ASUU STRIKE!! Huge protest in OAU as Osinbajo looks set to visit

There was protest by student of OAU after the school authorities revealed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo plan to visit the institution.

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have expressed indignation over the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the forthcoming 43rd combined convocation of the university holding next week. According to a statement by Gbenga Ololoniran, the Protem Chairman of Great Ife Students’ Union Action Committee, it is condemnable to invite Mr Osinbajo to a university that is a victim of government’s negligence of the education sector.

“To invite such a prime figure behind the underfunding of education to be honoured among students is a mockery on students and education itself,” the student activist stated.

He said Nigeria is under “economic and political bondage as a result of the anti-masses policies of the federal government.” Mr Ololoniran said the neglect of the education sector by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has “led to a hike in fees in several institutions and made it difficult for the children of average Nigerians to access qualitative education.”

He added that the struggle against the situation by students has led to their “grievous victimisation and repressions on students’ unionism even on Obafemi Awolowo University.”

“At this period where the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike across universities, including OAU, over the rotten state of university education, it is still a shock to us that the only solution provided by the government is for tertiary students to begin to pay N700,000 as tuition fee per session. We, therefore, see the presence of such anti-student figure of the government in an academic arena to be a guest speaker, as a rape of our collective intelligence in a university where students’ academic activities are currently battered by the nationwide industrial action of ASUU. “We make bold to assert that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is not welcome on OAU campus.”

To avert the gate of the university “being shut against the vice president”, the students’ leader said the government must “initiate adequate funding of education by committing at least 26 per cent of the country’s budget as against the paltry 7seven per cent to the education sector.”

He also demanded the federal government “immediately yield to the demands of ASUU on university education and earned workers allowance and immediately lift workers’ wage beyond N30,000 minimum wage to alleviate the striking poverty level in the country.”

Reacting to Mr Ololoniran’s statement, however, the spokesperson of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, said the student activist was only expressing “a personal opinion”.

“In fact, the OAU Community, particularly the students, are eagerly waiting for a day when either President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, or both of them, will come to OAU on a visit,” Mr Olanrewaju said in a statement. The community is ready to give a rousing welcome to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria and renowned Professor of law whose brilliant performance in the present administration has done the academic community proud.”

He advised the general public to “disregard in its entirety the release by anybody which runs contrary to the motto of the university: For Learning and Culture.”

Mr. Olanrewaju further stated: “The University, as approved by its Senate, has decided to award an Honorary Degree to a very distinguished Nigerian academic and radical intellectual activist, Professor Biodun Jeyifo, English Professor Emeritus at Cornell University and, currently, Professor of African and African and American Studies and of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, in the United States of America (USA) during its 43rd combined convocations.”

Some students who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, however, accused Mr Olanrewaju of “fallacy” in stating that the students were “eagerly waiting for the day either President Muhammadu Buhari or Mr Osinbajo will come to OAU on a visit. No reasonable student is willing to welcome the vice president or the president himself to an institution that is not getting proper funding. The ASUU strike is on for a month now and the government pretended to be deaf,” a student who simply identified himself as Muneer said.

“Mr Olanrewaju should speak for his paymaster, which is the university and not for the generality of students.”

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Sex For Marks: See Why Ex-OAU Lecturer May Stay Longer In Jail

Professor Richard Akindele, a former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) may be spending more time in jail than anticipated.

This is because  SOFADONDO (SDD), an advocacy group has demanded that the full wrath of the law must be melted to the ‘randy lecturer’

SDD commended the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for its action as regards remanding Akindele in prison on Monday after being arraigned by the ICPC on allegations of requesting sex to influence the marks of his female student.

A statement by Albert Obiozo, Convener of SSD, welcomed the “step taken by ICPC to secure justice for Ms Monica Osagie”.

The group also urged the anti-graft commission to ensure that the lecturer faces the “full wrath of the law”, so his example can serve as “deterrent to others who are not ready to desist from the shameful habit of harassing female students”.

