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FUTA Appoints First Female Vice-Chancellor

The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has appointed its first female Vice-Chancellor.

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The Governing Council of FUTA appoints Professor (Mrs) Adenike Temidayo Oladiji of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, as the eighth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University.

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The Council is presided over by the Pro-Chancellor, Chairman of the Council, and Ambassador (Dr.) Godknows Igali ratified the appointment at its Special Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

At the commencement of the process, the Council shortlisted 20 candidates out of the 27 male and one female candidate that applied for the position for an interview at the close of application for the post.

Nineteen (19) candidates were interviewed, with one of the shortlisted candidates failing to appear.

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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.

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 Professor Oladiji came out tops, hence her appointment.

Under extant laws, the appointment of Vice-Chancellors of Universities is domiciled with the Governing Council of the University, which, on the advice of an internal selection committee, can choose from any of the three best candidates submitted to it.

According to a letter of appointment personally signed by Ambassador (Dr.) Igali, Professor Oladiji’s appointment, which takes effect from Tuesday, May 24, 2022, is for a single term of five years. 

Oladiji was born on April 27 1968. She 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.

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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.

She joined the services of the University of Ilorin in July 1992 as Assistant Lecturer and was appointed a Professor in September 2011.

She has over 29 years of continuous service in the university system. She has held various positions and served on almost all University Committees as Chairman and Member.

She has also served in various capacities, including Head of Department; Sub Dean of Faculty; Deputy Director Center for International Education; Director of the Center for Research and Development and In-House Training;

She was Director of the Central Research Laboratory; Dean of the 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.

A prolific researcher with over 100 publications, Professor Oladiji, has won many distinctions and awards, including the University’s Merit Award, Certificate of Merit, and scholarships.

She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

She has served as a Member of various Scientific Committees at the National Universities Commission, NUC, Tertiary Education Fund, and TetFund. She has been an external examiner in over 20 Universities in Nigeria and outside the country.

She is a Member of Professional Bodies such as WARIMA, the American Society of Nutrition, the Organization for Women in Science for Developing World (OSWD), the Science Association of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology. 

She is happily married and blessed with children. 

Professor Oladiji succeeds Professor Joseph Fuwape, whose term ends on Monday, May 23 2022

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