Race for election of another VC for UI begins

Despite the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to boycott the online meeting which held on Monday to begin the exercise towards electing another Vice Chancellor, the management of the University of Ibadan has still gone ahead to advertise for qualified persons to fill the position by December 1, 2020.

The five-year tenure of the incumbent CV, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, will expire on November 31, 2020. He had succeeded Professor Isaac Adewole who left office and was immediately appointed Minister for Health by President Muhammadu Buhari in his first term.

The leadership of the Ibadan branch of ASUU had kicked against holding the online meeting, citing Section 2 of the ongoing Strike Guidelines which forbids any member to attend any meeting, whether physical or online.

The section reads: “Members are further reminded that the current strike is indefinite, total and comprehensive. No teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings (whether physical or electronic) of any kind (Senate, Council, College, Faculty/Departmental Boards, Committees, etc).”

In spite of the opposition to the process by ASUU, whose members are also part of the VC selection team, the management on Tuesday advertised the position through the Secretary to the University’s Council, Olubunmi Faluyi, who listed the conditions to be met by the would-be VC.

According to the release obtained by New Telegraph: “The candidate for the post of Vice Chancellor is required to possess a good university education and should be a proven, successful manager of human and material resources.”

Specifically, the candidate shall be expected to: “(a) be a highly distinguished scholar of the rank of Professor, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience on that level and demonstrate ability to provide academic and administrative leadership for such a well-established institution;

 (b) be a person of proven integrity; (c) be not more than 65 years old as at the date of possible assumption of duty on 01 December, 2020; (d) command the respect of the national and international academic communities through his/her track record; (e) strengthen the bridges between staff, students and other members of the University community; (f) be a person with a clear vision for the development of the University (g) enjoy excellent physical and mental health; (h) attract the much-needed funds into the university”.

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