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The University of Ibadan Community witnessed perhaps the hottest debate and intellectual discourse in the history of the premier university considering the number of the participants and their calibre in Academic world.
The event which was chaired by Dr. Odia Ofeimum an alumni of the varsity and moderated by the duo of Dr. Reuben Abati and Mr. Dare Babarinsa Nigerian's seasoned journalists, out of 20 professors who are aspiring to occupy Vice-Chancellor's office, fourteen participated in the debate organized by the University Community and four unions of the institutions including professor Adelowo from University of Agriculture Abeokuta (UNAAB). Other include professor Akinsoyinu, Professor Ijadunola, Professor Ayoade, Professor Alabi, Professor Ilori, Professor Olorunsogo, Professor Jaiyeola, Professor Omoomah and Professor Bamishaye were the only female contestants who participated creditably at the event.
The chairman of the Debate, Dr. Odia Ofeimu, applauded the organizers of the interactive session and revealed that solution to the major problem i.e. under funding is not far fetch but the fact that those outside who are willing to assist the universities in the country are afraid to associates with misfit who presides over our university. He gave the audience opportunity to ask question. According to moderator, Dr. Reuben Abati who did not want to allow a question to be read because it is outright libelous according to him but was prevented upon by the audience and the chairman of the occasion to read question which goes thus to Professor Ajayi the initiator of department of wild life and fisheries: could you please tell us why you have not visited the class to teach for the last 15 years professor Ajayi was visibly charged and his countenance depict absolute annoyance. He answered by reminding all that present that the department of wild life and fisheries is his initiative and he was the first to establish that department in the Africa continents which made United Nations to honor him in Buckingham Palace in 1994 where he was decorated by the then Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. John major. He went further that he single handedly tutored lecturers he recruited from a catholic priest in Ireland. He asked whoever cares to investigate and read editorial of daily time of a particular date in 1994, which was dedicated to him to applaud his ingenuity. He was cheered by the audience but left the podium very sad.
Another question was directed to professor Alabi for giving two of his children Mac authur foundation scholarships. Professor Alabi answered that 'for any one to be considered for scholarship such person must have recorded above 3.4 in his C.G.P and out of 16 faculties that exist in the university each faculty nominated 2 students and two of his three children who are in various faculties in the university who have won several local and international awards for the university were nominated. He went further by saying it is impossible for him to single handedly award his children scholarship when he was not part of the committee that award scholarship. He ended his speech by saying if you are good. You are good there is nothing anybody can do to it.
Professor Omaomah, one of the two female contestants was asked on how she intends to tackle cultists who smoke cigarette, marijuana and take hard drugs on campus. She answered that, she never know cultists could be identified by the kind of food they take or cigarette smoking. She said she has fought where necessary at any time. The dress sense of some of the professors were excellent but one is worth mentioning which is professor Ijadunola who wore boy Alinco like goggle.
The political tension that has enveloped the country has driven the affected areas and people to seek better candidates in 2007 just as peaceful environment efficient and effective running of the affairs is imminent. This was what made the people of ido-Osi local government an area of Ekiti State to send for one of their illustrious son who has being a good ambassador of the community in far away Minnesota, United State of America, Mr. Rotimi Aromolaran better know as Rotimi Essential.
Rotimi Aromolaran, an America based detective and criminal justice administrator who was in Nigeria early this year to see things for himself and held meetings with communities leaders that constitute by members of the organization all over Nigeria and also the Islamic religions propagators. So also those who have contributed significantly to the propagation of the religion in the country the executive governor of Zamfara and Kano states, Alhaji Ahmed Sanni Yerima and Alhaji Skakarrau respectively have signified their interest to be at the event. The Chief of staff of Oyo-State government, Alhaji Sarafadeen Abiodun Ali and renowned Islamic Scholar Alhaji Suraju Oloso who started the organization at the University of Ibadan twenty-Five years ago are among those to be honoured.
