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JUST IN: Traditional Worshippers Storm OAU Campus, Kick Against Selection Of Non Ife Indigene As VC

In what appears bizarre to many, women clad in fetish white wrappers arrived OAU Campus as early as 8.15am and blocked all the entrances, including the main gate and Road 7 gates.
Students of the OAU staff school could not gain access to their school for 2nd Term examination which was to start today.
The women moved round the campus and sang occult songs at the motion ground in front of the Senate Building.
You will recall that Prof Adebayo Simeon Bamire emerged as the next VC that will take over from the incumbent in June when his tenure expires.
Ile-Ife, despite being the host community, has not produced any topmost man to steer the affairs of the great institution since its existence over 60 years ago. This time around, there is a reputable Professor who is of Ife extraction, whom everyone believes would break the jinx to become the first indigene to assume the top echelon of the renowned university. The outcome of the governing council last week seemed unfavourable and conspicuous robbery. The disruption of activities on campus today cannot be detached from the ‘unfavourable’ choice of Oyan man as the 12th VC.

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Eruwa Poly Governing Council Condemns NASU, SSANIP Strike, Says ‘Call For Removal Of Chairman’ Malicious

The Governing Council of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa has reacted to the strike action embarked on by local branches of SSANIP and NASU of the institution.

This was contained in a press statement signed and sent today to ODUDUWA NEWS by the Chairman of the Council, Professor Samuel Ogundiran as read in part:

PRESS BRIEFING DELIVERED BY PROFESSOR SAMUEL O. OGUNDIRAN, CHAIRMAN GOVERNING COUNCIL OF ADESEUN OGUNDOYIN POLYTECHNIC, ERUWA, OYO STATE IN RESPONSE TO THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION EMBARKED UPON BY THE LOCAL BRANCHES OF SSANIP AND NASU OF A.O.P., ERUWA.

Gentlemen of the Press,

I observe all protocols.

“It has become expedient to react to the demands of the SSANIP and NASU branches of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa, contained in the press briefing addressed by the Chairmen of the two Unions on Friday, 18th March, 2022. This step becomes inevitable for obvious reasons.

“As the Chairman, Governing Council of the Institution whose removal is being maliciously demanded for, I owe it as a duty to present the other side of the story that the arrow heads of the agitation would rather prefer to be blotted out. Failure to put the records straight would not only erode the good works and services the present Governing Council is doing towards enhancing better rating of the Institution among the comity of Polytechnics, but it equally has the tendency to turn their falsehood into ‘truth’, if left unchallenged.

“As mischievously captured in their joint letter to the Honourable Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology few days ago, the two Unions claimed to have resolved in passing a vote of no confidence on me following their “observed” acts of misdemeanors and gross misconducts in office in recent times. They cited cases of demotion of a member of staff and termination of appointments of four (4) Part-Time staff members as the major reasons for embarking on indefinite strike action effective from Wednesday, 16th March, 2022. These claims are half-truths meant to draw sympathy and draw the eyes of the public away from the root cause.

“Let me emphasise at this juncture, that Governing Council decisions had never been taken unilaterally under my leadership. Decisions are taken in Council, and such decisions are always backed with decision extracts. How the two cases of alleged demotion and termination of appointments of four (4) Part-Time staff (as raised by the Unions) got regarded as the singular and personal decisions of the Council Chairman is not only illogical but treacherous in intents and purposes.

“Permit me to give you full details of the two cases under reference, in order to put the issues in proper perspective.

“Governing Council meetings are held quarterly, according to the guiding policy approved for it by the State Government. The fourth quarter meeting for 2021 held on 25th February, 2022, where Committees earlier set up by the Council presented their reports. One of such Committees was the one set up to consider appeals on 2020 promotion exercise.

“At the meeting, I directed the Ag. Rector to present the findings of the Committee to the Council, which he did. According to the report, the erstwhile management that conducted year 2020 promotion exercise did not do it in good faith, as it was fraught with irregularities that suggested favouritism. As it affects academic staff, the Committee recommended that the upgrading recommendations of two staff members by two levels should be reduced to one, if double-standard is to be discarded and fairness upheld. This has been implemented to the letter by the Management without uproar, because fair is fair.

