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2014-15

Yes, yes……2014 has just 6hrs 50mins and some secs for it to go (as at the time of filing this post). Yes, I know the journey has not been totally easy, we have had hurdles to jump during the journey and despite that, we made it to the end of it. It has not been by our individual or collective strength but by the grace of God. I am grateful to God for everything.

I will definitely be an ingrate if i refuse to appreciate you, yes you, you reading this post at this moment. I am so grateful to you all. I can assure you that you will never meet disappointment on this channel. Thanks a million.

I know by the grace of God, I will definitely catch you all again in 2015. I wish you all a prosperous, blessed and testimony filled 2015.

Stay blessed.

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Thousands of Nigerians admitted into United Kingdom universities appear sure to face tough health screening
as their campuses have been placed on the alert for the danger posed by the Ebola Virus Disease.
According to The Independent on Sunday , the alert by Universities UK, the umbrella body that represents
vice-chancellors, was issued because the universities are expecting new students to arrive from West
Africa.
While the three countries which have seen the largest number of Ebola cases – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra
Leone – have hardly any students enrolling at UK universities, Nigeria – which has also had confirmed cases – is the fourth largest supplier of international students to UK universities.
In 2012-13, the latest year for which figures are available, a total of 9,630 were enrolled. A spokesman for the body said, “The issue is very much on universities’ radars. We circulated to
universities the publicly available guidance on the topic.”
The guidance makes it clear that any student suspected of having Ebola should immediately be isolated in a side room away from any member of
staff or student contact.
“The side room should have dedicated en-suite facilities or at least a dedicated commode,” it says.
“The level of staff protection is dependent on the patient’s condition,” the London-based newspaper  said.
It added that “those having any dealings with the patient must take careful hand hygiene precautions,
wearing double gloves and a disposable visor.
The guidance told university workers that, “evidence from outbreaks strongly indicates that the main
routes of transmission of infection are direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membrane) and indirect contact with environments contaminated with splashes or droplets of blood or body fluids.”
It said that experts “agree that there is no circumstantial or epidemiological evidence of an aerosol transmission risk from patients.”

Contrary to the news that broke out some days back, it is my delight to inform you all that Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) still remains the 1st in Nigeria, 19th in Africa and 1655 in the world. This is according to the latest webometric ranking.

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For more info, visit:
http://webometrics.info/en/Africa/Nigeria

Reacting to this, the VC of OAU , Professor Bamitale Omole, attributed the giant strides recorded by his
administration to the unparalleled research output, administrative acumen, technical know-how of the
academic, administrative and technical staff of the University, adding that only a focused leadership,
which is the hallmark of his management team, can produce such a spectacular feat.
Professor Bamitale Omole, then applauded the dedication to duty of all stakeholders in making sure that the ideals of the founding fathers of OAU become a reality in its entirety. He urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts to improve the funding of education, particularly for the universities, so that the increased penchant for travelling abroad to undergo academic programmes that could be taught better by our lecturers here in Nigeria would be a thing of the past.

Credit: PUNCH NEWSPAPER

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The protest against the tuition hike embarked on by students of the Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile Ife, Osun State, continued on Wednesday as the undergraduates took the protest to the palace of the Ooni of Ife and market places within Ile Ife.

The students sensitised traders, drivers and artisans on the need for them to join the students to force the Federal Government to revert the fees to the old rate.

The students said the new fees would force many students to withdraw from the university and their aspirations would be dashed.

They claimed that with the increment, newly admitted students would now pay about N92, 400 and N104, 000 including acceptance fee as against N37,150 and N44, 150 previously paid.

The students said it was annoying that the Vice Chancellor of the OAU, Prof. Bamitale Omole, who was among the set of students who fought because they were not served chicken was the one spearheading the outrageous increment of fees.

The students in some pamphlets distributed called on anti-corruption agencies to probe the management of the OAU.

It read in part, “Our demands are that the university administration must publicly account for the N8bn World Bank fund last semester; proper probe into the over N300m generated from acceptance fee; proper and adequate probe into how Nigerian University Games Association fund was spent.”

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, promised to intervene in the crisis caused by the hike when the students took the protest to his palace.

The Ooni, who was represented by his second in command, Chief Lowa the Adimula of Ife, said he would speak with the management on the issue.

Ooni said, “We will do something and within the next 24 hours, the fees will be reversed.”

He, however, urged them to shun violence while going about their protest.

Meanwhile, the management of the university has blamed the new fees on the high inflation rate in the country and the steady dwindling subventions from the Federal Government to the institution.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday.

The management’s reaction followed the protests by the students of the university on Tuesday and Wenesday over the hike in tuition.

The university’s spokesperson explained that the institution could no longer cope with the old fee regime.

He urged parents and guardians to cooperate with the school and pay the new fees.

He said, “The present socio-economic situation in Nigeria has made it totally impossible for us to sustain being the best and the cheapest in Africa. Factors like the high cost of education, dwindling subvention from the Federal Government by over 50 per cent, astronomical inflation that has eaten deep into our meagre resources and electricity bills are responsible for the present adjustment of fees.

