The Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, will on Friday announce the institution’s 13th substantive vice-chancellor, barring last minute changes.
The outgoing and 12th occupant of the office, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, is billed to end his five-year single term of office on 11 November, according to a report by Premium Times.
Mr Ogundipe, who was appointed in 2017, had running battles with the immediate past Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the university’s Governing Council, Wale Babalakin, over allegations and counter-allegations of corruption, high-handedness, and insubordination, among others.
Mr Babalakin’s successor, also an alumnus of the university, Lanre Tejuoso, briefly hinted at the possible announcement on Monday at the university’s medical college in Idi-Araba, Lagos, during an event to mark the university’s 60th anniversary.
Mr Tejuoso, however, did not give the details of the process, but findings by Premium Times revealed that out of eight professors that submitted applications before the deadline for submission in June, seven were shortlisted by the council last week.
Stakeholders are, however, surprised that only eight applicants took part in the race. This, to some of the university staff members who spoke to this newspaper on condition of anonymity, could be attributed to the calibre of “some individuals in the race.”
But the pro-chancellor has assured of a level-playing field for all the participating candidates, saying as a proud alumnus, he would ensure that the new peaceful atmosphere on the campus is sustained.
He said: “The process has started and I introduced democracy. When we went for a council meeting they did not expect that I would bring ballot papers.”
He said neither the friends of the outgoing VC nor his own associates were part of those who decided on the criteria on the shortlist. “Everybody picked their own ballot paper and those who became members were chosen by God.”
He said whoever would emerge as the vice-chancellor will be God’s choice, “because the process will be transparent.”
According to reliable sources, the seven candidates shortlisted are lecturers in the university from the Faculties of Management Sciences, Arts, Law, Sciences, and the College of Medicine.
They are Abayomi Akinyeye of the Department of History, Faculty of Arts; Folasade Ogunsola of the College of Medicine; Mathew Ilori and Adeyinka Adekunle both of the Department of Microbiology and Botany, Faculty of Sciences.
Others are Imran Smith, Faculty of Law; Timothy Nubi, Department of Estate Management at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, and Ayo Olowe of the Department of Finance, Faculty of Management Sciences.