OAU: Students injured as amphitheatre ceiling fell during lecture


The ceiling of the amphitheatre of Oodua Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, Osun State, dropped on Thursday, injuring many students who were receiving lecture.

The incident was blamed on the torrential rainfall that came with whirlwind.

According to the university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, in a press statement, the injured students were taken to the Medical and Health Centre of the institution.

Two other students, whose cases were said to have required more medical attention were taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex , OAUTHC, for treatment.

The statement by OAU’s spokesman reads:

“The torrential rainfall of early Thursday morning, accompanied with a whirlwind, which started as students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, were having a lecture, SER to be precise, in the Amphitheatre of the Oduduwa Hall, affected the ceiling of the Amphitheatre as it fell off and injured a few of the students.

“The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire-led other principal officers to the Medical and Health Centre of the University, and ensured that the injured students were given adequate medical attention.

“A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the Vice-Chancellor also followed two other students, whose cases demanded more medical attention to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), where the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor John Okeniyi, physically supervised the proceedings.

“The Vice-Chancellor has, therefore, appealed for calm and urged students and staff to go about their academic and administrative activities without any form of untoward action.

“Meanwhile, the management of the University, has sealed off the amphitheatre, the venue of the unfortunate incident, until further notice.”

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