By: Segun Ogunlade
The University of Ibadan on Friday held a lifetime achievement awards and night of honour, an event that was the highlight of all the programmes lined up to mark the 70th anniversary of the university which was started in 1948 at Eleyele, Ibadan.
The event which was held at Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan, had musical performances from some students of the Department of Music and also had in attendance the principal officers of the university such as the Vice-chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka; Deputy vice-chancellor (Administration), Professor K.O. Adebowale; Deputy vice-chancellor (Academic), Professor A. A. Aderinto; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Planning), Professor K. Olanike Adeyemi and other invited guests that included Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Dr Demola Sogunle; Chief Executive Officer of First City Monument Bank, Mr Ladi Balogun who represented Otunba Olasubomi Balogun as the Chairman of the occasion; and Mr Abdullah Ibrahim who represented the Managing Director of First Bank Limited Plc, Mr Sola Adeditan.
Many of the awardees and alumni used the occasion to advocate for a platform that would see all alumni of the university support the university financially by donating money into an account, part of which could be used for research and other developmental purposes in the university as she strides forward in academic achievement that had started since 1948.
The names of the awardees are as follows: Mr Oluremi Festus Omotoso, former GMD and CEO of Odu’a Investment Company Ltd; Aare Fatai Odesile, immediate past Managing Director of Grand Oak Limited; Mr Adebayo Adenipekun (SAN); Mr Adeniyi Falade, Managing Director CrusaderSterling Pensions Ltd; Chief Dr. Ajibola Ogunshola and Mrs Iyabo Ogunshola, Chairman of Continental Reinsurance Plc; Dr Alex A. Izinyon (SAN, OFR), a Notary Public of the Supreme Court; Professor Titus Olubode Bamkole, first Nigerian head of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan; Mr Basil Efoise Omiyi, Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Holding Plc; Mr Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry; Professor Kyari Mohammed, Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola; Dr Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Subsidiaries; Dr C. Oladiran Fawibe, Deputy Director General (Africa), International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England; Dr. T. Lokeswara Rao, Head of Department Swarnandhra College of Engineering and Technology, West Gadavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India; Dr. Anthony Edoghogho Ogunbor, a former Regional and National Sales Manager of Lever Brothers Nigeria and Union Carbide Nigeria Limited; Dr. Moses Ebietsuwa Omatsola, one of the foremost African Geologists; Dr Adesina Ayodele Fagbenro-Byron, the presidential aspirant of Kowa Party for the 2019 election; Engr. Femi Akintunde, Managing Director and CEO, Alpha Mead Group; Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape, Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure; Mr Moyo Ajekigbe (OFR), Chairman, Board of Directors of both Opticom Leasing Company Ltd and FrieslandCampina WAMCO; Mr Kingsley Aigbokhaevbo, Deputy Managing Director of Providus Bank; Professor Labode Popoola, Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Osun State; Dr Nelson O. Magbagbeola, current ECOWAS Permanent Representative to the African Union; Professor Siyan Malomo, former Director General Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development; Mr Ephraim Akparawa Inyangeyen, Commissioner for Works, Akwa Ibom State; Mr Felix O.A. Ohiwerei, Chairman, Coates Brothers (West Africa) and Jubilee Mortgage Bank Ltd; Pastor Dr. Olubi Johnson, Lead Pastor of Scripture Pasture Christian Centre, Ibadan, and Chairman of Biscordint Travel and Tours; Professor Adeniyi Osuntogun, founder and chairman, Resource Integrated Development Foundation and the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Kola Daisi University, Ibadan; Professor Rotimi Agunsoye, a former commissioner in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lagos state; Professor Ademola S. Tayo, President and Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Ogun State; Professor J.E. Ahaneku, Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikwe University and current chairman Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities; Professor Ayandiji Daniel and Aina, Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Lagos; Professor V.A. Aletor, Vice Chancellor, University of Africa, Toru-Orua, Bayelsa state; Mr Joseph Atubokiki Ajienka, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port-Harcourt; Professor Mark Nwagwu, a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science; Professor M.A.O. Rahaman, a former president of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (2001-2003); Professor Folarin Olawale Shyllon, the first Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan; Israel Folorunso Adu, former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; Professor Ajibefun Igbekele, Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State; Professor Josiah Oluwasegun Ajiboye, Registrar and Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria; Professor Timothy Olurotimi Tayo, a former Vice Chancellor of Caleb University, Lagos; Professor Benedict Okey Oramah, chairman and president of Africa Export-Import Bank; Abdul Fattah Viola Mabadeje, a retired professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Consultant Renal Physician at the College of Medicine University of Lagos and the Lagos Teaching Hospital; Professor Saida Ajile Mabadeje, former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (2016-2017); Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako, Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research; Dr Temitope Oluwagbemiga Alonge, Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan; Professor Aderemi Oluyomi Kuku, a former president of the Academy of Sciences(2014-2017); Professor Siyan Malomo, former Director General Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development; Dr. Demola Sogunle, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC; Professor Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, Vice Chancellor of Crawford University, Ogun State; Sola David-Borha, Chief Executive of Africa Regions Standard Bank Group; Professor Adenosine Sowunmi, adjunct professor of the department of Botany, University of Ibadan; Professor Tunji Olaopa, the Executive Vice Chairman of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy; Adeniyi Gbadegesin, Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, To state; Mr Babatunde Dabiri, the pioneer GMD and CEO of Sterling Bank PLC, Nigeria ( 2006-2008); Ambassador Folake Marcus-Bello, a lawyer and the first female vice President of any higher institution’s Students Union in Africa; Mr Adesoji Eniade, MNI, Executive Assistant (administration) to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state; Air Commodore Abidemi Timothy Marquis, the Director, National Military and Strategy at the National Defence College, Nigeria; Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Director General of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations and Chief Trade Negotiator for Nigeria; Chief C.O. Oyibo, a former GMD and CEO of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); The Rt. Honourable Chevalier Uduimo Justus Itsueli, KSG, OON, Chairman and Managing Director of Dubri Oil Company Limited, Nigeria, Nigeria and Africa’s first independently owned exploration and producing company; Mrs Olufunso Adegbola, daughter of Late Chief Bola Ige and the current President of Alliance Francaise, Ibadan; Ayo Osunbomi (FCA), Chief Operating Officer of Cornerstone Insurance Plc; Professor Lateef Akanni Hussain, former head of the Department of Physics, University of Ibadan; Otunba Olutola Olukoya Senbore, former Executive Director of First City Monument Bank Limited ( formerly First City Merchant Bank Limited) from 1991-1994 and the current Chairman, Board of Directors of First City Monument Bank Limited; Professor Rotimi Ayodele Kayode Jaiyesimi, Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety at Basildon University Hospital, Essex, United Kingdom; Dr. Akinpelu Theophilus Onigbinde (SAN), a member of Nigeria Bar Association and International Bar Association; Engr. Dr. Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon, former Chairman of Ogun State Investment Corporation and Gateway Tourism Corporation; Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum; Professor Adebisi Mogeed Balogun, former vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo state (2007-2012); Professor Ikenna Onyido, former deputy vice chancellor and acting vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan and current Chair of the Chemical Sciences Committee of the Nigerian Academy of Science; Chief P.A. Dunkwu, JP, the Odogwu of Okpanam and member, University Advancement Board; and Otunba Dr. Solomon Ayodele Oladunni, former Chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Sector of Nigerian Employers Consultative Association and immediate past Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo state.