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Obasanjo, Adamu, others extol Okebukola’s virtues as he retires

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Tributes poured in torrents for the erudite scholar, Prof Peter Okebukola for his contributions to the development of African education and humanity.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Education Minister, Adamu Adamu and Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Abubakar Rasheed, extolled the virtues of the distinguished professor at a valedictory lecture and book presentation organised in his honour by Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo

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Okebukola is currently Chairman, Governing Council of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), as well as the Director of Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) for Innovative and Transformative STEM Education at LASU.

Speaking via Zoom platform, Obasanjo said Okebukola’s performance as NUC boss during his administration as president was not only tremendous but also distinct.

The former Head of State described Okebukola as a workaholic who not only does things successfully all alone but full of ideas that can help turn things around for better.

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Obasanjo said he had worked closely with him and believes that Okebukola has many things to offer the country.

Adamu, on his part, said his ministry since he came on board had been leveraging on the wisdom and guidance of Okebukola without monetary attachment.

The minister described Okebukola as a true professional whose contributions to education in Nigeria and globally, are greatly acknowledged.

Prof Rasheed, who was represented by Deputy Executive Secretary (Academic), NUC, Prof Rahman Yussuf, described Okebukola as a shining star in terms of global education.
Rasheed disclosed that 14 years after Okebukola’s exit from NUC, his legacy is yet to be equalled by any other.

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Delivering his valedictory lecture, entitled “The final showdown: Ending a cycle with CTCA in breaking barriers to meaningful learning of science,” Prof Okebukola chronicled his experiences from 1996 when he gave his first inaugural lecture till date when he is preparing to retire at 70 years.

He said though the journey was somehow rough, it was eventful and worthwhile and thanked all that contributed to his achievement.

Okebukola, however, pointed out that the use of indigenous knowledge would greatly help African students at all levels to do well in their studies and other endeavours.

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