On Monday, 30th Nov. 2020,the Senate of the University of Ibadan will hold a special meeting so as to select one of its members as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University.
this was noted by the News Agency of Nigeria which says that this came as a result of a letter from the National Universities Commission (NUC) ordering the suspension of the process of appointing a new Vice Chancellor for the institution which had stalled despite the directive from the Minister of Education on the matter.
A copy of an internal memo signed by Morenike Afolabi, Deputy Registrar of the Senate, Admission and Associated Institutions (SAAI), on behalf of the Registrar of the Institution and obtained by NAN, confirmed that the special meeting at the International Conference Centre was scheduled for 10 am.
‘Agendum: Selecting one of its members as Ag. Vice-Chancellor of the (The candidate must not be one of the contestants for the position of Vice-Chancellor). The memo read please attend and be punctual.
This will be the first time the nation’s Premier University would be appointing an Acting Vice Chancellor,says a source close to the institution’s management .
“It is a shame for the outgoing VC not to mentor(disciple) a successor. It has never occurred in the history of the university,’ said the source.
NAN recalled that the NUC had ordered the University Governing Council to name an Acting Vice-Chancellor on 30 November to take over from the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, in a letter dated 27 Nov. 2020.
Following the stalemate in the selection of a new vice-chancellor to succeed Olayinka, whose term expires on 30 Nov., the directive became expedient.
In a letter addressed to the Pro-Chancellor of the University, the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said that the appointment of the acting Vice-Chancellor was aimed at preventing a vacancy in the administration of the university.
Also , institution’s pro-chancellor, Nde Joshua Waklek, was summoned to Abuja by the NUC following a meeting held on Monday that resulted in another round of protests by the two non-academic staff unions, citing non-compliance with due process as reported by the NUC in its letter of 23 November 2020.
source : NNN