FUTA CELEBRATES PROFESSOR DAVID OLORUNTOBA OLANREWAJU WITH BOOK PRESENTATION
The need to pay more attention to rural-urban settlement has once again been reiterated in a book titled: The Just City; Poverty, Deprivation and Alleviation Strategies, recently launched to honour the First Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Professor David Oloruntoba Olanrewaju. Reviewing the eight thematic structured book of readings, Professor Adedapo Fagbenro of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology described it as “A rare product of collaborative professional work and a material with rich resource of knowledge from academic and practical advocators of a Just city”. He said the book is a published ‘Festschrift’ in honour of one of the founding founders of Urban and regional planning in FUTA to crown a fulfilling teaching and research career in the university. He said the book conceptualizes modern utopian city described in the eyes of various professional and practitioner of the built environment within the academia. Professor Fagbenro noted that the book tries to proffer solutions needed to alleviate some of the problems of rural urban migration and some other environmental difficulties being faced in urban centres.
The book which a compilation of peer-reviewed papers and articles written by various authors that cut across several disciplines relating to the built environment contains 100 different articles edited by four eminent professors. The 535 paged book with twelve pages of introduction highlighted some of the reasons for the rural urban migration while identifying the urban centres as an unjust environment with noise, air and water pollution, over crowdedness, lack of proper planning, loss of greenness and biodiversity.
Speaking at the book launch, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Joseph Fuwape appreciated the Department of Urban and Regional planning and the school of Environmental Technology for the initiative. He described Professor Olanrewaju as a mentor, a great leader, an erudite professor who has contributed immensely not only to his department but to FUTA at large. The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic professor Rufus Ogunsemi said Professor Olanrewaju’s great achievements in FUTA will remain indelible.
The Dean of school of environmental Technology, professor Bolaji Kashim thanked Professor Olanrewaju for leaving a united department behind, adding that his effort at building the university in the area of socio-economic and prevention analysis, and tourism development planning is well appreciated
Professor David Oloruntoba Olanrewaju gave the 38th inaugural lecture of the federal university of Technology Akure and served as the acting Head of urban and regional planning department as well as the dean of the School of environmental Technology among others. The book of readings which comprises of forty-two chapters was printed and published by Yempet prints Limited Akure, and the launching coincides with professor Olanrewaju’s 71st birthday and one year after his retirement from FUTA