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Special Release From The Office The Registrar, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Osun, Nigeria.

OAU MANAGEMENT THANKS STAFF AND STUDENTS

 

The University Management is not unaware of the hardship occasioned by the unwarranted invasion of the University Campus by Ile-Ife indigenes. The situation is constantly being monitored and everything possible will continue to be done to bring things under control.

 

Management empathizes with staff and students who have been injured or traumatized in this unfortunate state of affairs. Appropriate and relevant authorities, within and outside the University have been duly informed of the development.

 

However, the Management has noted the unfortunate and inimical roles of some individuals and wishes to remind everyone of the need to desist from acts that are capable of disrupting the peace of the University.

 

We sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding of staff and students, as well as the maturity so far exhibited in the face of this unwarranted assault on the University community.

 

Once again, the University Management appeals to all staff and students to remain calm, ignore any provocation, and go about their legitimate duties.

 

M. I. Omosule (Mrs.)

Registrar

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OAU EEE Department Holds “AI Fest” Exhibition and Commissions AI Studio

The first “OAU AI Fest” exhibition of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering will hold at 10 am on Tuesday 22nd March, 2022. According to the organizers of the event, the goals of the OAU AI Fest are to inform and to inspire. With respect to the first goal, the exhibition will provide an opportunity for research groups to exhibit ongoing projects in which AI is being used to solve real-life problems. Projects already billed to feature in the exhibition include innovative work on stroke neurorehabilitation and novel medical devices. There are also projects in which drones are being used along with computer vision for surveillance and crop monitoring among others. The organizers note that few people on campus are aware of these ongoing projects, even though some of them are groundbreaking. In particular, the OAU Platform for Upper Limb Stroke Rehabilitation is currently the only indigenous rehabilitation robot of note in Africa, serving as the continent’s only flagbearer in the International Consortium for Rehabilitation Robotics. The AI Fest will provide a vehicle to inform members of the community about ongoing AI-related research such as this. The event organizers hope that this will in turn inspire even more researchers and students to apply AI in their work, since AI remains a relatively fertile ground on which Nigeria can plant the seeds of a vision to reach the forefront of the global technology space.

The exhibition will coincide with the commissioning of the Alumni AI Studio of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The Studio is the brainchild of the Applied Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Research group of the department. Due to severe space constraints, the department has hitherto been unable to provide her students with a befitting workspace within which to conduct AI-related research. This has greatly limited such student and research assistants. An idea was pitched to some alumni and friends of the department to create a model workspace to address this problem. The goal of the AI Studio is to allow selected students to work in an environment somewhat similar to what obtains in North American universities. Free Internet access and 24/7 electricity are guaranteed to students working in the Studio. Furthermore, an increasing number of them will be placed on stipends to ease financial pressures. Teleconferencing facilities have also been put in place so that alumni can directly call in and interact with Studio students from time to time through a 60-inch LED screen. Maker facilities such as a 3D printer are already in place, as is a workstation with two Nvidia RTX 8000 Quadro graphical processing units, capable of over 260 TFLOPS of machine learning performance, graciously donated by NVIDIA Corporation of Santa Clara, California

 

The AI Studio will greatly complement the B.Sc. curriculum of the department, which a spokesperson described as one of the most innovative in Nigeria in terms of helping students to link theory and real-life problem-solving. Partly as a result of having half-a-dozen members of staff trained in curriculum development at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology through the MIT-Total-NNPC Empowering the Teachers Fellowship (anchored by Prof. A.I. Akinwande), the B.Sc. curriculum has real-life problem-solving components at all levels. Starting with a course in their first year which uses self-paced projects to give students a bird’s eye view of electrical engineering and preview of important concepts, students work in teams in “Group Design” project courses in their second, third and fourth years, before they wrap up with an individual capstone project in their final year. In addition, a course titled “Startups for Electrical Engineers” in their third year will introduce students to important principles of entrepreneurship, using their Group Design projects as focal points. To tie all these together, every student in the department is assigned to a research group from their third year, in which they will remain and contribute till graduation. Suitable workspaces for students undertaking these project courses have always been a constraint, which is why the AI Studio is so crucial.

