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How angry youths attacked me for founding Federal College in Iwo – Akande



Former Osun State Governor, Chief Adebisi Akande, recounted how angry youths in Ila, his hometown, attacked his country home over the Federal Government’s decision to establish a college of education in Iwo instead of the town.

Akande, who was addressing friends, associates, and relatives after an inter-faith prayer session to mark his 84th birthday anniversary at his country home in Ila-Orangun, Osun state, said he was surprised to be at the receiving end of a federal government decision.

The former pioneer Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress said he was aware that the college was to be sited in Iwo, hence his surprise when the attack was directed at him after the announcement on May 13, 2020.

His word, “Initially upon hearing of a College of Education in Ila, I was surprised, hence, I decided to do some findings which turn out that the College was to be sited in Iwo and when the decision was made public I was surprised that youths in Ila started throwing stones at my house, even threatening to kill me.

“They tried to obstruct my entrance with a load of sand among many other psychological attacks on my person and I was surprised that even some elderly people were supporting them.

“However, a few months later, I gave them the good news that something higher than a College is coming and when it was announced, those that launched an attack on my house came dancing with joy over the announcement of a Federal University of Medical Science in Ila-Orangun”.

Speaking on the advantage of a higher institution in the town, Akande disclosed that the socioeconomic activities of the community will increase, thereby creating more direct and indirect jobs for the people.

One of his friends, Professor Olu Aina, described Akande as a strictly disciplined person whose principles and philosophy were to ensure a just and equal society.

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LASU Lists Dress Codes for Students on Campus



The Ojo Administration of Lagos State University (LASU) has instructed all of its professors to ensure that they do not allow any students to dress indecently in the classroom.

In a statement by the Acting Director of the Center for Information, Press, and Public Relations, Mr. Olaniyi Jeariogbe, the university said that the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, is no longer comfortable with the continuous disregard for the university’s existing rules and regulations governing how students dress on campus.

He said the Vice Chancellor on this matter has informed the college provost, deans of faculties, heads of departments, as well as faculty officials at the main and subsidiary campuses, to implement the dress code policies jointly.

The university listed 15 styles of dress that the management considers indecent for students on campus.

These include the wearing of see-through skirts, skimpy skirts, and other clothing that exposes sensitive parts of the body, especially for ladies; wearing torn, dirty jeans with holes or obscene messages about the subconscious; wearing baggy, saggy, “yansh” (meaning bum), low-rise, and any other form of indecent pants; and wearing tight clothing such as shirts and tops with obscene, obscene, or seductive words.

It also includes wearing unbuttoned or poorly buttoned shirts, as well as rolled-up sleeves or collars; wearing a cap or covering your face (wearing very dark tinted glasses); piercing and tattooing; the fact that male students wear earrings and necklaces; and the large number of students wearing nose rings, earrings, and necklaces.

Others wear uncomfortable heels to class and the library; male students braid, knit, and stroke their hair; wear slippers; and wear ugly, messy, extraordinarily fake or dyed artificial hair, dyed hair/lashes/light brown, attached long eyelashes, artificial pigtails, and long fingernails.

The university said all students should dress modestly to be socially acceptable, stressing that any student who broke the rules would not be allowed into the classroom.

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NUGA 2022: OAU Athletes Accuse University Management of Not Paying Allowances 



Compiled by: Dada Aanuoluwapo

Ten months after the 26th Nigerian University Games [NUGA], an athletic competition held at the University of Lagos, the OAU athletes have yet to receive the announced subsidies.

The NUGA game competition, held from March 19 to 26, brought together sports teams from OAU and other universities at the University of Lagos, the host institution, for seven days.

It was learned that some OAU athletes have been partially paid at N36, 000 of the agreed total of N60, 000, while others have not yet received their payment.

“We had an agreement made at UNILAG that the school would pay each athlete N60, 000.

Through a small objection, we secured an advance payment of N36, 000 that some athletes did not receive due to a procedural error or omission.

And that’s the only thing we got from the school in NUGA, which we used to eat for two weeks, to buy toiletries, medicine, and supplements for muscle recovery, and to get food and football boots during the competition.

Now can you see how the school administration starved us?

And we always maintain our focus, just because the school doesn’t take us seriously, let alone pay us a balance of N24, 000.

They lied and said it was delayed due to an industrial strike, but when did the strike end?

Olawale Ogunruku of the OAU handball team laments.

Akinyemi Usman Olawale, the captain of the cricket team, also shared his plight, saying that the university management had not provided them with the necessary equipment to play the game. “Because of this NUGA, I still have an injury that I’m fighting.”

I can’t even play well anymore because of this injury.

We just wanted the school to answer us; we worked for them.

“The jersey we used to play in, we bought it with our own money. Some of my players have borrowed money to buy jerseys. The equipment we use in Lagos was given to us by our alumni. They lent us their kit bags. “The school doesn’t give us anything,” he said.

However, in the process of following the developments collected and confirmed, the team made every effort to contact the OAU leadership and inform them of their plight by writing to the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Simeon Bamire looks like she is about to miscarry.

A member of the OAU soccer team who did not receive his NUGA allowance at all has devised other ways to support himself with the financial help of friends and teammates.

“At first, I believed it would pay off, but after a while, I felt indifferent toward it.” However, it was a sad thing. There were times when we met the chairperson and the athletes expressed their disappointment with the school and how they did not prioritize our welfare.

The medal table said it all. Even with the whole issue of athletes’ welfare, athletes still give their best and sacrifice blood and sweat to win a sixth place, which is the best position we’ve had so far after NUGA 2014 was held here.

After NUGA, many athletes borrowed money during the competition to take care of themselves; some even bought sports equipment just to compete in order to go to school. It was so bad that many people sacrificed their lives, sweat, and tears to go back to school with debts they thought were settled by then.

Our prestigious school paid us the special allowance as promised after a letter was sent by the Student Affairs Department that has yet to be answered. “We are currently working to meet the vice chancellor.”

“We have sent a letter to the Head of Student Affairs asking to meet with the Vice-Chancellor, but have yet to receive a response.”

In a phone interview, the director of the Sports Management Council, Prof. Ime Johnson Ikpo, said it is still under review by the management and also ensures the payment of compensation to the athletes, due to the fault of the former vice chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who made promises but actually did not yet implement them.

“This is still under review by the university.” Most students were promised extra money by the vice chancellor, and then that particular vice chancellor left in less than two weeks or so. We are also trying to make sure that the promised person forces the successor to do something.

It not only affects the students, but it also affects me and all the staff. The good thing I always promise you is that if they say they don’t pay, it’s a different thing. That’s when we feel something is wrong somewhere, but they agreed that they would pay. “I can assure you that the money will be paid,” said the director of the Sports Council.

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UNILAG Bans Enrollment for Two Courses 



Compiled by: Dada Aanuoluwapo

The University of Lagos has announced that it will not be enrolling in Biochemistry and Petroleum & Gas Engineering for 2023.

unifying the College Baccalaureate Examination and direct admission.

In an interview, the Director of Public Relations at UNILAG, Mrs. Joke Alaga, said, “We cannot arrange these two courses at the moment, and it is for those who are currently purchasing the UTME form.”

A statement from the institution reads: “All potential UTME and Direct Entry applicants for the 2023 admissions exercise should note that the University of Lagos will not offer two programs, namely: biochemistry and petroleum & gas engineering. Therefore, there will be no admission for both programs.

“Candidates are hereby advised not to choose these two programs, while those who have done so already should change to other programs.”

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