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Prof. Adebowale Emerges 13th Substantive UI Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, UI on Thursday was named the 13th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

The Chairman, Governing council, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday announced that Adebowale defeated the incumbent acting vice-chancellor, Adebola Ekanola, and 14 others in a keenly contested process at the Senate chambers of the institution.

Adebowale was first appointed as the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) by Council in June 2018 and re-appointed for a second term in June 2020.

The Nation reports the process of electing the institution’s VC in the past months, had been marred with various allegations, counter-allegations and engulfed in a series of crises due to clashes and misunderstandings between various interest groups.

It was gathered that crisis in the institution started in 2020 when the indigenes of Ibadan land under the aegis of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) insisted that it was time for the host town to produce a VC who is an indigene of the town after 73 years of its existence on their land.

Due to inability to resolve these crises, Professor Babatunde Ekanola of the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts was appointed by the Senate as the acting VC in November, 2020 for the period of six months, and his tenure was extended in June for another 6 months.

However, the process commenced afresh after a decision to restart the VC selection process was reached at a meeting of the university Council presided over by its Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

Born on January 11, 1962 in Ibadan, Adebowale attended UI for his first, second and third degrees respectively.

He was employed in 1987 as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Chemistry, and was promoted to the professorial cadre in 2006.

Adebowale held many administrative positions and served on several Committees of the University of Ibadan.

These include Examinations Officer, Department of Chemistry, 2003-2005; Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemistry, 2000 – 2002; Sub-Dean (Postgraduate), Faculty of Science, 2002-2004; Dean, Faculty of Science, 2009-2011; Member, Committee of Provosts and Deans, 2009-2011; Member Committee on the Appointment of Emeritus Professors, 2012 to date.

He was Convener, Investigative Panel on the Determination of the Class of Degree of two students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, 2013 and the Director, Special Duties, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, between 2015 and 2016.

He has won several awards and distinctions. Some of these are: Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Science, FAS 2012; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria, FICCON, Research Fellow, Alexandra von Humboldt Foundation, Germany 1996 to date; Regular Associate, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP) Trieste, Italy, 2003-2006; recipient, International Foundation for Science (IFS) Grant, 2002-2004; and recipient, African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award for Science, Technology and Innovation, 2013.

He has also supervised many B.Sc projects, over 150 M.Sc dissertations and 15 doctoral students. He has published over 120 articles in both local and international journals of repute. He also has one patent to his credit.

Adebowale is married to Dr. ‘Yemisi Ajibola Adebowale and the marriage is blessed with three children: Temitayo, Ayobami and Ayomitunde.

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Anti-Apartheid South African Bishop, Desmond Tutu Dies At 90

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South African Bishop, Archbishop Desmond Tutu is dead. The Bishop passed away at the age of 90 today, October 20, 2021.

JomogNews Nigeria gathered that the death of the cleric who is also a popular human rights activist was confirmed on Wednesday by the Bishop of Johannesburg, Stephen Moreo.

Moreo’s account stated, “ATTENTION. The Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg receives now the sad news of the death of our dearest Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“The Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu dies at 90. Official note to be released soon.”

Archbishop Tutu made history during his lifetime as the first black man to serve as the Bishop of Johannesburg (1985-1986) and then the Archbishop of Cape Town (1986-1996).

Tutu was globally known for his anti-apartheid works which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Born on 7 October 1931, Tutu held several other positions during his lifetime.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

 

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Breaking: Facebook To Change Its Name As Part Of Company Rebrand

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Facebook plans to make a dramatic break with its past by rebranding the company next week and change its name, according to  reports.

Facebook’s founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, is preparing to talk about the name change at a company event next week, but it could be unveiled sooner.

Facebook Inc (FB.O), under fire from regulators and lawmakers over its business practices, is planning to rebrand itself with a new name that focuses on the metaverse, the Verge reports.

The name change will be announced next week, The Verge reports, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The move would likely position the flagship app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing brands such as Instagram and WhatsApp, according to the report.

Google (GOOGL.O) adopted such a structure when it reorganized into a holding company called Alphabet in 2015.

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Osun Reporter For Covering End SARS Protest

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Sikiru Obarayese, DAILY POST correspondent in Osun State has been arrested for his presence at the EndSARS protest venue.

Obarayese is to be charged to court despite identifying himself.

However, Police Commissioner, Wale Olokode, said he heard about the situation and has directed the withdrawal of the case.

Also worried about the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the State, Yemisi Opalola said efforts were on to free the reporter.

She, however, expressed disappointment that Sikiru refused to leave the scene when police ordered everyone to leave. She assured DAILY POST that the reporter would be released as the Commissioner was on top of the matter.

Sikairu was covering the EndSARS protest in the State before he was arrested.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) leadership in Osun has condemned the development.

A state government official expressed dismay about the overzealousness of the policemen.

“He identified himself. The attempt to emasculate journalists is an aberration”, he fumed.

At the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, security operatives arrested and brutalized protesters and an Uber driver.

 

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