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The First Female Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) - Adenike Oladiji.

Vice Chancellor Adenike Oladiji
Adenikiki Oladiji

Professor (Mrs) Adenike Temidayo Oladiji of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, has been selected as the University's Eighth substantive Vice-Chancellor by the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA. The Pro-Chancellor, Chairman of Council, Ambassador (Dr.) Godknows Igali approved the nomination during the Council's Special Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The Council selected 20 applicants for an interview from the 27 male and two female candidates who applied for the position at the start of the process. There were 19 candidates interviewed, with one of the selected candidates not showing up. Following the interview, the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board nominated three candidates for appointment, following the process's current norms. Because the three suggested candidates' scores were so close (0.1 percent), Council decided to put it to a vote, and Professor Oladiji came out on top, earning her position. Under current regulations, the appointment of Vice-Chancellors of Universities is delegated to the Governing Council of Universities, which has the authority to choose from any of the three best candidates given to it at the suggestion of an internal selection committee.

Professor Oladiji's appointment, which takes effect on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, is for a single term of five years, according to a letter of appointment personally signed by Ambassador (Dr.) Igali.

On April 27, 1968, Oladiji was born. Between 1972 and 1977, she attended Christ Anglican School, Ijomu-Oro, Iludun Oro Nursery and Primary School, and between 1977 and 1982, she attended St. Claire's Anglican Grammar School, Offa, both in Kwara State. She graduated from the University of Ilorin with a B.Sc. Biochemistry, Second Class Upper Division degree in 1988, an MSc. Biochemistry degree in 1991, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry in 1997. She started as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Ilorin in July 1992 and was promoted to Professor in September 2011.

She has worked for the university system for almost 29 years. She has served on practically all University Committees as Chairman and Member in various capacities. She has also worked as a Head of Department, Sub Dean of Faculty, Deputy Director, Center for International Education, Director, Center for Research and Development and In-House Training, Director, Central Research Laboratory, Dean, School of Basic Medical Sciences (Kwara State University), Dean, School of Life Sciences, and Member, Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, and Crown Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Ilorin.

Professor Oladiji, a prolific researcher with over 100 publications, has received several honours and accolades, including the University's Merit Award, Certificate of Merit, and scholarships, among others. She is a Nigerian Academy of Science Fellow as well as a Fellow of the Nigerian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has served on the National Universities Commission, NUC, Tertiary Education Fund, and TetFund's Scientific Committees. She has served as an external examiner for over 20 universities in Nigeria and abroad. She is a member of the West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA), the American Society of Nutrition, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OSWD), the Science Association of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology. She is happily married with three children. Professor Oladiji takes over from Professor Joseph Fuwape, whose tenure ends on May 23, 2022.