By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Fresh crisis is now brewing at the University of Ibadan over the prolonged tussle on the appointment of a substantive Vice Chancellor for the University.
New Nigerian reliably gathered that renewed crisis might not be unconnected with alleged plans to extend the tenure of the incumbent Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Babatunde Ekanola any moment from next Monday.
Sources close to the University said a meeting of the Institution’s council has been fixed for Monday, May 17 to resolve on the possibility of extending Professor Ekanola’s tenure as well as other issue about the University.
The sources alleged that some forces within the University are bent on extending the tenure of the Acting Vice Chancellor contrary to the laid down laws governing the University of Ibadan.
Specifically, our sources maintained that elongation of tenure for an Acting VC is alien to the University of Ibadan laws establishing University of Ibadan “allows appointment by the Senate of another qualified person as acting VC and not extension of tenure of incumbent.”
According to the sources, “there must not be a vacuum and so what should be done? The Law allows appointment by the senate of another qualified person as acting VC and NOT extension of tenure of incumbent”, the source said.
The situation has resulted in uneasy camp among stakeholders at the University while intense lobbying is on going for and against the possibility of extending the Acting Vice Chancellor’s tenure ahead of the Council meeting on Monday.
The Director of Communication at the University, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo while speaking with the New Nigerian said though the University Senate will be meeting on Monday, he is not in a position to know whether the issue of extending Acting VC will be part of their deliberations or not
Mr Oladejo quickly added that though the Senate being the highest decision making in the University are at liberty to take any decision, such will start have to come to the University Council for approval.