UI VC Selection Process Suspended Over Allegations Of Corruption

The process of selecting a new Vice Chancellor for the University of Ibadan has been suspended.

The decision followed protest by some staff unions of the institution who alleged that the entire process was not transparent.

Adedayo Adelowo has the rest of the story.

Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria universities, SSANU, and Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, University of Ibadan Chapter had earlier shut down all activities in the institution in protest against the alleged plot to impose a vice chancellor on them.

The members of the associations in their numbers locked up the main entrance of the institution, shut all doors and put out electricity.

Justifying the action, Chairman, SSANU, Mr Wale Akinremi alleged that the vice-chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka and his team were determined to manipulate the process of selecting a new vice-chancellor for personal gains.

He said the unions had written petitions to the university council about two years ago and had not gotten any response till date.

Mr Akinremi said the unions were convinced that the process was corrupt, hence the need for the protest.

On his part, Chairman, College of Medicine, NASU, Mr Akinlade Akinlolu said the protest was to repel oppression and imposition stating that the unions would not sheath its sword until all the election processes were started afresh.

After hours of protest, Chairman of the University’s council, Dr Joshua Waklek who had been in Senate Building for hours announced that the process had been suspended.

Dr Waklek said the council would subsequently meet with the union leaders on the way forward.

Crisis had rocked the institution over the process of electing a new vice-chancellor.

Adedayo Adelowo

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