AAUA Public Lecture: UK Don Canvasses Expansion of De-Radicalization Approach to Tackling Terrorism


The Federal Government of Nigeria has been advised to expand its on-going de-radicalization approach to countering the prevailing terrorist and other attacks in the Country.
The advice was offered by Dr. Gordon Clubb of the Polis Social Sciences, University of Leeds, United Kingdom and Guest Lecturer at a Public Lecture organized by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Department of Criminology and Security Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, in conjunction with the University of Leeds.
Dr. Clubb, who spoke on The Impact of Former Combatants on Countering Violent Extremism: From Northern Ireland to Nigeria, said, “Nigerian government is doing a good job so far to counter terrorism, especially in the area of de-radicalization. The government’s de-radicalization programme is encouraging but there is need to expand it. The de-radicalization approach will pay off if all hands are on deck.”
The Guest Lecturer stressed on the need to re-integrate the former combatants to help achieve a holistic de-radicalization strategy of countering violent extremism in Nigeria.
He said, “The roles of the former combatants in countering violent extremism are very important. They are credible and can move across the bridge where government cannot reach. Therefore, they must be fully integrated to drive the de-radicalization approach very well.”
Earlier, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, had appreciated the organizers for the initiative, which, according to him, was part of the mandate of a university worthy of the name.
He said the relationship between the two organizers would open a new channel of collaboration between Adekunle Ajasin University and the University of Leeds.
The Dean of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Prof. Afolabi Aribigbola, in his Welcome Address, thanked Dr. Clubb for collaborating with AAUA.
Prof. Aribigbola thanked AAUA Management for giving the necessary support to the programme.

Ajasin Varsity Students Elect New Union Executives

Students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, on Thursday last week, went to the poll to elect a new set of leaders who will steer the affairs of the students’ body for the 2016/2017 academic session.
At the end of the e-Voting election, Olawale Ijanusi emerged President having polled 1,516 votes to defeat Afolabi Isaac Ayeni, who got 667 votes.
The position of Vice President went to Ayotola Akinfela after defeating Oyindamola Oginni by 1,164 votes to 796 votes.
Ayodeji Lawrence Adekunle emerged the General Secretary with 1,066 votes, beating Ibikunle Victor Akinsehinde, who got 845 votes.
Samson Adelowo emerged the Public Relations Officer, having polled 1,210 votes, while Sanya Sunday Adebanjo and Mayowa Johnson Adedeji got 296 and 458 votes, respectively.
Omolola Marvellous Morakinyo’s 561 votes were not enough to make her the Financial Secretary as she was defeated by Ayomide Toheeb Obashile, who polled 1,403 votes.
The position of Welfare Director went to Samuel Olaoluwa Ayiloge, who polled 1,339 votes against his opponent, Olabisi Oluwatuyi, who garnered 581 votes.
David Ayodele Kuduyo emerged the Social Director with 1,209 votes, beating Sodiq Olalekan Yusuf and Victor Adewole, who had 397 votes and 315 votes, respectively.
While it was no contest for the positions of Treasurer and Sports Director as Oluwadamilola Olamibo (1,870 votes) and Micheal Akinlawon Olisa (1,799 votes) emerged unopposed respectively, the position of the Assistant General Secretary was keenly contested. Tosin kayode Fajembola polled 988 votes to stun Micheal Tosin Olajide who got 932 votes.
Meanwhile, Anthony Ayodapo Awosika emerged the Senate President of the Student Representative Council. Tosin Adojutelegan and Ayedele Agidigbi, were elected the Deputy Senate President and Chief Whip respectively.
The Position of Chief Judge for the Student Judicial Council went to Olabode Agboola.

