This is to bring to your notice that the Special Meeting of Senate scheduled for 10.00a.m on Wednesday, 24th April, 2019 in the Main Conference Hall, ICT Driven Knowledge Park, Computer Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 30th April, 2019 at the same venue and time.
Any inconvenience caused by this postponement is highly regretted.
Please keep the new date open and kindly attend the meeting punctually
The World Bank, donor of the African Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Software Engineering and the Obafemi Awolowo University ICT-Driven Knowledge Park (OAK-Park), has financed a five-day training on cyber security for staff of the University with a view to adequately equipping them for the task of securing themselves and the University against the danger and other threats prevalent in the cyber space.
The participants, who were drawn from both the faculty and non-faculty staff of the university and included Postgraduate students, were taken through the rudiments and sophistication of threat-recognition, containment, neutralization and remedial-action, backed-up with complete hands-on practical sessions to test internalization and assimilation of the knowledge being imparted.
The Centres’ Communication Officer, Dr. Temitope Aladesanmi, a cyber security expert, who coordinated the training noted while addressing the participants at the commencement of the workshop on behalf of the Co-Centre Leader, Professor Adesola Aderounmu, that the training was another of the many that the World Bank is bankrolling for the benefit of the staff of the University.
He admonished the participants to prepare to deploy whatever knowledge they would take away from the training, to protect themselves and the corporate existence of the University, as the computer can become a “weapon of mass destruction” in the hands of a criminally-minded individual in any part of the world.
According to him, the whole essence of the training, which had specialists and experts from the field and academia as tutors, was to make gradual but appreciable effort to put the “really bad guys” out of their “hack-tivities”. Other facilitators include Dr. Kayode Ayodele of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, OAU and Mr. Ganiyu Azeez, a European-Council Certified Security Specialist
The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University have expressed readiness to partner with the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council on petroleum related courses. This was made known by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede while declaring open the 17th edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council’s Students Technical Symposium and Exhibition 2019 themed: Big Data & Digitalization Technologies, Strategic Agents of the Future Energy Industry.
The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the society for choosing Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, as venue for this year conference, saying that Nigeria is an oil and gas producing and exporting country and as a leading university in Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University want to move forward and lead in the petroleum industry. This desire has therefore made it imperative for the institution to partner the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council.
Earlier, while receiving the officials of the association who paid him courtesy call, the Vice-Chancellor informed the guests that it has become a policy of the university to deemphasise the idea of theoretical teaching in the University, saying focus is now on practicals by bringing in people who are on the field to come and impart practical experiences on the students. He continued that the university is also encouraging students in entrepreneurship so that they can be self employed. “We want to expose them to practicals of what they have been learning in the university. OAU was the first institution to have Department of Chemical Engineering in the country but does not have Petroleum Engineering. We are now ready to have something related to it so that Obafemi Awolowo University can contribute her own quota to the development of the petroleum industry. I have instructed the Head, Department of Chemical Engineering to do something about it; either to change the nomenclature of the department or change the curricular”, the Vice-Chancellor said.
The National Chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers Council, Engineer Debowale Fagbemi, reiterated that the programme is an annual event taken round Nigerian Universities, noting that they were at OAU based on the superlative performance of the students. The chairman expressed the appreciation of the society to the university authorities for accepting the request to hold the annual Students’ Technical Symposium and Exhibition in the OAU. He also commended them for the warm reception given them and the enabling environment provided for the event.
In order not to run foul of the laws setting up the Code of Conduct Bureau, the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has organised a two-day workshop on Public Enlightenment on Assets Declaration and Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
In their separate speeches at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Professor Chris Ajila, who coordinated the workshop, remarked that participants were drawn across the Faculties, Departments and units of the University in two tranches over the two days so as not to affect the smooth running of the university’s operations.
They implored participants to cooperate and listen well to the resource persons from the Code of Conduct Bureau, reminding the participants also that are at liberty to ask questions at the end of the programme.
The Director, Code of Conduct Bureau, Prince Olufadejin Adeniyi explained that the Code of Conduct for Public Officers in Nigeria became necessary particularly when viewed against the backdrop of large scale fraud and corruption which is prevalent in the Public Service and the damage caused by this evil to the nation’s external and corporate image.
He stated that the workshop is crucial as it is sensitize public officers to become accountable and to adopt transparent and best practices in their work. He further noted that the Part 1 of the fifth (5th) schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, lists the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, warning that there is great danger in filling the assets declaration form for public officers wrongly.
The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have started a process that would lead to a partnership with the Nigerian Army Land Forces Simulation Centre, Abuja, on software development, with the visit of the Director General of the Centre, Major General Temidayo Olukoju, to the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede.
