15th Commencement lecture By: OTUNBA GRACE TITILAYO LAOYE-PONNLE, Former Deputy Governor, Osun State

A former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Ponle, has decried low funding of research and innovation in both private and public universities.

Laoye-Ponle, who stated this at the 15th Commencement lecture of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, lamented that universities in the country are like glorified secondary schools due to absence of research funding.

The former deputy governor said: “We should not just feel that private universities should be funded by founders. We should bear in mind that our children and the future of this nation are being developed in these various universities. We need to spend more money on research and innovation.”

These are the critical implements and tools that can bail this nation out of these present problems. If we sit back and expect the universities to fund themselves, we are wasting the lives of our children. There must be a special project by the Federal Government dedicated to funding university education, especially for research.

“They need to invest in research and innovation. We have young inventors we should encourage them. Singapore started small, it is now a great nation. We can’t sit back and be churning out university in every corner of Nigeria without funding them. Universities are not secondary schools. They are centres of excellence, intellectual developments and this is why the Federal Government should focus on special funds developmental projects for all Nigerian universities.

“Now we have over 190 universities. It is scandalous. Some of them are glorified secondary schools. Because they don’t have what it takes to be called universities. We call them universities by intellectual capacity and capabilities of the lecturers and the students they produce. How would they develop their intellect? How do you invent things if they are not funded. Nigerian universities, private and public, need to be funded by the Federal Government.”

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, urged the students to see women such as Okonjo-Iweala and others as models.

While saying women could accomplish whatever men have achieved, the VC pointed out that accomplishment is not by gender.

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First Semester 2020/2021 Session Examination Time-Table

INSTRUCTION TO STUDENTS

  • The 2020/2021 First Semester examination will commence on the 15thMarch 2021
  • Students are expected to be at the examination venue 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination.
  • Students must come in with their examination cards, ID card and bursary clearance.
  • 400 L online examination for Spill over and 400 L students who are on campus will hold at Alma Rohm 1 and III.

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Togetherness has Helped Us Thus Far – VC BOWEN

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the University so far. He stated this during the investiture of some key principal officers of the University on Wednesday 20 January,2020 .

Professor Ogunwole – Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University

Professor Ogunwole stated that “way before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, Bowen University had launched the smart School Hub (SsHUB) to effectively engage the students in productive academic activities anywhere they are. It was therefore easy to transit to online lecture delivery despite odds, while the pandemic and lock down lasted we were in session with continuous assessment and examinations for university wide courses effectively administered.

The inducted officers are Professor Ebenezer Oluwatosin Atobatele who was inducted as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr Babatunde Adetona- Registrar and Mrs Aderonke Otunla as the University Librarian.

Professor Ebenezer Oluwatosin Atobatele – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University
Mr. Babatunde Adetona – Registrar, Bowen University
Mrs. Aderonke Otunla – University Librarian, Bowen University

Rev Dr Dickson Madogwhe , the Vice President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention charged them to turn their opportunities to a profitable one as they will in one day give account to God.

Rev. Dr. Dickson Madogwhe , the Vice President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention

The programme was attended by the Chancellor of the University Rev Dr M.A. Abodunrin, some Governing Council members, Senate members and other officials of the Baptist Convention.

Toba Adaramola

Head, Information & Public Relations

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School Resumption Agreement/Consent of Parents

The Directorate of Students’ Support Services wishes to inform students that a form titled Agreement/Consent of Parents is to be filled by parents and delivered at the school gate on resumption. Students are encouraged to kindly persuade their parents to fill this form before they travel to the University on Monday 18th January 2021 and Tuesday 19th January 2021, respectively. This is a vital condition for entrance into the University.

Students whose parents find it difficult to access the form online should kindly request for the form to be sent to them via WhatsApp platforms. This request could be made through the Student leaders otherwise known or referred to as BBSF Executives. The form is also in editable Microsoft document and PDF; and it is very easy to fill.

The form is aimed at achieving two things. First, it seeks the consent of parents in writing for their wards to resume school amidst the second wave of COVID-19.  It also captures relevant medical information on the student, especially in the last six months should there be a need to make timely decisions. Therefore, students are advised to ensure the form is truly filled by the Parents.

Regards.

Signed.

Dr. A.A. Aderibigbe

Director, Directorate of Students’ Support Services

student.support@bowen.edu.ng

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Private Institutions, Blessing In Disguise To Nigeria ― Bowen Best Graduating Medical Student

Dr. Olawuyi Damilola Akinola

Bowen University’s best graduating medical student, Dr Olawuyi Damilola Akinola, has described the emergence of private universities in the country as a blessing in disguise to the education system and its development process.

