Again, Armed Men Invade UI Hostel, Injure Two

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Armed men numbering about 15 suspected to be robbers have yet again invaded another hall of residence in the University of Ibadan.

The armed men stormed the Abdulsalami Abubakar Hall of residence which is comprised of four blocks and houses housing postgraduate students, carting away valuables and injuring two male students.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka, who confirmed the attack to Channels TV via the phone call, said the attack took place in the female wing of the hostel around 2 am.

Professor Olayinka explained that the two students were injured while the robbers were trying to escape after one of the students spotted them and raised an alarm.

According to the VC, the police authorities have visited the scene of the crime and commenced an investigation into the matter.

Sunday’s attack comes barely a month after a similar robbery took place.

Students Injured As Robbers Attack UI Female Hostel

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University of Ibadan main entrance gate.

 

Two students of the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan were injured on Friday after some armed men suspected to be robbers attacked a female hostel in the institution.

The affected students are resident of Obafemi Awolowo (Awo Hall) Hall in the school and the attack was carried out in the early hours of Friday morning.

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According to Spokesperson of the University, Tunji Oladejo, who confirmed the incident to Channels TV, the victims have been taken to Jaja Clinic for treatment.

During the robbery operation, which lasted for several hours, the attackers made away with the students’ phones, laptops, cash, and other valuables

The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Sina Olukolu, has also visited the scene of the incident.

Awo hall is one of the most populous female hostels in the University of Ibadan.

Sophie Oluwole: 6 Facts About First Nigerian Woman To Bag A PhD In Philosophy

The announcement regarding the death of Professor Sophie Oluwole has stirred some buzz all over social media, with many still at a loss as to who she really was. 

Sophie Oluwole was reported dead on Monday, she died at the age of 83.

Below are 6 major facts about the erudite scholar who is the first Nigerian lady to bag a doctorate degree in Philosophy.

1. Birthplace

Sophie was born in 1963 at an area of Ondo state known as Igbara-Oke.

2. Studied in Ife

The late professor had her primary and secondary education in Ife and she was critical of the educational system in the 1940s.

3. The Philosopher

She studied History, Geography and Philosophy at the University of Lagos,  UNILAG, she would eventually settle on philosophy, a path which she plied all through her life.

4. First Female To Bag A PhD In Philosophy

After her first degree, she was employed in UNILAG for a time as an assistant lecturer in 1972, and went on to complete her PhD in philosophy at the University of Ibadan, thus making her the first female doctorate degree holder in philosophy in Nigeria.

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As a qualified professor, Oluwole taught African Philosophy at UNILAG for six years between 2002 and 2008.

5. Mamalawo

She was often called Mamalawo a nickname which was borne from her becoming the first female PhD holder in the country. The nickname was supposed to be the female version of the Yoruba word ‘Babalawo’ – a spiritual title which denotes a priest of the Ifa Oracle.

6. Yoruba Philosophy 

More to her nickname as Mamalawo is the fact that Sophie’s teachings and works were generally attributed to the Yoruba school of philosophical thought.

The ideology was ingrained in the cultural and religious beliefs (Ifá) of the various regions of Yorubaland.

According to Sophie, this branch of philosophy predates the Western tradition, as the ancient African philosopher Orunmila predates Socrates by her estimate.

Scholars believe that these two thinkers, representing the values of the African and Western traditions, are “two of Sophie’s biggest influences, and she compares the two in her book Socrates and Orunmila”.

Sophie reportedly died around 8pm on Sunday evening after a protracted illness.

Until her death, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos and the Chief Executive Officer of Centre for African Culture and Development.

SERAP Threatens To Sue UI, AAUA Over Increased Fees

SERAP Threatens To Sue UI, AAUA Over Increased Fees

 

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI) and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA) to immediately reverse the increases in fees at the institutions or face legal action.

In a statement on Thursday by its deputy director Timothy Adewale, the human rights agency said the increases would have discriminating effect against disadvantaged students who may be unable to pay the new fees, and who are not granted an exemption.

They added that it would create a classification based on the economic and social status of the parents of affected students and undermine the students’ rights to education and equal protection guarantees.

According to the organisation, the inability of the students to pay the fees would result in an absolute deprivation of a meaningful opportunity for them to enjoy educational benefit.

The University of Ibadan had increased fees for students’ professional training and accommodation while Adekunle Ajasin University increased the tuition fees.

The professional fees reportedly range from N75,000 to N100,000 per student and accommodation fee in the hostel was raised from around N14,000 to N40,000 per student, while AAUA allegedly increased school fees from about N35,000 to as high as between N120,000 and N200,000 per session.

