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64-year-old woman emerges first-ever female vice-chancellor of University of Lagos, sets outstanding record

Nigeria – An exceptional woman named Professor Folasade Ogunsola has emerged as the first-ever female Vice-Chancellor in the entire 60 years of the University of Lagos, South-West, Nigeria.

Professor Folasade Ogunsola, 64, is a Professor of Microbiology who specialises in the study of disease control, particularly HIV/AIDS. She was appointed on the 7th of October, 2022 to replace Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe whose tenure ends on 11th of November, 2022.

An official statement confirming her appointment noted that her tenure is for five (5) years and will end in 2027. “The appointment of Professor Ogunsola is for five (5) years with effect from Saturday, November 12, 2022 to Thursday, November 11, 2027,” the statement reads.

Professor Folasade Ogunsola was a founding member of the Nigerian Society for Infection Control (NSIC) and played a team leader role in Nigeria’s fight against Ebola in 2014.

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Her profile also revealed that she had been involved in Infection Control for 20 years and contributed significantly to raising awareness of infection Control in Nigeria. 

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“She was the Chair of the Infection Control Committee of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital till 2012 and the team lead for Infection Prevention and Control during the 2014 Ebola disease outbreak in Nigeria.”

“She has worked as a consultant in IPC with the World Health Organisation since 2009 and is interested in the community applications of Infection Control principles in under resourced communities.”

“She recently with her team wrote a curriculum for a 6month diploma in Infection Control. She is a member of the Global Infection Prevention and control Network, board member of the Nigerian Society of Infection Control and Chair of the Infection Control African Network,” her profile explained.

The 12th Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe on behalf of the institution congratulated her on her appointment as she is set to become the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the University and also the first-ever female.

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