The Deputy Vice Chancellor of OlabisiOnabanjo University, Professor (Mrs.) M. N. Femi-Oyewo, MFR has commended the leadership commitment and benevolence of the National Action for the control of AIDS, (NACA) and Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) Foundation for the provision of a Youth Friendly Centre to meet the health and educational needs of the University Community, especially the students.
She made the commendation on Monday, June 11, 2012 in her welcome address at the commissioning of the Youth Friendly Centre donated by the MTN in collaboration with NACA.
Prof (Mrs.) Oyewo stated that the university had earlier, in 2007, signed a memorandum which contained information about the Centre and assured that the university would strengthen its contribution to the Centre as well see to the provision National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to students to facilitate easy access to health care in order to reduce their financial burden on Medicare.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director General of NACA, Professor John Idoko said there was adequate evidence that youths were at high risk of HIV/AIDS infection, hence the urgent need for a centre that would focus on preventing the pandemic through sexual awareness.
He described the Youth Friendly Centre as a forum to unify the young ones and educate them on matters relating to their health,stating that the uniqueness of the centre was that it would be run by the students themselves as beneficiaries
The Director of Ogun State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA),Dr. (Mrs.) RantiOladeinde, representing the State Commissioner for Health, Dr.Olaokun Soyinka, said report had confirmed that HIV/AIDSremained an unresolved challenge in Nigeria with asero prevalence level of 4.1% and that a higher prevalence was found among age15-49 years.
In his contribution, the Director of MTN Foundation, Mr. Dennis Okoro, stated that MTN had been active in supporting efforts to combat the pandemic and appealed to the students, as leaders of tomorrow, to resist any attempt to vandalise the Centre.
The Dean, Students Affairs Dr. Kola Odunaike was among the officials of the University thatattended the colourful event.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of OlabisiOnabanjo University, Ago-IwoyeDr.SegunOshin has visited the Sagamu Campus of the University to acquaint himself with the true situation of things at the ObafemiAwolowo College of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy as a step towards addressing the myriad of problems and challenges faced by lecturers and students. Accompanied by Professor GbemisolaOke, a member of Council, the Pro-Chancellor was received by the Acting Provost of the College, Professor OkanlawonOdusoga who, in a brief welcome speech, said the College was established in 1982 to "cater for the medical education of people of Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole",addingthat the central activities of the College included the coordination of the admission exercise into the medical programme and other programmes; implementation of the medical curriculum according to regulations and ensuring that professional examinations are concluded on time and results, released.
According to Prof. Odusoga, who described the visit as the first of its kind by a Pro-Chancellor, the College had so far graduated 19 sets while the students, in his words, "are doing well locally and internationally".
The Pro- Chancellor, Dr Oshin was faced with the stark realities when he met with the Members of the Academic Board of the College who were critical of the administrative approach of the University. Among others, the various speakers condemned the poor state of facilities and equipment, laboratories, lecture rooms, inadequate staffing and vehicles that had constituted obstacles to smooth academic operations in the College.
Those that took turns to speak however gave a ray of hope that the good old days could be back again.
Responding to the various comments, queries and suggestions, the Pro- Chancellor said it had indeed not been too good with the situation in the College, saying the time had come for everyone to work for the "reactivation of the College and the University".
Dr Oshin assured that the short, medium and long term plans would be adopted to solve the various problems besetting the College adding that already work had begun in the aspect of staff welfare as cases of pending promotions were being considered. He said the Governing Council would at its next sitting ratify those recommended based on available vacancies.
The Pro-Chancellor who said it was time to work, seized the opportunity once more to apologize to those founding Professors of the College that were disengaged by the University saying the issue, among others, had affected staff morale but was quick to advise that the College should look in the direction of medical tourism and collaboration with industries as a means of encouraging internally generated revenue.
According to him the state governor, Senator IbikunleAmosun, was sensitive to the problems and challenges of the College as well as those of the entire University and was doing everything possible to solve them saying that arrears of salaries would be paid among other areas of concern to the College.
Dr.Oshin and Professor GbemisolaOke laterinspected buildings,facilities/equipment, infrastructure and offices in the College during which additionalinforma- tion were gathered with suggestions offered, towards a resounding medical and Pharmacy teaching and learning, in the college.
Faculty of Basic Health Sciences, Ikenne was equally visited by the Chairman of Council and his team that also included the University Bursar, Mr AbiolaTonade and the University Librarian, Mrs FaustinaOyesiku who both represented the University Management.
Meanwhile, the Pro-Chancellor and the chairman of OlabisiOnabanjo University Council, Dr.SegunOshin has advocated for the setting up of Accident Insurance Scheme to support victims of road accidents from different parts of the country plying the Sagamu express road. He was speaking during a meeting with College Board of OACHS in Sagamu.
On moving the university forward, Dr.Oshin said that the College should have respect for "diversity, innovation and positive change" and gave an assurance that efforts were on to boost staff morale.
