The Governing Council of Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Kogi State, has approved the appointment of Prof. Olayemi Durotimi Akinwumi as the new and third Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Chairman, Governing Council of the University senator Chris Iheanyichukwu Adighije, disclosed this at the old campus of the University on Friday in Lokoja.
Adighije said the process of appointment of the new Vice Chancellor started since September, 2020 when the position was declared vacant following the exit of the former VC, Prof. Angela Freeman Miri.
He said upon the publication of the vacancy, the governing council received 81 applications from various parts of the country.
He explained that the applications were subjected to due process with a search party constituted to fish the most suitable and 20 applicants we’re shortlisted out of the 81.
The Pro-Chancellor revealed that at the end of the interview, the selection board came up with three names rated according to their scores.
The three candidates include Prof. Olayemi Durotimi Akinwumi, currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University; Prof. Akintayo Emmanuel Temitope from Ekiti state and Prof. Krekere Tawari Fufeye from Bayelsa.
According to him, the Council met in the morning to deliberated on the names and approved the appointment of Prof. Durotimi as the third Vice Chancellor of the University.
He described the process as seamless and thanked members of the council for their Patience and perseverance that led to the peaceful conduct of the appointment of the new vice chancellor.
The Pro-Chancellor said those in court over the screening of candidates for appointment as VC of the University lacked locus standi as they were not among the 81 candidates that applied for the position.
“Those who went to court went on their own. Nobody protested. They are just rabble-rousers. There was no injunction to stop the process. They went to court to seek leave to get information and not to stop the process”, he said. (NAN)