The General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) Ministries and Chancellor of Mountain Top University, Dr Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, has been appointed as Professor of Biotechnology by the institution.
According to a statement from the school, Olukoya’s appointment as professor is the “result of the positive consideration by relevant review Committees and Council of the University following the assessments of his publications by some of the world’s best scholars in Biotechnology, each of whom found him to be eminently appointable as Professor of Biotechnology.
“It needs to be underscored that this appointment is indeed well-deserved by Prof. D. K. Olukoya, who is an epitome of all-round excellence”.
Olukoya bagged a first-class honours degree in Microbiology from the University of Lagos in 1980. He obtained his doctoral degree (Ph.D) at a record time in Molecular Genetics, from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, in 1984.
Thereafter, he taught Genetics at the University of Lagos and was an external examiner to a number of universities in and outside Nigeria.
He also engaged himself as a distinguished researcher and exceptional Geneticist at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research between 1984 and 1998, during which he produced more than 70 scientific publications in local and international journals in the area of Microbiology and Biotechnology. He has also been cited more than a thousand times by scholars across the world.
“Not only has the new Professor of Biotechnology cut a niche for himself among eminent scholars in Microbiology and Biotechnology across the world, he had equally supervised many postgraduate students and continues to serve as a mentor and motivator to many Nigerian Microbiologists and Biotechnologists, many of whom have risen to professorial cadres in universities in and outside Nigeria.
“The impact and interests of the new Professor of Biotechnology have not been limited to his activities as a committed Scientist and exemplary researcher, but it has been generously extended to his heavy investment in the running of a private biotechnology laboratory for over many years. The objective of the laboratory is to train university students in molecular genetics and biotechnology on the basis of the financial inability of most universities to provide such vital laboratories or even provide the manpower that is indispensable to man the teaching and practical handling of the two subjects. This exceptional provision has enabled many students to bridge the gaps that their universities have left unattended to and that would have had very adverse and negative effects on their interests in Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics and their practical grasp of the two subjects.
“It needs to be mentioned that Prof. D. K. Olukoya was severally offered this position in 1990s by many Universities. But, he chose to pursue his ministerial destiny, as directed by God.
“The authorities, members and friends of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, across the world, heartily congratulate our leader and mentor, Prof. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, on his very eminently deserved appointment as Professor of Biotechnology.”