Mobolaji Olurotimi Banjo was born in Lagos on 6th February 1946 to Mr. Michael Ayodele Banjo and Mrs. Agnes Titilola Banjo ( Nee Onibuwe –Johnson ) both of blessed memory.
He began his educational career at African Church Primary School , Ebute -Meta, Lagos, from 1954 – 1961 and proceeded to Ibadan Grammar School for his secondary school education from 1962 – 1966 . In 1967 he commenced work as a clerk with the Federal Ministry of Defense, ( Nigerian Army –Pay and Records, Arakan Barracks Apapa ). He later worked with the Nigerian Ports Authority ( Mechanical Workshop ) Apapa till 1970, when he voluntarily resigned his appointment to further his academic career.
His University education started at the Central YMCA Junior College, Chicago Illinois, USA in 1971 and by 1972 he moved to University of Nebreska, Lincoln Nebreska USA where he bagged his first degree in Chemistry (Bsc Chemistry) 1975 and Master Degree in Food Science and Technology in 1978 ( emphasis in Protein Chemistry and Food Engineering ) .cal Workshop ) Apapa till 1970, when he voluntarily resigned his appointment to further his academic career.
He returned to Nigeria in December 1978 and joined the Federal Ministry of Health, Food and Drugs Inspectorate Division in 1979. Between October 1980 and July 1984, Mobolaji O. Banjo worked in various top notch companies in Lagos as Production Chemist and Production Manager both at A.C Christleib Nigeria Ltd and Lipton of Nigeria Ltd respectively. After a brief spell in the private sector, he later worked for many years at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity , Factory Inspectorate Division, Where he retired as a Deputy Director in December 2005.
While in the service he attended several professional courses both local and International including :
Mr. Banjo has been supporting the institute in all activities aimed at moving the Institute forward even while in the public service, in his capacity as the General Secretary of Nigerian Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria ( NISCN ) since 1987. Over the years, Mr. M. O. Banjo attended almost all the Annual Conferences and Annual General Meetings organized by the Institute as well as other training courses organized by Lagos State Branch. Mr. M.O. Banjo has been a resource person and lecturer for our great Institute training program in Lagos state branch since 2008. He served as Vice –Chairman Lagos State Branch for four years (4year) - ( 2008 – 2011 ).
He is currently the Chairman of the Technical Committee set up to professionally proffer solutions to various challenges encountered by members at their workplaces and create avenue where new members without job experience go for internship to gain industrial work experience. The committee mandate also include the review of Advance HSE Training Manual to meet with the international training standard. The committee within a short period of time of its existence worked with some sense of dexterity and assiduity and produced the first group of interns who are today absorbed in two organizations in Lagos.