Ex-UNILAG VC, Professor Ibidapo-Obe dies of COVID19 complications
Ex-UNILAG VC, Professor Ibidapo-Obe dies of COVID19 complications. Former University of Lagos Vice-chancellor, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe reportedly died of COVID-19 complications.
Oyewusi Ibidapo Obe (1949-2021) was a Nigerian professor of Systems Engineering educational administrator and former Vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos. He died on the 3rd of January 2021 from COVID-19 complication.
He attended Lagos Street African Church Primary School, Ebute-Metta (1955–1961) and Obokun High School/Ilesa Grammar School (1962–1966) and later attended Igbobi College, Yaba, (1966–1968) Lagos State, Nigeria for his secondary education. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Lagos.
Ibidapo Obe was born on July 5, 1949, at Ile Ife, Osun State Nigeria. He served as a Visiting Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA (1980–1981). In 2007, he was a Visiting Research Professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, USA. He was appointed as the Vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos in the year 2000, succeeding Jelili Adebisi Omotola. He was later succeeded by Tolu Olukayode Odugbemi in 2007 after his successful tenure.
Ibidapo-Obe died at the age of 71 on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.
It was gathered that the professor had been receiving treatment at an undisclosed Lagos hospital before he was pronounced dead on Sunday.
The news of his death was confirmed in a statement by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council of First Technical University, Olayinka Balogun.
The statement reads,
“With heavy heart, and submission to the will of God I write to inform Council members of the transition to glory of Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, First Technical University, Ibadan which occurred 03/01/2021″.
The former University Vice-Chancellor was a one-time President of the Nigeria Academy of Science. He attended both Ilesa Grammar School and Igbobi College from 1962 – 1968 and the University of Lagos from 1968 – 1971.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Olusola, and four children