Ife indigenes on Monday morning, resumed protest at the gate of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, which started since Thursday, March 17, against the non-appointment of Ife indigene as the Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The protesters were heard saying, “We are not thieves; we are not causing violence; we are asking for our rights.
“We are asking the management of Obafemi Awolowo University to allow an Ife Indigene to head this campus.”
The protesters also asked people to go back home, including the students of the university. They lamented that Ife indigenes were being enslaved in the university and it was time for them to rule.
The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday had announced the appointment of a Professor of Agricultural Economics from the university’s Faculty of Agriculture, Adebayo Bamire, as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The announcement, however, led to protest by some indigenes of Ile-Ife who locked the university’s main entrance.
The council’s Chairman, Osear Udoji, who made the announcement, said Bamire defeated 19 other applicants.
Udoji also explained that the council examined the Curriculum Vitae of the 20 applicants who indicated an interest in the position.
He said, “16 of them were shortlisted, having met the advertised criteria.
“The interaction with the candidates began on Monday, March 14, 2022, and ended on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
“All the 16 candidates appeared before the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board, with 15 of them present physically and one, at his request, virtually.
“The Selection Board painstakingly examined the Curriculum Vitae and interacted with each candidate, and scored them accordingly to stipulated criteria. The three highest-scoring candidates were presented to the council for further consideration as provided by the law.
“The entire exercise of the Joint Selection Board was witnessed by the representatives of the Federal Character Commission who have confirmed that the exercise was fair and transparent and carried out in full compliance with the provisions of the Federal Character Commission Act.
“In line with the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act as amended, the report of the Selection Board was considered by the council which, after a careful and dispassionate review of the report, decided to appoint Prof Adebayo Bamire, Professor of Agricultural Economics from the Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as the Vice-Chancellor of the University with effect from June 7, 2022.”