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UI crisis: FG directs Senate to select acting Vice Chancellor tomorrow

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University of Ibadan

The Federal Government, yesterday, directed the University of Ibadan’s Senate (UI) to convene a special meeting to select one of its members as acting Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the institution.

Government said the candidate to be considered must not be a contestant for the position.

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Also, the government directed its Governing Council to suspend its tomorrow’s meeting at 10.00 a.m. and directed that it should be shifted to the afternoon of the same day.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in a letter to the university through the National Universities Commission (NUC), faulted the proposed Governing Council’s meeting.

According to the minister, whose letter to the varsity through its Pro-Chancellor was signed by Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics) on behalf of the Executive Secretary, NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, “since the outgoing Vice Chancellor’s tenure expires on Monday, it would be inappropriate for the Governing Council to convene a meeting as early as 10.00 a.m. same day to discuss and consider his possible successor…”

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“In view of the fact that the incumbent Vice Chancellor’s tenure expires on Monday, November 30, 2020, it is pertinent for the Council to meet to consider and approve the appointment of the Senate nominee as acting Vice-Chancellor,” the letter read.

“Following the appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor, the out-going Vice-Chancellor should hand over to the acting Vice-Chancellor possibly on Monday, November 30, 2020, or latest by Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

“The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council is also directed to attend a meeting with the Minister of Education in his office on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 11.00 a.m. to brief the Minister on developments, following the ministerial directives on the resolution of the impasse.

It would be recalled that the University of Ibadan has been embroiled in a crisis in the process of selecting its 13th Vice-Chancellor. 

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