Dr Johnson Bamidele Olorunnishola Adewumi has been appointed the new Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete, North-Central Nigeria.
His appointment, which is for five (5) years, takes immediate effect.
A letter signed by the state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo confirmed the appointment.
Dr Adewumi is a renowned educationist, philanthropist and community leader.
Born on November 26, 1952, in Oko-Irese, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Adewumi holds a PhD (Civil Engineering) degree from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London (December 1982); M.Sc D.I.C (Hydrology), Imperial College of Science & Technology, London (June 1979) and B.Sc (Civil) Second Class Upper Division, University of Lagos, Lagos, (June 1976). He is a Chartered Engineer, Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria.
He has traversed the Public and Private Sectors of the Nigerian Economy for about 43years, garnering useful experience across the broad fields of Engineering Construction, Design, Policy formulation, Research and Teaching.
He has worked on many large water resources and hydropower projects in various capacities including the Multi-purpose Gurara Water Transfer Project, reputed as the largest of its kind in Africa; engineering design of 3050MW Mambilla Hydropower Project and 700MW Zungeru Hydropower projects where he served as Project Director for the Engineering Design and Construction.
Adewumi also served on a number of Technical Commission and Advisory Committees for Civil Engineering Construction Projects and Water Resources Planning for Federal Government of Nigeria and International Commission on Large Dams.
He served as Water Resources expert for bilateral and multilateral organizations and his work and other experts’ formed the basis of the Water sharing Agreement between the Government of Federal Republic of Nigeria and Niger for the Four River Basin common to the two countries in 1985.
The new appointee served as a Resource person on the Training Program of ACEN Dams design and Geotechnical Investigation for Large Dams and was elected as President of Nigeria Committee on Large dams in May 2018 to serve for a period of 3 years ending May 2021.
On the global stage, the Asiwaju of Oko-Irese is a member of the International Committee on the Integrated Management of Hydropower Reservoirs whose members are drawn from USA, China, Canada, Nigeria, Switzerland, Germany and France.
He had also served as Hydrological Repertoire for World Meteorological Organisation.