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UNILAG VC: Seven Shortlisted, Winner to Emerge Friday

The University of Lagos Pro-Chancellor, Lanre Tejuoso has revealed that the 13th Vice Chancellor of the university will be announced this week.

The outgoing and 12th occupant of the office, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, is billed to end his five-year single term of office on  November 11.

Tejuoso, briefly hinted at the possible announcement on Monday at the university’s medical college in Idi-Araba, Lagos, during an event to mark the university’s 60th anniversary.

According to report, out of eight professors that submitted applications before the deadline for submission in June, seven were shortlisted by the council last week.

But the pro-chancellor has assured of a level-playing field for all the participating candidates, saying as a proud alumnus, he would ensure that the new peaceful atmosphere on the campus is sustained.

He said: “The process has started and I introduced democracy. When we went for a council meeting they did not expect that I would bring ballot papers.”

He said neither the friends of the outgoing VC nor his own associates were part of those who decided on the criteria on the shortlist. “Everybody picked their own ballot paper and those who became members were chosen by God.”

He said whoever would emerge as the vice-chancellor will be God’s choice, “because the process will be transparent.”

According to reliable sources, the seven candidates shortlisted are lecturers in the university from the Faculties of Management Sciences, Arts, Law, Sciences, and the College of Medicine.

They are Abayomi Akinyeye of the Department of History, Faculty of Arts; Folasade Ogunsola of the College of Medicine; Mathew Ilori and Adeyinka Adekunle both of the Department of Microbiology and Botany, Faculty of Sciences.

Others are Imran Smith, Faculty of Law; Timothy Nubi, Department of Estate Management at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, and Ayo Olowe of the Department of Finance, Faculty of Management Sciences.



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