As the University of Ibadan and Nigerians await announcement of a new Vice Chancellor of the University, available information from the University of Ibadan indicates that is ready to grill applicants ahead of selection and appointment of competent one by the Federal Government.
This was disclosed to our analyst by Professor Ayobami Ojebode, the Chair of the Committee set up to organise the 2020 UI Community Forum for the contenders. The debate would hold on Thursday 17 September, 2020. According to Professor Ojebode, this is the fourth time of the event. The public debate has been previously held in 2000, 2010 and 2015. Professor Ojebode notes that this year’s event would be held via Zoom [a virtual meeting place] and other platforms.
“I am chair of the committee set up to organise the 2020 UI community forum. The UI Community Forum is usually organised to enable community members to meet the aspirants, listen to them and ask them questions. It is a non-scoring event; therefore, it is optional. The event is being organised by all the five unions on campus. ASUU, SSANU, NASU, NAAT and Students’ Union.”
According to him, the event will be chaired by Ambassador Dr Akinyemi Bamidele Farounbi, Nigeria’s former ambassador to the Philippines and moderated by Chief Bisi Adesola, a business mogul.
As the race to the University’s Vice Chancellorship seat heats up, our analyst observes that this event will go in a long way of helping Nigerians and the global academic community understand who among the applicant has the right qualities and capacity to lead the country’s oldest University in the next five years. In one of our analyst’s previous analyses, his argument [based analysed data] was some of the contenders have contributed to the public understanding of the University in the last five years.
He has also noted that the need for televised public debate the University Community and Nigerian society. “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,” our analyst stressed.