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Adebowale’s Emergence As UI’s New Vice Chancellor, A Boost To Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII)’s Campaign For A Homeboy As VC

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October 16, 2021

Kayode Adebowale, first Ibadan indigene to become University of Ibadan’s Vice Chancellor.

When in mid September 2020, 18 candidates had filed in, contending for who would emerge as the University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor to succeed the then outgoing VC, Prof Abel Olayinka, the election was stalemated. Instead, an acting Vice Chancellor was picked to stay on for six months. A very young professor, Adebola Ekanola got the nod to act.

Professor Adebola Ekanola, (middle). He was acting VC before the election.

It is 10 months already since the former VC, Abel Olayinka left  and UI’s 13th substantive Vice Chancellor has emerged. He is Professor
Kayode Adebowale, who defeated the incumbent acting vice-chancellor, Adebola Ekanola, and 14 others in a keenly contested election.

Kayode Adebowale is the incumbent deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration at the University of Ibadan.

Prof Kayode Adebowale.

The chairman of the university’s governing council and former chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Odigie Oyegun, made the announcement on Thursday.

Announcing the new vice-chancellor, Mr Oyegun said Mr Adebowale emerged the best after a thorough process which he noted was witnessed by representatives of the Federal Character Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education.

A statement personally signed by Mr Oyegun to announce the new vice-chancellor is reproduced below:


The post of the Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan became vacant on December 1, 2020, and in accordance with the provisions of the extant rules, the last Governing Council initiated the process of the appointment. However, the process was aborted by the Visitor due to the circumstances beyond control, which led to the dissolution of Council at that time. A new Governing Council was inaugurated in April this year and it decided in its wisdom to start the process afresh. A new advert was placed in July this year and after the expiration of the advert, fourteen (14) candidates applied for the position.

In line with the University Acts, Search Team was subsequently constituted to search for suitable persons who might not apply on their own volition. At the end of the exercise, additional two applications were received and this brought the number of the applicants to sixteen (16).

On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, Council interacted with all fifteen (15) candidates. All members of Council scored the candidates using approved Council guidelines. At the end of the exercise, eight (8) candidates in order of merit were shortlisted for the final interview. At the meeting, two (2) members of Council, as required by Law, were also appointed. Earlier in the week, Senate had elected two (2) members of Senate to serve on the Selection Board for the appointment of the Vice Chancellor.

Today Thursday, 14 October 2021 the Joint Council-Senate Selection Board interviewed the eight (8) candidates shortlisted. Two (2) representatives of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), and the Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education were in attendance. At the end of a very thorough, transparent and highly competitive exercise, Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale emerged as the best candidate for the position of Vice Chancellor.

The Governing Council at its just concluded meeting today considered the report of the Selection Board and approved the recommendation of the Board to appoint Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale as the next Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

It is, therefore, my pleasure to present to you the new and the 13th Vice Chancellor of this great University, University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale. We wish him success in his tenure.

Thank you.

John E.K. Odigle-Oyegun Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council

In The Oasis Reporters news report of September 14, 2020 titled

, we had said that four indigenes of Ibadan are among the 18 applicants for the post of vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI).

“They are 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 was DVC (Academic). Olapade-Olaopa is the former provost, College of Medicine, while Raji-Oyelade is a former dean, Faculty of Arts of the institution.

The newly elected vice chancellor, will assume office for a single term of five years.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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