Receiving Major General Olukoju, the Vice-Chancellor opined that his visitor came to the right place at the right time because OAU possesses all it takes to develop software as the University has a Centre of Excellence in Software Engineering which has shown that the University has capability to key-in-into the Army centre’s project.
He said that the Centre of Excellence in Software Engineering has quite a number of Postgraduate students across African countries and many of the products of the Centre now design software for their countries. Ogunbodede, who continued that the University had a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Airforce, stated that Obafemi Awolowo University is prepared to engage any institution that wants to partner OAU in as much as the partnership will be beneficial to both parties. He added that the University is looking forward to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) where the issue of patent, and ownership will be spelt out.
Major General Temidayo Olukoju, while responding noted that coming to OAU is a home-coming because he is an alumnus of the institution. He appreciated the university authorities for the development projects that had taken place since he left the university twenty four (24) years ago.
He said that he came to OAU to seek partnership with the institution in the areas of software development, stating that sooner than later, the Nigerian Army will be able to produce its needed software because Nigeria has human resources to do it.
In order to ease the challenges of shortage of staff accommodation on the campus of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the authorities of the institution are set to partner with Academia City Estate (ACE), a team of estate developers.
News of this partnership came to the fore when the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Professor Chris Ajila, received the team on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede. He informed the visitors that the University management has a committee that is looking into the accommodation issue with a view to getting an expanse of land that would be suitable for staff as housing estate.
Professor Ajila also stated that the University land statutorily belongs to the Federal Government and anything to be done on it should be for commonwealth and not to cater for the personal interest of any individual or a group of persons, without excluding staff, whether serving or retired.
He used the occasion to also call on wealthy individuals, corporate organisations and socio-cultural clubs or society to come and partner with the university by building hostels to accommodate the increasingly growing population of the students.
Earlier, the leader of the visiting team and Laroka of Wanikin, Oba Kole Ojutalayo, explained their mission stating that they came as partners in progress to adequately respond to the yearnings of OAU Staff in the area of residential accommodation by providing a Medium Density Estate that is fully developed to suit the niceties of OAU and OAUTHC staff.
Oba Ojutalayo, then, enjoined the University administration to do all within its power to buy into the project for the benefit of the staff and the enhancement of socio-economic indices of Ifeland.
The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is in an unprecedented linkage talks with Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, in a bid to shore-up the quality of graduates and programmes of the University.
This symbiotic linkage, apparently the first of its kind in the fifty-seven (57) year history of OAU, would see students spend some years of their various academic programmes at OAU, but spend their final year and one extra year at MSU and be awarded the Bachelors degree of OAU and the Masters degree of MSU, among many other benefits in the areas of students and staff exchange, collaborative research, inventions, publications, trainings, seminars, workshops and conferences.
The Director of the Centre for Advanced Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering Research, Department of Civil Engineering at MSU, Dr. Oludare Owolabi, an alumnus of OAU, who facilitated the linkage, while presenting the details of its working documents to the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University said MSU is pleased to enter into such an ambitious relationship with Great Ife. He continued that although the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was drawn up to cover all the academic progammes being run at both varsities, the pilot project under the 4 + 2 arrangement will commence with the 2019/2020 intake of the Civil Engineering Department in the Faculty of Technology.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede who led other university officials to receive Dr. Oludare Owolabi, promised that OAU will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a hitch-free operation of the MoU when it comes into effect, assuring also that OAU will ensure that every student from MSU that will be visiting Great Ife Campus, has a most memorable stay.
He went on to express the university management’s profound gratitude to the Morgan State university for the generous offers being made, stressing that the Obafemi Awolowo University will duly reciprocate the good gesture with immense commitment to the realization of the ultimate objectives of the linkage.
Dr. Owolabi seized the opportunity of the gathering to announce an international conference holding at MSU in October, 2019 which the faculty in the Civil Engineering Department and the entire Faculty of Technology can benefit from.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Simeon Bamire, gave this warning while flagging-off the orientation programme organized by the Division of Students’ Affairs for the newly admitted students.
Noting that the university upholds learning and culture, the DVC (Academic) implored them to imbibe and inculcate this as they pursue their goals on campus and contribute towards developing the nation. According to him, “we frown at cultism, exam malpractices, disregard for authorities, immoral acts and other evil vices.” However, he affirmed that the university believes in responsible students’ unionism done from a logical and intellectual approach, and not as a tool for violence and discordance. Professor Bamire added that the students are free to belong to any association of their choice provided it’s registered with the Division of Students’ Affairs.
He gave an assurance that work is in progress towards the improvement of the living conditions of the students, and therefore sought their cooperation to further provide a more serene environment for learning.
The orientation programme, according to Professor Bamire for learning how to prepare for the tasks ahead. “You are beginning a new journey; hence you need to seek advice and counsel from the right people as well as associating with the right friends and maximizing the opportunities available in the school”.
