Nearly a year after the will job for the appointment of the 13th substantive vice-chancellor on the College of Ibadan was as soon as halted, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively allege that a brand current vice-chancellor is decided to emerge Thursday (currently).
Highly placed sources , who confided within the newspaper, nevertheless who enact no longer deserve to be named in print, confirmed that the eight candidates who scaled through the hurdles of the predominant screening are billed for any other round of interview Thursday by the 5-member joint senate and council various board of the university.
Earlier in 2020, about 18 aspirants had declared ardour to preserve over from the then 12th substantive vice-chancellor, Idowu Olayinka, nevertheless the technique was as soon as allegedly marred with irregularities, resulting in its suspension by the tuition minister, Adamu Adamu.
Diverse ardour groups at the side of indigenous ladies and men of Ibadan land, the host community, non secular communities and gender groups trust insisted they must be allowed to manufacture the following university’s vice-chancellor for what they described as causes of balancing and fairness.
The many workers’ unions moreover protested towards the processes with the Joint Action Committee comprising the non-tutorial unions staging silent protests on the campus.
The then chairman of the university’s governing council, Joshua Waklek, was as soon as accused of bias and that the then outgoing vice-chancellor was as soon as the one reportedly pulling the strings.
The inconclusive job resulted in the appointment of Adebola Ekanola, a professor of Philosophy, as an appearing vice-chancellor by the university’s senate in November, 2020.
Modern speed begins
Following the appointment of a brand current governing council led by a worn chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Odigie Oyegun, a brand current job of appointing a substantive vice-chancellor soon commenced.
Within the intervening time, the appearing vice-chancellor, who did no longer participate within the technique in 2020, it appears on tale of his professorship was as soon as decrease than the mandatory 10 years as required by the must haves for utility job, has, nonetheless, confirmed ardour having met the requirement.
Mr Ekanola’s appointment as a professor in 2011 was as soon as mentioned to trust clocked 10 years earlier within the year, prompting him to repeat ardour in changing into a substantive VC.
Within the intervening time, rather then Mr Ekanola, 15 other dons confirmed ardour and utilized.
The applicants, all professors, encompass, Kayode Adebowale of the Division of Chemistry, Aderemi Raji-Oyelade of the Division of English; Adeyinka Aderinto of the Division of Sociology; Emiola Olapade-Olaopa of the Faculty of Medication, and Temitope Alonge of the College Faculty Properly being facility (UCH).
Others are George Ademowo of the Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Medication; Kolawole Olaniran of the Division of Trainer Education; Ganiyu Aderounmu, Ebenezer Farombi of Biochemistry, Hakeem Faweyinmi of the College of Port Harcourt, Rasaq Kalilu of the division of Gleaming and Utilized Arts, Ladoke Akintola College of Expertise (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso; Oladele Layiwola of the Institute of African Study; Oluwafemi Mimiko of the division of World Household members, Obafemi Awolowo College (OAU), Ile-Ife; Anthony Kolawole, and Babatunde Salako, a worn provost of the university’s faculty of treatment and now the director-traditional of the Nigerian Institute of Clinical Study in Lagos.
Eight scale first hurdle
Besides Mr Raji, an Ibadan indigene, who withdrew from the speed, the predominant round of screening conducted on Wednesday by the will board for the closing 15 candidates, pruned down the resolve to eight.
The eight successful candidates encompass the appearing vice-chancellor, Mr Ekanola; a deputy vice-chancellor, Adebowale; Aderinto, Farounbi, Aderoumu, Fawehinmi, Ademowo and Salako.
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PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the candidates are on the second being grilled by the 5-member joint senate and council various board which is chaired by Mr Oyegun. Assorted members of the board are Masud Kazaure and Abubakar Maikarfi representing the governing council while the duo of Peter Olapegba and Ezekiel Ayoola signify the university’s Senate.
This newspaper authoritatively learnt that Mr Oyegun will address a briefing on Thursday evening to conceal the candidate with the last note derive to the overall public because the university’s 13th substantive vice-chancellor.
The spokesperson for the university, Olatunji Oladejo, in a phone interview with our reporter, simply mentioned the strategy of the appointment of the vice-chancellor has been at ease and that he might presumably perhaps no longer suppose one thing further.
The College of Ibadan has been enmeshed in disaster within the closing 365 days over the appointment of a brand current vice-chancellor.
The technique had been greeted by a series of protests by the non-tutorial workers unions below the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee, accusing the dissolved governing council of bias.
The JAC comprises the university’s chapters of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Tutorial Staff Union.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his speech on the institution’s convocation ceremony honest recently, condemned the controversies surrounding the will job and threatened penalties towards someone chanced on guilty of manipulating the technique.
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