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The management of Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU), Ile-Ife on Thursday announced Professor Adebayo Bamire of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture of the institution, as the 12th Vice-Chancellor.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Owelle Udoji who announced the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor of the varsity in a press conference held at the school ICT auditorium, noted that the post of the VC of the institution will be vacant by June 7th, 2022 following the expiration of the tenure of Professor Eyitope Ogunmodede.
He disclosed that Council, at its meeting held on 7th December 2021 flagged off the processes for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor who is expected to assume duties on 7th June 2022. In line with the approval of the Council, the vacancy was widely advertised in compliance with relevant Statutes and Acts guiding appointment to the position.
He said Bamire defeated 19 other applicants to emerge the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the university.
“At a Special Meeting of 14th February 2022, the Council perused the Curriculum Vitae of all the twenty applicants who indicated an interest in the position. At the end of the exercise, sixteen of them were shortlisted, having met the advertised criteria.
“The interaction with the candidates began on Monday, 14th March 2022 and ended on Wednesday, 16th March 2022. All the sixteen candidates appeared before the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board, with fifteen of them present physically and one, at his request, virtually. The Selection Board painstakingly examined the Curriculum Vitae and interacted with each candidate, and scored them accordingly to stipulated criteria.
“The three highest-scoring candidates were presented to the Council for further consideration as provided by the law. The entire exercise of the Joint Selection Board was witnessed by the representatives of the Federal Character Commission who have confirmed the exercise was fair and transparent and carried out in full compliance with the provisions of the Federal Character Commission Act.
“In line with the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act as amended, the report of the Selection Board was considered by the Council which, after a careful and dispassionate review of the report, decided to appoint Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, Professor of Agricultural Economics from the Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as the Vice-Chancellor of the University with effect from June 7, 2022, The decision of the Council shall be communicated to the Visitor to the University, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari through the Hon. Minister of Education.”