OAU crisis: Buhari orders appointment of acting VC
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Senate of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun State, to immediately recommend a qualified candidate for appointment as an acting vice chancellor of the university.
In a letter addressed to the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the president directed the Senate not to consider any of the candidates that had earlier contested the position. The letter also urged the Senate to implement the directive with immediate effect and report back to the Federal Ministry of Education.
Workers and students of the institution commended the Federal Government’s decision, noting that it was a step towards the redemption and integrity of the institution which had been embroiled in crisis for a couple of weeks now.
The crisis followed the exit of the immediate past vice chancellor, Prof. Bamitale Omole and appointment of Prof. Taofeek Salami by the university’s governing council which was also later revoked by the Federal Government, following an allegation that it did not follow due process.