“Regarding Mrs. M.O Opakunle whose case is being unionized, her conversion/promotion matter equally came up for review. In her own case, she was erroneously granted conversion from Chief Executive Officer (Conhess 13) to Principal Assistant Registrar (Conhess 13) without considering her point of entry in her previous cadre, which is irregular and strange to Civil Service Scheme. As if that was not enough, the erstwhile management, without the knowledge and approval of Council, went behind the scene to promote her to Conhess 14 with a nomenclature of Chief Executive Officer 1 (CEO 1), which is non-existent in the Scheme of Service. Going by the recommendations of the Committee set up, the Council decided that Mrs. M.O. Opakunle be given the option to choose between her conversion level being reversed to Senior Assistant Registrar (Conhess 11) while her salary is made personal to her; or be reverted back to her Executive Cadre on Conhess 13. This decision was unanimously agreed to by the Governing Council during our sitting. How such a decision calls for my removal leaves more than meet the eyes!

“Another report considered at Council meeting has to do with illegal appointment of four (4) Part-Time staff by the erstwhile Management led by Mr. Peter O. Adejumo. Without the knowledge and approval of Governing Council, the then Management replaced two staff members who died in service, and two others who voluntarily resigned. One of the two persons who resigned was a technician in the Works and Services Department. The current Chairman of SSANIP, Mr. Titiloye who equally doubled as the then Head of Works, abused his office by replacing him with his blood brother, Mr. Funso Adeseun Titiloye, who got employed without Council’s approval. The fourth person’s replacement was done in the most daring way. Without Council’s approval, his name was replaced withanother person’s; and has been on the payroll of the Institution for over a year running.

“To further confirm the impunity with which the illegality was perpetrated, the ‘employee’ was not, and has not been issued any letter of appointment till date, even when he got paid every month. After extensive deliberations on the issues of these four (4) illegal appointees, the Council decided and directed that they should be told to withdraw their services with immediate effect and that Management should expunge their names from the payroll. Again, this decision is another sin of ‘misconduct’ that the Unions, ably misled by Mr. Joseph Titiloye is crying wolf about!

“Let me state categorically that none of the issues clandestinely unionized due to selfish interests of the union leaders, are not in anyway related to staff welfare. As a matter of fact, the four persons appointed illegally are not members of any Union, as their status as Part-Time staff do not permit them to belong to any staff union. The Honourable Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology is aware of these self-serving and malicious demands, and had even dialogued with them on two occasions without results.

“I wish to equally put on record the understanding and support enjoyed from the students populace, their Students’ Union Government (SUG) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) of our great Institution. I thank you for your belief in the principles of equity and fairness, and for rejecting favouritsm when you smell one. Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa was established by our forebears, for all of us to excel and fulfil our dreams in whatever capacity without fear or favour. And that vision is what the Governing Council under my leadership is poised to uphold. No threat or intimidation will make me or members of my esteemed Council members back out.

“Contrary to the claims by these disgruntled Union leaders, I do not have control over the incomes and expenditures of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa. I am not a signatory to the Institution’s accounts, neither am I the approving authority. Whoever is not mischievous cannot claim ignorance of due process in financial matters, as far as tertiary Institutions in Oyo State are concerned. How and when would I steal? Whatever I became today is as a result of hardwork. I would not take kindly to such spurious allegations. Otherwise, whoever alleges so recklessly should be ready to defend such, when the law intervenes.

“It was also mentioned in one of their earlier press releases that the Institution had not witnessed any progress since I came on board as the Governing Council Chairman. This is nothing but blatant lie from the pit of hell. An open verifiable fact is the issue of accreditation where we recorded 100 percent success in December, 2020 / January, 2021. Myself and some Council members were available throughout the exercise to give moral support and leverage on personal relationships which were deployed towards making it a success.

“The issue of our 2017/2018 graduands who were denied NYSC mobilization as a result of non-accreditation of their programmes was equally a big challenge when we were inaugurated as Governing Council. The affected graduands had staged several protests (being victims of circumstances) to demand for mobilization, against several Managements without success. Due to personal influence and cordial relationships enjoyed with the NYSC officials, the sets of students hitherto not mobilised, have been called up and are presently observing their service in several parts of the Country.

“At the last meeting of Governing Council, I was given the go-ahead by members to concretize negotiations with Bank of Industry (BOI) for the industrialization of our institution. towards enhancing our internally-generated revenue (IGR). Having cleared the backlog of results not processed by previous Management teams, the Council has agreed to fix the maiden Convocation of our Institution to coincide with the anniversary of our autonomy. We are just waiting for the approval of His Excelelncy, Governor Seyi Makinde before we make the date public. It is our belief that such maiden Convocation ceremony, when held, will be part of the long success story recorded for, and by the people’s Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who I hold in very high esteem.
Thank you so much for listening, as I welcome questions and requests .for clarifications”.

