UI VC Selection and the Need for Televised Public Debate with the University Community, Nigerian Society

UI VC Selection and the Need for Televised Public Debate with the University Community, Nigerian Society

From the University community to the larger society, all eyes are on the people and committees in charge of the selection of a new Vice Chancellor. Since the creation of the University and appointment of indigenous professors as Vice Chancellors, this year’s selection and appointment remains the most debated. As captured in some of our previous analyses, it has generated a number of divided views driven by ethnicity, religion and politics [internal and external influences].

In preparation for the new administration after the end of Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka’s tenure, the outgoing Vice Chancellor, the congregation election has been held. Reports indicate that the election has never been really competitive like what was recorded in July, 2020. According to the reports, in the past, the University usually begged academic members to contest for posts to meet the required 153 seats. One of the factors that made this year’s election competitive is that some of the aspirants for the Vice Chancellorship position were seen printing and distributing form to their trusted ones.

From our previous analyses, it emerged that selection and appointment of the new Vice Chancellor should be done within academic and administrative leadership metrics including grants attraction factors [see Emerging Insights]. In the current piece, our analyst proposes a televised debate, where each candidate will present his or her plans to the University community and the larger society. This is imperative as it evident that the University needs to set the right example for other universities. Beyond this, Nigerians, especially the parents and guardians, including Alumni of the University have the right to know how any of the contenders will manage human and material resources for sustainable growth and development.

Emerging Insights

Exhibit 1: Grants and Participation Metrics

Source: Staff Profiles on the University’s Website, 2020; Others; Infoprations Analysis, 2020

Exhibit 2: Current and Previous Leadership Positions Metrics

Source: Staff Profiles on the University’s Website, 2020; Others; Infoprations Analysis, 2020

Exhibit 3: Academic Leadership Metrics

Source: Google Scholar, 2020; Infoprations Analysis, 2020

The Effects of the Debate

The debate will go in a long way of knowing capable contenders. Apart from this, the presentation and interaction will be reference points when it is necessary to hold who emerges accountable in the future. There is no doubt the televised debate will enable contenders to position themselves to the world beyond the abilities and capabilities stated in their resumes, which are not likely to be seen by the global audience [considering non-availability of most on the Internet]. It will also help in correcting some wrong impressions about the contenders.

 

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