The statement read: “We want to implore ICPC that its work to rid our citadel of learning of lecherous male lecturers is just starting. We task it to investigative the allegations of harassment also levelled against the three lecturers dismissed recently by the Lagos State University (LASU). They should also have their day in court and face the consequences of their shameful action.

“SDD wants to single out OAU and LASU for blazing the trail in dismissing indicted lecturers over molestation and harassment of female students. We salute the leadership of these two institutions for standing firm on the side of truth and its uncompromising stance in punishing colleagues that have betrayed the trust reposed in them as lecturers. We urge the leadership of other tertiary institutions to take a cue from OAU and LASU to fight the scourge of sexual harassment rearing its ugly head in their various higher institutions of learning.

“As for victims suffering in silence, we want to reiterate our mission statement that SDD remains a viable platform that is willing to assist them to get justice. We have a robust legal department that has set machinery in motion to partner with the ICPC in bringing the case of voiceless victims to the fore. Victims with cases should visit our website to report at www.sofadondo.org.

“For the avoidance of doubt, SDD as a duly registered organisation is concerned about the problem of female harassment in tertiary institutions and would continue to strive to do everything within the ambit of the Nigerian laws to expose male lecturers that prey on innocent female students. We are irrevocably committed to stand up for the vulnerable, the oppressed and the downtrodden against all forms of sexual harassment and molestation.”

Sex for Marks scandal: Court sends former OAU professor to prison

The notorious professor of management in whose voice was recorded in the infamous sex for marks audio is not having it good at the moment.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned a former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Richard Akindele at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

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Professor Akindele is being arraigned for demanding sex from one of his students, Ms. Monica Osagie, in order to upgrade her academic result.

At the ruling on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Maurine Onyetenu charged the professor on a four-count charge which he pleaded not guilty to and was later remanded in prison custody till November 27, 2018, for a definite hearing of the matter.

The prosecution counsel Kehinde Adetoye, who spoke to newsmen off camera confirmed that the professor was facing a four-count charge.

He explained that count one dwells on the defendant corruptly asking for sexual benefits for himself from Monica Osagie for a favour that would be thereafter sworn to her by upgrading her academic record from fail to pass, thereby committing an offense contrary to and punishable under section 8 (1)a and 2 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act of 2000.

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Secondly, that on or about September 16, he solicited for a sexual benefit for himself from Monica Osagie for a favour to be given to him, an act contrary to and punishable under section 18b of the ICPC ACT 2000.

Count three talks about him concealing evidence with intent by removing some parts of the WhatsApp conversation between him and the victim contrary to section 15 (1and 2).

The fourth charge is on falsification of age which is contrary to section 25 of the ICPC Act. He claimed that he was born on April 1961 but the personal file which he obtained from the Institution showed that he was born in April 1959. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge preferred against him.

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The video chat of professor Akindele demanding for sex from Miss Osagie who was a postgraduate student at that time had gone viral on September 16, 2017, which led to his dismissal from the Institution after he was found guilty by the committee set up to look Into the case.

What is the appropriate punishment for this crime?

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DISGRACE!! Pastor Osinbajo is not welcome on our campus- OAU issues warning to Vice President

The student of OAU have asked the Vice President not to come to this weekend as he is not a friend of educational development.

The Students’ Union Action Committee of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo should not bother to honour the invitation to attend a programme at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, scheduled for Saturday.

A statement issued by Gbenga Von, Pro tem Chairman of the Students’ Union Action Committee on Friday, noted that the invitation by the department was “condemnable” as Osinbajo is a “prime figure behind the underfunding of education”.

According to Von, the presence of an “anti-student” figure like Osinbajo in an academic arena is a “rape of our collective intelligence in a university where students activities are currently battered by the nationwide industrial action of ASUU”.

The statement read: “The attention of the student populace has been drawn to the invitation of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to a public programme by the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, at Oduduwa Hall of the university on Saturday, 17th November by 12pm.

