UNILAG Vice Chancellor dies in active service…as students, lecturers mourn ace scholar

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Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe

A condolence register has been opened for farewell messages for the departed Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Adetokunbo Sofoluwe who died Saturday morning.

The University authority which made the announcement described Professor Sofoluwe as an amiable personality, an accomplished scholar and astute administrator.

The University said that “further announcement will follow in due course”, obviously on the funeral arrangement and activities of the University in the aftermath of his death.

Professor Sofoluwe died of Cardiac arrest after collapsing within the University premises Saturday morning.

The academician until Friday night was hale and hearty and had shown no signs of any ailment, especially as he delivered an address to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Institution last Tuesday.

He was rushed to the University’s Health Center on Friday night and was later transferred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital, in Idi Araba, Surulere Lagos, where he breathed his last breath Saturday morning,

Reports said Sofoluwe collapsed in his office at the Faculty of Sciences building around 7.30p.m on Friday night and died around 1a.m on Saturday morning.

Sofoluwe had addressed a press conference on the instutition’s 50th anniversary on Tuesday May 8, 2012 at the school and did not show any sign of illness.

The situation threw the university community into a shock.
Sofoluwe, who was in the second year of his five-year tenure, has become the first UNILAG VC to die in office.

In a statement issued on Saturday afternoon, the university said, “The entire university of management deeply regrets to announce the sudden death of the vice chancellor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Idi Araba in the early hours of Saturday 12 May 2012.

“The university community in particular staff and students are advised to pray along with the family for the repose of the soul.

He was born on April 15, 1950 and had attended CMS Grammar School for his secondary School education after which he proceeded to UNILAG to study Computer Science, graduating in flying colours with second class Upper Division Honours degree honours in 1973,

He also had a long spell in the United Kingdom where he bagged his Master’s and doctorate Degrees in 1975 and 1981 respectively just after his youth service in Nigeria. His educational pursuit was full of remarkable and landmark successes.

He would be remembered for his remarkable transformation of the Institution and administrative know how.

Further announcement will be given later