DR ABIDEEN OLAIYA is a rare gem amongst those aspiring to govern OYO state come 2019, born over fifty years ago to Sanusi clan of Oroye family in Oke Oluokun, Ibadan.
He attended the following Schools :1. University of Ibadan.1999 – 2006 (Ph.D)2. University of Ibadan. 1993 – 1995 (M.Sc)3.Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). 1987 – 1992 (B.Tech)4. The Polytechnic, Ibadan (Saki Campus). 1986 – 1987 (ND)5. Olubi Memorial Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan. 1981 – 1986 (WASC)6. Ibadan Municipal Government Primary School III Eleta, Ibadan.1975 – 1981 (PSLC)
All through his training period, he is either the best or among the best three. He carves a niche for himself in form of ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND MORAL RECTITUDE. He served as Leader in student union, trade union and sociopolitical associations for close to three decades to the extent that his record made an INDELIBLE MARK in each occasion.
He works both as A MANAGER and AN ENTREPRENEUR in private sector for about seven years before joining the public sector at Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria in 1999. He rose through the rank to the post of PRINCIPAL RESEARCH OFFICER in 2005; he was made PROGRAM LEADER Farming System Research and TWICE ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN of its branch of Academic Staff Union as well as PRESIDENT of the Muslim Community. He has been representing Nigeria at various International Cocoa Research Conferences, African Cashew Alliance and International Agroforestry Research Technical Association (INAFORESTA) since 2003 till date. He withdrew his service in 2007 to heed the call of his people to represent Oluyole Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
Dr Olaiya later joined the University system as LECTURER 1 in 2008, appointed to SENIOR LECTURER position in 2009, HOD in 2010, POST GRADUATE COORDINATOR since 2011 till date. He is presently an ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR of CROP ECOPHYSIOLOGY. He has contributed so many outstanding research output, teaches and supervises many Postgraduate Students as his contribution to Human Capital Development in the field of Agriculture. He is till date, the Executive Director of Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa (FOSAA).
DR OLAIYA’S active participation in politics dated back to 1995/96 when he contested for Ibadan South-East Local Government Chairman under Zero Party arrangement which he lost to Hon. Taofeek Arapaja. He subsequently teamed up with Elder Wole Oyelese in the formation of GDM, recontest the chairmanship position under GDM and won election to represent IBADAN SE/NE FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY in 1998 before the death of Head of State, Gen. Sanni Abacha. He was a foundation member of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998 and was amongst the thirteen (13) members from Oyo State that attended its inaugural meeting at Nicon Hilton Hotel, Abuja being a member of Chief Adeojo’s team. That was where a deal was struck to make Chief Haruna Elewi the party chairman and Chief Adeojo the Governorship candidate.
Dr Olaiya contested unsuccessfully for the party’s ticket as chairmanship and Federal Rep. in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He joined Chief Ladoja’s team in 2003 having his political son in the Oyo State House of Assembly. He contested for the Oluyole Federal seat in 2007 under Ladoja’s Labour Party and was violently robbed of victory using electoral umpire and subsequently sealed by corrupt judicial system. He did not contest in 2011 election when he backed CPC candidates. He also aspire to Oluyole Federal seat in 2015 election under Accord Party but was let down at the last minute. He returned to APC in 2016 to support President Buhari’s anti corruption fight in government circle.
Dr Olaiya’s main interest in politics stems from his passion for JUSTICE, MORALITY and GOOD GOVERNANCE. He hate CHEATING and CORRUPTION like devil and always come clean in all engagements, be it public or private. He is till date the chairman of POLITICAL AWARENESS GROUP OYO STATE (PAG).
In all, Alhaji Olaiya has positive attitude to life and will sacrifice all it takes to care for human welfare provided it’s within permissible limit.
Overall, Dr. Olaiya is Academically Sound, Morally Upright, an internationally Seasoned Scientist, Human Right Activist, Unionist, Erudite Islamic Scholar, Astute Administrator, Selfless Leader, Progressive, Well Exposed, Trustworthy, Charitable and a Grassroot Politician that is fearless but GOD FEARING.
Dr Olaiya is an Author, Public Analyst, Counsellor, Educationist, Prolific Writer and Orator who walk the talk.
Dr Olaiya is a member, Board of Directors of some Limited Liability Companies which are all based in Oyo State and he operates no foreign account. He is the founder and Pioneer chairman of the Non-interest Cooperative Society of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and MUTAKIF Partners Investment Club, Ibadan. He is widely travelled as CONSULTANT in Physiology/Production of Tropical Commodity Crops, Produce Certification and Farming System Research to Local and International Agencies.
Alhaji Olaiya is a grassroot politician that lives with his extended family in Oluyole Local Government, Oyo State.
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