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Olubadan Palace To Be Ready By December, As Ibadan South East LG, Methodist Grammar School Emerged Winners of Football Competition

As part of the activities of this year Ibadan Cultural Festival, the President-General of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes led Ibadan sons and daughters to pay a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Senator Mohood Olalekan Balogun, Alliwo Okumade II

Speaking at the Palace, the Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga, assured Kabiesi and Ibadan residents that the new Palace of the Olubadan will be completed before December.

Speaking further, “the project that would involve everybody,” adding, “with our population in Ibadan said to be four million according to the last population census, if just one million people out of the four million is captured as eligible to a thousand naira each, a billion Naira would be raised and that would do something.”

“With the way things turned out and the kind of weather experienced on the day of coronation with a harmless heavy night shower that rounded off the day, we can say with confidence that the morning had already shown how the night would be as the good time to expect under the reign of the new Olubada,” Adeaga said

Also, the finals of the Football Competition organized in celebration of Ibadan Cultural Festival took place yesterday at Ilaji Hotel & Resorts.

Ibadan South East Local Government came first in the male under 15 male Football Competition beating Ibadan North LG to 1 goals to nothing while Methodist Gram schl Elekuro came first in the S l Amole /CCII female football cup championship among all the secondary Schools in lbadan land, beating Liberty academy Orita challenge to 2 goals to nothing.

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Ibadan Cultural Festival; CCII Presents Awards To Winners of Quiz, Debate Competition, Holds Amala Day In Grand Style

The Ibadan Cultural Festival held three in one event today, 14 of March 2022 being the second day of the 2022 Cultural Festival Celebration.

The program featured Talent Hunt Presentation, Presentation of Awards to Winners of Quiz and Essay Competition and Amala Day.

While delivering his Speech, the Chairman of the Central Planning Committee, Balogun Gaphar Ojetola rejoiced with the President- General who’s the Chief Host, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga that he’s a lucky person whose tenure Ibadan crowned a new Olubadan of Ibadan land.

Balogun Gaphar Ojetola also appreciated both members of the Central Planing Committee and Sub-Committees for their support and cooperation so far and prayed that God will continue to Strengthen them. He equally appreciates the presence of everyone.

Under different categories the following persons emerged winners and we’re given Cash prizes and other items.

Chanting:
1.Ajisafe Omotolani

  1. Azeez Sofiat
  2. Tajudeen Rasheed
  3. Muiz Abdulsalam ( Special Child)

Dancing:

  1. Makinde Oreoluwa
  2. Adeola Hosea
  3. Adedapo Jomiloju

Music:

  1. Olayemi Johnson
  2. Basit Kehinde
  3. Ibidapo Mathew

Others:

  1. Ibrahim Tiamiyu (Cyclist).

On the Inter Secondary School Quiz Competition the following Students emerged winners; Abdul-Qoyum Olajide, Muslim Grammar School, Odinjo came 1st; Timileyin Akinloye, Community High School came 2nd; while Mariam Adekola, Our lady of Apostle, Odo Ona came 3rd.

The Chairman of 2022 Education Sub-Committee, Professor Remi Raji Oyelade on behalf of the Chairman 2022 Central Planing Committee, Balogun Gaphar Ojetola and the Chief Host, The President-General of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes presented Awards to the Winners.

Kazeem Olubunmi Isolagbenla Foundation also presented certificates of excellence to the winners with a total cash prizes.

On the International Essay Competition for Higher Institutions, Bukunmi Agboola from Obafemi Awolowo University & Nabeelah Mobilaji Ajani from University of Ilorin both emerged as 2nd runner up, award of excellence was presented to them by Mogaji Akere.

Morufat Tijani emerged 1st runner up with Abdulroshid Sadiq emerged over all winner both from the University of Ibadan, award of excellence was presented to them by Oloye Lekan Alabi.

The event also featured presentation of Awards to the neatest Markets who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Market Competition. Ajia came third position, Sango came second while Aleshiloye came first

The final segment of the second day program was Amala Day which was well attended by Dignitaries and Royal Personalities in Ibadan.

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Ibadan Cultural Festival 2022 Essay Competition Winners Emerge

The finals of the Ibadan Cultural Festival Essay Competition held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Ibadan House, Oke Aremo. The competition, which was open to all students of Ibadan origin in all tertiary institutions in the country and beyond, had its title as “Ibadanland Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Imagining the Future of a City”. After the screening of submissions, a panel of judges produced a shortlist of four finalists including Abdulroshid Sadiq (from the University of Ibadan), Bukunmi Alade Agboola (from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), Morufat Tijani (from University of Ibadan) and Nabeelah Mobolaji-Ajani (from University of Ilorin).

