The Redeemed Christian Church of God’s (RCCG) Assistant General Overseer, Prof. Folagbade Aboaba, passed away at the age of 90.
On Monday morning, Aboaba passed away following a brief illness. Prof. Folarin Alonge, national chairman of the Nigeria Institute of Agricultural Engineers, confirmed the cleric’s passing and remarked;
Prof. Fola Aboaba, one of our profession’s fathers, has left for home. He was an academician of academicians.
Prof. Folagbade Olajide Aboaba was a pioneering dean of the faculty of technology and an emeritus professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Ibadan (1976-1982). He had the honor of instructing both my undergraduate and graduate classes. He served as a mentor to many people as well as teachers.
“He was the Executive Secretary of Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (1992-1998). He was the founding Pro Chancellor of Redeemers University (2005-2013). He was the Chairman of Governing Council of Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Lagos (1976-1979).
“He died at the age of 90.
“I had a chat with him on Sept 15, 2022, when we were preparing of NIAE conference in Asaba (Delta State). His response to my asking about him is ‘Thank you. Ageing slowly but fine. Glory to God. God bless you’. Baba was a lovely, cheerful and good man.
“He was one of the founding members of the NIAE. He played significant role with other fathers in establishment of National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization, Ilorin. He made substantial contributions to the growth of NSAE (NIAE). His last major public lecture he delivered for NIAE was when we were invited to Presidential villa, Abuja in 2004 by the then Vice President. Late Prof John Ohu was the NIAE National Chairman then. He was always interested in hearing the progress NIAE is making.
“He was a member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) as well as Institution of Agricultural Engineers UK.
“May his soul find eternal rest in God.”