Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics

Prof Raymond Iduojemu Ozolua attended Obe Primary School, Sabongidda-Ora (1972–1978) before proceeding to the famous Holy Trinity Grammar School, Sabongidda-Ora (1978-1983). He worked as a Clerical Officer in West African Examinations Council, Benin Zonal Office, to save money for further education. Prof Ozolua studied Pharmacy at the University of Benin (1985–1990). In the University, he was a serial winner of awards and prizes some of which include the UAC of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship, University of Benin Undergraduate Scholarship, Chief Andrew Egbo's Prize for the Best Student in Forensic Pharmacy, Dean's Prize for the Best Graduating Student in the School of Pharmacy, Prof Kulkani's Memorial Prize for the Best Student in Final B. Pharm Examinations, and Provost's Prize for the Best Overall Graduating Student in College of Health Sciences. He undertook the mandatory internship programme of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and won prizes including the Best Overall Intern for the year, and a special recognition for pharmaceutical formulations that saved the hospital huge sums of money. He took part in the National Youth Service programme at the Primary Health Department of Iseyin Local Government Council, Oyo State (1992–1993). At Iseyin, he was also the Chairman of the Association of Corps Members.

He started his career as an academic as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Benin in April 1993. He also earned MSc (1997) and PhD (2002) degrees from the same department. He rose through the ranks to become a Professor in October 2011. Prof Ozolua has held many positions in the University of Benin including Assistant Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy (2003–2005); Acting Head, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology (2005–2008); and Head, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology (2012–2015). He has also served the University in several other capacities including; member, Central Entrance Examinations Committee (2003–2004); Senate Representative, Work/Study Programme Committee (2007–2008); Hall Warden, AkanuIbiam Hall (2006–2010); Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Science and Technology Education Post Basic (STEP-B, 2006–2012); member, Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (2010); member, University of Benin Biomedical Research Committee (2012–2014); member, Committee on Procurement, Installation, Service, Maintenance and use of Scientific Equipment (PRISM, 2011–2012); Faculty Representative, Postgraduate School Board (2012–2017); and Director of SERVICOM (2020-2022).

Prof Ray Ozolua has served as external examiner at undergraduate and post-graduate levels to several universities, some of which are University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, ObafemiAwolowo University, University of Nigeria, University of Port Harcourt, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Ilorin, and University of Maiduguri. He has also served several Nigerian Universities in the capacity of external assessor for professorial promotions. He has mentored many master's and PhD graduates, some of whom have also risen to become professors. Over many years, he has received the Best Lecturer Award by students of Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry. He is a regular keynote speaker at various pharmaceutical gatherings. He has served as a member of accreditation panels set up by National Universities Commission and Pharmacists Council of Nigeria to several universities.

Prof Ozolua has served as consultant to the Federal Ministry of Health, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS-2), Medical Sciences for Health (MSH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), among others. He was actively involved in the development of the National Policy on Pharmacovigilance, Standard Treatment Guidelines and the Essential Medicines List of the Federal Ministry of Health. His current area of research includes evaluation of drugs and herbal products for antihypertensive, anti-asthmatic, neurological properties and safety. He is the editor of the Nigerian pacesetting A Handbook of Techniques in Experimental Pharmacology. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pharmacology & Toxicology of Natural Medicines. He has authored over ninety scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed several chapters to books. He delivered the 220th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Benin entitled “The More You Look, The More You See: An Adventure in Pharmacological Discoveries.”

Prof Ozolua enjoys the membership of many professional and learned societies such as Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia, and West African Society for Pharmacology. He is a Fellow of the West African Society for Pharmacology (FWASP) and a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN). He is the Second Global Vice President of Holy Trinity Grammar School Old Students Association. He is a devout Christian of the Anglican Communion. His hobbies include, listening to music and playing badminton. He is married to Dr. (Mrs.) NkiruOzolua, a pharmacist, and they are blessed with three children.

A Quintessential Award Winner

Professor Lilian Salami has received numerous honours and award which include:

  1. Ondo State Female role Model Award, 24th February, 2019/
  2. Pan-African Leadership Award as Amazon of Nation Building in Africa, 2019.
  3. Honourary Distinguished Award of Gender Agenda by Adeyemi College of Education Student’s Union, 2019.
  4. NIEPA 2019 Award of Excellence
  5. I-Glide Ace concept – Special Recognition Award presented at the 3rd EDO/DELTA ICONS & STARS AWARD, 2018 (EDISA’18).
  6. Award of Excellence by the Benin Campus Group, University of Benin in recognition of her contributions to the Development of the University of Benin, 2018.
  7. Award of Excellence presented by the Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered) Ondo city Chapter for her unflinching support, 2018.
  8. Award as Matron, Women in Colleges of education, Ekiadolor Chapter, Benin. 2018.
  9. Award of distinction by the Centre for Gender studies, University of Benin, in recognition for and Appreciation of her outstanding Achievements and Services, 2017.
  10. Award of Excellence by the Research and Development Department, NIEPA, NIGERIA, Ondo State in recognition of her selfless service and unflinching commitment to Education Research and Development, 2017.
  11. Distinguished Women’s Award of Excellence by the Diocesan Women Organization, Christ Anglican Church on the occasion of the 2017 Mothering Sunday, 2017.
  12. Fellowship Award by the Home Economics council of Nigeria (HECON)for her selfless contributions to the development of Home Economics Profession in Nigeria, 2017.
  13. Philanthropic Award by the Vero’s Palace Foundation, Ondo for her support to Humanity and community, 2017.
  14. Award of Excellence in honour of her appointment as Director-General, Nigeria Institute for Education Planning and Administration, presented by Prof. F. F. O. Orumwense, Vice Chancellor, UNIBEN, Benin City, 2016.
  15. Fellowship Award by the Nurition Society of Nigeria in recognition of her contribution to the upliftof Nutritional Sciences in Nigeria, 2016.
  16. Fellow of Research Institute, National Institute for educational Planning and Administration, NIEPA (Nigeria) Ondo chapter, 2016.
  17. Award of ASURI Membership Certificate, NIEPA, Ondo Chapter, 2016.
  18. Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN), 2015.
  19. Golden Honorary Award by the Baptist High School Old Students Association on the Occasion of her 50th Anniversary.
  20. Award of Honour by NUESA (UNIBEN CHAPTER) in recognition of her purposeful and students’ friendly leadership.
  21. Award of Excellence in recognition of her immense contributions to sporting activities in the Faculty of Education, UNIBEN.
  22. Award of Excellence in leadership by the Federation of OndoEkimogun Students’ Union (FOESU).
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