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OAU Central Technological Laboratory and Workshops (CTLW) Develop Pedal-Operated Hand-Washing Device

OAU Central Technological Laboratory and Workshops (CTLW) Develop Pedal-Operated Hand-Washing Device

It is no longer news that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the entire world into a serious state of confusion. As the incident has continued to rampage the entire world and with no known boundaries, concerted efforts are being made in each country, and by extension each organization or community to cope with the effect of the deadly virus such that human existence is not totally questioned. While research efforts are ongoing to produce vaccines for the disease, different approaches are being employed as precautionary and preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Notable among these are the use of face masks, hand-sanitizers, regular washing of hands as well as social-distancing.

There has been a strong emphasis on the washing of hands and the need to device an appropriate system such that the virus is not spread in the course of this activity. The Central Technological Laboratory and Workshops (CTLW) of Obafemi Awolowo University, has risen to this challenge and has developed a pedal-operated hand-washing device. The dispensing of soap and water for washing hands are both achieved via a pedal. This is to complement the efforts of the University in containing the deadly disease and particularly in preparation for the resumption of full academic activities. Visit the Centre to procure this device.




Special Release to All OAU Students - Stay at Home Until the University Reopens -OAU DSA

The attention of the Division of Student Affairs has been drawn to a Release purportedly written and circulated by some faceless individuals informing all students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to report to Obafemi Awolowo University Campus to evacuate all their belongings from the Halls of Residence.

The Division wishes to intimate all students that the said Release did not emanate from the Division of Student Affairs of this University. As far as we know, this Division has not issued any Release to invite the students to the Obafemi Awolowo University Campus as of now.

All students are therefore enjoined to disregard the purported Release and continue to stay in their respective homes until further notice.

All Hall Wardens should please note that students are not allowed to gain entrance into the Halls of Residence for any reason until the University reopens officially for academic activities.

Thank you.
Prof. I. O. Aransi
Division of Student Affairs.

The Call for 2020 Applications for TETFUND NRF Grant is out

The OAU TETFund Office in conjunction with the Central Office of Research (COR), has put together guideline documents to assist OAU staff with the preparation of applications and vetting of the documents in response to the Call for NRF Concept Notes.

Please find herewith three documents:
2. 112 - page - TETFund NRF 2020 CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES (PDF)
3. 16 - page NRF Portal - Principal Investigator User Guide, also known as PI_User_Guide_TETFund nrf Portal 2020 (PDF)

For further details, contact:
(a) OAU TETFund Office-(0803 564 2285, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
(b) University Research Office URO-(08066581894, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

OAU Law, Dentistry, Others Get Full, 100% Accreditation

The National Universities Commission (NUC), which has the statutory mandate to accredit academic programmes in all Nigerian Universities, has given full (100%) accreditation to all the academic programmes being run by the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Programmes being run by other Faculties were also accredited by the NUC while all programmes at the Postgraduate level were also fully accredited.

Commenting on the results, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, lauded the patriotic zeal of the Professor Abubakar Rasheed-led NUC, for giving in their best in ensuring that all academic programmes being run by the Nigerian Universities were of international standards and their products equipped with required intellectual arsenal to compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the Institutional Spirit of the University’s members of the Council led by Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Senate, Departmental, Faculty and National Alumni Associations whose commitment assisted, in much greater measure, in putting all necessary facilities in place which eventually culminated in the accreditation of all our Courses, particularly the programmes with initial outright denial or partial accreditation.  With the latest accreditation of 42 undergraduate programmes, all the 107 programmes in the university are now accredited.

Professor Ogunbodede, therefore, pledged that his administration would put in more effort in ensuring the sustenance of the high moral, academic and cultural standards which the University is noted for.

He, again, called on all stakeholders in the education sector to do all within their power and means to assist the university in putting in place more structure and infrastructure that would make “us fully realize and bring into fruition the dreams of the founding fathers”.

