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    FUOYE mourns Dr. Sokefun, holds commendation Service

    …we’ve lost a rare gem, says VC, Prof. Fasina

    Bamidele Eleniola & Toluwanimi Bamigbola

    Emotion amidst mournful and gloomy faces rose on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at a commendation service held in memory of one of the finnes lecturers at the Faculty of Management Sciences, Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Ekiti State, Nigeria, Dr. Eniola Adekunle Sokefun, who passed away last week.

    At the commendation service and Joint session of the Senate, emotion gave way as the university community which wore mournful faces, described death of the departed Head of Business Department, Dr. Eniola Adekunle Sokefun as shocking.

    Dr. Sokefun, whose death occurred last week, was the Head of Business Department of the university.

    Delivering his sermon, Chapel Council Chairman , Dr. Cosmos Agu, sadly said although Dr. Sokefun had completed his assignments here, “everything we do in life has consequences.”

    “Late Dr. Eniola Sokefun has completed his assignment here on earth, this is a reminder to us here on earth to apply our hearts to wisdom and amend our ways,” he added.

    Amplifying 2 Corinthians 5:1-11, Dr. Agu encouraged the congregation, family of the deceased hardworking Dr. Sokefun to take solace in God as the departed lived a short but fulfilled life.

    He specifically said it was time we applied our hearts to wisdom as time waited for no man, saying Dr. Sokefun’s death was a call for self-examination.

    He said: “God is taking record of every single activity done on earth whether good or bad. Be assured that our brother is resting in the bosom of our lord and this is because he died in Christ. Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

    The service was held at the Faculty of Science Lecture theatre of the university where family, friends, members of staff and students came to pay their last respect to the departed Dr. Sokefun.

    Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Professor Babatunde Afolabi, in his tribute lamented Dr. Sokefun’s death, describing it as too sudden.

    He said: “The sudden death of our friend, brother and colleague, Dr. Eniola Sokefun was a rude shock to the entire members of the Faculty of Management Sciences and the entire FUOYE community.

    “Life is nothing but a short phase. You lived a fulfilled and exemplary life going by your immense contributions to the development of the Faculty as the HOD of the Department of Business Administration and your meritorious service to the university will forever remain indelible in our hearts.”

    However, the Dean described late Dr. Sokefun as an industrious staff who always discharged his duties as and when due, “but the cruel hands of death snatched you …what a short life we live in? No wonder the Bible calls it vanity.”

    He went on: “As a choir member of Ekiti Anglican Church Cathedral, Okesha, Ado Ekiti, your services attested to your commitment and faith in God which gave us assurance that you may be saying, please don’t grieve for me, for now I am free, I am following the path God laid for me. But humanly speaking, we would have wished it otherwise.

    “We have no choice other than to accept that to be born is also to die and the Bible says that any one born of a woman is of a few days.

    “Adieu our Eniola.
    Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord till we meet to part no more.

    You shall forever live in our hearts. Farewell.”

    Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Sunday Fasina, on behalf of the Senate, Staff and students of the university commiserated with the family of the late Dr. Eniola Adekunle Sokefun on this tragedy and colossal loss.

    The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Olubunmi Samuel Shittu welcomed the brother of the deceased and sent his condolences on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor to the family.

    Professor Shittu said:
    “The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina is not happy about this unfortunate incident. FUOYE has lost a rare gem indeed.”

    However, Professor Fasina described the late Dr. Sokefun as a very dedicated, responsible, loyal and humble person, who carried out every assignment meticulously, saying “I am assured that he is resting because he died in Christ.”

    He urged mourners to find solace in the knowledge that the late Dr. Sokefun has transited to a place of eternal happiness.

    Meanwhile, tributes poured in from students of the Department of Business Administration, Acting Director FUOYE Business School, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences, representative of Management Sciences, Captain of the Ekiti State Tennis Club, member of the Senate and many others too numerous to mention.

    All described Dr. Eniola Adekunle Sokefun as hardworking-researcher, loving and kind man.

    Before the close of the commendation service, prayer for the family of the deceased was led by the University’s Chaplain, Mr. Samuel Osamoka, who also doubles as Head of the Council Affairs Office in the university.

    At the commendation Service were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Prof. Tajudeen Opoola, University Registrar, Mr. Ibrahim Adesina Mufutau, Pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Oladele, a former Chairman of Deans and Directors, Professor Patrick Olajide Oladele, Dean of Postgraduate School, Prof. Raphael Ajayi Omolehin, Dean of Basic Medical Sciences, Prof. Adeeyo, the university Public Relations Officer, Mr. Foluso Ogunmodede, among others.

    Photo credit: Nifesimi Ogungbe

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