The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Olugbenga Ebenezer Ige, has been appointed as the Acting Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.
Prof. Ige replaces Prof. Amos Igbekele Ajibefun, whose five-year tenure as the fifth substantive Vice Chancellor of the institution ends on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
A statement by the Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, stated that Prof. Ige is to hold the office of the Vice Chancellor in acting capacity till the appointment of a substantive Chief Executive for the Institution.
Prof. Ige joined the services of the then Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti, as a Graduate Assistant in December 1990, and rose steadily through the ranks to become a Professor in October 2011.
A distinguished Professor of Palynology and Palaeoecology, Prof. Olugbenga E. Ige holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Botany from the University of Benin in 1984.
He proceeded to the Nigeria’s Premier University, the University of Ibadan, where he bagged a Master of Science degree in Botany in the year 1993 and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Botany with specialisation in Palynology & Palaeoecology in 2004.
As a teacher and researcher, Prof. Ige has taught in various institutions in Nigeria.
Currently, he lectures at the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) Ondo State.
Prof. Olugbenga Ige who has made indelible marks in his commitment to community services, was the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko branch between the year 2002 and 2006.
Beyond his impactful service in the University community, he was appointed the Chairman, Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) in 2011 by the Ondo State Government for a five-year tenure.