PROF ODEKUNLE: TEARS, TRIBUTES AS FUTMINNA COUNCIL, MGT VISIT BEREAVED FAMILY

It was an emotional gathering on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, when the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala fsssn led a joint delegation of the University Governing Council and Management on a condolence visit to the bereaved family of late Prof. ‘Femi Odekunle, who until his passing on December 29, 2020, was Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the institution.
The delegation was received by members of the family at the deceased’s residence, Wuse 2, Abuja.
The Vice- Chancellor, who delivered a letter of condolence on behalf of the University, to the widow, Mrs. Toyin Odekunle, intermittently wiped off tears as each member of the University’s delegation paid glowing tribute to the departed Pro-Chancellor who was Nigeria’s first professor of criminology. Members of Council and Principal Officers also fought back tears as they related, with glowing tributes, their impactful experiences with the deceased.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Bala said that Prof. Odekunle was a very good man whose demise was a loss to the family and the University, adding that the institution will miss him.
The Vice-Chancellor signed the condolence register, leaving a message which reads in part, “Prof. Odekunle was a man of demonstrable integrity, fair, just, disciplined and one that was committed to excellence and service and who strived to bring out the best in anybody that he came across. We shall miss him for his fatherly love, mentorship, wit, humour and intellectual prowess.
“His administrative acumen, sagacity and maturity resulted in FUT, Minna enjoying a very peaceful and prosperous period of its existence. His personal touch and humility ensured that not only the Council members, but also their family members are in mourning and state of loss. Thank you Chairman for your service, your love and your care.”
Members of the University delegation who all spoke during the occasion as well as the bereaved family, noted that Prof. Odekunle lived a life marked by accountability, fairness, justice and and integrity.
Responding, the late Pro-Chancellor’s sister, Mrs Mobolaji Odekunle, said her brother had a passion for a better Nigeria as he never lost hope in the country despite all its challenges. She therefore urged the delegation to uphold his legacies and continue to keep the University atop.
Widow of the late Pro-Chancellor, Mrs. Toyin Odekunle, thanked the Vice-Chancellor and members of the delegation for the visit and prayed for their well being.
Mr. Dayo Odekunle, son of the deceased, thanked the University’s delegation for coming to commiserate with the family. Recalling that his father was a man who believed that the country needed reform and accountability, striving all his life to ensure its attainment, he said they would uphold his legacy.
On his part, Mr. Dosu Odekunle (son) said their father held the University very dearly, urging members of Council to associate their departed father’s name with the energy of joy which he lived, rather than be mournful whenever they remember him during their meetings.
Members of Council in the delegation were Hon. Halims John Agoda, Alh. Abdulrahman Alfa, Barr. Gafar Alabi as well as Professors Uno Uno and Elizabeth Onwuka
Deputy Vice- Chancellor ( Academic), Prof. Yahaya Ahmed Iyaka; Deputy Vice- Chancellor ( Administration) Prof. Emmanuel Emeka Udensi; Registrar, Mr. Amos Nmadu Kolo; Bursar, Mrs. Hadiza Goje and Ag. University Librarian, Dr. Abubakar Mohammed Bitagi as well as former registrar and now Coordinator, Student Support Services, Mrs. Victoria Nnawo Kolo were also on the delegation.

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