12 Professors Jostle For OAU’s VC Job
No fewer than 12 professors are currently jostling for the position of vice-chancellorship of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
Investigation conducted revealed that the struggle for the number one position in the university began in earnest involving underground moves and persuasions for the contestants of their choice.
Ten of the contestants are from within the university while only two are eyeing the position from outside the university.
As at the time of filling this report, details of the contestants are yet to be made public but investigation revealed that secret meetings were held by various unions, both academic and non-academic, in the university.
Some unions were said to have raised a committee to shop for credible candidates within the university to replace Professor Bamitale Omole whose five-year single tenure would end on June 23, 2016.
It was gathered that the committee would feed the unions back on their findings within two weeks during which it would have assessed the candidates before making its choice public.
It will be recalled that some days ago, some staff unions including Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) in OAU have accused the incumbent governing council of the university of imposing a candidate to fill the most prestigious seat on them. These unions have prayed the president to dissolve the institution's governing council.
The student population as at this time who are obviously not in the scheme of choice have been left to watch development with no obvious position from the student union so far, though the student union's activities have been recently suspended by the university authorities.