There was shout of joy at the Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile Ife , on Monday as the Governing Council of the institution announced Prof . Eyitope Ogunbodede as the 11 th Vice Chancellor of the university.
The Chairman , Governing Council , Dr . Yemi Ogunbiyi , made the announcement at a press conference attended by other members of the university and the Acting Vice Chancellor , Prof . Anthony Elujoba.
Hundreds of workers of the university, who had laid siege to the venue of the press conference in anticipation of the announcement.
According to Ogunbodede , the process of selecting the new VC was transparent and followed due process .
He stated that a search committee was raised and 22 people applied for the job which he said was advertised .
According to him , one of the applicants does not have the required criteria and was dropped .
He mentioned that , “ The search for the new Vice Chancellor was transparent . We received about 18 applications and a committee was set up to search for candidates outside those who applied on their own and four more candidates applied , making the number 22 .
“ The candidates were subjected to screening and they were interviewed for three days . I am happy to announce to you that the new Vice Chancellor is Prof . Eyitope Ogunbodede . ”
Ogunbiyi thereafter put a call through to the new VC , who eventually turned up at the venue amidst jubilation from the workers