Prof. Wahab Egbewole Emerges UNILORIN 12th Vice-Chancellor
September 09, 2022
Amid lots of intrigues, interests and counter-interests that played out in the stormy session of the Governing Council, earlier on Thursday, Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, a professor of International Law and Jurisprudence has finally been appointed as the institution’s new vice-chancellor.
Prof. Egbewole’s appointment was announced by the Governing Council at the Council chamber of the University on Thursday evening.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University of Ilorin, Mallam Abidu Yazid, who made this known at a press briefing in Ilorin also confessed that the emergence of Egbewole, SAN, followed a rigorous selection procedure.
Hence, the Law tutor at the Ivory Tower has become the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the varsity; succeeding Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem whose tenure is due for expiration on October 15th, October, 2022.
According to the Pro-Chancellor, it was disclosed that 13 candidates made it to the final list out of 29 applicants for the top post.
Full Statement below:
ADDRESS BY THE PRO-CHANCELLOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, MALLAM ABIDU YAZID, OON
APPOINTMENT OF THE 12TH VICE-CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN
Members of the Council
Gentlemen of the Press
It is with the greatest pleasure that I address you this afternoon to inform you of the process we have just concluded in the selection of a new Vice-Chancellor for our University.
In accordance with the laws of this University, the University of Ilorin Act, CAP U7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, the tenure of the current Vice-Chancellor is due to lapse on the 15th of October 2022, the Council of the University began the process of appointing a new Vice-Chancellor as far back as March 2022.
We advertised nationwide for applicants and also through our website.
We eventually received some twenty-nine (29) applications from this effort. Even before the returns were in, however, we mounted a special search process by which we reached out to no less than fifty-six (56) people in Universities and other institutions, both at home and abroad.
When the applications were received, the Council constituted a Selection Board to assess and shortlist suitable candidates. In the end, we shortlisted thirteen (13) candidates who fulfilled our advertisement and other conditions. We interacted with them and processed their application over a period of 4 days.
We checked and double-checked their credentials, we closely questioned and probed each of them to make sure that they would support and fulfill the vision and mission of the University.
We specifically looked for candidates who would support and be sympathetic to the needs of our students, who would interface and work smoothly with other Faculty members, who would be mindful of the needs and aspirations of our host community, as well as the candidate who, in our opinion would be truly concerned about the progress of the University and our responsibility to our Nation.
I am glad to inform you that the Council has, after rigorous selection procedure, approved the appointment of PROFESSOR WAHAB OLASUPO EGBEWOLE, SAN as the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin.
Professor Egbewole, who is 61 years old, holds a Ph.D. degree in Law and Jurisprudence and has been with the University Community for the last 25 years. In addition to being a reputable academic, he is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
The Council congratulates and wishes the new Vice-Chancellor a successful tenure. The Council looks forward to working with him to achieve the vision of the University.
Thank you all.