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Rumbles In Kwara Over KWASU Vice Chancellorship

The Governing Council of Kwara State University, Molete has recomnended three names to the  State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the vice chancellorship of the institution.

The controversial list forwarded  by KWASU  Governing Council  Chancellor excluded any candidate from Kwara South and all candidate who applied for the top job were deliberately not shortlisted for interview.
The recommended names are Professor Saka Mahmud ( Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration), Prof. Isa Gana, (Nigerian Ambassador to Japan) and Prof. Akanbi, son of late jurist Dr. Mustapha Akanbi.

No candidate from Kwara South was invited from interview by the search committee that comprised 5 members from Kwara Central and a woman on sabbatical from University of Ilorin who is from Kwara South.

A seasoned administrator and council member from Kwara South , Alh. Kola Yusuf who was initially on the interview panel was replaced with a younger member of the council from Kwara Central. The deputy vice chancellor, academic, Prof. Jamiu was also excluded from the interview panel because he is from Kwara South.
In the interview, Mahmud scored 86 percent , Gana, a devotee of former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who was interviewed through Skype scored 84 while Prof Mohammed Akanbi SAN scored 63.

It has come to light that the advertisement for the vice chancellorship vacancy deliberately skipped requirement for age  because one of the recommended candidates who is the preferred candidate from an ethnic group would not qualify for   a 5-year tenure.

There is clamour for rotation of the principal offices in Kwasu. Kwara Central has spent 10 years uniterrupted as vice chancellor through Na'Allah while Kwara south has also spent 10 years as Registrar.

The Council has recommended a candidate from Kwara south and a candidate from Kwara central as Registrar.
There is agitation in the North and South for the vice chancellorship to go to another senatorial district after 10 years in the Central. The same agitation is being made for the registrar to be zoned outside Kwara south.

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