Dr Akinola made this remark recently after his official induction into the medical profession held at Bowen University recently, where he was adjudged as the overall best student in 2020 set in the university.

According to him, there are numerous benefits to studying in a private school. The most important advantage to him was the individual touch and close mentorship that is applied to teaching and learning in Bowen University.

He said: “I remember spending a whole semester in the University of Ibadan before I gained admission to Bowen and not a single lecturer knew my name or cared who I was. This is in sharp contrast to Bowen where the first day in class the lecturer asked for my name and subsequently engaged in an interactive discourse. This is particularly important as the personal touch and mentoring relationship that is abundant in private universities like Bowen might be what will motivate an average student to become exceptional. Several other advantages abound when you study in private universities such as a stable academic calendar as there’s no fear of strike and only the mighty coronavirus delayed our graduation.

“Indeed,  private universities are a blessing in disguise to Nigerian educational system: Victor Asemota an internationally acclaimed tech veteran once said and I paraphrase “Private universities are the only institutions saving Nigeria’s educational system from becoming totally abysmal. The private schools provide up-to-date curricula and incorporate invaluable entrepreneurship and leadership skills into the course work. This prepares students adequately for the job market. The only issue that arises with private tertiary institutions is the ever-rising astronomical fees that prevent the majority of the population from accessing them and puts an enormous financial burden on parents of students in these schools. Private universities should find a way to reconcile their fees with the prevailing economic situation in the country.

“Moreover, there is no difference in the course content and the knowledge and skills taught in both public and private medical schools as the MDCN strictly ensures that all medical schools in the country public or private meet the minimum standards obtainable internationally for medical education.  Although, the  difference is in the presence of a few micro sub-specialities and the larger patients  load found more commonly in public teaching hospitals that in a private setting.”

Dr Akinola declared that  Bowen University had helped him to gain a wholesome experience as a student, exposing him to highly professional lecturers who ensured and maintain a high educational standard. 

He expressed worry over the deteriorating state of public schools in the country, and he suggested that there should be an end to incessant strikes by ASUU.

According to him, the strikes have done a lot of havoc to the academic and social lives of  students than what ASUU can amend in a short time.”There should be a way that they can communicate their grievances to the government without unduly punishing students. I think if we solve the problem of ASUU and the FG our famed public schools can progressively return to their former glory,” he said.

Asked how a student could attain academic excellence he said: “my advice is that not everyone has to aim to be the best graduating student, just give a consistent effort to pass while maintaining a balanced life with extracurricular activities like entrepreneurship and student politics and you will be a happy and fulfilled student.

“However, if you wish to become the best, you must commit your ways to God and frequently seek his counsel and that of your seniors. You will also have to work tremendously hard and partner with your colleagues while maintaining other aspects of your life.”

Dr Akinola recommended that the government should improve budgetary spending on health and create a functional health insurance scheme that will benefit the majority of the population and save the sector from the problems of health financing that is ravaging  Nigeria health system.

“We have the skills to treat many ailments in Nigeria but the significant proportion of the population cannot afford or access it. We need to address our health insurance deficit to ensure fulfilment of SDG Good health and well-being for all. The structure of the NHIS needs to be revised and geared towards accommodating and financing health care for lower-income individuals who are the majority in Nigeria. Furthermore the umbrella of medical services that most NHIS plans cover needs to be expanded to allow people under the scheme to receive quality health care without having to suffer burdensome out of pocket expenditure on health.”

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He said: “I remember spending a whole semester in the University of Ibadan before I gained admission to Bowen and not a single lecturer knew my name or cared who I was. This is in sharp contrast to Bowen where the first day in class the lecturer asked for my name and subsequently engaged in an interactive discourse. This is particularly important as the personal touch and mentoring relationship that is abundant in private universities like Bowen might be what will motivate an average student to become exceptional. Several other advantages abound when you study in private universities such as a stable academic calendar as there’s no fear of strike and only the mighty coronavirus delayed our graduation.

“Indeed,  private universities are a blessing in disguise to Nigerian educational system: Victor Asemota an internationally acclaimed tech veteran once said and I paraphrase “Private universities are the only institutions saving Nigeria’s educational system from becoming totally abysmal. The private schools provide up-to-date curricula and incorporate invaluable entrepreneurship and leadership skills into the course work. This prepares students adequately for the job market. The only issue that arises with private tertiary institutions is the ever-rising astronomical fees that prevent the majority of the population from accessing them and puts an enormous financial burden on parents of students in these schools. Private universities should find a way to reconcile their fees with the prevailing economic situation in the country.

