The newly appointed Dean, School
of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Gbenga Solomon Ibileye has taken over from the
Pioneer Dean of the School, Professor Patrick Amidu Audu. The handing over
ceremony which was coordinated by Mr. Nuhu Shamaki, Deputy Registrar and
Secretary to the PG School and took place on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Postgraduate
building, Adankolo Campus, was also attended by the newly appointed Deputy Dean
(Academics), Professor Tanko Dauda and Deputy Dean (Administration), Dr. Aito
Professor Audu, who thanked the immediate
past administration of the University for the opportunity given to him to serve
as the Pioneer Dean of the PG School, expressed joy that Professor Ibileye was
the one taking over, stating that the Professor of English gave him useful suggestions
in ensuring that the PG School, at its infant days, started on a good footing.
The Outgoing Dean also thanked
the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi for giving him the
needed support and commended his lofty vision and plan for the PG School. While
praying for the success of the Incoming Dean, Professor Audu urged Members of
Staff of the School to extend the same support and cooperation to his successor.
In his remarks, the new Dean,
School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Gbenga Ibileye expressed deep
appreciation to Professor Patrick Audu for his pioneering roles, as well as the
modest achievements the PG School recorded under his watch, adding that he
would continue to tap into the rich reservoir of knowledge and experience of
the Outgoing Dean.
Similarly, Staff of the School
of Postgraduate Studies took turns to eulogize the personality and sterling
leadership qualities of the Pioneer Dean, particularly for his courage and perseverance
even in the midst of daunting challenges facing the PG School. While commending
him for his fatherly role, mentorship, encouragement and passion for the
development of the PG School, the Staff expressed their best wishes and prayed
for him as he step aside, having served out his tenure successfully.
High point of the event was the
presentation of handover notes to Professor Gbenga Ibileye as he officially
takes over the mantle of leadership as the 2nd Dean, School of Postgraduates
Studies, Federal University Lokoja. Award plaque and gifts were presented to
the Outgone Dean by Professor Ibileye on behalf of the Staff.