Abayomi Arigbabu has been appointed the Acting Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED).
His appointment came following the decision of the Ogun State government on Friday, EduCeleb.com exclusively learnt.
Professor Arigbabu would be succeeding the incumbent Vice Chancellor of TASUED, Oluyemisi Obilade whose tenure ends on Tuesday, 9th January, 2018.
A source in the school disclosed that the inability of the governing council to shop for a new VC before the expiration of Professor Obilade’s tenure necessitated the elevation of Arigbabu in acting capacity pending the appointment of a substantive VC.
This was also confirmed by the institution’s spokesman, Nureni Bakanne, in a chat with EduCeleb.com.
Until his appointment, Arigbabu has been serving as the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University. He is also a Professor of Mathematics Education in the university.
In Mr Bakanne’s words, “The Governing Council has appointed the incumbent Deputy Vice Chancellor following the successful tenure of Professor Obilade who will complete her tenure on Monday. So Professor Arigbabu will take charge from there. You know a University cannot be without head. So he will oversee the affairs of the school”.
Arigbagbu would therefore be steering the affairs of Nigeria’s Premier University of Education for the moment until a substantive Vice Chancellor is appointed by the Ogun State government.
The scholar had previously held the position of the Director of the Directorate of Academic Planning, Quality Assurance and Research (DAPQAR) of the University.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (Education) Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Lagos.
From there, he proceeded to the University of South Africa, Pretoria for his PhD in Mathematics, Science and Technology with specialisation in Mathematics Education.
As a Mathematician and Mathematics educator, Professor Arigbabu has been involved in Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) education and preparation programmes in Nigeria in the last two and a half decades.
He was an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Olabisi Onabanjo University between 2000 and 2002.
Between January 2014 and January 2015, he was a visiting Professor at the Department of Science and Technology Education, University of Lagos .
As an Erudite scholar and educationist par excellence, the incoming Acting Vice Chancellor has been a co-promoter/co-supervisor of Doctoral theses of the University of South Africa (UNISA) since 2006 , while he was also an external examiner (of Doctoral theses) to Rhodes University, Grahamstown and Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa and the University of Ibadan.
Arigbabu belongs to numerous academic and professional associations like the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN), the Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS), the Southern Africa Association for Researchers in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) and the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN) among others.
This don is also a Consultant and reviewer to highly reputable local and international journals as well as local and international organisations.
Notably, he is a Master Trainer on the United Nations Population FUND’s (UNFPA) Population and Family Life Education programme. His consultancy involvement includes Longman Plc, Learn Africa Plc, Pearson Educational Services, UK.
Among others include African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (South Africa), Sex Roles: A Journal of Research (United States), South African Journal of Education(South Africa), Computers in Human Behaviour (England), Journal of Human Ecology (India) and Journal of Science Education and Technology(Netherlands).
Arigbabu finds leisure in playing table tennis and football.