The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has appointed Professor Kenneth Adeyemi as the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, KWASU in acting capacity.
The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Abdullahi Alikinla, who announced the appointment in a statement on Tuesday, also directed the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah to hand over to the acting vice chancellor and proceed on terminal leave. His second tenue of five-years expires in July.
The commissioner said the acting vice-chancellor will take charge of the smooth running of the institution in accordance with the law establishing it even as he disclosed that the governor had acted based on the Kwara State University Law 2009 as amended which empowers the visitor to the university to appoint and remove the vice chancellor for good cause and following due consultations.
He said the decision was in keeping with academic practice which mandates incumbent Vice Chancellors to embark on such leave within 90 days to the end of their tenure.
”Section 9 states that the Vice-Chancellor may be removed from office by the Visitor for good cause after consultation with the council,” he argued and disclosed that Governor Ahmed followed due process by consulting with the University’s council members including its Chairman, Prof Saka Nuhu, Alhaji Kola Yusuf, Alhaji Oba Aluko Abdulqadir, Mrs Ikeoluwa Orunmuyi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Yusuf Baba Wahab, among others, prior to appointing Prof. Adeyemi to replace the outgoing Vice Chancellor.
Alikinla urged to the public to ignore fake social media stories claiming the University’s council has dissociated itself from the government’s actions, adding that University’s Council Chairman, Prof. Nuhu has since informed the government that he neither authorised nor authored the statement credited to him in the media.
The commissioner further emphasised that the series of false claims about KWASU that are currently circulating on social media is intended to cause public disaffection and should be disregarded.