Coordinated by Prof. Remi Raji-Oyelade, the chairman of the Education Subcommittee, the shortlisted candidates were given the opportunity to present their essays before a moderate audience comprising the executive members of CCII led by the President-General, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga, the Cultural Festival Committee headed by Balogun Gafar Ojetola, parents, friends and well-wishers of the contestants.

In his opening speech, the President-General, Prince Adeaga congratulated the finalists (including Bukunmi Agboola who participated via Zoom) for showcasing their writing abilities. He encouraged them to develop more interest in the cultural affairs of the city of their birth and the sky will be their limits.
With Balogun Ojetola as time-keeper, and the Mr Olatunji Oladejo and Mrs Adenike Adefioye as judges, the contestants had their turns before the audience.

At the end of the competition, the first place winner was Abdulroshid Sadiq, and the first runner-up was Morufat Ajani, with both Bukunmi Agboola and Nabeelah Mobolaji-Ajani coming head-to-head as joint second runners-up.

All the finalists were commended for showing great promise. The official awards ceremony for the winners of this essay competition and the quiz competition among secondary school students will come up on March 17, 2022 as part of the Ibadan Cultural Festival 2022 events.

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Gov Sanwo-Olu Assents Bills To Establish Two New Universities In Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed bills to establish two new Universities in Lagos State into law.

This was made known yesterday by the Governor via his official Facebook account as read in part:

“For Nigeria to reach greater heights of development, we must invest significantly in transforming education and Lagos will put STEM at the forefront.

“I am excited to announce that I signed the bills to establish two new Universities; the Lagos State University of Education and the Lagos State University of Science and Technology.

“We are transmitting the Lagos State Polytechnic in Ikorodu, Isolo and Surulere campuses to the University of Science and Technology as well as Adeniran Ogunsanya Colleges of Education, Ijanikin and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe to Lagos State University of Education.

“We are investing into the quality of the curriculum and strength of the programmes offered.

“This action today will enable NUC do its due diligence.

“We are now blessed with two additional universities joining LASU established in 1982 by the first Executive Governor of Lagos State, the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

“Investment in education continues to be one of our many success stories and we will not relent”.

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Ogun secondary student caught with charm arrested by Police

ODUDUWA NEWS has gathered that a student of Alapoti High School (snr.) Ogun state on Tuesday was arrested by the Police for bringing “Igbadi” (An Assorted Charm) school.

It was learnt that the boy brought the charm to school early morning on Tuesday.

According to an annonymous eyewitness spoke with by ODUDUWA NEWS, he said they boy confessed that he used the charm for protection owing to the fact that the country is not secured.

Effforts at getting report from Police Spokesman in the State proved abortive as several calls were put to him but not picked.

Details later.

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IBADAN YOUTH SUMMIT: Start Learning Vocational Skills – Stakeholders Advice Nigerian Youth On Unemployment

Yesterday, the Ibadan Prime Youth Forum(IPYF), the youth wing of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII, had her first edition of Ibadan Youth Summit tagged: The Burden of Youth Unemployment, whose fault?, Sustainable Intervention and Solutions.

The event featured youths of Ibadanland and friends of the city coming together to participate and contribute to the many issues bothering youthful youthfulness in Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole, with trade exhibition, speeches, panel sessions, questions and answers, and skill acquisition admittance for participants.

In attendance were notable people of Ibadan extraction, which includes the President-General of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga and his cabinet members, Professor Allan Femi Lana, son of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Odulana Odugade, among others.

While declaring the summit open, the wife of the President-General of CCII, Princess (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Adeaga congratulates the organizers for their initiative in putting up this youth engagement event together.

In his Opening speech, CCII President-General, Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga also commended the Forum and reiterate his commitment of the leadership of CCII which he head to the development and advancement of Ibadan Youth.

He further encourages the youths to engage in more meaningful things that will serve as catalyst to their development.

The National Coordinator of the Forum, Dr. Oluwatunmise Adeagbo in his remarks said; “the purpose of the Summit is to address the issue of unemployment and proffer practicable solutions.

“Unemployment is a global concern among developing countries, and forcing them facing acute unemployment in the formal and informal labour markets. Nigeria, with the largest youth population in Africa, is no exception” he said.

He further stated that; “practical solutions that will be work upon will be drawn from submission from discussants who will be speaking on the topic.”

