By Edward Etuka
A former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Oye Ibidapo-Obe, is dead.
Mr Ibidapo-Obe was, until his death, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of First Technical University, Ibadan.
His death was confirmed in a Sunday statement by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council of First Technical University, Olayinka Balogun.
“With heavy heart, and submission to the will of God I write to inform Council members of the transition to glory of Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, First Technical University, Ibadan which occurred today 03/01/2021.
Although the statement did not disclose the cause of the death of the academic, EAGLE EYE WATCH gathered that he died from COVID-19 complications.
Reacting on the development, Charles Ejoh, Acting Director-General of Global Center for Media and Human Empowerment, an alumna of University of Lagos said he was surprised.
“I’ received the news with great shock. He was a colossus in the educational sector in Nigeria. I just don’t know what to say.I pray the Almighty God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
Mr Ibidapo-Obe, 71, was a professor of Applied Mechanics and Systems Engineering, He was the Unilag vice-chancellor between 2000 and 2007. He was born in Ile-Ife, Osun State, and attended Ilesha Grammar School and Igbobi College between 1962 and 1971.