…Executives, SRC, SJC Take Oath of Office

The Oath of Office was administered on all members of the Executive Council, the Student Representatives Council and the Student Judicial Council on Wednesday, by the Registrar of the University, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun.
Addressing the gathering on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, congratulated the elected officers on their victory at the poll.
Prof. Ige charged the new officers to be exemplary leaders and be peaceful within and outside the University Community in their own interest.
Describing Prof. Ajibefun as a student-friendly Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ige assured the students of the Management’s promptness to work on the requests earlier made by the new President, adding that the Management was already working to achieve regular power supply on campus.
The DVC thanked the Election Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Adebisi Olonisakin for conducting credible elections.
In his remark, the Dean of Student, Dr. Bolanle Ogungbamila, advised the new student leaders to be responsible and always channel their requests and complaints through the Student Affairs Division.
He warned them not to mislead their fellow students through dissemination of false information. He added that the University was already working on a new credible channel of information dissemination.

… Our Major Focus is to Maintain the Peace on Campus – New President

Delivering his Acceptance Speech, the new President, Olawale Ijanusi, appreciated his fellow students for giving him the opportunity to lead them.
Ijanusi avowed that his administration would focus on rebranding the activities of the union and ensuring that the welfare of the students is improved upon.
He urged his fellow students to give his administration maximum support in order to deliver on his campaign promises.
Ijanusi, however, said, “It must be strongly noted that the University has been enjoying a lasting peace and our major focus is to continue on this path. Our focus is to maintain the peace in the University.”
The outgone President, Odunyemi Adegbola, in his Valedictory Speech, thanked all members of the University community for the necessary support given to his administration.
He explained that the union received about N2.2M naira as dues paid by the students, out of which N800,000 was used to purchase a mini shuttle bus for the use of the students. He said N50,000 would be handed over to his successor, while the remaining money was expended on recurrent expenditures of the union, including payment of allowances for the officers of the union.

AAUA Blazes Trail in Cocoa Research, Training

Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, is blazing another trail by adding Cocoa farming and exportation to its rich list of curriculum, even as it aims to train a new breed of cocoa farmers and exporters in Ondo State in particular, and Nigeria in general.
Towards this objective, the University has raised 10,000 seedlings which would be turned into a plantation that would also serve as demonstration and training farm with necessary inputs from the Cocoa Transformation in Nigeria group of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, Intervention group.
This was disclosed on Wednesday when the University Management hosted a team from the Cocoa Transformation in Nigeria, an intervention arm of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.
The team, which was led by Mr. Rufus Durodoye, also included a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ondo State and ex-Chairman of the State Cocoa Revolution Project, Dr. Jibayo Oyebade, as well as Mrs. Iyabo Abe of the NEPC.
Welcoming the team, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Olugbenga Ige, who represented the Vice Chancellor, lauded the collaboration between the University and the group. He noted that the synergy is bound to revolutionise cocoa farming and marketing in the state and the country.
In his remark, Dr. Oyebade, who spoke on behalf of the team, said the body was proud to associate with the University, noting that AAUA is the first tertiary institution in Nigeria to include cocoa production and exportation in its curriculum.
He said, “We want the University to collaborate with us by establishing a cocoa plantation which will be a training centre for a new breed of educated cocoa farmers, marketers and exporters. We will supply the seedlings, organic fertilisers, and provide the processing centers free of charge. We are only asking the university to give us its wealth of experience and research in this regard.”
Also speaking, the Dean of Agriculture, Prof A.B. Aromolaran, explained that the University was looking forward to becoming a major collaborator with the Cocoa Transformation group because the cash crop is a major economic produce of the people of Ondo State.
He added, “We are very confident of achieving success. Right now we have about 10,000 seedlings of cocoa, which we will soon be turning into a plantation.”

