By Dayo Adu

It was a day of accolades and honour as family, friends, colleagues and mentees celebrated the impactful life of a renowned scholar, security and policing researcher, Professor Oyesoji Aremu as he marked his diamond jubilee.

According to the biblical saying, “Seest thou a man diligent in his work? He shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

This best describes the honour done to the celebrant as dignitaries from all walks of life registered their presence at the well-decorated arena venue of the event.

Among the guests were the wife of Ekiti State governor, Dr Olayemi Biodun-Oyebanji, chief executive officers, academics, members of the Nigerian Baptist Convention and kinsmen from Ejigbo Local Government, Osun State, among whom was the Deputy Director, News and Current Affairs, Radio Nigeria, Ibadan Zonal Station, Mr Adewumi Faniran who all gave the gorgeously dressed celebrant and his wife, Olajumoke a rousing welcome as they danced to the tunes supplied by the band.

Tributes poured in when a memoir written by the celebrant which chronicled his experience as the Director, University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre, UIDLC, was unveiled by attending dignitaries.

Reviewing the book, entitled: “My Unibadan Distance Learning Centre Years: A Memoir”, Professor Francis Egbokhare of the Department of Linguistics, University of Ibadan said the ten-chapter book, with a foreword by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Aare Afe Babalola, x-rayed the shortcomings and gains of open distance learning in Nigeria as well as recommended workable realities of running this mode of learning as a venture.

In an address, the wife of Ekiti State governor, Dr. Olayemi Abiodun-Oyebanji described the celebrant as accommodating and humane in all his dealings, saying the quality endeared him to numerous appointments including his recent engagement as Deputy Vice Chancellor, Achievers University, Ondo.

Speaking on the many impacts of Professor Oyesoji Aremu, two guest directors, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Olawale Albert and the Director General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN Commission, Seye Oyeleye described him as an intelligent and foremost researcher in policing.

Wife of the celebrant, Deaconess Olajumoke Aremu described her husband as hardworking and caring while also appreciating God for sparing his life.

In an interview, the celebrant, Professor Oyesoji Aremu, said his attainment of age sixty was by God’s grace and opportunity to serve God and humanity.

Professor Oyesoji Aremu, a professor of Guidance Counseling and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Achievers University, Ondo, is a well-travelled scholar who carved a niche for himself in the areas of policing and criminal justice as well as Open Distance e-learning globally.

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