NSCIA condemned the denial of female Muslim students at the International School, University of Ibadan the right to use Hijab in a statement signed by Aselemi Ibrahim, Head of Public Relations and Communication of the Council.
DAILY POST recalls that the use of Hijab had since November 2018, been generating a lot of controversies and crises, which made parents of some Muslim students to jointly sue the school, its principal, University of Ibadan and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the school who also doubled as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The latest was the suspension of a female Muslim student in the school. The school in a letter, said it has suspended a female Muslim student, Miss Ikhlass Olasubomi Badiru, who was found by the school authority for wearing Hijab (headscarf) in July this year for two weeks.
The two weeks suspension according to a letter of suspension, signed by the School Principal, Phebean Olowe, a copy of which was obtained by DAILY POST Wednesday evening, takes effect between 7th and 18th October, 2019.
But, NSCIA while reacting on the backdrop of the incessant cases of allegation of harassment of Muslim pupils of the university’s International School over the use of Hijab, fixing of statutory academic and management meetings of the university for periods dedicated to Muslims’ Friday prayer, among other issues, said that the university under the current administration has made it a habit to discriminate against Muslim students in classrooms, and deny Muslim academic and non-academic staff from participating in key decision-making processes on the campus.
Ibrahim said, “It is rather unfortunate that University of Ibadan whose founding fathers championed the cause of scholarship by establishing the Centre for Arabic Documentation, introduced Certificate and Diploma programmes in Islamic Studies and Arabic, created Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and tapped the resources of Arabic to create and enrich Ibadan School of History, is the same university being used by a bigot to eliminate the programmes, discourage Muslim girls from International School, Ibadan, segregate Muslims from Christians in the classrooms so that the latter can be given more attention, fix official meetings for the period of Friday worship and insisted Muslims must be de-Islamised before benefitting from a school established by the university.
“We insist Boko (western education) is halal (lawful) while the University of Ibadan is insisting on declaring Boko as haram. Lawmakers should initiate bills that would streamline and unambiguously legitimise the use of hijab in public institutions in the country.”
“The University of Ibadan has in the recent time been enmeshed in crises over religious issues especially following the opposition of the management of the institution’s staff school to the use of hijab by its Muslim pupils.
“Some Muslim parents have accused the management of denying the pupils what they called their inalienable right to religion, and staged series of protests to drive home their point.
“Under the umbrella of parents of Muslim students of University of Ibadan International School, a matter has been instituted against the school in a court of law. But while awaiting the judgement, the school had suspended a female student for two weeks for allegedly wearing hijab after school hours.
“In a similar development, about 38 Muslim professors from the university had also recently petitioned the Prof. Idowu Olayinka-led administration of the university over what they described as deliberate action of denying Muslims participation in various important statutory meetings.
“The professors said the university fixed its Senate meeting for Friday and that the meeting had extended beyond the time meant for Muslim Friday prayer.
“They said the tradition since the tenure of a former vice-chancellor, A.B Odediran, was that the hours of 12 noon to 3p.m should be free of any statutory academic and administrative activities on the campus, adding that the position was backed by a university’s special release of August 23, 2010, which they claimed banned lectures, meetings, and other statutory engagements on the campus.
“The university, however, denied the allegation, saying the meeting was not fixed for the time designated for Friday prayer.”
ASUU breaks silence on UI staff arrested by DSS for alleged examination fraud – Daily Post Nigeria
ASUU Chairman, Professor Deji Omole made this declaration in a statement made available to DAILY POST.
Omole was reacting to the arrest of six staff of the distance learning centre by the men of the department of state service (DSS) at the instance of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, for alleged examination malpractices.
DAILY POST recalls that six staff of the distance learning centre, among whom were Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office were picked last Thursday for the fraud.
But, Omole while speaking, lashed out at the Director of Public Communications of the University, Olatunji Oladejo, who some papers attributed the story to as misinforming the public.
Omole said that contrary to Oladejo’s claim, no academic staff of the distance learning centre has been fingered or linked to the fraud.
He added that no one should drag ASUU into the fraud since none of its members is involved.
Apart from the fact that the University committee, Omole said that “ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”
He, however, said it will not take it lightly when her members are wrongly accused.
