Encomiums flowed freely last Thursday (July 28, 2022) at a send-forth get-together organised by staff members of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for their boss, Prof. Sylvia O. Malomo, who just completed her tour of duty as DVC (Academic) after two-terms in office.
The solemn event, attended by all the DVC Office staff members and some Principal Officers of the University, Directors, and senior officials of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, held at the VC’s Committee Room.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, represented by the Registrar, Dr. Fola M. Olowoleni, commended Prof. Malomo’s firm and painstaking commitment to her onerous task as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, which he said contributed in no small measure to the stability of his administration in particular and the University system in general.
Dr. Olowoleni said, “The work of DVC Academic is very enormous, as dealing with the lecturers is no mean task so also is dealing with the students. It takes a fair and firm administrator and a woman of timber and calibre to make a success of the task like Prof. Malomo had done”, adding that “if she is not firm, the whole system would have collapsed”.
The Vice-Chancellor’s representative also pointed out that the University’s Governing Council respected Prof. Malomo a lot, stressing that “her contributions are always meticulous and painstaking and they are often adopted”.
Dr. Olowoleni also disclosed that the outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor had “a very warm relationship with the Vice-Chancellor who in turn respects her a lot”.
The Vice-Chancellor’s representative thanked the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for putting together the event in appreciation of their benevolent boss.
In his tribute, a Council member and Director, Health Services, University of Ilorin, Dr, Odunola described Prof. Malomo as “a very eloquent and painstaking administrator, who made her impact felt in the administration of the University during her four-year stint as Deputy Vice-Chancellor”.
In his own tribute, the Bursar, Mr. Hakeem O. Sonde, represented by a Deputy Bursar, Mr. Ayanda, described Prof. Malomo as “a woman of integrity, full of wisdom and very hard working”. He added that she is very humble and always ready to take advice.
On his part, the Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Arosanyin, described Prof. Malomo as “very helpful and affable”, qualities, which he said, helped her very well in the successful discharge of her functions.
In his own remarks, the Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun described the outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor as “a woman of many parts, a renowned Bio-Chemist, a consummate administrator, a diligent problem-solver, a very affable boss and a very dutiful Igbomina wife”.
Also commenting on Prof. Malomo, the Deputy Registrar in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mrs. Beatrice F. Ishola, described her as “a loving but firm boss, a caring mother, a compassionate and considerate woman, who is always ready to assist”.
In her own tribute, the Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Mrs. Arosanyin, described Prof. Malomo as “a very wonderful boss, who is generous and always interested in the welfare of staff in her office”.
Pointing out that the outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor “is very proficient in the use of IT”, Mrs. Arosanyin disclosed that Prof. Malomo introduced many innovations that enabled her to record many achievements.
Another staff member of the DVC Office, Mr. Sunday Dada, in his remarks, launched into effusive prayers for Prof. Malomo, whom he described as “a very caring boss and a mother to all”.
In her response, Prof. Malomo said that she was overwhelmed by all the complements showered on her by all the speakers.
While thanking everybody that had supported her in the course of her assignment, she enjoined all staff of the DVC Office to extend to her successor all the goodwill and supports they gave her during her tenure. Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of gifts by the staff of the DVC Office and a private photographer, popularly known as ‘ Everyday’, who came with a large painting of the outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor.