Brief: About Olayinka

Abel Idowu Olayinka is a professor of Geophysics whose treatise and research have been instrumental in the body of academic and professional discourses in Geophysics. He was educated at University of Ibadan between 1977 and 1981 where he bagged B.Sc. (2nd Class honours, Upper Division) in Geology and at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom (1983-1984) where he was awarded M.Sc. in Geophysics, and also a Diploma of Membership of Imperial College in 1984. In 1988, he got his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham with focus on the use of a microprocessor-controlled resistivity traversing system for borehole citing in basement areas of Nigeria. He has been in the employment of University of Ibadan since April 20, 1988. He was promoted to the post of professor of Applied Geophysics on October 1, 1999, by the University Senate. As a scholar of geophysics of international repute, he has written books and articles that have proved to be reference points in the annals of academic and professional discourses in geophysics. To date, he has written well over 50 publications, some of which he co-authored with other scholars of repute. He has also attended over 95 scientific conferences in and outside the country.  His expertise in the field of geophysics has been engaged by government and private concerns. He has consulted for the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development on the review of solid mineral resources in Nigeria (1991-2) and on Bitumen Implementation Committee on the Ministry (2000-2). His services have also been engaged by oil multinationals such as Shell Petroleum Development Company and Chevron and Agip Oil in the areas of oil prospecting and environmental impact assessment of oil prospecting in the Niger Delta. Olayinka, who has continued to provide leadership and community service, is currently the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan.
A collection of speeches by the vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, at the 2017 Convocation Ceremonies

A most welcome addition to the growing literature on the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s oldest University. 

- Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo


Making Impact: Olayinka Rewards A Creative Student

.University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka has handsomely rewarded a UI 200-level Geography student who made an artistic impression of the VC's picture just as the UI boss challenged the youths to direct their energies into productive engagements that can make their lives better.
Mr. Ajadu Ileanaju God'stime of the Faculty of the Social Science had artistically painted the profile picture of the VC and posted it on the social media. 
Ecstatic was God'stime when informed that the student-friendly VC had agreed to receive him with his work, wondering what would be Prof. Olayinka's reaction.
Ushering the visibly agitated student into the expansive VC's office with the beautiful art work, with short introduction and remarks by the Media Assistant, joy suddenly took over the mind of the hitherto phrenetic and frenzied Geography student as the VC in his characteristic candour jokingly said "Whaooo!, how much are you going to pay me for painting my picture?"
" Honestly, this is very creative. This student has used the strike period to express his talent. I think other students should learn from God'stime. 
Prof. Olayinka who was delighted by the creative thinking of the student later directed his Secretary to package an envelope for the student as an encouragement and as well as an appreciation of his work.
Reacting, God'stime who was full of gratitude for the VC's humble disposition towards him disclosed that he was sleeping when the idea came into his mind, stressing that the money would go a long way to assist his indigent brother who is a Medical student in UI.

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