halls of residence, which they say is deplorable and requires urgent attention.

However, OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, says all aggrieved unions should channel their concerns to anti-graft agencies saddled with the responsibility with relevance proof if there is any.

In the meantime, the unions have vowed to continue their protests until June 23 when Professor Bamitale Omole is expected to officially vacate his office as the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Anticorruption: ASUU Appeals To Nigerians To Support FG

asuuSome university dons under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are appealing to Nigerians to support the anti-corruption stance of the federal government rather than see it as a witch-hunt against any opposition.

This appeal was made at a special lecture and congress held in honour of a former chairman of ASUU, Obafemi Awolowo University chapter, Professor Idowu Awopetu in Ile-Ife Osun state.

Members of ASUU from across the country; vice chancellors of various institutions including that of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof Bamitale Omole all gathered for the event.

One after the other, they all lamented that some corrupt opportunists have almost milked the Nigerian economic cow to death and there is the need for the Buhari administration to recoup the money.

The academics want the President to spread the anti-corruption dragnet across board to achieve the desired goal.

They said that the war against corruption should be a people’s war supported by all Nigerians if the country must rise again.

The university dons, however, warned the President to always respect the rule of law and fundamental human rights of the accused corrupt persons so as not to be seen as an authoritarian.

OAU Ebola Scare: Female Student Tests Negative To EVD

OAU EbolaVice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Bamitale Omole, has cleared the air surrounding the status of the female student of the institution who was suspected to have been a secondary contact ‎with Ebola Virus Disease.

He confirmed that she has tested negative to the deadly virus.

Speaking to newsmen in Ile-Ife in Osun state, Prof. Bamitale Omole made it clear that the lady who was sent to the Ebola Isolation Centre in Lagos for further clinical and laboratory investigation, has been certified and proved negative of the dreaded EVD .

Prof. Omole gave assurance that the institution would in no way stigmatize the student who is still out of town, more so when she has been clinically confirmed ‎free of the Ebola Virus.

On measures put in place to curtail the EVD, Prof. Omole said that foreign students have been asked not to resume yet, particularly the ones from Liberia, until the coast is clear.

He urged the people to go about their normal activities, assuring that the OAU Ebola Surveillance Committee would continue to maintain all precautionary measures to ensure that OAU remains Ebola Free.

OAU VC Says Increase In Charges Is Inevitable

Prof Bamitale OmoleTwo weeks after students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife took to the streets to protest the recent hike in their school charges; authorities of the institution have finally broken the silence over the issue.

Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof Bamitale Omole, who addressed journalists in Ile-Ife town, Osun State, said that the increase in the charges was inevitable if the institution was to attain the international standard.

He said that the current economic reality could no longer accommodate students paying as little as #7,000 per session, hence the regime of a minimum of over #60,000 per fresh student.

He also disclosed that the inflation that has eaten deep into the university’s allocation from the Federal Government has made the charges paid by the students in the last ten years unsustainable, hence the need for the new charges.

In the analysis given by the Vice Chancellor, the Faculty of Arts, Administration, Education, Social Sciences and Law which before now was paying 5,300 Naira for old students would begin to pay 19,700 and fresh students would pay 43,700.

For Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, it has moved from 12,800 to 33,700 while fresh students would be required to pay 57,700.

That of Faculty of Science from 7,800 has become 30,700 and fresh students are to pay 54,700.

In all these, the University said that it was however not oblivious of indigent students and the Senate had made adequate provision for it by setting up a Student Education Relief Committee to provide scholarships and grants for this set of students.

This explanation, however, does not seem to go down well with the student leadership. They still want the charges to be reduced.