The attention of the Management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been drawn to the nefarious activities of a scamming syndicate and impostors on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms, who set out to defraud the unsuspecting members of the public by promising admission placements, job opportunities, award of contracts and other benefits to teeming seekers at a fee, using the name of the Vice-Chancellor of the University.
In view of this ugly development, members of the public should note that businesses of a reputable University like ours are never conducted on social media platforms.
In fact, the Management sees it as criminal, uncanny and improper for anybody or a group of persons to align with or transact business of the University with faceless and unidentified individuals who are not officers or designated staff of the University.
The University, therefore, dissociates itself completely from these miscreants who by their actions wish to bring its image to disrepute.
We, therefore, want to assure the general public that efforts are on to identify and bring the criminal(s) to justice.
The official communication channels of the University remain:
Signed: University Management.
The Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is aware of the directive by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) that the 2018/2019 candidates who applied to study Law, Dentistry, Fine and Applied Arts, Botany and Family Nutrition and Consumer Sciences should either change course or university, due to non-accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The general accreditation exercise was conducted across all universities in December, 2017 and the non-accreditation of some programmes cut across all universities and is not peculiar to OAU.
There are 106 programmes in the University of which the five mentioned above have issues with accreditation. Although all these programmes actually had interim status during the last exercise, they were denied accreditation because of the existing NUC regulation which does not allow for back to back interim status.
The University Management is working assiduously to address the issues raised by the NUC. It therefore has no doubt that the affected programmes will be restored hopefully in the forthcoming accreditation exercise slated for November, 2018. We hereby use this medium to officially appreciate the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for the prompt release of funds to upgrade the existing structures and facilities in the University.
We appreciate the concern of all stakeholders, particularly parents/guardians and prospective students on this development and plead for their understanding.
The Management will continue to do all within its power to uphold and build upon the academic excellence for which the University is known.