The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Sunday described the appointment of Prof. Rahamon Bello, as the 11th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, as a welcome development.
The Governing Council, at its special meeting held on Nov.10, unanimously adopted the report of the selection board that Mr. Bello be appointed as the new vice-chancellor of the university.
The appointment, which is to take effect from Nov. 12, is for a period of five years.
Mr. Bello, a professor of Chemical Engineering, had been acting as vice-chancellor of the university, since May 12, following the death of Prof. Adetokumbo Sofoluwe.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, told NAN that the appointment of Bello was well deserved having worked closely with late Mr. Sofoluwe, as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
According to him, it is expected that Mr. Bello continue with the legacies laid by Mr. Sofoluwe in order to actualise the lofty dreams of the university’s mission and vision.
The NUC scribe noted that the university had a vibrant governing council, headed by Gamaliel Onosode, and therefore, the choice of having Mr. Bello as the vice-chancellor was well thought out.
“You know University of Lagos is a first generation university which has done well in terms of academic relevance.
“The university has a good Senate, a good governing council, headed by a respected person, has regular funding and therefore, I have no fear about the appointment of Bello as the vice-chancellor
“I just expect nothing but the best from him, in running the university so as to attained the much desired position amongst other world class universities,” he said.
Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, a former president, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), also told NAN on telephone that the appointment of Mr. Bello was a reflection of the integrity of the governing council.
Mr. Awuzie tasked Mr. Bello to give in his best in order to justify the confidence reposed on him by the council.
“We expect that the new vice-chancellor to live up to the expectation of the governing council that is ably led by the person of Onosode.
“Knowing the integrity of this gentleman, who goes for the best and not sentiment.
“His choice of Mr. Bello is just a manifestation of the confidence of the council and therefore, we are hopeful that it is going to be a good outing,’’ Mr. Awuzie said.
In a statement signed by an official of the information unit of the university, John Kosin, in Lagos, UNILAG noted that the position for the post was keenly contested.
Mr. Bello joined the university as assistant lecturer in 1977 and rose steadily to posts of lecturer II, lecturer 1 and senior lecturer, between 1981 and 1991.
He became an associate professor in 1991, professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998 and was appointed deputy vice-chancellor (Management Services) in April 2010.