Data gathered from the National Universities Commission (NUC) show that there 20 public (12 state and eight federal) universities in the South West. Four of this institutions got new vice chancellors (VC) this year. These VCs are expected to paddle the canoe of their respective universities for the next five years. Let us take a glimpse at these universities and their new Chief Executive Officers (CEO).
Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) is the first South West university to get a new VC in 2021. The new helmsman of this university (which was established by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011) is Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina. The professor of Pedology was appointed on January 6, 2021 as the fourth substantive VC of the university. It should be noted that Fasina was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) in charge of administration in the university.
Adekunle Ajasin University (formerly Ondo State University), Akungba Akoko (AAUA) is the second school on my list. This CEO is Professor Olugbenga Ebenezer Ige whose appointment as 6th substative VC was ratified by the governor on July 5, 2021. Meanwhile, Prof Ige had served as acting Vice Chancellor of the institution from January 2020 after a two year term as DVC (Admin) of the university. This Professor of Botany has, by his appointment, become the first home based helmsman of the university.
The third university in this category is Lagos State University (LASU). LASU is now headed by Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello. With this appointment, Ibiyemi (who was the erstwhile acting VC) has become the 9th substantive CEO of the institute and the second woman to occupy the position.
The University of Ibadan (UI) is one of the four South West universities that got new CEO this year. The new VC who was appointed on October 14, 2021 is Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale. He, like Professors Fasina, was the DVC (Administration) of UI prior to this appointment. According to a news report in the Vanguard Newspaper, Prof Adebowale emerged in a keen contest that involved 16 applicants. Interestingly, the Ogun State born professor of Chemistry had all his degrees from UI. With this development, Adebowale is the 13th VC of the institution.
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