The Governing Council of the University of Ibadan has approved the appointment of Prof. Adebola Ekanola as the acting Vice-Chancellor.
News Rain Nigeria gathered that the approval of the governing council was a sequel to the recommendation of the institution’s Senate for the appointment of a new acting vice-chancellor.
It is reported that Ekanola had earlier on Monday been elected at the special Senate meeting, following the directive of the National Universities Commission (NUC) as contained in its letter dated November 27.
Senate Elects Acting VC
The meeting of the council was presided over by the university’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Nde Joshua Waklek.
Ekanola, before his appointment, was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), while he had also served as the Director, Office of International Programmes (OIP) and the Dean, Faculty of Arts, among other appointments.
Confirming the governing council’s ratification in a statement, the institution’s Director of Public Communication, Olatunji Oladejo, stated: “It is confirmed that Prof. Adebola Ekanola has been appointed as the acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan on the recommendation of the Senate of the University.”
According to him, the Senate, following the election of Ekanola, had submitted his name to the Governing Council for ratification as the acting vice-chancellor of the university.
News Rain Nigeria also gathered that Ekanola’s election, held at the International Conference Centre of the university, was presided over by the Provost, College of Medicine, Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun.
Ekanola had polled 275 votes to defeat four other contestants. They were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation, and Partnerships), Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, who polled 13 votes; Prof. Adigun Agbaje, 15 votes; Prof. Ayo Oluleye, 80 votes, and Prof. Gbemisola Oke, 14 votes.
Based on the results of the election, the governing council chairman of the university, therefore, presented a certificate of credence to Ekanola, the new acting vice-chancellor.
It will be recalled that the process of electing the substantive vice chancellor for the institution had been enmeshed in controversy over allegations of non-compliance with due process and imposition of candidate by the outgoing vice-chancellor, Prof Idowu Olayinka.