Professor Anthony Elujoba has been appointment as the new acting Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
His appointment was approved on Thursday by the University’s Senate.
Elujoba, a professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy emerges as the institution’s VC barely 24 hours after the Federal Government ordered the Senate of the school to use its internal mechanism in selecting a new Vice Chancellor.
There has been series of protests by students, academic and non-academic staff against the former Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole, who has been accused of mismanaging resources of the institution.
In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, President Buhari directed the Senate not to consider any of the candidates who earlier contested for the position.
There was wild jubilation as workers and students of the institution trooped to celebrate the dissolution of the school’s governing council and the suspension of the selection of the vice chancellor by the federal government.
According to the staff and students, the decision by the federal government was a step towards the redemption and integrity of the institution, which for weeks had been hit by crisis after the exit of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole.
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