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UI Senate Appoints Prof Ekanola as Acting VC

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The Senate of the University of Ibadan has appointed Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola as the acting Vice Chancellor of the institution.

This was disclosed in a statement on Monday November 30, 2020, by UI’s Director of Public Communication, Olatunji Oladejo.

The statement said that the tenure of the outgoing vice-chancellor, Idowu Olayinka, ended today.

According to the statement, the appointment followed a meeting which was held today on the recommendation of the Senate.

The Ayeye Ibadan-born Professor, Ekanola, is from the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts of the Nigerian premier university.

Senate members nominated for the election included Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola (Current Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic) and Professor Olanike Adeyemo (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Innovation and Strategic Partnerships).

Others included Professor A. Oluleye (former Dean, Fauclty of Technology)
Professor Adigun Agbaje (Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic) and Professor Gbemisola Oke (former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic).

According to speakers at the meeting, the Senate took a united decision with demonstrated transparency in order to guard the autonomy of the university and prevent interference from government and politicians.

It was gathered that members of Senate were therefore duly accredited afresh, and voting took place through secret ballot.

Professor Ekanola scored 275 votes to emerge the winner; Professor Olanike Adeyemo (13 votes); Professor Oluleye (80 votes); Professor Agbaje (15 votes); and Professor Oke (14 votes), even as the Senate ratified the results and immediately adjourned.

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