Reacting to the increments, SERAP stressed that the universities ought to have carefully considered the effects of high fees on accessibility and the vision of education that they seek to achieve.

They, however, advised the universities to find solutions to their funding difficulties elsewhere and threatened to take appropriate legal action against them if they fail to reverse the fees within seven days.

– A Nation Of Limited Human Potential –

The statement read in part: “Students that are unable to pay these fees may become disillusioned, gradually disassociate from the universities, and eventually drop out entirely. When a student is excluded from gaining the full benefits available in public school because of inability to pay fees, the effect is exclusion which naturally imposes a lifetime hardship on a discrete class of students not accountable for their disabling status.

“SERAP also urges the leadership of the National Assembly to come up with legislation that would: end arbitrary imposition of fees in our public schools; grant exemptions to students from disadvantaged background; ensure that our universities are adequately funded on an equitable basis to ensure the proper exercise of the rights to equal protection of law and education and redress inequalities in education provision.

“The right to education is too important to be left to the budgetary circumstances of individual university or socio-economic status of parents and families. Any perceived financial hardship faced by the UI and AAUA cannot justify the violations of the students’ constitutional guarantees of equal protection and Nigeria’s international obligations to ensure equal access to the right to education. The right to education is not a commodity for sale.

“Nigeria cannot continue to compete and prosper in the global arena when university students are chased away because they cannot afford to pay fees. And if Nigeria cannot compete, it cannot lead. If our students continue to face victimisation, discrimination and exclusion on the grounds of their socio-economic status, Nigeria will become a nation of limited human potential. It would be tragic if the authorities at UI and AAUA and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari allow this to happen.

“While the increases in fees may be financially necessary, they are illegal, as they amount to victimisation and discrimination of students from disadvantaged sectors of the population, contrary to the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights both of which Nigeria has ratified.

“SERAP notes that section 12 of the University of Ibadan Act prohibits discrimination on grounds such as social and economic status. It provides that ‘no person shall be subjected to any disadvantage in relation to the University’.

“The increases also violate the right of the students to equal protection of the law, as guaranteed by sections 17, 18 and 42 of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended). Equal access to education is a human right and necessary for the enjoyment of other human rights. It is the very foundation of good citizenship. The opportunity of an education, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms, regardless of ability of parents to pay.

“No students from disadvantaged sectors of the country have the means to change or control the financial status of their parents. Therefore, any denial of an educational opportunity to such students based on their inability to pay a fee would be grossly unfair and unconstitutional.

“Education provides the basic tools by which individuals might lead economically productive lives to the benefit of all. The UI and AAUA cannot ignore the significant social costs that would be borne by our country when disadvantaged students are denied the means to absorb the values and skills upon which Nigeria’s social order rests.”

UI Mgt Refuses To Reduce Fees Despite Student’s Protest

UI medical students during the protest.

 

Amidst protest by medical students of the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, the University management has insisted that there is no going back on the fees increase.

Ahead of the new session that begins next week, the institution’s Senate had on Wednesday, April 4 approved that management increase the fees for hostel accommodation, practicals and field work for appropriate faculties.

This decision did not go well with the students especially those at the College of Medicine who on Monday, April 9, led a protest for the school to rescind its decision.

 

In his reaction, the Vice-chancellor of the institution, Professor Idowu Olayinka told Channels Television that the new fees are a good compromise blaming the increase on the amount of rot that has to be fixed in the hostels across campus.

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“As we speak we have 8,222 bed-spaces and the student population is about 27,000. So we can only accommodate about 30 percent of the students. We have even exceeded the carrying capacity of those students. A room originally designed for two students, now we put five of them there,” he said.

Olayinka added that all the faculties involved in the increase had sensitised the students before the decision of the management was announced. According to him, the school management has not increased accomodation fees for the past 11 years.

“The facilities are overstretched and we felt the condition under which the students live requires a lot of improvement. For a very long time, students were paying N90 per beds pace. That continued in the 70’s till 2001 when the University decided to increase the cost of bed-space from N90 to N3,500. In 2005, we increased from N3,500 to N10,000. In 2007, we increased again from N10,000 to N14,000.

“This is what we have been operating with. For the past 11year,s we have not tampered with the cost of bedspace in any of our undergraduates halls of residence,” he added.

The medical students during their protest on Monday, however, described the increase as an astronomical. They said the amount paid by both pre-clinical and clinical students at the College of Medicine would adversely affect their programme.

