The newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode Adebowale has pledged to prioritize the welfare of the staff of the institution.
Professor Adebowale stated this during his inauguration and thanksgiving service held at the Chapel of the Resurrection to mark his resumption of office as the Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Adebowale said the service was organized not only to acknowledge the supremacy of God and disapprove scientific evidence but to seek divine leading as he assumes office.
The 13th U.I Vice-chancellor who said he was not the best candidate for the job, however, called for collaboration of the stakeholders to achieve the mandate of the institution.
Earlier in a sermon entitled, “By strength shall no man prevail”, the Chaplain of the church, The Very Reverend Dr. Kayode Oyelade lamented the fallen academic standard of the institution as well as the inhumane and deceptive attitude that people manifested in the race for the office of the Vice-Chancellor.
The Very Reverend Dr. Oyelade who appealed for peace and support of the University community to enable the Vice-Chancellor to actualize the goal of the university urged the new Vice-Chancellor to eschew vengeance and be closer to God during and after his tenure.
Speaking on his expectation from the new Vice-Chancellor, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Idowu Olayinka noted that Professor Adebowale had an in-depth understanding of the university community urged him to build on the existing structures he left behind.
Highpoint of the event included special prayer for Nigeria, the university, and the new Vice Chancellor.