The department hopes that the Studio can serve as a proof of concept, and that other alumni and partners will help fund the creation of even more workspaces and complementary initiatives. Already, a group of alumni have announced a complementary Innovation Prize competition with cash prizes totaling seven million naira per year. The current studio has a capacity of 20 students, which is a small fraction of the total student population of 700, making even more workspaces a key need. According to a spokesperson, the Studio also needs additional support to provide a solar-powered energy backup system, to replace the current petrol generator, which is noisy and not environmentally-friendly. 

 

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OAU VICE-CHANCELLORSHIP APPOINTMENT: IFE INDIGENES INVADE CAMPUS WITH CHARMS AND FETISH OBJECTS

Determined to forcefully install an Ile Ife indigene as the next Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, some indigenes of Ile - Ife have invaded the campus of the University with charms and other fetish objects, having closed its two major gates thereby preventing staff, students, and other stakeholders from either coming into or leaving the University.

The protests by the Ife indigenes started last Thursday, 17th March 2022 shortly after the University Governing Council, led by its Chairman, Owelle Oscar Udoji, announced a professor of Agricultural Economics, Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE, as the 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor.

The protesters, who initially blocked the main gate of the University on the first day and threatened staff and students to stay away from campus,  became very violent the second day as they beat up workers, particularly the staff of the Security Unit, and vandalized their office at the Main Gate. Some of the security staff had to be taken to the University's Health Centre for treatment.

Today, Monday, 21st March 2022, things took more dangerous dimensions as the indigenes beat up some OAU students who they met at the gate, blocked the two major gates as early as 6: 00 am, coming into the campus with charms, and other fetish items. They assembled at the motion ground of the University Secretariat, dressed in all-white spiritual traditional attire, chanting incantations while performing rituals. 

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board shortlisted sixteen (16) candidates for the interaction for the post of Vice-Chancellor and the candidates whose names were arranged in alphabetical order, were called in for interaction and each was scored by each member of the Selection Board. The score sheets of each Assessor for individual candidates were dropped into an envelope and sealed, with the signature of the Chairman of Council on each one.

At the end of the interaction, the sealed envelopes were opened one after the other and announced to all the members. The score sheets were thereafter passed around for sighting. Then, the scores of the candidates were collated with Microsoft Excel and ranked from the highest to the lowest. The candidate with the highest score was eventually announced as the Vice-Chancellor by the Governing Council.

For the avoidance of doubt, no member of the Board had foreknowledge of each candidate's score before the final collation at the end of the interaction.

The University is aware of the false presentation of the alphabetical arrangement of the applicants as the authentic list of applicants' performance where unfounded allegations have been made of changing the "leading" candidate.

The University hereby affirms that due processes were followed and merit was the basis for the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor. The University Management implores the leadership of Ile- Ife to please call these protesters to order so that the cordial relationship, which has been in existence, between the University and the Ile- Ife communities is not jeopardized.

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Profile of Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE

 

Bamire Adebayo Simeon, a native of Oyan in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, was born in 1959. He commenced his elementary education at Datus Nursery/Primary Preparatory School, Accra, Ghana and completed it at St. Clares’ Nursery and Primary School, Osogbo. He attended St. Charles’ Grammar School, Osogbo, from 1972 to 1976.

Professor Bamire was admitted into the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), where he studied Agricultural Economics and was awarded a Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Agric.) degree in 1985. He also obtained his M.Phil. and PhD degrees from the university in 1992 and 1999, respectively. His PhD programme attracted sponsorship from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in 1997 and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in 1998. His PhD thesis won him the “National Universities Postgraduate Theses Award” in 2001.

