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GOOD DAY FOSAITES

“Normality is Essence of life” If we
become too Emotional Its hard to lead life.
& if we become too Practical its tough to respect relations Have a
good day FOSAITES.

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Citation of Professor Igbekele Ajibefun, Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Professor Amos Igbekele Ajibefun, First
Class Scholar, erudite academic of
international repute, seasoned and
award-winning administrator,
consummate achiever and the new Vice
Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University,
a 21st Century University, properly called,
was born in Ode-Irele, in Irele Local
Government Area of Ondo State, Nigeria,
on July 28, 1964.
Professor Ajibefun had his elementary
education at Methodist Primary School,
Gbeleju Loda, Ode-Irele, from 1971-1977.
He attended United Grammar School,
Ode-Irele, Ondo State, from 1979-1983.
He gained admission to the Federal
University of Technology, Akure, Ondo
State, in 1985 and graduated with First
Class Honours in Farm Management and
Extension and on top of his class in 1990.
Professor Ajibefun received a Master of
Science in Agricultural Economics in 1992
at the University of Ibadan and a Ph.D. in
Agricultural Economics at the Federal
University of Technology, Akure, in 1999.
A consummate academic, Professor
Ajibefun has had 21 years in teaching, his
love and the only profession he has
known all his life. He began his teaching
career as an Assistant Lecturer in the
Department of Agricultural Economics
and Extension at the Federal University of
Technology, Akure, in 1993 and rose
through the ranks to become a full
Professor on October 1, 2009.
At the Federal University of Technology,
Akure, Professor Ajibefun held several
administrative positions and membership
of Committees, including being
Coordinator, Postgraduate Diploma
Programme in Agricultural Economics
and Extension, and Head of Department,
Department of Agricultural Economics
and Extension, Member of Senate;
Member, Senate Curriculum Committee;
Member, Computer Resource Center; and
Chairman, Faculty Examinations
Committee.
Professor Ajibefun was appointed Rector,
Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State,
in November 2010, a position he held
until his appointment as the Vice
Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University,
Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, on January
5, 2015.
While in the saddle at Rufus Giwa
Polytechnic, Professor Ajibefun engaged
in huge and unprecedented infrastructural
and academic transformation of the
institution. He facilitated and executed
over 30 projects, including 1, 800-seater
auditorium, Information and
Communication Technology Building
(ICT), Students’ Union Building; a storey
Block of Offices and Classrooms for
Faculty of Applied Sciences; Classrooms
and Offices for Faculty of Applied
Sciences; 3-Storey Rectory Office Block;
800-Seater Auditorium; a Block of Staff
Secondary School Classroom; Rector’s
Lodge, Deputy Rector’s Lodge; Registrar’s
Lodge; Bursar’s Lodge; Librarian’s Lodge,
Block of Offices for the Continuing
Education Centre, Central Laboratory for
Environmental Studies, water factory,
among others.
He also embarked on rapid
transformation and deepening of the
academic integrity of the polytechnic,
including facilitating collaborations and
linkages with 14 local and international
institutions.
During Professor Ajibefun’s tenure as
Rector, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic was
ranked by an international body, the
United States Transparency International
Standards, USTIS, as the Best State
Polytechnic in Nigeria.
An international academic, professor
Ajibefun has won over 14 foreign/local
research fellowships and grants,
including those from the Alexander von
Humboldt Foundation, Germany; African
Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Nairobi, Kenya; the Japan Foundation,
among others.
Professor Ajibefun has attended
numerous foreign trainings and had
academic experiences, including those at
the Galilee International Management
Institute, Israel; Leibniz Centre for
Agricultural Landscape and Land Use
Research, Germany; University of New
England, Armidale, Australia, Kyoto
University, Kyoto, Japan. He has received
over 15 leadership awards in recognition
of his leadership capabilities.
He is also a consultant to several
international and local bodies, including
the World Bank, Forum for Agriculture in
Africa (FARA), International Water
Management Institute (IWMI), USAID, etc.
Professor Ajibefun has written 70
academic publications and supervised
several postgraduate students.
Professor Ajibefun’s sterling
administrative achievements have earned
him numerous distinctions, including a
Letter of Commendation from the
Proprietor of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, the
Ondo State Government, for delivering
good governance, academic integrity and
for judicious use of available resources
for massive physical and capital
development in the institution during his
tenure as Rector; Letter of Commendation
from the Federal University of Technology,
Akure, etc.
Professor Ajibefun is a member of
professional bodies. These include
European Society for Soil Conservation
(ESSC), International Association for
Agricultural Economists (IAAE), African
Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Network; Asian Society of Agricultural
Economists (ASAE), Nigerian Economic
Society, Nigerian Participatory Rural
Appraisal Network (NIPRANET) and
Conference of Heads of Polytechnics in
Nigeria.

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