18 Feb 2021

Tech-U, others bid Ibidapo-Obe farewell

Prominent Nigerians on Monday bid a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, farewell at an event organised by the First Technical University, Ibadan.

Describing Ibidapo-Obe as an enigma, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ayobami Salami said he was a blessing to the varsity.

He said, “For us at the First Technical University, we know we have lost a gem. With his death, we have lost a motivator, inspirer and a depository of valuable professional and natural wisdom.

“Since the time we have been directing the Tech-U train together, I never had cause to regret working with him. As a widely experienced administrator, he understood and cherished the concept of the kind of practical, rich and novel technical education that Tech-U offers.”

Members of the Nigerian Academy of Science, including Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, and Prof. Idowu Olayinka, were also present.

Olayinka said, “He was a jinx breaker. He was the first alumnus of the University of Lagos to become its vice-chancellor.”

Responding on behalf of the family, a son of the deceased, Mr Bambo Ibidapo-Obe, said his father was passionate about education in general but was particularly passionate about the First Technical University.