AAUA Hails Adefarati at 10th Memorial Anniversary


Caption: AAUA VC, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun (M), in a group photograph with Mrs. Adetutu Adefarati (2nd R); Registrar, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun (2nd L); University Librarian, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi (1st R); and Commodore Sina Bankole, during the felicitation visit to family of the pioneer Visitor to AAUA and former Governor of the State, the late Chief Adebayo Adefarati, during the 10th Memorial Anniversary of the former governor… on Wednesday last week. Photo: IPPRU.

Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, has extoled the virtues of its pioneer Visitor and Governor of the State, the late Adebayo Adefarati, saying his legacy would stand ad-infinitum.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, gave the commendation on Wednesday, when he led the Management team of the University to the Akungba residence of the late sage to felicitate with the family on the 10th Memorial Anniversary of the former governor.

Prof. Ajibefun said, “We are here on behalf of all members of the University Community to felicitate with the entire family of our dear former Visitor to our University and former Governor of Ondo State, the late Chief Adefarati. We really appreciate his courage to have established AAUA without which we wouldn’t have been in the University as staff.

“This legacy that Pa Adefarati left behind would continue to be a pride for not only the Akungba community, but also all the people of Ondo State.”

The VC thanked the wife of the deceased, Adetutu, who received the Management team, for holding the fort. He prayed God to continue to sustain the family.

Responding, Mrs. Adefarati commended the University for thinking it wise to identify with the family, acknowledging that God granted her late husband the grace to have made laudable impacts on the State.

She thanked the University for its generosity towards the family.

AAUA DVC Honoured by Own Department

The Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, on Tuesday, celebrated the Institution’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Olugbenga Ige, for his numerous accomplishments, describing him as a rare role model and an illustrious asset to the University.

Ige, a Professor of Palynology and Palaeoecology, and former Head of the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology and Dean of Faculty of Science, who recently became the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, was hosted by members of the Department in the DVC’s Board Room.

Speaking, the Head of Department, Dr. Otitoloju Kekere, described the choice of Prof. Ige as DVC, as an honour not only to his person, but also the Department.

Dr. Kekere said, “The election and status of the Deputy Vice Chancellor are an honour to his person and family. it’s also an honour to the Department from where he has risen through the ranks to his present status. Professor Ige has been a stabilizing factor in the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology.

“It’s to the credit of Professor Ige that even when he was on Leave of Absence from the Department, he taught students and supervised both undergraduate and post graduate dissertations. He is selfless, committed and a mentor to us.”

In their remarks, the Director of the University’s Centre for Research and Development and a former Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Victor Olumekun, and the Acting Director of SIWES, Dr. O. F. Olotuah, described Prof. Ige as a man of integrity, who embraces merit in all his endeavours.

Prof. Olumekun expressed the confidence that given Prof. Ige’s pedigree, he would succeed in his new office.

Responding, Prof. Ige thanked all the members of staff of the Department for their show of love.

He said, “I am overwhelmed by your show of love to me. It shows that the modest efforts I have been privileged to make are recognized. The Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology has built sturdy relationships over the years and I want to urge you to continue on this path.”

Prof. Ige promised to continue to demonstrate commitment to not only the Department and the Faculty of Science, but also the University.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor was presented with a roll-up banner of his portrait as gift.

Dean of Arts Receives Award of Excellence

For his numerous contributions to the development of humanity and huge support for the Oasis Media Group, OMG, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Benson Akinnawonu, was honoured with an Award of Excellence by the media outfit on Thursday.

OMG, publishers of campus-based students’ publication, Oasis Newsletter, presented the award to the Dean in his office.

In his Opening Remark, the President and Chief Executive of OMG, Mr. Oluwaseun Bamidele, described Prof. Akinnawonu as a student-friendly Dean, who has passion for the development of students.

Bamidele noted that the choice of Prof. Akinnawonu for the award in the University Community was a result of his numerous contributions to the development of mankind, the image of the University, and his usual supports to OMG.

Addressing the gathering, the Editor-in-Chief of OMG, Kolawole Folarin, thanked the awardee for always being a role model to the students and urged him not to rest on his oars.

Responding, Prof. Akinnawonu in company with his wife, Remilekun, appreciated the members of OMG for counting him worthy for the award in the Institution.

The Professor of Philosophy, who was obviously excited, said, “It is indeed a great honour for me that a group of campus journalists recognizes my humble effort in the University. This award has humbled me. I thank you for counting me worthy of it. It will linger on in my memory.”

He advised the group to continue to be responsible in its reportage while on campus, stressing that the image and name of the University must be protected.