The Governing Council of the University of Ilorin on Thursday announced the appointment of Professor Wahab Egbewole SAN as the new Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University, Mallam Abidu Yazid, OON at a press briefing in Ilorin informed that Professor Egbewole”s appointment as VC of the Institution will take effect from October 15, 2022 when the tenure of the incumbent lapsed.
Yazid said that the Council has, after rigorous selection procedure, approved the appointment of Professor Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin.
According to him, “in accordance with the law 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 15 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 thirty-six (56) people in Universities and other institutions, both at home and abroad”, he said.
Yazid said further that when the applications were received, the Council constituted a selection board to assess and shortlist suitable candidate, after which 13 candidates who fulfilled the advertisement and other conditions were selected.
“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”, he added.
The Council, however, congratulated and wishes the new Vice-Chancellor a successful tenure. The Council looks forward to working with him to achieve the vision of the University.
The new VC, 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).