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OAUSTECH Gets NUC Full Accreditation for All Programmes

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given full accreditation to all the fourteen programmes presented for the accreditation exercise by Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria.

 

This was contained in a letter addressed to the OAUSTECH Vice-Chancellor, dated 6th June, 2024 signed by the Acting Director of Accreditation, Engr Abraham Chundusu, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the Commission.

 

It would be recalled that NUC conducted accreditation of academic programmes at the institution in October and November last year.

 

The institution’s programmes had got interim accreditation in the previous exercise conducted before the administration of Prof. Temi Emmanuel Ologunorisa who assumed office on 23rd March, 2022.

 

The NUC letter which gave positive results of the full accreditation stated that: “In line with the provisions of the Act, the Commission organized the accreditation of academic programmes at Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology Okitipupa in October/November 2023.

The result of the exercise is as follows:”

 

The result of the exercise indicated full accreditation for all the programmes on offer in the university, which include the following:

Agriculture, Fisheries, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Electronic Engineering, Food Science Technology, Mechanical Engineering.

 

Other courses that got full accreditation from the NUC include Botany, Geophysics, Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Statistics and Zoology.

 

At its 53rd Regular Meeting on Tuesday, 11th June 2024, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Akinbo Adesomoju, who was highly impressed by the full accreditation of all programmes offered in OAUSTECH, on behalf of the Council commended the Management under the leadership of the erudite Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, for this superlative achievement.

 

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at OAUSTECH, Dr Rotimi Olorunsola, praised the Vice-Chancellor for the successful outcome of the accreditation. He noted that both the quality of staff employed and the quality assurance measures put in place at various levels of institutional governance played pivotal roles in actualizing the fantastic result.

 

Dr Olorunsola, who is also OAUSTECH’s Acting Director, Centre of Excellence in Leadership and Training (CELT), as well commended him for “establishing various academic standards to bring OAUSTECH to the world map and also keying in the Blue Economy of the world.” He urged the institution’s helmsman to be relentless in steering the ship of the University to a safe harbour.

 

Speaking further on the feat, the Chairman of the Senior Staff Union of Universities (SSANU), Comrade Dayo Temola, said that he is elated that all programmes the University presented for accreditation were fully accredited. He maintained that it is iconic in the history of the institution, as he applauded the Vice-Chancellor for turning around the institution, particularly reviving the University farm to earn accreditation in Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Science Technology.

 

In the same vein, a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering,

Dr Olusola Akintunlaji pointed out that it is a giant step in repositioning the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

 

The Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union in the institution (NASU), Mr. Kunle Akinwonmi, commended Prof. Ologunorisa for rejuvenating the institution since his arrival at OAUSTECH. He maintained that prompt payment of salaries and other benefits of staff improved the morale of staff to be more committed, leading to success in accreditation.

 

The Chairman of the National Association of Academic Technologists in OAUSTECH, Mr Bobola Bamgbola, praised the Vice-Chancellor for providing opportunities for training and retraining to both academic and non-teaching staff in the institution, in addition to the provision of standard University Central Laboratory.

He noted that failure to have a standard central laboratory, and train and retrain staff affected the outcome of the previous exercise.

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COOU Alumni Association Awka Branch Elects New Executives, Engr. Onyebuchi Onwuteaka as Chairman

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The Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) Alumni Association, Awka Branch, has elected a new Executive Committee to lead the association for the next four years.

 

The election, held on July 21, 2024, at Oasis Awka, saw Engr. Sir Onyebuchi Onwuteaka emerge as the new Chairman.

 

Other elected officials include Barr Onyinye-Iheazor Chimezie as Vice Chairman, Comrade IKC Onuorah as Secretary General, Muogbuo Chineye Rose as Treasurer, Nwosu Felix as Public Relations Officer, and Nnachor Basil as Financial Secretary.

 

In his acceptance speech, Engr. Onwuteaka promised an inclusive administration that would promote unity and improve members’ welfare.

 

He pledged to lead a purposeful leadership that would move the union forward and embark on programs that would impact members’ living standards.

 

The immediate past chairman, Mr. Chibuike Uka, congratulated the new executives and advised them to serve with humility and make sacrifices that would benefit the university and members.

 

He prayed for God’s guidance and wisdom for the new leadership.

 

The new executives are expected to assume office immediately and serve for the next four years.

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Somolu LG Chairman Pledges Support for ‘Kit The Child’ Project

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The Chairman of Somolu Local Government Council, Hon. Abdulhamad Salawu (Duller), has pledged his support for the “Kit The Child” project, an initiative aimed at providing 1,000 primary school pupils with school bags and books ahead of the new school year.

 

During a courtesy visit by the project’s coordinating team on July 19, 2024, Hon. Salawu expressed his appreciation for the project’s focus on cushioning economic stress for parents and sharpening the minds of pupils.

He also commended the Peener Paul Foundation and WeDey4U Initiative for their commitment to touching lives in Somolu Local Government Area.

 

To ensure the project’s success, Hon. Salawu established a 3-man committee to work with the coordinating team, comprising Prince Adeeso Adesina, Hon. Lateef Ashimi, and Hon. Oseni Shamsideen.

 

The committee will review the implementation plan and provide guidance.

The “Kit The Child” project aims to make a positive impact on the lives of primary school pupils in Somolu, and with the support of the local government, it is poised to achieve its goal.

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Minister Reverses Course on Admission Age, Allows 16-Year-Olds

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In a surprising turn of events, Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, has approved the admission of candidates as young as 16 years old into Nigerian tertiary institutions, following intense pressure from heads of institutions at a policy meeting in Abuja.

 

Initially, the minister had directed institutions not to admit candidates under 18 years old, citing legal and policy requirements.

 

“JAMB is hereby instructed from admission this year to admit only eligible students. That is those who have attained 18 years by our laws,” he had said.

 

“Our laws require students to be in school from six years —Yes, there are those who do that from five—, and remain in primary school for six years, basic education for three years, and secondary school for three years… It doesn’t require a statement of the minister… we are only restating what is in the law.”

 

However, after heated arguments and pleas from the audience, the minister relented, agreeing to admit candidates from 16 years old.

 

“For practical reasons, we will go with that,” Mr. Mamman finally conceded, drawing applause and cheers from the audience.

 

The decision was made during a policy meeting organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which brought together critical stakeholders in the admission process, including university vice-chancellors, rectors of polytechnics, provosts of colleges of education, and other officials.

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