Oyebode Adebowale named as UI's 13th Vice chancellor

Prof. Kayode Adebowale

Prof. Kayode Adebowale: says emergence as the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan, as a hard fought battle.

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the Chairman, Governing council of the University of Ibadan has announced Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale as the 13th Vice-Chancellor.

Oyegun made the announcement around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Adebowale defeated the incumbent acting vice-chancellor, Adebola Ekanola, and 14 others in a keenly contested selection process at the Senate chambers of the institution.

Adebowale is a professor of chemistry and had served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) by Council from June 2018 till now.

“Today, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, the Joint Council-Senate Selection Board interviewed the eight candidates shortlisted”, Odigie-Oyegun said.

“Two representatives of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) and the representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education were in attendance.

“At the end of the very thorough, transparent and highly competitive exercise, Prof. Kayode Oyebode Adebowale emerged as the best candidate for the position of Vice-Chancellor.

“The Governing Council, at its just-concluded meeting today considered the report of the Selection Board and approved the recommendation of the Board to appoint Prof. Kayode Oyebode Adebowale as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.”

Odigie-Oyegun said that position of the vice-chancellor became vacant on Dec. 1, 2020.

Adebowale, said that though, he was not the best among all the candidates, God wants him to serve.

According to him, there is work to be done and called for the support of the entire university community for his administration.

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The selection came almost a year after the process for the appointment of the 13th substantive vice-chancellor at the University of Ibadan was halted.

Sixteen candidates had applied to become the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the university.

However, the withdrawal of a former Dean, Faculty of Arts of the same institution, Prof. Remi Raji-Oyelade, had reduced the number to 15.

Following a screening exercise by the Governing Council of the university, the number of contestants was pruned to eight on Wednesday.

Those, who scaled through the screening on Wednesday included: the Acting VC, Prof. Adebola Ekanola, Professors Yinka Aderinto; Adebowale; Ademowo and Babatunde Salako.

The process of appointing the 13th vice-chancellor of the university began afresh under the newly appointed Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council.

This was due to various allegations of malpractices by various factions within the university community under the former VC, Idowu Olayinka.

The new race, which commenced on second week in July 2021, came after the decision on the cancellation of the initial process of VC race by the new Governing Council of the University.

The initial UI VC race that started in May 2020 ended on Nov. 23 with the directive from the Federal Ministry of Education, through the Nigerian Universities Commission (NCC).

This was because of the various crises that marred the election of members of the Senate representatives.

The University of Ibadan is Nigeria’s first university, founded in 1948.