Sunday, 4 September 2016

Department Of Public Admin, OAU Gets First Female Professor

Dr Juliana Taiwo Makinde (Ph.D) has been promoted to the rank of professor, therefore becoming the first female Professor of Public Administration in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

She is the wife of Moses Akinola Makinde, a retired Professor of Philosophy in the same university, who is currently the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of Awolowo Centre for Philosophy, Ideology and Good Governance.

A statement by her husband said: “Taiwo Makinde moved from confidential secretary to the highly esteemed rank of professor which is the intellectual pinnacle; a remarkable feat that has inspired confidential secretaries that, with dedication and dint of hard work and cooperation from their husbands, the sky is their limit.

“She worked as a Confidential Secretary in both old Oyo State and Osun State in various ministries and in the judiciary where she worked with prominent judges including Justice Atinuke Ige, Justice Akin Apara and Justice Agbaje-Williams.

“She took a leave of absence to accompany her husband as a Fulbright scholar at the Ohio University, Athens, Ohio where she enrolled as a fresh undergraduate in the 1983/84 academic year. She finished her first year undergraduate where she was placed on the Dean’s List for her outstanding performance.

“She came back with her husband to complete her undergraduate programme and bagged a First Class (Hons.) Degree in Education (English) at the then University of Ife in 1987, thus challenging her husband who bagged a First Class ( Hons) Degree in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Canada in 1969.

“Mrs. Makinde was still a confidential secretary when she got her Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) after which she was appointed Special Adviser (Administration and Protocol) during the Administration of Alhaji Adetunji Adeleke, the first Executive Governor of Osun State in 1992.

“She retired from the civil service of Osun State to take up contract appointment as a lecturer in OAU and went ahead to do her M.Sc degree in Public Administration and later obtained her PhD degree in Public Administration in 2008.”

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