Prof. Monioluwa Omolara Olaniyi

Monioluwa Omolara Olaniyi

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Monioluwa Omolara Olaniyi is a Professor in Nematology with accomplishments and professional work experience spanning more than 26 years. She earned a B.Tech. degree in Crop Production in 1988 from the Federal University of Technology Akure, a M.Sc. Agricultural Biology in 1990 from the University of Ibadan, another M.Sc. in Nematology (Biology) from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 1994 and a PhD. Applied Biological Science from the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) also in Belgium in 2003. She holds Comptia A+ certification (2010) and is also an Oracle Certified SQL expert (2010). She received a Postgraduate Certificate in Biosafety of Plant Biotechnology in 2009 from the University of Ghent and Certificate in Management of Higher Education Institutions in 2018 coordinated by the German Exchange Services (DAAD).
She joined the services of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in December, 2011 and has served the university in the following capacity among others: pioneer Director, Mushin Study Centre (2015-2016); Member, University Governing Council (2016-2017); first elected HOD, Department of Environmental Science (2016-2018), first elected Dean, Faculty of Sciences 2016-2018 and re-elected, 2018-2020. In her first term in office, she laid a sound foundation of academic culture in the Faculty of Sciences, led the Faculty to recently come up with a proposal on multimedia / multidimensional approach to administering practical science in ODL, and three programmes (B.Sc. Biology, B.Sc. Chemistry, B.Sc. Physics) in the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences successfully received NUC accreditation, being the first time presentation.

