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UI Needs Good Crisis Manager As Substantive VC To Restore Lost Glory – Group

University of Ibadan

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

A group, the Campaign for Academic Freedom and Excellence (CAFE) on Monday declared that the nation’s Premier University, the University of Ibadan needs a good crisis manager as substantive Vice Chancellor to restore its lost glory and unity.
The group in a statement  signed by its Coordinator, Ayanlola Ayanteju made available to newsmen in Ibadan emphasized that there is the need to take University of Ibadan out of its present conundrum of leadership crisis 
CAFE in the statement stressed “the present leadership of the university must consciously and carefully  initiate a credible and transparent process that will produce acceptable leadership for the university who will lead us to reclaim the lost glory.”
“We agree that there is need for a good crisis manager who can take the University of Ibadan out of the conundrum of leadership crisis we have plunged into, and restore our lost glory and unity. We need to stop the current harvest of hates and replace it with transplanting of love by a people manager”, it said
The group added, ” a bridge  builder. There is need to avoid planting the seeds of destruction and disunity  amongst staff and students. We all must be prepared to safe our university in order to retain its nobility and in tandem with the spirit of our motto: *Recte Sapere Fons* (For knowledge and sound judgement).”
It maintained that CAFE “as a stakeholder, we are worried that a simple process has been turned into a war-like and ‘inconclusive’ process which has dragged the image of the University into the mud due to the ignoble act of one man who was desperate to cover up his tracks of poor leadership and bury the carcass of his mis-governance of the university.”
“CAFE therefore sees nothing wrong in the various interventions so far made by the Federal Government to help salvage the situation and redeem the already battered image of the premier University which is far sinking into an abyss.The immediate past administration, no doubt, was responsible for bringing the name of the once enviable University to disrepute through the despotic leadership style of the outgone VC.”
The statement stressed, “like many fair minded observers, this group made several releases to warn the then leadership of the University of the grave consequences of manipulating the selection process and introducing strange ideas into the system”, saying, “against all appeals, and despite several petitions with unprecedented evidences against the VC alleging his special interests at imposing a candidate on the community, the University governing council was misled to continuing with a tainted selection process
“There were petitions from many groups on campus, notably; The Gaskya Group (TGG), Coalition for Autonomy of Universities in Nigeria (CAUN), The Torch bearers and the Liberators, amongst others, appealing to all stakeholders to rise and condemn the emerging obnoxious trend and take technical note of the dangerous politics playing out on the campus which could plunge the university into an unprecedented calamity. These patriotic groups warned of an implosion. But those warnings were discarded like the proverbial dog that got missing for refusing to heed the hunter’s call. “
CAFE lamented that the “Council Chairman was consistently misadvised by some members of the council whom investigations revealed have been heavily compromised, and promised positions in the University. The once-vibrant University Senate has been turned into a political party, and decisions taken for political motives.”



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