Aare Odesile, Adeduntan, Others Bag University of Ibadan “Lifetime Achievement Award”
Aare Fatai Odesile who was until recently, the Managing Director of Grand Oak Ltd and MD/CEO Float Foods & Distilleries Ltd, along with many other distinguished individuals such as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, were recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards by the University of Ibadan, their Alma Mata.
The investiture which held at Trenchard Hall of the Premier University and tagged “Lifetime Achievement Awards/Night of Honour” coincided with the institution’s 70th anniversary (1948 – 2018). It was designed to honour old students who have distinguished themselves as worthy ambassadors of the premier institution.
Also on the list of honour were: the President/Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University, Prof. Ademola Tayo; a former Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Adeniyi Osuntogun; former Chairman of PUNCH Nigeria Limited and Chairman of Continental Reinsurance Plc, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, his wife, Iyabo, and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry, Prof. Olukayode Pitan.
Sir Remi Omotoso; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adebayo Adenipekun; Prof. Tunji Olaopa, Dr. Adesina Fagbenro-Byron; Ambassador Folake Marcus-Bello; Vice-Chancellor, Crawford University, Prof. Rotimi Ajayi; Prof. Aderemi Kuku; Prof. Babatunde Salako; Prof. Benedict Oramah; Prof. Timothy Tayo; Prof. Abdul Fattah Mabadeje and Prof. Saida Mabadeje who was the first female PhD holder produced by UI in 1963; Prof. Folorunso Adu and Prof. Folarin Olawale Shyllon were also honoured.
Others are the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Oluwasegun Ajiboye, Mrs. Funso Adegbola; Prof. Ajibefun Igbekele; Prof. M. A. O. Rahman; Prof. Mark Nwagwu; Prof. Joseph Ajienka; Prof. J. E. Ahaneku; Prof. Ayandiji Aina; Valentine Aletor; and Pastor Olubi Johnson.
Speaking during the award which was the climax of the institution’s week-long 70th anniversary celebrations, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abel Olayinka, said the awardees were carefully chosen based on their indelible marks on the sand of time and more importantly, their contributions to nation building and humanity in general as good ambassador of the University.
Aare Odesile who was a student of the institution (Industry Chemistry, Faculty of Science) between 1985-89, noted that the award came as a surprise and rare privilege also to be counted among these noble and distinguished Nigerians.
“It was a case of looking inward and recognize those who have made the University proud in their different areas of human endeavour” Aare Odesile declared adding that he is humbled and encouraged to continue to impact society in the best way he possible. He urged recipients to continue to support the UI heritage as education has proved to be the bedrock of development.
The Chairman of the Occasion, Chief Subomi Balogun, Chairman, FCMB represented by his son and managing Director, FCMB, Ladi Balogun admonished recipients, “Education is one of the critical drivers of the development of any society, if not the most critical, along with healthcare”.
“It is incumbent on those of us that have been blessed with education, particularly higher education, to continue, to give back, especially to those institutions that shaped us. Education can never be funded by government or private fees”, Balogun said.