Prof. Bamire joined the Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as Assistant Lecturer in 1992 and rose to the post of Professor in 2008. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and successfully supervised undergraduate projects and postgraduate theses at the Master and PhD levels within and outside Nigeria. He has also assessed colleagues for promotion to the Professorial cadre and served as an External Examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels within and outside of the country. He has over 100 research-based publications in reputable local and international outlets, comprising contributions to books, scientific journals, refereed conference proceedings, technical reports, monographs, and delivered the University’s 315th Inaugural Lecture.

No doubt, Professor Bamire comes prepared for the position, having been exposed to intense leadership and managerial training over the years in the course of his academic career in the university. He was a Visiting Scientist at IITA, Ibadan, in 2004; Vice-Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University (2007-2009); Head, Department of Agricultural Economics (2011-2012) and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture (2013-2015). In his capacity as Dean, he embarked on and completed laudable developmental projects in the faculty through donations from his social capital network, Alumni, and friends of the faculty. By virtue of his position as the Immediate Past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), he was a member of the Governing Council for four years (2017-2021) and served as Chairman of some Committees and Boards in the university.

Professor Bamire has been exposed to research training opportunities early in his career through various training workshops organized by CODESRIA, IITA, AERC, and OAU. The experiences gained made it easy for him to guide colleagues and students in writing winning research proposals and establish important networks nationally and internationally. He has personally attracted research grants from notable international funding agencies into OAU as Principal Investigator and collaborated in research activities with other scientists within and outside the university. He led a baseline study sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), USA. This was made possible through his long-time collaboration with scientists at IITA; ILRI/DfID; HarvestPlus/IFPRI (Washington, DC., USA); International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico; Makerere University (Uganda); United Nations University Institute of Natural Resources (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana; United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki, Finland; African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Kenya; and African University for Cooperative Development (AUCD), Cotonou, Benin Republic; among others.

Professor Bamire has attended different national and international conferences and workshops relating to biodiversity and sustainable agricultural development and has participated in collaborative studies involving researchers from various disciplines on sustainable agricultural production. He has participated in and written different technical reports that relate to practical field experiences in agricultural business and development in Nigeria and other developing nations.

Prof. Bamire is a Fellow of international organisations such as CODESRIA, IITA, Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), and an Associate Senior Research Fellow of the International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED). He has attended many conferences within and outside Nigeria and is a member of various professional associations. He has also received various awards and honours.

Prof. Bamire is computer literate with excellent knowledge of the application of statistical and econometric tools. He has participated and still participates as Principal Investigator in different on-farm researches and as Resource Person in training programmes that have provided long-term interactions with farmers and non-farmers in their communities and business concerns.

 

Prof. Bamire has proven to be consistently diligent, committed, disciplined, resourceful, reliable, and has a good team spirit. Above all, he is God-fearing. He has good insight and experience of best business practices that could contribute immensely to system development, having served in different committees and assisted tremendously in promoting academic and research programmes in his department, faculty, and the university as a whole.

 

He is happily married to Dr. (Mrs.) Felicia Bosede Bamire and together are blessed with children.

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Faculty of Dentistry's List of Upcoming Events

List of Events

20th-March-2022 - World Oral Health Day

7th April, 2022 - 16th Annual Faculty Pre-Conferenc-1

10th May, 2022 - 20th May, 2022 - Academic Lecture
27th and 28th July 2022 - Annual Faculty Conference

 

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PRESS RELEASE: OAU MATRICULATION NOW ON MONDAY.

The Management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has concluded all arrangements to hold the 2021 / 2022 Matriculation Ceremony on Monday, 14th day of March, 2022.

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the ceremony will be conducted between 2pm and 6pm that day.

All matriculating students are hereby advised to get in touch with the Secretaries of their respective Faculties for the collection of academic gowns and the details of other formalities.

We congratulate all new students and wish outstanding success in their academic pursuit.

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