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The Alumni Association of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State has expressed their condolences over the demise of Lagos State University, School of Communication lecturer, Professor Lai Muraino Oso who died last Saturday in a motor accident, at Ijebu Ode.

The alumni community in a statement also commiserated with the family and communication professionals over the loss of the renowned professor.

Prof. Oso was also a former deputy rector and head of the Mass Communication department at the institution.

Commenting on the death, the National President of Moshood Abiola Alumni Association (MAPALUM), Ezekiel Obasanya, said, “With the demise of Professor Oso, a treasure trove of communication scholarship has been extinguished. Unfortunately, his passing on Saturday, June 24, 2023, has left us in profound sorrow, but we submit to the will of God. We will miss his outstanding academic insights.”

Lasu Mass Communication Scholar
Late Communication Scholar, Prof. Lai Oso

Obasanya said Prof. Lai Oso stood as one of Nigeria’s foremost Communications scholars and his demise has left an irreplaceable void in the realms of academia and communication. 

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The statement reads further: 

“As the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Alumni Association, we are determined to uphold his legacy and continue his pursuit of excellence in the field of Media and Communication Studies.

“Professor Oso, an erudite scholar in the domain of Communications, has left an indelible mark on Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. He will be remembered as one of the earliest Academicians who dedicated their efforts to establishing the old Ogun State Polytechnic as a renowned academic institution. His loss is a significant blow to our alumni community.

“When he joined the services of Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta, in 1982 as a Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Professor Oso had an immense impact on numerous generations of scholars.

“Professor Lai Oso’s tenure as Deputy Rector and Head of the Mass Communication Department at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, further exemplified his commitment to nurturing exceptional talent. For our esteemed alumni members who benefited from his robust academic insights, he will forever be remembered as a legendary scholar in Media and Communication Studies. His influence extended far beyond Nigeria’s borders, particularly in the realm of development media.

“Renowned for his mentorship, knowledge sharing, scholarly contributions, and book publications, Professor Oso played a pivotal role in helping aspiring scholars achieve their academic ambitions. His impact on countless students over four decades cannot be overstated.

“The Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Alumni Association vows to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to commemorate the illustrious legacy of this erudite professor. Through various initiatives, we will work towards immortalizing his contributions to the field of Media and Communication Studies”.

During this difficult time, our thoughts, and prayers are with the family, loved ones, and the communication profession. We pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. May the soul of Professor Lai Muraino Oso rest in eternal peace.

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