Dr.Oshin also recommended, during the visit thesetting up of multi-disciplinary committee that would look into all alleged cases of injustice, issues of inadequate funding, transportation, students hostels insufficient infrastructure for learning and teaching, unmatched students-teacher ratio; low remuneration causing brain drain and dearth of specialists listed at the meeting as problems.
In the meantime, there is the need for a revival of academic excellence at OlabisiOnabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, for the institution to regain its glory particularly in the field of Engineering and Environmental Studies, according to the Pro-Chancellor, Dr SegunOshin with a hope of making it the silicon valley of Ogun State in the next 20 years.
The Pro-Chancellor who was on a facility visit to the University's College of Engineering and Environmental Studies, Ibogun on Wednesday, 13th June, 2012 said the time to work had come and that the current Governing Council of the institution would step up efforts at improving the welfare of the staff.
He stated that the arrears of salaries would soon be paid, adding that no staff would be denied promotion in line with the welfare programme by the Council. He said that in furtherance of this objective, the meeting of the Governing Council would now be rotated among the Colleges of the University.
Dr Oshin commended the staff of the College, assuring them that all building designs, for the University, would be carried out by them as professionals rather than seeking such expertise externally and lamented the poor student –staff ratio which he observed was a trend across Universities in the country. He advised the staff to explore external contacts that would increase student enrollment in some programmes adding that the department of Fine Arts should improve on its activities by embarking on art works that would project it and encourage studentship.
Earlier, the Provost of the College, Professor Jacobs Akiyemi, who led other staff in an interactive session with the Pro-chancellor who was accompanied by a member of the Governing Council, Prince OdubunmiSolarin, had spoken on the modest achievement of the College in spite of the various challenges bordering on staff recruitment, vehicles and infrastructure.
The Vice- Chancellor of the University, Professor Wale Are Olaitan stated, at the occasion, that the present Management had recognized the professional competence of the staff of the College by allowing one of its staff to design the University Website among others. He stated that the University would continue to make the best use of the staff in areas of need.
The Pro- Chancellor was conducted round the various departments of the College during which he had direct contact with equipment and facilities and later interacted with the students as major stakeholders, advising them to be of good conduct and worthy ambassadors of the University after graduation.
The Registrar of the University, Mr Femi Oyewole; Bursar, Mr AbiolaTonade and the University Librarian, Mrs FaustinaOyesiku were also on the entourage.
A total of about 4,500 admitted students, comprising, of the Direct Entry and UTME candidates for 2010/2011 took the matriculation oath to become bonafide undergraduates of OlabisiOnabanjoUniversity, on May 25,2012 on the Main Campus of the University.
Declaring the matriculation ceremony opened, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Wale Are Olaitan implored the students to abide by the rules and regulation of the university to sustain their hard earned studentship in the University.
He admonished the fresh students to seize the opportunity of the admission offered them to work hard and attain success, adding that they should consider themselves lucky in view of the competiveness of the admission process.
Prof Olaitan, while enumerating the rights and privileges to be enjoyed by the students also cautioned that the University "shall invoke relevant sections of its rules and regulations to deal firmly with any reported cases of falsification, forgery, and cases of violation of any aspect of its code of conduct".
On the academic standard of the university, the Vice-Chancellor maintained that the university was guided by the NUC benchmarks affirming that the NUC had certified and accredited all the 69 programmes of the university.
According to him, the university "is set to recruit competent, experienced and dedicated personnel to train students to meet the challenges of Millennium Development Goals (MDGS), the 5 Cardinal Programmes of the present Government in Ogun State and Vision 20:2020".
Prof. Olaitan commended the Ogun State Government which, he said had, worked with the University Council led by DrSegunOshin for responding to issues of staff welfare and outstanding salaries, expressing confidence that "the university would overcome other challenges such as Rationalization of programmes, Outstanding Results and Students' Registration".
The occasion was attended by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Mrs Femi Oyewo MFR, the University Registrar Mr Femi Oyewole, Provosts and Deans, Directors, Teaching and Non- teaching staff and Parents
The Provost College of Agricultural Sciences YewaCampus, Aiyetoro,ProfessorAdeniyiAgunbiade has charged all the newly inducted graduates of Animal Science to contribute their quota to proper regulation of the practice of Animal Production in Nigeria.
Prof. Agunbiade, gave the charge in his remark during the 2012 induction ceremony held on May 6, 2012at the Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan.
Prof. Agunbiade said that it was a "great privilege" for the inductees to have received the honour at the University of Ibadan, adding that the ceremony was the first to be conducted with the Provost of the College of Agricultural sciences, as a Registered Animal Scientist.
The Provost, while presenting the graduands to the officials of NIAS for their induction as Registered Animal Scientists, expressed the optimism that the best Agricultural training and requisite skills acquired, "would make them excel in industry, teaching, research or farming career".
In his welcome address at the occasion, the Head of Department of Animal Production, Professor D. B Okedeclared that the ceremony was made possible by the enactment of Act no 26 of 2007 and recalled that the ceremony was the second in the history of the Department of Animal Production since its existence in 1982.