  • Dean, Faculty of Sciences





  • Developing integrated and environmentally friendly options (including biocides, biocontrol, bioremediation) in plant diseases and pest management
  • Plantain / banana research, especially protection bioethics
  • Ethnobotany, Conservation and cultivation of medicinal and underutilized plants
  • Bioremediation of organically polluted environment (soil and water)
  • Biosafety of plant biotechnology 
  • Development of effective techniques for the administration of practical science in open and distance learning
  1. Olaniyi, M.O. (2018). Strengthening the Teaching of Practical Science in Open and Distance Learning and Establishing Sustainable Culture of Applied Research at the Faculty of Sciences of the National Open University of Nigeria. In: Peter Mayer and Marc Wilde (Eds). Managing Change at Universities – A selection of case studies from Africa and Southeast Asia – Volume III. University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrück, 2015 Postfach 1940, 49009 Osnabrück, Germany (In Press).
  2. Olaniyi, M.O. (2017). Significance of multidisciplinary approach to science research in national development and need for adequate research funding. NOUN Journal of Physical and Life Sciences (In Press)
  3. Oso, A. A., Longe, O. O. and Olaniyi, M. O. 2016. Nematicidal effects of red acalypha (Acalypha wilkesiana) on plantain yield and corm damage by nematodes.  International Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Research 2(3):549-557
  4. Olaniyi, M.O. 2015. Plantain ratooning pattern and associated plant parasitic nematode densities as influenced by paring and organic mulch types. International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research 6 (1): 315-321.
  5. Olaniyi, M. O. 2014. A strategy for the development of a drought-tolerant genetically modified plantain. International Journal of Emerging Knowledge 2(1):1-7.
  6. Olaniyi, M.O. 2014. Nematode Damage to Plantain (Musa spp. AAB-Group) at Flowering as Affected by Paring and Organic Mulch in South-western Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology 8(9): 25-31. 
  7. Olaniyi, M.O. 2014. Potentials of biotechnology in crop production and environmental management in Nigeria and biosafety implications. International Journal of Emerging Knowledge 1(11): 193-99.
  8. Olaniyi, M.O. 2014. Saving the environment through nematological innovations and technological development. Invited lead paper of the 2nd biennial conference of the Nigerian Society of nematologists. Nigerian Journal of Nematology 2:9-18.
  9. Olaniyi, M.O. and de Oliveira, D.E. 2014. Hypothetical expression of an engineered cysteine proteinase inhibitor (OC-IDD86) for nematode resistance in transgenic plantain and field testing. International Journal of Emerging Knowledge 1(10): 174-184.
  10. Olaniyi M. O. and Osuloye, O. F. 2014. Cultivar differences in plantain growth response to mycorrhizal inoculant and effect on incidence of plant parasitic nematodes. Advances in Life Science and Technology 23: 97-105.
  11. Olaniyi, M. O. and Osuloye, O. F. 2014. Cultivar differences in the level of protection against plant parasitic nematodes conferred by mycorrhizal fungi association on plantain. Journal of Natural Sciences Research 4(17): 153-158
  12. Oso, A.O. and Olaniyi, M. O. 2014. Potency of red acalypha leaf extract against pests in pared and non-pared plantain sucker. Nigerian Journal of Nematology 2: 63-76. 
  13. Oso, A. A., Olaniyi, M. O. and Ayodele, O. J. 2014. Plantain production systems of Ekiti and Ondo States, Nigeria: farmers’ perception of loss in perennial productivity and abandonment of orchards. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology 3(6): 630-637.
  1. Editor-in-Chief, NOUN Journal of Physical and Life Sciences (2017-date)
  2. Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Journal of Nematology (2012-2015)
  3. Secretary, Constitution drafting Committee, Nigerian Society of Nematologists (2011-2012)
  4. Member, Nigerian Society of Nematologists (NISON)
  5. Member, Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP)
  6. Member, International Biometric Society (IBS)
  7. Member, Organisation for Women in Science in Developing Nations (OWSD)
  8. Member, PROMUSA network for the coordination of Musa (plantain / banana) research
  1. Olaniyi, M.O. (2018). Sustainable Nematode Management. Lead paper presented at the 4th Biennial Conference of the Nigerian Society of Nematologists (NISON), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, 17-20 September, 2018.
  2. Olaniyi, M.O. and Oso, A.A. (2018). Management of plant-parasitic nematodes and banana weevils on plantain with Acalypha wilkesiana. Paper presented at the 3rd  Annual Conference of Society for Medicinal Plants and Economic Development (SOMPED) 2018 held from 26-30 August, at Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  3. Olaniyi, M.O. (2018. Beating plastic Pollution: Plastic Pollutions and the need to effectively recycle. Presented at the sensitization workshop on World Environment Day
  4. Olaniyi, M.O. (2018). Features of a grant-winning research proposal. Presented at the one-day in-house workshop on accessing research grants and publishing research results of the Faculty of Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria held on 5th April, 2018. 
  5. Olaniyi, M.O. (2018). Challenges of Teaching and Research in Open and Distance Learning System: Case Study of the Faculty of Sciences. Paper presented at the in-house workshop on academic matters of the Faculty of Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria held on 20th February, 2018.
  6. Olaniyi, M.O. (2018). Leadership and Communication. A paper presented at the in-house workshop on administrative matters of the Faculty of Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria held on 20th February, 2018.
  7. Olaniyi, M.O. (2017). Biocides and Other Environmentally Friendly Options in the Control of Plant Parasitic Nematodes and Banana Weevils. A seminar presented at the monthly seminar series, Faculty of Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). 3 March, 2017.
  8. Olaniyi, M. O. (2017). International Deans’ Course Africa 2017/2018, Part I, Osnabrück / Berlin, Germany from 19th to 30th June, 2017. Technical session presented on “Process of developing strategic plan for Strategic Management at the National Open University of Nigeria”. 26 June, 2017.
  9. Olaniyi, M.O. (2017). Research networking: Experience with global north countries. Presented at Open University, UK and Alliance GCRF Conference, Watson Hall, Milton Keynes, UK. Resource Person, 7 July, 2017.
  10. Olaniyi, M.O. (2017). Status of Resource Development in Science Teaching and Research at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Collaborative Workshop between Faculty of Sciences, NOUN and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Faculty, Open University, Watson Hall, Milton Keynes UK. 6 July, 2017
  11. Olaniyi, M.O. (2014). Saving the environment through nematological innovations and technological development. A lead paper presented at the second biennial conference of the Nigerian Society of Nematologists at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), 14-16 September, 2014.



  1. International Foundation for Science (IFS)scholarship for Collaborative Research Workshop on Neglected and Underutilized Crops, and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Week, International Foundation for Science, Sweden, 15-19 July, 2013. 
  2. VLIR-UOS, Belgium Scholarship for workshop on "Banana research in Africa: Modern breeding techniques, regulatory and biosafety issues".19-30 September, 2016. Kampala, Uganda. 
  3. STEM Faculty, Open University visit sponsorship to Open University, UK for workshop on the preparation of science practical learning materials for open and distance learning; a collaboration of the Open University, UK with the National Open University of Nigeria. 6-7 July, 2017.
  4. German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) award for International Deans’ Course Africa 2017 / 2018. Part I held in Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences and Free University Berlin, Germany June 19 – 30, 2017; Part II held at held in Uganda in collaboration with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. November 8 -10, 2017; Part III, held 5th to 8th February, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.