Written by Godfrey AKON

NOUN elects deputy VC admin

 The Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, has elected Prof Justus Adedeji Sokefun as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration.

The university disclosed this in a statement by its director, media and publicity, Malam Ibrahim Sheme.

The statement which dwelt extensively on the achievements of Sokefun, said he defeated Prof Gbenga Ojo with 48 against 18 votes to emerge winner at the election conducted during the Senate meeting held in Lagos last Tuesday, 5th March, 2019.

“Until his election as DVC, Sokefun was the Director, Lagos Study Centre of the university. He studied Law at the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) and obtained his Bachelor in Law in 1984.

“Sokefun proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, where he became a Barrister at Law between 1984 and 1985. He enrolled for his Master of Law at the prestigious University of Lagos in 1989.

“He started his career as a Graduate Assistant at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he taught between 1985 and 1986. In 1987, Sokefun joined the services of the then Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye (Olabisi Onabanjo University) until 2007.

“Early in his career, Sokefun had exhibited great brilliance and this earned him an appointment as a Special Assistant to the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation between 1993 and 1994, a position he held at a tender age.

“After his meritorious service at the national level, Sokefun became the Sub-Dean, Faculty of Law, Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, from 1994 to 1997. He rose through the ranks to become HOD, Public Law and Jurisprudence, in the same university from 1997 to 2000,” the statement said.

It further noted that Sokefun joined the services of the National Open University of Nigeria as a Professor in 2007 and was Dean, Faculty of Law, NOUN, from 2007 to 2010, and was appointed on the same position from 2013-2016.

On his contributions to the academic world, it said “He is also a Visiting Scholar and Foundation Dean, University of the Gambia, 2009-2012; Lead External Examiner, (Post Graduate and Undergraduate), National University of Rwanda, 2009-2014; Adjunct Professor, Wisconsin International University College, Ghana, 2013-till date, and Adjunct Professor, Crescent University, Abeokuta, 2011-till date.

“He is also an External Examiner, Centre for Petroleum and Energy Law, University of Ibadan, 2013-till date. Sokefun is a member of several professional associations, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Society of International Law. He is well published, with several chapters in books, journals, and books too numerous to list.”

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