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UPDATED: UNILORIN’s Professors pour tributes for late former VC



File Photo: Procession of UNILORIN Senate Council

Encomium poured for the late former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Emeritus Adeoye Adeniyi, as top management staff of the institution gathered on Wednesday to pay him last honour.

At the 281st Special Meeting of the Senate held on Wednesday at the University’s main auditorium, heart-touching tributes was read by some Professors in the University who described the deceased as an outstanding medical practitioner, and patriotic Nigerian with exceptional qualities.

ROYAL NEWS reports that late Professor Emeritus Adeoye Adeniyi was the UNILORIN’s 4th Vice Chancellor between 1998 and 1992.

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According to the Chief Medical Director, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, (UITH), Professor A.D. Yusuf, “Baba and  later Baba Agbalagba as he was fondly called by many of those that had cause to meet him in his life time, impacted greatly in the lives of many people. His erudition especially in his chosen career of medicine was unequalled.

“A great visionary, who laid the foundation of what is today called the UITH. Adeniyi by death has no doubt left a big vacuum in the field of Medicine. Some of the pioneering works he did at UITH, subsist till date.” READ ALSO:BREAKING… Appeal Court sacks Tambuwal, Shehu

In his tribute, a former Dean in the Faculty of Education, Professor Alfred Adegoke, disclosed that the late sage lived an exemplary life and served UNILORIN with unparalleled commitment stressing that “His words are like music in ones ears.

“His words are gentle, soft but firm. He left no one in doubt each time he spoke that he was in charge. He spoke Queens English with dignity and elegance like no one else that I know.”

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Adegoke added that, ‘Under his watch, UNILORIN blossomed and deepened its roots in the traditions of success that has stayed with us till this day.

Meanwhile, the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Professor E. A Afolayan, said: “At the ripe age of 95 years, our beloved daddy answered the glorious call of the Lord. Appointment with death cannot be altered: otherwise, death would have been put on hold for you to live on. He has played his part wonderfully.

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“Your memories would ever remain fresh in our minds. If gentlemanliness could be exhibited in heaven, I am certainly convinced that our beloved Professor Adeoye Adeniyi would find company with angels.

However, Professor ‘Wahab Rotimi Johnson in his tribute described late Adeniyi as, “An Icon of Paediatrics and Child Health, world class Paediatrics Nephrologist and a University administrator per excellence”.




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