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EKSU holds town hall meeting CAROLINE CHUKWUKA
s part of his efforts to bridge the communication gap between the management and students, the Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Prof. Oladipo Aina recently the maiden town hall meeting with the students of the institution. The Vice-Chancellor, represented by his deputy in charge of Academics, Prof. Olugbenga Aribisala, said students and the management of the ivory tower would always use the medium to resolve issues in order to avoid misunderstandings. The idea introduced as part of measure to restore orderliness and sanity into the students’ activities on the campus was said to have a new channel for students to have regular interactive sessions among themselves and also with
the management. The VC while listing the achievements of his administration and efforts towards making the institution a world-class university also sought the cooperation of the students. He appreciated the large turnout of the students at the meeting which he described as impressive. At the occasion, the students’ leader, Adeoye Aribasoye listed the students’ challenges and made suggestions on how to foster cordial relationship between students and lecturers. He urged the management to rehabilitate the students’ union building, repair the union’s vehicles and facilitates workshops and seminars for its members as part of the reorientation process. Aribasoye further enjoined the management to always release results of examinations on time and ensure adequate security
on the campus. He did not forget to mention the needs for more hostels on the campus to ease the stress of the large chunk of the student population who currently reside in town. Students also asked the management to provide public address gadgets in the halls and lecture theatres as well as create more spaces for social activities on the campus to ensure adequate use of relaxation time and dissuade students from engaging in untoward activities and social vices. Other Students cutting across all faculties of the university spoke freely at the meeting making suggestions on how the university could maintain its good name and image. They pledged to maintain peace on campus and commended the management for initiating the process which they described as novel and impressive.
Rector, Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, Dr. Mufutau Olatinwo (left) receiving copies of the Newsletter published by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Ilorin Chapter, from the association chairman, Mr. M. W. Kamila during NSE officers’ visit to the polytechnic recently.
NGO partners LASU students’ union on summit OLASUNKANMI AROWOLO
ravehearts Initiative, a student-based non-governmental organisation at the Lagos State University recently collaborated with the institution’s students’ union to hold the maiden edition of a student summit themed: LASU Graduate Summit 2012. The NGO, established to provide students with opportunities to affordably acquire relevant practical skills and training in business, leadership and
entrepreneurship through innovative partnership with credible resource persons and professional institutions, said the efforts is to ensure that Nigerian higher institutions’ graduates are armed with both the emotional courage and skills to invest wisely after graduation. One of the speakers at the event and author of a book; “Getting a Job is a Job,” Aruosa Osenwegie, while delivering his paper said the best day of a man’s life is the day he decides on what to do to remain relevant in
life. He told the participants not to accept any excuse for their conditions as doing that will only limit their potentials and deny them the opportunity to rise above their limitations. Charging the students to step out, Osenwegie said; “Find every opportunity to step out because you don’t know the possibility in every step.” He explained the circumstance surrounding the introduction of the popularly social medium, Facebook, which he said started as a practical by two students in their dormitory.
L-R: Olugbo of Ugbo Land, Oba Akinruntan Obateru; Chairman of the occasion, Chief Afe Babalola; Guest Lecturer, Dr. O.B.C. Nwolise, and the honouree, Prof. Ladipo Akinkugbe at the event.
UI students honour Akinkugbe TIJANI EMMANUEL
ellanby Hall of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State, is acclaimed the first undergraduate students’ residential hostel in subSaharan Africa and the current students resident in the hall do not want to lose the sense of the “greatness” of the hostel. Hence, the recent decision to honour icons of history who the present leadership of the hostel executive members said would influence them in many capacities. One of those to benefit from this initiative was an emeritus Professor of Medicine and former ViceChancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Ladipo Akinkugbe, who attended the university and taught there in the 70s. The event, which featured a lecture on security
situations in Nigeria was witnessed by eminent personalities including a legal icon and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Afe Babalola; the Olugbo of Ugbo land, Ondo State, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan and the representative of the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. T. Danjuma, among others. The guest lecturer and head of the university’s Department of Political Science, Dr. O.B.C. Nwolise, who spoke on the theme: Security in Today’s Nigeria, said as a better way to forestall the ongoing bombings in the northern part of the country he had suggested in 2010 that the government should dialogue with members of the dreaded Islamic sect. He said though a bit behind schedule, it is wise that his suggestions that was rubbished by many stakeholders then has suddenly
become the people’s bride as a war out of the crisis. The honouree, who according to the organiser was chosen to serve as role models to the university and the hostel in particular, is one of Nigeria’s most respected and distinguished academics and physicians. He is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and studied and taught at some of the world’s most prestigious universities including the University of London, Balliol College University of Oxford England and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. Therefore, with the new award, the professor is expected to mentor the students resident in the hostel through activities of endowment, counseling, and donation of both material and academic items to the hostel for its continued uplift.
MAPOLY Mass Communication students elect new officers YEKINNI SHAKIRAT
embers of the Association of Mass Communication Students (AMACOS) of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun state, last week elected new executive members that will run the affairs of the association for the next academic calendar year. The tension-soaked election, which was supervised by the association’s staff adviser, Mr. Lekan Togunwa was described to be peaceful, free and fair as all students of the department voted for their candidates of choice. At the end of the vote counting, Michael-Azeez
Ogunsiji, popularly called DPress was declared the elected president having polled a total vote of 359 to defeat his major opponent, AbdulGhaffar Adeleye popularly called Mallam, who polled 174. In an interview with newsmen, the newly elected president commended all candidates for displaying maturity and spirit of sportsmanship throughout the electioneering process. Ogunsiji, a former Assistant General Secretary of the association also thanked the electoral committee for being an unbiased umpire. While promising to fulfill his electoral promises including the provision of lecture rooms, establish-
ment of newspaper stands, revitalization of the departmental library, association’s website development, among others, he urged the students and departmental management to support his administration for the progress of the department and the institution as a whole. Other elected members are; Ayobami Osifade as the Public Relations Officer; Sanni Quadri, General Secretary; Michael Erinoso, Financial Secretary; Olalomi Semiu, Asst. General Secretary; Basirat Owoseni, Welfare Director. Olamuyiwa Olanrewaju, Soluade Segun and Okunnola Moses emerged the Social Director, Treasurer and Librarian respectively.
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