MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON THE 16th 3 OF JUNE, 2022 4 OPENING
The meeting started at 2:09pm with an opening prayer by Mrs Ojeka-John 6 Rachael. The coordinator, Mr Olanrewaju Ajakaiye once again welcomed 7 members. He encouraged everyone who is given responsibility in the group 8 to be responsive as the survival of the group depends of great team work. 9 He added that opportunities to serve create avenues to increase in capacity.
10 MATTERS ARISING
11 Update on Voter Awareness Campaign
12 The coordinator giving a feedback on Voter Awareness Campaign said the 13 Campaign has been approved. Request have been made for campaign 14 materials (fliers, posters and banners) as well as logistics in terms of 15 transport and welfare but the team should be ready to utilise whatever is 16 provided.
17 He said, because of issues with budget, branded T-shirts will not be 18 available, hence, individuals should come on white t-shirt and cap to 19 achieve uniformity.
20 He reminded the team that the campaign is two edged because while the 21 sensitization is on, data will also be collected by the various research groups.
He announced the meeting point to be Senate Building at 9am on the 24th 22 23 of June, 2022 and enjoined members present to encourage other team 24 members to turn out in good number.
25 Prof. Ojediran mentioned the need to consider a pre-campaign. The team 26 lead responded that there is a plan to officially inform the Olomu of Omu 27 Aran as well as the Police Force.
28 Meeting with the Vice Chancellor
29 The coordinator, Mr Olanrewaju Ajakaiye intimated the group on the 30 outcome of the meeting which the Vice Chancellor had with all SDG leaders. 31 He said, the groups are expected to have addressed all the indictors 32 provided for deliberation/execution and by mid-July, the leadership of
33 each team will make a presentation of the groups’ operation during the 34 semester. Evidences in form of pictures, videos and documents are needed 35 for the presentation.
37 In driving the major goal of SDG 16, which is to promote peaceful and 38 inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for 39 all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, a 40 number of indicators have been itemized for deliberation. The group 41 deliberated on:
42 Academic Freedom
43 Mr Olanrewaju Ajakaiye said based on his knowledge of the University’s 44 handbook, the University supports academic freedom as long as it does not 45 contravene the core values, Departure Philosophy and regulatory standard. 46 According to him, academic freedom is the ability of a faculty or lecturer 47 to choose the modules operandi of how he wants to carry out his academic 48 and research engagement. This is obtainable mostly in public schools where 49 lecturers can take permission to be absent for a period of time for a research 50 adventure.
51 Eyiatayo Oyeyipo opined that in actual sense there seem not to be 52 academic freedom in the University. Lecturers should be able to collapse 53 their lectures to two and three days and engage in research the other days.
54 Prof Ojediran however, stated that the level of academic freedom enjoyed 55 in public university is beginning to have adverse effect on the system and 56 they are now trying to salvage it by adopting some policies from Private 57 Institutions. Many times, the freedom being clamoured for produces laxity 58 which is a major reason institutions and industries collapse in Nigeria.
59 Hence, while raising the issue of academic freedom, it needs to be properly 60 defined else we might be proposing an unrealistic model. He stated that 61 even though there are issues of concern for us, the nature of the private 62 sector requires that anyone who subscribe to work must align.
63 Mr Ajakaiye Olanrewaju corroborated with his personal experiences saying 64 that many graduates in Nigeria are victims of the academic freedom/failure. 65 He however, observed that since, many faculty and staff at Landmark are 66 quite dutiful, structures should be put in place to accommodate a level of
67 freedom for hardworking faculty while checking those slacking. Strong 68 institutions can be built by trust and sincerity.
69 Mrs Akerele-Popoola stressed the need to improve the feedback 70 mechanism of the Management.
71 Publish Financial Data
72 It was agreed that this document is within the jurisdiction of the 73 management.
75 RESEARCH GROUPS
76 The team lead welcomed new members (Mrs Ojeka-John Rachael & Mrs 77 Akerele-Popoola Oluwakemi). He specifically welcomed Prof. Ojediran 78 who is also a member of management. Prof Ojediran expressed joy noting 79 that he had been a member from inception. Excited at the life-impacting 80 goals of SDG 16, he promised to be available as much as possible.
81 Mr Olanrewaju Ajakaiye again rolled out the three research groups and 82 their leaders even as new members identified areas of interest.
83 1. Informal means of curbing insecurity
84 Mr Eyitayo Oyeyipo (leader)
85 Mr Ajakiaye Olanrewaju
86 Prof. Ojediran
87 2. Student Unionism
88 Dr Agwu Ejem (leader)
89 3. Voter Awareness Campaign
90 Mr Owoeye Gbenga (leader)
91 Mrs Ojeka-John Rachael
92 Mrs Akerele-Popoola Oluwakemi
93 Mrs Apalowo Jubilee
95 Motion for the adjournment of the meeting was moved by Mr Adeniyi 96 Oye and seconded by Mrs Akerele-Popoola Oluwakemi
98 The meeting was concluded at 3:06pm with a closing prayer by Mr Adeniyi 99 Oye
101 1. Ajakaiye Olanrewaju
102 2. Prof Ojediran
103 3. Apalowo Jubilee
104 4. Mrs Ojeka R.O
105 5. Mrs Oluwakemi Akerele-Popoola
106 6. Mr Eyitayo Oyeyipo
107 7. Mr Adeniyi Oye
108 PERMISSION 109 No one took permission to be absent from the meeting.