UI gets Acting Vice-Chancellor as Nasu to hold thanksgiving for Ex Vc

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Akinlabi Afolabi, Ibadan

Sequel to the directive of the Ministry of Education through the National Universities Commission to the Senate of the University of Ibadan to select one from among them to act as the Vice Chancellor of the University was met on Monday as senate appoints Prof Adebola Babatunde Ekanola as new Vice Chancellor.

It was, as expected, a tough meeting but one thoroughly guided by adherence to standard procedures. First Senate decided that the process would be, not by consensus but by voting. Arriving on this agreement took about two hours of discussion.

Second it called for nominations and seconding of nominations from members. Senate members nominated for the election were:

Prof Adebola Babatunde Ekanola (Current Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic)

Professor Olanike Adeyemo (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Innovation and Strategic Partnerships)

Prof. A. Oluleye (former Dean, Fauclty of Technology)

Prof. Adigun Agbaje (Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic)

Prof Gbemisola Oke (former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic)

According to speakers at the meeting, it was important that Senate took a united decision with demonstrated transparency in order to guard the autonomy of the university and prevent interference from government and politicians.

Members of Senate were therefore duly accredited afresh, and voting took place through secret ballot.

The result shows:

Prof Adebola Babatunde Ekanola = 275 votes

Professor Olanike Adeyemo = 13 votes

Prof. A. Oluleye = 80 votes

Prof. Adigun Agbaje = 15 votes

Prof Gbemisola Oke = 14 votes

The Senate strongly ratified the results, and adjourned.