A professor at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Abass Olajire, slumped and died on Friday.
He was 59 years old.
Sources at the university confirmed to The PUNCH that the Professor of Industrial/Environmental Chemistry died while observing Juma’at prayer on Friday.
Family sources said the late scholar will be buried in Ibadan on Saturday, according to Islamic rites.
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. loannidis from Stanford University, United States.
He was ranked 128th of 66,925 of the top world scientists in the world in March 2021.
LAUTECH’s Public Relations Officer, Lekan Fadeyi, also confirmed the professor’s death.
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.
“He prayed Almighty Allah to overlook his transgressions and forgive his sins, preparatory to granting him a space in Aljanah Firdaous.”
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.