Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, has appointed Adeolu Akande, former Chief of Staff to Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration under the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the University.
According to a statement signed by Obajide Ilugbo, Head, Public & External Relations Unit, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Akande was also appointed the Director of the Centre for Presidential Studies of the University.
Professor Adeolu Akande, 52, bagged his doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan 20 years ago, in July 1997. He had earlier obtained his M.Sc and B.Sc (2nd Class Upper) in 1990 and 1987 respectively in the same institution.
He began his academic career in 1990 as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan when he was retained from the post graduate class. He later ventured into Print Journalism and was Reporter, Editor and Editor-in-Chief of several newspapers and magazines.
He was Reporter/Feature Writer/ Editorial Board member of Nigerian Tribune between 1991 and 1993, South-West Regional Editor of The Punch Newspapers (993 -1995), Deputy /Acting Editor, Sunday Tribune (1995 -1997), Editor-in-Chief/Director, Omega Weekly Magazine (1997-1999); Consulting Editor/Member Editorial Board, Nigerian Tribune (1999-2001).
In 1999, Adeolu Akande returned to academics at the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan.
Two years later, he was appointed Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2001. He later became a Special Assistant (Research & Communication Strategies) to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2003.
In 2011 he was appointed the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oyo State, Governor Isiaka Ajimobi.
The University’s statement added that “Professor Adeolu Akande is a truly bred Town-and-Gown, an Academic, Scholar, Social Scientist, Researcher and Public Administrator”.