UNILAG Loses Another Professor to COVID-19

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By Ahmed Rahma

A few days after the death of the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, the prestigious tertiary institution has lost another professor, Mr Duro Ajeyalami, to COVID-19.

The late Professor Ajeyalemi retired at the age of 70 from the university in November 2020.

He was a former Dean of the institution’s Faculty of Education and the pioneer Registrar of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB).

The university’s deputy vice-chancellor in charge of development services, Ms Folasade Ogunsola, who confirmed the death of the scholar, said the institution’s management was “again shocked to receive the news of the death of another great scholar.”

“It is true Professor Ajeyalemi is dead. We are still in shock.

“Nigerians should know that COVID-19 is real and they should please use masks appropriately,” she advised.

The deceased reportedly passed away at the isolation centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, in Lagos.

Mr Ajeyalemi, a professor of education, is the third prominent indigene of Ijesha land in Osun East Senatorial District that had died of the deadly disease in the recent time.

The late professors Femi Odekunle and Oye Ibidapo-Obe had earlier died recently.

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