Name: Prof. Tajudeen Ademola AKANJI (Director)
Email: [email protected]
Professor Tajudeen Akanji obtained a PhD in Industrial and Peace Education from the University of Ibadan in January 1998, and a certificate in Conflict Prevention, Intervention, Reconciliation and Reconstruction from Transcend Peace University, Romania. He joined the services of the Federal Ministry of Defence and worked at the Technical Training Group, Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force in Kaduna between 1991 and 1995. While in Kaduna, he served as the Training Records Officer of the Nigerian Air Force and head of the General Academics at the Aircraft Maintenance School. He later joined the services of the University of Ibadan as Lecturer II in February 2001 and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in October 2013. Professor Akanji has also served the University of Ibadan in several capacities. He was the coordinator, M.Ed. programme in the Department of Adult Education where he also served as Postgraduate Coordinator at different times. He was the Director, Annual National Conference of Industrial Relations; Industrial Education Unit Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator, External Degrees Programme. He has served as Adjunct Lecturer in the Institute of African Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan; the defunct Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan. He also served as Senate Representative on the Board of the Senior Staff Housing Allocation Committee, the International School; University of Ibadan Sports Council and Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee. Professor Akanji was at different times Acting Chairman of the University of Ibadan Sports Council and led the UI team to the Bi-lateral Games in University of Ghana, Legon in 2007.
Professor Akanji is a member of several learned societies including Nigeria National Council for Adult Education; Nigeria Society of Victimology; National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Nigeria; Academy of Criminal Justice Science; Board of Trustees, Foundation for Victims of Child Abuse; member, West African Civil Society Forum, a member of Nigeria Institute For Training and Development, a Fellow of the Chattered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, and a fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice. He was also a member of the team of the UNESCO/NEMA Experts Meeting on Interfacing Modern and Indigenous Early Warning System to build resilience of vulnerable communities to the vagaries of climate change and promoting Disaster Risk Reduction in sub Saharan Africa. He has served on several government committees at the local, state and federal levels including Expert member, Advisory Committee on Repositioning the Education Sector in Oyo State; Presidential Committee on the Disposal of Special Detainees linked with Boko Haram Insurgency. Professor Akanji served as a member of the Transition Committee set up by President Mohammadu Buhari as President Elect in 2015 to produce the blueprint for Security and Anti-corruption.
Professor Akanji has published over 70 journal articles, chapters in books and conference proceedings, and public presentations. As an academic mentor, Professor Akanji has supervised 10 Doctoral thesis and over 100 Masters degree projects in various aspects of Adult Education and Peace and Conflict Studies including Industrial Education, Peace Education and Social Welfare.