“Firstly, it is condemnable that the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the university itself is a victim of the negligence of government on education by the virtue of the fact that the department, just like the faculty of Law, FNC, Nursing, Dentistry etc., lost accreditation to National University Commission (NUC) in the last conducted accreditation exercise in the university. To invite such a prime figure behind the underfunding of education to be honoured among students is a mockery of students and education itself.

“Apart from the fact that Nigeria is at a period of economic and political bondage as a result of the anti-masses policies of the Federal Government on the people as piloted by the Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo-led Presidency, it is also alarming the ridiculous manner in which education has been drastically neglected leading to incessant hike in fees across several institutions that has made it difficult for average children to access qualitative education, and the struggle against these by students has led to grievous victimization of students and repressions on students’ unionism even on Obafemi Awolowo University.

“It is therefore surprising how Professor Yemi Osinbajo would be able to speak about ‘Freedom On Leash’ as the theme of the programme, when the Federal Government is at the height of the leash on mass of people.

“At this period where the Academic staff union of universities (ASUU) has been on strike across universities including OAU over the rotten state of university education, it is still a shock to us that the only solution provided by the government is for tertiary students to begin to pay N700,000 as tuition fee per session.

“We, therefore, see the presence of such anti-student figure of the government in an academic arena to be a guest speaker, as a rape of our collective intelligence in a university where students’ academic activities are currently battered by the nationwide industrial action of ASUU.”

 

Citing the conditions on which the vice-president would be welcome in the institution, the organisation said Osinbajo should firstly: “Initiate the adequate funding of education by committing at least 26% of the country’s budget as against the paltry 7% to the education sector; immediately yield to the demands of ASUU on university education and earned workers allowance; and immediately effect the lift of the workers wage beyond N30,000minimum wage to alleviate the striking poverty level in the country”.

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Sex for Mark Scandal: Notorious OAU Professor in more trouble as ICPC drags him to court

The well-known case of the OAU professor caught on tape demanding sex from a student in return for marks will now appear in court.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is set to arraign a former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Richard Iyiola Akindele, at the Federal High Court, Osogbo.

Mr Akindele was accused of demanding sex from one of his students, Ms. Monica Osagie, in order to upgrade her academic result.

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In a statement by the spokesman of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, Professor Akindele will be docked on Monday 19th November 2018, on a 3-count charge having been accused of using his position as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting to demand for sexual benefit from a student and fraudulently upgrade her result in Research Method course which she supposedly failed in 2017.

The Commission says that his actions were contrary to Sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), and 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and are punishable under the same sections.

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One of the counts reads:

“That you, professor Akindele, on or about the 16th day of September, 2017 at Ile-Ife did corruptly ask for sexual benefits for yourself from Ms. Monica Osagie on account of favour to be afterwards shown to her by you in the discharge of your official duties as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, to wit; altering her academic grades in the course with code MBA 632- Research Method from fail to pass; and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 8(1)(a)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

The 57-year-old professor has asked for plea-bargain having admitted guilt. He also cited ill-health as a factor that may make him unable to stand the rigours of prison life, notifying the Commission through his lawyer, Omotayo Alade-Fawole.

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He pleaded that his prayers for plea-bargain be considered, more so as he was already serving punishment for his offence having been sacked by the university.

Ms. Osagie had earlier expressed a lack of confidence in the capacity of ICPC to give her a fair hearing.

According to the commission, the public announcement of the professors impending arraignment is in fulfillment of its promise to the public to avail them of the outcome of the investigation in due time.

The fact that the ICPC has taken up the case is a good development, however, should new laws be passed to help protect students in the future?

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Sex For Marks : ICPC Drags Dismissed OAU Lecturer To Court

The travails of Prof. Richard Akindele who was dismissed from the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU Ile-Ife over a sex for marks scandal is far from over.

After losing his job at the Premier University, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission is set to arraign the former lecturer at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, for allegedly demanding sex from one of his students, Ms. Monica Osagie, in order to upgrade her academic result.

 

The ICPC said in a statement that Akindele will be arraigned on Monday on three charges having been accused of using his position as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting to demand sexual benefit from a student and fraudulently upgrade her result in Research Method course which she supposedly failed in 2017.

