In a bid to ensure that the best emerges Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has finalised plans to screen candidates for the position.
It was learnt that the action was to facilitate and organize interaction with the shortlisted aspirants.
The tenure of the current occupant, Professor Bamitale Omole, who became VC almost five years ago, expires on June 24th, 2016.
About 12 professors had applied for the position following an advertorial in the newspapers in December 2015 but the Governing Council has shortlisted 6.
With the setting up of a committee to interact with the shortlisted candidates for the position, the union has endorsed the decisions of the University Governing Council.
It was gathered that the union, after its congress meeting which took place on March 15, 2016, received reports from some of its members in the Governing Council, and concluded that the University Council acted within its powers in shortlisting candidates for the post of Vice-chancellor of the university.
The union afterward appointed Professor Sat Obiyan, who heads the institution’s Department of Political Science, to head the 5-man screening committee to organize and drive the interaction process.
Confirming the development, Obiyan explained that it was true that a committee was set up by ASUU-OAU, adding that the committee was already finalizing arrangements for the event which is likely to hold in early April.
Credit: The Nation