A group, Coalition for Autonomy of Universities in Nigeria, has appealed for the consideration of merit above any other factor in the appointment of a vice chancellor for the University of Ibadan.
The group made the appeal on Thursday in a statement by its Coordinator, Tunde Olaoluwa.
It said: “The Coalition for Autonomy of Universities in Nigeria (CAUN) has watched with keen interest the contest for the position of a Vice Chancellor in the University of Ibadan. Our particular interest in the VC race in UI stems from the place of UI in University education in Nigeria. It is the premier university, and therefore deserves nothing short of the best in human management, an astute university administrator.
“More worrisome is the introduction of some strange factors, besides academic records and administrative capabilities, into the University contest for VC position. The university system known for its strong, scientific and ethical processes of selection or appointment of Vice Chancellors has now been corrupted for other pecuniary purposes other than seeking academic transformation of the institution for real growth and development.
“CAUN, a Coalition for Autonomy of Universities in Nigeria, consisting of Alumni of Nigerian Universities, cannot watch the gradual erosion of the tradition and autonomy of the University through introduction of extraneous factors like ethnicity, religion, political affiliations, god fatherism and influence of external parties into the contest for VC position in UI.
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