A socio- cultural Pressure group of Ibadan Indigenes under the aegies of Ibadan Pillars has urged stakeholders in the University of Ibadan to ensure that an an Ibadan man assumes the position of the substantive Vice chancellor after the expirantion of Professor Adebola Ekanola.
Professor Ekanola, the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor who assume his the position of the acting VIce Chancellor of the University on Monday is the first Ibadan man to head the University since it was established in 1948.
In a statement signed by group’s president Asiwaju Nurudeen Akinade,, The ibadan indegenes appreciate the stakeholders in the University community but they will be more grateful if an Ibadan man is made the substantive VC after the expiration of Ekanola as acting VC.
According to the statement, We are very glad for the emergence of the first Ibadan Man as the Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan through a clean, decent and historic process’
“Ibadan Pillars which has always been at the forefront of having an Ibadan Indigene as the VC UI without sacrificing merit, hereby appeals that an Ibadan Indigene should be considered as a substantive Vice Chancellor who will succeed Prof Ekanola after the expiration of his 6 months acting period.”
It is OUR PASSIONATE APPEAL, as this remains the most important position that can make the entire sons and daughters of Ibadanland as well as the friends and lovers of the City to be extremely happy and fulfilled.
“This is an Ibadan Agenda, we appeal to those who are not favourably disposed to this our idea, to reason along with us by appreciating our patience for almost four decades of the existence of the University without an Ibadan VC.”