UI Shuts Down After Students Protest

DegreesThe management of the University of Ibadan on Monday shut down the institution, following a directive that all students should vacate the campus on or before 6:00 pm.

The students had earlier taken to the streets of Ibadan in a protest over alleged insensitivity on the part of the university management.

The management said the closure, therefore, became necessary in order to avert a crisis.

Group Seeks Stiffer Penalty To Eradicate Girl Child Molestation

child-female-girlTo eradicate Girl Child molestation and discrimination in Nigeria, psychologists are asking for stiffer penalties for persons who molest any girl child.

They believe that what would aid the punishment for the molesters is the effective domestication and implementation of the Acts on Child’s Right.

At a symposium organised by the Life Matters Foundation for Children and Youths Concerns in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, all the speakers demanded for more actions to end a trend they said was worrisome.

Speaking on the topic, “The Nigerian Girl Child :Trends, Issues and Interventions” the speakers were also of the opinion that the girl child needed to be empowered and sensitised on the need to speak up when they feel intimidated in any format that might lead to abuse.

Increase In Reported Cases

The convener of the the Nigerian Girl Child Project, Dr. Olayinka Oderinde, said the project was put together in view of the recent happenings to the girl child and the levity with which such cases were handled.

“In recent times, there has been an increase in reported cases of various forms of injustices, unfairness, abuse, misuse, violation against the girl child in Nigeria.

“Still fresh on our minds are the cases of the abducted Chibok girls, the” Ejigbo three‎”, Miss Ese Oruru, four school girls impregnated in Lagos State as well as countless cases of rape, paedophillia and incest abortions among others.

“These are burning issues of serious concern to not only Life Matters foundation but to other stakeholders on the total well-being of the Nigerian Girl child because they could affect the educational, psycho-social and spiritual achievement/progress of young girls and ladies,” she lamented.

Dr. Oderinde further told the gathering that “in some cases some parents will tell you that they prefer to send their boys to school than their girls for reasons known to them but most times their excuse is that the girl will go to her husband’s house. So they would rather not waste their money on her education. This trend should be discouraged. The girl child has equal rights with the boy child and they should be treated equally to avoid complex for the girl child in future”.

According to her, the way out of this crisis is through education, enlightenment and awareness.

“We should not be silent about the abuse of the girl child. Perpetrators must be exposed. I’m happy Lagos state is taking a step on this and they are doing quite well, they have well established institutions in how to report violation of the girl child or children generally. We must create awareness. Some do not know what VVF means. Some even claim they do not know it is wrong to hawk wares. Let’s create this awareness and save our girl children from danger,” she stated.

Another speaker at the symposium, Dr. Ndidi Ofole, a counselling psychologist from the University of Ibadan in Oyo State said that “one of the things we are not getting right is that most of the acts on child’s right is yet to be domesticated”.

He pointed out that only 18 states out of 36 states in the Federation and Federal Capital Territory had adopted the Child Right Acts.

Dr. Ofole said that even with the adoption only two states – Lagos and Akwa Ibom  – are implementing the law.

“It then makes one wonder, what is happening to the other states. When it is not put into law, the perpetrators easily get out of it because there is no strong policy to hold them behind the bars. Despite all the efforts made in the past, this reason is responsible for its lingering in the society,” she said.

The counselling psychologist, however, stressed that advocacy, seminars and workshops could help to sensitise the people.  She lamented that since 1989 that the Act was promulgated internationally, it is yet to ‎find its strong footing in Nigeria.

“The children also need to be empowered and sensitised to their bright songs soon, as they see any strange attitude to their right. They can speak up. The government can set up online calls for girls who find themselves in awkward situation so they can call for help.

“There should also be workshops for parents. Often times it is parents who feel ashamed that refuse to speak up and it is causing more harm than good for their children. When they fear the stigma and hide the perpetrator, he will commit more crimes in the society,” Dr Ofole emphasised.

Dr Solomon Ladipo was another speaker at the symposium and he thinks the law enforcement agents are not implementing the law to the fullest.

“I believe that anybody who is caught molesting, violating or abusing any child, either boy or girl, should have the law descend heavily on him or her and when people see this it will serve as a deterrent to others who may want to do such acts.

“So I call on all law enforcement agents to please rise up to their responsibilities.  Whenever you see a child being molested, please do the needful, apprehend the culprit and bring him before a competent court of law and have him properly punished,” he appealed.

He further appealed to parents to help prevent any form of molestation from occurring to the child by being more careful.

