The academic community in the country has been plunged into mourning following the death of Folabi Olumide, a renowned professor who was the pioneer vice chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU).

The passing on the late don was announced on Friday, January 8, by the current vice-chancellor of the LASU, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, in a statement.

Olumide died on Friday, January 8, after a brief illness at the age of 81 years, Daily Trust reports.

A Nigerian academic and medical surgeon, Olumide served as LASU VC between 1983 – 1988.

“Late Professor Folabi Olumide, a Nigerian Academic and Medical Surgeon would be remembered for being the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, between 1983 – 1988, amongst other notable feats.

“As a mark of honour, respect and appreciation in respect of his achievements during his stint as the first Vice Chancellor of the University, the University Management renamed in 2020 the LASU Health Centre as “Folabi Olumide Health Centre.”