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UI New VC: Community Forum Emerges

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 5:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola –  Ibadan


With the completion of search for the new Vice-Chancellor for the University of Ibadan, a forum known as University of Ibadan Community Forum has been inaugurated towards ensuring democratic emergence of a new university administrator.

The tenure of the incumbent VC, Isaac Folorunso Adewole ends this November following which the search for successor commenced some months ago.

In a chat with the Chairman of the forum which was composed of representatives of all the unions on the campus including Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Students’ Union, Nelson Fashina, said 13 of them were nominated from all the unions.

He disclosed that the forum was set up to give a level-playing ground for all contestants, adding, “We are a neutral and objective body, seeking for the enthronement of truth, fair play and justice.

“All candidates therefore earn respect for their personal opinion, vision and mission, such that no one of them can be intimidated or harassed. All the candidates, both from within the UI and outside are given equal opportunities.

“It is a forum that is meant to articulate the conjunction of positive interest in the direction of unity and harmony as necessary condition for further propagation of the academic excellence.

“It is also for improved administrative achievements and the better welfare for all, both staff, students, families on the UI campus and for the interest of all our affiliate colleges and other functional interests, both nationally and internationally”, Fashina added.

At the end of the exercise, Fashina, who is from the English Department at the university, said the forum “is expected to submit a publishable report/blueprint “.