LAUTECH’s World-Renowned Professor Slumps, Dies During Juma’at Prayer

A world-renowned Professor of Industrial/Environmental Chemistry at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Prof Abass Olajire, slumped and died while observing Juma’at prayer on Friday.

Olajire was recently listed among the top scholars in the world, according to a ranking released by Elsevier B. V (Netherlands) and a team of researchers led by Prof. John P.A. Ioannidis from Stanford University, United States.

He was ranked 128th of 66,925 of the top world scientists in the world in March 2021.

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Confirming the death of Prof Olajire to newsmen, LAUTECH’s Public Relations Officer, Lekan Fadeyi said, “The University Management is devastated at the sudden death of Abass Abiola Olajire, a renowned researcher and erudite Professor of Industrial/Environmental Chemistry, whose research interest was in Petroleum Chemistry and Green synthesis of Nanoparticles/Application.

“Acting Vice-Chancellor, LAUTECH, Professor Mojeed Olaide Liasu, who became perplexed at the receipt of the sad news, said Professor Abass was a shining star in the institution and described his passage as a big blow.

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“He prayed Almighty Allah to overlook his transgressions and forgive his sins, preparatory to granting him a space in Aljanah Firdaus.”

Olajire was a recipient of the Best Lecturer award by the LAUTECH branch of National Association Mathematics Students, 1994.

He was a member of the Nigerian Association Petroleum Explorationists, Chemical Society Nigeria, Oluyole Club, New York Academy of Sciences, and Chemical Society Nigeria.


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