By Ahamefula Ogbu in Abuja and Funmi Ogundare in Lagos
President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness over the sudden demise of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Olatokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe, who died at the weekend at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
Equally, authorities of the institution, have declared a three-day mourning in honour of Sofoluwe.
Jonathan who recalled the accomplishments of the late 62 year old Professor in areas of computer sciences and general sciences regretted that such an asset to the nation was lost at this stage of Nigeria’s development, and when he was mostly needed.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said: “President Jonathan also lauded the administrative acumen of the late 12th Vice-Chancellor of the university, especially the reforms he introduced in the area of Information Technology.
“While the President hopes that his successors will build on the worthy legacies bequeathed by Professor Sofoluwe, he regrets that his expertise will be greatly missed especially at this time that university administrators are faced with the daunting challenge of making the nation’s universities true citadels of learning and incubators of developmental ideas in order to make them globally competitive. President Jonathan commiserated with the Sofoluwe family in particular and the university community in general over the demise of the distinguished scholar.”
Meanwhile, a statement from the information unit of the institution, during the mourning period, which commences today, May 14, to 16, stated that all lectures, all statutory meetings and other university activities at its three campuses (Akoka, Yaba and Idi-Araba, including International School Lagos (ISL) and Staff School) would not hold.
The statement, which urged members of staff to observe the mourning period and continue to pray for the university, also stated that a high powered burial committee headed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research), Prof. Babajide Alo, had been established to work out the burial arrangements.
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