“At the end of today, we hope to provide recommendations to address the immediate and longer-term aspects of the youth unemployment challenge in Nigeria; especially as it concerns Ibadan youths”

“Nigeria ranked 158th out of 183 countries in the domain of employment and opportunities. One unique feature of the economic growth problem in Nigeria is its inability to create more jobs. Considering the growing youth population, estimated to reach 150 million by 2030, this is a significant concern” he concluded.

Discussants at the first panel session includes: Asiwaju Azeez Olasunkande, the group head, HR Resort International Limited, Ambassador Romoke Ayinde, CEO Kayrom Lee, Titilope Gbadamosi Adebayo, Former SSA community relations, Oyo state, Hon. Bolaji Repete, ably represented by former S.A on Students’ Matter to Late Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Mrs. Fatima Hassan-Adeleke and Mrs Steve Ogundipo Olayinka the representative of the State Coordinator of National Directorate of Employment.

In their words, they encouraged the youths to take charge of their lives, hunt for opportunities in their various field.

They further admonished Nigerian youth, who are graduates and undergraduates to start learning skills, either soft skills and other vocational skills, that will put them at the center of job creation and employer of labour.

The NDE representatives also uses the medium to inform participants on how to benefits from free skills acquisition put in place by the Government, while it was also confirmed that the leadership of the Ibadan Prime Youth Forum are working on linking participants who attended the programme and indicated interest in learning vocational skills to the agency and other partners of the events.

During the second session, Discussants shared their success stories, and how the youths can getting started.

Mrs. Adejoke Lasisi further enlightened the youths on many opportunities open for their consumption.

Other discussants includes Mr. Wale Oladiti, CEO Weeldrop Petroleum, Dr. Wole Odetayo represented by Mr Isreal Raphael and Mrs Damilola Ashaleye, CEO Ashdam Solar, they all gave insight on how they started their businesses, the challenges and how they were able to overcome the challenges.

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UI Makes U-Turn On Convocation Of First Class Graduates, Invites All Categories

The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has made a reverse decision on the convocation of first class graduates which generated a lot of controversies in recent times.

This was contained in a statement made available today by the University as read in part:

“University of Ibadan congratulates graduands on the successful completion of their course in the University. Graduation is a very important aspect of your life. Therefore, please read this notice very carefully:

“We congratulate graduands on the successful completion of their programmes at the University. Graduation is a very important milestone of your life. Therefore, please read this notice very carefully:

“Attendance at the International Conference Centre is opened to graduands only. Parents and visitors are not allowed into the campus neither will there be any form of partying or social gathering during the period. All graduands are to comply with COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks, physical distancing and use of hand sanitizer.
Parents, guardians and visitors are to log on to connect to the Convocation proceedings using any of the following link: www.ui.edu.ng
Graduands are expected to collect academic outfits before the Ceremony, after presenting the receipt of payment for the following:
Hiring of Undergraduate Academic outfit – N3,000 (Three Thousand Naira only).
Hiring of Master’s Academic outfit – N3,000 (Three Thousand Naira only).
Purchase of Ph.D Academic outfit – N25,200 (Twenty Five Thousand, Two Hundred Naira only).
School fees containing the appropriate Graduation Levy for Diploma/Certificate, First Degree and Higher Degree.
Separate receipt of N1,000.00 (One Thousand Naira only) for the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA) Membership levy. The levy of N1,000.00 (One Thousand Naira only) must be paid to the Alumni Office.
All graduands are expected to pay the levies as stipulated whether or not they attend the Convocation Ceremonies.
Graduands should follow the steps listed below to pay for Hiring of Academic Outfits as listed in (3) above.

“Log on to www.remita.net
Click on ‘pay FGN and State TSA’
Click on ‘FGN’: Federal Government of Nigeria
Locate University of Ibadan -1000107
Select Service Type: University of Ibadan Fees
Choose Hiring of Academic Gown Fee
Enter the amount, narratives for the payment i.e. being payment for Hiring of Academic Gown Fee for 2020 Graduation
Generate Remita Retrieval Reference invoice
Pay online with your ATM Card or Print out the Remita Retrieval Invoice to make cash payment in any commercial bank of choice
Print out online Receipt of payment (indicating the name of bank ATM used for online transaction) and present to the Treasury Office of the University to collect the University receipt
Present the Remita Retrieval Invoice and the bank teller used for cash payment to the Treasury Office of the University to collect University Receipt”.

Other information can be accessed via the official website of the University: www.ui.edu.ng.

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BREAKING: Ibadan Born Professor, Kayode Adebowale Emerges UI 13th Vice-Chancellor

Prof. Kayode Adebowale of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, emerges as the 13th Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Details coming soon.

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