By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Federal University of Technology Akure has expressed shock and sadness over the death of its immediate past vice chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, who passed away during a brief illness on Friday.
A statement issued by the Registrar of the institution, Mr Richard Arifalo, on Sunday, said the varsity received the news of the demise of Daramola with shock and sadness.
The statement read,
According to the institution, the death is shocking and painful, not just because of its suddenness, but also because by the death, “FUTA has lost one of the builders of and contributors to the growth and development of our institution, and Nigeria has lost an erudite scholar of international standing.”
“Professor Daramola served FUTA creditably well in various capacities. During his tenure as vice chancellor, he consolidated on the gains of his predecessors and charted new frontiers of development, particularly in the areas of rebranding, internationalisation and renewal of critical infrastructure.
“He succeeded in ‘taking FUTA to the market place’ as he canvassed in his agenda for development of the university, prior to and after taking office as vice chancellor.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with members of his family at this very difficult time. We also enjoin them to take solace in the rich and laudable legacies of sterling services to the academic world and humanity that the departed erudite professor left behind.
“We pray that God will give them and the entire university community the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement added.