May 2020 INTECU Services Update: Guidelines for the Delivery of Internet Services during COVID-19 Work Restriction Period

Dear OAUNET-Users:

INTECU continues to provide essential SKELETAL ICT services during the COVID-19 work restriction period. Campus Internet users should please note the following:

  1. OAU Institutional EMAIL (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) registration is FREE for STAFF and STUDENTS.

The online application form for STAFF is available here – https://bit.ly/oauemail

  1. Postgraduate (PG) and Undergraduate (UG) students can activate their personalized OAU student email accounts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) via this link: http://intecu.oauife.edu.ng/sia.
  2. Internet access is NOT FREE – The nominal monthly fee is currently N1,500 for the 24-hour/30-day monthly access with no download or upload DATA CAPS (limits) this fee may be reviewed upwards going forward.
  3. In order to ensure FAIR USAGE, each STAFF Internet account is limited to an Internet bandwidth (speed) of 2 - 5Mbps during peak periods and 10Mbps (or more) during off peak periods. This is more than sufficient for FAST web browsing and Internet download.
  4. The peak period falls between 10am and 4pm daily.
  5. When you share your Internet access with others by creating wireless HOTSPOTS, your personal Internet speed and browsing experience suffers – DO NOT BLAME INTECU FOR THIS!!
  6. All University Network Services (email, Internet access, web site, etc.) remain available during this period.
  7. During this COVID-19 restriction period, ONLY the University Secretariat Building (old and new blocks), Provosts and Deans offices will be attended to for out-of-station visits.
  8. In the course of the year 2020, most of INTECU services will be migrated to online platforms as part of OAU’s smart University initiative.
  9. INTECU welcomes feedback and suggestions on how to continue to provide excellent ICT services to the University community. You may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  10. Thank you for your understanding, and PLEASE REMAIN SAFE.


Signed: Director INTECU.


ICT tools for Remote Work - (OAU Staff Advisory from INTECU)

  1. Your email account.
    1. Have a functional email on a reliable platform – OAU institutional email (hosted by Google), Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoomail are reliable options.
    2. Never use your email or sensitive credentials on a public devices or public Wifi. E.g. in a cyber-café, or airport browsing booths.
    3. Make sure your email password is secure by setting up a fairly complicated password and setting up Two-Factor-Authentication. Ask INTECU staff how to get this done.
    4. If you have multiple emails, use an email application that allows you to receive all mails in one inbox, but allows you to respond with your different identities.


  1. Your computing device(s).
    1. Have at least one computing device that only you use.
    2. Use authentic software on all your devices.
    3. Schedule weekly software update checks for all devices you use.
    4. Make sure you use an antivirus that updates it virus signatures regularly. Windows 10, has a native antivirus that comes at NO ADDITIONA FEE, and it is effective, use it.
    5. Have a personal external earphone. This way you can have private video conferences.
    6. Make sure the batteries of your mobile devices (laptop, phone, tablet) can last for at least one (1) hour, otherwise replace them urgently.
    7. Make sure you have and use a backup strategy. You have two options: Cloud backup on Google-Drive/ One-Drive/I-Cloud/DropBox or buy an external Hard-Drive. A 500GB Hard-Drive is usually sufficient.
    8. Realize that you don’t have to use pirated software. Most often, free versions of Word processing, Spread Sheet and Presentation software are available. https://www.libreoffice.org/, https://www.openoffice.org/ or Google online tools (G-SUITE).


  1. Your eportal access (Teaching Staff, Non-Teaching College, Faculty Staff, DSA, Security).
    1. Screen your 1st year students so that they have matriculation numbers.
    2. Confirm that student’s enrollment status for the courses that you teach.
    3. Download your student list (tutorial list) for your courses on the University eportal (https://eportal.oauife.edu.ng).
    4. Define courses, lecturers, upload scores, approve scores, aggregate and process departmental results.
    5. Announce tests and examinations via your profile.
    6. Notify Deans, HOD or lecturers of important milestones via the EPORTAL.
    7. Post student’s approved results to parents or guardians.



