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Federal University of Technology Akure gets first female Vice Chancellor

The Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA) has appointed Prof (Mrs) Adenike Temidayo Oladiji of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, as the eighth substantive and first female Vice Chancellor of the University.
Penpushing reports that, a statement by
Registrar and Secretary to Council, Richard Arifajo said the council presided over by the Pro-Chancellor, Chairman of Council, Ambassador (Dr.) Godknows Igali, ratified the appointment at its Special Meeting held on Thursday.
The statement explained that at  the commencement of the process, the Council shortlisted 20 candidates out of the 27 male and 2  female candidates that applied for the position for interview at the close of application for the post.
Penpushing further reports that the statement said  19 candidates were interviewed with one of the shortlisted candidates failing to show up,adding that at  the end of the interview the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board recommended three candidates for appointment in line with extant regulations governing the process.
The statement pointed out that because of the closeness of the score of the three recommended candidates, a difference of 0.1%, Council decided to put it to vote and Oladiji came out tops, hence her appointment,explaining that under extant laws, appointment of Vice Chancellors of Universities is domiciled  with the Governing Council of Universities which, on the advice of an internal selection committee, has the power  to choose from any of the three best candidates submitted to it.
Penpushing also reports that in the letter of appointment personally signed by Ambassador (Dr.) Igali, it stated that  Oladiji’s appointment which takes effect from Tuesday May 24, 2022 is for a single term of five years.
The Vice Chancellor was born on 27 April, 1968, attended Christ Anglican School, Ijomu-Oro, Iludun Oro Nursery and Primary School between 1972 and 1977 and St. Claire’s Anglican Grammar School, Offa from 1977 to 1982, all in Kwara State, for her secondary education.
Penpushing reports that she holds a B.Sc Biochemistry, Second Class Upper Division Degree from the University of Ilorin, 1988, MSc. Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, 1991 and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ilorin, 1997,  joined the services of the University of Ilorin in July 1992 as Assistant Lecturer and was appointed a Professor in September 2011.
The Vice Chancellor of the university  has over 29 years of continuous service in the university system,  has held various positions and served on almost all University Committees as Chairman and member,and  has also served in various capacities including Head of Department; Sub Dean of Faculty; Deputy Director, Center for International Education; Director, Center for Research and Development and In-House Training; Director, Central Research Laboratory; Dean, School Of Basic Medical Sciences (Kwara State University); Dean, School of Life Sciences and Member, Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa and Crown Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Ilorin.
Penpushing further reports that, Oladiji, a  prolific researcher with over 100 publications, has won many distinctions and awards which include University’s Merit Award, Certificate of Merit and scholarships among others,while she is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and Fellow, Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The Vice Chancellor has served as member of various Scientific Committees at the National Universities Commission, (NUC, Tertiary Education Fund, TetFund and has been an external examiner in over 20  universities in Nigeria and outside the country while she is a member of Professional Bodies such as the West Africa Research and Innovation Management (WARIMA), American Society of Nutrition, Organization for Women in Science for Developing World (OSWD), Science Association of Nigeria and Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology.
She is happily married and blessed with children.
Penpushing also reports that the first female Vice Chancellor of the university succeeds Professor Joseph Fuwape, whose term ends on Monday, 23rd May, 2022.

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