As Obafemi Awolowo University reopens

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Wumi Raji

Wumi Raji

Wumi Raji

Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife burst to life on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 following the arrival of fresh students on campus. Their return was part of the decisions taken at the Senate meeting held on Thursday, July 28. It was the first meeting of the body to be presided over by the new Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Anthony Elujoba. As decided also at the meeting, returning students are to come into residence on Sunday, August 7 while lectures are to commence on August 8.

The latest crisis in the University was caused by the imperfect handling, to put it mildly, by the now dissolved Governing Council, of the process of appointing a new Vice-Chancellor for the University. The tenure of Tale Omole, then the incumbent Vice Chancellor, was to expire on Thursday, June 23. The very first steps taken by the Council even as they commenced the process of appointment made it clear that the body had already made up its mind as regards who the new helmsman would be. In response to this, members of Non-Academic Staff union of Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) had proceeded to the Federal High Court, Osogbo to initiate a legal action against the University on the matter. But, to the consternation of all the discerning members of the University community, and against the universally accepted practice of staying action on any process that has become a subject of litigation, what the Council did was to, on Monday June 6, and from a yet unknown location in Abuja, announced the name of Professor Ayobami Salami as the man to take over from Tale Omole. The protest generated by the announcement led to the closure of the University through a circular signed by Dotun Awoyemi, …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper