The Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Professor Olanike Adeyemo has described the late Professor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Samuel Adewumi Agbede as a man of peace and a bridge builder.
She stated this during a colloquium in honour of Professor Samuel Adewumi Agbede with the Theme: “The Imperative of Collegiality for Advancing Professions: Professor Samuel Adewumi Agbede. The Bridge – Builder” delivered by Dr. Muyiwa Bamigbose, M.D, CEO, Educational Advancement Centre.
The event was held at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan.
She said Professor Agbede was the first Nigerian to be awarded Msc veterinary studies by the University of Stirling, Scotland and the first foreign student in the Institute to receive the royal highland and agricultural society of Scotland medal.
The Secretary to the State Government said Professor Agbede had assisted many students with financial challenges when he was in the active service at the University of Ibadan to finish their study.
According to her “Professor Samuel Adewumi Agbede lived a life of collaboration, his life is not a life of struggle, he never competed with anybody in aquatic veterinary medicine in Nigeria”.
The former Deputy Vice Chancellor, of the University of Ibadan, Professor Adeyemo added that the late Professor, Agbede was a bridge builder, team builder that always looked beyond himself had impacted so many lives.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode Adebowale who was represented by the registrar of the University, Professor Saliu Ganiyu noted that Professor Agbede used his position to touch the lifes of the people inside and outside the University.
Professor Adebowale hinted that within the academic circle, professor Agbede was a seasoned University teacher, administrator with distinct track record, saying that, he left the lagacy of kindness, peace when he was alive.
The guest speaker at the colloquium, Dr. Muyiwa Bamigbose in his lecture enjoined people to promote mutual respect and work together for the greater good society.