A former Provost of College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Professor Francisca Aladejana, is dead.
The professor of science education at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was, until her death, the Special Adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Basic, Secondary and Vocational/Technical Education.
She reportedly slumped in her office on Monday and thereafter died.
She was 62 years old.
The don was said to have arrived her office as usual on Monday morning but later slumped while on a phone call.
The late Ado Ekiti-born Professor was the immediate past chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
Aladejana has a BSC in education and biology (First Class Honours), an MA in science education, and a PhD in Botany (Ife).
She had previously held various positions at Ife among which is serving as director of the Institute of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
She had won several distinguished awards. Her research interests include science education, gender studies, ICT use in science teaching, and very recently NKS.
She has attended many international conference and has published widely in many national and international journals.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has expressed sadness over her sudden death.
Fayemi said he received the news of the death of the eminent scholar with rude shock and a deep sense of loss.
In a condolence message made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi described the death of Aladejana as a great loss.
He said her death was a loss to the academia and to the government and people of Ekiti State she served meritoriously in different capacities.
The governor credited the deceased with the thorough supervision of reforms and repositioning of the College of Education during her first tenure as Sole Administrator and later as Provost.
He described the late Ado-Ekiti-born academic as a committed and patriotic educationist and scholar whose impact in basic education was quite remarkable.
The governor said that although the state mourned her death, the pain of the loss was mitigated by Aladejana’s positive contributions to the development of the state in various capacities she served in her lifetime.
He commiserated with the family, friends and associates of the deceased, urging them to be consoled by the legacies of selfless service and integrity she left behind.