Stories By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja
The late former director general/chief executive of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has been given a posthumous lifetime achievement award by the African University of Science and Technology (AUST).
The award presented to the late university don, an astute academia was in continuation of the activities lined up to mark the Mathematics and Science for Sub-Saharan Africa, the Nigeria Node, a memorial lecture series in honour of late Prof. Olusegun Oyeleke Adewoye, at the university campus in Abuja.
The posthumous lifetime achievement award given to Adewoye, who died last year, was presented to Kehinde Adewoye, son of the deceased on behalf of the family by Prof. Paula Quinn of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA accompanied by other eminent and erudite scholars.
In his lecture, Professor Oye Ibidapo Obe, former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos and Board of Trustees member of AUST described late Adewoye as an astute scholar, researcher and innovator whose contributions to science and technology development in Nigeria could not be equated.
He stressed that much of the feat recorded by the late professor of materials came as a result of hard time risks.
In his tribute at the inaugural memorial lecture, Professor Winston Oluwole Soboyejo recalled how he met Adewoye through Francisca Oboh in 1986 when he (Soboyejo) was a Ph.D student at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Soboyejo inferred that Adewoye was a dedicated teacher as he helped to build a group of dynamic group of young lecturers that built on the foundation established by Professor Oluwasanmi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife.
He added that Adewoye joined the Engineering Materials Development Institute (EMDI), Akure as director/chief executive and later became the director general/chief executive of NASENI in 2003, adding Adewoye has over 50 publications to his credit.
He pointed out that until his demise last year, Adewoye was a visiting faculty member at the materials science and engineering stream of the AUST.
Also in attendance at the memorial lecture were director of programs, AUST, Prof. Peter Onwualu; acting executive secretary, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Ghana, Felicia Boakkya-Yiadom; Director-General/CEO, SHESTCO, Abuja, Prof. Sunday Thomas; director, science and technology, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Gambia, Adama Jobe; Professor Babaniyi Babatope among others.