Prof. Folagbade Aboaba, an assistant general overseer for the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, has passed away at the age of 90.
Aboaba passed away this morning following a short illness. He was said to be one of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God closest,’s associates.
Prof. Folarin Alonge, national head of the Nigeria Institute of Agricultural Engineers, revealed this in a statement.
Alonge referred to the late researcher as one of the institute’s founding fathers who were always concerned about the development of Agricultural Engineering and mechanization in the nation in a tribute to his memory posted on the institute’s website.
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’ class. 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).
The last major public lecture he 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.
“May his soul find eternal rest in God.”