Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun has reportedly nominated the immediate past National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr Waheed Odusile as Commissioner for Information while Professor Arigbabu Abayomi, Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode is the Commissioner nominee for education.
Journalists practcising in the state have however received this piece of news with joy describing the nomination of Odusile, Managing Editor of The Nation Newspaper as being a case of round peg in a round hole.
Odusile is said to be a thoroughbred professional with wide range experience and exposure that would come very handy in managing the image of the state.
Prof. Arigbabu, a Professor of Mathematics Education holds a Bachelor of Science (Education) Degree in Mathematics (Second Class Upper) from the University of Lagos and Master of Science in Mathematics from the same University.
Prof. Arigbabu later proceeded to the prestigious University of South Africa, Pretoria for his Ph.D in Mathematics, Science and Technology with specialisation in Mathematics Education.
As a Mathematician and Mathematics Educator, Prof. Arigbabu has been involved in Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) Education and preparation programmes in Nigeria in the last two and a half decades.
In addition to this, he was a visiting Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Education, University of Lagos between January 2014 and January 2015.
As an erudite scholar and educationist par excellence, the new Acting Vice Chancellor has been a co-promoter/co-supervisor of Doctoral theses of the University of South Africa (UNISA) since 2006 , while he was also an External Examiner (of Doctoral theses) to Rhodes University, Grahamstown and Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa and the University of Ibadan.
Prof. Arigbabu belongs to numerous academic and professional associations, these include Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN), Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS), Southern African Association for Researchers in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) and the Science Association of Nigeria (SAN) among others.
Also, Prof. Arigbabu, a Consultant to international journals as well as local and international organisations, is a Master Trainer on the United Nations Population FUND (UNFPA) and Family Life Education programme. His consultancy involvement includes Longman Plc, Learn Africa Plc, Pearson Educational Services, UK.