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Osun State University Appoints Professor Afeez Bello as Acting Vice-Chancellor

Osun State University Appoints Professor Afeez Bello as Acting Vice-Chancellor

Osogbo, Osun State – In a move to ensure administrative stability and continuity, Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has announced the appointment of Professor Afeez Bello as the acting vice-chancellor. The decision comes after a period of controversies surrounding the selection process for a substantive vice-chancellor and the imminent conclusion of the outgoing vice-chancellor’s term.

Professor Bello, a distinguished scholar in geo-technical engineering, will assume his new role on Friday, November 5. With an impressive academic background and extensive experience, he is well-positioned to lead UNIOSUN during this transitional phase.

The pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council, Yusuf Alli, expressed the university’s need for an acting vice-chancellor due to ongoing litigation surrounding the selection process. The appointment aims to prevent any administrative vacuum within the institution. UNIOSUN remains committed to upholding the rule of law and will adhere to the court’s verdicts.

Professor Afeez Bello, born on October 11, 1976, originates from Ilobu, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area in Osun State. He completed his secondary education at Ilobu Secondary Commercial Grammar School in 1993. His academic journey led him to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), where he pursued Civil Engineering. He furthered his studies at the University of Ibadan, obtaining a Master’s certificate in Civil Engineering in 2005. In 2010, he received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

Prior to his appointment as the acting vice-chancellor, Professor Afeez Bello served as the deputy vice-chancellor in charge of administration and development at UNIOSUN. With his broad expertise and experience, he is equipped to guide the university through this transition period. His election as the deputy vice-chancellor by the university senate further reflects his scholarly achievements and competence.

The selection process for a substantive vice-chancellor encountered disputes over the criteria set forth in the vacancy advertisement. Concerns were raised by various stakeholders, including the Osun State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, regarding the strict conditions that some deemed incongruent with the university’s existing laws and regulations. As a result, UNIOSUN temporarily suspended the selection process, awaiting the court’s final decision.

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Professor Afeez Bello’s appointment as the acting vice-chancellor of Osun State University signifies the institution’s commitment to maintaining stability and providing uninterrupted leadership. As UNIOSUN continues its mission of academic excellence and community development, Professor Bello’s expertise and vision will play a crucial role in guiding the university toward a bright future.

Stay tuned for further updates on the developments at Osun State University as it strives for progress and maintains its reputation as a center of learning and innovation.

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