According to Prof Oke, with the enactment of Act no 26, "Nigeria is gradually moving to a stage whereby adequate animal protein in quantity and quality would be on our tables". This he said was an indication that productivity and indeed the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would begin to increase to a level comparable to those of developed countries.
He expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Wale Are Olaitan and the President of NIAS Professor P.C Njoku, Registrar, Dr. G. O. Oyediji and others who came from Abuja for the presentation of the inductees as members of NIAS.
The University Management has re-affirmed commitment to the sustainability of the Talabi Center for Diabetes Studies donated to the school.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Wale Are Olaitan, while receiving in audience a team from the Centre, led by the donor, Chief Olumuyiwa Talabi said the report by the centre was commendable giving its activities in the educating and enlightening the general public on the prevention and management of the disease.
He stated that the University would contribute to the staffing of the centre and complete the bore-hole drilling to provide water in the next couple of weeks. Professor Olaitan, however advised strongly that the Boards of Directors and Management of the centre should be constituted and made functional as system structures for the sustenance and smooth operation.
Earlier, the donor, Chief Olumuyiwa Talabi had intimated the management with the feat achieved recently by the Centre with requests bordering on funding, staffing and facilities.
The University Management is working to strengthen security network towards a safe and secured environment for the entire University community.
This was contained in a statement by the University Registrar, Mr. Femi Oyewole which equally condemned last year bank robbery incident. The Registrar advised all Banks operating in the University to suspend services at the Main Campus in other to forestall a re-occurrence of the ugly incident of the bank robbery on Thursday, November, 2011
Mr. Oyewole was hopeful that with the effort, the University would continue to maintain its peace.
The 2011/2012 Academic Session commenced on Monday, 6th February, 2012 while lectures will begin on Monday, 13th February, 2012 on the various campuses of the University following the Senate approval of the Academic Calendar at its meeting held Thursday, 9th February, 2012.
Below are the details of the 2011/2012 Academic Calendar.
2011/2012 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
|Resumption||Monday, 6th February, 2012|
|Commencement of Lectures||Monday, 13th February, 2012|
|End of Lectures||Friday,27th April, 2012|
|Revision Week;||Monday, 30th April – Friday, 4th May, 2012|
|Harmattan Semester Examinations||Monday, 14th May, 2012 – Friday, 1st June, 2012|
|End of Semester||Friday, 1st June, 2012|
|Consideration of Results by Senate||Thursday, 14th June, 2012|
|Commencement of Rain Semester||Monday , 11th June, 2012|
|Commencement of Lectures||Monday, 11th June, 2012|
|End of Lectures||Friday, 31st August, 2012|
|Revision Week;||Monday, 3rd September – Friday, 7th September, 2012|
|Rain Semester Examinations||Monday, 10th September, 2012 - Friday, 28th September, 2012|
|Consideration of Results by Senate||Thursday, 11th October, 2012|
|End of Semester||Friday, 12th October, 2012|
This is inform the entire University Community especially prospective students that the opportunity for Intra University Transfer for 2011/2012 Academic Session in all programmes excluding Medicine, Pharmacy and Law is up for grab.
Interested candidates are to obtain application forms from the Academic Affairs Office upon presentation of receipt for payment of N10,000 bank draft to the Bursary Department.
Candidates are also to note that the bankdraft should be drawn in favour of: The Bursar, Olabisi Onabanjo University. Submission of application forms closes on Friday, 17th February, 2012
The University Management has observed the filthy habit of defacing the walls and interior parts of the University structures, by the posting of all forms of printed materials by students and staff alike at the expense of the aesthetic value of such structures.
In the light of this, members of the University community are strongly warned to avoid posting bills, writing on the walls, roads, doors or vehicles, indiscriminately, to protect and safe the huge investment of the University in promoting the aesthetic value of its environment.
In this regard, it is advised, henceforth, that bills are posted only on designated notice boards that should also serve as the only avenue for writing of communication messages and any one culpable will be made to face disciplinary action.
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye has registered its 11 set of graduating students of the Faculty of Pharmacy with the Pharmacists' Council of Nigeria following the successful completion of their programmes and certification by the Council.
The formal induction of the 72 graduating students took place on Monday, July 11, 2011 at the Auditorium of the Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences of the University in Sagamu. The Vice Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Professor Wale Are Olaitan at the occasion congratulated the new Pharmacists for their perseverance as students saying "you have worked hard in spite of all inconveniences, transportation difficulties, accommodation inadequacies and other shortcomings". He expressed the hope that the achievement would serve as pivot for further learning, improvement as well as edifying services to the society. 'As you rejoice, I want you to use the occasion to reflect. Please reflect on how best you can play your own roles in such a way that would justify the huge investment in you; reflect on how you can contribute to improve on what you met and make things better for future generation; reflect on the moral and financial support you received from your parents, guardians and all those that made possible the attainment of your goal', the Vice Chancellor, advised. Professor Olaitan also requested them to 'Think of how you can ignite the pride of your sponsors and appreciation of the society as you become proud members of the Pharmacy profession in Nigeria'.