The commission said that his actions were contrary to Sections 8 (1) (a) (ii), and 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and are punishable under the same sections.

One of the counts reads, “That you, professor Akindele, on or about the 16th day of September, 2017 at Ile-Ife did corruptly ask for sexual benefits for yourself from Ms. Monica Osagie on account of favour to be afterwards shown to her by you in the discharge of your official duties as a lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, to wit; altering her academic grades in the course with code MBA 632- Research Method from fail to pass; and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 8(1)(a)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

The 57-year-old professor has asked for plea-bargain having admitted guilt.

He also cited ill-health as a factor that may make him unable to stand the rigours of prison life, notifying the Commission through his lawyer, Omotayo Alade-Fawole.

He pleaded that his prayers for plea-bargain be considered, more so as he was already serving punishment for his offence having been sacked by the university.

This public announcement of Prof Akindele’s impending arraignment is in fulfillment of the commission’s promise to the public in a rejoinder in the same newspaper dated September 7, 2018, to avail them of the outcome of the investigation in due time.

Breaking: Obafemi Awolowo University hostel on fire (photos)

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a federal government owned and operated Nigerian university. The university is in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962 as the University of Ife by the regional government of Western Nigeria, led by late chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, and was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University on 12 May 1987 in honour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, whose brainchild the university was.

 

Fire has gutted one the female Hostel, Alumni hostel at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, Osun State.  The cause of the fire outbreak is yet to be known, but it is happening at one of the Alumni hostels on the campus. The fire reportedly started in a room and immediately spread to other rooms in the one-storey building hostel.

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No causality has also been reported, but most of the students affected were not able to take out their properties from the ravaging fire. As of the time of writing this report, there has not been any sign of efforts to put out the fire. But occupants of the hostel have reportedly sent a distress call to the school authorities.

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In 1952, the administration of Nigeria’s regions changed from colonial to African hands which meant elected legislators and regional premiers. The new regional governments proceeded to make expansion of primary and secondary education a policy priority. An underlying purpose of these expansion was the view that education was an important agent of transformation and development. In 1959, the Federal Minister of Education created a commission to research the country’s future manpower needs of university graduates specifically for the years between 1960 and 1980.

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The commission was headed by a Cambridge lecturer, Eric Ashby, master at Clare College, Cambridge and also included a labor economist, Frederick H. Harbison.[5] However, the expectation of the commission’s final report by the Western regional government was University of Ibadan will satisfy the needs of the Western region, a position, the government disagreed on. Even before a final report was submitted in October 1960, the Western government began preparations for the establishment of a university within the region.

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The decision to establish the University of Ife (popularly referred to as “Great Ife” by the ruling Action Group party of the Western Region of Nigeria was in protest at the recommendations of the Ashby Report.[8][full citation needed] The first Nigerian university was established in 1948 at Ibadan, in the western region as an external college of the university of London. However, the needs of Nigeria (then a British colony) far outstripped the productivity of the only university. In particular the University College at Ibadan had no faculty of engineering or technology, no law school, no pharmacy school or management training abilities.

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The Ashby commission, set up by the British, was to review tertiary education needs of the soon-to-be-independent nation of Nigeria. The government of the western region did not want to rely on the federal universities or those of other regions to admit its numerous secondary school leavers. The protest of the foundation of the University at Ife was not only in rebuttal to the perceived politicization of higher education opportunities in Nigeria and the western region but was also designed to fill the gaps in the manpower needs.

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In October 1960, the Ashby commission recommended additional (regional) universities in the northern and eastern regions of Nigeria and another federal university in the Lagos protectorate, but none in the more educationally advanced western region which had a ‘free and universal primary education’ program. A minority report that was accepted by the government recommended a new university within the Western region and facilities of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan was provided to the region.

In 1961, a vote establishing the Provisional Council of the University was passed in 1961 by the Western Regional Assembly. The final site chosen, a 13,000 acre land was donated by the people of Ile-Ife as the location of the proposed university. The first financial grant provided for the takeoff of the university was ₤250,000 from the Western regional government.