The Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University,
Prof. Bashir Okesina, says the university has
engaged the services of members of the Oodua
People’s Congress to protect its students from
rapists and hoodlums.
Okesina said this while addressing a press
conference in Osogbo on Monday as part of
activities marking the third convocation of the
It was learnt that the university took the step
because of the reported cases of r**e of some
female students of the university at their private
Although the VC debunked the claim that some
female students of the university were r***d, he
said the management was merely taking steps to
The vice chancellor also said the university
management was partnering with the police to
increase their patrol at places where students of
the institution resided.
He explained that students were living at private
hostels outside the campus because the university,
which started academic activities in 2007, was
originally designed to be non-residential.
He said, “We want to transform from non-
residential institution to a residential one to be
able to protect our students among other
“When the issue of r**e was reported – although no
student came to report such and the report was
not substantiated – we contacted the OPC and the
police on the security of the area where our
students are living.
“We also talked with the police to find out what to
do to assist them step up patrol around the
university campus especially where the majority of
our students reside.
“We met with the leaders of the community on the
same issue. Whether the report of r**e is true or
not, it is dangerous and we don’t want it to
happen. The OPC and the police are involved in
security arrangement in the areas and we are all
tackling the problem together.”
The vice chancellor added that 20 students among
the 1,200 who will be awarded their degrees on
Saturday made first class degree in various fields.
According to him, 328 students made second class
upper division, while 658 will be awarded with
second class, lower division.
Okesina stated that the university was currently
running 44 programmes duly accredited by the
National Universities Commission, saying the body
had also given the varsity the approval to begin to
run higher degrees.
Responding to a question on the efforts being
made by the university to make its product job
creators rather than job seekers, the vice
chancellor said that the university mandated its
students to acquire some skills as part of its