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University of Ibadan names Prof Adebowale substantive Vice-Chancellor

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Kayode Adebowale, a professor has been named the substantive Vice Chancellor of the 73-year-old the University of Ibadan.

Adebowale, a professor of Chemistry and the current Deputy Vice Chancellor, administration was announced on Thursday by the Governing Council.

According to the Chairman of the University Governing Council, John Odigie-Oyegun, Adebowale has been named UI VC.

Sixteen candidates had applied for the position out of which Remi Raji withdrew from the race, bringing the number down to 15.

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The screening of the 15 candidates held at the Council Chambers included both presentation and interview by the members of council who scored each candidates’ performance.

A former Deputy Vice Chancellor, A Academics, Adeyinka Aderinto; the acting Vice Chancellor Babatunde Ekanola, H. Fawehinmi, O. Farounbi, Prof. B. Salako; G. Aderounmu, and O. Ademowo also made the final stage of the screening.

The selection process started in May 2020 some months to the expiration of the then VC, Prof. Idowu Olayinka. The process was fraught with allegations and counter-allegation and it was cancelled eventually.

The immediate past VC was accused of having an anointed candidate but since his tenure expired about a year ago, the university could not appoint a substantive Vice Chancellor until Aderinto emerged.

Odigie-Oyegun, who was recently announced the new council chairman had said the process should be started afresh after a decision was reached at a meeting of the council.

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