- The position of the Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, becomes vacant at the expiration of the incumbent’s 5-year tenure, on 23rd June, 2016.
- The University Governing Council, at its 238th meeting held on 8th December, 2015, approved that the procedure for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor should commence.
- Advertisement for the position was placed in six national dailies and responses were received from interested candidates. The closing date for the submission of applications was 26th January, 2016.
- Council followed the procedure provided in the Laws and the Statutes of the University by constituting a Search Team consisting of:
- A member of the Council, who is not a member of the Senate, as Chairman
- Two members of the Senate, who are not members of the Council, one of whom shall be a Professor
- Two members of the Congregation who are not members of the Council, one of whom shall be a Professor
- Senate, at its meeting held on 27th January, 2016, elected two of its members to serve on the Search Team. Congregation, also, at its meeting of 26th January, 2016 had elected its representatives on the team. Council at its special meeting of 28th January, 2016, elected Chief Moses Otazi as Chairman for the Search Team.
- Council, at its meeting of 8th March, 2016, received and considered the report of the Search Team. Thirty-one (31) candidates were searched from universities in Zaria, Nsukka, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Benin, Ibadan and Ile-Ife. Only 3 indicated interest, but, at the end, none of the three submitted applications.
- In conformity with Statute 6 of the Laws of the University and Step 2 of the guidelines from the Federal Ministry of Education, Council at that same meeting, shortlisted the applications of the candidates, using the eligibility criteria as advertised in the newspapers for the post of the Vice-Chancellor. At the end of the exercise, 6 candidates were shortlisted from the 11 applications received.
- Senate, at its meeting of March 30, 2016, elected two of its members to form part of the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board for the appointment of Vice-Chancellor.
- Council, at its meeting of April 6, 2016, also elected two of its members to serve on the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board for the appointment of Vice-Chancellor. The representative of the Federal Ministry of Education in the University Governing Council, as well as a Commissioner and the Secretary of Federal Universities at the Federal Character Commission were also invited to serve as Observers at the interaction with the shortlisted candidates.
- The Joint Council and Senate Selection Board met on April 7, 2016, and drew up the scoring criteria for the appointment of Vice-Chancellor in line with the guidelines provided by the Federal Ministry of Education, after which it was ready to commence interaction with the shortlisted candidates. Unfortunately, the candidates could not gain access to the venue of the interaction as a result of the violent protests of SSANU and NASU led by Mr. S. O. Oketunde, Chairman of SSANU and Mr. Wole Odewumi, Chairman of NASU and the blockade of the entrances of the Pro-Chancellor’s lodge and the Vice-Chancellor’s lodge, while the Unions were trying to file some Court processes. Later the same day, while the Council was meeting to be briefed by the Chairman of Council on what transpired during the day, the Chairman of SSANU, Mr. S. O. Oketunde and the Chairman of NASU, Mr. Wole Odewumi, led their members, armed with sticks, cudgels and machetes, to storm the venue of the meeting and held Council members hostage, threatening to harm or kill them. It was the eventual intervention of the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, following several distress calls by the Pro-Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor to the revered Monarch and the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, that saved the Council members, who were allowed to leave the venue only at about 1.00 a.m. at the arrival of the Area Commander. The Council, upon a careful review of the situation, took the inevitable decision that all subsequent meetings of the Selection Board and the Council on the selection process shall be held at venues outside Ile-Ife for the safety of the lives of the members of Council and the Selection Board.
- On Friday, April 8, 2016, a NOTICE OF APPLICATION for an interim injunction was served on the University. The Council, being a law-abiding entity, accepted the notice when it was served. It became apparent that the forceful disruption of the meetings of both the Selection Board and the Council was to allow SSANU and NASU to finish the business of filing the notice of application.
- It is important to invite the attention of members of the University community to the fact that, as at today, Friday, 17th June, 2016, there is no court order, ruling or judgment restraining the University Governing Council from appointing a new Vice-Chancellor for the University.
Registrar and Secretary to Council
June 17, 2016.