DEAR OAUNET & CAMPUS INTERNET USER.
This is to inform you that INTECU has commenced a maintenance activity on critical Campus Fiber Optic Cable (FOC) Infrastructure.
The purpose of this exercise is to repair or replace damaged FOC along the following axis:
Student Hostel, Road-1, Secretariat Building, Central Academic Area and Staff Quarters.
The bulk of the activity has been scheduled to take place after working hours to minimize work discomfort caused by network outage. However, occasional downtime should be expected.
The exercise will last for five (5) days starting at 12 noon, Thursday, April 21, 2022.
This short notice and inconvenience is regretted.
INAUGURAL LECTURE NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Lecture Title: The Odyssey of a Historian of the Police
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
1. This lecture, being largely a reflective essay, has few references and those few have been integrated into the text.
2. I took all of my formal degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife between 1980 and 1990. I was an undergraduate from 1976-80 in the Faculty of Education, with History and English as my teaching subjects. I graduated with a Second Class (Upper) Degree. I obtained the M.A. in History in 1984; and PhD in History, 1990.
3. I joined the services of the university on 1 April 1982 as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of History. The incumbent Head of Department was Dr Abel Olorunfemi Anjorin who encouraged me to apply for the job on the basis of my undergraduate records in History, even though I was a student in Education. At his passing in 1986, I promised myself to continue to justify the confidence he reposed in me.
4. My mentors in the department were Drs Segun Osoba and Toyin Falola. Dr Osoba gave me two pieces of advice that have guided my conduct ever since. One, “if as a Graduate Assistant, you cannot stand up to be counted, even when you may have become a Professor, you still won’t be courageous enough to speak up”. Two, “young man, never hanker after anything; that way, nobody can hold you to ransom”.
5. Toyin Falola taught me to aspire to academic excellence; and much else besides! He supervised my Master’s thesis; and actually supervised my doctoral thesis but he wasn’t the official supervisor. The official supervisor, Dr SO Arifalo was liberal enough to allow me give free rein to my ideas.
6. Late Emeritus Professor Ijalaye believed in me and my commitment to scholarship and did his best to encourage me; extremely accommodating of my eccentricities. His late wife too was a huge pillar of support, even if she was unsparing in chastising my “father”, David, (her doting husband) for his condoning my social excesses!
7. Professor Dipo Adamolekun was a key Member of my Sounding Board of Ideas with generous material support. Other notable members in that league are: Professors Wale Omole; JK Olupona; Akanmu Adebayo; Femi Taiwo; Sola Akinrinade; Femi Ajibola; Femi Odesanmi; Tony Adegbulugbe; Sanya Adejuyigbe; Ebun Adejuyigbe; Funmi Togonu-Bickersteth; Roger Makanjuola; Ogungbenro E. Ogunbodede; Niyi Olusile (Late); Tony Akintomide; Ayo Olukoju; Sunmbo Abiose; AO Arigbabu; Charles Ukeje; Wale Adebanwi; Akin Akinade; Lola Irinoye; Fola Faponle; Simeon Ilesanmi; Niyi and Simi Afonja; Friday Okonofua; Akin Mabogunje; Oyewale Tomori; Julius Omozuanvbo Ihonvbere, MHR; and Eniola Akingbohungbe. A special place is reserved for my look-alike kid brother and renowned pathologist, Professor Olorunda Rotimi; an unsparing but educated/civilised critic.
8. Whereas my colleagues are in History, my friends are in Pharmacy: Professors Francis Omosehin Ogungbamila (Late); Jimi Adesanya; Oguntuga Ogundaini; Seye Bolaji; Tiwa Olugbade; Grace Onawumi; Gbolahan Olayiwola; Adio Ogunbona
9. The many staff of archives worldwide; oral informants; hosts in far-flung places and academics/wellwishers in uniform, especially the NPF (notably Sir Mike Okiro and Dr Solomon Arase); colonial police officers that I have interacted with between 2010 and now; and civil society activists, especially Innocent Chukwuma (Late) and Kemi Okenyodo have been huge pillars of support.
10. Apart from the incumbent Governor of Lagos, all of the three others in this Fourth Republic have advanced my work through generous grants. I am eternally beholden to Governors Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Babatunde Raji Fashola and Akin Ambode and the government officials in their various administrations who facilitated the processing of grants for my work. It’s amazing that whereas I am from Ondo State, none of these Governors ever requested to see me for an interview before obliging me my requests!
11. Mr Tafa Balogun, was incumbent IGP when the first print of my book, The Police in a Federal State: The Nigerian Experience was published in 2001. At the instance of Late Justice Olajide Olatawura, then member of the Police Service Commission, IG Balogun, bought 1000 (One Thousand) copies of the book for the Force. That patronage provided the seed money that I used in making more copies subsequently. I am forever grateful to Baba Olatawura and Mr Balogun.
12. That patronage by the police high command under IG Balogun was the first manifestation of the efficacy of the prayer said by Pa SO Oladimeji, (the late Lomofe of Ile-Oluji kingdom) who was the FIRST recipient of an autographed copy of the book. He prophesied that the book would bring me fame and prosperity. And he has since been proven right. May his noble soul continue to rest in perfect peace; peace, perfect peace.
13. When in 2018 I took the bold step to organise an interactive forum in five Nigerian cities on “Approaches to the Policing of a Perplexed Society”, I took a 3 (Three) million Naira loan from a campus cooperative society. But I did come by help along the way from appreciative admirers of my scholastic endeavours. Apart from the Lagos State Government under Mr Akin Ambode which sponsored the fifth forum held in Lagos, a remarkable contribution came from Distinguished Senator Daisy Danjuma which enabled me to host the second forum in Abuja. The Senator and her husband, General TY Danjuma have been veteran financial contributors to my research endeavours. May their fortunes grow bigger.
14. The Sponsors of this Inaugural lecture are too many to list. To willing givers, I say “Thank You”. To those who made it compelling for me to deploy my pleasant extortionate skills, I also say a big thanks!
15. My four children, all successful girls, have been critical allies. Their mother should find solace in the fact that I eventually made the mark as an academic of note, pace/speed notwithstanding. A rinrin gbere ni yi o m'oye dele.
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.)
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.
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.