Also speaking, the Dean, Division of Students’ Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi, charged them to be alive to their responsibilities, particularly their primary objectives for securing admission to Obafemi Awolowo University, which is not only to obtain, a degree but also to complete their programmes at the stipulated time. He urged them to shun persuasions that can result into violent demonstrations and confrontational act against the University, stressing that the University
Management welcomes dialogue rather than flagrant disobedience and disregard for constituted authorities. He said the university has rules and regulations to contain defiance and punish offenders.
Professor Aransi therefore congratulated them on their admission into the Obafemi Awolowo University, reminding them that thousands of candidates applied for admissions but only a fraction qualified and were admitted to pursue various programmes in several Departments and Faculties of the University.
Ogunbodede Identifies Hardwork as Path to Success as 2face Idibia Delivers First Department of Music Public Lecture
The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede has identified hard work as the only panacea to success.
Professor Ogunbodede, who made this observation during a courtesy call on him by the Afro-pop maestro, Mr. Innocent Ujah Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba, said there was nowhere in the world where success could be achieved without hard work.
The Vice-Chancellor noted with satisfaction that Mr. Idibia rose to stardom through diligence and hard work in a society that is not supportive.
Professor Ogunbodede appealed to the Afro-pop musician to set aside a date annually to visit the University with a view to sharing his wealth of practical experience with students in the Music department.
Describing Idibia as a singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and a pride to Africa, Nigeria and his generation, the Vice-Chancellor appreciated him for honouring the University’s invitation, declaring that by accepting the fellowship award of Obafemi Awolowo University, he has become part and parcel of the institution.
Responding, Idibia, who was in OAU to deliver the first Department of Music Public Lecture and for the Conferment of the Department’s Fellowship award on him, said he was overwhelmed and highly honoured with the award.
He promised that the University will not regret giving him the award, stating further that, “I am looking forward to a beautiful relationship between Obafemi Awolowo University and my organization”. In his acceptance remark, he promised to donate a fully-equipped digital and analog recording studio to the Department of Music, hoping that the facility will help and enable young music students to be the best they can, and properly hone their skills and talents. The studio project is to be ready in 16 weeks. He also promised a once a session combined class and recording session with the students of the Department of Music.
A former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Faborode whose tenure birthed the idea of industry-academia integration remarked at the event that by accepting Obafemi Awolowo University Fellowship award, Tuface has kept the greatness of Obafemi Awolowo University aglow as it is the tradition of the institution to invite professionals to bridge the gap between town and gown.
He commended the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Music for the lecture and the award, noting that Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is the bedrock of Nollywood because it was on OAU campus that people like Professors Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi and others started.
Delivering a lecture titled: “Two Decades of Afro-pop in Nigeria: The Perspective of 2Baba”, Mr. Idibia traced the evolution of hip-hop Music to the 1990s during the era of Majek Fashek, Ras Kimono, Oritz Wiliki and others. Towards the end of ‘90s, however, Tuface said a more hip-pop flavoured Nigerian sound began to gain foothold with the birth of independently-owned radio and later, television stations contributing significantly to the growth of the movement which changed the game tremendously as local music began to enjoy a bit more airtime.
“I hope that the industry will continue to find smart solutions to some of these issues in the industry. It is not yet time to celebrate and relax. It is time to redouble our efforts and put in the work necessary to sort out the issues and strengthen policy, regulation, enforcement, engagement and cooperation”, Tuface submitted.
In his goodwill message, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Gbemisola Adeoti, noted with pleasure that 2-Baba is Africa’s international symbol of unity, peace, love, hard work and other laudable universal values, stressing that he has exemplified the power of music in particular, and arts in general, towards influencing people’s behaviour and changing their attitude.
In his words: “the Faculty is delighted to be associated with 2-face through this award. It will signal the beginning of a greater synergy between theory and practice of music, between town and gown”.
The Head, Department of Music, Professor Abayomi Daramola, in his welcome address described Obafemi Awolowo University as a pace setter to have organised the great and unique event being the first of its kind by a Music Department in a Nigerian University. He added that the event is great because of the guest lecturer, Mr. Innocent Ujah Idibia, who himself is a unique phenomenon in the Nigerian music industry and a pace setter in Nigerian hip-hop music.
Going down memory lane, he said that the idea of the Department of Music Public Lecture and Fellowship award was conceived in October 2018 as a forum for the production and dissemination of knowledge about music scholarship, performance, production and management and of course, music documentations through profound and critical reflections on various issues pertaining to music and culture, nature, health, politics, religion, sports and national developments by distinguished musician with clear records of professional and general accomplishments that are nationally and internationally acclaimed on one hand, and the Fellowship award is targeted on distinguished musicians who would not only be recognised but also be made to at least visit the Department once in a semester to interact with the students for professional and industrial incubation and lubrication on the other hand.