The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe has described his predecessor in office and current Vice-Chancellor of Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUTECH), Professor Toluwalope Olukayode Odugbemi as a thorough-bred academic and astute administrator.
He stated this during the public presentation and launching of the biography of the former UNILAG helmsman entitled Omo Akogun: The Man, Tolu Odugbemi written by Dr. (Mrs.) Taiwo Folasade Ipaye. The event was held in the Old Great Hall of the College of Medicine, Idi-Araba on Thursday, March 17, 2011.
Professor Sofoluwe who served as the Chairman of the event highlighted the various developmental projects embarked upon during Professor Odugbemi’s tenure as UNILAG Vice-Chancellor. He noted that the projects continue to impact positively on lives of members of the University Community, adding that this had earned Professor Odugbemi accolades and honour including a Special University Senate Session among others.
The Vice-Chancellor urged individuals in management positions to emulate the leadership qualities of Professor Odugbemi who often attributed his success to divine intervention and teamwork.
Other speakers at the Ceremony also paid glowing tributes on Professor Tolu Odugbemi. These include the Chief Launcher, Mr. Asue Ighodalo who praised Professor Odugbemi’s leadership style and the Head, Department of Political Science, Professor Solomon Oladele Akinboye who called the renowned academic a leader of leaders.
Professor Akinboye who also reviewed the book noted that the author had documented the leadership skills and administrative ingenuity of the former UNILAG Vice-Chancellor. His words “I feel specially honoured to appraise a book written on a character that has defined and continued to influence my life, personally and professionally. The rare privilege to undertake this assessment is neither lost nor diminished but rather ignites the zeal to live up to the philosophy and ideology of what I call ‘Toluism’.”
In a brief remark, the author of the biography, Dr. (Mrs.) Taiwo Folasade Ipaye said that the book was to honour Professor Odugbemi for his positive contributions to the lives of others. She extolled his virtues as an enigma, warrior, a man of culture, defender of the oppressed and inspiration to people around him.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion include the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Professor Rahmon Ade Bello; Provost, College of Medicine, Professor Wole Atoyebi; Acting Bursar, Mrs. O. A. Serrano; Acting Librarian, Dr. Okanlawon Adediji and representatives of the Osemawe of Ondoland, HRM Oba Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo, Jilo III. Also in attendance were Deans of various Faculties and the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Toyin Ogundipe; Heads of a range of Departments and the Director of Works, Dr. (Engr.) E.A. Adeniran among others.