RCCG Assistant Overseer, Prof. Abaoba, is Dead

By Starrys Obazei | January 23, 2023
starrys@ddnewsonline.com

Prof. Folagbade Aboaba, an Assistant General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, is dead. He was aged 90.

Aboaba, said to be one of the closest allies of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, died this morning after a brief illness.

This was disclosed in a statement by the national chairman of the Nigeria Institute of Agricultural Engineers, Prof. Folarin Alonge.

In a tribute to his memory on the website of the institute, Alonge described the late scholar as one of the founding fathers of the institute who was always passionate about the growth of Agricultural Engineering and Mechanization in the country.

He wrote: “One of our Fathers in the profession, Prof. Fola Aboaba, has gone home. He was a Professor of Professors of Professors.

“Prof. Folagbade Olajide Aboaba was an Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Ibadan and the Pioneering Dean of the Faculty of Technology (1976-1982). I was privileged to be taught by him in both undergraduate and Masters’s classes. He was a mentor to several people and professors.

“He was the Executive Secretary of the 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 the 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, 2023, when we were preparing for the NIAE conference in Asaba (Delta State). His response to my asking about him is ‘Thank you. Aging 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 a significant role with other fathers in the establishment of the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization, Ilorin. He made substantial contributions to the growth of NSAE (NIAE). His last major public lecture delivered for NIAE was when we were invited to the 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 about the progress NIAE is making.

“He was a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) as well as the Institution of Agricultural Engineers UK.

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