For more than three months, the stakeholders in the University of Ibadan and the general public have had the cause of understanding who is likely to become the new Vice Chancellor of the country’s oldest University. The position becomes vacant because the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka will cease to be the Chief Executive Officer of the University in November, 2020.
From application stage to the public debate, issues have emerged and addressed by the concerned stakeholders. With the less than a few weeks to the announcement of a new Vice Chancellor, a local campus news organisation reports that 6 out of 18 candidates have been shortlisted for final screening.
“The UI VC race reached its climax as 6 aspirants have been shortlisted to proceed to the final stage of the screening. The 18 aspirants for the position of the highest office in the University was pruned down to 6 at the screening conducted yesterday, Tuesday.
The shortlisted candidates include: Prof. Femi Mimiko; lecturer at the department of Political Science, OAU, Prof. Kayode Adebowale; DVC (Admin), and former DVC (Academics), Prof. Abideen Aderinto. The other three are Prof. Olusegun Ademowo of the College of Medicine, Prof. Olatunde Farombi; a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Toxicology and Prof. Babatunde Salako; former Provost of the College of Medicine, UI,” organisation says few hours ago.
Our analyst had earlier conducted a series of analyses on the selection processes and concluded that the University needs a strong leader who will advance the current gains and bring more achievements for every stakeholder.
As the screening commences today, our analyst notes that the University must screen and select the best three candidates for the Presidency. This is imperative considering pre-screen allegations and counter allegations from some stakeholders. It is also important that the University sets the right pace for others in terms of choosing a new Vice Chancellor based on merit and capability to deliver the needed change to the University community and Nigerian higher education in general.