Bamire, a 63-year-old professor of agriculture, is vice president-elect of the OAU

Adebayo Bamire, Professor of Agriculture and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academics at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been announced as the institution’s 12th substantive elected Vice-Chancellor. Mr. Bamire was said to have ranked first ahead of a professor of art and former deputy vice-chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)Ogbomoso, Razaq Kalilu and Kayode Ijadunola, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and former Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at OAU, who ranked second and third respectively. Meanwhile, a handful of protesters Thursday afternoon blocked the university’s main gate shortly after the announcement, saying an indigenous person from the host community, Ile-Ife, should have been appointed. As PREMIUM TIMES previously hinted at on Thursday afternoon, the university’s governing council, headed by business tycoon and Superior Motors founder Oscar Udoji, made the announcement. The announcement ended a selection process that had begun in December and in which a total of 20 candidates participated. In a statement issued by the university and signed by Mr. Udoji, the elected VC will take office on June 7, when incumbent Eyitope Ogunbodede’s term is expected to end. Mr. Udoji’s statement read in part: “Pursuant to the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act as amended, the report of the Selection Board was considered by the Council which, after careful review and dispassionate of the report, decided to appoint Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, Professor of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as Vice-Chancellor of the University from June 7, 2022. “The decision of the Council will be communicated to the Visitor of the University, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari through the Hon. Minister of Education.” Protest According to the sources, some people, said to be indigenous from Ile-Ife, had gathered at the main gate of the university on Thursday afternoon, accusing the governing council of “deliberately plotting an indigenous person so that he would not be appointed”. One applicant, Rufus Adedoyin, a physiotherapy professor, had been endorsed by a group of elders and youth from the Ile-Ife community under the umbrella of “Town and Gown”. They cited examples of universities in Ilorin, Jos and, more recently, Ibadan, which have been run at different times by indigenous people from their host communities. However, protesters have threatened to shut down the university entirely on Friday, saying there will be no peace until the decision is reversed. In a short video obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the protesters also threatened to “go traditional and fetish as they fight their battle.” “So we tell you that tomorrow, from Ipetu, Modakeke, Ifetedo, Origbo and anywhere in the land of Ife, there will be no movement. We will come with masquerades, demons and sacrifices,” said an unidentified young man addressing a crowd of protesters. However, the university’s public relations officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, did not answer his call or respond to a message sent to his phone requesting the university’s reaction to the protest. Who is Bami? Born on January 18, 1959, Mr. Bamire hails from Oyan in the Odo-Otin Local Government Area of ​​Osun State. It is said that he attended St. Clares’ Nursery and Primary School, Osogbo, for his primary education and had his secondary education at St. Charles’ Grammar School, also in Osogbo. He studied Agricultural Economics at the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) and obtained his Bachelor of Agriculture in 1985; M.Phil., in 1992, and Ph.D. in 1999. Mr. Bamire’s doctoral thesis was said to have won the “National Universities Postgraduate Thesis Award” in 2001. During the term of the university’s 10th vice-chancellor, Bamitale Omole, Mr. Bamire reportedly won the election of dean of the college of agriculture by a solitary vote. As dean, Bamire reportedly had a cool relationship with then vice-chancellor Omole, who was eventually expelled from campus a month before the end of his term in 2016 for protesting against workers over allegations of corruption and compromised selection processes. of his successor at that time. The crisis, which led to the Balkanization of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on campus, eventually led to the appointment of an acting Vice Chancellor, Anthony Elujoba. However, since the appointment of the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Ogunbodede, Omole, a professor of History and International Relations, has had a “tough” time on campus. advertisements He reportedly retired earlier this year at the age of 68, rather than wait until he reached the retirement age of 70 allowed under the law governing the university system in Nigeria. background This newspaper had previously reported how the selection process for a new vice-chancellor had culminated with the interview of 16 pre-selected candidates that began on Monday, March 14, and ended on Wednesday, March 16. Many members of the university community have described the process as fair, balanced and equitable, saying that the fairness had made it less rancorous than what was experienced in 2016. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Bamire, a 63-year-old professor of agriculture, is vice president-elect of the OAU