The OYO-South Senatorial aspirant, Otunba oluwaseyi Makinde has lauded the federal government for the contribution both human and materials resources committed towards successful of National Population Census. The Chief executive of MAKON group said this in a press statement realeased to the pressmen by his non-government oganization, LEAD ORGANIZATION which has it's headquarters at No 32, Iwo-Road Ibadan. He bemoaned the previous census in the country which was marred by various irregularities because according to him 'how Ibadan with 1 Million houses as at early 90 was inhabited by 3 million people. He praised the idea of trial census which he believed will give the government opportunity to correct lapses before the real census takes place. Otunba Makinde enjoined all Nigerians, Oyo- State indigenes and particularly the Oyo South Senatorial district to cooperate with the enumerator during the exercise.
The 75th post humous birthday of the CICERO of Esa-Oke, Chief Bola Ige was marked in Ibadan at the premier hotel with a lot of CICERO'S associates in attendants such as the KONGI himself, professor Wole Soyinka, the National Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy Chief Bisi Akande, Oba Oladele Olashore,former oyo governor,Alhaji Lam Adeshina
One things that aroused the curiosity of those present was the scion of Bola Ige Dynasty, Architect Muyiwa Ige who dressed so much like his late Father even he added spectacle just to pass a message across to the public and particularly those who made the event that Muyiwa Ige 2007 gubernatorial aspiration is real.
While the event was going another strong contender for the Osun State governor's seat and commissioner for works in Lagos, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola visited Esa-Oke traditional ruler, the home of Late chief Bola Ige to seek the traditional ruler's support for his ambition. the monarch reminded him that himself and the community have not relented on their search for Ige's killer.
The oshogbo base politician and astute businesswoman Yeye Folashade Aluko returned to the country penultimate week but could not head to her current based Osogbo due to her luggage which are mainly expensive wrist watches which after collected logged in a vault at one of the new generation banks in Lagos. She has fixed September 21 to open her Osogbo Flobert Shop which notable politicians, traditional rulers captains of industries and relations not only from the western part of the country alone but all over the Country. More on the woman of substance soon.
The ancient city of Oshogbo is in the State of anxiety for the past weeks due to corpses that litter the metropolis and villages of the capital of living spring state
What baffle people of the state is that who are the people behind this dastard acts?. The spiritualists who use human part for money-making ritual are believed to be behind because N1000 note is about to enter.Osun state police command is now at alert to curb the crime.Please when next you visit, BE VIGILANTE.ido-Osi local government it was after persistent calls to salvage the local government from brink of collapse and make use of his experience in America to improve the life of downtrodden in the council. According to him through telephone conservation from Minnesota, USA; Rotimi essential has finally accepted to contest.
The National Council of Muslim Youth Organization is making its 25 years of existence and as part of activities lined up for the occasion an award day for distinguished Muslim all over Nigeria is slated for 18th September at the Lekan Salami Sport Complex. The event is expected to be attended
The poeple of pace setter's states daily wake up nowadays to witness one political crises or the other.The crises among the legislatures of the state which led to impeachment of Hon Mikail Alarape Azeez has not died down.You will recall that at the wake of the crises especially when the house changed leadership Fameweekly revealed that the Governor's camp would definitely acts because the Present speaker is a loyalist of Alhaji Adedibu which due to obvious reason constitute danger to Governor's men.Pendimonium broke out last wednesday and if not divine intervention, lot of live would have been lost when some thugs believed to be loyalists of the governor stormed the legislative Chamber to disrupt the proceeding after the whereabout of the present speaker,Hon Adeolu Adeleke was unknown and was believed to have been kidnaped.This incident resulted to free for all fight as legislatures,staff and visitors to the state secretariat ran for cover as thugs began to dear the presence of the anti riot policemen who were stationed at the LEGISLATIVE chamber.The recent ugly development was according to our sources due to failure of former speaker Hon Alarape an ally of the governor to contest his impeachment in court of law and the fact that the Governors popularity is dwindling in the legislative chamber.The situation in the state is tensed and no one know what happens in another minute.The struggle for the control of the legislatures between the Governor of the state and his erstwhile political God father is the main cause of the recent crisis.