The current Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, has assured that the selection process for the position of a new Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan will be transparent and fair and ethnicity religion or state of origin would not determine who would become the next vice-chancellor
He said that the credentials of the applicants would speak for them before the selection committee and nothing else. He mentioned that 12 candidates have applied in addition to six candidates that were searched; bringing the total number to 18.
According to him, “One of those who applied is from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and one of them was my deputy vice-chancellor and one is my current vice-chancellor. Some of those that were searched, I know them by reputation.
“But despite that I know them, I don’t have any one as my anointed candidate. The (Governing) Council has about 17 members who are going to select the most qualified among the candidates.
“There is no reason why the selection will not be fair to everybody. The people there are God fearing. There is a scoring template. If somebody is a former head of department, it has its point. If somebody has been a dean, it has its own point. There is no way you can help somebody to say he had been HoD if such person has never been. You can’t put wool over anybody’s eyes.”
Olayinka’s tenure will expire in November and the university has placed advertisement seeking applications from qualified persons interested to fill the position to apply.