Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has described the death of Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos, as a colossal loss to the academia and the country, as a whole.
The governor, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, in Lagos on Monday, commiserated with the family, friends and associates of the late Ibidapo-Obe over the death.
Ibidapo-Obe, who was also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of First Technical University, Ibadan, Oyo State, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, at the age of 72.
Sanwo-Olu said that the rich experience and knowledge of the late Ibidapo-Obe, particularly his contributions to national issues in the education and engineering sectors, would be sorely missed.
“The death of Ibidapo-Obe is a colossal loss to the academic community, government and the country. The late professor will be greatly missed.
“The late Ibidapo-Obe made lots of positive impacts and contributions during his lifetime to the growth and development of education in Nigeria.
“He wrote his name in gold as a scholar and administrator during his days as the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos and Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.
“I sympathise with students and staff of the University of Lagos, First Technical University and the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), as well as governments and people of Osun and Oyo states over the death of Ibidapo-Obe.
“I also sympathise with the family and friends of the deceased and I pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.