A new Vice Chancellor, albeit in acting capacity, has emerged for the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State. He is Professor Anthony Elujoba of the Faculty of Pharmacy.
His emergence comes barely 24 hours after the Federal Government ordered the Senate of the school to use its internal mechanism in selecting a new Vice Chancellor.
There has been series of protests against the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole, who has been accused of mismanaging resources of the institution.
In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, President Buhari directed the Senate not to consider any of the candidates who earlier contested for the position.
The Senate of the institution approved the appointment of Professor Anthony Elujoba as the acting VC.
Workers and students of the institution recently trooped out in jubilation following the dissolution of the school’s governing council and the suspension of the selection of the vice chancellor by the federal government.
According to the staff and students, the federal government’s decision was a step towards the redemption and integrity of the institution, which for weeks had been hit by crisis after the exit of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole.
In another development, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State has announced Prof. Samuel Ekundayo Alao as the new Vice Chancellor. He will resume work next month.
A statement from the institution said the governing council, headed by Mr Adedeji Adeleke, also appointed other principal officers.
Alao was the Provost, College of Social Sciences, Babcock University, where he also served as Deputy Vice Chancellor. He was General Manager of Times Publications Division of The Daily Times Nigeria Plc.
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