“Our members not involved in UI Exam fraud. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter on Tuesday says no single academic staff was involved in examination malpractices in her Distance Learning Center (DLC).
“Seven non-academic staff of the Distance learning center of the Institution were picked up by the DSS last week Thursday over their alleged involvement in aiding and abetting examination malpractices and compromising the integrity of examinations.
“Academic staff have not been fingered or linked to the fraud and no one should drag them into it. The Union is not against punishing anyone linked to the fraud.
“Apart from the fact that the University committee, ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”
Device peaceful resolution to solve LAUTECH ownership crisis – Adegoke tells Makinde, Oyetola
DAILY POST gathered that the institution, which was established in 1990, is jointly owned by both Oyo and Osun States. The institution has been battling with ownership and financial crises in the last couple of years.
The joint ownership and financial contributions of both States have been generating controversies since the time of former governors Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun.
But, the Executive Director Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, while reacting, said that there was need for both Oyo and Osun States to find lasting solution to the perennial crises rocking the institution.
Adegoke, who is the Mogaji of Abose compound in Olubadan traditional lineage while speaking with journalists on Monday, said that this gesture would go a long way in finding lasting solution to the re-occurence crises that have been rocking the institution since the creation of Osun State from the old Oyo State in 1991.
He maintained that peaceful accord would also be a demonstration that the two leaders are capable and living up to the demands of their offices.
Adegoke insisted that peaceful resolution would make the institution stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.
He implored the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution self-sustaining like other universities which, necessitated that both states need to work together on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as working at cross purposes.
“There is need for both the governors of Oyo and Osun states to sit down as brothers and look into the problems rather than allow intruders to come in between them.
“If both governors, the governing council and management team meet, they will be able to dissect the problem properly and jointly proffer solutions on the way forward.
“The management should also, look at the possibility of convening a tripartite meeting which will comprise of permanent secretaries of Education, Finance and Justice ministries with their respective commissioners in attendance to look at all the nitty-gritty of what has been causing disagreement between the two states.
“I want the two governors to realise that the indigenes of the two states are brothers and sisters, and in Yorubaland it is always a wise decision when amicable resolution takes place between the aforementioned relations without involving third parties.
“In the wise, both governors should demonstrate maturity for which they have been known for in resolving this present logjam without much ado in the interest of the students who are our children and future leaders.”
DSS nabs 6 UI staff over alleged involvement in exam malpractices
DAILY POST gathered on Monday that the six staff were arrested at the instance of the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka.
It was gathered that they were arrested following their alleged complicity for smuggling scripts for students writing examinations, fabrications of CBT results and falsification of clearance mostly for students.
It was gathered that those picked up by the security agency were top officials of the Distance Learning Centre who could not be left out in the examination process.
A source within the Distance Learning Centre gave the name of those who have been arrested to include; Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office.
He said that the Vice Chancellor was miffed by the development and approved thorough investigations into the matter.
He added that the staff were arrested last Thursday.
It was gathered that information leading to the arrest of the six staff, came from students who had been arrested during the ongoing examinations and a protest complain from students about illegal dealings of some non-teaching staff.
Our correspondent, who visited the centre on Monday, gathered that some staff of the centre reportedly stayed away from the DLC center located along Sasha since when the six staff were arrested.
It was gathered from some of the staff and students on Monday that investigations are still ongoing to get more persons connected to the examination racketeering.
But, the Director of Communication at the university, Mr. Tunji Oladejo, when contacted, however, said that nothing of such occurred.
Oladejo, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, added that he contacted the Director of DLC, Professor Soji Aremu, who said that such thing never happened.
He said “I have contacted the Director of DLC, Professor Aremu, who said that such thing never happened. There is nothing like that. It never happened. I just spoke with the director and he said that, it is not true.
“I am telling you that based on what the the Director said, nothing of such occurred.”
But, a source at the DSS office located at Alalubosa area, Aleshiloye Ibadan, told DAILY POST that the six staff were arrested.
“Yes it is true. They were arrested. They were arrested and they area still there. But, they are releasing them now. Some people came to bail them but they are still in the DSS office as I am talking to you now.”
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