UNILORIN shops for new Vice Chancellor


The University of Ilorin has announced its plan to appoint a new Vice chancellor for the institution.

Dada Obafemi, secretary to the university’s Governing Council, in a statement obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, said the post of the Vice chancellor will be vacant from October 16.

“Therefore, in accordance with the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous provisions) Act No. 11 of 1993, as amended by Act No. 25 of 1996 and The Universities (Miscellaneous provisions) (Amendment) Act 2012, the Council has decided to commence in earnest the due process of appointing a new Vice-Chancellor,” Mr. Obafemi said.

According to Mr. Obafemi, who is also the institution’s registrar, the ideal candidate for the post must, among other attributes, be a distinguished professor of not less than 10 years in one of the disciplines offered by the university; a scholar of national and international repute with proficiency in Information and Communication Technology, ICT; and a professor with track records of teaching, research and community service.

Mr. Obafemi also stated that the prospective vice-chancellor must be of sound health, pleasant disposition and unassailable integrity. He must be a
person endowed with entrepreneurial ability and must be able to attract funds for the university from national and international sources, the registrar said.

He said the appointment will be for a single term of five years and candidates who would have attained 60 years at the point of assumption of office need not apply.

Established in 1975, the University of Ilorin has 15 faculties, one College of Health Sciences, two institutes, a Postgraduate school, a staff strength of 4,000 and student population of over 30,000.

Abdulganiy Ambali, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and the incumbent Vice-chancellor, assumed office in 2012 and his tenure ends in October.

Mr. Ambali took over from Ishaq Oloyede, the current registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, who held the position
between 2007 and 2012.

Others who have held the position of vice-chancellor of the institution in the past include O.O. Akinkugbe, the pioneer vice-chancellor; Shamsudeen Amali; as well as Abdulraheem Oba, a former Chairman of the Federal Character Commission.


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  • Datti

    The Muslim University. No need for a Christian to apply because the post is reserved for a Boko Haram

    • SAM .A

      Your comment smells religious bigotry ,Prof Akinkugbe was the pioneering VC he is a Christian , rather appeal for a qualified and experienced VC . Religion must never be a prerequisite for selection , if they did that in the past , it is to their damnation . The High Tech age demands a versatile and experienced manager .

    • omobabalemomu

      Just like UI and OAU. You are just a bigot that doesn’t see anything good in others except members of your church. A religious jingoist.

    • DTaj

      You bigoted clown! Until 2002 when Professor Shamsudeen Amali (from Benue) was appointed VC of Unilorin, the VCs of that university since it was established in 1975, have ALL been Christians!
      That long list include Professor O.O. Akinkugbe (pioneer VC in the 70s), Professor Adeoye Adeniyi (a Christian from old Kwara state, now Kogi state), Prof. Afolabi Toye (now deceased, a Christian from Kwara state), etc.
      In fact, until Prof. Amali was appointed VC in 2002, more than 85% of the lecturers and non-academic staff in that University were Christians (and not even from Kwara state, the main catchment state where the University is located, against the statutes that established the University of Ilorin, just like other Federal Universities).
      It was Prof. Amali that started a gradual employment of Kwara lecturers (when he started inviting qualified graduates from all over Nigeria) to fill the huge catchment quota that had been taken by people from Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, etc! Today, there are hundreds of PhD holders and Professors from Kwara state at Unievsity of Ilorin, to the extent that 2 out of the past 4 VCs of Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna were Kwara Professors appointed directly from Unilorin.
      If you do not know anything about a matter, please refrain from typing gibberish, Datti!

      • Tuesday

        You are also not completely correct in your post. It was the advent of Prof. Oba Abdulwhatever that started the islamization of the Arabian University of Ilorin. He came with the islamization policy and immediately caused the sack of about 40 lecturers who were predominantly Christians. Those lecturers were humiliated out of the University untill they were reinstated by the Supreme Court. Since then, that university has been existing on false live with their Better By Far nonsense. Today, as we speak, that university has been blacklisted by ASUU. They have never participated in any strike embarked upon by the ASUU since that Oba came. Funny enough, the university has always enjoyed the fruits of those strikes like other universities. The university may seem to be good now because of the false live it lives at the moment, However, the hen will at the end of the day come home to roost. I just pray they get a good vice-chancellor who will correct the wrongs. One of the past islamic vice-chancellors is now in JAMB disorganizing everything.

  • Tuesday

    The Registrar failed to mention that the post of the Vice-Chancellor of the Arabian University of Ilorin is exclusively reserved for muslems with long biair biair. Why the omission?