Professor Olugbenga Ige has been announced as the 6th substantive Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko by the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN).
This was made known in a press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Richard Olatunde, dated July 5th, 2021.
According to the circular, the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor takes effect from Wednesday the 7th of July 2021 and will last for five years.
The release reads: “Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the appointment of Professor Ige E. Olugbenga as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.”
“The Governor’s approval is in line with the exercise of his power under Paragraph 3 (8) of Schedule 1 of Adekunle Ajasin University Law.”
According to the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Olugbenga Ale, the appointment of Olugbenga Ige was announced after the governor found him qualified for the position among those who jostled for the seat, Professor Temi Ologunorisa and Professor Oluyemisi Adebowale.
“A letter conveying the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor addressed to the University’s Chancellor and Chairman of Council and signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, indicated that Governor Akeredolu approved Prof. Olugbenga’s appointment having been found appointable.”
Governor Akeredolu assured the University community of his administration’s commitment to prioritising home-grown eggheads for effective management of the institution. He congratulated the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor while charging him to work assiduously for the development of the institution.
Until his appointment, Olugbenga Ige was appointed as the Acting Vice-Chancellor after the tenure of Professor Amos Igbekele, the fifth substantive Vice-Chancellor of AAUA which ended on January 5, 2020. In July 2020, his tenure as the Acting Vic-Chancellor was extended by the Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and was extended again from January 2021 to July 2021.
Olugbenga E. Ige holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Botany from the University of Benin in 1984. He proceeded to Nigeria’s Premier University, the University of Ibadan, where he bagged a Master of Science degree in Botany in the year 1993 and a Doctorate (PhD) in Botany with specialisation in Palynology & Palaeoecology in 2004. As a teacher and researcher, Prof. Ige has taught in various institutions in Nigeria.
Prof. Ige joined the services of the then Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti, as a Graduate Assistant in December 1990, and rose steadily through the ranks to become a Professor in October 2011.
Prof. Ige replaced Prof. Amos Igbekele Ajibefun, whose five-year tenure as the fifth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the institution ended on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
Currently, he lectures at the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) Ondo State.
He has engaged in remarkable collaborations and research works in the following international academy and institutes of note: The Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), Trieste, Italy;
The National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India; The Gautam Buddh Technical University, Lucknow, India and The Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra – 835215, Ranchi, India.
He was a beneficiary of the international research grant of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India. A member of the Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON); Member and former Vice President, Palynological Association of Nigeria (PAN) and a Fellow of the Society of Ethnobotanists, India and Nigeria Conservation Foundation.
As a researcher, Prof. Ige has contributed copiously to both local and international journals and some of his books have become standard reference materials in the field of Botany.
Prof. Olugbenga Ige has attained memorable feats in his commitment to community services. A red-blooded intellectual visionary. He was the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko branch between the years 2002 and 2006.
Aside from his impressive service in the University community, he was appointed the Chairman, Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) in 2011 by the Ondo State Government for a five-year tenure.
Prof. Olugbenga Ige had also served the University in various administrative capacities and chaired several Committees that are central to the development of the University.
He was Acting Head, Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology from 2005 to 2007; Acting Director, Industrial Training Unit in 2009; Dean, Students Affairs from 2009 to 2010; Acting Director, Academic Planning Unit in 2010; Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2010 to 2011; Dean, Postgraduate School before he was appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the University in December 2016, a position he occupies till date.
As a widely travelled researcher, he has attended several conferences and workshops within and outside the country notably in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, India, the Republic of Benin among others.
He hails from Ita-Ogbolu, Akure North Local Government. He is married to an amiable woman with children.
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