Oluwafemi Olaiya Balogun
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|Olufemi Olaiya Balogun|
|4th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta|
May 24, 2007 – May 23, 2012
|Preceded by||Prof. Israel Adu|
|Succeeded by||Olusola Bamidele Oyewole|
|Born||19 October 1953
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
|Alma mater||University of Ibadan|
Early life and career
Balogun was born Nureni Balogun in Itoko and raised in Abeokuta, Itoko Township, Ogun State, in the early 50s,the eight child of Saliu Balogun. Nureni attended Adesola High School, Orita Aperin, Ibadan. He enrolled in Form one in the 1968/69 academic session, he earned his degree from University of Ibadan from the department of Animal Biochemistry. He began his Ph.D studies in 1976 at the University of Ibadan and completed it in 1979.
University of Ilorin
Oluwafemi was appointed lecturer II in December 12, 1979 and resumed work in January 2, 1980 at the University of Ilorin. He became the coordinator of the department of agriculture after he joined the academics staff of the university of Ilorin. He jacked up the internally generated revenue of UNILORIN from around N30million/annum when he resumed office as DVC to about N200million/annum when he was leaving.
Appointment as Vice-Chancellor of University of Agriculture
On May 24, 2007, the University of agriculture abeokuta had an official handling over of leadership. His appointment followed the departure of Prof. Israel adu after serving his five-year tenure as the vice-chancellor of the institution. one of Balogun's first initiative after assuming office of the vice-chancellor of the institution was significant.Oluwafemi put up 41 completed and duly commissioned projects in his first two and a half years in office. By the end of 2010, 26 projects were constructed. The Federal Government of Nigeria reimbursed him in 2009 with an extra fund of N50m injected into the UNAAB 2009 FGN Appropriation. The Education Trust Fund (ETF) similarly compensated him in 2010 with two special intervention projects for UNAAB, worth 198 million naira. He transformed Funaab into the league of e-universities. The university library updated its stock of e-periodicals dramatically from the 2008/2009 academic session onward. The university’s journal and e-journal new acquisitions rose from 375 units in the 2007/2008 session to 7000 units in the 2008/2009 session. At about the same period, e-examinations were introduced into the university completing the full computerisation of the examination and results preparation processes. Examination results would never wait for a whole month before it was released any longer. Services at the university’s Health Centre were improved. Its laboratories were significantly improved and its range of services expanded. Additional bed-paces were added and its role as a National Health Insurance Scheme Hospital was amplified.
Oluwafemi is happily married to Prof. Victoria Balogun, a Professor of Biochemistry. A graduate of University of Ibadan, Ibadan.