KWASU applauds appointment of Dr Adewumi as new Chancellor

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The Vice-Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi SAN has congratulated the newly appointed Chancellor of the institution, Engr. Dr Johnson Bamidele Olorunnishola Adewumi.

The Vice-Chancellor in a statement signed by him and made available to newsmen in Ilorin described Dr Adewumi’s appointment as a step in a right direction.

Professor Akanbi commended the Executive Governor of the state, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the choice of Dr Adewumi as the new Chancellor of the KWASU, saying that his emergence would, no doubt, add more value to the University.

He said Dr Adewumi, who is the Asiwaju of Oko-Irese, is a renowned educationist and proprietor of the famous Adewumi College, Oko in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, pointing out that his appointment was never a misplaced priority.

Professor Akanbi advised the chancellor to bring all his vast experience in to bear in his new assignment so as to collectively move the KWASU to an enviable standard.

The Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the KWASU Governing Council, management, staff and students of the institution therefore felicitated wth the new Chancellor and wished him a fruitful and result oriented reign as the Chancellor of the fastest growing University in the country.

In same vein, the Prof Akanbi SAN also acknowledged the immense and unquantifiable contributions of the immediate past chancellor of the university – Hon. Justice S.M.A. Belgore GCON, CJN Rtd towards the growth and development of the university.

The Vice Chancellor also expressed the appreciation of the entire university community including the Governing Council, management, staff and students to the retired Chief Justice of Nigeria for his invaluable service to the university. Prof Akanbi SAN stated that the university will never forget the contribution of such a distinguished icon.


was born on 26 November, 1952 at Oko in Irepodun Local Government, Kwara State.

Education and Professional Status
• Chartered Engineer, Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria.
• Ph.D (Civil Engineering), Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, Dec 1982
• M.Sc D.I.C( Hydrology),Imperial College of Science & Technology, London June 1979
• B.Sc (Civil) Second Class Upper Division, University of Lagos, Lagos, June 1976
Membership of Professional Associations:
• Council of Registered Engineers (COREN)
• Association of Consulting Engineers(ACEN)
• Nigerian Committee on Large Dams (NICOLD)
• ICOLD Committee on Integrated Management of Hydropower Dams
Special Courses
• Application of Micro-Computer for Training and Management of Water Resources, UNDP,
Kisumu, Kenya, 1984.
• Application of remote sensing technique for flood forecasting and control,FAO, Rome,

Engr(Dr) JBO Adewumi worked in both the Public and Private Sectors of the Nigerian Economy
over the past 43years. The acquired experience of Asiwaju JBO Adewumi spans the broad field of
Engineering Construction, Design, Policy formulation, Research and Teaching.

He worked on many large water resources and hydropower projects in various capacities. Among the most recent landmark professional work is the Multi-purpose Gurara Water Transfer Project, being 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.

Furthermore, he 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 which include Niger River Basin Development Authority,
Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Co-operation, Lake Chad Basin Commission, UNESCO – IHP,
World Meteorological Organization and International Commission on Large Dams(ICOLD). 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 professional expertise attained encompassing engineering design and construction, policy
formulations and research enabled him to play leading roles in the planning, Design and
Construction of Major Dams, Irrigation and Hydropower Projects in Nigeria. Most recent and ongoing ones include 3050MW Mambilla Hydropwer, 700MW Zungeru Hydropower, Gurara
Multipurpose Water Resources Project. Others include Jibiya dam, Irrigation Cum Water Supply Project, Swashi Dam and Irrigation Project, Goronyo Dam and Kampe Dam and Irrigation Project,
Middle and Lower Ogun Projects.

He is registered with both COREN and ACEN and served as Resource person on the Training
Program of ACEN Dams design and Geotechnical Investigation for Large Dams. He 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 International Scene, Dr Johnson Adewumi is a member of the International Committee on the Integrated Management of Hydropower Reservoirs whose membership are drawn from USA,
China, Canada, Nigeria, Switzerland, Germany and France. This International Committee was
inaugurated in Kyoto Japan in June 2012 and continues to serve on this Committee till date.

He had also served as Hydrological Rapporteur for World Meteorological Organisation – RA 1 between 1984 and 1986. He served as Water Resources Expert for the Food and Agricultural
Organisation in 1987. He has many published works in International Journals such as Journal of
Hydropower and Dams(ICOLD), International Committee on Irrigation and Drainage and Water
Resources Journal.

He founded Decrown West Africa Company Limited in 1989 and developed the Company to
become one of the leading Engineering Consulting Companies in Nigeria in the Field of Civil
Engineering, Hydropower, Transportation and Water Resources.

In 1994, he expanded the scope of his Engineering Company to include Construction and Electromechanical works by the incorporation of Construction Products Nigeria Limited, a sector dominated by foreigners. In line
with his track record as an achiever, he successfully completed many large scale construction
projects in Civil, roads, building and water resources Engineering, employing more than 500
construction workers made of engineers, technicians and artisans.

Community Work.
Dr JBO Adewumi served as National President of Oko Development Association for a period of Eight Years (January 1993 to 2000).

In 1997, Dr. JBO Adewumi founded Thomas Adewumi International College, Oko and built a Primary School for Oko Community called Prime Time Nursery and Primary School. In May 2006, Dr JBO Adewumi built and commissioned a 37-Bed
Hospital complete with modern Equipment called Oko Medical Centre. In 2007, Dr JBO Adewumi
together with his wife Gloria started an NGO called Rural Youth Empowerment Project.

The aims of this NGO that is financed solely by the couple include encouraging youths in rural areas to live Christ centered better lives with integrity and honesty, to focus on skill acquisition through seminars
and training, to adopt healthy lifestyle and gainful self employment. The project has benefitted many
people in Irepodun Local Government Area including serving NYSC members.

He was installed on 1st October 2008 as the first Asiwaju of Oko Community in recognition of his services to Oko Community in Irepodun Local Government Area of Igbomina land, Kwara State, Nigeria.

Dr. Adewumi built two Community Libraries complete with Internet Facilities for Oko Community
and a Building comprising two Classrooms and Headmistress Office for ECWA Demontration
Scholl Oko.

Other Philantropic works of Asiwaju Dr. Johnson Adewumi include rehabilitation of Oko Omuaran
road in Irepodun Local Government Area as well as interest free Business loan to indigenes of Oko

He offers scholarships for Primary, secondary and University education for many and
set up seven cooperative societies to provide loans for commercial activities in Oko Community.

He is happily married to Mrs Gloria Oluwakemi Adewumi and blessed with four boys and a girl.


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