After Bamire was announced as the VC-elect, they began to protest and shut down OAU campus main gate
- Bamire’s appointment is effective from June 7
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the governing council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday announced the appointment of a Professor of Agricultural Economics from the Faculty of Agriculture in the University, Adebayo Bamire as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University.
The chairman of the Council, Owelle Oscar Udoji, who made the announcement, said Bamire defeated 19 other applicants to emerge the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the university.
Bamire’s appointment is effective from June 7.
Meanwhile, some indigenes of Ile-Ife, Osun State have protested against the appointment, arguing that an indigene of Ile-Ife should have been appointed.
The protesters had gathered near the Centre of Excellence, venue of the press conference before the announcement.
After Bamire was announced as the VC-elect, they began to protest and shut down the campus main gate.
The shutdown left workers and other visitors stranded.
Bimbo Afolabi, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, described the appoinment of a non-Ife indigene as the VC as “unfair”.
He said, “It is an insult on us that after 61 years, they deemed it unfit to appoint or to elect any of our sons. We are not particular about Ife. Ipetumodu, Lorigbo, Modakeke, and anywhere in the land.
“We are telling you (workers and students) today, don’t come to work tomorrow (Friday). We won’t agree to anything. We will be here with charms, we will be here with masquerades, we will be here with deities.
“We are appealing to you, don’t come to work tomorrow. We will allow you to go now but don’t come to work tomorrow.”
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