Tit Bits from Prof. Akin Oyebode: Foundation Dean; Rescue Vice Chancellor

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    Prof. Akin Oyebode

    An interesting story of how Prof. became the founding Dean of Faculty of Law and the Vice Chancellor of University of Ado-Ekiti.

    I was in UNILAG until 1991 when the Vice Chancellor of the then Ondo State University (now University of Ado-Ekiti) came personally to my house to appeal to me to come and help the school establish the faculty of law in the school.

    I was at home one day and an elderly gentleman knocked on the door. He had grey hair and looked really distinguished. He said, I am Bodunrin, Vice Chancellor of Ondo State University and I have come to request for you to come and help us establish a Faculty of Law”. I said “why me?” The man did not give me an opportunity to say no. While I was still processing the offer, he was already wooing my wife, telling her how he would take care of us and how the environment would be secure and serene in Ado.  That was how I ended up in Ado-Ekiti.

    We established the faculty of law and I stayed there for 5 years until we produced the first law graduates. UNILAG was very kind and generous to have allowed me to wait until the first set finished. We succeeded in putting 52 lawyers to the Law School. I had 8 second class upper in the first set. They repeated the feat in the law school. Although, for me, Law School is a cram school where all you need is to cram and get the needed licence to appear in court. It is not an academic institution.

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    After being the foundation Dean of Law in Ado-Ekiti, the then Governor Niyi Adebayo asked that I help to rescue the University. That was how I was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the University and I was there for four years until Governor Fayose came and our chemistry didn’t gel. I had to return to UNILAG.

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