FUTA: Enter Oladiji, A Veritable Academic Amazon

Thu May 26th, 2022 - Kwara

The appointment and eventual assumption of duty of Prof. Adenike Temidayo Oladiji as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), is significant in many respects. First, she would be the first female to hold that position at FUTA at a period when audacious women are making waves in all spheres of human endeavour, especially in fields that were hitherto thought to be the exclusive preserves of the menfolk.

Secondly, the appointment has been widely applauded as being strictly based on merit, as her sterling performance at the selection interview, rather than any extraneous consideration, was said to have clearly commended her to the panel of interviewers.

The renowned Professor of Biochemistry, who is also the first Female Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences, has always demonstrated great intellectual erudition and administrative acumen in all the academic assignments and administrative positions she had held in her career sojourn in the academia that spans over three decades.

One of the most hardworking dons of the University of Ilorin, whose immense intellectual works have contributed to the lofty heights the better by far citadel has attained, Prof. Oladiji had held various positions and served on almost all University Committees as Chairman and Member.

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She had also served in various capacities, including Head of Department; Sub Dean of Faculty; Deputy Director, Centre for International Education; Director, Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT); 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.

The new FUTA Vice-Chancellor, who is 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.

She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences, in fact the very first female Fellow of that Academy, as well as Fellow, Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.




source: Leadership