UNILORIN: Prof. Ambali cautions against personalization of VCship

By Bisi Oyelere

Chairman,Ilorin Emirate Staff Association of University of ilorin,Professor Suleiman Folorunsho Ambali has cautioned agitators against the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor Designate, Prof Wahab Egbewole, that no one should seek to control a University because its located in your domain.

Professor Ambali who was also one of the aspirants spoke with journalists weekend on the sideline of protests,from Ilorin over the appointment of the VC-Designate .

According to him,” First of all, I want our people to know that when you talk about the University, we are talking about Universal. So for the mere fact that the University is sited in your community, it does not mean that you will be heading such University.

” You can bring anyone from South Africa. We have Nigerians who are  Vice Chancellors in South Africa Universities, in UK, in USA, so you want the best for the system.

“You know system nowadays when you get something cornered to your localities, you always like to monopolise it for your communities and Universities  are not like that.

“University  is not like that and we need to embark on enlightenment for our people that in the university, you look for the best to drive the vision and mission of the university.”

Professor Ambali added that,”People in the town may not be satisfied because they don’t know the process and so there may be wide allegations and that is the area as a journalist you need to educate and enlightenment about the process because the process was credible.

He stressed that, “We just need to explain to our people that we have Ilorin indigenes that are also vice chancellors in some parts of the country. For example, Prof Abdulrasheed Na’Allah is the current Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja now and an indigene of Ilorin and Abuja has their own indigenous people  and so that is how University is run.
University of Ilorin has done well in accommodating people since its inception.”

He also said that ,”As far as we are concerned if you are not at the University system, you may not know the process and so it is we in the university system that will know the process and we knew the process followed the due process.”He reiterated

He noted that,”There was an advertisement, people responded to the advertisement, I was told 29 of the contestants, 13 shortlisted for the interview, out of these 13, seven were Ilorin indigenes and we had an interview.

“The selection board of the governing council of the University of Ilorin on its own wisdom picked the person that qualified for the Vice Chancellorship position of the ivory Tower, the best for the mission statement to run the University for the next five years and we abide with the decision of the governing council of the University.”

Continuing, the University Don said,”The problem is this, the people will say Ilorin have seven contestants for this position and they expected one of them to emerge but things are not done that way.

“Provided you want the best for that system, you want to pick the best and we need to enlighten them further and let them know the process.

“You see, what should bother Ilorin indigenes about the University is how to move it forward, how the ranking of the University should be higher, so that at the end of the day, whenever they talk about the University of Ilorin, because Ilorin will always be there, that should be pride of everybody in Ilorin and so there is no point in agitations. ”

He also explained that,”We are talking to some of our people in Ilorin. Just this weekend I talked to some of our people at different fora that, that is the way the University are running, it is a different process and normal process you know that you can influence is not forthcoming again.

“There is a process that is enshrined in the university system and this appointment has just followed the process.”He said.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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