“Therefore, having carefully, critically, analytically and comparatively weighed the pros and cons of all indices that are useful for uninterrupted maintenance of our academic standard, the University Senate, at its sitting on Monday, May, 5 2014, unanimously agreed and approved that N71,150 be paid by only the new students in Humanities and Social Sciences; N78,400 by those in Sciences; N81,400 by those in Clinical Sciences and Pharmacy.”

The university urged corporate bodies and wealthy individuals to come to its aid by assisting the government in funding the institution.

Agriculture

Agriculture

These days, choosing of Agriculture as a career seems to be a taboo and there is declination in the number of students who choose Agriculture when admission season into tertiary institutions comes every year. I guess this is due to the mindset of people about agriculture in our own part of the world.
It is observed that this mindset is also being disposed towards Agric students especially on our campuses and this mindset is really inept, depressing and I can also say it is equivalent to discrimination. I guess people have forgotten the importance of Agriculture to the generation of man.
There is this sadness I feel in me each and every time I introduce myself to someone as an Agric student (especially on campus), the response I get every time has always been a scornful look and declination in vocal tone. It sends me this message- “you are worthless for being in Agric”.
It is also observed that Agric students are tagged “less intelligent beings”. I totally disagree with that. Larger percentage of Agric students never chose it too while the remaining chose it willingly. I can say some of us in Agric are well qualified for courses in other Science related faculties but as a result of random admission placement probably because we were some marks down from our number 1 course of choice, some of us are stuck in Agric. I can also put the blame on the misappropriations that happen during admission season. Misappropriation in this case means giving admission to less qualified students through what we all call “connection” and this makes some well qualified students fall into the family of random admission placement victims. I am not surprised tho, everybody knows that corruption occurs at all level in our nation.
It pains me the more whenever I see these less qualified students discriminate and equally tag Agric students “less intelligent beings”. I don’t blame them tho and I also don’t blame some people for giving Agric students that tag. Why? The characters some Agric students parade are not in any way impressive. Some are shy to tell people they are in Agric, some Agric students believe they cannot be as successful as they thought they would be if the original course they chose was given to them and for this reason, and some Agric students believe there is no certainty of good posterity for them. In some way, this thinking has been the reason for low academic performance of some Agric students. If Agric students refuse to change their mindset about the Faculty, I wonder how people will stop tagging the Faculty – “dumping ground for less intelligent people”.
Asides that, majority of Agric students don’t want to get involved in happenings on campus, some people have lost the confidence they had in themselves (majority of random admission placement victims fall into this class). Even at the Faculty level, programmes such as debate, quiz, informative talk shows and sports that can create awareness about the value of Agriculture and Agriculturists generally, are not being organized. I hope to see changes soon from the Faculty.
At first, I thought this discrimination happened only amidst students, I did not know Lecturers are also involved. I have had quite number of experiences with some lecturers (especially Non-Agric lecturers) and they all acted alike. Once I introduce myself to them as an Agric student, they give me a contemptuous response in return. Even when it comes to marking of examination scripts of Agric students, this discrimination is always being disposed too because most times, high degree of variation always exists between the examination results of Agric students when juxtaposed with that of other Science related Faculties. I believe and I know that Agric students are not as dull as what our examination results depict about us or what people think about us.
We all want to do “white-collar job” and leave Agriculture aside, why? We all believe it is meant for rural people or illiterates only. We feel it doesn’t pay off like some other professions do. I guess this is because people are not so informed about Agriculture or simply because we do not really embrace mechanized farming in Nigeria. I think I should open our eyes to this fact – “Agriculture is a major sector of our economy and it provides employment for 70% of Nigerian population”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture_in_Nigeria).
Looking into our business world, I observed that quite number of our potential businessmen are Agriculturists. For example, Dangote, Obasanjo, to mention just a few. I am sure if Dangote was purchasing all the raw materials he uses for his products, he might not be the Richest Man in Africa today. I believe he practices mechanized farming and through Agriculture, he has been able to employ thousands of people. Many of the Bank Managers we have today finished school as Agriculturists.
I also want to bring to our remembrance that Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, a great citadel of learning is one of the benefits of Agriculture in Nigeria. It was established when Parliamentary System of Government was being practiced in Nigeria. The School was established with the profit made from Cocoa and today, the School has become everyone’s pride.
Even though the government of the day seems to be exhibiting lackadaisical attitude towards Agriculture, it is still observed that some of the great developments (such as social amenities, establishment of schools, free education, et cetera) that Agriculture brought to Nigeria when it was still the major source of foreign exchange of Nigeria, are still visible today while evolution of crude oil has only promoted corruption in our Nation. Our leaders are not maximizing the profits from crude oil well.
I think it is high time we changed our view about Agriculture; I think it is high time we stopped the discrimination that is on against Agriculture and Agriculturists. Without Agriculture, so many professional fields that we have today won’t be able to function fully. Without it, we wouldn’t have any source of Energy as human beings. Agriculture means a lot to us.

Agric students are:
• A- Achievers,
• G-Great minds,
• R- Resolute,
• I- Intellectuals, and
• C-Cultured people.

STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST AGRICULTURE AND AGRIC STUDENTS!