“Moreover, there is no difference in the course content and the knowledge and skills taught in both public and private medical schools as the MDCN strictly ensures that all medical schools in the country public or private meet the minimum standards obtainable internationally for medical education.  Although, the  difference is in the presence of a few micro sub-specialities and the larger patients  load found more commonly in public teaching hospitals that in a private setting.”

Dr Akinola declared that  Bowen University had helped him to gain a wholesome experience as a student, exposing him to highly professional lecturers who ensured and maintain a high educational standard. 

He expressed worry over the deteriorating state of public schools in the country, and he suggested that there should be an end to incessant strikes by ASUU.

According to him, the strikes have done a lot of havoc to the academic and social lives of  students than what ASUU can amend in a short time.”There should be a way that they can communicate their grievances to the government without unduly punishing students. I think if we solve the problem of ASUU and the FG our famed public schools can progressively return to their former glory,” he said.

Asked how a student could attain academic excellence he said: “my advice is that not everyone has to aim to be the best graduating student, just give a consistent effort to pass while maintaining a balanced life with extracurricular activities like entrepreneurship and student politics and you will be a happy and fulfilled student.

“However, if you wish to become the best, you must commit your ways to God and frequently seek his counsel and that of your seniors. You will also have to work tremendously hard and partner with your colleagues while maintaining other aspects of your life.”

Dr Akinola recommended that the government should improve budgetary spending on health and create a functional health insurance scheme that will benefit the majority of the population and save the sector from the problems of health financing that is ravaging  Nigeria health system.

“We have the skills to treat many ailments in Nigeria but the significant proportion of the population cannot afford or access it. We need to address our health insurance deficit to ensure fulfilment of SDG Good health and well-being for all. The structure of the NHIS needs to be revised and geared towards accommodating and financing health care for lower-income individuals who are the majority in Nigeria. Furthermore the umbrella of medical services that most NHIS plans cover needs to be expanded to allow people under the scheme to receive quality health care without having to suffer burdensome out of pocket expenditure on health.”

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500-level Medical Student Emerges Bowen Varsity One-Day VC

A 500-level MB,BS student, Master Mayomikun Olawale has emerged as one-day Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.

Bowen Varsity VC, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole and one-day VC, Olawale

Olawale beat Master Victor Adeyemo ( 500 Level MB,BS student and Master Barnabas Madoghwe (400 Level Law student) as first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

Olawale, who acted as VC on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, enjoyed all the paraphernia of office  of the Vice-Chancellor, including collection of allowances, presiding over the Senate and other privileges.

According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Toba Daramola, “the One-day Vice-Chancellor contest was in fulfillment of the commitment of the University as seen in her vision, mission and core values, which are presented as:

“Vision:To be a foremost Christian institution of excellence – building God-fearing leaders, defining the future.

“Mission:Creating a conducive and dynamic teaching, learning and research environment that equips our graduates with Christ-like character, positive attitude and sterling leadership qualities.

“Core Values:(i) Godliness (ii) Excellence (iii) Entrepreneurship; (iv) Innovation; and (v) Social Responsibility”.

Olawale performing functions of VC

Speaking further, Daramola said:”In deepening the Vice-Chancellor’s agenda towards student-centred learning, mentoring and integration, there was a call for a One-day Vice-Chancellorship contest amongst students.

“The platform provides an opportunity for students of Bowen University from 300-Level and above to vie for the position of the Vice-Chancellor, making way for students’ participation in University administration.

“The successful applicant will have full responsibility of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for one-day (24 hours) as well as the paraphernalia of office”.

Speaking on how the one-day VC emerged, the university’s image maker said:”One thing that many observers of the one-day “ceremony” might be unaware is the enormous amount of labour (sweat and blood) that went into the project. Beyond the one-day event, there were series of considerations starting from the planning, prequalification and qualification stages.

“A call was made with conditions based on current academic and moral standings. Then a computer-based test on leadership, local knowledge and the like. Afterwards, a book review and other selection criteria. Finally, there was an election. But for the effect of COVID-19, there were other stages, such as Internship in partnership with Stutern and EduBridge Academy and interactions with industry leaders.

“A week to the assumption of office saw a series of training and interactions with leaders on campus, including all Principal Officers as well as the Vice-Chancellor”.

He added:”All these were put together to ensure that Bowen University raises godly and excellent leaders of today who define the future. Management’s dream and pursuit is the building of character and excellence in students who from today will define our tomorrow”.

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