The Russian Ambas-sador to Nigeria, Mr Alexander .O. Polyakov has expressed his desire to link the University of Lagos with higher Institutions in the Russian Federation, in the area of educational cooperatio.
The Ambassador disclosed this on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice_Chancellor, Professor Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwe, in his office.
Mr Polyakov was accompanied by the Head of the Russian Embassy in Lagos, Mr Afanasiev Michael and an Embassy attache, Mr Miguno Evgeny.
The Ambassador congratulated Sofoluwe on his appointment as the Vice_Chancellor. He also commended the University for maintaining a clean and beautiful environment.
Mr Polyakov revealed his readiness to link the University of Lagos with a non_governmental organization_Russky Mir Foundation_ which promotes Russian language, culture, etc, all over the world.
In addition, he promised to link the University with reputable institutions in Russia.
In response, the Vice_Chancellor, Professor Sofoluwe explained that the University of Lagos would consider establishing good working relationship, associate and linkages with highly regarded higher institutions in Russia.
Bello named new Deputy VC
A new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services, has been appointed for the University of Lagos.
He is Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. The appointment which is for two years took effect from Thursday, April 1, 2010.
Born on October 6, 1948, in Iboro, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Professor Bello attended Egbado College, Ilaro, Ogun State and Technical College, Ibadan, now the Polytechnic, Ibadan for his secondary and National Diploma Certificates respectively.
Professor Bello passed out of the Secondary School in 1966 with Grade One in his West African School Certificate Examination and graduated with First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering (1974) from the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Subsequently, he proceeded to the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he earned M.A.Sc. (1977) and Ph.D (1981) (Chemical Engineering) respectively.
Professor Bello joined the services of the University of Lagos as Assistant Lecturer in 1977 and rose steadily to the post of Senior Lecturer, Lecturer 1 and Lecturers II between 1981 and 1991. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998.
Prior to his new appointment, Professor Bello has held various administrative positions: He was the Commissioner for Special Duties, in Ogun State between 1994 and 1991. He was Petroleum Engineer, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Lagos from 1975 to 1976 and has been consultant to several national and international organizations.
At the University of Lagos, Professor Bello has served in the following capacities: Chairman, Biotechnology Group; Chairman, Human Resources Development Board (HRDB); Chairman, UNILAG Muslim Community and Member, University Senate.
Outside the University of Lagos, Professor Bello has been a member, Central Working Group (CWG) on Physical Infrastructure for Nigerian Vision 20: 2020; Member, Governing Council, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, and Member, Governing Council, Ogun State college of Education, Ijebu-Ode among others.
Professor Bello is married and blessed with four children.