Dr. Godknows Igali, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Federal University of Technology Akure’s Governing Council, has appointed a new Vice-Chancellor who will be transparent and merit-based.
has promised a transparent and merit-based selection procedure for the institution’s next Vice-Chancellor. He made the vow during the inauguration of the Joint Council and Senate Board for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, who would succeed Professor Joseph Fuwape, whose five-year term ends on May 23, 2022.
“People of established integrity and immaculate character who can be trusted to do justice to the nomination of a new Vice-Chancellor,” he added of the Board members. He also urged members to be “fair, objective, and equitable in the performance of their duties.” He claims that under his leadership, the Board will show “dedication, commitment, transparency, and impartiality,” as well as “adherence to the terms of reference and ensuring that the best candidate emerges at the end of the process.”
Dr. Igali stressed the importance of choosing the best candidate for the role because the individual will be in charge of “day-to-day administration and nurturing, both in character and learning, of thousands of young people.” The vice chancellor is not just an academic leader in terms of information dissemination, but also a shepherd over young minds and those who have been assigned to tutor them.”
Dr. Igali emphasized the skills required of the 8th substantive Vice chancellor, saying he should be someone “who can carry the university ahead from where it is, strengthen its cohesion as a family, and have a vision to drive future growth and competitiveness.” As a result, the Vice Chancellor should be someone who is an inspiring parent to all and an enemy to none.”
He claimed that the Council followed proper procedure in carrying out the crucial task, including advertising the vacancy in national newspapers, forming and inauguration of the search team, and forming the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board, as well as ensuring compliance with statutory provisions.
Igali called the current era as somber for all stakeholders in the university system because nearly all public universities in the country have been closed owing to strike action by university-based staff unions. He expressed the hope that the strike actions would be addressed in a timely manner so that students may return to their studies.