24 Oct 2022

Tech-U VC disowns fake Linkedin account

The First Technical University Vice Chancellor, Ibadan, Professor Adesola Ajayi, has disowned a fake LinkedIn account opened in his name.

Although Professor Ajayi, who became the Tech-U VC on May 9, 2022, has his own LinkedIn account, the suspected fraudster opened another in his name, posing as the Vice Chancellor of the First Technical University.

The criminal also used a photograph of the Vice Chancellor, in his (VC’s) academic gown.

A check through the fraudster’s activity shows that he or she has been communicating with unsuspecting members of the public.

Ajayi thus alerts and warns the public not to fall for the antics on the fake account.

For emphasis, the Vice Chancellor of the First Technical University, Ibadan’s LinkedIn account is linkedin.com/in/sola-ajayi.

These are his social media accounts:

facebook.com/sola.ajayi.52, twitter.com/saajayi and istagram.com/sola.ajayi.52.

About Professor Adesola Ajayi

Professor Adesola Sunday Ajayi is a Professor of Crop Science. He obtained B. Agric. in Plant Science (First Class Honours) with the best overall result in the Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1991. He also obtained from the same University the M.Phil. (Plant Science) degree with a specialization in Plant Breeding/Seed Production in 1997. He bagged the Doctor of Agricultural Science (Dr. sc. ago.) degree in Seed Biology from Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany in 2003.

He has won several scholarships, fellowships, honours and awards among which are Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement Programme (CIRCLE) Champion Award by CIRCLE Visiting Fellows (CVF), 2021; Green Award by the National Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS, OAU, Ile-Ife) as the most-liked lecturer in the Department of Crop Production and Protection, OAU, Ile-Ife (2017); DAAD Re-Invitation Fellowship (2007); Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship, IPGRI (2002); Professor Werner Schulze Fellowship for young Agricultural Scientists, Federal Agricultural Research Centre, Braunschweig, Germany (2000); DAAD Scholarship for doctoral studies in Germany (1999); Dr. Sunday Aribisala scholarship for the best MSc Agricultural graduate from Nigerian Universities recommended for a PhD Programme, IITA (1998); Ebony Award for being the student with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the Faculty of Agriculture (1990) and Obafemi Awolowo University Scholarship for Outstanding students (1989).

Professor Ajayi was appointed as a Graduate Assistant at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on 15th December 1993 and was promoted to the rank of Professor on 1st October 2010. He was Visiting Scholar at Pioneer Hi-bred International, Pandorf, Austria (2000-2002) and; Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cell Biology Research Unit, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (2003-2005). He has also been Visiting Scholar at Goethe University, Frankfurt, am Main, Germany (2013); Seed Conservation Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK (2003); Maize Improvement Program, IITA, Ibadan (2011); and Agricultural Productivity Director, Winrock International/USAID-Nigeria Bridge to MARKETS II Project (2011).

He is an acknowledged research leader with extensive research and industry experience on seed systems, agricultural innovations and enterprise development, climate change impacts, value chain analysis, research management, and agricultural policy dialogue. He has over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and conference and research report publications and has attracted about 30 research and institutional development grants including grants for mentoring Early Career Researchers (ECRs). He has successfully supervised six 6 Ph.D., 17 MSc/MPhil candidates, and several Final Year Student Projects. He has participated in several national, regional, and continental agricultural policy dialogues and regularly facilitates national stakeholders’ meetings on the development of the seed sector, crop improvements, and increasing farmers’ income.

A member of several professional bodies and associations, Professor Ajayi is a well-sought-after scientist, consultant, and resource person with over 28 years of wealth of experience. He has undertaken over 30 consulting assignments in the agricultural sector for several development organizations and agencies within and outside Nigeria. He was a member of the Seed Storage Committee, one of the Technical Committees of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA, 2008-2012), and once President of the DAAD Alumni Association of Nigeria. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Seed Science and Director of the Nigerian Hub of the Sustainable Futures Global Network of researchers, practitioners, and communities in Botswana, Eswatini, Malawi, Nigeria, Scotland, and Uganda. He has active and ongoing research collaborations with the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and Technical University, Munich, Germany. To date, he has participated in about 100 academic conferences/meetings within and outside Nigeria and made over 30 presentations at these meetings.

Professor Ajayi has held several cognate administrative positions in and outside the University system. He is currently the Chairman of the Governing Council of The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki as well as pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pioneer Director of Academic Planning and Partnerships (2017-2018), at First Technical University, Ibadan. At the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, he was a Communication Officer, at the World Bank-funded Africa Centre of Excellence-Obafemi Awolowo University Knowledge Park (ACE OAK-PARK, 2015-2016); Chairman, of the University Security Committee (2014-2016); Director, Teaching, and Research Farm (2012-2016), Head of the Department of Crop Production and Protection (2006-2008). He represented ASUU, Congregation, and Senate in several University Committees at different times. He was a member of the TETFund Standing Committee on Research and Development (2015) and the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (2016-2020).