The Federal Government has suspended all meeting of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan until further notice.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, on Monday.
The selection process for the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for the university was suspended by the minister in November 2020, following allegations of imposition and malpractices.
The letter titled “Re: Further Update on the Impasse in the Selection of a New Vice Chancellor for the University of Ibadan – Notice of Special Meeting of the Governing Council of the University”, signed by Arc. Sonny S. T. Echono, the Permanent Secretary of Education Ministry for the Minister, Adamu Adamu, emphatically instructed the National University Commission (NUC) to ensure that the scheduled meeting is not held.
The letter with reference number FME/PS/606/C.1/111/172, addressed to the NUC Executive Secretary reads, “I write with reference to your letter No. NUC/ES/334/Vol.125/200 dated 8th Februray, 2021, on the above subject and to convey the Honourable Minister’s approval for the Governing Council and Management of the University of Ibadan to suspend at once, any further meetings of the Governing Council pending further communication from the Ministry”.
It added, “You are to take necessary action to ensure immediate compliance with the Honourable Minister’s directives by the University. Please, accept the assurances of esteemed regards”.