The governing council of the University of
Lagos (UNILAG) has announced the appointment
of Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello, a Professor of
Chemical Engineering as the 11th Vice-Chancellor
of the university.
The appointment which is for a period of five
years and takes effect from Monday, November
12, 2012, was announced over the weekend in a
statement by the governing council.
According to the statement, “the Governing
Council at its special meeting held on November
10, 2012 unanimously adopted the report of the
Selection Board that Professor Rahamon Adisa
Bello be appointed Vice-Chancellor with effect
from Monday, November 12, 2012.”
Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello
Professor Bello who was the Deputy Vice-
chancellor (Management Services) has been
serving in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in
an acting capacity since May 12, 2012.
Born on October 6, 1948, in Iboro, Yewa North
Local Government Area of Ogun State, Professor
Rahamon Adisa Bello attended Egbado College,
Ilaro, Ogun State for his secondary school
education and passed out in 1966 with Grade
One in the West African School Certificate
He later attended Technical College, Ibadan,
now The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and obtained the
Ordinary National Diploma in Mechanical
Engineering in 1968.
Professor Bello proceeded to University of Ife
(now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he
graduated with First Class Honours degree in
Chemical Engineering (1974).
Professor Bello started work as a Mechanical
Engineering Technician with the Nigerian
Tobacco Company in 1969, and after graduation
at Ile-Ife in 1974, he served his NYSC year with
the then North-Eastern State Ministry of
Commerce and Industry in Maiduguri.
He worked briefly at the Federal Ministry of
Petroleum Resources as a Petroleum Engineer
before proceeding to the University of Waterloo,
Canada, where he earned M.A.Sc (1977) and PhD
(1981) in Chemical Engineering.
He joined the service of the University of Lagos
as Assistant Lecturer in 1977 and rose steadily to
the posts of Lecturer II, Lecturer 1 and Senior
Lecturer, in 1981, 1982 and 1985 respectively.
He was appointed Associate Professor in 1991
and Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998.
Professor Bello specializes in Biochemical
Engineering Processes and has carried out
researches and consultancy in Industrial
He has supervised many postgraduate students
and taught courses in Chemical Process
Industries, Transport Phenomena, Biochemical
Engineering and so on.
He has also been a reviewer of various national
and international journals including the Journal
of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineering,
African Journals of Science and Technology and
Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering.
Professionally, he has offered consultancy and
professional services to various organizations
including; Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Nig.
Ltd., Elf Petroleum, Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, Proceng Limited, among others.
He was the National Project Manager for the
UNDP/ILO project on “Strategies for Self-
Employment Promotion” in 1991/1992. He later in
1994 became a member of the Ogun State
Executive Council as the State Commissioner for
Special Duties, a position he held till 1996.
Professor Bello was a member of the Central
Working Group of Vision 20-2020 and served as
alternative Chairman for the Energy and
Transportation Sub-section. He has also been a
member of the Governing Council of Olabisi
Onabanjo University (2007-2011), and Ogun
State College of Education.
In the University of Lagos, he was the Head of
Department of Chemical Engineering between
1999 and 2002; Chairman, Biotechnology Group
from 2000; Chairman, Human Resources
Development Board (2003-2009); Chairman,
UNILAG Muslim Community from 2005 and
Member, University Senate (1988-1992 and 1998
to date).
He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Management Services) in April 2010 and became
the Acting Vice-Chancellor in May 12, 2012.
Professor Bello is a Fellow of the Nigerian
Society of Chemical Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian
Society of Engineers and Fellow, Nigerian
Academy of Engineering.
Professor Bello is a community man. He has been
the Chairman of his own community’s
association in Lagos, Yewa Union Lagos since
Professor Bello is married and blessed with four
children, all of whom are alumni of the
University of Lagos.