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ACE/OAK-PARK Sees World Bank Monitors

The World Bank, sponsor of the African Centre of Excellency (ACE) and the Obafemi Awolowo University ICT-Driven Knowledge Park (OAK-Park) had dispatched another team of monitors to the project for routine assessment and evaluation.

Receiving the five-member project supervision mission led by Ms. Hindart, Bayusuf, at his office after the executive, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, appreciated the donor yet again for the confidence it has in OAU’s ability to do the needful at every stage in the life of the multi-million naira project.  He assured that the University will always reciprocate this by ensuring a judicious utilization of resources meant for the project.

Responding, Ms. Hindart Bayusuf, appreciated the University management for the good hospitality, noting the University’s outstanding compliance in the donor’s set standards.



OAU Commits To Suicide Prevention Project

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has made a commitment to the regional initiative to combat the rising incidences of suicide among the generality of the peoples on the continent, even as the authorities of the University have given an indication of the possibility of the inclusion of suicide prevention mechanism in the curricular of the various programmes being run in the University.

These came to the fore when the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitoope Ogunbodede was addressing the delegates of the Africa Project Against suicide (APAS), who were in the University for the country launch of the project in Nigeria, and decided to pay the Vice-Chancellor a courtesy visit.

Professor Ogunbodede, while speaking, said the initiative is timely as reports of suicide or suicide attempts are becoming rampant in the media, adding that the responsibility of stopping the worrisome trend should not be left to the members of APAS alone.

He continued that all hands must be on deck in the fight against suicide, calling on all categories of government on the continent to lead this charge by stamping out corruption, revamping the national economies, empowering the citizens economically and ensuring socio-political justice.

Responding, the team leader, Pastor Olawale, said good governance as rightly pointed out by Professor Ogunbodede, is key to saving lives, which is the focus of APAS, noting more importantly that suicide prevention in Africa needs a modern discourse of action and concerted effort at training and retraining of volunteers on suicide prevention.

While thanking the Vice-Chancellor for consenting to incorporate suicide prevention programes as part of the University’s yearly plan, Pastor Olawale, who was accompanied on the visit by delegates from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana among others, informed Professor Ogunbodede that APAS was launched in South Africa on November 24, 2018.


OAU Partners Nirsal, Fam-Smart On Food Security

In order to sustain food security in Nigeria, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has concluded partnership arrangements with the Nigeria Incentive–Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), and has formally launched 25 hectares of land in the University’s Teaching and Research farm for a pilot project.

Speaking at the launch, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede who was highly elated, expressed the appreciation of the University to NIRSAL for initiating the laudable agricultural project at the institution, explaining that “at inception in 1962, OAU (then University of Ife) was saddled with the major objective of coordinating agricultural development of the then Western Region of Nigeria and the training of students in practical Agriculture”, adding that the Institute for Agriculture Research and Training (IAR & T) was affiliated to the University to assist in achieving the objective. 

Professor Ogunbodede who stated that the collaboration with NIRSAL has provided opportunity for training students in the Faculty of Agriculture to acquire practical experience in mechanised agriculture and agribusiness, pointed out that the 25 hectares of land set aside in the University’s Teaching and Research Farm was just a pilot study.  He expressed the hope that NIRSAL would support the next phase of the project which would be targeted at increasing the total cultivated area to one thousand (1,000) hectares.

The Vice-Chancellor assured NIRSAL that the University administration will provide all necessary support to ensure the success of the project, even as he said that the partnership when fully nurtured, will assist the University to produce students that are thoroughly trained in all spheres of practical agriculture, who have sufficient interest and have been equipped to lead the future of the nation in successful agribusiness.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, in his remarks at the launch of NIRSAL National FAM-SMART Programme, said that the project is a new paradigm in agricultural primary production in Nigeria, adding that the concept and philosophy of the project provide for a structured production system that is almost entirely driven by technology, so as to make it attractive to service and input providers and more importantly, rewarding for small holder farmers, thus sending an evidence-based powerful message to the young successor agribusiness men and women, who the students of OAU represent.

He called on agribusinesses to take wise business decisions by committing themselves to supporting primary agricultural production under NIRSAL FAM-SMART model that assures high yield, low transaction cost, less risky financing/production environment and a cashless transaction dynamics.

Aliyu opined that with OAU charting the course, he believed that other universities will also join the model, which is a platform for field demonstration of classroom theories on agriculture and bringing students face-to-face with opportunities in the sector as they make their way through school.  He continued that FAM-SMART is a good source of revenue generation for the University, noting that the University environment provides a fitting nursery bed for the FAM-SMART model.

The Ooni, His Imperial Majesty, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, expressed happiness about the project.  He noted that agriculture is the answer to the problem of unemployment in the country and urged all youths to embrace the project noting that it is mechanised farming and technologically-driven



Onigege Wura in OAU, Presents Latest Work

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, hosted the man behind the pen-name – “Olanrewaju Onigege wura”, Barrister Olanrewaju Akinsola, who visited the University to deliver copies of his latest work, a compilation of all the stories behind the notable happenings of yester-years in the south-west and the entire country, which two illustrious alumni of the University are donating to the Faculty of Law and the University Library.

Speaking at the brief reception in his office, the Vice-Chancellor who commended the author for the laudable efforts he had made to properly document what actually transpired in the past for the future generations to learn from, added that it would take a mind that is history-inclined to venture into what Barrister Akinsola has done.

Professor Ogunbodede equally thanked the alumni of the University who the author said bankrolled the publication, saying posterity will never forget their contributions to the effort to preserve history such that the generality of the people can draw lessons from it, with the hope that endeavour will help in correcting the wrongs in the society.

Earlier, the author, Barrister Akinsola, who was accompanied by a friend and colleague, Barrister Ibrahim Lawal, had told the Vice-Chancellor that his flair for writing and interest in the intrigues behind the series of events of the yester-years, spurred him into the venture, continuing that when he was challenged to put all the short stories together in book form, he had to reach out to some friends and associates to financially support the project.

Barrister Akinsola, who is a special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), noted that the two alumni of the University who supported the project were Barrister Damilola Ogunbiyi, a daughter-in-law to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, and Barrister Tunde Fagbohun.

He said it is the honour of the duo that he is presenting fifty (50) copies of the book to the Faculty of Law and the University Library.



H.O. Librarian Wins UI Award For Publication

A Librarian at the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mrs. Iwok Nuah Shabi has won an award of the University of Ibadan (UI) for publishing articles from her doctoral thesis during the 2017/2018 session.

The award-winning article is “Health Literacy and Internet Health Information use among In-school Adolescents in Osun State, South West, Nigeria”; published in the Journal of Consumer Health on Internet, 22:1, 25-41, DOI 10:1800/15398285, 2017 1402636.

Shabi who joined the services of the Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library in 2006 as Librarian II, had completed the M.Phil/Ph.D. programme in Library and Information Studies at the University of Ibadan.

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