The outgoing Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has congratulated Prof. Adenike Oladiji as she emerged the eight and first female Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Ondo State.
Tallen in her last official statement to the press as her resignation from the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari has taken effect to contest a Senate seat in Plateau State in 2023, also congratulated the gender-responsive Governing Council led by the Pro-Chancellor Chairman of Council, Ambassador (Dr.) Godknows Igali.
According to her, appointment of Oladiji resonates with the advocacy for increased number of women in decision-making process at all levels of national development.
“History is again made as we celebrate an iconic woman, Prof. Adenike Oladiji, who has broken the barriers as she emerged the eight and first female Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure as we continue to stand in unison #Breakthebias as our theme for 2022.
“Let me also congratulate the gender-responsive Governing Council led by the Pro-Chancellor/ Chairman of Council, Ambassador (Dr.) Godknows Igali, a true “HeforShe” champion for making this bold move. This resonates with the advocacy for increasing the number of women in decision-making process at all levels of national development. Nigerian women commend this and say a big thank you,” the statement read.
She said Prof (Mrs) Oladiji of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, comes with a broad experience in academics spanning over 29 years and has won many accolades over time, adding that she has an amazing and intimidating profile which stands her out in the crowd.
“As she resumes office effective 22 May 2022, we pray for God’s guidance, protection and leadership rooted in the fear of God and love for humanity. We also pray that her tenure will leave a lasting and enviable legacy which is second to none.
“Once again, on behalf of Nigerian women and children, we say congratulations and restate our support in reshaping the fortunes of this great citadel of learning,” the statement added.