The academic community within the University of Lagos have been thrown into a mourning mood as Coronavirus on Wednesday morning claimed the life of Duro Ajeyalemi, former dean of students Affairs in UNILAG.
Ajeyalemi’s death is coming barely three days after Covid-19 claimed the life of Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos,
Folasade Ogunsola, deputy vice-chancellor, development services confirmed that Ajeyalemi, age 70 died following complications from the disease in an isolation centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, in Lagos.
Ogunsola expressed shock over the death of Ajeyalemi, adding that Nigerians should know that COVID-19 is real and they should please use masks appropriately.
Ogunsola urged Nigerians to desist from partying, saying the violation of COVID-19 rules through social gathering has increased the cases nationwide.
“Nigerians should know that social parties can wait. We must wear our masks and avoid crowded spaces. We must also sanitise properly. COVID-19 is real and we must be properly guided,” she said.
Until his death, Duro Ajeyalemi, retired at the age of 70 from the university in November, in 2020, the immediate past Registrar of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board, JUPEB.
Duro Ajeyalemi was born November 7, 1950 and had his primary education at the St Peter’s School, Ibokun (1956-61); secondary at LA Secondary Modern School, Ibokun (1962) and Kiriji Memorial College, Igbajo (1963-67) before proceeding for his tertiary education at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo (1970-72) and UNILAG (1973-76). He had his postgraduate education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (1978-81).
Ajeyalemi began his career at the Nigerian Ports Authority in 1968 and was there till 1970. He moved on to Lever Brothers as a Management Trainee in 1977 before joining UNILAG as a Graduate Assistant in 1977-81. He rose through the ranks becoming Lecturer II, Department of Curriculum Studies (1981-83); Lecturer I (1983-84); Senior Lecturer (1984); AG Head, Department of Curriculum Studies (1992-94); and became Sub-Dean, Faculty of Education (1991-92).
In 1989, he became an Associate Professor until 1992 when he was appointed Professor of Curriculum Studies. He served as Dean of Students Affairs in 1995; and Dean, Faculty of Education in 2006.