4NAIJA: Notable INEC commissioner Akinola Salau is dead

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Notable INEC commissioner Akinola Salau is dead

INEC commissioner Akinola Salau is dead. The 68 year old professor died on Saturday, July 25 at the Turkish Hospital, Abuja, after taking ill last month during INEC’s post-election retreat at the Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

Many remember him as the man who was taking a nap at a televised session before the last elections.

Salau was the vice chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) from 1999 to 2005.

He started out his career as a physics and mathematics teacher in a secondary school. As a university lecturer, he taught at the Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Arizona (as a visiting scientist in 1979) and at LAUTECH.

From 1983 to 1992, he was the director of the Centre for Energy Research and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University.

The Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, described him in a statement as a “forthright, dedicated, focused and humane leader” whose demise has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.

The late Salau Salau has since been buried in Ibadan according Muslim rites.

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