It is a known fact that the education system and situation in the country are calling for total overhauling to deliver on its expectations of proffering solutions to societal problems. Hence it is always better to appoint, assign the role of manning the educational sector for the people that understand it practically.
The Governor of Ogun State; Mr. Dapo Abiodun and the Ogun State House of Assembly have gotten it right again this time on this, by nominating, screened, confirmed and appointing, the cerebral & revered Prof Sidi Osho to man the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science & Technology as the Honourable Commissioner.
Professor Sidi Osho is the Pioneer & Past Vice Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, and the President/Founder of Sidi Osho Foundation, Nigeria.
An award winning, outstanding and hardworking Agriculture and Higher Education Expert that is action and result oriented; highly productive academic, with leadership qualities managing multi-disciplinary projects.
With over 35 years’ experience in administration, strategic planning, International and Private Sector Partnerships.
An International Scientist that graduated from Michigan State and Ohio State University in USA worked with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and in several African countries in the area of Agriculture.
Prof Sidi Osho has strong interpersonal skills successfully demonstrated in both national and international assignments.
She has travelled widely in Africa and all over the World while managing research projects for International Development Research Center, Canada (IDRC). United Nation Children Education Fund, (UNICEF), World Bank and UNDP.
Prof Sidi Osho was appointed as the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Afe Babalola University in January 2010. She brought a wealth of experience in administration, strategic planning, International and Private Sector Partnerships, teaching, research, food security and development to the Institution which brought it to the World Class level in a period of 4 years.
Prof Sidi Osho developed several food processing equipment’s for crops and conducted National and International trainings all over the world and collaborates with many scientists in Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Togo, Republic of Benin, Senegal, Madagascar in the area of Agriculture , Food Science, Food Systems, education and recently Tourism and Hospitality Management.
She is a member of over 17 professional societies that include both National and International societies. She has attended over 100 conferences all over the world presenting conference papers in Higher Education, post-harvest, food processing, Nutrition, Agriculture, Hospitality &Tourism.
She has over 160 publications, some of which are published in learned journal proceedings, monographs, books chapters, training manual etc.
Prof Sidi Osho has become involved in several initiates to improve quality of lives of people and communities and our Africa; thus the founding of Sidi Osho Foundation (SOF). www.sidioshofoundation.org.
SOF’s mission is to contribute to the growth of human development and alleviating poverty in Africa development initiatives which include; Education, Entrepreneurship, Food Security, Leadership and Governance, Health, Sustainable development and most importantly, Youth, Gender and Women Empowerment.
A member of several professional societies has impacted many lives and communities in her career path and has received many awards some of which include:
TOYP (Top outstanding Young Persons of the World) (1997).
Best Female Scientist; College of Agriculture Olabisi Onabanjo University, (OOU) 2006
Award for promoting the Concept of Safe Campus, Association of Heads of Security of Tertiary Institutions, 11th May 2011
Distinguished Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancement, service to Humanity and Role Model for the Girl Child 20th October 2011. Center for Grass root women Advancement and Development and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).
Golden Award Children – In – Science and Technology CIST Ghana 2011, for Out Standing support towards popularization of Science & Technology among Children; 15th November 2011.
Best Vice Chancellor of the Year, Nigeria, Oct 2014, by Association of Vice Chancellors.
Award of the African Woman Hall of Fame Commemorating the UN International Women’s Day by the Nigerian Presidency and African Female & Youth Students Initiative, 8th March 2015.
Prof Sidi Osho is happily married with children.”
Sidi Osho is the best thing to have happened to the Ogun state ministry of Education, Science & Technology and with her wide knowledge, experience, humility, proactiveness and exposure, the education sector of Ogun state from primary to tertiary is in for growth and development that will lead to practical solutions to national problems.
_*Adeboye Adebayo is the National Publicity Secretaries of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation; AGF & Next Level Forum and a Director at Reloaded Concepts; a consulting firm with interest in Media, Research, Strategy & Governance, MRS-G.*_