LASU Gets New Deputy Vice - Chancellor

By Damilare Adeleye

Members of the Senate of Lagos State University (LASU) have elected Professor Olufunsho Abayomi Omobitan as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) of the University.

Prof. Omobitan emerged following the election, which took place on Monday, 30th January 2023 at the Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building.

As per our LASU correspondent, Prof. Omobitan, the current Dean of, the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University defeated the Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Raheem Olasupo Akewushola with 132 to 65 votes to cliched the electoral victory in the election.

Prof. Omobitan, a Professor of Economics, succeeded Professor Wahab Elias who completed his single tenure of 2 years in 2022.

It was gathered that the Governing Council of the University would ratify the election of the new DVC (Academics).

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Prof. Olufunsho Abayomi Omobitan was born on the 5th of July,1956 in Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. He obtained his Master of Science in Economics and PhD in Economics (Development Economics and Public Sector Economics) from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1984 and 1987 respectively.

He joined Lagos State University as Lecturer II in 1989 and rose through the ranks to the position of Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor of Economics in 2015.

He was appointed the Director Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programme, Lagos State University from 1998 to 2005. In October 2021, he was appointed as a member of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund) National Research Fund Screening and Monitoring Committee (NRFS & MC). The Professor of Economics was appointed as a member, Procurement Planning Committee For Lagos State University in February 2022, a member, Lagos State University Ventures Board in August 2022 and a member, Search Committee For Appointment of Lagos State Government Endowed Professorial Chair Transport, Lagos State University in September 2022.


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Prof. Olufunsho Omobitan has authored and co-authored Nine (9) books and more than thirty (30) Journal articles. 

He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Society, Fellow, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) (Honorary) and a Member, Researcher and Publication Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria.

Prof. Omobitan has won several awards and grants among them are; the TETFUND 2020 National Research Fund Grant for Project Titled:  Emerging Patterns and Determination of Rape:  Comparative Study of Rural–Urban Communities in Nigeria; Afro – Asian Institute in Vienna, Austria Scholarship; Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Scholarship; and Lagos State Bursary Award 1979 – 1983.

The professor of economics has attended several conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and technical meetings in different states in Nigeria and abroad. He is married with a child.

Presently, he is the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lagos State University, Ojo, Badagry, Nigeria.


Damilare Adeleye is a Student and the Correspondent of Observersmag at Lagos State University (LASU)


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