  1. Your Virtual Learning Strategy
    1. Open a communication channel with your students, preferably through the class representative, informing them about the need to keep in touch.
    2. Collate all emails of your students (the University Computer Centre or your class rep. can assist with this).
    3. List and select from possible technologies that you can use to engage your students: - WhatsApp-Audio, WhatsApp-Video, Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Moodle, etc.
    4. Plan your online class sizes: - 50 is a great compact group, things start to get complicated from then on. Consider breaking up your class into tutorial groups of manageable sizes.
    5. Set online class rules. How to ask questions, etc.
    6. Don’t plan to have long online lectures. Have multiple 40 – 1 hour lectures, interspaced by 5 – 10 minute breaks or interactive sessions.
    7. Send an email to all class members informing them of the class schedule and rules.
    8. Start Small, Grow Big!! - Use available tools – MS-Power Point to start and then scale up to LMS.
    9. Enjoy your class.


  1. Your E-Learning applications
    1. Subscribe to at least one Virtual Learning Environment so that you can start engaging your students. Use Google Classroom or Moodle.
    2. Google Classroom allows you to chat, audio call, video call, screen share, and access to several additional G-SUITE applications.
    3. Subscribe to at least on Video Conference platform. Teaching is more than giving assignments and tasks, See and talk with your students. Use Zoom, Google Meet or Skype.
    4. Zoom and Google Meet is commonly used for web conferencing to share video, audio, and content.


  1. Your special applications
    1. Checkout updates from the University website –DAILY. Make https://oauife.edu.ng your HOMEPAGE.
    2. The University email is hosted via G-SUITE on Google Cloud. However, email is just one of the G-SUITE applications that can enhance your productivity. Visit this link to learn more https://gsuite.google.com/.


  1. Your network connectivity
    1. Never connect to anonymous (FREE) Wireless Hotspots. It may be a trap to steal your financial or other personal details.
    2. As much as possible, use Internet Access provided by the University (INTECU) while on campus. As at January, 2020, the capacity of the campus connection is at least 5Mbps (625KBps). This is more than sufficient for FAST web browsing and Internet download.
    3. Where available, use ENCRYPTED (secure) wireless networks provided by the University (INTECU).
    4. When connecting from home, the reliability of your DATA connection is dependent on the QUALITY of the SIGNAL from your mobile Internet service provider using your Phone Hotspot, MiFi or Modem.
    5. On your personal device, one way to measure your DATA “NETWORK” quality is to find out what your phone or modem says when you turn on DATA. Is it E (Edge), 3G, H+ (HSPA+) or 4G (or LTE)? 3G is better than E (Edge), H+ is better than 3G, and 4G (or LTE) is the best for now. All state capitals have 4G, Ile-Ife has 4G in some areas. The number of signal bars is also important.

Association of African Universities (AAU) and Open Educational Resources (OER) Webinars.

  1. The Association of African Universities (AAU)and Open Educational Resources (OER) Africa presented a series of four webinars on Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) strategies from 28 April to 8th May 2020. The links to the recorded versions and more are available here.

Webinar 1: Teaching effectively during the campus closure – Tips and tricks
Webinar 2: What to teach during campus closure
Webinar 3: How to know if learning is happening during campus closure
Webinar 4: Communicate effectively during campus closure

  1. Association of African Universities organized a webinar on "Effective Integration of Online Education in African Universities" as part of its contribution towards ensuring continuous teaching and learning in African HEIs. Listen to the recorded version here.

Video Link: Effective Integration of Online Education in African Universities

  1. Vice-Chancellors Dialogue: Keeping African Universities Learning Doors Open' and hosted on April 14, 2020. The recorded version is made available here.
  2. The Webinar "Effective Integration of Online Education in African Universities" is also available here.

Other useful websites include:

  1. Recommendations for achieving a virtual future – together
  2. COVID-19: What consequences for higher education?
  3. Task team to address COVID-19 response in higher education
  4. ACE for Impact Centers respond to COVID19
  5. AAU on COVID-19


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