Folabi Olumide, pioneer LASU VC, dies at 81

Folabi Olumide, pioneer LASU VC, dies at 81

- Prof Folabi Olumide has passed away

- The renowned surgeon and academic died on Friday at 81 after a brief battle with illness

- Olumide served as the pioneer VC of LASU between 1983- 1988 before his removal over alleged financial improprieties

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The academic community in the country has been plunged into mourning following the death of Folabi Olumide, a renowned professor who was the pioneer vice chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU).

The passing on the late don was announced by the current vice-chancellor of the LASU, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, in a statement.

Olumide died on Friday, January 8, after a brief illness at the age of 81 years, Daily Trust reports.

A Nigerian academic and medical surgeon, Olumide served as LASU VC between 1983- 1988.

Folabi Olumide, pioneer LASU VC, dies at 81
The pioneer LASU VC, Professor Folabi Olumide, has died at 81. Credit: The Punch
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He was, however, succeeded by Jadesola Akande after he was removed from the position for alleged "financial and administrative improprieties."

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“Late Professor Folabi Olumide, a Nigerian Academic and Medical Surgeon would be remembered for being the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, between 1983 – 1988, amongst other notable feats.
“As a mark of honour, respect and appreciation in respect of his achievements during his stint as the first Vice Chancellor of the University, the University Management renamed in 2020 the LASU Health Centre as “Folabi Olumide Health Centre."

In a related development, the people of Azare community in Bauchi state was plunged into mourning following the death of Sarkin Dawakin Katagum, Alhaji Muhammad Lele Mukhtar.

Mukhtar, a former federal permanent secretary, was said to have died on Tuesday, December 22. The deceased traditional ruler had served as national commissioner, National Planning Commission (NPLC) and a member of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).

In a reaction to his death, President Muhammadu Buhari described Mukhtar as a "man of exemplary character who mentored several subordinates" at all the positions he served.

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Meanwhile, reported that Usman Faruk, first military governor of the northwestern state, died, plunging the people of Gombe into mourning.

The former military governor died on Friday, December 18. He served as the northwestern state military governor from 1967 to 1975 after it was split off from the old northern region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.

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