“I think prevention is the key word here. Once it happens, the memory cannot be erased, So, parents let’s put in more effort to protect our children especially the girl child from incest and scars that will linger for life,” he added.

Saraki Harps On Needed Investment In Nigeria’s Human Resources

Saraki Canvasses Review of Procurement Laws To Cushion RecessionNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for greater investments in human resources, which he described as the greatest assets of the country regardless of the nation’s abundant mineral and material resources.

At a night of recognition and dinner in honour of 72 graduates of Kwara origin who bagged first class in their studies, tagged, ‘Kwara Class of Honours’, Dr Saraki said human resources in Nigeria had not received sufficient investments and encouragement.

Future Of Nigeria

The former Kwara State governor commended the beneficiaries for their determination, commitment, patience and academic exploits.

He reiterated that the youths were the future of Nigeria and urged Nigerian students to aim for excellence and be good ambassadors of their alma mater after graduation.

“We have a lot of resources. You talk about oil, solid minerals and others, but we spend less time on human resources which is the most important.

“What you have in front of us is worth more than many barrels of oils and worth more than many carats of gold,” the Senate president observed.

The 73 firstclass beneficiaries graduated from public and private universities across Nigeria which included, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, Federal University, Minna, Kwara State University, Covenant University, Bowen University and Afe Babalola University.

 

Geologists Seek Domestication Of African Mining Vision

mining-crude-oilGeologists are asking for the domestication of the African Mining vision in all African country to drive investment and boost the continent’s economy.

The demand was made at the 26th Colloquium of African Geology, a major bi-annual Conference for the earth sciences held at the University of Ibadan.

Not less than 32 countries were represented from different continents.

The African Mining Vision is a product of the largest assemblage of researchers, professionals, consultants, industrialists, investors and students in the earth science from all over the world with focus on the African continent.

Organised by the Geological Society of Africa and hosted for the first time in Nigeria by the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society, this year’s colloquium is set on “Unlocking Earth Science Potentials for Sustainable Development of Africa” and attended by 310 participants.

Participants agreed that there must be a focused synergy between the academia, government and industry for the sustainable development of African mineral resources.

The President of the Nigerian Society of Mining and Geo-Sciences, Professor Olugbenga Okunlola, noted that part of the task before the experts was the need to evolve an artisanal programme that would be inclusive of well-managed seed funding, extension outreaches, and equipment leasing initiatives in all active Mining countries starting with Nigeria.

”The colloquium is to bring together all Geo-scientists from all over the world that are working in Africa to discourse advancements in Geo-sciences in Africa.

“Everything relating to the study of rocks and the mineralisation, environmental effects and how it affects the standard of living in Africa.

“It is a plus for us in Nigeria because it will open up Nigeria to the investment world, to the Geo-Scientific world, to the research world to come into Nigeria to a lot of things as far as the earth sciences and mineralisation of the country is concerned,” he told the gathering.

Professor Okunlola added that ”we are going to discuss African problems, the problems of Artisanal mining, problems of investment of mining in oil and gas, in solid mineral sector and water resources. How it can affect the growth of the continent. How we can use these resources to earn more money and improve the GDP and how we can mine sustainably”.

Some of the Participants also disclosed that the colloquium was an avenue to share research findings on African mining issues and sustainable environment.

A Professor of Geology from Ethiopia, Professor Asfawossen Asrat, added that “the conference will expose scientists to robust deliberations on ways of harnessing earth science studies to alleviate poverty in Africa”.

The case of non-reclamation of abandoned mines dotting the African landscape was frowned at and calls were made for the need to enforce the environmental laws governing mining in Africa to minimise noticeable disasters that have become frequent in recent times.

Experts at the Conference noted the need for quick development of Africa’s “Development minerals” which were hitherto referred to as ‘non-metallic minerals’ or ‘low quality high tonnage minerals’. These include but not limited to limestone, marble, clays, Granites, sands, and agnominal like Phosphate, Gypsum, feldspars, and lignite which have been identified as low hanging fruits for quick investment opportunities.

Participants believe that if properly harnessed these could provide over three million jobs over the next four years in Africa with countries like Nigeria and south Africa, benefiting most.

The major highlights of technical sessions covered all the major areas of the earth sciences including oil and gas, sedimentology, Water resources, Geo-tourism, Development and metallic minerals. over 230 abstracts for oral presentation were received and documented.

The colloquium further recognised the necessity of the rapid development of earth science academic institutions in Africa to be able to provide the much needed capacity and manpower for research and the minerals industry whether oil, gas or the “solid” minerals.

The UNESCO initiative of the African Earth Science Institution (ANESI) initiative was applauded but calls for its long term sustainability were made.

