UI senate elects Professor Babatunde Ekanola as acting VC

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The Senate of the University of Ibadan (UI) on Monday elected the institution’s deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Babatunde Ekanola as Acting Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university.

At a Senate meeting held on Monday morning, Ekanola won with 275 votes to defeat four other nominees.

Other nominees defeated Professor Ayo Oluleye with 80 votes; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Olanike Adeyemo with 13 votes; Professor Adigun Agbaje, 15 votes and Professor Gbemisola Oke, 14 votes.

Ekanola, who is expected to be the institution head for the next six months, will assume office December 1, 2020.

University of Ibadan has in recent times been in the news over the selection of a new vice chancellor for the institution

The two Non-Academic Staff Unions of University of Ibadan (UI) – SSANU and NASU – protested against alleged proposed imposition of candidate for the next vice chancellor of the institution.

The selection process for another vice-chancellor has created prolonged impasse among stakeholders on the campus including management, governing council and staff unions.

The development degenerated to the extent that the education minister, Mr. Adamu, was compelled to order a fresh process after he said he was inundated with complaints against principal officers including the outgoing VC, Mr. Olayinka.

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