A Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and Professor of Geology, Idowu Olayinka, has extolled the philanthropic virtues of the Aremo of Offa land and the First African Professor of Geology, Professor Olaloye Masobalaje Oyawoye while celebrating the Nonagerian on his 94th Birthday.
Idowu Olayinka noted that Prof. Oyawoye immediately after voluntarily retiring in 1977, ceded his Gratuity and Pension Entitlements to the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan, a department that he nurtured right from inception.- He noted that the Department is still enjoying the magnanimity till date among other infrastructural development that he had facilitated to the department.
Quoting Idowu Olayinka on Prof. Oyawoye, “Your entire pension entitlement, for the past 44 years and still counting is generously donated to the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan to support a Research Assistantship. In addition he regularly used your personal resources and rich network to further support the Department.”
“The Mosobalaje Oyawoye Building costing over Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira, incorporating an e-library, with generous financial support from ND Western Ltd and under the inspiration of the Association of Ibadan University Geologists (AIUG; aka Ibadan Geologists) is an eloquent testimony to the magnetic influence of your name in attracting benefaction to the University of Ibadan.”
The Immediate Past Vice Chancellor of Nigeria’s Premier University, Idowu Olayinka further gave amazing insights into Prof Mosobalaje Olaloye Oyawoye’s meteoric rise as a distinguished University Academic and how he retired from the University in protest against the activities of the then Federal Military Government of General Murtala Ramat Mohammed.
“You came to Ibadan as a young lecturer of Geology in 1959, armed with a Ph.D from the famous University of Durham, United Kingdom.”
“Through your persistence hard work, perseverance and seminal publications, including at least one that appeared in NATURE, you rose to become a Professor of Geology in 1966.”
“You became the Head of Geology at Ibadan in 1968 and occupied the Chair till 1977 when you retired voluntarily, in protest against the attempt by the then Federal Military Government to ride rough shod on university autonomy. You could no longer accept that type of intrusion on academic freedom.”
“Your name(Mosobalaje Olaloye Oyawoye) alone continues to draw goodwill to the Department. An appreciative University deservedly conferred you with a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) 12 years ago.” Idowu Olayinka Concluded.