The newly constituted Governing Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has extended the tenure of the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Anthony Elujoba.
The Chairman of the Council, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, announced this at a news conference after inspecting some facilities in the university on Tuesday. He did not say how long he would act.
According to him, the council has approved the Senate’s recommendation for the extension of the tenure of the acting vice-chancellor, adding that the process of selecting a substantive vice-chancellor has also begun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the acting vice-chancellor was appointed in July 2016, after the tenure of the substantive, Prof. Bamitale Omole, expired on June 23.
He said part of the selection process would be the placement of advertisement in some national newspapers seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates from within and outside the university.
He said: “We are going to do all that we can to bring all the unions together. We don’t belong to any group but we will ensure cooperation with all unions.
“However, the process of appointing a new vice chancellor has begun. Very soon, the advertisement for submission of applications will be seen in newspapers.”
He assured that a forensic audit of past administrations will be carried out so as to ascertain the allegations of financial misappropriation and mismanagement.
Ogunbiyi expressed concern over the state of most of the infrastructure in the university and stressed the need to carry out urgent rehabilitation.
“ It is urgent, I have never seen them that bad. I do not know how students survive under this condition.
“It is not possible to learn and study well under the kind of decay we saw there”, he added.
Among the facilities inspected were post-retirement lodge, hostels, Information Communication and Technology(ICT) Centre, new Senate building, Centre for Distance Learning and the university’s dam.
He said that the new governing council was ready to ensure rapid development of the OAU.