President Buhari Greets First Female Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams At 89

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President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with Grace Alele-Williams, Professor of Mathematics and First Nigerian female Vice-Chancellor at University of Benin, on her 89th birthday, December 16, 2021, rejoicing with the educationist for removing glass ceilings and paving way for women empowerment.


President Buhari congratulates the educationist on her achievements over many years, inspired by vision and hardwork, becoming the first female to earn a Ph.D in Nigeria, 1963, and using her resources to create opportunities for other women, particularly in getting education.


The President notes the historic role Prof. Alele-Williams played in sanitizing the University of Benin of cultism, and her many sacrifices in giving the younger generation a sense of purpose through guidance and counselling.


President Buhari joins family members, friends and academia in celebrating with the former Vice-Chancellor, whose honours include, Fellow of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education, merit award winner of old Bendel State in Nigeria, regional Vice-President for Africa of the Third World Organization for Women in Science, Chairman of the African Mathematical Union Commission for Women in Mathematics and first President of the African Mathematical Union Commission on Women in Mathematics.


The President prays for good health and strength for the renowned scholar, consultant, publisher and administrator.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
December 15, 2021

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