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The approval was one of the decisions taken at the 254th meeting of the University highest policy making body
According to the University Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi, the need to take a decision on the tenure of the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors at the 254th Senate became urgent in view of the fact that the next meeting of the Senate would only hold on August 18, 2016, a whole month after the expiration of their tenure.
Re-presenting the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors for Senate approval, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), said that Prof. (Mrs.) Ijaiya and Prof. Olatunji, who were elected at the 240th meeting of the Senate on July 1, 2014, performed their duties creditably well and so he was seeking the renewal of their appointments for another term of two years.
When the question was put as to whether the Senate would approve the extension of the tenure of the duo, the entire Senate Chamber erupted in a resounding “Ayes” voice vote!
In his remarks after the approval, the Vice-Chancellor said that “the University is blessed with people of integrity, people who are committed to their duties and that is one of the things that is making the University great”.
Congratulating the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Prof. Ambali said, “On behalf of the Senate members, we thank you for the last two years and we wish you will put in more efforts in moving the University forward”.
Speaking afterwards on behalf of herself and her colleague, Prof. (Mrs.) Ijaiya expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor and the entire members of the University Senate for the confidence they reposed in her and Prof. Olatunji.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor commended Prof. Ambali for “the high quality leadership he has been giving to the University”, pledging that she and her colleague would continue to give high quality support to him.
Prof. (Mrs.) Ijaiya described the renewal of their appointments as “a mighty surprise because it was never discussed at any previous forum”.
Thanking all members of the Senate “for the confidence and trust you have in us”, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor pledged, “We will never disappoint you”.
Prof. (Mrs.) Ijaiya said, “We also thank this Honorable Senate”, adding, “We couldn't have achieved anything without the support and cooperation of Heads of Departments, Deans, the Registrar and other Registry staff. Thanks very much for the confidence you repose in us. Thank you for your approval”.