Former UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibidapo-Obe, Dead

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Former University of Lagos Vice-chancellor, Professor Ibidapo Obe, has died of COVID-19 complications.

The former University don passed away on Sunday, 3rd January 2020.

The Man: Ibidapo-Obe

Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, the President of the Nigeria Academy of Science, attended both Ilesa Grammar School and Igbobi College from 1962 – 1968 and the University of Lagos from 1968 – 1971. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science [B.Sc.(Hons)] degree in Mathematics in the First Class Division by the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1971; a Master of Mathematics [M. Maths] degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science in 1973 and a Doctor of Philosophy {PhD} in Civil Engineering with specialization in Applied Mechanics/Systems in 1976 both form the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He was born on July 5 1949; married to Olusola and has 4 children.

Professor Ibidapo-Obe was a Western Nigeria Government Scholar at the University of Lagos 1968 – 1971 and was the overall best graduating student of the University in 1971. Professor Ibidapo-obe was also a Commonwealth Scholar (Canada) (1972-1976); and NSERC/CIDA (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council/Canadian International Development Agency and a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar (1980 -1981). He served the University of Lagos from October 1, 1972 as a Graduate Assistant through 1976 as Lecturer Grade II till 1983 as Professor. Professor Ibidapo-Obe has served as Head of the Engineering Analysis Unit (1991 – 1995) and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Lagos, (1995 – 1999). He was subsequently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in April 2000 and acted as Vice-Chancellor between September 2000 and April 2002.

Professor Ibidapo-Obe was appointed substantive Vice-Chancellor on 1st May, 2002 and successfully served until the end of his tenure on 30th April 2007. He was the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. He was 2-times awarded the Best Vice Chancellor’s Prize (2004,2005) for the Nigerian University Systems (NUS). He has published extensively in reputable international journals with some 100 papers after the appointment as Professor. The focus of his research is on Control and Information Systems in a Stochastic Environment. He serves as an honorary International Scholar-in-Residence at The Pennsylvania State University and a Visiting Research Professor at Texas Southern University both in the United States.

Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe was invested with the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Science and Academy of Engineering, Nigerian Computer Society and Mathematical Association of Nigeria and a recipient of the ICOBA Merit Award. He was conferred with the national honour as Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2004. He is the Apeluwa of Ile-Ife.

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