The Oasis Reporters
November 28, 2020
By Greg Abolo
One issue that will be of little concern to students of the 72 year old University of Ibadan as an institution, being the oldest University in Nigeria, would be the selection of a new Vice Chancellor. They are more bothered that they’ve been on extended holidays for eight months. Not necessarily because of the coronavirus pandemic. The University teachers union called the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has been on strike for that length of time.
The Senate seems hung on the issue of the election of a new Vice Chancellor to succeed the outgoing Prof. Abel Olayinka, who must depart on November 30, 2020 for there’s no second tenure.
Prof. Abel Olayinka would have no other choice besides handing over the reins of authority to an acting Vice Chancellor who is expected to be Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola because he’s one eminently qualified person who did not signify any interest to be the new Vice Chancellor, content for now with remaining a deputy. The rest two Deputy Vice Chancellors are thick in the intense succession race.
University lecturers have been on strike over an eight month long period and it is fraying nerves. And it would not be for the first time. It is a recurring decimal in the condition of most of Nigeria’s public universities and polytechnics. Except University of Ilorin that has a stable academic calendar, others mind seriously the attitude of the government to their demands.
The expected new Acting Vice Chancellor come December 1st, was himself appointed the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) with effect from 13 March, 2019. Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola replaced Professor Adeyinka Aderinto as former DVC (Academic). Aderinto is one of the front line candidates to succeed the outgoing Vice Chancellor.
Before the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan approved the appointment of Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), he had climbed the career ladder by being first, an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Ibadan on 29 April, 1997.
Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola was born on 2 December, 1969.
Having had his primary education between 1973 and 1980 at The Polytechnic Primary School, Ibadan, his secondary education at the Government College, Ibadan, between 1980 and 1985, he had his A’ Level studies at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, between 1985 and 1987 before proceeding to Obafemi Awolowo University where he studied Philosophy, between 1987 and 1991 for his first degree, graduating in the First Class Division.
After his youth service, Professor Ekanola proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he earned the M.A. degree in Philosophy, top of his class, in 1996 and Ph.D degree in Philosophy in January 2003.
Professor Ekanola’s working career began at Obafemi Awolowo University where he worked briefly as a Graduate Assistant in 1994. He was later appointed as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Ibadan on 29 April, 1997. He was promoted to the grade of Lecturer II in 1999, Lecturer I in 2002, Senior Lecturer in 2005 and Professor in 2010 as a high-flyer.
The incoming acting Vice-Chancellor held several administrative positions and served on many Committees at the University of Ibadan.
Professor Ekanola specialises in the areas of Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy with emphasis on issues relating to peace and social development in Africa, He has over 60 publications, consisting of edited books, chapters in books and journal articles. He has published in highly reputable international journals in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and USA.
He has also supervised over a hundred long essays, over 50 M.A. dissertations and five Ph.D theses and is currently supervising another four Ph.D theses.
In addition, Prof. Ekanola is the Chief Examiner for Professional Ethics for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also a member of several academic associations and professional bodies which include Nigeria Philosophical Association (NPA), Philosophers Association of Nigeria, International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS), Africa
Network for International Education and Society for Peace Studies and Practice.
Prof. Ekanola also served on the editorial board of Philosophia Africana, a journal published at the Department of Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
When the next round of voting to choose a defacto successor to Prof. Abel Olayinka commences, the race would have narrowed to between Prof. Kayode Adebowale who is the incumbent Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC Administration) and Adeyinka Aderinto, the former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) from an initial pack of 18 candidates.
The pack of 18 candidates include professors Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa, Kayode Adebowale and Kolapo Amzat. Their candidature is believed to be a boost to the campaign by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) for an indigene to be appointed the next VC of the premier university.
The remaining 14 are professors Babatunde Salako, Babatunde Adeleke, Razaq Rom-Kalilu, Hakeem Fawehimi, Raheem Lawal and Adeyinka Aderinto.
Others are professors Clement Kolawole, Olusegun Ademowo, Oladele Layiwola, Temitope Alonge, Anthony Kadoye Onifade, Ebenezer Farombi, Femi Mimiko and H. A. Saliu.
While Kayode Adebowale is the incumbent Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC Administration), Adeyinka Aderinto is former DVC (Academic).
Olapade-Olaopa is the former provost, College of Medicine, while Raji-Oyelade is a former dean, Faculty of Arts of the institution.