he authorities of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, have named Prof. Olugbenga Ebenezer Ige as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the state-owned university.
Ige, until his appointment was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Administration of the institution.
Ige replaced Prof. Amos Igbekele Ajibefun, whose five-year tenure as the fifth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the institution expired on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
The appointment of an acting vice-chancellor became necessary following the suspension of the appointment process of a new substantive vice-chancellor by the state government over alleged infractions in the exercise by some members of the Governing Council, who petitioned the Governor and Visitor to the university.
A statement by the Chief of Staff to Governor, Mr. Olugbenga Ale, noted that Prof. Ige is to hold the office of the Vice-Chancellor in acting capacity till the appointment of a new substantive Chief Executive for the institution.
Ige joined the then Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti, as a Graduate Assistant in December 1990, and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in October 2011.
The Professor of Palynology and Palaeoecology holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Botany from the University of Benin in 1984; Masters in Botany in 1993 from the University of Ibadan, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Botany with specialisation in Palynology & Palaeoecology in 2004.
Ige, a lecturer at the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology at Adekunle Ajasin University, has engaged in notable collaborations and research works in the following international academy and institutes the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), Trieste, Italy; National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India; Gautam Buddh Technical University, Lucknow, India and Birla Institute of Technology, India.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who was a beneficiary of the international research grant of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India; is a member of Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON); member and former Vice President, Palynological Association of Nigeria (PAN), and Fellow of the Society of Ethnobotanists, India and Nigeria Conservation Foundation.