By our Reporter
Professor Olukayode Amund,after a highly dedicated and impressive academic sojourn of over forty-five (45) at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) was celebrated by friends and family.
To commemorate his 70th birthday and retirement from the services of the University on Thursday, May 4, 2023, mentors and colleagues Unveilied a book on the Contemporary Issues of The Nigerian Petroleum Industry: A Festschrift in Honour of Distinguished Professor Olukayode Amund edited by Oluwafemi Sunday Obayeri and Mathew Olusoji Ilori.
Distinguished Professor Olukayode Amund also gave his Valedictory/Exaugural Lecture titled : Periscoping the environment: The Sojourn of an accidental microbiologist in Academia held at the Distance Learning Institute Auditorium.
The ceremony had in attendance notable academics, professionals and personalities such as Former First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Abimbola Fashola as Special Guest of Honor, Former Pro-chancellor and Chairman, UNILAG Governing Council, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, the Chief Launcher who was represented by Mr. Gboyega Oyewole, SAN; Founder of Elizade University, Chief Micheal Ade Ojo, the Father of Day represented by the Registrar of Elizade University, Mr. Omololu Adegbenro ; Chairman/ Managing Director of Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited, Dr. Michael Oyebanjo Paul who served as Chairman of the Occasion, Former Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, Professor Rahamon A. Bello, FAEng, among others. Distinguished Professor Dele Olowokudejo served as the Book Reviewer. Also in attendance was Professor Bode Asubiojo,Dean of Basic Medical Sciences from the Elizade University and other members of Staff.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics and Research), Professor Bolanle Oboh who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, FAS, expressed delight at the indelible legacies and impactful academic inputs of Distinguished Professor Amund.
According to her, “today’s celebrant is retiring but not tired. We, at the University of Lagos, are proud of him, and heartily congratulate him as he has replicated himself in several of his products who are today Professors, Associate Professors, doctors and accomplished individuals in corporate organisations.”
In her remarks, the former First Lady of Lagos State and wife of the current Minister of Works and Housing, Dame Abimbola Fashola noted that Nigeria is blessed to have such an accomplished scholar who has remained a positive influence in the lives of people.
Her words, “I have known Professor Amund whom God has blessed with good health, tenacity and brilliance, for more than a decade. His great virtues have kept him moving to this very interesting and fulfilling moment.”
He expressed gratitude to the sponsor of the event, Professor Daniel Olukoya of Mountain of life and Miracle Ministry, organisers, guests as well as members of the university community. Distinguished Professor Amund, FAS who is the current Vice-Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, appreciated the founder of the private tertiary institution, Chief Micheal Ade Ojo for the confidence reposed in him.
In response, Distinguished Professor Olukayode Amund, FAS described himself as a fulfilled man whose tenacity, commitment to excellence in knowledge, and uncompromising character had yielded great rewards.