Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello has on Monday assumed duty as the ninth substantive vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University.
She was received by the acting Vice-Chancellor, Oyedamola Oke, members of staff, and students at the university’s six-storey Senate Building where she will hold sway for the next five years.
Friends and well-wishers also received her with colourful banners, with some singing to express their joy over her resumption.
Upon her arrival at the entrance of the senate building, she was led into the VC’s office where a short prayer was held.
In a short statement titled ‘New VC, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni resumes office this morning’, by the LASU’s Public Relations Unit, the new VC’s entry was described as “gallantry”.
“After months of heightened expectations by stakeholders, the Governor of Lagos State and Visitor to the University, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday, appointed former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni 9th Substantive Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University to wide applause from all and sundry.
“This morning, the Prof. Of Physiology makes a gallant entry into the scenic main campus of the university, no longer as Director, LASUDA, but as the Vice-Chancellor of the 37-year-old institution,” the statement added.
She is the second female to occupy the exalted post in the Lagos State-owned tertiary institution.
Ibiyemi, a Professor of Physiology, had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution before her appointment
The 57-year-old academic was born on April 23, 1964, in Lagos.
She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in LASU College of Medicine on the 2nd of October 2007 after rising through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005 at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.