WITH the recent licensing of new universities by the federal government, two professors from the University of Ilorin have been appointed to pioneer the take-off of two of the new universities.
Professor Hussein Oyelola Bukoye Oloyede of the Faculty of Life Sciences will head the new Summit University, Offa, Kwara State; while Professor John Adesiji Olorunmaiye of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology will head the Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, also in Kwara State.
The duo have since assumed duties at their new posts as the new universities get set to commence full academic activities in the 2016/2017 session.
A Professor of Biochemistry, Oloyede was also the pioneer vice chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo (2007-2012).
Oloyede had his university education at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he obtained his BSc. (Hons.) Biochemistry in 1976; and MSc. Biochemistry in 1981. In 1986, he obtained his PhD. in Food Biochemistry in the Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
The Summit University vice chancellor joined the services of the University of Ilorin in 1977 as a Graduate Assistant, and rose through the ranks to become a professor in 1995.
He was the dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Ilorin between August 2006 and February 2008. This was after the successful completion of his Sabbatical Leave between 2005 and 2006 at Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, where he was the Pioneer Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Overseer of the College of Management Sciences.
A Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olorunmaiye is the immediate past dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Ilorin, during which tenure he, among other things, facilitated the donation of a Heat Exchanger worth N2 million by Aston University, UK to the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Professor Olorunmaiye attended the University of Ibadan, where he graduated in 1979 with BSc (First Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. He then proceeded to the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada between 19 81 and 1985 for his PhD.
A 1991 COREN-registered engineer, the new Crown Hills University vice chancellor is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and also a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (FNATE).
Olorunmaiye joined the services of the University of Ilorin in 1980 as an Assistant Lecturer before he becoming a Training/Research Assistant at the University of Calgary, Canada between January 1981 and June 1985.
He returned to UNILORIN on completion of his PhD programme in 1985 and rose through the ranks to become Professor of Mechanical Engineering in October 1977.
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