Education

Crisis greets planned selection of new V-C for University of Ibadan

Published

on

Just as the University of Ibadan is getting set to announce a new vice-chancellor on Wednesday, the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) are flexing muscles against the selection process.

Members of the unions barricaded the varsity’s gate on Wednesday, carrying placards condemning the process. Some other members of the unions stormed the university’s Council chamber where the final selection is to be made.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that their grievance is that they have a fear that the selection committee was planning to impose one of the candidates on the university.

The protest began also after the screening committee announced six finalists out of 18 professors eyeing the post.

The university’s NASU Chairman, Mr Malachy Etim, told NAN that the unions decided to make its grievances known because “the process of selection of a vice-chancellor for the university has been very faulty  from the beginning.

“They want to impose a candidate on us through this faulty process and we are saying we cannot accept any imposition.

“Yes, we have had internal crisis before, but the one that triggered today’s protest is the selection process.

“We are holding our congress right away and shall come up with a position in the event that the committee announces the candidate we think it wants to impose on us,’’ he said.

Chairman SSANU, Mr Wale Akinremi, also told NAN that members of the screening committee elected internally “got there through manipulated and fraudulent electoral process’’.

“We will never work with the candidate they plan to impose on us. We have even locked the varsity’s gate,’’ he said.

“We must restart the process. Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the sitting vice-chancellor, must hand over to an acting vice-chancellor,’’ he stressed.

Five of the six finalists are professors of the University of Ibadan, while one is from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

The six finalists were shortlisted after each of the 18 candidates made 15 minutes presentation before the screening committee comprising the entire Council members of the institution on Tuesday.

Three of the finalists are Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Prof. Olusegun Ademowo and Prof. Ebenezer Farombi.

The other three are Prof. Abideen Aderinto, Prof. Babatunde Salako and Prof. Femi Mimiko from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

The five-man screening panel is headed by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Nde Joshua Waklek.

Other members of the panel are two external representatives from the Federal Ministry of Education, Sir Ben Okoronkwo and Dr Uchena Uba.

The two elected representatives of the Senate in the screening committee are Prof. Ezekiel Ayoola and Prof. Peter Olapegba

When contacted, the university’s Director, Public Relations, Mr Tunji Oladejo, told NAN that he would not like to comment until the final announcement has been made.

Whoever emerges as the new vice-chancellor is expected to assume office on Dec. 1.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Alli Hakeem
Source: NAN

Emiola Ibukun

Emiola Ibukun: NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.ng. Disclaimer.

Latest News

UN Delegation visits South West State to discuss support and collaboration in 2021 Statement attributable to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the situation of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region Coronavirus – Gambia: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) South Africa‘s Workshop17 starts new year as a global awards finalist & announces plans for a new workspace concept in Joburg Senegal already produces Gas: Investors should look Onshore Ogun Govt plans to upgrade Staff Development Centre to Public Service College Concerned about reports of violence ahead of Uganda elections, Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure polls are inclusive, peaceful Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) OUT NOW! 2nd Edition of “Billions At Play” charts recovery path for African Oil & Gas Sector Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) WHO Eritrea supports the Ministry of Health maternity waiting homes in remote areas with essential supplies atingi eLearning platform reaches nearly 1 Million African youth in 1st year Africa COVID-19 cases top 3 million, first wave peak surpassed WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa The spectacular rise of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) under Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem Safeguard yourself from falling victim to online trading scams Coronavirus – Gambia: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa Please Help Bobi Wine and the People of Uganda Urge the International Community to Play an Active Role Calling on The Uganda Government to Hold Free and Fair Elections Without Intimidation and Violence Underhand tactics suspected in race for Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency African Business Council applauds the start of trading on the basis of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Bank of Khyber transforms to Temenos Core and Digital Banking Platform Within the Framework of Cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation: Five Ministers Witness the Signing of ITFC’s 2021 Program Totaling US$ 1.1 Billion Aimed at Providing Integrated Trade Solutions to Egypt Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (12th January 2021) Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (12 January 2021) Coronavirus – Uganda: COVID-19 update (12 January 2021) Switzerland and The Gambia sign cooperation agreements on migration and civil aviation Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (12th January 2021) Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (12 January 2021) How Nigerian Entrepreneur Oke Afolabi is Accelerating Digitalization of Banks in Nigeria Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 update (12 January 2021) Africa: the most ‘ready-for-circularity’ continent? Ending Violence in Mozambique Will Require United Effort; African Energy Chamber Stands Ready to Assist (By NJ Ayuk) BREAKING: WHO DG, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo, Mo Ibrahim, Graca Machel, Others, Emerge Winners In The ALM Persons Of The Year 2020 Awards UN agencies and partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile IMF Executive Board completes first and second reviews of the Central African Republic’s arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility and approves US$ 34.4 Million disbursement Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (12 January 2021) Humanitarian crisis looms in Southern Madagascar as drought and pandemic double number of hungry people DHL Global Forwarding invests 126.5 million rand in new facility in South Africa H.E. Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana confirmed for Mining Indaba Virtual Coronavirus – Uganda: COVID-19 update (11 January 2021) Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 update (11 January 2021) Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (11 January 2021) Ethiopia: MSF provides medical assistance to some of the most affected people in Tigray Militants continue to stage deadly attacks as insecurity expands into previously ‘safe’ zones in West Africa, Sahel, top official tells Security Council World Bank plans to invest over $5 Billion in Drylands in Africa Control Risks announces the Top 5 Risks for Business in 2021 Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 11 January 2021, 6 pm EAT Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (11 January 2021)