- The Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Prof. Mustapha Akanbi has died at the age of 51
- Akanbi hails from the Ile Magaji Kemberi, Awodi, Gambari Quarters, Ilorin East, Kwara state of Nigeria
- Meanwhile, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state has described the death of the VC as painful and shocking
In what can be described as bad news for the Nigerian university community, Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi (SAN) has passed on.
Until his death, Akanbi, who died at the age of 51, was the vice chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU). He died on Sunday, November 20, at a medical facility in Lagos state, Leadership Newspaper reports.
Kwara State University confirms VC's death
The news of his death was confirmed by the university’s management in a statement signed by the registrar, Dr Kikelomo Sally, PM news added.
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The university wrote in the statement:
“With very heavy heart but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, the Management of Kwara State University announces the death of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi( SAN).
“The sad event took place on 20th November 2022 after a protracted illness. We urge all to remember the immediate and extended family and the University in prayers in this very trying time."
Kwara governor mourns Prof. Akanbi
Meanwhile, Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has described the death of the vice chancellor as painful and shocking.
“We submit to the decree of Allah who gives and takes. It is against that backdrop that we mourn the Vice Chancellor who answered Allah’s call tonight. He was a true and humble servant of Allah and we beseech our God, the Oft-Forgiving and Merciful, to grant him al-jannah Firdaus.
“The professor of law was a colossus who played the leading role to open a new chapter of academic excellence and greatness for KWASU. Our condolences go to his family, immediate and extended, to KWASU and the rest of the academic community, and to members of the bar and the bench in Kwara State and across the country."
Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya: Sanwo-Olu appoints new LASUSTECH VC
Meanwhile, Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya has been appointed as the substantive and pioneer vice chancellor of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu.
Prof. Odusanya's appointment was ratified in a statement released on Wednesday, October 5, by Tokunbo Wahab, the special adviser on education to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In the statement, Governor Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the appointment was partly influenced by the need to ensure that there was no void in the university’s leadership while maintaining stability.