At the General Assembly of the Geological Society of Africa, which took place on the last day of the conference, Professor Okunlola, a Professor of Geology, was elected the new President of the Geological Society of Africa for the next four years.

The deliverable from the Colloquium include the fact that Africa remains the most attractive investment destination for mining, hence the need to fully domesticate in each African country, the African Mining Vision.

They also agreed that for the sustainable development of African mineral resources, there must be a focused synergy between the academia, Government and industries.

The gathering also emphasised the need to have a proper harmonisation of all initiatives of the earth and Mineral sciences in Africa for proper planning and focused development.

ASUU, FG Are Beginning To Agree – Senate Committee

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendmentThe Senate says some agreement have been reached between the Nigerian government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU on some of their issues except one which borders on the earned allowances of lecturers.

This was made known by the Senate committee set up by the Senate President Bukola Saraki to address the industrial crisis embarked on by ASUU.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Education, Senator Jibrin Barau, spoke after a meeting that commenced about 12 noon and ended around 8PM.

He said that the academic union were going to make consultations with their members on the way forward and that the upper house was hopeful that they would return with good news.

ASUU embarked on the strike to protest the failure of the Federal Government to implement terms of the 2009 and 2013 agreements.

The ASUU Chairman for the University of Lagos, (UNILAG), Mr Adelaja Odukoya, explained the reasons for their decision to Channels Television.

He said the Federal Government had failed to deliver on its 2009 Agreement and 2013 MoU.

According to him, the government is owing over 800 billion Naira, funds which he said were meant to upgrade the university system, in attempts to make them globally competitive.

In a meeting of the Senate President with ASUU officials in Abuja, the Chairman of ASUU, University Of Uyo Chapter, Dr Aniekan Brown, told Channels Television that she was glad that the industrial action had enjoyed 100% compliance in line with the directive.

She also said that the strike was “informed by the inability of the federal government to honor the agreement reached with ASUU on a number of issues, which you already know.

“The most important, being that the public universities are still underfunded.”

President Muhammadu Buhari recently appealed to union of Nigerian university lecturers to give government more time to sort out the shortfalls in salary payment and other related issues affecting the education sector.

President Buhari made the plea at an event at the University of Ibadan.

Govt. Is Ready To Revamp Education Sector, Buhari Begs ASUU

Govt. Is Ready To Revamp Education Sector, Buhari Begs ASUUPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to give government more time to sort out the shortfalls in salary payment and other related issues affecting the education sector.

President Buhari made the plea as the visitor at the grand finale of the 68th Founders’ Day and convocation ceremony of the University of Ibadan which took place at the International Conference Center, Ibadan.

Represented by the Director, Tertiary Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Fatimah Ahmad, President Buhari decried the standard of education which has left a vast majority of the people poorly educated.

Describing the trend as unhealthy and saddening, the President reiterated his administration’s commitment to revamping the sector.

Mrs Ahmad added that government was in dialogue with the affected unions and would continue to explore means of amicable resolutions.

A total of 442 graduates bagged doctorate degrees in various fields while three eminent Nigerians including business mogul, Aliko Dangote; writer and poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare and Ibadan businessman, Bode Amao were conferred with honorary degrees of the prestigious institution.

LAUTECH: Visitation Panel Begins Sitting Over Ownership Tussle

LAUTECH, ownership tussleThe visitation panel jointly set up by the Oyo and Osun state governments, over the crisis at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH), has begun sitting over the institution’s ownership tussle.

The 21-year-old tertiary institution has been tangled in an ownership tussle, one which had nearly degenerated to violence, but for the intervention of security agents.

A seven-member panel headed by Mr Wole Olanipekun (SAN), was created on Wednesday, October 19, after a meeting between the two owner states, led by the governors, Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola respectively.

At the recent inaugural meeting held at the senate building of the institution in Ogbomoso, the Chairman, Mr Olanipekun, gave the assurance that the disagreement which resulted from inadequate funding would be resolved soon.

He mentioned that he had absolute confidence in members of the panel who would work to restore academic, administrative as well as financial sanity to the institution, which was once noted for its highly rated academic standard.

He recalled that the university had been paralyzed for over 20 weeks, due to lack of funding as well as the disagreements.

Mr Olanipekun stated that his wealth of experience as a Pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo and a former Pro-Chancellor of University of Ibadan, would be brought to bear on the outcome of the panel.

The Chairman further assured the people to expect revitalized academic excellence and outstanding learning outcomes from the university, which he said would take back its pride of place.