By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
An Education Group, Education Governance with Integrity (EGI) on Saturday asked the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan to disqualify two candidates contesting as Senate Representatives on the Board for the appointment of Vice Chancellor.
The Group in a statement by its Public Relations Officer Segun Adebayo urged the Chief John Odigie Oyegun led Council to take this step as a way of making the selection process credible and transparent.
In the statement, the group said the two Senate representatives have been allegedly implicated ” as biased candidates in a petition before the council as routing for a candidate of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka.”
It noted that ” the integrity of the process is being challenged with the refusal of the about 10 candidates in the recently held Community Forum where only one candidate from within and three from outside participated.”
EGI identified the two Senate representatives as ” Prof P.O Olapegba and Prof. E.O Ayoola, and that the Council should ” review the petition against the duo ahead of the October 12 elections in order to get the emergence of the best of the over 15 candidates as jostling to become UI next Vice Chancellor.”
“UI awards certificates based on character and learning and people with dubious character should not be allowed to emplaced those less qualified to govern UI. It is a clarion to call to Council Chairman Odigie Oyegun and the Alumni association to step up and ensure this is not pushed under the carpet”, it said
EGI added, ” it is important to note that all candidates who contested in the previous discredited process have stepped down except the duo of Professors Olapegba and Ayoola who petitions were written against them as having special interest in a particular candidate”.
According to the group, ” this was why the Ministry of Education asked that the process should be kick started. It is imperative the the Council reviews this again ahead of the election and read the Instruction from the Ministry of Education on what needs to be done. May the University of Ibadan continues to tower highest.”
New Nigerian learnt that as at present, five persons contesting to be on the Selection Board for the Appointment of Vice Chancellor slated for 12 October 2021 are: Professor E.O Ayoola (Mathematics), Prof. O.J Babayemi (Animal Science), Professor P.O Olapegba (Psychology), Professor E.A Ajav (Agric and Environmental Engineering) and Professor Oyeduntan A. Adediran (Vet parasitology).
The election of the next UI vice Chancellor is expected to end on 14 of October with the announcement of the selected candidate.
Before then, electronic voting will take place on 12th October to elect two Senate Representatives on the Board of Appointment of Vice Chancellor. This is be made up of five persons: the Chairman of the Governing Council, two external members of Council and the two Senate Representatives to be elected on Tuesday.
The Council is expected to screen about 15 candidates out of which one, Professor Remi Raji has reportedly withdrawn from the race. The may also not be unconnected with the way the entire process is being handled. Top contenders are acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebola Ekanola, Deputy Vice Chancellor administration Professor Kayode Adebowale and former Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Professor Adeyinka .A.Aderinto.