Obaseki Mourns Prof Alele-Williams, Says She Treaded Where Others Dreaded

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has mourned the passage of the renowned mathematician and former Vice Chancelor of University of Benin, Prof Grace Alele-Williams.

The Professor of mathematics who died on March 25, 2022 gained prominence after she was appointed the vice-chancellor of the prestigious University of Benin in 1985.

Obaseki described the late professor as a thorough bred academician who left an indelible mark of service throughout her life.

He noted that the former vice chancellor who treaded where others dreaded has unquantifiable commitment to national development.

“It is with a heavy heart that I received the shocking news of the passing of renowned academic and administrator, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams.

“Prof. Alele-Williams was a thoroughbred academician who throughout her life left an indelible mark of dutiful service, hard work, diligence and determination,” he said.

Recall that Late Prof. Grace Alele-Williams was the first female Nigerian to earn a doctorate degree in mathematics, Prof. Alele-Williams.

Obaseki said, “When she became the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) – at the time the first ever female Vice Chancellor of a Nigerian university – she shone brightly as a fearless administrator and restored sanity to the higher institution during a period of social upheaval.

“Prof. Alele-Williams will be remembered for her insight, dedication to duty and courage as well as her commitment to breaking barriers limiting the advancement of women in uncharted territories.

“I commiserate with the Alele-Williams family, praying that God will grant all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” he said.

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