The Prof. Bade Onimode Memorial Colloquium Committee will on the 10th of December 2011 hold an international colloquium in honour of the former Deputy Vice – Chancellor of Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, Professor Bade Onimode.
The event, scheduled to hold in Lokoja, Kogi State will bring together scholars, activists, students and government officials from different parts of the world to honour one of Africa’s most prolific development economists who died at the National Hospital, Abuja on 28th of November 2001, after a brief illness.
The late professor, who was born in November 1944 studied economics at the University of Ibadan between September 1963 and September 1967 when he got his first degree and proceeded immediately for his masters degree in economics in the same university.
Prof. Onimode later got another masters degree in 1969 at the University of Chicago and PhD at the Ohio State University in 1972.
The development economist was the Chairman of the then Association of University Teachers (now Academic Staff Union of Universities), University of Ibadan Branch between 1977 and 1978 during the Ali Must Go mass protest by Nigerian students against the anti poor education policies of the General Obasanjo military government. He was indeed one of the several lecturers that were victimised as a result of their active participation in the protests.
Prof. Onimode was Chairman of the London based Institute For African Alternatives (IFAA) from 1986 to 1996; served as member of the Eminent Persons Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); one time member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies; and Vice Chairman for west Africa on the Board of the African Economic and Social Research Forum of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Between 1997 and 1999, Professor Onimode was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Ibadan and member of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos from 2000 until his untimely death.
A Life Fellow of the Nigerian Economic Society, Prof. Onimode was also a member of the Research Review Committee of the United Nations Institute for Development Planning (IDEP) from 1992 to 1998.
He was a consultant to several local and international organisations, including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (ECA), the defunct International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), and the Nigeria Labour Congress, among others.
The late professor was a prolific author with several books to his credit. Prominent among books written by him are : Imperialism and Underdevelopment In Nigeria(1983); A Political Economy of The African Crisis(1988); The IMF, the World Bank and the African Deb(1989)t; A Future for Africa – Beyond the Politics of Adjustment(1992); Issues in African Development(1995); Africa in the World of the 21st Century(2000).
The memorial colloquium with the theme: Contemporary Socio – Economic and Political Issues in Nigeria and Africa, will have the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as Guest Speakers. Other speakers are the Secretary General of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity and pioneer President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu; the Chief Economist of the Nigeria Labour Congress; Dr. Peter Ozo – Eson, a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Dipo Fasina; Prof. Etannibi Alemika of the University of Jos; a Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Issa Aremu; a former Executive Director of Union Bank, Alhaji Hamid Taju, President of Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and Cordinator of Community Life Project, Mrs. Ngozi Iwere.
Several other scholars, activists, students, federal and state legislators, representatives of national and international organisations, government functionaries, etc have been invited to the colloquium, which will hold at the Omonogun Hall, G. R. A, Lokoja on the 10th of December 2011.
Prof. Etannibi Alemika
Chairman Dr. Remi Medupin
Coordinator Denja Yaqub