Released 82 Chibok Girls: AAUA Women Stage Solidarity Rally, Commend FGN

Women of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, under the auspices of the Women Studies and Development Centre, WSDC, of the University, have rejoiced with the parents of the 82 Chibok girls recently released by their abductor, the Boko Haram terrorist group, commending the Federal Government for its efforts which led to release of the girls.
Speaking during a solidarity rally organized by the WSDC on campus, the Director of the Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Olubunmi Omoniyi, said the rally was staged to felicitate with the parents of the released girls and appreciate the effort of the Federal Government and that of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign organization.
Dr. (Mrs.) Omoniyi added, “We appreciate God for the lives of the girls. Their release came to a point when we almost gave up on the struggle. We thank the Almighty God that last weekend 82 of this girls were released. You could imagine the pains and the agony that the parents had gone through.”
She expressed the hope that the remaining girls would be released in no distant time. She used the occasion to advise ladies on campus to be modest in whatever they do, including dressing and socializing.
Also speaking, the immediate past Director of the Centre and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof. (Mrs.) Nireti Duyilemi, commended the Centre for not relenting in its efforts of being part of the campaign both at the local and international levels.
She thanked President Buhari and his team for facilitating the release of the girls.
In her remark, a former Director of the Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) ‘Doja Akinfolarin, thanked God for the new development and expressed joy that some of the released girls have indicated their interest to go back to school.
Dr. (Mrs.) Akinfolarin also used occasion to commend the female students of the University for always comporting themselves in appropriate manner.

NYSC Prepares AAUA’s Graduating Students for National Service

The graduating students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, last week, received orientation from the officials of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on the specific requirements to meet in order to have smooth mobilization and deal with challenges of the Scheme.
The programme which was held in the University Multipurpose Hall was intended to equip prospective corps members with the NYSC mobilization information and to enlighten them on the objectives and ideals of the Scheme.
Addressing the prospective corps members, the Deputy Director of NYSC, Ondo State, Mr. Success Oyebade, explained the various processes and requirements that a prospective corps member must meet to be suitable for the scheme.
Oyebade said “It is important for prospective corps member to do all the necessary things that are required by the Scheme so that there would be no hitch before and during the service year. You must ensure that you fill in your personal data correctly, including other details like sizes of shirts, shoes and trousers so that it would help the Scheme to make appropriate provisions for you.”
The Deputy Director, who enjoined the graduating students to take advantage of the various entrepreneurship skills available to corps members during the national service, said, “It is quite important for corps members to participate in the programmes outlined for them during the service, which include orientation programme, primary assignment, community development service, winding up exercise, among others.
The NYSC boss warned that under no circumstances should any prospective corps member do his or her registration by proxy, adding that the registration was compulsory for all categories of graduates.
The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Bolanle Ogungbamila, in his welcome address, appreciated NYSC for deeming it fit to come to AAUA to sensitize the graduating students.
Dr. Ogungbamila attributed the successes being recorded in preparing graduate for National Service to the immense contributions and efforts of the staff of the Student Affairs Division, cooperation of the Deans of Faculty and Heads of the Department and the entire staff of the University.
He added, “I enjoin you all to compensate these efforts by doing national service in a manner that will bring pride to the university.”

Punch Donates Personal Finance Compendia to AAUA

One of Nigeria’s leading newspapers, The Punch, on Wednesday last week donated three volumes of its compilation of articles on personal finance and management to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, with the aim of boosting the financial and personal finance knowledge of students and staff of the University.
The articles were published by the newspapers between year 2004 and 2009 and provide help and guidance on financial management and how to survive and thrive in a depressed economy.
Receiving the books on behalf of the University Management, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Olugbenga Ige, expressed the belief that members of the University community would find the books useful and helpful.
He thanked the management of the Punch Newspapers for donating the materials to the University, while also lauding the newspaper’s contributions to national development.
He said, “We believe our students will find these articles very useful, especially now that we are practical-oriented in imparting knowledge. We also believe it will be especially useful to our entrepreneurial students.”
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Advert Manager of Punch, Kemi Ogungbemi, had informed that the news medium is reaching out to higher institutions across the country with the books as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
The gesture, according to her, was also aimed at giving students fresh and innovative business and financial management ideas in the face of the economic downturn in the country.
She urged benefitting institutions to put the books in places where members of the university community could have easy access to them.