OAU mourns as varsity loses past Deputy Vice Chancellor

The tragic death of Professor Christopher Olugbenga Ajila, the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), has left Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, in mourning.

Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, the Vice Chancellor of the University, described Prof. Ajila’s death as devastating. He said that Prof. Ajila was a well-known academic who skillfully combined administrative brilliance with human relations, and that it would be challenging to fill the void he left behind.

The VC, who praised Prof. Ajila’s sterling qualities, stated that this unpleasant news has undoubtedly caused pain in the university community and that management would like to offer its sincere sympathies to the family of the late former two-term DVC (Admin) during this trying time.

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that Professor Ajila, as he was fondly called, served the University with unwavering dedication and exceptional leadership during his tenure as the DVC.

“He played a pivotal role in advancing our institution’s mission, and his invaluable contributions have left an indelible mark on the academic and administrative landscape of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.”

“Late Professor Ajila began his academic career in the University in 1991 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose through the ranks to become a professor in 2005. He served the University in various capacities such as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (2015-2017); Head of Department and Chief Examiner; Examination Officer; Staff Adviser; Representative of the Dean on various Boards; Faculty Representative in Senate; Chairman, Faculty Postgraduate Committee; Chairman, Central University Examination Malpractices and Disciplinary Committee, among others. He proved his mettle as a seasoned administrator in all these positions. He was subsequently elected by the Senate of University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), first in 2017, and again in 2019.”

“As the entire university community mourns the loss of this very respected colleague, mentor, and friend, our thoughts and prayers are with Professor Chris Ajila’s immediate and extended family. We recognise the profound impact he had on the lives of those around him, and we share in the grief of his family at this challenging time.”

“May the memories of Professor Ajila serve as a source of comfort and inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. In honoring his legacy, we will continue to uphold the values and principles that he championed.”

“Once again, on behalf of the entire Obafemi Awolowo University community, I offer our deepest sympathies and support to late Prossor Chris Ajila’s family.”