Stories byYinka Lawal
No fewer than 12 professors’ battle to become the Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan as the tenure of the present Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole comes to an end before the end of the year.
Information reaching us revealed one out of the 12 candidates, Professor, A. Adedeji who wants to succeed Adewole is not from the institution but the other eleven are staff of the university.
The 11 Professors are O.O. Layiwola (Institute of African Studies), O.O. Akinyinka (Pediatrics), F.O. Egbokhare (Linguistics and African Languages), Arinola O. Sanya (Physiotherapy), B.O. Fagbemi (Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology).
Others are Professors L. Popoola (Forest Resources Management), A.I. Olayinka (Geology), A.I. Oluleye (Industrial and Production Engineering), O.D. Olaleye (Virology), A.E. Falaye (Aquaculture and Fisheries Management) and A.A. Agbaje (Political Science).
While speaking on the development, the Chairman of the University of Ibadan Community Forum 2015, Prof. Nelson Fashina, stated that the forum put together by all the unions in the university would host a platform during which all the candidates would interact with the university community towards a democratic emergence of a new vice chancellor.
Fashina, who maintained that the forum does not have power as to who becomes the next vice chancellor, however, said the interactive platform with the university community will enable the community listen to the candidates and keep records of the plans or manifestos of whoever emerges and be able to hold him or her accountable.
He added that all the candidates have been invited for the interactive session, noting that the forum was set up to give a level-playing ground to all the contestants.
It would be recalled that Adewole whose tenure will lapse in November, has been adjudged to have run a generally peaceful tenure that is also noted for transformation and maintenance of industrial peace among unions on campus.