The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has appointed the third richest woman of African descent in the world, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, the Chancellor of Osun State University, Osogbo.
The Governor, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon stated that, pursuant to the provisions of clause 5(8) of the first Schedule to the Osun State University (Establishment) Law, 2006, Aregbesola is privileged to appoint Mrs. Alakija the Chancellor of the University.
The appointment, which according to the statement, takes immediate effect will be for a period of five years.
The statement noted that statute 3(1) (a) and statute 5 of the Osun State University Law (2006) provides that the University shall have a Chancellor, who shall, in relation to the University take precedence before all other members of the University and when he is present shall preside at all meetings of Convocation held for conferring degrees, diplomas, certificates and other awards.
Aregbesola, while congratulating the new Chancellor said that Mrs. Alakija’s antecedent and sterling qualities as a God-fearing woman, a person of honour, integrity and a successful business woman will no doubt impact positively on the running of Osun State University.
The Governor pointed out that the government of Osun will look forward to a great working relationship with the new Chancellor as she leads Osun State University, Osogbo, to a new height of excellence.
“I wish to inform you, that the investiture is expected to hold during the 4th Convocation ceremony of the institution, proposed to come up on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February, 2016.
“While congratulating you once again, please accept the assurance of best regards of the people and Government of Osun”.
In her acceptance letter addressed to the Governor, Alakija said “It is with pleasure that I receive and accept the appointment as the chancellor of the University of Osun State. I pray for God’s grace and strength to execute my duties as Chancellor of the University during my five year tenure.”