Not less than 18 professors, 11 of them from the University of Ibadan, UI, has indicated interest in the race to become the next Vice Chancellor of the institution
It was reported that apart from the 11 applicants from UI, there are three from the University of Ilorin, one each from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Federal University of Technology, Akure; University of Port Harcourt; and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
The 11 applicants from the University of Ibadan are Kayode Adebowale of the Department of Chemistry, Abideen Aderinto of Sociology Department, Olusegun Ademowo of the Institute of Medical Research and Training (IMRAT); Ebenezer Farombi of Biochemistry; Temitope Alonge of the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma.
Others are Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa of the Department of Surgery; Kolapo Hamzat of Physiotherapy; Oladele Layiwola of the Institute of African Studies; Clement Kolawole of the Department of Arts and Social Science Education; Babatunde Salako of the Department of Medicine; Aderemi Raji-Oyelade of English Department.
Applicants from other universities include Femi Mimiko of the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University; the trio of Lateef Adeleke, Adebayo Lawal and Hassan Saliu are from the University of Ilorin.
Other non-UI applicants are Hakeem Fawehinmi of the University of Port Harcourt; Rasaq Kalilu of the Department of Fine & Applied Arts, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso; and Kayode Onifade of the Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
However, 16 out of the 18 contestants have presented their agenda to the university community, via Zoom, in a bid to convince them to select them as the next VC of the institution.
It was gathered that the interview of the 18 VC aspirants initially scheduled to hold this week has been adjourned till further notice.
The incumbent VC of UI, Prof. Abel Olayinka, will leave office in November when his five-year term expires.