The staff and students of Achievers University, Owo on Thursday held a commendation service for the late Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Olabanji Aje.
Prof. Aje, who died on 29th December, 2022, was the VC of the Ondo State based institution between July, 2020 and December, 2022.
His body was received by the University community at the VC quadrangle.
The service held at the Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed Auditorium commenced with tributes led by the representative of the University’s Senate, Prof. Joseph Fayeye. Others who gave tributes about the late VC were the representative of the Council, Chief Olayide Adelami; President of the Student Association and representative of congregation, Dr Kola Adegoke.
The Acting VC of the University, Prof. Omolola Irinoye delivered the bible reading from 1st Corinthians 15 vs 50 – 58. The homily was delivered by the Registrar of the Institution, Revd Canon Bayo Oladimeji, who admonished the congregation to see life as a temporary one.
Oladimeji added that as humans, there’s the need to distance oneself from the distractions of the world.
Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor, Dr Bode Ayorinde in his remarks, recalled how the late VC assisted the University during its hay days of establishment.
According to him, Prof. Aje was instrumental to the start of the University at the onset.
Dr Ayorinde then promised to name the next hall of residence to be built by the University after the late Prof. Samuel Aje.
An emotional-laden Ayorinde urged the University to also treat him with the love they gave to the late VC when he departs, adding the everyone will witness death.
There were prayers for the deceased, his family members and the University community.
Highlight of the event was the folding of the University flag which was used to cover the casket of the late VC and handed over to the Acting VC.
Late Prof. Samuel Olabanji Aje, born in 1950, would be committed to mother earth on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the Anglican Church, Imola-Owo at 10am.